Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Rand Commercial, and Joseph Rand were among the honorees at the Rockland County Pride Center’s Pride Ball on Saturday, October 14, 2017, held at the Nyack Bath House. “I’m humbled to have our companies recognized by an organization that has provided LGBTQ residents with an outlet that ensures their equality,” said Joseph Rand, managing partner of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty and Rand Commercial. “Having a group such as this one is important for Rockland’s ever-growing diversity, and it’s going to make a difference for many within the county.”
The Rockland County Pride Center is located at 28 South Franklin Street in Nyack. They provide family services, youth programs, support groups, senior care, workshops, and volunteer opportunities, all with the goal of building a strong connection between Rockland’s LGBTQ population and the rest of the community. Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Rand Commercial, and Joseph Rand will be given the LGBTQ Business Champion Award. The night’s other honorees are Phyllis B. Frank, who will receive the LGBTQ Pioneer Award; and TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal), who, along with their executive director, Robert Maher, will be given the LGBTQ Service Award.
The Business Champion Award is given to a recipient who has contributed to Rockland’s LGBTQ community through dedication to social justice. The Pioneer Award is given to an individual who has worked to promote an understanding and desire to strengthen the county’s LGBTQ environment. The Service Award is given to a recipient who has shown support for the LGBTQ community through education, advocacy, and providing services.