New York City Mission Society,** celebrated its 200th anniversary at a black tie gala on
December 12, 2012 at The Pierre in New York City. The evening honored Kathryn C. Chenault Esq. and legendary actress Cicely Tyson.*** Additionally, the evening honored the organization's remarkable legacy as one of the oldest social service organizations in New York City and reaffirmed their commitment to creating a bright future to those in need.
The event was chaired by Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III and Dina Merrill Hartley; Chairs: Lloyd W. Brown II, Alicia Bythewood, Stanley H. Rumbough and Jean Shafiroff; VICE CHAIR: The Honorable David N. Dinkins, Alexis E. Thomas.
A 6:00 pm cocktail hour welcomed New York's most distinguished. Guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d'ouevres with VIP guests and board members taking to the red carpet.
Dinner seating and awards ceremony commenced at 7:30 pm giving way to a full evening that culminated with desserts and dancing circa 9:00 pm to the sounds of Ray Chew Entertainment.
Highlights of the evening included: a short film on the efforts of NYC Mission Society, welcome by Evening Anchor WABC-TV & 20/20 Correspondent Bill Ritter and NYC Mission Society Exec. Director Stephanie Palmer; Introduction of the Gala Chairs; Presentation of the Co-Bicentennial Honorees--City Hall and CitiBank, N.A.; Lloyd W. Brown addresses the crowd; Gala Co-Chairs Alicia Bythewood and Jean Shafiroff thanks attendees for their support this year; Stanley Rumbough introduce a tribute to Dina Merrill Hartley; Brie Bythewood and Nicole Rhodes introduce the work of the Associates Committee; Rev. Calvin O. Butts introduces Cicely Tyson before her award NYC Mission Society Alumnus Award; Star Jones introduces Kathryn C. Chenault Esq. before she receives the Dina Merrill Hartley Public Service Award; Dancing to the Sounds of Ray Chew
**For the past two hundred years, New York City Mission Society has helped a multitude of New Yorkers by providing community-building and prevention services, education, workforce development and other programs that make a tremendous difference in the lives of New York's most under-served children, youth and families. So many years after its founding, New York City Mission Society continues its vital work, which includes operating a dynamic portfolio of out of school programs to help break the cycle of poverty for thousands of children and adults and help them achieve a brighter future.
***Kathryn C. Chenault, Esq. received the Dina Merrill Hartley Public Service Award in recognition of inspirational volunteer efforts, philanthropic support and her long standing advocacy for children and youth. Legendary actress Cicely Tyson, was celebrated for her artistry and her philanthropic. NYC Mission Society celebrate two other New York City institutions that reach their bicentennials in 2012: Citibank, N.A. and City Hall.
*photos by Annie Watt