Annual Spring Dinner Dance

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2016 Spring Dinner Dance

On April 7, 2016, New Yorkers For Children’s Friends Committee will celebrate the 13th Annual Spring Dinner Dance at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. Benefiting the nearly 11,000 youth in foster care in NYC, this festive and fashionable event typically sells out before the invitations are even mailed. Guests will enjoy cocktails, a luxury silent auction, dinner and dancing! The evening also features a programmatic live auction supporting NYFC’s Back-to-School Package Program.

For ticket and table information, please contact Jennifer Houston at jhouston@innovativephilanthropy.net

You can also download the Spring Dinner Dance response form here 

 

 

 

 

2015 Spring Dinner Dance Presented by Saks Fifth Avenue

The Friends Committee of NYFC invites you to join them on Thursday, April 16, 2015 for the 12th Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête. Presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, the 2015 Spring Dinner Dance will be held at the Mandarin Oriental, New York and will support the nearly 11,000 youth in foster care in New York City.

This year, NYFC is proud to pay tribute to beloved Board Member Oscar de la Renta and celebrate the tremendous impact he had on NYFC’s programs and development. NYFC is forever grateful for Oscar’s remarkable efforts and unwavering desire to help youth in foster care.

This festive and fashionable evening will feature cocktails, dinner, dancing, a luxury silent auction and a special tribute to Oscar de la Renta.

Click here to purchase your tickets and or tables or contact Sheena Julio, Garwood Events at sheena@garwoodevents.com.

Lauren X Khoo and New Yorkers for Children Celebrate the Launch of Lauren X Khoo Fine Jewelry

On February 20, 2014, Lauren X Khoo and New Yorkers for Children (NYFC) hosted a cocktail party at a private Upper East Side townhouse to launch the Lauren X Khoo luxury jewelry collection.  200 notable New Yorkers turned up to meet designer Lauren Khoo, whose brand will serve as Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming NYFC Spring Dinner Dance.  All in attendance celebrated the continuing partnership, as a percentage of sales from the evening benefitted youth in foster care in NYC.

Celebrating in the glamorous house which was decorated with all white flowers and furnishings, were Beth Ostrosky Stern, Allison Aston, Donya Bommer, Deborra-Lee Furness, Marisa Brown, Rory Hermelee, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Susan Shin, Dori Cooperman, Lauren Khoo, Clare McKeon, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Mark Gilbertson, Suzy Biszantz, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Ann Caruso and Kelly Behun Sugarman, Susan Gilroy, Ayla Farnos, Lauren Kenny, Susan Burden, Amy McFarland, Larry Harris, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Allison Harmelin, and Susan Magazine.

WWD, Town & Country, Avenue, and more reported on the event. Click here to purchase tickets to the New Yorkers For Children Spring Dinner Dance Presented by Lauren X Khoo.

 

Elizabeth Steeves, Manager of Special Events and Projects

Elizabeth Steeves has been with New Yorkers For Children since 2009, and Manager of Special Events and Projects since 2013. Elizabeth oversees fundraising events like the Fall Gala and Spring Dinner Dance, as well as volunteer and awareness-raising events like Wrap to Rap. Additionally, she is responsible for online communications and grant writing. Elizabeth graduated from Gettysburg College in 2007 with a BA in Political Science.

2014 Spring Dinner Dance Presented by Lauren X Khoo

On Monday, April 21st, New Yorkers For Children hosted its Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête to benefit youth in foster care in New York City, raising over $620,000. The celebration was presented by luxury jewelry brand Lauren X Khoo who joined Event Chairs Alina Cho, Natalia Gottrett Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Susan Shin, and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos in supporting New York City’s youth in foster care. The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, features dinner, dancing and a silent auction, which featured Lauren X Khoo’s Sensual ring, which inspired the night’s décor.

Chloé served as the Lead Fashion Sponsor of the event, and was joined by additional table sponsors Atelier Swarovski, By Kilian, Gabriela Cadena, Himan Brown Foundation, Jo de Mer, La Perla, MAC Cosmetics, Max Mara, Source Of Hope Foundation, and Sun Capital Partners Foundation.

Special guest and Guardian Scholar Katia Steward addressed the audience, sharing her experiences in foster care. Additional students supported by NYFC were in attendance to celebrate the evening and were styled by the Spring Dinner Dance Event Chairs, Phillips-Van Heusen, MAC Cosmetics, and Glamsquad.

