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By Asar John
York College President Berenecea Eanes was among the 40 women honored at the Sept. 22 Power Women of Queens awards ceremony and networking event hosted at Terrace On the Park dedicated to celebrating their accomplishments and contributions to the borough.
The event was hosted by Schneps Media, a New York news organization that owns and operates over 30 news publications across the New York Metro area and Philadelphia. Power Women of Queens gathered the achieving women together with drinks, cocktails and support from the organizations they represented.
According to Schenps Media founder and co-owner, Victoria Schneps-Yunis, the company has used its platform to honor successful women for over 20 years. On Sept. 22, President Eanes joined the myriad of women honorees and became a recipient of the Power Women award.
“I’m thrilled to represent York College and be a Power Woman of Queens and it is so exciting to represent the college in this way,” said Eanes. “I know that my students would be more than thrilled for us to do this.”
The Sept. 22 awards ceremony and networking event is the first in-person, college-related social activity that the president has attended since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Eanes, like many others, looks forward to several more events where people can gather once again in a safe and fashionable manner.
“It is so nice to be out and amongst people who are celebrating being together and being safe,” said Eanes, while encouraging more students to get vaccinated. “We have to keep pushing the vaccine and make sure our students get vaccinated and everybody does what they can to be together.”
While proud of her own recognition at the event, the president did not forget to recognize her fellow honorees.
“The honorees here are amazing; these women are changing things in Queens,” said Eanes. “They are Power Women in Queens, and I’m privileged to be with them.”
Other honorees include additional members of the CUNY community such as York College Foundation Board member and owner of The Nourish Spot, Dawn Kelly, Queensborough Community College President Christine Mangino and Queens College Provost Elizabeth Hendrey.