November 16, 2015
By Tara Jessup
The Ninth Annual 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation’s Care for Kids Gala will be held on Monday, December 7, at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan’s theater district. Keith Mestrich, president and chief executive officer of Amalgamated Bank, will chair the event.
This year’s theme is “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…” and the evening will include honorary gala chairs George Gresham, president of 199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Bruce McIver, president of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York. Since 2006, the Care for Kids Gala has raised money to support Child Care Corporation programs that benefit families in the communities and institutions they serve. The gala also honors individuals and organizations whose work demonstrates a commitment to children and families.
This year’s honorees are Courtney B. Vance, award-winning actor and advocate for youth; Pedro A. Noguera PhD, distinguished professor of education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, author and champion for urban education reform; and Dara Richardson-Heron, MD, chief executive officer of the YWCA-USA and visionary promoter of gender equality. Past honorees include Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation; Harry Belafonte, award-winning actor, social activist and UNICEF ambassador; Pamela Brier, president and chief executive officer of Maimonides Medical Center; and Danny Glover, acclaimed actor and social activist. For more than two decades, the Child Care Corporation and the Child Care Funds have helped provide more than 200,000 children of 1199SEIU members with access to early childhood education, college preparation, summer day and sleep-away camps, internships, mentoring and other programs.
For more information on the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation’s Care for Kids Gala, please visit : http://www.ChildCareCorp.org/gala or call (646) 473-8369.