A Fool’s Fête 2013 Presented by Valentino

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Tenth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 9, 2013 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $650,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Valentino served as the Presenting Sponsor, returning to the event after sponsoring the inaugural Fool’s Fête event in 2003. Event Chairs included Derek Anderson, Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Alina Cho, Natalia Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Victor Kubicek, Amy McFarland, Euan Rellie, Susan Shin, and  Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos. The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, featured dinner, music and dancing with DJ D-Nice, a silent auction, and youth speakers Vanessa, Amara and Shavonn.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. Sean John dressed the young men in attendance, David’s Bridal and Via Spiga dressed the young women, and makeup and hair for the youth were styled by Dior Beauty and Frédéric Fekkai.

New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête
Presented by Valentino

On Tuesday, April 9th, New Yorkers For Children will host the 10th Anniversary of its Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April:  A Fool’s Fête to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  The 10th Anniversary celebration will be presented by Valentino, who was also the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Fool’s Fete event in 2003.  The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, features dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

In celebration of the event, New Yorkers For Children is also partnering with Charitybuzz.com to hold a special auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences within the sports, fashion, arts, and dining industries. Visit the auction now to raise vital funds to support New York City’s youth in foster care!

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Fool’s Fête

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, New Yorkers For Children and the Friends Committee will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête at the Mandarin Oriental. In honor of this special anniversary, we invite you to join us as a member of the Anniversary Committee by purchasing a table to ensure that New York City’s nearly 14,000 children in foster care receive the support, guidance and opportunities that every child deserves.

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Fool’s Fête

On Tuesday, April 9th, New Yorkers For Children will host the 10th Anniversary of its Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April:  A Fool’s Fête to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  The 10th Anniversary celebration will be presented by Valentino, who was also the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Fool’s Fete event in 2003.  The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, features dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

In celebration of the event, New Yorkers For Children is also partnering with Charitybuzz.com to hold a special auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences within the sports, fashion, arts, and dining industries. Visit the auction now to raise vital funds to support New York City’s youth in foster care!

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A Fool’s Fête 2012 Presented by CD Greene

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Ninth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 10, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $580,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. CD Greene served as the Presenting Sponsor of the event, which sold out before the invitations were printed. Event Chairs included Allison Aston, Alina Cho, Maggie Cordish, Natalia Gottret Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Euan Rellie and Susan Shin and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos. The evening featured music by DJ Kiss, decor by David Stark, a silent auction, and youth speaker Peterson Rodriguez.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. Pink Tartan dressed the young women in attendance and Dior Beauty and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

A Fool’s Fête 2012 Presented by CD Greene

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Ninth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 10, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $585,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. CD Greene served as the Presenting Sponsor of the event, which, for the sixth year running, sold out before the invitations were mailed. Event Chairs included Allison Aston, Alina Cho, Maggie Cordish, Natalia Gottret Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Euan Rellie and Susan Shin and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos. The evening featured music by DJ Kiss, decor by David Stark, a silent auction, and youth speaker Peterson.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. Pink Tartan dressed the young women in attendance and Dior Beauty and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN Annual Spring Dinner Dance to Benefit Youth in Foster Care Presented by Saks Fifth Avenue

2015 Spring Dinner Dance

On Thursday, April 16, New Yorkers For Children hosted its Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête to benefit youth in foster care in New York City, raising over $755,000. The celebration was presented by Saks Fifth Avenue who joined Event Chairs Dana Auslander, Alina Cho, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Susan Shin, and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos in supporting New York City’s youth in foster care. The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, featured dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

This year’s Fool’s Fête paid tribute to long time Board Member Oscar de la Renta and the tremendous impact he had on NYFC and its students.

Special guest and Guardian Scholar Shavonn Wheeler addressed the audience, sharing her experiences in foster care. Additional students supported by NYFC were in attendance to celebrate the evening and were styled by the Macy’s, MAC Cosmetics, and Glamsquad.

