A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation (ACH) held its seventh annual fundraising gala, Handing Our Children A Brighter Future, on Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Altman Building in Manhattan. Funds raised through the gala will be used to support programs at A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Bereavement Center and provide educational scholarships to children who may have otherwise lost the opportunity to pay tuition with the passing of a parent.
Thank you for joining us for an exciting evening of fine samplings from restaurants and spirit companies in New York City, great music, a silent auction, and an elaborate sweepstakes. Guests felt like kids again by participating in carnival-themed activities and letting their cares run free, all the while raising funds to support the only free-standing, comprehensive Bereavement Center in New York City.
In a special awards presentation, ACH honored Henry Buhl, Founder of the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless, with the Philanthropic Achievement Award, along with Mary M. McCambridge, Founder and President of the Foundation for Grieving Children, Inc., with the Healing Hand Award. ACH was also proud to present 2009 Courage Awards to several individuals in recognition of their bravery and perseverance in the face of a loss: Randolph K. Adler, Jr., Angela Bruzina, Tanya M. Gideonse-Wright, Meredith Golding, Barbara Jackman, Robert Jackman, Erin Jackman, Ross Jackman, Jennifer Nyp, and Lyndsey A. Osorio. Ken Grosso served as the Master of Ceremonies and Live Auctioneer for the evening.
We are very happy to announce that a variety of popular and familiar personalities will joined us at the gala’s VIP party including: Kristen Dalton, the newly crowned Miss USA, Ethan Zohn, Winner of Survivor Africa, Kim Sozzi, recording artist (she performed as well), Oksana Baiul, 1994 Olympic Gold Medalist World Champion Figure Skater, LuAnn de Lesseps, Real Housewives of New York City and Tina Louise, “Ginger” of Gilligan’s Island, among many, many others.
We would like to extend a special thank you and acknowledgement to our generous event sponsors: Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless, Bulova Gale Foundation, Cambium Group, Cassese Family Fund, The Esposito Family, Jordana PR, Marty & Kathy Pelcyger, NY Post, The Oster Family Foundation, PGP Benefits, Reality Cares, The Ruth & Leonard Levy Family Foundation, Soho Partnership, Stuart & Elise Fraser and Tribeca Partnership. Restaurant and beverage sponsors included: AJ Maxwell’s, AOC Wine, Bobby Van’s, Brooklyn Brewery, Bulldog Gin, Danal, Ivy Bakery, Macelleria, Planet Thailand, Po, Ricard Chocolat, Tommy Bahama Rum, Vermicelli and Victor’s Cafe.