TUESDAY'S CHILDREN "A Toast to New York Fall Gala"
NEW YORK-WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008,The Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY: More than 200 members of New York’s philanthropic, business, government and civic communities gathered tonight at the sixth annual TUESDAY'S CHILDREN "A Toast to New York" benefit to honor culinary icons Drew and Tracy Nieporent of the Myriad Restaurant Group; John D. Idol, Chief Executive Office, Michael Kors (USA), Inc.; and Congressman Pete King, Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee for their unwavering support of 9/11 families. The event, held at the Rainbow Room, was emceed by Carol Anne Riddell, News 4 New York anchor and reporter. Each of the honorees has contributed significantly not only to Tuesday's Children, but to the entire 9/11 community.Of special note this year was the first-ever presentation of the “Spirit of 9/11 Award” given to 13-year-old Jacob Miller, a young man who donated savings from his Bar Mitzvah to support a new international Tuesday’s Children initiative called Project Common Bond. Tuesday’s Children Board Chair David Weild IV said, “In the wake of September 11th, hundreds of different charities emerged to assist the 9/11 families. Many did good work. Some lasted a few months; some, a couple of years. But today there is only ONE group that provides the services and programs that fill the needs of the entire 9/11 community. And that group is Tuesday’s Children. “No where else can the families and rescue and recovery workers find mentoring programs, life skills training, job preparation and financial workshops, parenting programs, community service programs, ‘take our children to work day’ initiatives, and sometimes just plain old family fun events. Tuesday’s Children truly is the last man standing. Make no mistake, though, we cannot stand alone.” Congressman King, unable to attend due to work obligations, said via videoconference, “Over the past six years I have been so impressed with the great work Tuesday’s Children has done not only for the families who lost loved ones on September 11th, but for everyone impacted by the unspeakable events of 9/11.” Tonight’s honorees join past Leadership Award recipients Katie Couric, New York Giants Hall-of-Famer the late Dick Lynch, Governor George Pataki, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the New York Mets, The NYPD, FDNY and The Port Authority Police Department. Tuesday’s Children also presented 13-year-old Jacob Miller with the first-annual “Spirit of 9/11 Award.” Jacob generously donated savings from his Bar Mitzvah to help support Project Common Bond. This unique annual program brings together teens from around the world who have lost an immediate family member to an act of terrorism. Working with the professionals at Tuesday’s Children, these young people have formed a community of peers that is working to forge a role so they can contribute to the international dialogue about terrorism, peace, meaningful community service and other issues that impact their lives. Through Project Common Bond they are finding ways to build a better – safer – and more tolerant world. MEDIA: Jaime Strohmenger Account Supervisor | Linden Alschuler & Kaplan Public Relations | 1251 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 940, New York, New York 10020 | tel: (212) 575-4545 (main office) (212) 899-4746 (direct) | cell: (646) 763-7862 | e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org PHOTO CREDIT: Copyright © 2008 Manhattan Society.com by Stuart Rinzler | tel:646-753-2429 email:email@example.com and Gregory Partanio |tel:718.614.7740 | e-mail: PrinceGregory@manhattansociety.com*** Please Note More Photos and ID's Coming Shortly***Read More