Over 500 parents, alumni and friends attended the 73rd Anniversary Scholarship Dinner of Yeshiva of Central Queens at the Sands on Sunday, March 30.
Honored with the Leadership In Education Award was Mr. Lawrence Cohen, Assistant Principal of General Studies in the elementary school, who, after a successful career as a principal in the NYC public schools system, spent the last eleven years at YCQ where he earned the respect, esteem and admiration of parents, teachers and students. In presenting the award, Rabbi Mark Landsman, YCQ Principal, lauded Mr. Cohen for “having been an inspiring and dedicated administrator and mentor and for encouraging his students and faculty to achieve a high level of excellence in their pursuits.”
Receiving the Parents of the Year Award were Ilana and Eli Gutenmacher, who have earned the unique distinction of being highly devoted to their family, shul, and YCQ. In addition to having held numerous leadership positions at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, Mrs. Gutenmacher has been active on numerous YCQ Parents’ Association committees and is currently serving as a P.A. representative to the YCQ Board of Trustees. Eli has served many years as gabbai at the Young Israel and is a regular participant in YCQ’s Sunday-morning learning program as well as being a YCQ hockey booster. In presenting the award to the Gutenmachers, Dr. Joel Cohen, YCQ president, stated that “the remarkable devotion of the Gutenmachers to their family, our Yeshiva and the community have made them exceptional role models for which they merit our warmest esteem and appreciation.” v