Children's Aid Announces Honorees for 5th Annual Gala

NEW YORK, NY – The Children’s Aid Society will honor Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder, CEO, and chairman of Chobani, and Harold “Terry” McGraw III, the chairman emeritus of McGraw Hill Financial at the Fifth Annual Keeping the Promise Gala on Thursday, November 12, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the event space 583 Park Avenue.

“The Children’s Aid Society is extraordinarily fortunate to count these two leaders as allies in our mission to help young people throughout New York City realize their potential,” said Children’s Aid President and CEO Phoebe C. Boyer. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to recognize all they have done to support this critical cause in New York City and beyond.”

Ulukaya will receive the Corporate Leadership Award in recognition of his passion and commitment to positive, lasting change in the lives of those in need, here in New York and around the world. His company has become one of the fastest growing in the world, with nearly 2,000 employees. Ulukaya created the Chobani Foundation as the charitable arm of Chobani “to empower organizations and individuals who exemplify what it means to be a Shepherd – one who gives without expecting anything in return, working selflessly for a better world, while possessing a generous spirit.” 

“I’m thrilled to be able to stand with Children’s Aid because of its commitment to creating long-lasting change throughout New York City,” said Ulukaya. “I’m especially impressed by what Children’s Aid does to improve children’s health and nutrition, a mission we both share.”

McGraw will receive the Promise Award in recognition of his commitment to providing vulnerable children with pathways to better lives. McGraw joined McGraw-Hill in 1980, and under his leadership, the company grew significantly and transformed to focus on credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics for the global capital and commodity markets. McGraw serves on a number of business and nonprofit boards, including the New York Public Library and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.

“The Children’s Aid Society has been a powerful force for children and families for as long as I can remember,” said McGraw. “I know that New York City’s best days lie ahead, and Children’s Aid will play a key role by creating opportunities for young people living in today’s most challenged communities.”

This Fifth Annual Gala will feature a program with Phoebe C. Boyer and youth who benefit from the organization’s cradle-through-college continuum of services designed to help young people realize their potential, succeed in school, and become college ready. The event is expected to raise more than $1 million to support these programs.

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The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, nonprofit organization established to serve the children of New York City.  Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/ (917) 204-8214, email or visit

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