The New York City Mission Society honored Afro Latin Jazz Alliance founder, artistic director and Grammy-Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill at its annual Champions for Children Gala last week.
Society philanthropist Jean Shafiroff acted as Gala Chair for the second year. The benefit supported the Mission Society’s programs and services that help youth and families in our city’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success.
The gala was held at the Mandarin Oriental, and attendees included former New York State Governor David Paterson, Cole Rumbough, and Fox News Channel Reporter Harris Faulkner. WABC-TV Anchor Bill Ritter served as emcee, and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble performed. During the evening, the Fat Afro Latin Cats performed.
“The Mission Society is all about creating partnerships to improve lives,” Gala Chair Jean Shafiroff said in a press release. “It is a recognition that none of us can accomplish this alone, but together we can give back and create monumental change. I am proud to partner with the Mission Society.”
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