June 15th, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Hudson
348 Dyckman St.
New York, NY 10034

Thank You

We are delighted to announce that Unidos: A NMIC Benefit, held on June 15, surpassed all expectations and emerged as a resounding success. The event brought together our dedicated staff, passionate supporters, esteemed partners, and valued community members, united in our mission to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the people in our community on their paths to secure and prosperous futures.  

It was also a momentous occasion to recognize and honor the exceptional commitment of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University School of Nursing, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Tenant Cooperate 21 Arden, and Dr. Aldrin Rafael Bonilla.  

We are grateful for the unwavering support we have received from individuals like you who have played an integral role in our transformative journey. 

We invite you to relive the memorable moments from our benefit by exploring photos captured during the event, which can be found here.

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Igniting Equity Award

Igniting Hope Award

Dr. Aldrin Rafael Bonilla

Tenant Cooperative 21 Arden

Dr. Aldrin Rafael Bonilla is the Executive Vice President of the Fund for the City of New York.  Aldrin leads signature Fund initiatives such as the Sloan Public Service Awards, Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Math, and the NYC Community Planning Fellowship program. 

Aldrin also leverages his experience in civic engagement, innovation, technology and training in order to expand and scale the Fund’s programming and impact in these focus areas citywide.

Currently, Aldrin also serves as Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Equal Employment Practices Commission which audits, evaluates, and monitors the City of New York’s employment programs, practices, policies, and procedures to ensure that municipal entities and the City as an employer maintain a properly structured, efficiently administered affirmative employment program of equal opportunity for minority group members and women employed by, or seeking employment with, City government.

Prior to this position, Aldrin was Manhattan Deputy Borough President.  In that capacity, he also served as a Trustee to the New York City Employee Retirement Pension Fund and on the board of directors of the Theater Sub-District Council.  As Deputy Borough President, Aldrin led Community Board reform efforts, civic technology initiatives, community leadership training, police-community relations forums and advocacy for responsible pension fund investing. 

Within his portfolio, Aldrin directed the Community Affairs and Constituent Services Units, as well as managed the Community Board and Solid Waste Advisory Board membership appointment process and technical assistance. Aldrin chaired monthly Borough Boards, which consist of the Manhattan City Council delegation and Community Board Chairs, and he also chaired the monthly Borough Service Cabinet meetings, which include Community Board District Managers and City Agency Representatives.

For over 25 years, Aldrin has served in a variety of government, nonprofit and academic leadership positions including executive positions in education (CUNY in the Heights), youth development (The Valley, Inc.), civic technology (Fund for the City of New York), government (US Census Bureau) and diplomacy (United Nations).

Aldrin has a BA from Colgate University in International Relations, as well as an MA in Political Science and an MPA in Public Policy Analysis from Binghamton University.  He also holds advanced certificates from Harvard University’s Institutes of Higher Education, UPENN’s Wharton School of Business and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Tenant Cooperative 21 Arden is a group of 12 families who have been waiting for over a decade to return to their homes. The building they lived in had been deemed structurally unsafe, and they had to relocate. However, after tireless advocacy and perseverance, they were able to complete a gut renovation of a 15-unit building this year.


The entire interior was demolished and rebuilt, with only the façade remaining from before. This project has been a significant milestone for home-ownership and will have a generational impact on their families and community.


Tenant Cooperative 21 Arden is an inspiring example of the power of community and the importance of never giving up on your dreams.

Igniting Change Award

Katrina Armstrong, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Columbia University Irving Medical Center Executive VP for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Dean, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, Dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Columbia University School of Nursing

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is dedicated to enhancing the health and wellbeing of its local community through comprehensive healthcare services for underserved populations. 


Over the past decade, we have been proud to deepen our strategic partnerships with CUIMC’s four schools, which have provided culturally inclusive services and life altering opportunities to our community members. The neighborhoods we both serve are deeply impacted by adverse social determinants of health, and our work together has always focused on eradicating these disparities. CUIMC is leading the commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of its local community.  


The university has several programs and initiatives that work together to provide comprehensive healthcare services to underserved populations. The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons’ debt-free medical degree program enhances access to the medical field and the translational research program partners with community organizations to address medical treatment access issues. The Community Pediatrics Program provides health and wellbeing services to children in the community. The Columbia School of Nursing’s Opioid Education and Naloxone Training program trains community members to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses. The Mailman School of Public Health’s studies on asthma, allergies, and maternal and child health help to understand the causes of health issues in lower-income communities. Finally, the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine’s mobile dental clinic provides dental screenings and affordable dental care to children and seniors with limited access to healthcare. Together, these programs have a collective impact on the health and wellbeing of the community, improving access to medical care and preventing health issues before they occur. 


We appreciate schools’ legacy of innovation that flourishes today through our community, programs, and initiatives. We commend CUIMC’s ongoing commitment to excellence in health care, and their recognition of the link between equity and diversity. 


For questions regarding sponsorship opportunities:

Please contact Rosanna Montilla-Payano at


NMIC, founded in 1979, has been dedicated to serving communities through offering free critical support services and striving to be a force for positive transformation. 

With a history of more than 40 years and community-centered, we continue to provide services to over 14,000 residents annually and make a significant impact on 32,000 individuals in Northern Manhattan and nearby Bronx areas. 

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