Thank you for supporting “Once Upon A Time”

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Dear friends of the Associates Council,

Not too long ago (May 7), and in a magical place not too far away (The Manhattan Penthouse), Associates Council members gathered with friends, family, and supporters from all across the kingdom (New York City) for "Once Upon A Time," their Fifth Annual Spring Event. And this year, the event raised $40,000 in support of The Children’s Aid Society’s school-age literacy programs. 

Guests experienced an enchanting evening full of delectable fare, delicious cocktails featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Cocktail Caviar, and mouthwatering desserts provided by Baked by Melissa, Robicelli’s Bakery, and Wat Chu Wan Wantons. Generous individuals and companies from far and wide donated prizes that introduced guests to the magic of giving. From JetBlue tickets to private tours of the MoMA to a Paramount hotel stay to dinners for two, each prize added to the thrill of the evening. Guests danced the night away to music spun by DJ Benny Blaze, took candid photos with Scar Vita and Kyle Martin (check out photos from the evening here), and were in awe of breathtaking views of the city from the dance floor.

This fairy tale evening would not have been complete without a little bit of creative storytelling.  Dallis Dillard, a young student from the Dunlevy Milbank Community Center, who won the modern fairytale contest hosted by the Associates Council, was featured in a short video with his friends for his story “Let It Glow.” The story is about three young basketball players who want to get new sneakers for the championship game, and Bilal, the Magical Ball God who grants their wish in exchange for acts of kindness. Dallis’s story underscored the impact of the work done through Children’s Aid literacy programs, and guests enjoyed seeing the creativity of New York children on the big screen.

The evening was a huge success, and the AC is thrilled that we have not only been able to contribute to this worthy cause, but also that we have been able to support and highlight it. The entire evening was made possible through generous donations from the Danzi Family, Edelman Public Relations, the Lord Family, Jonathan Rose Companies, Premiere Electronics, and Environetics.   

Finally, we would also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Associates Council members who collaborated and used their talents to make this an unforgettable evening. And finally, we are so grateful for our guests, for those who purchased tickets, made donations, and supported this worthy cause.

Again, the AC thanks you. Children’s Aid thanks you. And all of the young readers at Children’s Aid thank you.

We hope to see you again next year!


Erika and Stephanie
Spring Event Committee Co-chairs

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