Honored during the event were Wilson Kimball, the city’s commissioner of planning and economic development; Peter Kareiva, director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA; and, Peter Kelly, chef of the Xaviars Restaurant Group. Groundwork said the three have helped transform Yonkers into a greener, more commercially robust urban center.
The event also recognized Robert Baron, who stepped down at the end of 2016 after being Groundwork’s board chair for 12 years.
The event raised more than $430,000. Based in southwest Yonkers, the group works to help communities reclaim and revitalize environmentally and economically distressed neighborhoods.