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Request for proposals

New Yorkers For Children is issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) to foster care agencies, preventative services, supportive programs, and community based organizations that serve older youth in foster care in New York City. NYFC will provide one-year grants to organizations to fund programs that will help prepare older youth in foster care to successfully transition into adulthood. Please note that all applications must be received by NYFC in their entirety by 5:00pm on June 30, 2009.

To submit a proposal, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact New Yorkers For Children’s program manager Naomi Weisel at

Nordstrom and Vogue

In celebration of its Ninth Annual Fall Gala, New Yorkers For Children was proud to partner with Nordstrom and Vogue on Tuesday, June 17th for an evening to benefit the youth in foster care in New York City.  Hosts Marisa and Matt Brown, Anne and Mario Grauso, Nancy and Andrew Jarecki, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Shirin von Wulffen and Frederic Fekkai, Stephanie and David Wolkoff, and Caryn and Jeff Zucker were joined by Pete Nordstrom at the Harold Pratt town house for cocktails to kick off the Fall Gala, which is sponsored by Nordstrom.  Following cocktails, guests enjoyed an intimate dinner at Philippe.

Among the NYFC supporters in attendance were Oscar de la Renta, Phillip Lim, Peter Som, Thakoon Panichgul, Zac Posen, Fern Mallis, Andre Leon Talley, Joy Bryant, and Katie Lee Joel, as well as members of the Board of Directors and Friends Committee.  We look forward to seeing everyone again at the Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 16th!

Wrap to Rap 2005

Hip hop legends Dana Dane, DJ Whiz (of Kid ‘N Play fame) and D-Nice joined Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Renee Rockefeller, Victor Matthews, Marisa Brown, Zani Gugelmann, Alexandra Lind Rose, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Donatella Arpaia, Lauren Davis, Martin Gibson-Dessoffy, Amy McFarland, Norma Olarte Becker, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Neva Anton and Eva Anisko to help 20 teens living in foster care at the New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) Wrap 2 Rap holiday party on Wednesday, November 30. NYFC hosted an afternoon of wrapping presents for younger children in foster care at Bellini Restaurant from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The teens, who are members of the Administration for Children’s Services’ Peer Leadership Council (PLC), wrapped toys for their “Little Angels” – younger children in foster care with whom they have developed peer mentoring relationships. PLC provides young people in foster care between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to develop self confidence, leadership skills and a supportive peer network.

The afternoon’s festivities were set to tunes spun by hip hop idol D-Nice, who played everything from R&B and rap classics to new releases. Each young person in attendance received a goodie bag from Kenneth Cole Productions filled with holiday treats donated from L’Oreal, Altoids, Target, American Greetings, Earnest Sewn, Theory, Nivea, Baby Phat, Philosophy, Abercrombie & Fitch, LeSport Sac, Lippman Collection, ghd, Pixi, Lands End, Vibe, Mac and more! Scotch 3M generously donated wrapping paper, tape, dispensers and bows. Bellini graciously contributed venue, food and beverage for this event.

Harry Winston

On Wednesday, November 28, New Yorkers For Children hosts Donya Archer Bommer, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Ashley McDermott, Kelly Behun Sugarman, and Shirin von Wulffen joined 2007 Fall Gala sponsor Harry Winston for an evening of shopping and cocktails to kick-off the holiday season in “Winston Wonderland.”  In addition to viewing the exquisite Diamond de Niege collection, of which 10% of proceeds through January 31, 2008 were donated to NYFC, revelers were treated to an exclusive exhibition of archival designs.  Among the supporters who filled the 718 Fifth Avenue store were Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, Tinsley Mortimer, Muffie Potter Aston, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict.  We are so grateful for Harry Winston’s support of New Yorkers For Children’s educational programs.

