Frank Tempone Community Leader Service Awards & Fashion-Forward Extravaganza

Join the Long Island City YMCA as we honor leaders in our community in the most fashionable way possible!

WHEN: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 — 6 to 8 PM

WHAT: We are kicking off Fashion Week by staging our very own fashion show and honoring Long Island City's artists and stars! This is an annual celebration of leaders who represent and further the legacy of Frank J. Tempone, a former Executive Director of the Long Island City YMCA. The awards given in his name pay homage to Tempone as one of the Y’s greatest heroes.

WHERE: Z NYC Hotel, Long Island City

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Fashion Designer

LaQuan Smith LLC is a women’s ready-to-wear brand founded in 2010 and made in New York City. Originally from St. Albans, Queens, Smith began his career by teaching himself to sew with the help of his grandmother. At age 22, the designer launched his first collection during New York Fashion Week. Smith creates women’s clothing with high fashion and luxury in mind and is committed to making women more stylish with one-of-a-kind styles, rich with hidden features that cater to people who want to make a statement.

JESSICA LANGchoreographerKANJI SEGAWA, dancer

Jessica Lang is a choreographer and the artistic director of Jessica Lang Dance. Hailed as "a master of visual composition" by Dance Magazine, Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary works. Since 1999, Lang has created more than 90 works for companies worldwide. American Ballet Theatre has presented her work at the Metropolitan Opera House, and she has received commissions from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. She is a graduate of The Julliard School.

Kanji Segawa, director of the Jessica Lang Dance Center, has assisted Lang with commissions from ballet and modern companies, educational institutions, and creations for Jessica Lang Dance since 1999. Originally from Kanagawa, Japan, Segawa began his modern dance training with his mother and then studied ballet in Tokyo. In 1997, he came to the U.S. to train at The Ailey School and is currently a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Segawa is a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Choreography Award for Youth America Grand Prix.

Fashion Designer

Deemed the “future of fashion” by Teen People, Genre, Bleu Magazine and more, model-turned-designer Jason Christopher Peters developed a couture brand that offers both edginess and excitement. In addition to his couture work, Peters designs signature, one-of-a-kind eye patches, elegant dresses, accessories, and futuristic backpack collections. Peters interned with Betsy Johnson and his designs have been featured in PEOPLE, Cosmopolitan, Star, Us Weekly, OK!, Teen People, and more.



Kleinberg has more than 25 years of experience working on Wall Street, including a lengthy stint at Glickenhaus & Co., where he was a portfolio manager. Currently Kleinberg is the U.S. marketing representative for ION Asset Management, a hedge fund manager specializing in Israeli equities. In the Long Island City community, Andrew is well known for founding the Long Island City Youth Sports League. He is also the founder and editor of LICtalk, the top-rated blog in Long Island City.




The Long Island City YMCA would like to recognize this event's lead sponsors for their generous support.


 And special thanks to our in-kind sponsors...