Mission Society’s gala was bigger and better than ever: PHOTOS

Pictured left to right are: Diahann Carroll, Jean Shafiroff, Katrina Peebles, Don Peebles and Elsie McCabe Thompson (Photo Credit: Annie Watt)

More than 340 people gathered at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle to support New York City Mission Society’s annual Champions for Children Gala. Together they raised, roughly $500,000 for youth and families in the city’s most underserved communities.

Co-chaired by Jean Shafiroff and Katrina Peebles, the benefit honored actress and singer Diahann Carroll and entrepreneur Don Peebles, as well as recognized lifetime members of the Mission Society’s Board of Directors.

“This was such an unbelievable evening, our most exciting Champions for Children event on record,” said Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson. “We were privileged to have such distinguished and legendary honorees, all committed to improving the lives of the children, young adults and families who we serve.”

WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, a longtime supporter of the Mission Society, emceed the event. Notable guests at the event included Cicely Tyson, Gayle King, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and designer B Michael.

Check out the photos below.

 

Katrina Peebles (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Jean Shafiroff (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Jean Shafiroff (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Alex Donner (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Alex Donner (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Kathy Sledge (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Kathy Sledge (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Pictured left to right are: William C. Thompson, Jr. Don Peebles, and Tracey Maitland (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Pictured left to right are: William C. Thompson, Jr. Don Peebles, and Tracey Maitland (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Pictured left to right are: Gayle King, Don Peebles and Katrina Peebles (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Pictured left to right are: Gayle King, Don Peebles and Katrina Peebles (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Pictured left to right are: Elsie McCabe Thompson, Lloyd Brown, II, and Carolyn Brown (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Pictured left to right are: Taylor Burns, Cole Rumbough and Brooke Laing (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, who emceed the event (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Pictured left to right are: Jean Shafiroff, Cicely Tyson, B. Michael, and Marc Anthony (Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann/PMC)
Pictured left to right are: Diahann Carroll, Jean Shafiroff, Katrina Peebles, Don Peebles and Elsie McCabe Thompson (Photo Credit: Annie Watt)
– Pictured left to right are: Katrina Peebles, Don Peebles, Chloe Peebles, Don Peebles III, Sarah Pauley (Photo Credit: Annie Watt)
Elsie McCabe Thompson and Tommie Pegues (credit: Annie Watt)
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