Politicians, developers and socialites gather to support the Mission Society: PHOTOS

The Mandarin Oriental at Time Warner Center
The Mandarin Oriental at Time Warner Center

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.”

 

Check out the photos below.

Left to right: Brooke Laing, Cole Rumbough, Taylor Burns, Natasha Das, Jerry Donura, and Wendy Appelle (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Brooke Laing, Cole Rumbough, Taylor Burns, Natasha Das, Jerry Donura, and Wendy Appelle (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Victor de Souza and Tanja Dreiding Wallace (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Victor de Souza and Tanja Dreiding Wallace (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Joyce Cohen, Rima Vargas Vetter, Paul Ukena, and Peggy Bader
Left to right: Joyce Cohen, Rima Vargas Vetter, Paul Ukena, and Peggy Bader (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Cole Rumbough and Stan Rumbough (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Cole Rumbough and Stan Rumbough (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Zack O’Farrill, Alison O’Farrill, Arturo O’Farrill, and Adam O’Farrill
Left to right: Zack O’Farrill, Alison O’Farrill, Arturo O’Farrill, and Adam O’Farrill (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Jean Shafiroff, Bill Thompson, Mary Galda, and David Paterson (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Jean Shafiroff, Bill Thompson, Mary Galda, and David Paterson (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Jean Shafiroff
Jean Shafiroff (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
David Paterson and Mary Galda
David Paterson and Mary Galda (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Derek Steinhiser, Jean Shafiroff, Elsie McCabe Thompson, Arturo O’Farrill
Left to right: Derek Steinhiser, Jean Shafiroff, Elsie McCabe Thompson, Arturo O’Farrill (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Randi Schatz, Lee Fryd, and Katrina Peebles (Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Left to right: Randi Schatz, Lee Fryd, and Katrina Peebles (Credit: Patrick McMullan)