Lighting the way for equity in urban education, Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff opened their Park Avenue home for a cocktail reception honoring the Mission Society on Thursday, April 4.
“This is the kick-off for our gala,” Mission Society of New York President Elsie McCabe Thompson told us. “This year we’re calling it the Founding Families Gala, a theme that underscores not only the history of Mission Society but the history that roughly parallels the history of New York. It was just two decades after NYC was the capitol of the nation that Mission Society was founded. Back then, NYC was less than 100,000 people. We’ve always tried to take care of those new residents who were less able and that’s part of our story.”
“Mission Society of New York City has been changing lives for more than two centuries, and I’ve been privileged – and humbled – to witness the impact it continues to make,” said Jean Shafiroff, who has, in turn, made her own mark on Mission, bringing a higher profile to the cause. “I encourage you to attend this year’s Founding Families Gala, where you will support programs that serve underserved children in New York City.”
The Gala – co-chaired by Jean Shafiroff, Katrina Peebles, and Stanley H. Rumbough – will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at Capitale (130 Bowery in Lower Manhattan). To purchase tickets to the Gala and learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit: www.foundingfamilies.org.
The launch event, drew 100 attendees including: Geoffrey Bradfield, Emma Snowden Jones, New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Janna Bullock, Edgar Batista, Cole Rumbough, Jay Moorhead, Matthew Mamak, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Matt Richard, Flo Anthony, Jason Daniel Fair, and Jarrod Freeman. Performing at the event was pianist Micah McLaurin.
Since 1812, the Mission Society of New York (Mission) has provided services and programming for over 6.5 million youth and families in New York City’s most underserved communities. Throughout the course of our history, Mission has worked to end intergenerational poverty by providing transformative educational opportunities for the city’s most vulnerable youth.
Mission administers interactive after school Out-of-School time (OST) learning, summer enrichment, as well as college and career development programs to nearly 4,000 of the most vulnerable students at 11 of our existing New York City public school sites. In addition, Mission actively engages parents and guardians, provides support for local schoolteachers, and prioritizes the professional development of our own staff – nearly 60% of whom are from the communities we serve.
For more information, visit www.nycmissionsociety.org.