The 2019 ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala took place on Thursday, March 14th,
at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
The ADAPT Leadership Awards honor the
accomplishments of extraordinary individuals and
corporations who have made an impact on people with
disabilities and have inspired others through their
professional and charitable endeavors. The gala benefits the
important ongoing programs and services of ADAPT Community
The Hausman Family is the founding family of this
organization. The Hausman Humanitarian Award recognizes
exceptional humanitarian contributions that give back to the
addition to Tony Danza, the previously announced 2019
ADAPT Leadership Awards Honorees were: David Muir,
Anchor & Managing Editor, ABC World News Tonight with
David Muir; Tamron Hall, Journalist, TV host,
philanthropist; Peter M. Meyer, Market President, New
York City – TD Bank; John and Mark X. Cronin,
Founders, John’s Crazy Socks.
event will be hosted by Cara Buono, star of the hit
Netflix series Stranger Things, and Emmy-nominee for
her role on Mad Men.
ADAPT Leadership Awards Honorary Gala Chairs are Al Roker, co-host
and weatherman of NBC's Today Show, and Deborah
Roberts, ABC News correspondent for 20/20, Nightline,
Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight with
David Muir. Honorary Gala Co-Chairs are Susan
Lucci, Emmy-winning actress, New York Times best-selling
author, entrepreneur, and past ADAPT honoree and host; Tamsen
Fadal, 11-time Emmy-winning anchor of PIX 11 News,
past ADAPT host, and Honorary Vice Chair of the ADAPT Board
of Directors; and Mike Woods, meteorologist and
reporter for FOX 5’s Good Day New York, and past
of the 2019 ADAPT Leadership Awards were: Edward R.
Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network; Marty &
Helaine Hausman; Marissa Shorenstein, President,
Northeast, AT&T; and Alan
“Tony Danza is a New Yorker who has given
back to New York City and Greater New York dedicating time
and support to many different organizations and we are
delighted to honor him for his over 40 years of charitable
work as well as his career achievements in television, film,
and stage,” says Edward R.
recently starred in the Netflix series, The Good Cop. He
has been one of the world’s most beloved and iconic
entertainers for over forty years. Best known for his
starring roles on two of television’s most cherished and
long-running series, Taxi and Who’s The Boss,
Tony has also starred in hit films such as Angels in the
Outfield, She’s Out of Control, Hollywood Knights, and Don
Jon. Well established as a song and dance man, Tony
often tours with his hit live show, Standards & Stories,
about which the New York Times raved: “Tony’s a live
wire who tap dances, plays the ukulele, tells stories, and
radiates irresistible charm… He exudes the kind of charisma
that can’t be taught.” Tony has starred on Broadway in The
Producers, A View from the Bridge, and
most recently received rave reviews for his performance in
the Broadway musical comedy, Honeymoon In Vegas, with
the New York Times calling his performance “sly
genius,” and a “career high.”
Danza presented the Hausman Humanitarian Award by Susan
ADAPT Leadership Awards Honorary Gala Co‐Chair.
Susan Lucci, the
most famous face in daytime television history, held
audiences spellbound as the famed and fiery, “woman you love
to hate,” Erica Kane on ABC’s, All My Children. In
May 1999, on her 19th Emmy nomination, she won the award for
Best Actress, becoming the most nominated actor in
television history. Today, Susan Lucci remains one of the
most revered actresses in Hollywood.
In 1999, she made her Broadway debut to rave
reviews playing the part of Annie Oakley in Annie Get
Your Gun. From 2013 through 2016, Susan starred in
Lifetime TV’s hit international series, Devious Maids, and
in 2015 was seen in the critically acclaimed David O.
Russell film, Joy. In 2017 she appeared in
Grammy‐nominated performing artist Sia’s holiday music
video, Santa’s Coming for Us.
Susan Lucci has a star on the Hollywood Walk
of Fame and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of
Fame. She is proud to serve as an Ambassador for the newly
established National Women’s Museum in Washington, D.C. She
has been honored with the Disney Legends Award for her
contribution to Disney’s reputation for creative excellence.
She has been named one of E! Entertainment’s “Top
Entertainers of the Year”; one of VH‐1’s “200
Greatest Pop Icons” coming in at number 75; one of Barbara
Walters’ “Ten Most Fascinating People”; and one of TV
Guide’s “50 Top Television Stars of All Time.” In 2011,
she released her New York Times best‐selling
autobiography, All My Life.
Susan is a longtime supporter of ADAPT
Community Network. She is a past Women Who Care Awards
honoree and subsequently hosted the event for four years.
She also narrated a PSA for the organization to raise
awareness for women with disabilities to have screenings for
breast cancer. Susan also generously donated a portion of
the proceeds of her Everything but the House auction
to ADAPT Community Network and was a celebrity presenter at
the inaugural ADAPT Leadership Awards.
There will be a special performance at the
ADAPT Leadership Gala by theNew
York City’s Police Athletic League’s Cops
& Kids Chorus.
New York City’s Police Athletic League is
the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country.
Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for
over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational,
cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls
annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent,
nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please
Tony Danza and
his four-piece band will return to the Café Carlyle with his
hit cabaret show: Tony Danza: Standards & Stories from
ADAPT Community Network:
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.
information about ADAPT Community Network go to: