On October 12, 2011, The Children’s Aid Society’s Inaugural Gala celebrated our commitment to improving the lives of New York’s neediest children while showcasing the work of corporate and community leaders who have helped uphold the Children’s Aid promise.
We honored corporate sponsor BNY Mellon, as well as Robert Wolf, Chairman of UBS Americas, and volunteer Ann Sather, all of whom have long-standing relationships with Children’s Aid and a deep commitment to helping NYC’s children succeed and thrive.
The event, which took place at the Waldorf=Astoria, was sold out weeks in advance and raised more than $1.2 million for Children’s Aid programs. It attracted a star-studded guest list including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind, who served as Master of Ceremonies, along with Tamara Tunie, Patti Lupone and Petra Nemcova. There was also a dynamic performance by the Children’s Aid Chorus.
The theme of the night was Keeping the Promise, a mantra that speaks to Children’s Aid’s promise to New York City children living in poverty to provide the comprehensive supports and opportunities to graduate college and achieve the American dream. In keeping with the theme, several student speakers spoke to the audience of nearly 600 about how Children’s Aid has affected their lives. Tanzina, 17, said, “The Children’s Aid Society was like a second family, helping me find my way through the [college application] process and giving me the support I needed along the way.” In addition, every guest received a handwritten “promise card” from a Children’s Aid student. Karina, 11, wrote “I promise to go to college so I can have a better life.” Anton, 7, told donors, “I promise to study very hard so I can get good grades.”
Children’s Aid believes that college graduation is the key to escaping poverty. As President and CEO Richard R. Buery said, “Children’s Aid is in the business of helping America keep its promise. It is a simple promise, really: that in America, where you end up in life will not be determined by where you started; that your birth should not define your destiny.”
The night would not have been possible without the support of our generous donors, dedicated volunteers and committed staff. Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Children’s Aid’s work, please complete our online donation form.
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