On Tuesday, September 17th, New Yorkers For Children hosted their 14th Annual Fall Gala to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. This year’s gala honored New Yorkers For Children founder Nicholas Scoppetta for his steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to children in foster care. At the gala, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Commissioner Ronald E. Richter announced that Mayor Bloomberg will dedicate the children’s center to Scoppetta, renaming it the Nicholas Scoppetta Center. Under Scoppetta’s leadership, NYFC has distributed over $50 million to benefit youth in foster care since the organization’s founding in 1996. Now retired from the board of NYFC, Scoppetta has stayed on as President Emeritus.
Co-Chairs of the 2013 Fall Gala included Donya and Scott Bommer, Susan Burden, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Oscar de la Renta, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Lise and Michael Evans, Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Erika and Kevin Liles, Candice and Scott Posner, Kelly and Jay Sugarman, and Lauran and Justin Tuck.
The event, which raised over $1.2 million, featured dinner, dancing, a special musical performance from Common, and a live auction by Sotheby’s Jamie Niven. The evening was hosted by the exceptional young people whose lives have been changed because of their involvement with NYFC. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the NYFC Spirit Award, a $10,000 scholarship awarded annually at the Fall Gala to a young person in foster care enrolled in college. North Shore-LIJ Health System sponsored two Spirit Awards this year in honor of the 10th Anniversary. Other special guests at the event included Guardian Scholars and additional youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.
Additional sponsors included American Express, Armani Exchange, BET Networks, BNY Mellon, by Kilian, The Children’s Aid Society, Frédéric Fekkai, Giorgio Armani, Goldman Sachs, KWL Enterprises, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, North Shore LIJ, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sun Capital Partners, among others. Moda Operandi and Tommy Hilfiger dressed the youth in attendance and M•A•C Cosmetics and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.