On September 21st, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) raised over $1.6 million to benefit youth in foster care at the 2010 Fall Gala presented by CIRCA. The live auction by Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s raised more than $400,000 to support educational programs. This year’s event honored Keith Bulluck, New York Giants’ All-Pro Linebacker, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award. The evening was hosted by Selita Ebanks who grew up in foster care in New York City and Grammy Award Winning Artist Estelle performed.
The 2010 Fall Gala Co-Chairs were Henry and Vanessa Cornell, Oscar de la Renta, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Tina and Peter Harf, Kevin and Erika Liles, and Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai. NYFC recognized Keith, a native New Yorker, for his longtime commitment and philanthropic efforts benefitting young people in foster care. At the age of 12, Keith was placed in foster care when his mother could no longer care for him. In 2003, he founded The Keith Bulluck Believe & Achieve Foundation to help youth in foster care in Tennessee and New York.
This year’s Vice Chairs were Donya and Scott Bommer, Susan L. Burden, Alina Cho, Chris Del Gatto, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Amanda and Jonathan Eilian, Nicole Esposito, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Marina Killery and David Orentreich, Susan Korb and Joe McInerny, Francois Kress, Pia and David Ledy, Julie and William Macklowe, Nina Matis, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Ana and Henry Pincus, Scott and Candice Posner, Susan Shin, Kelly and Jay Sugarman, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Stephanie and David Wolkoff.
In addition to CIRCA, sponsors for the evening included BNY Mellon, Emmet Marvin & Martin LLP, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Prada, Seward & Kissel LLP, American Express, Ann Taylor, BET Networks, Chloé, CNN, Deloitte, Dior Beauty, Federated Investors, FFAWN, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, J.Crew, KWL Enterprises, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, Miriam Haskell, MTV Networks, N!CE Partners LLC, Oscar de la Renta, and Vanderbilt Hall Hotel, Newport, RI. Additionally, Ann Taylor and Boden will dress the 20 youth in attendance and M•A•C Cosmetics and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.
During the Gala, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman Jamie Niven hosted a live auction providing Gala attendees the opportunity to support youth in foster care as they strive to achieve their educational goals. David Stark Design and Production created event décor for the fourth consecutive year, designing an environment reflective of NYFC’s commitment to helping young people succeed. Music was provided by Sky Nellor during dancing.
A short film by Kat Westergaard was shown during the program which follows two NYFC Guardian Scholars as they strive to overcome the challenges presented in earning a college degree while in foster care. The film featured one of the Inaugural Guardian Scholars who graduated from Hunter College and the other as she transitioned to college with the support of the Hugh Jackman NYFC Guardian Scholarship. Click here to watch the film.