A Grant from L.S. Power, Managers of Ravenswood Make It Possible

CBN Packs the House Again with Sewing Studio, a Dynamic New Opportunity for Seniors

Updated 1 year ago David Stone
RIOC's Susan Rosenthal, L.S. Power's Dominic DiBari, CBN's Bill Dionne and Lisa Fernandez, and City Council Member Ben Kallos cut the ribbon for the RISC Sewing Studio.
RIOC's Susan Rosenthal, L.S. Power's Dominic DiBari, CBN's Bill Dionne and Lisa Fernandez, and City Council Member Ben Kallos cut the ribbon for the RISC Sewing Studio.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

At the Roosevelt Island Senior Center, where human traffic jams were unknown until last year, the Carter Burden Network filled the space to overflowing again, this time for a ribbon cutting for its new Sewing Studio. City Council Member Ben Kallos, a strong advocate for seniors, did the honors.

Sharing the task with Kallos were CBN Executive Director Bill Dionne, Director Lisa Fernandez, L.S. Power Manager Dominic DiBari and Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation President/CEO Susan Rosenthal.

Kallos, Fernandez and Rosenthal hobnob before the ceremony.
Kallos, Fernandez and Rosenthal hobnob before the ceremony.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

L.S. Power, managers of the Ravenswood Power Plant, made a "generous grant (that) enabled CBN to transform an underutilized space into a sewing studio fully outfitted with eight sewing machines and all the accessories (including thread, seam rippers, needles, pins, bobbins, scissors, storage, and tape measures) needed to teach seniors the fundamentals of sewing and provide a well-supplied workspace for more experienced sewers to work independently," according to the Carter Burden Network's press release.

"In addition, the funds were used to update the electrical infrastructure in the room to accommodate the installation of the sewing machines. Ravenswood is also underwriting the cost of instructors for the first twenty-five sewing classes."

Dionne mc-ed the ribbon cutting ceremony, sharing his thanks before introducing Kallos, DiBari - who approved the grant - and Fernandez.

Lisa Fernandez (R) introduces popular sewing instructor Davida Highland.
Lisa Fernandez (R) introduces popular sewing instructor Davida Highland.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Said Dione, “Having a creative outlet helps the vibrant older New Yorkers we serve learn a new craft, hone their established skills, and stay engaged with those around them. I’d like to thank Dominic and Ravenswood for providing the generous funding that allowed this beautiful space to take shape. I cannot wait to see the even more beautiful hand-sewn items that will be created here!”

Kallos generously funds and supports senior activities in various locations through the Carter Burden Network as well as on Roosevelt Island.

“We appreciate the great work that Carter Burden does for our neighbors on Roosevelt Island and are honored to be part of this project,” DiBari added.

L.S. Power's Dominic DiBari explains his company's commitment to Roosevelt Island residents.
L.S. Power's Dominic DiBari explains his company's commitment to Roosevelt Island residents.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Rosenthal, who did not speak at the ceremony, gets rave reviews from Dionne for her support of the Senior Center on RIOC's behalf. Later, she shared her thoughts with The Daily.

“We’ve worked with Carter Burden on a bunch of different items recently including consulting with them on the planned Senior Center renovations as a well as worked with them gathering information about a proposed public art studio for the island,” she said.

“So my being here today, to participate in the opening of the new sewing center, is a continuation of our support and interest in all the facilities and programs Carter Burden is spearheading for the island’s senior citizens.”

Fittingly, instructor Davida Highland, held her first class, this one on doll-making, as soon as the new Sewing Studio was cleared of visitors.

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