Benefit Events

2018 CCC Celebration Breakfast

October 25, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Event Details

Please note: Every breakfast attendee will receive a copy of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s new book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.


Keynote Speaker
Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH

Pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha discovered elevated lead levels in the blood of children in Flint, Michigan after the city switched its water supply source and refused to stay silent about what she found. Though it put her career at great risk, she refused to cave to a state government that did everything it could to discredit her findings. Her tireless commitment to drawing attention to the crisis helped bring the issue to the national stage and exposed the systemic biases that have undermined low-income children’s health for decades. “Dr. Mona,” as she is known to her patients, released a book this summer chronicling the Flint story and the ongoing battle for justice for Flint children and families titled What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. Booklist called it “an essential text for understanding the full scope of injustice in Flint and the importance of fighting for what’s right.” Undoubtedly, Dr. Mona’s leadership has helped elevate an urgent national conversation on healthcare in poor communities.

Eleanor Roosevelt Award
Judith A. Garson, Esq.

Judy Garson is a community leader, child advocate, advocate for the arts, and Vice President of CCC’s Board of Directors. A graduate of CCC’s Community Leadership Course, Judy’s involvement in CCC goes back two decades. She has served as CCC’s Board Chair and President, Vice President for Nominating, Vice President at Large, and Treasurer. While Judy’s history with CCC goes back 20 years, her history of volunteerism and philanthropy goes back more than 40. In addition to CCC, Judy currently serves on the Board of Directors of New York City’s MCC Theater and is a Board Member and past Chair of PLSP, which offers free counseling and support for people who have experienced pregnancy loss. She is also an active supporter of the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan and Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her law degree. Early in her career, Judy used her law degree to serve low-income individuals as a staff attorney at the Legal Service Corporation in Brooklyn, and to teach conflict resolution to children at Creative Response to Conflict.

Vanguard Award
Robert Gore, MD

Dr. Robert Gore is an attending physician and clinical assistant professor at Kings County Hospital – SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine in Brooklyn. He is also the founder and executive director of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a Brooklyn nonprofit that provides youth with programming and opportunities to divert them from violence and helps them reimagine what is possible for their futures. KAVI was born out of Dr. Gore’s belief that youth violence and gun violence is a public health issue, and he actively works to reframe the national conversation about violence to take a public health approach. In addition, he founded and directs the Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine (MMSEM) Summer Fellowship, a mentoring and enrichment program for underrepresented minorities interested in Emergency Medicine. In April, he was named a CNN Hero for his groundbreaking work with KAVI. Dr. Gore is leading the way in helping schools, hospitals, and communities better serve at-risk youth by helping them realize and tap into their potential to thrive.

Samuel P. Peabody Award
Jonathan Blitzer

Jonathan Blitzer, a staff writer at The New Yorker who covers the immigration beat, has written more than 60 stories in the past year alone. His dedication to thorough reporting on one of the most complicated and heart wrenching issues facing children in the United States right now has elevated the stories of marginalized families, shed light on the human impact of American immigration policy, and kept elected officials accountable for their actions. In 2017, Blitzer received the National Award for Education Reporting for “American Studies,” a story about an underground school for undocumented immigrants. He has twice been a finalist for a Livingston Award. In addition to The New Yorker, his writing and reporting have also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Atavist, Oxford American, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The Nation. His work has ensured that the plight of migrant children and families stays at the forefront of a news cycle rife with distractions.

Master of Ceremonies
Errol Louis

Errol Louis is a New York City news institution. He hosts NY1’s “Inside City Hall,” is a CNN political commentator, New York Daily News columnist and frequently appears on local radio and television shows. He has spent his career helping shape influential commentary and analysis on pressing issues facing New York. Errol’s reporting has won him several awards, including our own Samuel Peabody Award in 2009.

Event Location

583 Park
New York, NY 10065
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CCC would like to thank these pacesetting supporters of our 2018 Breakfast:

Judith A. Garson &
Steven N. Rappaport

Diana & Frederick Elghanayan
Elaine & Mark Kessel
Nancy & Alan N. Locker
Elizabeth & Robert C. Sheehan

Jessica & Todd Aaron
Lily Auchincloss Foundation
Jody & Brian Berger
Margaret H. Chi
Ellen & Steven J. Corwin
Veronica Dillon &
Kevin Bollbach
Susan & Edward Falk
Bonnie Greaves
Chris Stern Hyman
Marilyn & Jay Lubell
Kathy & Joseph Mele
The Omer Foundation
Nancy & David Solomon
Lise Strickler & Mark Gallogly
Christine Wasserstein &
Dan Rattiner
Lois Q. Whitman

Patricia & Alan B. Abramson
Blank Rome LLP
Constance Christensen
The Compass Group at Morgan Stanley
Sharon & Jon Corzine
Joan S. Davidson
Ellen & Steve Fine
Jeremy FitzGerald
Victoria & David Foley
Susan & Gary Garrabrant
David & Marty Hamamoto
Jennifer A. Hand &
Thomas A. Tierney
Helen & Edward R. Hintz
Neil S. Hirsch
Judith & Lawrence Howard
Kathy & Mitchell Jacobson
Daniel Kramarsky
Hildemarie Ladouceur
Lee & Fritz Link
Ruth Seiger Maisel
Maryann & Robert Marston
Harold Newman &
Claudia Newman Hirsch
Helen Rothlein & James White
Marcy Sandler & James Janover
Sheri Cyd Sandler
Warren J. Spector
Heidi Stamas
Lynne Tarnopol
Ricki Tigert Helfer &
Michael S. Helfer
Susan Wasserstein &
George Sard
Susan & Benjamin Winter

Special Thanks

Breakfast Co-Chairs
Elaine & Mark Kessel
Marilyn & Jay Lubell
Marcy Sandler
& James Janover
Nancy & David Solomon
Heidi Stamas

Benefit Committee
Jessica & Todd Aaron
Orren Alperstein
Jody & Brian Berger
Priscilla Bijur & Gerald Kane
Ariadne Calvo-Platero
Constance Christensen
Ellen & Steven Corwin
Marna Dann
Joan S. Davidson
Veronica Dillon & Kevin Bollbach
Diana & Frederick Elghanayan
Susan & Ed Falk
Victoria & David Foley
Devon Fredericks
Helen & Henry Freedman
Linda Genereux & Timur Galen
Susan G. Gevertz
Bonnie Greaves
Jennifer Hand & Thomas Tierney
Ricki Tigert Helfer &
Michael S. Helfer
Alexandra Herzan
Chris Stern Hyman
Julia Jean-Francois
Katherine Kahan
Linda Vogel Kaplan
Sheila B. Kamerman
Beverly Katz
James A. Krauskopf
Hildemarie Ladouceur
Sheila Lambert
Kate Lear & Jon LaPook
Frances Levenson
Jane Levinson
Lee & Fritz Link
Katherine S. Lobach
Nancy & Alan Locker
Ruth Seiger Maisel
Joan A. Mark
Maryann & Robert Marston
Arlette Ferguson Mathis and
Caliph T. Mathis
Harriet Mauer
Kathy & Joe Mele
Sarah Lowe Nathan
Elyse Newhouse
Lisa Mednick Owen
Pamela Reis
Helen Rothlein & James White
Sheri Cyd Sandler
Jean A. & Raymond V.J. Schrag
Elizabeth & Robert Sheehan
Lizz v. & Tyrone D. Smith
Linda Rothenberg Stein
Lise Strickler
Ann Viney
Nancy Wackstein
Christine Wasserstein &
Dan Rattiner
Susan Wasserstein & George Sard
Lois Whitman
(in formation)

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