The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) hosted its annual Food & Wine Gala at the prestigious Metropolitan Club on November 7th, 2017. The event was attended by business leaders, public figures, and major philanthropists who enjoyed an evening of inspiration and action. The gala, which is the highlight of the organization’s year, celebrates NYSPCC’s continued work in investigation, removal, and placement of abused and neglected children.
This year’s gala featured renowned Chef Michael Ferraro, co-owner and executive chef of New York’s Delicatessen and Macbar, who designed a one-of-a-kind, four course menu for the roughly 250 guests. The food was delectable — most notably, Chef Michael’s fennel pollen dusted Long Island duck breast with coriander confit carrots, which was perfectly paired with a selection of wines, including those from La Scolca, Marziano Abbona and Baer Winery.
While the guests were enjoying their phenomenal meal, the evening’s host, Deborah Norville, Inside Edition anchor, and member of The NYSPCC’s Children’s Council, led a fascinating discussion on all things food with Nina and Tim Zagat, the co-founders of the world-famous Zagat Guide. Norville has been a strong supporter of NYSPCC. Her passion to support the program came from her roots as a local reporter in Chicago, which deeply motivated her to continue help exposing child abusers in New York City. She has served on the Children's Council for years, and has emceed the Food & Wine Gala many times.
"The statistic in New York is that every day there are 244 reported cases of child abuse," said Norville, stressing that many abuses go unreported every day. "That means that during the time we're at this dinner, 30 kids will be physically assaulted, sexually abused, or just emotionally traumatized. All the money that is raised here goes to help those children heal," Norville continued.
Celebrated auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla steered the gala’s reverse auction; and the entire event raised over $700,000 to fund The NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program, which offers a specialized therapeutic program for children, ages 5-18, who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, traumatic bereavement, or who have witnessed family violence. The agency’s unique work serves as a model for child welfare agencies across the nation.
“We are the go-to agency for New York City” said Dr. Mary L. Pulido, Executive Director of The NYSPCC, who delivered a heartfelt speech about the need to protect children from abuse and neglect. “When you hear about a horrific story in the media, we are called to help. When a child endures indescribable abuse, we are called to provide counseling in our trauma recovery program.” Dr. Pulido introduced a video that featured the Society’s programs and personal stories from some of the children who have benefited from them. One of those children, now an adult, was Private First Class Alex Miranda, who was present at the event and received a standing ovation from the audience.
Child abuse is a national tragedy which affects millions of children and families every year. We need to work together to help strengthen and support families so that we can prevent such tragedies from occurring. This night's gala reiterate our belief in the American spirit and its power to bring renewed energy and commitment to securing the future of our Nation’s children.
ABOUT THE NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN
Established in 1875, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) was the first child protection agency in the world. Throughout its distinguished history, The NYSPCC has sought to develop and implement innovative mental health, legal and educational programs that protect children from harm and ensure their healthy development.
Today, the organization offer and promote programs aimed at the prevention of child maltreatment and the lessening of its harmful effects. Since its incorporation 140 years ago, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on behalf of over 2,000,000 children. The NYSPCC has also educated over 50,000 professionals who work with children on how to identify and report suspected child abuse and neglect.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NYSPCC: https://www.nyspcc.org/
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