New York, NY (PRWEB) April 06, 2014
Episcopal Social Services (ESS) raised more than $280,000 at its annual spring event on April 2nd at Guastavinos New York. Called “It Takes a City to Raise a Child”, the event was co-chaired by Empire State sponsors Morgan Stanley and Gail Coleman & Saul Kupferberg.
The event was ESS’ most successful gala to date, thanks to a long list of sponsors and over 330 attendees. 2014 is poised to be a memorable year for ESS, as the organization is expanding through a merger with Queens-based nonprofit Safe Space to serve over 20,000 high-need New Yorkers. Together, ESS and Safe Space offer a wide range of transformative programs including early childhood education, youth development, and family preservation. This summer, ESS will assume a new brand name to signify a new chapter for the organization and a bright future for New York’s highest-need communities.
“It Takes a City” recognized the efforts of the many people – including ESS’ staff members, volunteers, and donors – who make life-changing outcomes possible for children and families in need. The event’s “Sponsor a Future” campaign showcased success stories in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, and guests participated in the initiative by contributing toward their programs of choice and meeting kids and foster parents from ESS and Safe Space’s programs.
“Without support from generous people like our sponsors and guests tonight, we could never provide our full scope of critical services,” said Elizabeth McCarthy, CEO of ESS and Safe Space, as she addressed attendees. “If you speak with the kids and foster parents in attendance tonight, you’ll learn first hand how bright their futures will be.”
Proceeds from the event will be used to support ESS’ efforts to deliver hope and transformative success across New York City. In addition to the Empire State Sponsors Morgan Stanley and Gail Coleman & Saul Kupferberg, the event was generously supported by Grand Central Sponsors Jennifer & Peter Wallace and Julie & Bob Daum.
Episcopal Social Services (ESS) is a nonsectarian organization that positively impacts the lives of children and families in New York’s low-income, high-need communities. We work to close the achievement gap before it begins with high-quality education; partner with families to improve their mental and physical health; and support at-risk teens so they can graduate high school, succeed in college, and pursue ambitious careers. More information on ESS can be found at http://www.essnyc.org.