New York – Children’s Aid hosted its 13th annual Benefit on Oct. 19 at the historic Ziegfield Ballroom in Manhattan. This year’s honoree, Centerbridge Partners, L.P., have been longtime advocates of the agency’s mission.
The event raised more than $2 million, which will directly support our programs. Each year, Children’s Aid serves nearly 50,000 youth and their families primarily in targeted, under-resourced neighborhoods across New York City.
“Like the relationships we have with our families, our partnership with Centerbridge is not one-note,” said President and CEO Phoebe C. Boyer. “They come with trust in our expertise and leadership and a willingness to deeply extend theirs.
“They have invested in everything from helmets and bikes for kids to mental health for families and professional development for staff. Centerbridge not only gave us a multi-year grant to streamline and improve our community school model, they buttressed it with more than a million dollars’ worth of pro-bono expertise from Bain, a world-class consulting firm.”
This year’s Benefit theme, “Believe in your next chapter,” evoked a storybook-like world of wonder and possibility. Like readers of so many adventure novels, our agency is excited about what our next chapter looks like.
“When children and families turn to Children’s Aid for support, guidance, and opportunity, they are imagining and bringing about a better world for themselves,” said Malia Poai, Director of Events. “Children’s Aid supports children and families through each conflict and resolution as they write the next chapter of their story.”
The 2023 Benefit, which continued our hybrid model with a dedicated livestream, raised over $2 million dollars.
The 2023 Benefit was sponsored at the Ambassador and Champion Level by Coleman Family Ventures and Mark Gallogly and Lise Strickler respectively; and at the Hero level by Leslie and Ashish Bhutani; Beth and Ira Leventhal; Lynn and Rick McNabb | Salt Flats; Melkus Family Foundation; Jill and Brian Olson; Lauren Razook Roth and John Roth; Amy and Charlie Scharf; and Suzanne Waltman and Martin Friedman.
The Benefit was chaired by Leslie and Ashish Bhutani; Beth and Ira Leventhal; Jill and Brian Olson; and Suzanne Waltman and Martin Friedman.
About Children’s Aid
Children’s Aid is committed to ensuring that there are no boundaries to the aspirations of young people, no limits to their potential. After nearly 200 years of serving New York City’s children, youth, and their families, we know what it takes to ensure children and youth grow up strong and healthy and ready to thrive in school and life: excellent education and health care, social-emotional support, and strong stable families. Today, we serve nearly 50,000 children, youth, and their families in New York City.
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