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Borough hall hosts 5th annual ‘be proud’ celebration

Brooklynites were encouraged to be proud at the 5th anniversary celebration of the Be Proud Foundation at Borough Hall.

BPF primarily serves the borough's Russian community, but aims to help a wide variety of people, including young children, veterans and current servicemen, and grandmothers who participate in its annual “Your Highness Grandmother” contest.

The celebration was a chance for the organization to recognize community leaders which it feels also share a similar mission of peace and acceptance, including Borough President Marty Markowitz, Senator Martin Golden, Councilmembers Dominic Recchia and Michael Nelson, and WABC's “Good Morning America” news correspondent Bianna Golodryga, a Russian immigrant, among others.

The highlight of the ceremony came when the foundation awarded funds to two young Brooklynites overcoming their own struggles with illness – 7-year-old Rachel Rodin, who has leukemia, and 1-year-old Jack Rubin, who has Langerhans' Cell Histiocytosis, which is treated similarly to leukemia.

At the ceremony, Courier-Life Publications was among BPF's honorees in the media for its coverage of these two courageous children.

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