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New York Center For Children Features ‘Lift Me Up’ Theme at Annual Benefit (Photos!)

Jean Shafiroff, Lauren Vernon, Michele Herbert

Jean Shafiroff, Lauren Vernon, and Michele Herbert attended the
The New York Center For Children’LiftMeUp’ 2018 Spring Benefit at
The Peninsula Hotel in New York City. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

The New York Center for Children (NYCC) hosted its 23rd Annual Spring Celebration Benefit at the Clement Restaurant at The Peninsula New York in New York City. This year, the NYCC celebrated more than 23 years of helping the most vulnerable children achieve their full potential.

Boldface Names: Spring Celebration
Glenn Askin, Event Chair
Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist & Author
Marilyn & Richard Berger, Guests
Jonathan Crook, General Manager, The Peninsula New York
Christine Crowther, Executive Director, The New York Center for Children
Marty Foont, Treasurer, The New York Center for Children; President and CEO, Globe Tax Services, Inc.,
Michael F. Gala, Deputy Manhattan Borough Commander, FDNY, Master of Ceremonies,#LiftMeUp Spring Celebration
Vincent & Robert Gardino, Guests
Edward Greenblatt, Director of Therapeutic Services, The New York Center for Children
Katherine GrimmJason Harrell, Sponsor,
Michele Herbert, Board Member, The New York Center for Children
Juliet Herzberg, Therapist, The New York Center for Children
Betsy Hoover (#LiftMeUp Benefit Committee
Adam Kudelka, Board Member, The New York Center for Children
Isabel MarÇal, #LiftMeUp Benefit Committee
Sarah McNamara, Senior Social Worker, New York Center for Children
Daniel A. Nigro, Commissioner, New York City Fire Department
Jean O’Shea, Executive Director, FDNY Foundation
Meghan Pardi, Vice President, New York Center for Children
Betty Pierr, Division of Child Welfare and Community Services, NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Christine Rales, Board Member, New York Center for Children
Marlene Sandler, #LiftMeUp Benefit Committee
Swati Sawjiany, Board Member, The New York Center for Children
Linda Schoenthaler, President, New York Center for Children; Founder and President, Financial Decisions Inc.
Sybil Shainwald, Sponsor
Debra & Bill Toppeta Guests
Lauren Vernon, Board Member, The New York Center for Children
Nancy Vick, Sponsor
Maggie Wolk, Director of Planning and Management, New York County District Attorney’s Office

The benefit, which coincided with “National Child Abuse Prevention Month,” helped to raise funds for the Center’s work in healing, prevention and education.

Click Here to See 14 Photos From the Event!

This year’s event featured a “Lift Me Up” theme, which reflected the organization’s aim to bring hope to, and help children achieve their dreams.

Award Winning Eco-Music Ensemble Englewinds provided entertainment, and a silent auction featured travel offers, fine dining, tickets to cultural performances, high end fashion accessories and more.

The event raised more than $180,000 toward to help support victims of child abuse and their families. Some 170 guests gathered at for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction to benefit the charity.

Corporate Sponsors for the evening included The Peninsula New York, 26Five, Financial Decisions, GreenOak, GlobeTax, Mariner Wealth Advisors.

This year marked the 5th Annual Spring Benefit hosted by the Peninsula Hotel and NYCC is proud of the collaborative relationship built with the hotel since 2009.

Founded in 1995, NYCC is the only independent center in New York City to provide free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse and their families, for as long as their healing requires.

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