Volunteers Make a Difference

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Pictured (from left to right): Aaron Ackerman, Amber Weiss, Alexandra Gold, and Toy Drive Committee co-chair Annabelle Torgman

During the holiday season, more than 125 people came together for an evening of fun and camaraderie, raising both money and toys benefiting New York City children and families in need of a helping hand. The 13th Annual Children’s Aid Society Toy Drive Party is the continuation of a strong tradition that began more than a decade ago by caring volunteers and young professionals committed towards our mission of helping those youth become healthy and productive adults. This year, guests, friends, and supporters raised more than $6,700 and donated over 100 toys and gifts towards making the holidays a little brighter for our kids.

Hosted at the fabulous Joshua Tree, guests attended the “Party with a Purpose” and enjoyed a wide selection of appetizer favorites and drinks like the Christmas Kiss and Snow on the Beach while dancing to classic 80’s tunes. They also purchased raffle tickets and participated in a party staple, the Triple Chance Raffle. This year’s raffle saw the largest and most eclectic assortment of prizes in recent years, with a list of more than 25 items up for grabs including, two roundtrip JetBlue tickets from New York to any US city; two tickets to the Lion King with Backstage Passes; a $600 Lela Rose Cashmere Sweater; and a Victoria’s Secret Mega Gift Basket.

While guests laughed, danced, and even belted out a song or two during the night, the purpose for the party was never far from their thoughts. The crowd listened intently as comments by Children’s Aid Chief Operating Officer, William Weisberg and Associates Council President Amy Kohn reinforced the need for ongoing support to keep quality programs and services like academic tutoring, mentoring, college prep, and medical and dental services from being eliminated due to inadequate funding.

Despite the serious undertone of the party, everyone remained optimistic and energized throughout the evening as they did their part to make a lasting impact on the lives of families and children in need. This year’s event was truly one to remember.

On behalf of our children and families, we would like to give thanks to all of the wonderful guests, donors, sponsors, and contributors that made this event such an overwhelming success.

Scott McLeod
Director, Office of Volunteer Services
The Children’s Aid Society