Trailblazer of the Year: Alison Desir of Harlem Run

It is hard to imagine that 5 years ago, I was just starting to train for my first marathon.  At the time, I was completely insecure, deeply depressed and clinging to the possibility that, just maybe, life could get better.  I had ended what I thought would be the most important romantic relationship of my life, I was confronted with unemployment, and was facing the reality that I would not have my father in my life much longer, due to his Lewy Body Dementia diagnosis. 

If I could write a letter to the me of 5 years ago, I would tell her to save some of her tears and that things would in fact get better.  On March 4th, I will be honored with the Trailblazer of the Year award by Harlem Haberdashery and I am excited to accept the award as a symbol of what is possible.  Anybody, at any point – who is looking at the situation around them – has an opportunity to make a choice.  There is always something that you do have and always something that you can do.

What’s important is that you set a goal – and that you are willing to sweat for what you want.  Pick a mission and organize other people – and the best reward is that you may inspire other people to do the same.  Harlem Run has been both a personal journey and a global social change movement.  I look forward to celebrating our achievements on Saturday, March 4th at Harlem Hospital.  Full event details below!

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HARLEM HABERDASHERY'S 2017 MASQUERADE BALL Benefiting NYC Health & Hospitals | Harlem aka Harlem Hospital Center

Presented By: Harlem Haberdashery Boutique, 5001 Flavors Clothing Co.,The League DGM INC. & #TakeCareOfHarlem

 Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 8:00PM - 12:00AM  

For All Tickets: www.hh2017ball.eventbrite.com

 Live Music By The Rakiem Walker Project | Music By DJ Olivia Dope

 Hosted By: Sharon "La Loca" Montero Of Radio 103.9

Media Sponsors & Partners:

Avenue Magazine | Radio 103.9FM

Community Sponsors:

Aloft Hotel

Restaurant Sponsors & Partners:

Row House | Harlem Shake | Chef Max | Doc's Cake Shop | Lolo’s Seafood Shack

 Spirit Sponsors:

Harlem Brewing Co. | Papi Wines | Plush Vodka | Luc Belaire Rose 

2017 Masquerade Ball Honors:

Man of the Year: Todd Stevens, Douglas Elliman Real Estate 

Woman of the Year: Dominique Jones, Harlem Boys & Girls Club

 Trailblazer of the Year: Alison Desir, Harlem Run 

Harlem Legacy Award: Larry Blackmon Jr., Fresh Direct 

Black-Tie \ Cocktail Attire

-Live Performance | Live DJ

-Curated Menu By Locally Based Restaurants

All Tickets:

-General Admission

-Premium Exclusive Open Spirit Bar

-Passed Hors d'oeuvres

-Curated food stations

-All Festivities 

For All Tickets: www.hh2017ball.eventbrite.com

*A generous donation from ticket sales, raffle and auction will be donated to Harlem Hospital Center.

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