On Tuesday, January 24, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff brought together several dozen supporters of the New York City Mission Society to begin planning for the Champions for Children Gala. The benefit will be held on April 5 at the Mandarin Hotel.
“I am proud to once again chair the annual benefit for this worthy organization, because the New York City Mission Society makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of so many New Yorkers,” said Jean Shafiroff. “Tonight, we are not just throwing a party; we are helping children.”
Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson added,“Through robust programs, events, and services, the Mission Society is leveling the playing field for New Yorkers who live in some of our city’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s important to step up, and use our hands and hearts to change lives for the better.”
The planning event held at the Shafiroffs’ home brought together longtime and new supporters of the nonprofit. In addition to Jean and Martin Shafiroff and Elsie McCabe Thompson, attendees included: Stan Rumbough (Board Member); Kenita Lloyd (SVP of Development & External Affairs); Geoffrey Bradfield; Randi Schatz; Lady Liliana Cavendish; Isabel Rattazzi; Alex Donner; Flo Anthony; Victor de Souza; Helen Shelton; Cole Rumbough; Lee Fryd; Catherine Petree; Natalie Ross; Patricia Shiah; Sophia Bishop; Elaine Bernanke Appelle; Jerry Bonura; R. Couri Hay; and, Matt Rich.
The Gala will be held at the Mandarin Oriental (80 Columbus Circle), starting with cocktails at 6:30 PM followed by dinner and a program, music and dancing. The evening’s honorees and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. For more details about the event and sponsorship opportunities go to nycharities.org.
About The New York City Mission Society: Each year, the non-profit, which has been aiding the city’s underserved communities for over 200 years, helps more than 13,000 children and families with programs, supportive services, and community events. For more information go to: nycmissionsociety.orghttp://www.nycmissionsociety.org.