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Celebration Breakfast Inspires, Challenges 800 supporters to do more for children

Celebration Breakfast Inspires, Challenges 800 supporters to do more for children

Abigail Disney, Agnes Gund, Ronan Farrow and Sandra Killett

CCC’s 2013 Celebration Breakfast brought a record-breaking 800+ supporters to the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria to celebrate CCC, Ronan Farrow, Agnes Gund, Abigail Disney, and the Child Welfare Organizing Project. It was an occasion to rally support around the goal of making New York a better place for children and to prepare for the significant challenges in achieving that goal.

Read on for more about the event, or download remarks or view a photo gallery from the event now.

CITIZEN'S COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN OF NEW YORK'S 2013 Celebration Breakfast

Ronan Farrow struck a chord with his impassioned plea to defend New York from becoming the kind of place that “prices out ordinary people” and “denies services to new generations of children.” Affirming the need for every child to have the necessary support to help them succeed, he invoked New York City’s rich history of opportunity where “if you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere.”

Abigail Disney urged everyone to recognize all children as their own and to consider, “What if we challenged ourselves to bring all the ferocity and all of the hope and the love and the foe-destroying, car-lifting madness of mothering and fathering to all children whether we have them or not?”

CITIZEN'S COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN OF NEW YORK'S 2013 Celebration BreakfastSandra Killett, of the Child Welfare Organizing Project, was adamant that while the child welfare system in New York has changed for the better over the past 20 years, there is more to be done today, and parents like those at CWOP who are affected by the system are educating policy makers, making informed decisions about their families, and demanding change.

Agnes Gund received a standing ovation after sharing her strong conviction that early education is the key to making a real difference for children, which was has been a guiding principle since she founded Studio in a School 36 years ago.

And CCC Executive Director, Jennifer March invited everyone to vividly imagine a New York City that takes care of the most vulnerable children and connect those thoughts to action through CCC.

Juju Chang, Master of Ceremonies, shared sobering facts about the growing child poverty crisis in New York City, reminding us of the urgency of the moment and our obligation to be part of the solution.

All guests enjoyed an inspiring exhibition of student artwork presented by Studio in a School.

We thank all our honorees, Master of Ceremonies, our co-chairs Mahsa Pelosky, Nancy Solomon, and Heidi Stamas, and everyone who joined us in support of our work to make New York City a better place for children.

CITIZEN'S COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN OF NEW YORK'S 2013 Celebration Breakfast

REMARKS
Download Remarks and Excerpts Now

PHOTOS
Visit our full Breakfast Photo Gallery on Facebook

TAKE ACTION
Read our Blog Post to Learn How You Can Do More

MAKE A GIFT
Donate now to support CCC’s work to make NYC a better place to be a child.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS AND HONOREES
Learn more about our Breakfast Program Speakers.
Learn more about Studio in a School.
Learn more about Child Welfare Organizing Project. 

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  1. Chris Stern Hyman
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    CCC’s Breakfast was exceptional and exemplified the breadth of CCC’s reach and how much it has expanded. Kudos and thanks to the staff, co-chairs and many other volunteers who worked tirelessly for this success. There is never a better time than the present to support advocacy for NYC’s children.

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