Benefit Events

2015 Celebration Breakfast

October 29, 2015
7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Event Details


(L-R) CCC Executive Director Jennifer March with CCC Breakfast Honorees and Speakers Ismael Nazario, Bryan Stevenson, Juju Chang, Robert Reffkin, Anne Delaney. Photographer: Angela Pham/

Thank you so much to the nearly 700 people who joined us for our 2015 Celebration Breakfast. Your support helps us improve the lives of the nearly 2 million children living in New York City, one-third of whom live in poverty. Please consider making a gift to CCC.  Or download a full transcript, view a photo gallery, and check out our blog post for more!

Keynote Speaker: Bryan Stevenson
Eleanor Roosevelt Award: Anne E. Delaney
Vanguard Award: Robert Reffkin
Samuel P. Peabody Award: Ismael Nazario
Master of Ceremonies: Juju Chang


Keynote Speaker
Bryan Stevenson

Recently named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015, Bryan Stevenson is a social justice advocate — particularly in the context of criminal justice reform — and one of the most visionary legal thinkers in the country. Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy, Stevenson has been called “America’s young Nelson Mandela” by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu and “perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today” by Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow.

Eleanor Roosevelt Award
Anne E. Delaney
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A longtime supporter of CCC, Anne Delaney is a philanthropist, arts and social justice advocate, and artist. She is Chair of the Board of the New York Women’s Foundation, a cross-cultural alliance of women promoting economic security and justice for women, families, and communities in New York City. Founder of The Starry Night Fund and the Lambent Foundation, Delaney is also a Board Member of Peace is Loud, and past Board member of the Ms. Foundation, and the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin School (LREI).

Vanguard Award
Robert Reffkin
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A former White House Fellow with a background in banking, in 2009 Robert Reffkin founded the non-profit America Needs You, to fight for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. Starting in 2007, Reffkin ran 50 marathons in 50 states to raise over $1 million for youth education and enrichment programs. He is also the Founder and CEO of Compass, a tech-driven New York City real estate firm. Previous to that, Reffkin worked at Goldman Sachs, Lazard Frères and McKinsey & Company.

Samuel P. Peabody Award
Ismael Nazario
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A Case Worker at the Fortune Society, Ismael Nazario helps former inmates from Rikers Island reenter society after release. Nazario himself was arrested as a teenager and spent 300 days in solitary confinement at Rikers Island before he was ever convicted of a crime. Now as part of the I-CAN (Individualized Correction Achievement Network) program, he helps those at high risk for recidivism and is also a notable advocate for prison reform and for raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York.

Master of Ceremonies
Juju Chang

Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.” She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” Her many hour-long reports include the story of murdered 8th grader Larry King, which examined the issues of anti-gay bullying and juvenile justice. She has covered breaking news from the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy to the mass shootings in Newtown, to global stories like the earthquake in Haiti and infant mortality in Mozambique. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communication.

CCC gratefully acknowledges these supporters of our 2015 Celebration Breakfast at the Leader level and above:

TF Cornerstone, Inc.

DLA Piper
Greenberg Traurig LLP

Anne E. Delaney

Diana & Frederick Elghanayan
Chris Stern Hyman
Elizabeth & Robert Sheehan

Jessica & Todd Aaron
Joan S. Davidson
Judith A. Garson & Steven N. Rappaport
Bonnie Greaves
Ricki Tigert Helfer & Michael S. Helfer
Alexandra & Paul Herzan
Nancy & Alan N. Locker
Marilyn & Jay Lubell
Kathy & Joe Mele
The Omer Foundation
Lois Whitman

Virginia Aaron
Jody & Brian Berger
Kristina Szandtner Burke
Constance Christensen
Quinn Delaney & Sarah Delaney
Veronica Dillon & Kevin Bollbach
Susan & Ed Falk
Carol J. Feinberg
Linda Genereux & Timur Galen
Agnes Gund
Jennifer Hand & Thomas Tierney
Helen & Edward Hintz
Kathy & Mitchell Jacobson
Elaine & Mark Kessel
Lee & Fritz Link
Gina Giumarra MacArthur
Ruth Seiger Maisel
Reuben Mark
Maryann & Robert Marston
Mahsa & Jay Pelosky
Marcy Sandler & James Janover
Sheri Cyd Sandler
Nancy & David Solomon
Heidi Stamas
Christine Wasserstein & Dan Rattiner
Susan Wasserstein & George Sard

Co-Chairs: Marilyn & Jay Lubell, Mahsa & Jay Pelosky, Helen Rothlein & James White, Nancy & David Solomon, Heidi Stamas

Event Location

583 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
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