The Children’s Aid Society honored Stanley Bergman, president and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., and Dr. Michael Carrera, vice president of the Adolescence Division of Children’s Aid, at its fourth annual gala, held yesterday at event space 583 Park in New York City. The Keeping the Promise gala raised $1.6 million for Children’s Aid, which provides comprehensive support for tens of thousands children and their families throughout New York City each year at more than 40 schools, community centers, health clinics and through foster care services.
Stanley Bergman was presented with the Corporate Leadership Award in recognition of his strong advocacy for children, especially in the promotion of health services for youth.
“Stan has used his extraordinary leadership to be a powerful advocate for our city’s children and their physical well-being,” said Children’s Aid President and CEO Phoebe Boyer. “We are so glad to have him and Henry Schein as partners in the work to keep all children in good health.”
Dr. Michael Carrera, vice president of the Adolescence Division of Children’s Aid, received the Promise Award for his three decades of service in helping teens reach their potential. Every year, 5,000 youth in 12 states benefit from the CAS-Carrera program, which employs an “above the waist” approach to helping young people succeed academically and in life.
“It would be impossible to count the number of people whose lives are better having come into contact with Mike Carrera and his pregnancy prevention program,” said Phoebe Boyer. “His approach helping teens exert control over their lives and destinies was once revolutionary. Today, it’s the standard for excellence.”
The Children’s Aid Society offers a continuum of services to young people living in poverty in New York City. Beginning with prenatal services and stretching through to a young person’s graduation from college, our cradle-through-college pathway is designed to provide the right services in the right places whenever a person’s path to success is threatened.
The event, which drew more than 400 guests, was hosted by Nyuma Gumaneh, a senior at Discovery High School, and Denny Peña, who participated in a number of Children’s Aid programs at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School and now attends Ithaca College, where he is currently studying business.
A live auction hosted by NBC-4’s Bruce Beck raised $38,000 from bids on items such as tickets to the Super Bowl.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.