Thanksgiving isn’t only about expressing gratitude yourself, but rather it’s about giving others something to be thankful for. This past Thanksgiving, Broadway Stages CEO Gina Argento paid it forward and helped spread the gratitude. Broadway Stages is the largest film and television production company on the East Coast, with over forty sound stages throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
For the Broadway Stages team, Thanksgiving day began bright and early at 8 AM with a food delivery to the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn. Broadway Stages donated the food to the hotel, which was prepped and cooked by the hotel’s executive chef and then personally delivered by Argento and her staff to the Borden Avenue Residence (BAVR) in Long Island City to feed the veterans who are staying there.
The BAVR is a short-term housing program in Long Island City funded by the New York City Department of Homeless Services, that accommodates 243 veterans. According to the organization’s site, veterans at the BAVR have case management services that include assistance accessing supportive housing and other appropriate permanent housing placement assistance. BAVR also has on-site medical and psychiatric services.
Argento sees holidays in general as a great excuse to give back. To prepare for Christmas giving, Broadway Stages helped sponsor the annual Atlas Park tree lighting this past Saturday, November 25 at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale, NY. In addition to the tree lighting, there was lots of holiday music for all to enjoy, as well as strolling elves, face painters free coffee from Starbucks and a special visit from Santa, all to get attendees in the holiday spirit. Congresswoman and Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, Grace Meng, personally thanked Argento for her help in making the lightning happen.
Peter M. DeLucia Jr., Property Manager at The Shops at Atlas Park, told Argento, “I wanted to thank you again for sponsoring the tree lighting this past Saturday. We received some very good feedback from those in attendance. The nice weather helped too! Thanks again and Merry Christmas.”
With one holiday behind us and one around the corner, there are countless opportunities to give back to the community. After all, ‘tis the season to pay it forward.