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The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Hosts Its Annual Fall Benefit at the Metropolitan Club

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

RECAP: On Monday, November 17, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world’s first child protection agency, held its annual fall benefit at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. The NYSPCC’s Gala Wine Dinner benefit featured a menu designed by renowned chef Anita Lo, of Annisa, and author of Cooking Without Borders. Jay McInerney, best-selling author and wine critic, served as sommelier of the evening. The second annual Gala Wine Dinner featured excellent wines from the Napa Valley’s, Tournesol. Bob and Anne Arns, Tournesol’s proprietors, were honored for their outstanding support of the NYSPCC. The evening’s host was Deborah Norville. There were 265 guests in attendance.

Joan Granlund served as the evening’s Dinner Chair. The Dinner Co-Chairs included Lou Buglioli, Neil and Amanda Friedman, Maarit and Thomas H. Glocer, Joan Granlund, Penny Grant, M.D., Kimberly Guilfoyle, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Tania Higgins, Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner, M. David and Mary Alice Sherrill. Dr. Mary Pulido is the Executive Director of The NYSPCC. David Stack serves as the President of The NYSPCC Board of Directors.

The evening raised more than $530,000. Proceeds from the event benefit The NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program. The Trauma Recovery Program provides free mental health treatment for children who have experienced traumatic events, such as physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and family violence.

Notable attendees included:

Chef Anita Lo (Annisa), Jay McInerney (author and columnist, Town & Country) and Anne Randolph Hearst, Deborah Norville (Inside Edition) and Karl Wellner, Joan Granlund (Dinner Chair), Dr. Mary Pulido (Executive Director, The NYSPCC), David Stack (President, The NYSPCC Board of Directors), Bob and Anne Arns (honorees), Lou Buglioli, Neil and Amanda Friedman, Maarit and Thomas H. Glocer,  Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Tania Higgins, Penny Grant MD, M. David and Mary Alice Sherrill, Joe and Carolyn Reece, Holly Kelly and Andrew Lipsky, Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, Kimberly Guilfoyle (Fox News), Ainsley Earhardt (Fox News), Matt Miller (Bloomberg News), Mark Newhouse, Tim and Elizabeth Mayhew, Jean Shafiroff, Joy Marks, Susan Shin,  Christine Mack, Antonia and Spiros Milonas, Dayassi and Paul Kanavos, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Barbara Regna, Kathleen Giordano, Dan Healy, David Cote, Robin Meltzer, Lisa Lori, Alexandra and Edward Sheehan, Steve and Linda Forrester, Janna Bullock, Jeffrey and Ashley McDermott.

About The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children:

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), founded in 1875, is the first – and one of the most highly respected – child protection agencies in the world. The NYSPCC responds to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal and educational services. Through research, communications and training initiatives, we work to expand these programs to prevent abuse and help more children heal.

The NYSPCC’s unique work is used as a model for child welfare agencies across the nation. Since its founding, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on the behalf of over two million children, and has educated over 46,000 professionals on how to identify and report child abuse and neglect. Visit www.nyspcc.org for more information.


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