Wednesday evening the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) held their annual Savor the City fundraiser to raise money for their Trauma Recovery Program at Asellina inside the Gansevoort Park Hotel. During the event some of the city’s most philanthropic young professionals who represent the NYCSPCC’s Junior Committee and honored guests participated in a silent auction with items ranging from tickets to see Jimmy Fallon, the Mets, and Sleep No More to a range of fitness classes and beauty products and exclusive dining opportunities around the city. Top tier auction items included a private home cooked dinner for 10 guests by Rao’s, tickets to attend the US Open, and something on our personal bucket list, the opportunity to be a fighter pilot for a day. The 185 guests of the event enjoyed cocktails and some of Asellina’s delicious Italian passed hor d’oeuvres and desserts while making moves to help end and educate the public on child abuse. Over $47,000 was raised to support the NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program. Guests included members of the Steering Committee including Alexandra Papanicolaou, Christopher Breck, Jeffery C. Caldwell, Chani Churchill, Darlene Liebman, Lauren Matina, Maureen Nash, Elizabeth Rockman, Matt Semino, Samantha Strockis, and Whitney Topping.
May is a big month for the New York Transit Museum, who are planning a number of events for both members and non-members. The first event in this series is MIDTOWN EATS with Michael Morgenthal which is limited to museum members and will give people the opportunity to follow well-versed Midtown guide Michael Morgenthal on a tour of Midtown Manhattan’s best historical and under-the-radar eating spots. Members have the opportunity to buy up to two tickets for this event which takes place May 10th between 1 pm and 3 pm. Also on May 10th is a members-only preview of the Grand Centennial Parade of Trains. This exclusive preview of vintage trains, which will take place between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm, is a special thank you from the museum for membership support. Spaces are limited so reserve you ticket promptly.
On Tuesday, May 14th, join premiere DJ Cassidy at LAVO Italian Restaurant and Nightclub for a night of passed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a silent auction of highly covetable items and experiences to benefit the Silver Hill Hospital Scholarship Fund. Located in New Canaan, CT, Silver Hill Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital, has long been a world-renowned institution for the treatment of mental illness and addiction. Founded in 1931, by psychiatrist, Dr. John Millet, the Silver Hill Hospital offers its patients a wide variety of comprehensive inpatient, residential, and intensive outpatient services for adults and adolescents spanning the full spectrum of psychiatric and addition illnesses.
Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer—whether your story is a story of remembrance, a story of a loved one's struggle with the disease, or your own survival you’re never alone in the fight thanks to the American Cancer Society. This year marks the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday and like their heartwarming television commercial suggests, they really do help make more birthdays. In celebration of all of their accomplishments in research, fundraising, and above all the support they offer to cancer patients and their families, you can help continue to celebrate more birthdays by purchasing a $50 candle in honor or memory of a loved one. These candles will top the American Cancer Society’s birthday cake at their Eighth Annual Taste of Hope benefit.
Jacob’s Cure, a non-profit organization devoted to researching a yet uncurable disease called Canavan, will be holding its Dream Big Gala on Thursday, May 16th at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60 between 23rd Street and West Side Highway in honor of Brian and Scott Sklar. The event takes place between 6pm and 11:30pm and includes cocktails, dinner, and an after-party. Donors have the option of purchasing tickets, sponsorships, or journal ads through the Jacob's Cure website. In addition, a raffle (limited to 500 tickets) will be held for the opportunity to win a two year lease for a new BMW 128i convertible from Orange County BMW (winning participants need not be present).
On Sunday, April 28th the Pediatric Cancer Foundation will be holding their 19th Annual Cancer Walk-a-thon at Manhattan's Riverside Park. Online registration for the event is simple and easy by visiting the foundation's website, though walk-in registration is possible for an additional 5 dollar charge. Raffle tickets can also be bought for a chance to win either Four Court Level NY Knicks, Two Club NY Rangers, Four Field Level NY Mets tickets with parking pass, and an exclusive one hour tour of the Sesame Street Studio in Astoria, Queens.
Founded in 1875, the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) is the world’s first child protective agency in the world. Through the development of new and innovative programs geared to meeting the needs of New York City’s most vulnerable children, the agency has been able to prevent abuse and help countless children heal after exposure to abuse. Throughout the five boroughs there are over 250 cases of child abuse reported each day. Sadly, this is only a small fraction of abuse that happens behind closed doors and is never reported. Used as a model for child welfare agencies across the nation, the NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on the behalf of over two million children. The Agency has also educated over 49,000 professionals on how to properly identify and report child abuse and neglect.
Non-profit organization 3 Generations is celebrating their fifth anniversary on Wednesday, April 24th with a night full of entertainment in Midtown Manhattan. The organization who is dedicated to exposing humanity’s injustices through film making, are beginning the evening by hosting a dinner with drinks include at Tavola restaurant (488 Ninth Avenue). The dinner will be followed by a play titled Fragments at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (450 West 37th Street). This play, presented by the Theatre for a New Audience and directed by Peter Brooks, is based on five short classic texts written by Samuel Beckett such as Rockaby and Come and Go.
Prom is one of the most memorable nights, whether good or bad, for high school students. Since the hard economic times, there are many girls that are unable to afford a dress for the night, but WGIRLS has been able to help those in need. Project G.L.A.M., which stands for Granting Lasting Amazing Memories, provides prom dresses and accompanying accessories for these underprivileged girls.
April is Organ Donor Awareness Month and in celebration, the Slipper Room hosted one rockin' event last week. Do Not Resuscitate or DNR for short is an edgy high-end t-shirt and accessory fashion brand based in New York City. Their goal is to increase the number of organ donors around the world through their unique message and fashionable attire. The event that took place last week was attended by DNR founder Pamela Lubell, along with family and friends including Heather Thomson and Stefan Segadlo. The fun-filled night hosted a slew of amazing performances including a cabaret act by Paul LaBrecque and was hosted by Mel Frye. Attendees also had the opportunity to bid during the live raffle. In honor of Organ Donor Awareness Month, it is important that everyone become aware of how many lives you can save by becoming an organ donor. Check out DNR's site to learn about becoming a donor and shop their fun clothes and accesssories!
In the wake of the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers felt solidarity, knowing that the whole country was standing by our sides. It is under the unfortunate circumstances of Monday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon, appropriately held on Patriot’s Day that we once again witnessed the unwavering strength of the American people and the support offered, without a second thought, to our fellow citizens. The sense of unity felt by Americans is unique and transcends our differences in race, creed, and religion just as the Boston patriots intended.