The 12th annual 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's (CCC) Care for Kids Gala took place on Tuesday, December 4, at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan. This year's theme was "Embracing Our Past, Inspiring Our Future," encompassing the transformative work of the CCC's programs for working families and their children. The event, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Future of America Learning Center (FALC)---------CCC's early-childhood learning center in the Bronx----------and raised more than $330,000 for the CCC.
Since 2006, the Care for Kids Gala has raised money to support CCC programs and honored those individuals and organizations whose work demonstrates a commitment to children and families. This year's honorees were Bruce McIver, president of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York; Ruth C. Browne, SD, president and chief executive officer of the Ronald McDonald House New York; Peta-Gay Clarke, community and operations manager of Google, Inc.; David R. Jones, Esq., president and chief executive officer of the Community Service Society of New York; and Bonnie Lou Raagas Mallonga, PhD, chief operating officer and education director of FALC.
Lee H. Perlman, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Ventures and executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer of the GNYHA, chaired this year's event. George Gresham, president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and Marc Z. Kramer, consultant to the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York, served as honorary chairs.
The gala also featured a student speaker, Eizan Wallace, who in 2010 completed the Child Care Fund (CCF) WorkForce 2000 program's Pre-RN Track, which helps prepare high school students as they consider a career in nursing. Eizan spoke about his positive experience with the program, and how it helped shape his goal of becoming a registered nurse. "I am continually grateful for experiences I have gained from 1199SEIU and WorkForce 2000, because it has molded me into the person I have become. I can say that Child Care Corporation programs were an essential part of my personal development and career growth, with benefits and memories that have lasted long after leaving the program," he said. Eizan, who is currently a medical/surgical nurse at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, concluded, "I am proud to be a nurse, and honored to now be a member of 1199SEIU myself."
For more than two decades, the CCC and the CCF have helped provide more than 300,000 children of 1199SEIU members and the community at large with access to early-childhood education, summer day and sleep-away camps, internships, mentoring, college scholarships and many other programs.
For more information on the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation, visit www.ChildCareCorp.org
or call (646) 473-8330.