Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) to Honor Singer/Songwriter Judy Collins and PRISA’s Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro on April 12


 On Tuesday evening, April 12, Liz Abzug, CEO of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) will lead a 10 year anniversary celebration at the Princeton Club, 15 West 43 Street, New York City.  This year’s fundraising event will honor Judy Collins, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter who has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.

The event will also honor Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro, head of legal and governmental affairs in the Americas for PRISA, one of the world’s largest Spanish and Portuguese language education and media companies. 

BALI’s mission is to inspire the current and next generation of girls and young women to take on leadership roles and reignite the fight for equality in our world.  BALI utilizes the signature leadership skills of the late Bella Abzug, the legendary Congresswoman, to mentor and train middle, high school and college age women and help develop the confidence and skills they need to be effective, dynamic and visionary leaders. (More at

Five teenage BALI graduates will be honored and speak at the event. 

Fawzia Rahman, will receive the Reed Scholar and Activist Award. She is a senior at Thomas A. Edison High School in Queens and first-generation Bengali immigrant. The creative writing from her BALI training was shared at the 2015 International Day of the Girl Summit at the United Nations.

Monica Singh, a senior at Queens High School for the Sciences and BALI intern will receive the Emerging Young Woman Leader Award as a young woman who has displayed outstanding leadership skills in her school, community and in civic life. She is organizing a program at BALI to help high school girls transition to college.

Cassandra Alexandre will receive the Excellence in Mentorship and Advocacy Award. She attends SUNY Oneonta University and has been an active member of the BALI Alumnae Association since participating in the summer program in 2013. A graduate of Bayside High School in Queens, she is a mentor to our young BALI girls and dedicates her time to serving and helping disadvantaged girls in our program.

Liel Green will receive BALI’s “Chutzpah” Award as a young woman who is entrepreneurial, takes initiative and risks in developing new projects hat will change the world. Liel is a senior at Teaneck High School in New Jersey and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Women and Gender Studies. She has led peer discussions at BALI about gender and feminism.

Noam Green will receive the Leadership in Local/Global Sustainability Award. Noam is a senior at Teaneck High School in New Jersey. Since her graduation from BALI’s Summer Leadership and Debate Training Program, Noam has shared her talents with her cohort by leading discussions on sustainability, and volunteering at community gardens in her neighborhood. Noam has a blog writing residency with the Jewish Women’s Archive

BALI is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that has worked with young women and girls since 2005, mentoring and inspiring them to become create positive social and economic change.  All leadership and debate programs are provided at no cost to BALI trainees. To date BALI has trained over 1,000 middle, high school and college aged young women. BALI curricula are created to benefit young women and girls enrolled in middle school, high school and colleges throughout New York City and the tri state area.

BALI embodies Bella Abzug’s values as someone who had great principles, heart, passion, and commitment to creating positive social change. Both BALI’s expert staff and interns reflect the great diversity of racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds of students who participate in BALI’s programs. BALI engages top professional women mentors from every field who work closely with BALI students. BALI’s programs focus on high-achieving disadvantaged students in underserved and Title 1 public schools as well as those who have had more access to resources and attend some of the most competitive New York City public, middle and high schools. BALI also trains middle and high school students on full scholarships who attend private schools.

THE 10th ANNUAL BELLA & BELLA FELLA AWARDS will be held on Tuesday evening, April 12,from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at The Princeton Club, 15 West 43 Street, New York City.  The event includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dress is festive. Individual tickets are available from $200 and can be ordered at or call 212-650-3071.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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