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2018 Inaugural ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala

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Honorary Co-Chair, Mike Woods, Gala Host, Judy Woodruff, Honoree Presenter, Susan Lucci, Chief Executive Office, ADAPT Community Network, Edward R. Matthews, Honorary Co-Chair, Tamsen Fadal and Honoree Presenter, Cara Buono.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Honorary Co-Chair, Mike Woods, Gala Host, Judy Woodruff, Honoree Presenter, Susan Lucci, Chief Executive Officer, ADAPT Community Network, Edward R. Matthews, Honorary Co-Chair, Tamsen Fadal and Honoree Presenter, Cara Buono

ADAPT Community Network’s

2018 Inaugural ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala​

 Hosted By

Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour


Al Roker & Deborah Roberts, The Hausman Family,

Marissa Shorenstein, and Amy Wright 

Thursday, March 8th 2018

At Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City


Marissa Shorenstein, Judy Woodruff and Edward R. Matthews.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/
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The 2018 ADAPT Leadership Award honorees included, Al Roker, Co-host and Weatherman of NBC's Today Show and his wife Deborah RobertsABC News Correspondent for 20/20Nightline, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir; The Hausman Family, one of the Founding families of United Cerebral Palsy of NYCMarissa ShorensteinPresidentNortheastAT&T; and Amy WrightFounder and CEO of Bitty & Beau's Coffee, and 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.


2018 Co-Chairs of the gala were: James Hausman and Liz Cohen HausmanJames Kase and Helene MillerSabina McCarthy; and Alan Zack.


Honorary Chair of this year’s gala were Lynda Carter, Actress, Singer and Activist. Honorary Co-Chairs are Tamsen FadalEight-time Emmy winning Anchor of PIX 11 News and Mike Woods, Meteorologist and Reporter FOX 5’s Good Day New York.


Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She is also a past Women Who Care honoree. Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program, "Inside Politics." At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. From 1984-1990, she also anchored PBS' award-winning weekly documentary series, "Frontline with Judy Woodruff."

She is the recent recipient of the Cine Lifetime Achievement award, a Duke Distinguished Alumni award, the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television, the University of Southern California Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Al Neuharth/University of South Dakota Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma, among others.


Al Roker is currently the Co-host and Weatherman of NBC's Today Show. As a host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, along with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, Al Roker has the undivided attention of the nation (over 32 million viewers per week) every weekday morning as America prepares for work. Spanning a 35-year plus career and a thirteen-time Emmy winner, Al conducts interviews with celebrities and newsmakers around the world and does a wide variety of segments on every imaginable subject.  


Al is also an accomplished television producer. He is CEO of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. (ARE); a thriving multimedia company involved in the development and production of network, cable, and home video. ARE produces programming for a diverse clientele including NBC News, MSNBC, Spike TV, Lifetime Television, A&E, The History Channel, E!, Discovery Networks, PBS, TV ONE, Oxygen, The Cartoon Network, The Weather Channel and NBC Television Stations Group.
Deborah Roberts is an award winning ABC News Correspondent for 20/20, Nightline, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. A media veteran, Roberts is a highly respected journalist who has traveled the world in her reporting.  She has also served as substitute anchor for Good Morning America, World News Weekend and 20/20, as well as a co-host on The View.

Roberts is author of “Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom For Modern Times,” a book written with her husband, Al Roker. She makes her home in Manhattan with her husband and two children.


The Hausman Family has had a profound impact on healthcare systems in New York over decades.  This began with three brothers born and raised in New York; Sam, Jack and Leo Hausman, who spent their lives in the textile industry building a family-owned and operated national business.  Their philanthropic nature combined with a personal connection to disability, when Jack and his wife Ethel Hausman’s son Peter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age.  This sparked a family commitment to raising money for medical advances, research and life improvements for children andadults with cerebral palsy and related conditions.  In 1946, they founded United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (now ADAPT Community Network), which is celebrating its 71st year. Jack and Ethel, together with Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson, then created the Cerebral Palsy Research & Education Foundation and established the Greater NY & National UCP Telethon, which raised over $500 million. Leo Hausman served as Board Chair of United Cerebral Palsy of NYC for 40 years. 


Marissa Shorenstein currently serves as Regional President, Northeast Region for AT&T where she oversees the company’s external affairs for all states from Maine to Virginia, including Washington, DC.  She previously served as AT&T’s New York State president. Prior to joining AT&T, Marissa ran Marissa Shorenstein LLC, where she offered strategic communications consulting services to a wide range of clients including private sector institutions facing PR crises, tech startups looking for guidance on product launches, hedge funds and private equity firms requiring investor relations and sales and marketing assistance and non-profit organizations desiring speechwriting and story placement expertise.


Amy Wright is the Founder/CEO Bitty & Beau’s Coffee. Born the oldest of five children, Amy has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Eventually, her backyard talent shows were replaced with a stint on Broadway after she earned her BFA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Fortunately, along the way, she met and married “Mr. Wright.”  Today, they're the proud parents of four children – their two youngest having Down syndrome, which makes them feel like they won the lottery twice! As an advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), Amy has worked collaboratively with the Special Olympics and Best Buddies International producing music videos that promote their platforms.  She is also a contributing writer for Maria Shriver's "Architects for Change."


About ADAPT Community Network

ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) is the leading human service not-for-profit and a pioneer in providing cutting edge programs and services for people with disabilities. Every day, we build a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential and recreational programs in all five boroughs. Our schools and services encompass many people who have challenges beyond cerebral palsy such as autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida and neuromuscular disorders, among others. We are the largest provider of pre-school education for children with disabilities in New York.  ADAPT’s 100 comprehensive programs serve over 18,000 children and adults with disabilities
 and their families.

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