Frederick Douglass Room Refurbishment by the Garden of Dreams Foundation
In Harlem there is a special new place to relax, play and remember. With the help of Samix International, Inc., the Garden of Dreams Foundation refurbished a room in Children’s Aid’s Frederick Douglass Center. The room, in the center's basement, went through a complete facelift with new flooring, walls, lighting and furniture. To complete the activity space, brand new toys, books and games were also donated.
The completion of the room was unveiled on Tuesday, March 2nd and on hand to celebrate were New York Rangers alumnus Ron Duguay, New York Liberty alumnus Kym Hampton, New York Knicks alumnus and Children’s Aid Society Board Member Cal Ramsey, and the Knicks City Dancers. The room will also be a place to remember, as it has been dedicated in honor of Clark Elie, Frederick Douglass’ Assistant Director who passed away in December. “Clark Elie worked tirelessly to assist and guide young people in the Frederick Douglass Houses and surrounding community to become productive and caring citizens. He was a staple in the community center for 30 years,” said Tracey Haqq, Director of the Frederick Douglass Center. “He will be greatly missed by all he mentored, community members, parents and especially the young people.”