Elie Tahari Store Opening and Beach Cocktails

New Yorkers For Children partnered with Elie Tahari for two events in East Hampton in the summer of 2007, both celebrating Tahari’s generous support of the NYFC Gala and the opening of their new boutique.  On July 14th, Rory and Elie Tahari opened their home to members of the Board of Directors and Friends Committee for an evening event overlooking the ocean in Sagaponack.  Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Helen and Tim Schifter, Susy Korb, B Michael, Coralie Charriol Paul, Ashley McDermott, and Stephanie LaCava enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and when the sun went down, Elie Tahari generously provided sweaters to keep guests warm.

On August 11th, Elie Tahari once again invited NYFC to East Hampton, this time to the Elie Tahari boutique.  Rory and Elie Tahari were joined by Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Kelly Behun Sugarman, Euan and Lucy Sykes Rellie, Sophia Bush, Cindi Lieve, Jill Hennessy, Olivia Palermo and other NYFC supporters for shopping and cocktails in the new boutique.  In addition to their sponsorship of the 2007 Fall Gala, Elie Tahari also contributed a percentage of sales from this event to support the Back-to-School Package program.

Saks Fifth Avenue

What better way to “kick-off” the 2007 Annual Fall Gala than with a celebration at Saks Fifth Avenue’s new shoe floor, 10022-SHOE!  Susan Burden, Donya Archer Bommer, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Ashley McDermott, Coralie Charriol Paul, Helen Schifter, Kelly Sugarman, Shirin von Wulffen, Renee Rockefeller, and Zani Gugelmann hosted the event on September 6th, which also served as the official opening of Saks’ newly redesigned eighth floor shoe department.  The new space is so large, it has been given it’s own zip code!

New Yorkers For Children supporters, including Lauren Shortt Pinto, Arden Hess Rowland, Maggie Betts, Stephanie LaCava, and Susan Shin put their best foot forward and attended the Fashion Week event to celebrate Saks Fifth Avenue’s support of the 2007 Annual Fall Gala.  DJ Sky Nellor spun music while attendees browsed the enormous collection of shoes.  In addition to serving as a silver sponsor of the Gala, Saks generously supported the Back-to-School Package program to improve the lives of New York City’s college-enrolled youth in foster care.


On October 14th, Allison Aston, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Fabiola Beracasa, Marisa Brown, and Zani Gugelmann hosted a private shopping event with Burberry at the store’s flagship location on 57th Street.  Despite the rain, supporters of New Yorkers For Children packed the store to listen to DJ Sky Nellor while shopping the Burberry Prorsum and custom designed handbag collections.

In addition to their support at the September 18thFall Gala, Burberry donated 15% of sales on the evening to New Yorkers For Children in support of programming and initiatives for young people in foster care in New York City.


Despite ever-dropping temperatures, New Yorkers For Children’s supporters came out in droves on Thursday, December 13thto attend an evening awareness event with Salviati.  Jennifer Creel, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, B Michael, Susan Shin, Euan Rellie, Renee Rockefeller, Alexandra Lind Rose, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Arden Wohl hosted guests, including Marisa Brown, Claire Bernard, Stephanie LaCava, and Steven Victor, at the West Broadway boutique.  With Salviati’s pledge to donate 10% of sales for the week to NYFC, attendees eagerly snapped up gorgeous glass jewelry and housewares by the Italian design company.  As a generous sponsor of the 2007 Fall Gala, we are so thankful for Salviati’s support


Eager to celebrate the second consecutive sell-out year of A Fool’s Fête, Friends Committee members and other devoted NYFC supporters attended a cocktail reception at Bally’s Madison Avenue Flagship on Thursday, March 6th.  Hosts Fabiola Beracasa, Marisa Brown, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Lydia Fenet, Susan Shin, Shirin von Wulffen, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff were on hand to thank Bally’s creative director Brian Atwood while guests including Joy Bryant, Byrdie Bell, Nina Garcia, Maggie Betts, Phillip Bloch, and Bebe Neuwirth enjoyed music by DJ Sky Nellor.  A percentage of the evening’s proceeds benefited New Yorkers For Children.


