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Past Events

Past Events

2016 Spring Benefit

2016 spring benefit photosLeft: AFC Executive Director Kim Sweet, Board President Eric Grossman, and presenter Hoda Kotb. 
Right: Marc and Cathy Lasry, 2016 recipients of the Jill Chaifetz Award, and Yshamar Gestine, AFC client and 2016 recipient of the Education Champion Award.

Event invitation [PDF]  |  Event journal [PDF]  |  Event photos 

Thank you to everyone who supported AFC’s 2016 Spring Benefit! On June 8, more than 600 guests joined us at Three Sixty° in downtown Manhattan to honor our award recipients, Marc and Cathy Lasry and Yshamar Gestine. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our 75 sponsors and our many individual supporters, we raised a record amount to help New York City students in the coming year!

Learn more about Yshamar in this interview with benefit presenter Hoda Kotb for SiriusXM radio:

2015 Spring Benefit

benefit photo
Pictured left to right: Presenter Janice Huff of NBC4NewYork; student honorees Asha Johnson-Steptoe and Ayanna Johnson S.; and Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., recipient of the 2015 Jill Chaifetz Award.

Thank you to everyone who supported AFC’s 2015 Spring Benefit! On May 6, more than 600 guests joined us at 360° in downtown New York City to celebrate this year’s honorees, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA-CREF, and Asha Johnson-Steptoe and Ayanna Johnson S., AFC clients and 2015 high school graduates. This year's event was our most successful yet. In addition to the incredible generosity of our sponsors and ticket buyers, we surpassed our goal of raising $50,000 for our Early Childhood Education Project! Thanks to your support, AFC will remain on the front lines, ensuring that the children with the greatest need have access to and are enrolled in high-quality Pre-K programs, giving them a strong start in school and in life.  

View the invitation [PDF]
View our leadership sponsors 
[PDF]
View more event photos

Read Asha & Ayanna's story 


2014 Spring Benefit

On May 7, 2014, Advocates for Children of New York welcomed more than 650 guests to 360˚ in lower Manhattan to celebrate another phenomenal year for our organization.  Congratulations to our 2014 honorees, Eugene Ludwig and Al-Yasid Johnson! Special thanks are due to our record 63 Sponsors, as well as the many individuals who donated during the evening’s festivities to fund a much-needed new staff position for the AFC Helpline. 

As Executive Director Kim Sweet noted, “More than 520,000 New York City students live in poverty and are eligible for AFC’s education advocacy.  We are so grateful for our private donors’ ongoing and generous commitment, which will ensure we can provide thousands of struggling students and their families with expert legal representation, guidance and advocacy training in the coming year.”

View the complete invitation [PDF]
View the event journal 
[PDF]
View event photos


If you have any questions about special events, please contact Linda Yassky at lyassky@advocatesforchildren.org or 212-822-9512.