On November 1, The New York Foundling hosted its second annual Fall Fête at The Prince George Ballroom in New York City. Coinciding with the first day of National Adoption Awareness Month, over 300 influential business professionals, community leaders and philanthropists assembled to give back to The Foundling’s mission to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families in New York City.
NY1’s Morning News anchor Pat Kiernan emceed the event, which featured a performance from Haven Kids Rock, the musical group from the Foundling’s charter school Mott Haven Academy in the Bronx, who sang originally-composed songs about their experiences in the child welfare system as well as covers of popular tunes. Raquel Rendon provided a face to the thousands of foster youth The New York Foundling helps by sharing her experiences in foster care and how Foundling programs such as Road to Success tutoring, the Digital Inclusion Program, and the Foundling and ACS’ new College Dorm Project have helped provide the tools she needed to graduate high school and overcome the obstacles in her path. BNY Mellon was honored with the Corporate Citizenship Award for their devotion to empowering foster youth through technology training, and the Alex Minasian Jazz Trio entertained guests throughout the evening.
“New York Foundling gave me something that I didn’t have before – and that was a family,” said New York Foundling client Raquel Rendon. “The Foundling does more than place kids in foster homes. They give kids a sense of empowerment, and they made learning academically possible and achievable for me. I’m thankful to everyone from The Foundling who has helped me over the past five years, as they’ve become my support system, my friends, and my family.”
“The New York Foundling believes in the long-term value of helping children, and the best predictor of long-term achievement is education,” said Kiernan. “We thank all who support The Foundling’s programs that ensure the success of New York City’s foster youth, helping them to reach their goals.”