On The Avenue

Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley Host Southampton Reception

by AVENUE Magazine Photographed by Patrick McMullan/PMC
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley hosted an intimate reception and special performance by singer Cole Rumbough to support the New York City Mission Society on Thursday, August 25 in Southampton. The event was attended by approximately 75 people, and raised $22,000 for the nonprofit, whose aim is to break the cycle of poverty for New York’s children, youth and families.

The event committee was chaired by Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley, and also included Leah and Stanley Rumbough, Secretary of the Board of Directors at New York City Mission Society, son of Mrs. Hartley and proud descendant of the Colgate and Rumbough families, Cornelia and Martin Bregman, and Martin and Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist and previous recipient of the Dina Merrill Hartley Public Service Award.

“New York City Mission Society is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated supporters,” said the nonprofit’s president, Elsie McCabe Thompson. “The funds raised at this event support our mission: to improve the lives of children, youth and families.”

“My family has been proud to serve as longtime supporters of the New York City Mission Society,” said Stanley Rumbough, the third generation of Rumboughs to be involved with the nonprofit. “This is an organization that cares about improving the lives of youth, children and families in our city that need help most. Core to the Mission Society’s mission are caring and compassion; both are what motivated us to get involved, and stay involved all of these years.”

This year’s event was held at the Oreya Southampton at the Capri Hotel. Guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening of food and drinks in a tranquil outdoor setting. Attendees enjoyed dining and were entertained with a special performance by singer Cole Rumbough.

In addition to the host committee, the event was also attended by McCabe Thompson and Riki Lane Larimer, producer of the off-Broadway show Cagney.

All committee members dedicated their time and efforts to garner a wonderful and successful event for 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, their 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, preventing recidivism, 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. Learn more at nycmissionsociety.org


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