The New York Foundling to Receive Savoy Foundation’s 2019 Chivalry Award

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The New York Foundling to receive the Savoy Foundation's Seventh Annual Chivalry Award at the Foundation's Annual Spring Reception - Festa della Primavera - on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in New York City. The event will Benefit the Foundation’s Inaugural Charitable Initiative – Chivalry for Children’s Causes.


The Savoy Foundation confers its Seventh Annual Chivalry Award upon the New York Foundling for its 150 years of responding to the societal needs of children and families and maintaining the highest level of respect for the inherent dignity and value of every human person

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders is pleased to announce that The New York Foundling is the recipient of the Foundation’s 2019 Chivalry Award in recognition of its 150th anniversary of its founding by the Sisters of Charity and dedication to community service, helping children and their families cope with the challenges of caring, raising and enriching the lives of inner city children.

The New York Foundling is an outstanding and nationally recognized institution which has served the City and the Empire State. Its comprehensive spectrum of community support services is designed to empower the vulnerable children and families of New York. While social situations and the approach to its mission have evolved, The New York Foundling continues to share its founders’ belief that no one should ever be abandoned, and that all children deserve the right to grow up in loving and stable environments. Mr. Bill Baccaglini, the President and Chief Executive Officer will accept the honor on behalf of The New York Foundling on Tuesday evening, June 11, 2019 during the Foundation’s annual spring fundraiser - Festa della Primavera - at the Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse in New York City.

The Savoy Foundation established the Chivalry award to recognize those who carry forth the humanitarian and hospitaller mission of the centuries-old Savoy Orders of Knighthood and Merit. The Chivalry Award is a humanitarian award that celebrates the vision and endeavor of an individual or organization, whose charitable work, public service and exemplary conduct have contributed significantly to the betterment of the community and world for their work in either the fields of educational practice or public policy, medical innovation and community service.

In a joint statement, Messrs. Carl Morelli and Joseph Sciame, respectively Chairman of the Board and President of the Savoy Foundation, hailed the occasion: “We are particularly honored this year to confer our Seventh Annual Chivalry Award upon The New York Foundling, an institution that has functioned for almost 150 years and performed its activities in a most admirable, charitable and chivalric way. It has consistently responded to the societal needs for many generations, making a difference in the lives of children and families alike. We look to The New York Foundling as a charity that cares and maintains the highest level of respect for the inherent dignity and value of every human person.”

The spring reception on June 11 begins at 6:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 7:15 pm. Ms. Vivian Cardia is the Event Chair. Two hundred guests are expected to attend the stellar event at the Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse, 8 East 69th Street in New York City. Tickets to the Festa della Primavera Spring Awards Reception begin at $350 per person. Junior tickets are available at $250 per person.


The American Delegation of Savoy Orders, which includes the United States of America, is among 35 delegations of the Savoy Orders located throughout Europe, the Americas and Japan. The Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy are among the oldest orders of chivalry in the world. Their origins and their principles, traditions and humanitarian goals, like those of the Royal House of Savoy that has the hereditary right to confer them, date back a thousand years. The American Delegation of Savoy Orders through its charitable arm, the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, contributes to humanitarian, hospitaller and charitable projects and initiatives in the United States and abroad, particularly in healthcare and hospice care, disaster relief, education programs and children's causes.

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization headquartered in New York City, supports local, national, and international charities focusing on medical, educational, social assistance and humanitarian fields, including philanthropy for hospitals, relief agencies, children’s causes and hospice care for the poor, infirm and elderly. The Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Roster Consultative Statues with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

For more information on supporting the causes of the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, see below.
Larissa Van Duser, Executive Director, American Foundation of Savoy Orders
amsavoy(at), +1 212 972 0495

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