Flamenco dancers were right at home on Wednesday, May 7th as Spanish bridal designer Pronovias hosted the opening of their flagship New York store with New Yorkers For Children. A sponsor of the upcoming New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala, Alberto and Susana Palatchi of Pronovias were joined by NYFC hosts Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, Annelise Peterson, Dabney Mercer, Lydia Fenet, Tinsley Mortimer, and Valesca Guerrand-Hermès for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing in the multi-level 52nd Street store. Guests were transported to a Spanish fiesta for the night and enjoyed an unbelievable array of appetizers, replete with hand-carved Spanish ham flown in for the event. Revelers including Karolina Kurkova, Susan Shin, Stephanie LaCava, and Ivanka Trump kept the dance party going well past the anticipated 9:30pm conclusion. If the cocktail reception was any indication, Pronovias’ participation at the Gala will be truly remarkable. NYFC wishes to thank Pronovias for their generous support, which will benefit youth in foster care in New York City.

Wrap to Rap 2004

On Tuesday, November 30th, P. Diddy’s new teen discoveries B5, Hip Hop Legend D-Nice and several of Hip Hop’s hottest artists joined Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Norma Olarte Becker, Tinsley Mortimer, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Alexandra Lind Rose, Marisa Brown, Lauren Davis, Claire Bernard, Susan L. Burden and 30 teens in foster care at New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) “Wrap to Rap” hip hop holiday party.  NYFC hosted an afternoon of wrapping donated presents for younger children in foster care. The teens who are members of ACS’s Peer Leadership Council (PLC) gave all wrapped toys to their “Little Angels” — younger children in foster care with whom they have developed peer mentoring relationships. PLC provides young people in foster care between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to develop self-confidence, leadership skills and a supportive peer network.


The atmosphere of the afternoon’s festivities was set by hip-hop legend D-Nice spinning hip hop classics and new releases at Serafina Restaurant Downtown.  Some of today’s hottest hip-hop artists also stopped by to wrap and rap with the teens including P. Diddy’s teen sensations B5.  One lucky teen won a New Era 59Fifty cap designed by rapper Fabolous.

The PLC teenagers in attendance received holiday treats from Kenneth Cole, NARS, Banana Republic, Ghirardelli, NBA, Le Sportsac, Capitol Records, Philosophy, L’Oreal, Old Navy, Vibe Magazine, Pepperidge Farm, Anthony Logistics for Men, Biotherm, New Era Caps, Steiner Sports, OP Sunglasses, Newman’s Own, Crabtree & Evelyn, Juicy Couture and more!

Wrap to Rap 2006

On November 28th, 2006, members of the Friends of New Yorkers For Children were joined by NYFC supporters and young people in foster care for the 4th Annual Wrap to Rap.  DJ D-Nice set the tone for the afternoon, spinning hip hop classic that were perfect for the impromptu dance lessons that sprang up.  Friends including Joyce Varvatos, Renee Rockefeller, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Howard Kuo, Oliver Hammond, and Lydia Fenet were joined by Rachel Roy and Damon Dash, who joined teens in foster care to wrap holiday gifts for younger children in foster care.

NYFC is so grateful to First Republic Bank for hosting this wonderful holiday tradition.

Wrap to Rap 2007

On November 14, 2007 Delta Air Lines and New Yorkers For Children hosted the Fifth Annual “Wrap to Rap”, an afternoon of wrapping gifts for youth in foster care in New York City at Sky360° by Delta.  While DJ Sky Nellor spun hip hop classics, LeAnn Rimes, Damon Dash and the NYFC Friends Committee were joined by 60 teens in foster care to wrap toys and gifts for young children in foster care.  Dylan’s Candy Bar presented a dessert decorating station and biscuits and hot cocoa by Godiva Chocolatier put everyone in the holiday spirit.

Attendees were kept busy wrapping more than 1200 holiday gifts, which will be distributed by the Administration for Children’s Services to children in foster care this holiday season.  Once their hard work was done, teens and Friends showed off their singing skills with karaoke, hosted by Spotlight Live.

Damon Dash emceed a raffle of Microsoft Zune portable digital media players, which went home with two lucky gift wrappers.  As a special thank-you for their hard work, each of the teens received a gift bag including Converse sneakers, Baby Phat sunglasses, Philosophy products, a copy of Scholastic’s Harry Potter, Godiva chocolates, Vitamin Water, and other gifts for the holiday season.

