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August 10, 2007

Forest City Ratner Helps Send 20 Brooklyn Children to Summer Environmental Camp

Brooklyn Daily Eagle reprints a Forest City Ratner press release (PDF), in which Bruce is "thrilled" and Delia Hunley-Adossa is "excited" and "enthusiatic:"

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Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) this week helped send 20 Brooklyn children to the YMCA’s Camp Bernie in Port Murray, N.J.

Forest City, along with its Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) partner, Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Inc. (BEE), have partnered with Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge Inc. (SCOPE), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children, to create the two-week camp experience. The company is helping to underwrite the program with a $10,000 donation to SCOPE.

“Summertime for kids can be an opportunity to not only get out and play, but also to learn and experience new things,” said Bruce Ratner, president and CEO. “We are thrilled to be working with SCOPE and BEE to help show these children a different environment where they will experience the important balance of educational and recreational activities.” ...
BEE is the Atlantic Yards CBA group over environmental assurances.

“We are excited that the young people we have recruited to participate will get an opportunity to learn about nature and the environment,” said Delia Hunley-Adossa, who heads up BEE, and also serves as chair of the CBA Executive Committee.

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NoLandGrab: While serious questions remain about Atlantic Yards environmental compliance, BEE is sending kids to summer camp, which is great and definitely fulfills item #10 in the group's vision statement, "Sponsorship for community youth." However, the group seems to be slacking on its remaining principles, which makes the busy BEEs vulnerable to the appearance that they might be a press relations tool for the developer.

Posted by lumi at August 10, 2007 10:44 AM