Please help us Transform and Save Lives through your support of Hudson Link’s 2012 Spring Benefit Dinner. Please join our Benefit Committee today or help by making a contribution online toward the event! And please share this link with all of your friends and families.
For more information about the event or to purchase a ticket make a donation online today, please visit: Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison – 2012 Spring Benefit Dinner
I had the privilege last Friday to attend a screening of Zero Percent in the Sing Sing Auditorium where it was shown to a number of Hudson Link students and graduates. Superintendent Heath, Sean Pica, Director Tim Skousen and Mercy College professors Jo Ann & Mark Skousen were also in attendance for this extremely emotional event.
At times during the screening we all laughed and cried together. During the poetry reading the men applauded in recognition of the talented men reciting their works, when Commissioner Brian Fischer hosted a round-table discussion with alumni the men applauded in recognition of the Commissioner’s support and dedication to the college program and to helping them men change their lives, and at the end of the film the men gave a standing ovation to the Director Tim Skousen for his thoughtful portrayal of the men, their families and the Hudson Link program.
Many of the men commented that they were “emotionally drained” from the event and needed to go lie down for a while and just digest the impact that the film and the program has had on their lives. I too felt emotionally drained and immensely proud of all that our men have accomplished in their lives!
On the way out of the auditorium many of the guards who had just watched the film alongside the inmates stated that Zero Percent very accurately represented the transformation they have witnessed first-hand as a result of Hudson Link’s college program and expressed the need to show the film to the entire Sing Sing population to help motivate and inspire them. And thanks to Superintendent Heath, that is exactly what is going to happen – the entire Sing Sing population will be given the opportunity to watch Zero Percent in the auditorium in the coming weeks.
In partnership with Nyack College, Hudson Link hosted its first-ever graduation at Fishkill Correctional Facility on August 10th. To the traditional pomp and circumstance, thirteen men marched proudly through a room of family, friends, and supporters to receive their Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Nyack College.
Three of our graduates had already been released from the Fishkill Correctional Facility and are back home with their families. But the Department of Corrections understood how important it was that they participate in the ceremony alongside their fellow graduates, so they granted these men permission to enter the prison and be a part of graduation. We are extremely grateful to the Department of Corrections for arranging this.
Glenn Martin, VP of Development at the Fortune Society, was the keynote speaker. Glenn spoke about the choices we all make in life and how our graduates decision to attend college has transformed their lives. And DOCCS Commissioner Brian Fischer spoke about responsibility, the responsibility our graduates now have to make the right choices going forward and to help those behind them succeed — they have a responsibility to pay-it-forward!
We are so proud of our graduates and all that they have accomplished, and are honored to call them Hudson Link Alumni !
And the good news keeps coming. “Zero Percent” won Best Documentary at the Breckendridge Film Festival. Click Here and scroll down down the page to see the list of winners. Thank you to Breckenridge for recognizing the important message that resonates throughout the film.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend a screening of “Zero Percent” yet, click here to watch a trailer. And if you like the trailer, please tell a friend about Hudson Link and “Zero Percent.”
This past Saturday night “Zero Percent” screened at the Hoboken International Film Festival with Hudson Link Supporters, Alumni and Professors in attendance. Words cannot describe what an unbelievable experience it was to witness the transformation that was taking place in the hearts and minds of the men in the Hudson Link college program and how proud their families are of their accomplishments. We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to see “Zero Percent” when it is screened in your area.
Hoboken International Film Festival - June 4, 2011
To the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance,” 24 men marched down the aisle and through the visiting area of Sing Sing Maximum Security Correctional Facility to receive their Associate and Bachelor degrees from Mercy College. More than 200 of their family and friends were in attendance to celebrate in their accomplishments. This unique graduation was truly an inspirational evening.
Commencement speaker, Steve Forbes, told the graduates that “Wealth is not in material goods. Wealth is in the mind.” And through education, the minds of these graduates have been transformed forever!
To experience this emotional and life changing event, go to Graduation Part 1 and Graduation Part 2.
We celebrated Hudson Link’s 13th anniversary at our annual benefit dinner, “Reaching for New Tomorrows,” on May 5th at the Yale Club in NYC.
What an amazing evening! Emmy Award winning news correspondent Byron Pitts of “60 Minutes” was our MC, having just returned from reporting live on the CBS evening new from Ground Zero. Thank you Byron for your commitment to help make the evening a success and for sharing your inspiring personal story with our alumni and supporters.
We honored 4 amazing individuals at our event: Vivian Nixon from College & Community Fellowship, Rev. Edward Hunt from NYTS, Lindsay Farrell from Open Door Family Medical Centers and Neal Keller, IBM Researcher and Mercy College professor.
Each of these exceptional individuals is committed to helping transform lives and making a difference in the world!
Hudson Link applauds and thanks you for your efforts.
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