We were also thrilled that SKY360 continued their support of New Yorkers For Children through the holiday season by offering gift wrap services for a nominal fee of $5 per gift.  The proceeds benefited New Yorkers For Children.

NYFC wishes to thank everyone who donated and showed their support to this event. Wrap to Rap would not have been possible without your generosity.

Fall Gala 2005

Over 700 guests joined New Yorkers For Children at our Fall Gala, held on September 21, 2005 at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York City.  The event raised 1.3 million in funds to support New York City’s children who are in foster care.

Co-chaired by Oscar de la Renta, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Donya and Scott Bommer and Kelly and Jay Sugarman, the Gala brought together some of New York City’s most influential people from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, government, business, philanthropy and society to show their support for the nonprofit partner of the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services.

During the program, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke about the significance of NYFC’s work and presented Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and CEO of The Children’s Defense Fund, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Award for Service to Children.  NYFC Founder and current NYC Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta gave a brief history of the organization and presented hip-hop legend and CEO of Rush Communications Russell Simmons with the Business Leadership Award for his work with inner-city youth.  Children’s Services Commissioner John Mattingly highlighted the unique nature of the partnership between NYFC and Children’s Services and presented Glenn Coleman, a senior at Howard University who entered the foster care system as a teenager, with the Freddie Mac Spirit Award and a $10,000 scholarship for his educational achievement and mentoring involvement.  Grammy Award winner and Time magazine “Hero” Melissa Etheridge finished the evening with a spectacular performance.

NYFC is especially grateful to our Gala co-sponsors DeBeers, the Scott and Donya Bommer Foundation and Jay and Kelly Sugarman.  Our thanks also go to Roberto Cavalli, who provided the vodka for the evening, Teen Vogue, who dressed the young women and Banana Republic, who dressed the young men in foster care attending as guests of NYFC.

With the support of co-chairs, sponsors, donors, and guests, NYFC’s Tenth Anniversary Fall Gala was a great success—giving NYFC 1.3 million more ways to support youth in foster care.

Fall Gala 2006

The 7th Annual New Yorkers For Children Fall 2006 Gala raised over $1.3 million in support of children in foster care. The event, held on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at Cipriani 42nd Street, was chaired by Oscar de la Renta, Hugh and Deborra-Lee Jackman, and Stephen and Christine Schwarzman and co-chaired by Sarah Jessica Parker and Kevin Huvane. Honorary Chairs included Commissioners Nicholas Scoppetta and John B. Mattingly.

Diane Sawyer of ABC News presented The New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award, a $10,000 scholarship, to Sha’Rhone Frost, a freshman at John Jay College for Criminal Justice. Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, Vice President of the Fund for the City of New York, received the Nicholas Scoppetta Award for Service to Children. Grammy Award winning musician, LeAnn Rimes, performed.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, Liv Tyler, Diane Kruger, Damon Dash and Rachel Roy and Hana Soukupova attended. Also on hand were Margherita Missoni, Amy Sacco, Alexis Bryan, Elie and Rory Tahari, Fabiola Beracasa, Lucy Sykes and Euan Rellie, Olivia Chantecaille, Kim Hierston, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Lauren DuPont, David and Sybil Yurman, Zac Posen, Kelly Bensimon, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, and Keren Craig.

We are especially grateful to Gala Vice-Chairs Debbie Bancroft, Jon Blum, Donya Archer Bommer, Susan L. Burden, Lauren Davis, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Susy Korb, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Alexandra Lind Rose, Andrew Saffir, Timothy Ware Schifter, Susan Shin, Orna Shulman, Kelly Behun Sugarman, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Richard E. Frick, Emily Lin, Renee Rockefeller, and Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck for their support of this year’s Gala.

The Fall 2006 Gala was partially underwritten by Nokia and supporters included Vogue, Federated Department Stores, Harry Winston, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Valentino, Marchesa, David Yurman, Chloe, Wachovia Securities and Kiehl’s Since 1851.

