Three cheers and a welcome to Santander Bank. The lending institution celebrated the grand opening of its newest branch, and to mark the occasion, donated a $10,000 gift to Brooklyn A, an organization that advances social and economic justice through neighborhood-based legal representation and advocacy. It assists individuals, families, businesses, and organizations and will use Santander’s grant to support its Community and Economic Development program.
“With this new branch, we are pleased to now have a presence in the East Flatbush neighborhoods and introduce the Santander brand and our competitive products and services to the residents and business owners of this vibrant community,” said Elsie Leon-Cruz, region president for Santander’s Metro New York–Northern New Jersey region. “Brooklyn is an important market to us and supporting leading non-profit organizations that contribute so much to this diverse community is a priority for Santander.”
Present at the opening and presentation along with Cruz were Elizabeth Campbell, operations specialist; Heather Kesner, managing director of the retail network; Jessica Rose Esq., director of the Community and Economic Development program at Brooklyn A; Shakira Ferrell Esq., director of development and communications at Brooklyn A., Malisa Williams, personal banker; Tamika Bennett, teller; Marya Riche, district executive; and Kevin Hawkins, branch manager.
Standing O says, “Thank you and welcome.”
Santander Bank [893 Flatbush Ave. at Church Avenue in Flatbush, (718) 637–2082].
Bravo to Bill Kramer, the new vice president of development at Brooklyn Academy of Music. In his new position, he will direct fund-raising and planning for BAM’s annual campaigns, special events, capital projects, and endowment.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Bill Kramer to BAM,” said Katy Clark, president at BAM. “The variety of his fund-raising and organizational experience — in performing arts, visual art, film, and educational institutions — is ideally suited to the breadth of programs and growing initiatives at BAM. It’s an exciting time for us, and for Brooklyn at large, and we are very pleased to have Bill on board.”
Bill added his two cents and said, “I am excited to be returning to New York City as the vice president of development for BAM. As a former resident of Fort Greene, I have long admired BAM for its innovative multi-disciplinary programming and educational initiatives. I am honored to join BAM at this moment, under the new leadership of Katy Clark and Adam Max, and I look forward to helping them advance the work of such an important and esteemed cultural institution.”
Standing O is now adding its two cents and says, “Welcome, Bill, and good luck in your tenure at BAM.”
Brooklyn Academy of Music [30 Lafayette Ave. in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100].
Kudos to Maimonides Cancer Center for earning the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The healing center is the borough’s only full-service cancer center and is one of a select group of 22 accredited cancer programs across the nation to receive this honor, and one of only two in New York State for the year 2016.
“The official ‘stamp-of-approval’ with seven commendations from an independent agency of such stature is clear indication that we are fulfilling our mission for the residents of Brooklyn and beyond,” said Kenneth D. Gibbs, president and chief executive officer of Maimonides.
“We consistently bring our patients the latest advances in cancer care,” said Dr. Patrick Borgen, chairman of surgery and head of the breast cancer program at Maimonides. “And our team is among the most innovative and experienced in the nation.”
“It’s that word ‘team’ that really makes the difference in the quality of care we provide,” said Dr. Jay Cooper, chairman of Radiation Oncology. “We collaborate across all specialties to bring the very best treatment plans to our patients.”
Maimonides Cancer Center [4802 10th Ave. at 48th Street in Borough Park, (718) 765–2500; www.maimo