A Special performance by Timatha Kasten accompanied by a musical jazz trio honoring the memory of Broadway legend Marty Richards
The New York Center for Children (NYCC) hosted its 21th Anniversary Spring Cocktail Reception on Monday, April 18th, 2016 between 7:00pm – 10:00pm at Clement Restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City. The organization celebrated more than 20 years of helping the most disadvantaged children achieve their potential. The event featured a Live Auction where one participant won a customized Vespa from Vespa of Manhattan. There was also a Silent Auction held where guests bid on a variety of exquisite gifts and experiences. Timatha Kasten performed a musical tribute accompanied by a jazz trio honoring the memory of Broadway legend Marty Richards. The Mary Lea Johnson Richards Charitable Foundation also supported the musical memorial.
The event raised more than $100,000 toward the organization’s mission to support victims of child abuse and their families. More than 100 supporters gathered at the Clement restaurant for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres and participated in a silent auction to benefit the charity, which took place throughout the evening. Auction highlights included a three-night stay in a superior suite at The Peninsula Hotel in Paris, a Hamptons afternoon on 32’ boat, a two-night staycation at the Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village, 3-course dinner and wine pairings for two at Boulud restaurant, a round for 4 at the Trump National Golf Court, products & treatments from Susan Ciminelli Spa, a bottle of 1988 Cote Rotie La Landonne E.Guigal, an Eileen Fisher shopping spree, and Lulu Frost jewelry.
The opening speech of the night was held by Christine Rales, Board President of the New York Center for Children, who addressed the crowd of supporters thanking them for their attendance and support. Also taking the stage was Dr. Katherine Grimm, Medical Director of the New York Center for Children. She spoke about the important work that the center carries out and how it helps child abuse victims and their families. Lastly, Michele Herbert addressed the crowd to stress that it’s the contributions from loyal donors that help the NYCC execute its mission and provide children, regardless of financial standing, with the support they need. She ended with a thank you to all the guests and participants of the auction. Auctioneer of the evening was Kevin Kaufman.
The Board of Directors include: Kate Spade (Emeritus Chair), Christine Rales (President), Steven M. Alden, Christine Boeke, Martin S. Foont (Treasurer), Michele Herbert, Heidi Mitchell (Secretary), Meghan Pardi, Linda Schoenthaler (Vice President), Sophie Ann Terrisse, Lauren Vernon, Susan Warren, Georgette Mosbacher (Founder), Martin Richards (In Memoriam).
Christine Boeke (Board Member, New York Center for Children)
Ronnie and Marty Foont (Board Member, New York Center for Children)
Michele Herbert (Board Member, New York Center for Children)
Heidi and Colin Mitchell (Board Member, New York Center for Children)
Meghan and Darryl Pardi (Board Member, New York Center for Children)
Christine Rales (Board President, New York Center for Children)
Leane Romeo (Former Board Member, New York Center for Children)
Carolyn and Kevin Ryan (Board Member, New York Center for Children)
Linda Schoenthaler (Vice President, New York Center for Children)
Jean Shafiroff (NYCC Spring Celebration Event Co-Host, Philanthropist & Author)
Sophie Ann Terrisse (Board Member, New York Center for Children)
Lauren Vernon (Board Member, New York Center for Children)
Susan Warren (Board Member, New York Center for Children)
About the New York Center For Children
Founded in 1995 by the 55-year-old national child abuse-prevention organization, Childhelp, with the aid of the late Broadway producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mosbacher, the New York Center for Children (NYCC) is a child-friendly Center, providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. NYCC also offers professional training on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse. All of the programs and services at NYCC are completely free of charge. NYCC is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to cover the costs of operations. NYCC serves all families, including those without insurance. When children come to the Center, they are greeted by specially trained staff, colorful murals on the walls and a playroom filled with toys. In addition to evaluation and treatment, the children at NYCC also benefit from tutoring, mentoring and extracurricular events. NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New York City. The child-friendly space is located at 333 East 70th Street, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — an easily-accessible and safe neighborhood for our children to be nurtured back to health.
For more information on NYCC, visit newyorkcenterforchildren.org