A who’s-who of New York City luminaries and stars gathered on September 15, 2016 for the New Yorkers For Children Annual Fall Gala. This year’s event raised $1.3 million for youth in New York City’s foster care system to attain their educational goals. The evening was especially memorable as it was the 20th anniversary of the annual event. Cipriani 42nd Street once again provided an exceptional backdrop for the evening. While the annual gala was attended by many of New York City’s A-listers including Alexia and David Leuschen, models and fashion industry notables, the true stars of the evening were the many city youths in attendance who have been recipients of NYFC’s support and programming.
This year’s NYFC Scopetta Award honoree was James B. Milliken, Chancellor, The City University of New York. Milliken was recognized for his unwavering support of NYFC’s mission to provide guidance, support and opportunities to all youth. Last year’s honoree Steve Pemberton, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, hosted the 20th anniversary gala. Chloè, a long-time supporter of the annual fundraising event, served as the Presenting Sponsor of the evening. Among the youth in attendance who were honored for their dedication and determination were Jeremiah Perez-Torres, who received the Northwell Health Spirit Award, and Shainek Edumundson, who was recognized with the Chloé Spirit Award.
New Yorkers For Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting city youth who are both living in and aging out of foster care. The non-profit provides educational support through back-to-school programming, emergency educational funds and college scholarships. NYFC recently announced a $1.187 million Nicholas Scoppetta Scholarship Fund made possible by a generous donation from the Doris Duke Foundation that will help enable youth in foster care with financial support for their college tuition, books and living expenses. The scholarship was named for NYFC’s founder Scoppetta who was raised in foster care and overcame his humble beginnings to have a distinguished career in public service, working for several city agencies before launching NYFC in 1996.
For more information about New Yorkers For Children visit www.newyorkersforchildren.org