NYC Mission Society’s Champions for Children Gala


What is your mission in life? If you have ever wondered the answer to that question, then how about allowing NYC Mission Society troubleshoot it for you. Since 1812, the organization has been assisting underserved communities starting prior to the Civil War by helping Western Europe immigrants and now focused on African-American and Latino families in the Bronx and Harlem.

Previously mentioned during the NYC Mission Society’s kick-off reception party hosted by NYC socialites Jean and Martin Shafiroff, there was plenty of warning to get in gear for the Gala on April 13, hosted at the Mandarin Hotel in New York.

The beautiful spring weather combined with feel good anticipation were a couple of clues solidifying the amazing energy for the night.

Upon arrival on the 36th floor, the ambiance from guests including former New York State Governor, David Paterson, Cole Rumbough, Fox News Channel Reporter –Harris Faulkner – and many others – simultaneously with the views from the windows overlooking Central Park one side and the famous circumference crossroads of Columbus Circle -on the opposite side, pulled you in.

As tables settings were finalized, there was something there for everyone during the silent auction. Jewelry sets from Sequin, Couture gown from B. Michael and Marc Anthony Edwards, Jet Blue travel certificates, four court-side Tennis US Open tickets, the chance to meet the emcee of the night, Bill Ritter from WABC-TV, Dugout tickets to the Mets, 18K gold ring donated by Piranesi Jewelers, and so much more exciting items.

As the dinner portion carried on, Bill Ritter emceed the night and definitely made an impact with his speech and why he continues his collaboration with NYC Mission Society. He then introduced Jean Shafiroff, the Chair of the committee who spoke and expressed the future goals for being a part of the organization – as well as Elsie McCabe Thompson (President of New York City Mission Society).

Congratulations to honoree:

Arturo O’Farrill (Visionary Partner Award)

-Founder of the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA)

-Pianist and composer 3 time Grammy award winner

Current album Cuba: The Conversation Continues (Motema), was nominated for two Grammys and won one Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.

The night ended with dancing and guests were presented with goodie bags to take home. For more information on upcoming events and how to donate to become future champions for children, click here.

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