On Thursday evening at the Alliance for Coney Island Gala, our dear friend Jimmy Prince received the Legacy Award. Charles Denson was honored with the Recognition Award. His speech was read by Coney Island History Project board member and former New York State Assemblymember Adele Cohen, who accepted the award on his behalf:
For more than 60 years Jimmy Prince has served as the heart and soul of Coney Island, the real Coney Island, a place of kindness, and respect, and family. He's a man who represents the best that this community has to offer.
“Mr. Major” has made a difference in the lives so many people, during good times and bad. It's been a pleasure to work with him for so many years, and to now have him volunteering at the Coney Island History Project.
I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to record and capture a critical part of Jimmy's life while filming the documentary, "The Prince of Mermaid Avenue," a film that I would recommend to anyone who wants to know what Jimmy and Coney Island are really about.
It's a humbling experience to be sharing the honors with Jimmy tonight and I'd like to thank the Alliance for including me in this event.
Congratulations Jimmy! You’re a true saint and we love you!