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Children's Defense Fund - New York Beat the Odds® Event

March 12, 2014

The Pierre (2 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065)


On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 CDF-NY will honor five NYC high school seniors at the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) -NY Beat the Odds® (BTO) Gala. The BTO celebration will be held at The Pierre in New York City. The reception is at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner and program at 7:00 PM, with dessert party to follow.

Richard Parsons is the Honorary Chair. Deborah Cogut and David Pollak are the Gala Co-Chairs.  Honorees include Leslie Cornfeld, Chair, Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism & School Engagement and CDF Board Member, Vicki Fuller, Chief Investment Officer, New York State Common Retirement Fund, and George Gresham, President, 1199 SEIU and CDF Board Member. The evening will also celebrate the life of Bill Lynch, longstanding CDF Board Member.


Renowned Chef John DeLucie will be the inaugural Celebrity Chef. As Celebrity Chef, he will oversee the night's menu at The Pierre. Host Committee Chefs include Todd English, Bobby Flay, Bruce Rogers, andAlexander Smalls. Host Committee members also include: Khaliah Ali, Harry Belafonte, Noella Coursari,Tommy Hilfiger, LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson, Stephanie March, Soledad O'Brien, Ric Ocasek and Paulina Porizkova, George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, and André Leon Talley. Tickets: $5,000, $2,500, ($1,000 LIMITED). Please contact Event Producer Dwight Johnson at (212) 889-4694