NYC Mission Society Benefit: Champions for Children Celebration

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Once upon a time around 200 years ago, a wonderful organization was born and was named the name of NYC Mission Society. Consistently fighting on the frontlines of the war against poverty, the foundation has impressively progressed their portfolio by increasing and providing educational, cultural enrichment, and workforce development and continues to annually benefit more than 12,000 underserved children and families throughout the New York City area.

On Wednesday, April 5, the beautiful Mandarin Hotel at Columbus Circle in New York, hosted 340 guests including Co-Chair Jean Shafiroff and Katrina Peebles, Cicely, Tyson, Gayle King, former New York City David Dinkins, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Designer B Michael, NYC Mission Society’s President Elsie McCabe Thompson and amongst other notable guests who came out to show their support for the organization.

Similar to last year longtime supporter and WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter emceed the event which included dinner, performances by acclaimed singer Alex Donner and his Orchestra, and students enrolled in the Mission Society’s free after-school music education program, GRIOT. The dancing festivities were provided by the classic Kathy Sledge, the legendary voice of Sister Sledge.

Congratulations to the following Honorees:

Champions for Children Award: Diahann CarrollShe is the first black actress in television history to star in her own series, Julia on NBC. Other television credits include Dynasty, A Different WorldSoul FoodStrong Medicine, and Whoopi. Her recent appearances include White Collar on the USA Network and a role in the film Peeples.

An award-winning and trailblazing actress, Diahann is also a successful entrepreneur, and devoted humanitarian – awarded the Tony and Golden Globe Awards, and has been nominated for the Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars as well. Ms. Carroll has served as an ambassador and national spokesperson for Lifetime Television’s breast cancer awareness campaign and is also recognized for raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Donahue (Don) Peebles: Founder, Chairman, and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, one of the country’s few national privately held real estate investment and development companies with a portfolio of projects in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, and Miami Beach. Mr. Peebles also is a top-selling author of The Peebles Principles and The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth; in addition, he is also a regular guest on CNN, CNBC, and FOX, as well as a highly sought-after speaker.

The Mission Society also recognized the ongoing and vital support of lifetime members of its Board of Directors: actress and philanthropist Dina Merrill Hartley, whose family has supported the Mission Society for four generations, and Lloyd W. Brown, II.

This was yet another amazing night and as always looking forward to celebrating more good work and truly can’t wait for what else the organization can do within time. These are the type of organizations that truly serve to make a difference. That said, to learn how you can volunteer and/or donate, click here. Hopefully, this opens the road for all of us to becoming champions for children.

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