Event Recap: The New York Center For Children Holds Spring Celebration 2023 With Special Guest, Denyce Graves

The New York Center for Children (NYCC) hosted their Annual Spring Celebration at The Peninsula New York in New York City.


The NYCC celebrated 28 years of helping New York City’s children heal from abuse.  The event was generously hosted by The Peninsula New York, a treasured partner of NYCC since 2009.  This year’s Spring Celebration focused on the important role of art in helping children heal and raised over $150,000 for NYCC’s vital services.


Founded in 1995, NYCC provides trauma focused therapy services to children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, for as long as their healing requires. NYCC’s services to children and families are free of charge and NYCC relies on donations to ensure it is able to provide these services.


The benefit helped to raise funds for the Center’s work in healing, prevention and education. This year’s event featured special guest, internationally celebrated mezzo soprano, Denyce Graves.

The benefit included children’s artwork and a silent auction which featured exciting travel opportunities, fine dining, and fashion accessories among others.


Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served during the beautiful event at The Peninsula New York and all proceeds of the night benefited the center.

Notable Attendees

The NYCC Board included: Christine Rales (Chair), Amy Bluestone (Treasurer), Lauren Vernon (Secretary), Nina DohertyAnton Finucane-CourregesNancy GellerBarbara Harrison, and Gretchen Mathews.


Rajaie Khoury, Carter Nelson, Alexandra Van Orsdale, Christine Rales, Damian Samora, Robert Stilin
Amy Bluestone, Ann Stocknoff, Christopher Diep
Paul Russell, Christeen Russell, Christine Crowther, Tara Wilkinson, Liz O’Leary, Craig Filipacchi
Guest, Vijay Brihmadesam, Bhavna Agnihotri, Bill Goldsmith
Drena Fagen
Maribel Lieberman
Jean Shafiroff
Olga Ferrara

Brigitte Segura
Nancy Geller, Lauren Vernon, Barbara Harrison, Gretchen Mathews
Anton Finucane-Courreges, Amy Bluestone, Lauren Vernon, Nancy Geller, Christine Rales, Barbara Harrison, Gretchen Mathews, and Nina Doherty

Champions for Children included:  Meghan PardiLinda and Avi RosenVanessa RosenthalLena and Vito TanziCourtney Van FechtmannTara Wilkinson & Craig Filipacchi.

Corporate Event Sponsors included: The Peninsula New York, Latham & Watkins LLP, Red Gate Bakery, AIG, PwC, Tradeweb, Epic Insurance Brokers & Consultants, Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, and Robert Stilin.

Photos by: S Eichner for Rob Rich / Society Allure

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