The 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation’s Eighth Annual Care for Kids Awards Gala took place on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. More than 250 distinguished guests attended the event, which raised over $350,000. The critical funds that are raised as a result of the Care for Kids Awards Gala help the Child Care Corporation provide children and parents with the necessary tools to succeed.

Befitting of the Corporation’s staunch efforts, this year’s gala, spotlighting “Empowering Today’s Children With The Knowledge For Tomorrow,” celebrates our youth and those who avidly support them. 2014 marks the 16th year that the Child Care Corporation has worked vigorously within the community and beyond, offering children a chance to flourish, and working families the means to afford quality child care programs. The many programs administered by the Child Care Corporation address the educational and development needs of children from birth through college, preparing them for the transition into today’s workforce. Day care, camp, college scholarships, and career readiness training equip today’s children to become tomorrow’s leaders. These programs give parents peace of mind, which is invaluable as they strive to balance the challenges of work and raising children. Child Care Corporation President Vivian Fox has always acknowledged that “the blueprint for the work we do, and the programs we administer were carefully designed to specifically meet the needs of our working families.”

Care for Kids also takes the opportunity to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to youth via education and corporate responsibility. Actor and UNICEF Ambassador Danny Glover, Physician-in-Chief Dr. Philip Ozuah of the Montefiore Medical Center Children’s Hospital, and WNBC Chief Meteorologist Janice Huff, host of “Wednesday’s Child” are some of the many child care advocates to whom we have been able to pay tribute. This year, the Corporation was privileged to once again recognize those who go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of children. The 2014 gala honorees included Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of Clinton Foundation; Pamela Brier, president and chief executive officer of Maimonides Medical Center; and
Erin Riehle, director of Disability Services and Project SEARCH at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Frank Branchini, chairman and chief executive officer chaired the event and accepted the Corporate Social Responsibility award on behalf of EmblemHealth, Inc.

For more information about the gala, please e-mail us at [email protected].