This past year’s New Yorkers for Children’s annual fall gala, held on September 15, had a special significance. It marked the 20th anniversary of the organizations efforts to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. The charity, founded in 1996, by Nicholas Scoppetta, works in conjunction with the Administration for Children’s Services to better the lives of children sustained by the foster care and child welfare system. Due in part to events like the annual gala, they have been able to donate over 50 million dollars to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.
The celebration at Cipriani 42nd Street raised over 1.3 million dollars and drew a sampling of New York’s A-listers. The event, sponsored by Chloe, was also attended by many of the young people whose lives were improved because of the organization. The gala was hosted by Steve Pemberton, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance.
In addition to fashion house Chloe and the evening’s honoree, James B. Milliken, Chancellor, from The City University of New York, the event had multiple co-sponsors including Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, The Jay and Kelly Sugarman Foundation, BNY Mellon, Northwell Health, Frédéric Fekkai, and Sun Capital Partners Foundation, among other individuals. Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Lise and Michael Evans, Christine and Richard Mack, Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai, Tristana Waltz and Grier Eliasek, Sara and Nathaniel Zilkha Honorary Chairs: Eric Brettschneider, First Deputy Commissioner Administration for Children’s Services, and Gladys Carrión, Esq., Commissioner Administration for Children’s Services were the events’ co-chairs.
The event also had a group of vice chairs including Susan Burden and William Goldman, Alina Cho, Beth Rudin DeWoody, FX and Natasha de Mallmann, Michael Dowling, Nicole Esposito, Tony Gilroy and Susan Egbert Gilroy, Susan and John Hess, Alexia and David Leuschen, Kevin and Erika Liles, Laura and Henry McVey, Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, Dan Rothmann, Susan Shin, Kelly and Jay Sugarman.
Among the attendees, from New York City’s “A-list” were Kelly Rutherford, Luma Grothe, Frederic Fekkai, Danielle Snyder, Jodie Snyder Morel, Daphne Groeneveld, Indre Rockefeller, Heather Marks, Rose Gilroy, Dan Rothmann, Trey Songz, Dree Hemingway, Erika Bearman, Anita Hodosi, and Eniko Mihalik. Obviously, given these lists of influential and affluent people, the New Yorkers for Children foundation has accomplished its goal of “engaging New Yorkers” in their effort to better the lives of children in the foster care system.