Love is an open door

On May 14, 2018 I was privileged to photograph The Child Center of NY as they celebrated their 65th Anniversary at their Annual Gala, held at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York, NY.

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Emcee Sunny Hostin, co-host of The View and ABC News Correspondent, led nearly 400 guests through a moving and inspiring evening that opened with a performance by the guitar group from Ps 182, followed by a heartwarming rendition of “Children Will Listen” by musical theater students from Is 237, accompanied by Broadway star Jessica Fontana.

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Jessica was later joined on stage by her husband, Tony-nominated Broadway (Cinderella) and film (Frozen) star Santino Fontana, for a highlight of the evening, “Love Is An Open Door.” Tony Award-winner (Rent, Wicked) Idina Menzel closed out the event with a medley that culminated with a group-sing of “Let It Go.”

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Speakers included the evening’s honoree, Emmy award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich, who passionately spoke to the event’s theme of Finding Your Voice; Asian Outreach Assistant Program Director, Omar Kazi, recipient of The Child Center’s annual Russell E. Carson Visionary Award for embodying the theme of building up young people to achieve their potential; and longtime Child Center client, Frantzcia Saintil, who movingly spoke of her journey.

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