Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Martin
a pre-gala kickoff cocktail reception for the New
York City Mission Society's Annual Champions for Children benefit
in April. More than 100 people – including Mission Society President
Elsie McCabe Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer,
Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, and Don
and Katrina Peebles -
attended the event, despite the rainy weather!
Mission Society has been improving the lives of children in New
York City for more than 200 years,” said Jean
Member and Gala Chair.
“What I love most about the Mission Society is that all of us
work together with a common mission to combat poverty and create
extremely grateful to Martin and Jean Shafiroff for their
ongoing generosity and support for the Mission Society," said Elsie
President of the Mission Society.
"Both have continuously displayed a commitment to improve the
lives of youngsters, young adults, and families in this city.
This year’s Gala also will honor multiple Grammy Award winner
Arturo O'Farrill, whose Afro Latin Jazz Alliance has partnered
with us foster the love of to music in the young adults served
by the Mission Society."
Led by Jean
this year's Gala Committee includes Colbert
Kilroy and John U. Moorhead, Leah
and Stanley Rumbough,
and Patrick Vatel.
Ms. Shafiroff thanked Chase Bank for underwriting the pre-gala
The annual Champions for Children benefit will be
held on April 13, 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental at 80 Columbus
Circle in Manhattan. That evening, the Mission Society will
Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) Founder and Artistic Director Arturo
O’Farrill, who this February won another Grammy. Last year, ALJA
partnered with the Mission Society to launch G.R.I.O.T.
(Global Rhythms in Our Tribe), an
educational program that provides free musical instruction to
youth in Harlem and surrounding areas.
Gala, cocktails will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by an awards
ceremony and dinner at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.nycmissionsociety.org/2016-champions-for-children-gala/
The New York City Mission Society has been on the frontlines of
the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today,
our progressive portfolio of educational, restorative justice,
cultural enrichment, and workforce development programs make a
positive, long-term impact on youth in the City’s most
underserved communities by promoting academic achievement,
combating violence, and providing career opportunities.
Each year, we serve more than 13,000 children and families
throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services,
and community events. Learn
more at www.nycmissionsociety.org