On The Avenue

Mission Makes Merry at the Mandarin Oriental

by Ben Diamond Photographed by Owen Hoffmann/PMC
Friday, April 7, 2017

The New York City Mission Society threw its annual Champions for Children Gala on Wednesday. Held at the Mandarin Oriental, the event honored Diahann Carroll (of Julia and Dynasty fame), businessman Don Peebles, and board members Dina Merrill Hartley and Lloyd W. Brown, II.

Emceed by WABC’s Bill Ritter, the night also featured performances by Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge, bandleader Alex Donner and students in GRIOT, the Mission Society’s afterschool music education program.

“This was such an unbelievable evening, our most exciting Champions for Children event on record,” said Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson. “We were privileged to have such distinguished and legendary honorees, all committed to improving the lives of the children, young adults and families who we serve.”

The New York Mission Society is dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and their families through academic support, community outreach and social services. Their work helps more than 12,000 children every year. More than 340 guests attended this year’s benefit, including Cicely Tyson, B Michael, Gayle King, David Dinkins, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and gala co-chairs Jean Shafiroff and Katrina Peebles. Together, they helped raise $500,000.


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