Northside Center for Child Development Benefit Raises
Nearly $1 Million
to Provide Critical Services
to Families of East, Central Harlem
New York, NY-June 1, 2009-Harlem’s Northside Center for Child Development, Inc. (www.northsidecenter.org) held its annual fundraiser at renowned Cipriani’s on Thursday, May 28th, raising over $800,000 dollars to benefit children and families across East and Central Harlem. More than 600 guests filled Cipriani’s plush East 42nd Street location to honor two outstanding individuals: Kimberly B. Davis, President, The JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and David B. Snow, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
Each honoree received the Mamie Award, given in tribute to Northside Center’s co-founder Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark for embodying the agency’s finest traditions of giving caring, education, nurturing and self-reliance.
R&B singing sensation and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Mario, who donated his musical talents, kicked off the evening’s festivities by electrifying the crowd with four songs, including his mega hit ‘Let Me Love You’ which brought the crowd to its feet.
The Gala’s emcee, Maurice DuBois, morning anchor for WCBS-TV 2 News and comedian Ben Morrison set the tone for the evening by stressing the importance of the work done by Northside. The response from the crowd was enthusiastic as they began “texting” in their generous pledges – each donation prominently projected onto a huge screen.
But the highlights of the evening were reserved for Kimberly B. Davis and David B. Snow, Jr, as they accepted the Mamie Award to standing ovations. The Early Intervention Program and the Initiative on Race, Identity and Childhood Development, two of Northside’s critical programs, have been realized as a result of the involvement of JP Morgan Chase. As Davis accepted The Mamie award she revealed the reason for her personal commitment to the work Northside does. “Growing up in Chicago in the early 1960’s, I experienced firsthand the support and the advocacy provided by an organization like Northside on behalf of my brother who was born with mental, physical and emotional challenges. Because of my mother’s tenacity and the support of an organization like Northside, today he is an active productive 48 year-old, able to function independently in many aspects of his life”.
For more than 30 years Medco Health Solutions Inc. has been in the forefront, creating and implementing solutions to improve clinical quality and manage the rising cost of healthcare which has had a positive impact on the families and children in East and Central Harlem. “I accept this on behalf of our company and the great things we are doing. I’m honored and the company is honored, and it is a great cause. It is rewarding when the things you do to innovate, to make healthcare better actually work”, stated Snow.
It was a night of firsts as Northside announced the establishment of the Victoria Rubino Memorial Fund-- named after the daughter of Rich Rubino, a Medco employee. Rubino delivered an emotional speech which did not leave a dry eye in the audience. “Tonight on the eve of Victoria’s twenty second birthday, we come together in her honor. You all gave so generously to Northside, taking the collective ache in our hearts and converting that energy into something profoundly positive. In a meaningful way your generosity extends Victoria’s hopes and dreams to children who might not feel a reason for hope or cause for a dream”.
“We could not do the work we do without the generous support of our loyal donors and the tireless efforts of a seasoned, professional staff who are committed to serving the community. The children have captured our hearts and they hold our hearts in their hand as we hold a better life for them in ours”, said Dr. Thelma Dye, Executive Director and CEO of the agency.
About Northside Center for Child Development, Inc.
Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark had a vision for a community in need of comprehensive child and family services. For more than 60 years Northside has been a beacon of light in Central and East Harlem, providing an array of services with attention not only paid to the individual child who is the focus of their work, but also to their families, schools and the community that surrounds them. Northside’s holistic approach sets it apart from other organizations. Each day, over 500 children and families walk through their doors to take advantage of their educational and therapeutic services. The Clark’s ground-breaking research also helped drive the historic Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Northside is and remains a cornerstone of hope for the community.