Fall Gala 2007

More than 700 guests joined New Yorkers For Children on September 18th for our Eighth Annual Fall Gala, which was held at 583 Park Avenue.  David Stark’s event décor included mirrors and reflective surfaces to reinforce the Gala’s theme: “Help starts with you!”  The 2007 Gala has raised more than $1.95 million thus far, setting a record for funds raised at this annual event with a 30% increase.

This year’s Gala was chaired by Oscar de la Renta, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, and LeAnn Rimes, along with honorary chairs Commissioners Nicholas Scoppetta and John B. Mattingly.  Following the dinner, chart topping artist Sean Kingston performed several of his hits, including his #1 single “Beautiful Girls.”

NYFC supporters and young people in foster care honored Laura Baudo Sillerman, President of the Tomorrow Foundation, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award, for her dedication to closing the gap between have and have-not children in our community.  This year’s Wachovia New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award, presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to community and the determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success, was awarded to Ishmael Kamara, a senior at SUNY Oneonta.  Ishmael plans to use the scholarship he received from NYFC to pursue his Masters degree in education.

The NYFC Back-to-School Package program was a focal point of the Gala.  For the first time, the event featured a live auction of the packages, which contain essentials including laptops, Random House dictionaries, Target backpacks and gift cards, Cole Haan wallets, Pantone notebooks, smartwater, L’Oreal Professionnel shampoo and conditioner, Sferra bath towels, and more.  This year NYFC is aiming to provide a Back-to-School Package to each of the 500 college-enrolled young people in foster care in New York City.  The live auction of the $2,500 Back-to-School Packages raised more than $125,000, providing packages for 50 young people and putting us well on our way to achieving our goal!  We are also thrilled to announce that FedEx has agreed to serve as the exclusive delivery service of the Back-to-School Packages in 2008.

The evening also featured a film about six young people who have been impacted by NYFC.  Chantel Johnson, Sha’Rhone Frost, Rayshawn Pettaway, Nathanial Aviles, Dawnae Silvia, and Jessica Maxwell each shared their personal stories about their experiences in foster care, which were both inspirational and a testimony to the impact NYFC programs can have on young people.  We are so grateful for their participation!

NYFC was pleased to be joined by sixteen young people in foster care to celebrate the evening.  Macy’s Inc. generously dressed the youth, while Mario Diab and Dior Beauty provided hair styling and make-up.  We are grateful to these generous supporters for helping our young people look so spectacular.

NYFC would like to thank all of our corporate sponsors, particularly Wachovia Foundation, Wachovia Securities, Christian Lacroix, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Elie Tahari, Harry Winston, Freddie Mac Foundation, Cantor Fitzgerald, Macy’s, Inc., Tumi, Reservoir Capital Group, Cole Haan and Target.

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.

Fashion Network to Success

On June 13, 2007 NYFC brought together influential designers, merchandisers, fashion writers, stylists, and more for a Fashion Network to Success panel. Elie Tahari, John Varvatos, Jim Seuss, Stefani Greenfield, Philip Bloch, Anne Slowey, Fern Mallis, BJ Coleman, Aja Mangum, and Horacio Silva were among the panelists who provided valuable information about their experiences in the fashion industry and how they began their careers.
Members of the Friends Committee and Board of Directors were on-hand to show their support for the 150 young people in attendance, as well as show their gratitude for the panelists who generously donated their time.

Tour of Good Morning America 2008

On Friday, May 30, New Yorkers For Children provided ten young people in foster care who are passionate about the entertainment industry with the experience of a lifetime.  Good Morning America host Diane Sawyer invited some of NYFC’s young people to attend a taping of the morning show, which included a live performance by Usher in Bryant Park.  After watching the show-stopping performance from the front row, the young people traveled to Times Square Studios to meet with Diane and her co-host, Robin Roberts.  Diane’s personal commitment to child welfare reform was illustrated when she hosted the 2006 NYFC Fall Gala and presented her deeply moving film on foster care in America and around the world. She and Robin were both inspired by the young people they met on the Good Morning America set. 

