Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala 2013 - 'High Society'
NEW YORK - APRIL 3: Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala 2013 - 'High Society' on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City, NY Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted their Spring Gala on April 3rd, 2013, welcoming over 600 New Yorkers to Cipriani 42nd Street for an evening of dinner and dancing. The Gala, honoring Caroline and Thompson Dean for their longstanding support of the Neighborhood House, raised $1,350,000 that will go directly toward the organization’s vital programs. The Spring Gala, sponsored by Veranda magazine, featured table tops individually decorated by interior designers, making it a unique and stunning event. Gala Chair, Diana Ronan Quasha, and Leadership Committee members Kathy Angele, Wendy Cebula, Clo Cohen, David Duncan, Lindsey Harper, Kamie Lightburn, Michael McGraw, Mariana Sabater, Christopher Spitzmiller and Margot Takian made another historic evening possible with their generosity and hard work that made this year's gala another success. The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is on East 70th Street between Second and Third Avenues. It is widely recognized as one of New York’s premier nonprofit organizations. The Neighborhood House, is a 119-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated human services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of 20,000 people in need each year, serving those in need from age of 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan. This year’s spring auction, for example, was to raise money to provide nutritious meals, emphasizing the healthy diets for children who come to the Neighborhood House, often daily. Funds raised at the annual gala go for a variety of programs including adult education, children and family services, homeless and housing services, legal advocacy and organizing, older adult services, visual and performing arts, and most importantly the volunteer program. The Spring Gala is for me one of the highlights of the charitable calendar in New York City. If a journalist could have a crush on an organization it would be for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House that provides hope in increasingly uncertain times for those seem to have only despair. There is a reason why LHNH tends to attract volunteers and supporters for life. Once folks in the city come to know and appreciate the import and meaning of the goods works of this organization, a commitment to volunteering and sustaining this organization over the long haul, becomes an inevitable part of one’s mission as a member of our community, especially on the Upper East Side. . Many supporters of LHNH have been supporting the organization since quite early in their professional lives. Over the last decade, in my coverage of this organization, what I have witnessed alone at LHNH, provides not just hope but an example that citizens in a community can and will come together for the greater common good when there is a well run, compassionate organization which centralizes the values of a community and provides a steady breath of fresh air for those who sometimes have little to look forward to in uncertain times. LHNH is not just a symbol of what is righteous in our society but very much a bulwark of our values. This is especially true in these uncertain and unsettling times where more of our fellow citizens find themselves in a vulnerable state. Absent the compassion, care and transitional life programming provided by organizations like the Neighborhood House, the gravity of the situation ultimately poses a far greater threat to the long term stability of our society. LHNH reminds us of the import of meaningful societal collaborations, between a diverse array of citizens, business and creative leaders in a community who, despite divergent interests, come together to formulate and exhibit the values of a strong and cohesive society. It has been a privilege to cover this organization and its committed supporters for nearly a decade now. PHOTO CREDIT: Copyright © 2013 Manhattan Society.com by Christopher Dwight Mejia-London | tel:Private | e-mail: Private | Bookings: email@example.com*****NOTE: More photos and id's to come*******Read More