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Children’s Aid Raises Over $2 Million at Keeping the Promise Benefit

Children’s Aid Raises Over $2 Million at Keeping the Promise Benefit

Over the year New Yorkers have a full calendar of events and galas to attend. But, one particular benefit soared above them all.

On October 18, a heartwarming gathering took place at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Children’s Aid hosted its eighth annual Keeping the Promise Benefit to celebrate the organization’s long history of service to New York City’s children, youth, and families.


Francisco Dominguez, Shyonna Mapp, Amy Engel Scharf (Children’s Aid Board Chair), Phoebe Boyer, Kevin P. Ryan, Andre Cartier, Demetria Mack, Rusmelyn Paulino (Photo Credit Lily Kesselman)

Hundreds of guests gathered to raise over $2 million to benefit the organization that is changing lives and shaping the future of our great city.

“When children are offered high-quality learning opportunities that unlock their potential and are surrounded by a strong community of support, there is no limit to what they can achieve,” stated Phoebe C. Boyer from the dinner. “Now more than ever, we at Children’s Aid understand the effects of poverty on children, and we have built a modern organization to respond to the challenges we face today.”


Kevin P. Ryan (Photo Credit Lily Kesselman)

The organization honored Kevin P. Ryan, chairman and founder of Business Insider, GILT, MonogoDB, Zola, Workframe, and Nomad Health for his corporate leadership and commitment to creating opportunities for young people.


The night opened with a touching and fun dance routine by the Milbank Dancers as guests gathered in the gorgeous room beautifully designed by Rafanelli Events.

Throughout the evening, Children’s Aid highlighted its continuum of services that support kids and families every step of the way from birth to and through college. Featured were Children’s Aid youth who served as the evening’s co-hosts: Shyonna Mack, 16, and a junior at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, and Francisco Dominguez, 17, a senior at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx.

Ryan was honored because of his sustained commitment to causes firmly aligned with the mission of Children’s Aid, including the health and welfare of people living in under-resourced communities, quality education, and human rights issues.

“It’s important for us all to understand the challenges that exist right here where we live,” said Ryan. “When you see Children’s Aid in action, you can’t deny that when the barriers that poverty creates are knocked down, these kids are unstoppable.”


Elizabeth Banes, Chip Lawrence, Ilka Gregory, Christopher Lawrence (Photo Credit Lily Kesselman)

Past benefit honorees include Citi’s Gene McQuaid, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya, SAP’s Bill McDermott, PwC’s Tim Ryan, and Unilever North America’s Kees Kruythoff, Lauren Razook Roth and John Roth, and Tim Ryan served as this year’s Benefit Chairs. Sponsors of the event included, at the Ambassador level, Chase and Stephanie Coleman, Pascaline Servan-Schreiber and Kevin P. Ryan; at the Champion level, Leigh and Charlie Penner; and at the Hero level, Beth and Ira Leventhal, the Melkus Family Foundation, Optimity Advisors, Lauren Razook Roth and John Roth, and Amy and Charlie Scharf.

For more information on this amazing organization  please visit here.

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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