Back in the control room to watch the live broadcast for the West Coast, the young people all spoke about their desires to become involved in the entertainment industry.  ABC generously invited the youth back to meet with professionals from other aspects of the field, and we are looking forward to revisiting Times Square Studios this summer.  We are so grateful to ABC, Diane Sawyer, and Friends Committee member Rory Hermelee.

Foster Care Alumni Network to Success

On Wednesday, December 5, 2007, more than 100 young people in foster care filled the auditorium at the New School for a Network to Success event featuring a panel of foster care alumni.  Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, the 2006 recipient of the NYFC Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award, served as the moderator for the evening, and was joined by successful panelists from all walks of life.  2005 NYFC Spirit Award winner Glenn Coleman, who received his degree from Howard University, spoke about the challenges he faced on his path to success and how he was able to overcome them.  Glenn now works in technology sales in New York.  Giselle John, Executive Director of Voices of Youth, spoke about how growing up in foster care motivated her to give back to her community. Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, having spent several years of his childhood in foster care, urged young people to persevere in the face of adversity.  We are so grateful to all of our panelists, whose experiences inspired the next generation of New York City’s youth in foster care.

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!

Entertainment Network to Success

New Yorkers For Children hosted our Tenth Network to Success, focused on music, film, and television industries on Wednesday, May 7th at the NYU Kimmel Center. The Friends and Board Members of NYFC were instrumental in securing some of the most successful and prominent professionals from the entertainment industry, including actress Joy Bryant, music video director Hype Williams, film producer of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull David Koepp, Warner Music Group EVP Kevin Liles, FOX morning show host Mike Jerrick, and Oscar-winning film producer Bill Goldman. More than 150 young people in foster care were inspired by the panelists, who stressed the importance of education as a safety net when pursuing your dreams.  

Among the NYFC supporters in attendance to celebrate the Tenth Network to Success were Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Donya Archer Bommer, Susan Burden, Norma Becker, and Howard Kuo and Rory Hermelee, whose dedication to the planning of this event helped to make it our most successful to date.

In addition to enjoying the panel presentation and round table discussions with the panelists, the youth in attendance participated in a job readiness workshop presented by FEGS. The young people learned about networking and professional etiquette and were able to put their newly acquired skills to use. Thank you to FEGS for their support of this important event.

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!

Fall Gala 2008

On Tuesday, September 16, more than 700 supporters celebrated the Ninth Annual New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala at Cipriani 42.  Co-chairs Oscar de la Renta, Nancy and Andrew Jarecki, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Ashley and Jeff McDermott and Caryn and Jeff Zucker were joined by special guest Mariska Hargitay for the evening, which raised nearly $1.9 million for young people in foster care.

Upon entering Cipriani, guests were greeted by an oversized composition notebook, designed by David Stark, which featured quotes from young people in foster care about the importance of New Yorkers For Children (NYFC).  Those messages were echoed throughout the room, with additional quotes projected on the walls and marble composition notebook vases holding lush red flowers on each table.  The décor set the tone for the evening, and was a constant reminder to the guests of how important their support is for young people in foster care throughout New York City.

Jimmy Fallon opened the evening with a special Comedic performance to welcome guests.  Lyor Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group presented honoree Kevin Liles, Executive Vice President of Warner Music Group, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award for his tireless efforts to promote education and provide inspiration to young people.  In his acceptance speech, he reminded the young people in attendance that despite adversities they may have faced, they are all superstars.  He then welcome surprise guest Lupe Fiasco, who performed his hit single, “Superstar.”

Mariska Hargitay introduced a moving film featuring six of NYFC’s young people, who spoke about the need for support in their quest to achieve their dreams and set the tone for the hugely successful live auction of Guardian Scholarships, Back-to-School Packages, and other resources for students, presented by Sotheby’s Jamie Niven.  In less than ten minutes, guests raised their hands to be champions for NYFC educational programs, raising nearly $350,000.

