2021 Child Center Virtual Gala

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Stay tuned for the date of our 2022 virtual benefit in May

Celebrating the inspiring work of 2020

It’s not too late! Donate now and have your donation matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.

View the recording of our inspiring gala!

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., The Child Center of NY held its first-ever Virtual Gala. Although it looked different from previous galas, we were grateful for the opportunity to shine a light on the incredible difference our staff has made in the lives of 40,000 children, families, and their communities, in the toughest circumstances. Our clients faced unimagined hardships this year, and the work of our staff has inspired hope and offered real, tangible support and relief where it is needed most.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, New York State deemed The Child Center’s work essential. Far from closing programs and decreasing services, The Child Center scaled up and broadened the scope of what we do in highly creative and responsive ways that will endure. It was our great honor to dedicate the 2021 Gala to these essential workers: the profoundly skilled and passionate staff of The Child Center of NY, who showed up every day and made it all happen for the clients they serve.

It was a wonderful night of celebration and support! If you weren’t able to tune in live, you can watch the recording. We hope you enjoy the performances by both Broadway legends and the budding talent of Child Center students; reflections on extraordinary moments of 2020; an inside look at our staff’s incredible work; and the sense of inspiration and joy that comes from joining together for an important cause.

If you would like to support our work, it’s not too late! Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

Thank you for your support!

Special Performance by

Alan Menken, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award-winning legendary composer

Special Guest

Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Emmy Award-winning public television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur

Gala Committee

Katie Brennan
Pat Jay
Jennifer Milacci
Anna Quintana

P.S. 182 Samantha Smith School, "Be Our Guest," Gala 2017

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For information about the gala, please contact us at gala@childcenterny.org.


  • Angels
    Pat and Dick Jay

  • Champions
    Garrett D'Alessandro and Amy Rappaport Greenberg Traurig, LLP Joseph & Katherine Macari Foundation Nell Shanahan and Adam Schwartz

  • Benefactors
    Barbara Deli, M.D. and Neeraj Bewtra Jennifer Milacci and Marc Scher Pond Family Foundation

  • Mentors
    Anne and Benjamin Bahr Ficalora Family Foundation Jackson Lewis, P.C. Anne Marie Macari Barbara and Conner Mulvee Robert Weinstein

  • Friends
    Julie Amadeo Katie and Jim Brennan Farrell Fritz P.C. Gelvina Rodriguez Stevenson and Family Techworks Consulting, Inc.

  • Rising Stars
    Anonymous Manju and Narindra Bewtra Putney Cloos New York Community Bank Foundation Kathleen Pomara Richmond County Savings Bank Foundation Louise and Erv Shames Greg and Jen Shufro Dr. David and Ilene Siscovick Sterling National Bank

  • Community Builders
    Jeff Brown Robert Falzon Kathryn Kimber Northwell Health Rubenstein Associates

  • VIPs
    Larry and Sophie Dolin Elizabeth Dooley David Feig Julianne Fries Jennifer Gebbie and Adam Mahoney Cynthia and Matthew Haiken Bill MacMillan and Donna Wood Ed & Kari Pope PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP Sr. MD Subir Prasad Karen Reynolds Sharkey Diana Skerl TD Bank Welligent, LLC

  • Advocates
    Erica DeSimone Anna Quintana Joan and Melvin Sokotch Tekniverse Y. Claire Wang, MD

  • Contributors
    Kashif Ahmad Mr. Chuck Alberton Newland and Gayle Baldwin Alma Banuelos David Bjorndal Andrew Block DEEP OUTCOMES LLC Steve Donowitz Daniel Hanwacker Brian Hsieh Martin Jacobson Jason Lippman Solutions, LLC Mr. David Jesurum Elizabeth T. Marren Gaetano Moscatiello Queens Chamber of Commerce Laurie Donnelly and Craig Ratigan Marc Saffren Brian Schlusselberg Elisa Strauss Adam Thorpe Don and Melinda Weber Susan and Bill Whelan Sean Withrow Scott Witter

*As of May 16

Sponsorship Opportunities

Angel Sponsor $100,000

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Your logo/name on gala website with link to your website
  • Platinum Page virtual journal ad
  • Acknowledgement as sponsor
  • Shout-out in gala program

Champion Sponsor $50,000

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Gold Page virtual journal ad
  • Acknowledgement as sponsor
  • Shout-out in gala program

Benefactor Sponsor $25,000

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Silver Page virtual journal ad
  • Acknowledgement as sponsor
  • Shout-out in gala program

Mentor Sponsor $10,000

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Full Page virtual journal ad

Friend Sponsor $7,500

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Half Page virtual journal ad
  • Listing in the virtual journal

Rising Stars $5,000

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Listing in the virtual journal

Community Sponsor $2,500

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Listing in the virtual journal

VIP Sponsor $1,000

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Listing in the virtual journal

Individual Sponsor $750

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Listing in the virtual journal

Sponsor a Client $375

  • Link to Virtual Gala
  • Listing in the virtual journal

Virtual Journal

  • Platinum Page $5,000
  • Gold Page $4,000
  • Silver Page $2,500
  • Full Page $1,000
  • Half Page $600

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Take a look at our list of generous supporters who helped make the 2019 gala a success, benefitting children and families in need.

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