On Election Night, a Vote For Children

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Vicky Cornell, widow of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and founder of the Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation, attended The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (The NYSPCC)’s annual Food & Wine Gala Tuesday night, November 6, at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. Hosted by Deborah Norville, the evening was a lucrative success for one of the most highly respected child protective agencies in the world.

Executive Director of the NYSPCC Dr. Mary Pulido, President of The Board Karl Wellner, Norville, Cornell, former Reuters CEO Tom Glocer and his wife, NYSPCC Board Members Maarit Glocer, David and Sarah Stack, and and Dr. Penny Grant, Moncler VP Lara Meiland-Shaw, entrepreneur Kathleen Giordano, fashion designer Laura Garcia, and Krista Corl  were all in attendance at the lavish event, which featured an exclusive menu catered by Chef Costas Spiliadis of Estiatorio Milos, with world-class Greek wines donated by George Spiliadis, Founder of Cava Spiliadis.

All of the evening’s guests chose to dine with the NYSPCC instead of tuning in to midterm election results, knowing that their money and their time benefited an extremely important cause — The NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program, which offers a specialized therapeutic program for children, ages 5-18, who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, traumatic bereavement, or who have witnessed family violence. Perhaps, regardless if their leanings, they also chose not to spend a full night enduring the trauma of the latest turn of the news cycle.

After opening remarks from Norville, who has worked with NYSPCC’s Children’s Council for years, Dr. Pulido addressed a room of over 150 guests, speaking about why helping vulnerable children is so important.  Pulido presented a video of the agency’s work, then brought two mothers whose children were saved by The NYSPCC to the stage to speak.

The evening ended with a reverse auction and raised an impressive $500,000.




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