Northside Center for Child Development Benefit Raises Over $1 Million
to Provide Critical Services to Families of East, Central Harlem
New York, NY-May 21, 2010--Harlem’s Northside Center for Child Development, Inc. held its annual fundraiser at the renowned and beautifully renovated Plaza Hotel on Thursday, May 20th, raising over $1,000,000 dollars to benefit children and families across East and Central Harlem. More than 600 guests filled the Plaza’s Grand Ballroom to honor three distinguished individuals: Joan Carangis Jakobson, a Northside volunteer for nearly 20 years and a Former NY Times Sunday Magazine Columnist; Anthony Edson, Northside Board Member and Co-Founder of Stone Tower Capital; and Steve Scheinfeld, Corporate partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP, a premier, full-service law firm.
Ms. Jakobson and Mr. Edson each 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. While Mr. Scheinfeld received the Corporate Community Achievement Award for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s service to Northside.
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 and to the audience’s delight, it was announced that the total pledges were generously matched by an anonymous donor.
Guests were given a glimpse of Northside through the performance of the New Generation After School Dancers, who performed a Jackson Five inspired choreographed piece, and Northside student Omari, who shared his poignant “Ways to Survive Foster Care”. Honoree Presenters were assisted by four talented Northside children who were selected to be Teen Ambassadors For The Northside Awards.
The precocious Apollo Theatre Child Stars of Tomorrow performer, Lianah Sta.Ana, mesmerized the audience with here rendition of Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All”. And her dedication of each of her selections toward the Northside children was very inspiring as well.
“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.