The 7th Annual New Yorkers For Children Fall 2006 Gala raised over $1.3 million in support of children in foster care. The event, held on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at Cipriani 42nd Street, was chaired by Oscar de la Renta, Hugh and Deborra-Lee Jackman, and Stephen and Christine Schwarzman and co-chaired by Sarah Jessica Parker and Kevin Huvane. Honorary Chairs included Commissioners Nicholas Scoppetta and John B. Mattingly.
Diane Sawyer of ABC News presented The New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award, a $10,000 scholarship, to Sha’Rhone Frost, a freshman at John Jay College for Criminal Justice. Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, Vice President of the Fund for the City of New York, received the Nicholas Scoppetta Award for Service to Children. Grammy Award winning musician, LeAnn Rimes, performed.
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, Liv Tyler, Diane Kruger, Damon Dash and Rachel Roy and Hana Soukupova attended. Also on hand were Margherita Missoni, Amy Sacco, Alexis Bryan, Elie and Rory Tahari, Fabiola Beracasa, Lucy Sykes and Euan Rellie, Olivia Chantecaille, Kim Hierston, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Lauren DuPont, David and Sybil Yurman, Zac Posen, Kelly Bensimon, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, and Keren Craig.
We are especially grateful to Gala Vice-Chairs Debbie Bancroft, Jon Blum, Donya Archer Bommer, Susan L. Burden, Lauren Davis, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Susy Korb, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Alexandra Lind Rose, Andrew Saffir, Timothy Ware Schifter, Susan Shin, Orna Shulman, Kelly Behun Sugarman, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Richard E. Frick, Emily Lin, Renee Rockefeller, and Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck for their support of this year’s Gala.
The Fall 2006 Gala was partially underwritten by Nokia and supporters included Vogue, Federated Department Stores, Harry Winston, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Valentino, Marchesa, David Yurman, Chloe, Wachovia Securities and Kiehl’s Since 1851.