House of Cards’ Michael Kelly at New York Center For Children 22nd Annual Spring Celebration Benefit

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Actor Michael Kelly was just one of the many guests supporting this year’s annual New York Center for Children’s Spring Celebration Benefit at Clement Restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City.

The organization celebrating over 20 years of helping children who have experienced abuse achieve their potential, featured a live jazz performance by Lucas Pino, along with strolling magic by Ben Nemzer.

The event emceed by standup comedian Jason Salmon raised approximately $140,000 toward the organization’s mission to support victims of child abuse and their families.  Over 125 supporters participated in a silent auction with highlights including an 18 Hole Golf Round For 4 at Scarsdale Golf Club, A Day of Beauty at Angelo David Salon and 10 Mind & Body Classes at Exhale Spa.

This year’s Sponsors included: Steve Alden, John Allen, Alexander Brodsky, Debra and Ken Caplan, Kenneth Ceppos, Jean Folsom and Andrew Glassman, Sandra Glassman, Ronnie and Marty Foont, Michael Haggen, Heidi and Colin Mitchell, James Martin, Meghan and Darryl Pardi, Katrina and Don Peebles, Christine Rales, Amy and Allan Reine, Sheri Sandler, Linda Schoenthaler, Kate and Andy Spade and Susan Warren. Corporate Sponsors of the evening are: The Peninsula, Globe Tax, Skyline Restoration, 26 Five, Broadridge, Brookfield, Mariner Wealth Advisors, Proskauer, GreenOak and PIMCO Foundation.

Founded in 1995, NYCC is the only independent center in New York City to provide free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse and their families, for as long as their healing requires. The dedicated staff will never turn a child in need away. NYCC is a nonprofit that relies on donations to ensure it is able to provide these services.

Honorary Chair of the NYCC Board of Directors, Kate Spade, believes that at the Center, “Children are supported in their journey to a safer place.” To date, the center has helped more than 15,000 families receive care. The NYCC also provides groundbreaking training programs on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse, attended by medical students, doctors, nurses and first responders worldwide. More than 20,000 professionals have been trained through NYCC’s educational programs.


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