On Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, The New York Mission Society hosted the 2017 Champions for Children Gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan.
The annual evening celebrated two centuries of progressive programs in culture, enrichment and community building for underserved children and their families of New York City. The dynamic programs are cornerstones of providing opportunities for academic achievement, workforce, career and culture experiences through GRIOT ( Global Rhythms in Our Tribe), Power Academy, Learning to Work, Camp Minisink, Minisink Beacon Family Support and Community Centers. The Minisink Townhouse in Central Harlem hosts regular community events; a Thanksgiving dinner and turkey distribution to needy families; Halloween party; health fair and holiday toy drive. The Mission Society’s positive impact on the community in 2016 served 16,051 people in 12 public sites throughout Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn and the Lower Eastside.
NYC Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson emphasis,
“Through robust programs, events, and services, the Mission Society is leveling the playing field for New Yorkers who live in some of our city’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s important to step up, and use our hands and hearts to change lives for the better”.
The elegant evening began with cocktails and a silent auction. The auction also posted on Charitybuzz boasted exclusive gets of a Tour of the NBC Studios in NYC with NBC News Anchor Chuck Scarborough, a 7-Day Stay at Raintree Vacation Club Los Cabos, Mexico in January or March 2018, 4 Tickets Behind the Dugout to a NY Mets Home Game in August 2017, an Off-Shoulder Fitted Couture Gown by B Michael Plus a Series of Fittings at His NYC Showroom, 4 Courtside Box Seats to the 2017 US Open, 4 Front Row Tickets to the Victor de Souza Spring 2018 Show at New York Fashion Week, Meet the Designer & Receive After-Party Access and a Blue Sapphire & White Diamond 18k Yellow Gold Ring from Piranesi Italy.
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Photo credit: 1) Elsie McCabe Thompson, and David Dinkins. 2) Elsie McCabe Thompson and Diahann Carroll. 3) Jean Shafiroff, Cecily Tyson, B. Michael, and Marc Anthony. 2017 Champion For Children Gala, Mandarin Oriental, NYC, APril 5, 2017 ©Patrick McMullan. Photo – Owen Hoffmann/PMC