Chase Bank Underwrites Pre-Gala Reception; 2016 Gala Honoree is Multi-time Grammy-Award-Winner Arturo O’ Farrill, Founder and Artistic Director of Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

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No rain was going to hold this event from happening.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Martin and Jean Shafiroff hosted a pre-gala kickoff cocktail reception for the New York City Mission Society’s Annual Champions for Children Benefit in April 2016.

More than 100 people – including Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, and Don and Katrina Peebles – attended the event, despite the rainy weather!

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Photo Credit: James Edstrom From left to right: Manhattan Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, Gala Chair Jean Shafiroff, New York City Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Martin Shafiroff.11

“We’re extremely grateful to Martin and Jean Shafiroff for their ongoing generosity and support for the Mission Society,” said Elsie McCabe Thompson, President of the Mission Society. “Both have continuously displayed a commitment to improve the lives of youths, young adults, and families in this city. This year’s Gala also will honour multiple Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill, whose Afro Latin Jazz Alliance has partnered with us to foster the love of music in the young adults served by the Mission Society.”

“The Mission Society has been improving the lives of children in New York City for more than 200 years,” said Jean ShafiroffBoard Member and Gala Chair. “What I love most about the Mission Society is that all of us work together with a common mission to combat poverty and create opportunity.”

Led by Jean Shafiroff, this year’s Gala Committee includes Colbert Narcisse (Honorary Chair), Peggy and John Bader, Missy Kilroy and John U. MoorheadLeah and Stanley Rumbough, and Yemi and Patrick Vatel.
Ms. Shafiroff thanked Chase Bank for underwriting the pre-gala reception.
Other attendees at the February 23rd reception included: Stanley Rumbough; Cornelia Guest; Jay Moorhead; Chele Chiavacci; Patrick Vatel; LTC Francis W. Kairson, Jr. (Ret.); Laura Flavin; Lucia Hwong Gordon; Edgar Batista; Flo Anthony; Hector E. Baez; Kim Bingham; Taylor Burns; Rita Cosby; Natasha Das; Victor De Souza; Lisa Downing; Lee Fryd; Dawn Marie Grannum; Shannon Hales; Chiu-Ti Jansen; Brooke Laing; Nicole Noonan; Lauren Roberts; Randi Schatz; Marietta Ulacia; Consuelo Costin Vanderbilt; and, George Wayne.


The annual Champions for Children benefit will be held on April 13, 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental at 80 Columbus Circle in Manhattan.
That evening, the Mission Society will honor Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) Founder and Artistic Director Arturo O’Farrill, who this February won another Grammy. Last year, ALJA partnered with the Mission Society to launch G.R.I.O.T. (Global Rhythms in Our Tribe), an educational program that provides free musical instruction to youth in Harlem and surrounding areas.
 At the Gala, cocktails will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by an awards ceremony and dinner at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.nycmissionsociety.org/2016-champions-for-children-gala/
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About New York City Mission Society
The New York City Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, restorative justice, cultural enrichment, and workforce development programs make a positive, long-term impact on youth in the City’s most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, combating violence, and providing career opportunities. Each year, we serve more than 13,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events.
For more information,
Contact: Rachel Klein, rachel@anatgerstein.com, 917-209-9794
    Jeff Simmons, jeff@anatgerstein.com, (917) 673-0024
Thank you to Mitchell Acks for story.

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