A Fool’s Fête 2011 Presented by Soigne K

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Eighth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 12, 2011 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $575,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  Soigne K served as the Presenting Sponsor of the event, which sold out before the invitations were printed. The Indian themed evening, with decor designed exclusively by David Stark, featured dinner, bollywood dancers, music by DJ Kiss, a silent auction, and a surprise performance by Wyclef Jean.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.  Ann Taylor dressed the young women in attendance and Dior Beauty and Frederic Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

A Fool’s Fête 2010

The Friends of New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) hosted the Seventh Annual Spring Dinner Dance-New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 8, 2010 the Mandarin Oriental, raising nearly $450,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Partnering with NYFC for the first time, Akris joined as presenting sponsor of the sold out event. Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos served as Honorary Chair and Event Chairs were Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Susan Shin, and Shirin von Wulffen. Co Chairs included Melissa Beste, Alina Cho, Natalia Echavarria, and Clare McKeon.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. Dior Beauty and Frédéric Fekkai provided hair and makeup styling for the youth in attendance. The 2009 NYFC Spirit Award recipient, Shantel Schloss, shared her inspirational story during the evening’s program and thanked guests for helping youth in foster care as they strive to achieve their educational goals.

Additional support was provided by Dior, Natalia and Sebastian Echavarria, Clare and Robert McKeon, Pilar and Stephen Robert, Ram and Preethi Sundaram, Ann Taylor, Ansible Mobile, Canturi Jewels, Frédéric Fekkai, Dwight Freeney, Katharina Harf and Marc Jordan, Hugo Boss, La Perla, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, Medley Capital, Saks Fifth Avenue, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman and Valentino.

A Fool’s Fête is the annual fundraising event of the Friends of New Yorkers For Children, a group of dedicated New Yorkers who support NYFC’s efforts to help the city’s most vulnerable children. Founded in 1996, NYFC is committed to enriching the lives of young people in foster care as they strive to become successful, self-sufficient adults. Over the past thirteen years, fundraising initiatives like A Fool’s Fete have enabled NYFC to reach these youth through scholarships, tutoring programs, job training, networking opportunities and the support needed to succeed in college.

A Fool’s Fête 2009

On April 15, 2009, the Friends of New Yorkers For Children hosted their Sixth Annual Spring Dinner Dance-New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête. More than 400 guests celebrated the evening of dinner, dancing, and a record-breaking silent auction at the Mandarin Oriental, helping to raise almost $400,000 to support youth in foster care in New York City. The Halcyon Company joined as Lead Sponsor and Pink Tartan served as a Sponsor for this sold-out event.

Event Chairs Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Joy Bryant, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Susan Shin, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Shirin von Wulffen and Honorary  Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos played a crucial role in the event’s success. Co-Chairs Victor Kubicek, Derek Anderson, and Kimberley Newport-Mimran helped to make the evening possible. Josh Hartnett, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Common, Serena Williams, Cat Deeley, John Demsey, Robert Buckley, Rachel Zoe, Walt Freese, Gail Grimmett, Emmy Rossum, Coco Rocha, Jack Huston, Leigh Lezark, and Erica and Geraldo Rivera also attended the event to show their support for New Yorkers For Children.

Guests had an exciting opportunity to show their support for youth in foster care through the silent auction. They perused the many unique auction items as the night progressed, ultimately raising a record-breaking $62,000 to benefit New Yorkers For Children’s programs.

Generous supporters included Ben & Jerry’s, Peter and Tina Harf, Bally, Burberry, Dior Beauty, Frederic Fekkai, Hautelook.com, Hugo Boss and Christine and Stephen Schwarzman. In addition to their sponsorship, Pink Tartan also created custom dresses and suits for the ten young people in foster care who joined us for the evening while Frederic Fekkai and Dior Beauty provided hair and makeup styling. Ben & Jerry’s generously sponsored the table for our young guests and provided miniature ice cream cones to guests as the night came to a close.

Thank you to all of our incredible contributors and devoted supporters. We look forward to seeing you again at A Fool’s Fête on April 8, 2010!

A Fool’s Fête 2007

 

New Yorkers For Children hosted an extraordinarily successful Fool’s Fête on April 19, 2007 at the Mandarin Oriental.  The Fourth Annual Spring Dinner Dance was sponsored by Emanuel Ungaro and raised more than $400,000 to support the NYFC Back-to-School Package program.  For the first time in the event’s history, tickets were sold out before invitations were mailed, ensuring terrific turnout and a packed dance floor as 400 fashionable attendees and eleven young people in foster care celebrated NYFC’s successes.

Chairs Lauren Davis, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Renee Rockefeller, Susan Shin, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff worked tirelessly to create a spectacular event.  Generous supporters and corporate sponsors included Frederic Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen, Hermine and David Heller Foundation, Carola and Robert Jain, Andres Santo-Domingo, David Wassong and Abigail Klem, Christina Floyd, Reservoir Capital, Carlos Miele, Costume National, Jenni Kanye, Pantone, Salviati, Tibi, Rebecca Beeson, and Valentino.