Spirit Award recipient Kevin Di Benedetto, a junior at Binghamton University, was among the young people in foster care in attendance.  Kevin plans to use his $10,000 scholarship to achieve his goal of completing his PhD in computer science.  Kevin and his peers were thrilled to meet many celebrity attendees at the Gala, including Jay Z, Beyonce, Blake Lively, Joy Bryant, Gayle King, Julianne Moore, Kim Raver and musical guest Patti Labelle, who invited the young people on stage during her roof-raising performance.

New Yorkers For Children is particularly grateful to our Presenting Sponsor, Nordstrom.  In addition to their generous support at the Gala, Nordstrom provided clothing and accessories for the young people in attendance to make them look like the superstars that they are!  Silver sponsors MAC Cosmetics and Frederic Fekkai provided makeup and hair consultations for our young guests to complete their glamorous looks.

Thank you to reception underwriter Wachovia, as well as to Platinum sponsors Donya and Scott Bommer, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Roger Vivier and Kelly and Jay Sugarman.  We look forward to your continued support and hope to see you next Fall!

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Susan L.Magazine, Executive Director


Susan L. Magazine joined New Yorkers For Children as Executive Director in February of 2003 and has successfully expanded the organization’s programming for youth in foster care. In June 2008, Ms. Magazine was instrumental in issuing NYFC’s first Request-for-Proposals, which provided over $800,000 in funding to foster care agencies, supportive programs, and community-based organizations serving young people in foster care. In 2006, she oversaw the founding of the Guardian Scholars program, aimed at providing academic, financial, and emotional support to youth in foster care enrolled at Hunter College. The program has since grown to include John Jay College and Kingsborough Community College. During Ms. Magazine’s tenure, New Yorkers For Children has also reached increased numbers of youth through its Back-to-School Package program, Network to Success panels, Educational and Vocational Conferences, and Wrap to Rap events.

A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Magazine has devoted most of her career to the issues of adoption, foster care and child and family welfare. Prior to 2003, she served as Assistant Commissioner for Family Assistance for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where she developed and coordinated services for FDNY families who experienced loss in the line of duty on 9/11.

Ms. Magazine joined the New York City Administration for Children’s Services in 1997 first serving as Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development, working with at-risk communities on child welfare issues.  In 1998  she was promoted to the Director of the Office of Interagency Affairs working with city agencies on child welfare, and finally as the Director of Policy and Planning for the Office of Youth Development, overseeing the policies for youth aging out of foster care.

In 1990, Ms. Magazine was appointed Chairperson of the Adoptive Parents Legislative Awareness Committee where she recruited and managed volunteers to lobby the New York State Legislature on adoption and related bills. Ms. Magazine was appointed as the Legislative Aide to the Chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families, responsible for all legislation on adoption and foster care in 1992.

She holds a BS from Boston University and is a graduate of the New York City Leadership Institute’s Management Academy.




Nicholas Scoppetta, Founder and President of Emeritus

After nearly five decades of service to the City of New York, Nicholas Scoppetta retired from his position as the 31st Fire Commissioner in January of 2010. Mr. Scoppetta was appointed Fire Commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on January 1, 2002. As Commissioner, Mr. Scoppetta headed a Department with an annual budget in excess of one billion dollars and with more than 16,000 Fire, EMS and civilian members. The Department encompassed fire services and Emergency Medical services. Mr. Scoppetta has now returned to the private practice of law at the firm he founded in 1980, Scoppetta, Seiff, Kretz and Abecrombie.

Prior to his eight-year tenure as Fire Commissioner, Mr. Scoppetta served as Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). In January 1996, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced the creation of ACS, the City’s first independent agency devoted entirely to services for children and families, and appointed Mr. Scoppetta as the agency’s first Commissioner. During his term from 1996 to 2001, ACS engaged in a comprehensive reform of the City’s child welfare system which won praise from national child welfare experts and the media. While serving as head of the ACS, Mr. Scoppetta also founded New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), a non-profit organization which funds and supports programs for children in foster care. For the past fourteen years, Mr. Scoppetta has remained deeply involved with NYFC and serves as the President of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Scoppetta was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1932. The youngest son of Italian immigrants, he was placed into foster care when he was only five years old and lived in various institutions until he was twelve. Growing up, he attended public schools in Manhattan, including Seward Park High School, from where he graduated in 1950.

