More than 780 guests celebrated CSA's 50 years of unionism on Friday night (April 27) with a high-energy dinner/dance that included a high-profile appearance from actor and activist Susan Sarandon as well as a powerful speech from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
The gala took place at the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue, which provided a hint of old New York elegance throughout the evening. Former CSA Presidents Donald Singer, Jill Levy and the late Jack Zuckerman were honored for their vital contributions to the union. Also, a seven-minute video, created for the union's 50th anniversary, was showcased. It told the story of the union's history, its role in public education and its continued commitment to members and the children they serve.
Guests danced to musical selections performed by a 10-piece orchestra furnished by Gerard Carelli. "We shouldn't wait another 50 years to do something like this," said Jim Phair, Principal PS 107 in Queens.