Raising over half a million dollars, over 340 people attended the New York City Mission Society’s annual Champions for Children Gala.The organization is committed to helping youth and families in the city’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. In a room filled with socialites and some of New York’s most respected individuals, there was me. One of these things is not like the others.
Hosted at the Mandarin Oriental, the event was emceed by WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, who has been a longtime supporter. The two notable guests honored at event were legendary actress and singer, Diahann Carroll, and entrepreneur, Don Peeble. Other guests included Cicely Tyson, Gayle King, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and designer B Michael. Personally, I like to think Mrs. Carroll and I have a lot in common, such as we both are in support of an incredible organization that is changing the lives of kids in New York, providing them with opportunities they would have never experienced.