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Vol.26, No. 19 Apr. 9, 2001

Harlem YMCA Honors Dais For Work with Harlem Youth

By Lauren Marshall

Larry Dais, assistant vice president for Public Affairs and director of Community Affairs at Columbia, received the Leo B. Marsh Memorial Award by the Harlem YMCA, Black Achievers in Industry before an audience of nearly 1,300 at a recent black-tie event. Dais was honored for his support of Harlem youth and the Harlem YMCA, and his work in the Harlem community.

“I am very honored by this recognition,” said Dais. “I believe that every one can contribute to their community, whether by simply volunteering to read with a child or raising funds for new community facilities and services.”

The award is bestowed upon those who demonstrate a commitment to service for the well-being of others as seen through the career of Marsh, the founder of the Black Achiever Initiative.

During his tenure as chairman of the Harlem YMCA, Dais led a successful campaign for the $3.4 million renovation of the Jackie Robinson Youth Center. Since 1981, he has worked to link Columbia with its surrounding community through a number of program and initiatives. Prior to that, Dais was director of the Double Discovery Center, an academic enrichment program for low-income, first generation college bound students. He is on the board of directors of Abyssinian Development Corporation, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside N.Y. and Harlem Congregation for Community Improvements.

As a result of the event, 69 corporations and institutions, including Columbia, provided financial support for the Harlem YMCA, which will fund a variety of youth programs at the Harlem YMCA.