In addition to outstanding advanced ticket sales, the evening’s silent auction, which featured couture gowns, exquisite handbags, jewelry, sports tickets, spa products, travel packages, and more, set a record for NYFC and grossed nearly $50,000, more than doubling funds raised in last year’s auction.

NYFC is grateful for the support and generosity of Valery Joseph Salon, Zeller Tuxedos, Tibi, Tracey Reese, Nicole Miller, Nine West, and B Michael, who provided styling and consultation for the young people in attendance.

A Fool’s Fête 2008

On April 16, 2008, the Friends of New Yorkers For Children hosted their Fifth Annual Spring Dinner Dance—New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête, presented by Missoni.  More than 450 guests attended the evening of dinner and dancing at The Mandarin Oriental, which sold out before invitations were mailed for the second consecutive year.  The evening raised more than $515,000 in support of New Yorkers For Children’s educational programs.

Event Chairs Marisa Brown, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Lydia Fenet, Margherita Maccappani Missoni, Coralie Charriol Paul, Renee Rockefeller, Susan Shin, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, along with Junior Chairs Fabiola Beracasa, Zani Gugelmann, Oliver Hammond, Tinsley Mortimer, and Arden Wohl were instrumental in the evening’s success.  Honorary Chair and founding member of the Friends Committee, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, was surprised during the evening’s program when she was presented with an award in appreciation of her dedication to the Friends Committee.  We are so grateful for Dayssi’s support, without which A Fool’s Fête could not have grown into the amazing success that it has become.

Another of the evening’s highlights included a record-breaking silent auction, replete with custom couture gowns, relaxing spa treatments, vacation getaways, and delicious restaurant packages.  Bidding continued well into the night, and the auction eventually grossed more than $52,000.

Generous supporters and corporate sponsors included our Lead Sponsor, Swarovski, as well as Ram and Preethi Sundaram, Huge Boss, Roger Vivier, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, Bally, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Jay Ahr, Missoni Profumi, Reservoir Capital, Bluemercury Apothecary, Tibi, and Vogue. In addition to their table purchases, Frederic Fekkai and Dior Beauty provided hair and makeup consultations for the 10 young people in foster care who joined us for the evening.  Friends Committee member B Michael once again lent his support by dressing and styling the youth in Missoni, Tibi, Tracy Reese, and Hart Schaffner Marx.  Thank you to all of our generous contributors.  We look forward to seeing you at next year’s A Fool’s Fête!

A Fool’s Fête 2006

 

On Friday, April 7, 2006, the Friends of New Yorkers For Children, along with nearly 400 supporters, filled the ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the Third Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête, sponsored by GUCCI.  Event Chairs Lauren Davis, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Renee Rockefeller, Susan Shin, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff were joined by guests including Ivanka Trump, Carmen Kass, Thom Filicia, Gemma Ward, Jennifer and Dariush Maanavi, Douglas Hannant, Jacquetta Wheeler, Roopal Patel and Dani Stahl in support of the NYFC Back-to-School Package program.

In addition to a delicious dinner and dancing that continued well into the night, A Fool’s Fête also featured a lavish silent auction.  Donations to the auction included items by Catherine Malandrino, davidburke & donatella, Ferragamo, GUCCI, Hollywould, Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta, and Zac Posen to name a few.  Revelers in attendance bid generously, and in tandem with ticket and table purchases, the evening grossed more than $200,000 for the Back-to-School Package program.

NYFC was honored to be joined by ten young people in foster care who have been involved with our programs.  Thank you to B Michael, Diane von Furstenberg, Iman Cosmetics, Kenneth Cole, Nine West, and Tracy Reese for their generosity in dressing and styling the young people in foster care who joined us for the evening.

We are so grateful to our Lead Sponsor GUCCI, as well as our corporate sponsors Hugo Boss, Circa, Tracy Paul, Calvin Klein and Valentino.  We look forward to seeing you at our next Spring Dinner Dance!

Annual Friends Committee Spring Dinner Dance — A Fool’s Fête

Monday, April 21, 2014, the Friends Committee of New Yorkers For Children will host the Eleventh Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête Presented by Lauren X Khoo. Join Event Chairs Alina Cho, Natalia Gottrett Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Susan Shin, and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos in supporting New York City’s youth in foster care with the purchase of a ticket or table to the event.

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