On Thursday, September 30, 2010, Tony and Emmy Award winning actor and producer Hugh Jackman was the Guest of Honor at the Children of the City Benefit hosted by WABC Features & Lifestyle reporter Lauren Glassberg. Also in attendance was Miss U.S.A. 2010 Rima Fakih, and recently retired New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree
Online PR News – 29-October-2010 – – On Thursday, September 30, 2010, Tony and Emmy Award winning actor and producer Hugh Jackman was the Guest of Honor at the Children of the City Benefit hosted by WABC Features & Lifestyle reporter Lauren Glassberg. Also in attendance was Miss U.S.A. 2010 Rima Fakih, and recently retired New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree.
Hugh Jackman was so gracious as he mingled with guests and supporters who came out in support of Children of the City. Hugh Jackman also attended to support his friend and honoree, Rocco Basile. Guests gathered at Pier Sixty to help raise awareness of the educational needs and social challenges of underprivileged children in Brooklyn communities. The evening not only featured both a live auction and silent auction, but an exquisite dinner served against the magnificent décor and ambience of Pier Sixty.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Children of the City Rocco Basile was honored by District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, for his tireless efforts in supporting the work of Children of the City. He was also recognized for his positive example of one that can make a great come around when given a second chance. Brooklyn Retail Market Manager for TD Bank Eileen Holmes, was honored with the 2010 Children's Champion Award.
"This Benefit Gala was a tremendous opportunity to invite New Yorkers to partner with us to address the challenges these children have to face" said Joyce Mattera, the dynamic Founder and President of Brooklyn-based Children of the City, who has dedicated her life to helping disadvantaged and neglected children. "With a 48% dropout in a community of over 30,000 children, and 1 out of 4 living in abject poverty, Children of the City is dedicated to changing the culture of poverty" said Mattera.
Since 1981, Children of the City has been serving the underprivileged children in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and their successful After School program model has been used by other organizations throughout New York City. Starting out as a children's prevention outreach in the early years, services have evolved to include educational support, counseling and mentorship, financial and career guidance, legal guardianship, social and life skills training, and much more. Over one thousand children are visited every single month. Services are provided to hundreds on a daily and weekly basis and additional referrals are made to connect the children and their families with partnering agencies, all with the goal to help them break the cycles of poverty and abuse. The staff at Children of the City are dedicated to the young lives they reach every day, helping to give them a better tomorrow.