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Violet Longobardi Award winner

Susan S. Rai will be honored May 13 at a benefit hosted by the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, Brooklyn’s only Quaker school for children with learning disabilities.

Susan S. Rai, special counsel and secretary at Vera Institute of Justice, is the 2009 recipient of the “Violet Longobardi Award for Extraordinary Dedication and Commitment,” awarded to a person whose tireless dedication and outstanding contributions to the school merit recognition.

The award is named for Violet Longobardi, a founding board member whose wisdom, kindness and devotion continue to inspire the school community. Rai has played a key role in the school’s history, having been involved with the Mary McDowell Center for Learning since it was a glimmer in the eye of its founder, her friend Susan Weiner.

Rai introduced Violet Longobardi to the center, shepherded the process of incorporation, and served as a very active, wise and generous member of the board for 14 years.

Mary McDowell Center for Learning’s annual Spring Benefit will be held May 13 from 6−10 p.m. at the Tribeca Rooftop in Manhattan.

The theme, Select Simplicity, is an invitation to celebrate in the spirit of the Quaker commitment to living simply in all regards, a particularly salient value in these times.

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