WRO to Honor Former HGAR President Botsoe

Mary Prenon | September 2018

Dorothy Botsoe

NEW ROCHELLE—Westchester Residential Opportunities will honor HGAR’s 2017 President Dorothy Botsoe at its gala set for Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6 pm. to 9:30 p.m. at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle.

Botsoe is the principal broker of Dorothy Jensen Realty, Inc. in White Plains.

Last year, Botsoe became the first black president in the association’s 101-year history. The theme of her presidency was diversity and inclusion and she brought her own unique touch to the position by being the first to host “Teas with the President.” Those networking events were held in Westchester, Putnam, Orange and Rockland counties, as well as in the Bronx.

Botsoe has been in the real estate business for almost 30 years and has owned her own firm for the past 21 years. A native of Ghana, West Africa, Botsoe invited her family members from around the world to attend her 2017 installation, which embraced her focus on diversity and inclusion and was entitled “We Are the World.”

Botsoe served on WRO’s Board of Directors for two years and is currently a member of its Diversity Committee. “We consider her a trailblazer,” said Geoffrey Anderson, WRO Executive Director. “Dorothy has such endearing qualities and a passion for housing. She’s leading the way for so many people to make sure that housing is fair and available to everyone, and she’s willing to share her skills.”

WRO is also honoring Ira Schuman, executive director, Savills Studley, one of  New York City’s leading commercial real estate services firms.

Dr. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester will deliver the keynote speech and Bobby Valentine, former manager of the New York Mets and current athletic director at Sacred Heart University, will be the special guest.

Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc., a non-profit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt corporation founded in 1968, is a full-service housing counseling organization that helps families and individuals in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley by educating first-time homebuyers. It also investigates housing discrimination, provides assistance to seniors in finding affordable housing, prevents mortgage foreclosures and helps increase the accessibility of homes.

Mary Prenon
HGAR, Director of Communications