New Yorkers For Children hosted its 16th Annual Fall Gala on Wednesday, September 16 and raised $1.25 million to benefit youth in foster care. Co-chairs, honorary chairs, and committee members attended the event, along with a number of other notable guests including Marcus Samuelsson and his wife Maya Haile, Wes Gordon, Leandra Medine, Georgina Bloomberg, Indre Rockefeller, and Lauren Remington Platt.
New Yorkers For Children focuses on improving the lives of those under the child welfare system by providing scholarships and programs to assist in the transition to stable adulthood. These programs include the Back to School Program, Guardian Scholars Program, Youth Advisory Board, and Futures in Motion Program.
The fundraiser, sponsored by Chloé, marked the first occasion of the season for New York’s charitable community to come out for a good cause. The event consisted of dinner, cocktail hour, casino games, and a live auction.
“The work that New Yorkers For Children does for kids in foster care is unparalleled,” said Lise Evans, who chaired the event. “They support these kids with any issue they have. It could be school issues, it could be emotional issues, but no matter what, the organization really follows through. They act like a second parent. I’ve been on the board for a few years, and I’m in awe of what New Yorkers For Children accomplishes for these kids that so often lack the support to finish college. They give each and every child that’s involved hands-on attention.”
“The core of NYFC is taking children that are age-out appropriate, which is 12 years old, latching on to them and helping to encourage them to pursue their dreams and their goals,” said model Selita Ebanks. “What happens when you’re twenty years old, and you’re still dealing with the B.S. of society? That’s why I’m here tonight, to hear more success stories than sad stories.”