2024 Partners for Progress Gala 2024 Partners for Progress Gala

Terrace on the Park

Wednesday, May 15, 2024



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The Gala

The Partners for Progress Gala is a fundraiser of the QCC Fund, Inc., to benefit Queensborough Community College students. Join us for an incredible evening of live entertainment as we honor Dr. Talya Schwartz, President & Chief Executive Officer of MetroPlusHealth, Dr. Ash Tewari, Chair of the Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the community partners who lift up and empower our students to achieve their dream of earning a college degree!

"The real cost of earning a college degree includes educational technology, travel expenses, textbooks, nourishment, and unexpected incidentals." - Dr. Christine Mangino, President, Queensborough Community College

2024 Partner of the Year


Talya Schwartz, M.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer


Dr. Ash Tewari, M.B.B.S.
Chair of the Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Christine Mangino, President
Queensborough Community College

Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, Gala Chair

The Queensborough Community College Fund, Inc.


Dr. Talya Schwartz

Talya Schwartz, M.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer of MetroPlusHealth

Dr. Talya Schwartz is President & CEO of MetroPlusHealth since 2019. During her tenure, MetroPlusHealth has achieved a 35% growth in membership, a five-star rating from New York State's Consumer Guide and a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She spearheaded the organization's transformation by bringing its behavioral health services in-house and integrating them with physical care for comprehensive support of members, overhauling its website and portals, modernizing legacy technology with a single integrated platform, and expanding virtual visits to its over 750,000 members. Dr. Schwartz's ongoing commitment to addressing the social determinants of health among New York's most vulnerable communities is the pinnacle of her leadership, especially around supportive housing, and food insecurity. Dr. Schwartz is a pediatrician by training and a mother of two daughters.

Dr. Ash Tewari

Ash Tewari, M.B.B.S.

Chair of the Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ways to Sponsor!

Led by Dr. Talya Schwartz, funds raised at Queensborough's 2024 Partners for Progress will help provide short-term emergency relief to currently enrolled Queensborough students.


85% of Queensborough students who have outstanding tuition balances between $500 and $1,000 drop out of school. Dr. Schwartz has requested that funds raised in her honor at the Gala help support these students to keep them in school and on track to complete their associate degrees.


Why Give? Enable Success For Students in Need

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    "What keeps me going when it comes to my environmental science studies is just the drive and passion I have, and the willpower to overcome barriers. I've been unemployed, had no family support, and homeless. QCC helped me out. The idea of supporting young scholars to believe in themselves and helping them learn, grow and mature is a beautiful thing. Please do what you can and make a donation. The power of your gift is infinite."

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    "I'm a bio major and I'm considering becoming a physician. The financial strain [of going to college] is really something. It's relatively simple to have your studies derailed. I was so relieved to receive support; it was just like my way out. If you're not able to pay for college, you can't reach your potential. Please give generously. The power of your gift is infinite. "

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    "It is hard for me [in my] Asian culture to ask for help. When I was first unemployed, I struggled financially and mentally because I didn't know what to do. Fortunately, I emailed a Queensborough staff member and she told me right away [that] QCC is here to help students. Sometimes people just need a little bit of help for them to get through the hardest time of their life. Please contribute. The power of your gift is infinite."

Support Leads to Success

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Thank You to Our Past Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

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NYC Health + Hospitals

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

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Community Sponsors

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Saji Sheerazi

Saji Sheerazi

Development Officer,

Division of Strategic Initiatives & Advancement

Queensborough Community College

T: (718) 281-5511 | M: (646) 512-1840


Make checks payable to the QCC Fund, Inc./in honor of Talya Schwartz , and mail to:
Queensborough Community College
Office of Institutional Advancement, Room A-508
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364

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