After serving two years in the Army, Mr. Scoppetta attended Bradley University on the G.I. Bill and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Engineering. In 1959 he was awarded a New York State Regents Scholarship and attended Brooklyn Law School at night while working in the criminal courts during the day assisting in the investigation and prosecution of cases in which children had been abused or neglected. He graduated from law school in 1962 and shortly after admission to the bar was appointed an Assistant District Attorney in New York County by District Attorney Frank S. Hogan. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan D.A.’s Office until 1969.

Over the next decade, Mr. Scoppetta served in numerous civic capacities for the City of New York, including positions as the Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Deputy Mayor and Commissioner of Investigation, Associate Counsel to the Knapp Commission, which investigated corruption in the New York City Police Department, and as Deputy Independent Counsel in the investigation and prosecution of a former Special Assistant to President Richard M. Nixon.

Mr. Scoppetta left public service in 1978 and joined the faculty of New York University School of Law, where he was a Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of Judicial Administration. In 1980 he founded the law firm of Scoppetta & Seiff, where he engaged in the private practice of law until assuming his role as Commissioner of ACS in 1996.

Over the years, Mr. Scoppetta also served on numerous boards of not-for-profit institutions and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. From February of 1994 to January 1996, he was Chairman of the five-member Commission to Combat Police Corruption which was created by Mayor Giuliani to monitor the New York City Police Department’s anti-corruption efforts. Additionally, Mr. Scoppetta is a past President and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society, a not-for-profit social service agency which annually serves more than 200,000 needy children in New York City. He was a member of that Board for sixteen years.

Mr. Scoppetta lives in New York City with his wife, Susan, a psychotherapist. They have two grown children, Andrea and Eric.


Foster Care Mentoring Institute

Ensuring that youth leave foster care with permanent connections to caring adults is a priority.  This is especially true for young people who will transition from care and will need someone to provide ongoing guidance and support as they navigate the challenges of adulthood.  NYFC supports Children’s Services’ Central Mentoring Office to strengthen and expand mentoring programs for youth in foster care.

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For Youth in Care


The NYFC Back-to-School Package Program provides youth in foster care enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program with the tools necessary to succeed during their entire educational experience. Packages are sent each semester that the student is enrolled in college up to age 25.

**Students who received an Exception to Policy (ETP) are still in care, and therefore will be registered by their agency, not through this application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Were formerly in foster care in NEw York City until at least age 18
  • Be under age 25
  • Be registered to attend college or a vocational training program for the upcoming semester

To Apply

This year’s application is now closed and will re-open in January 2016.


Contact Catherine Hilyard, Youth Program Coordinator, or 646.257.2930



The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund is set up to help youth who were formerly involved in the foster care system in New York City, ages 21-25, to complete or further their studies or educational endeavors. The Fund assists these youth who encounter an unforeseen or unusual financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education without interruption. The Fund’s long-term goal is to use its financial resources to help a wide range of students to graduate from college. The Fund is not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a consistent supplement to a student’s educational funding source. Requests must be urgent in nature.

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In partnership with Youth Communications and Children’s Services, NYFC launched a new website, the first of its kind, dedicated to the specific needs of youth transitioning out of foster care. The site serves as a significant resource for these young men and women, helping them to make a successful transition to adult life. Young people have the unique opportunity to contribute their own stories to the site, allowing youth to communicate with and learn from each other.

Youth Financial Empowerment Initiative

The Youth Financial Empowerment (YFE) initiative is an asset building program for youth transitioning from foster care. This unique financial savings program offers youth in foster care, ages 16-21, the opportunity to save for specific asset purchases (education and homeownership) that will support economic independence. Participants contribute to these accounts with earned income and these contributions are matched with a mix of government and private funds that enable purchase of an approved asset goal.