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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AN EVENING OF OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR: Benefit Auction for the NY Center for Children

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

Hand painted by children who are being helped by the NY Center for Children,
these fans were being sold to the guests as part of the fund raising

On June 3rd at Magnises, the Junior Committee of The New York Center For Children arranged a cocktail party with a silent auction to benefit an institution that is very dear to all the members' hearts.

Bettina Bennett and Mom-to-be Peyton Hostetler,
Co-Chairs of the Junior Committee of the NY Center for Children


Benefit Committee members Tiffany Koury-Ditcher, Alessandra Emanuel, Barbara Regna, and Aleksandra Cragg

The Junior Committee (JC) is dedicated to fighting child abuse and actively helps raising funds and awareness through a variety of educational, engaging and entertaining programs and events to benefit the New York Center for Children (NYCC), a child-friendly free clinic on the Upper East Side providing assessment and therapy services to victims of child abuse. Child abuse occurs with alarming frequency in New York City. One in three children experiences abuse by the time he or she is 18 years old and most often the perpetrator is someone the victim knows and trusts.

Christine Crowther, Administrative Director of NYCC

The NYCC is a privately funded, non-profit organization providing evaluations and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. By cooperating with New York’s social services and law enforcement agencies, NYCC helps investigations and prosecutions proceed more effectively with less trauma to children. NYCC also trains professionals who work with children to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of abuse and teaches children, parents and the public how to prevent abuse from occurring. All services are provided free of charge.

Juliet Herzberg, Jennifer Grubman, and Michelle Smoller


Maeve Judge and Bettina




Christine Crowther, Bobbi Smith, Sophie Smith, and Tamara Linde





Below are some items that were auctioned at the gathering














Barbara Regna, Linette Semino, and Michelle Smoller






Joel Ditcher and wife Tiffany Koury


Katya Libin and Amri Kibbler make an entrance with Claibourne Poindexter climbing up the stairs


Joel, Alyson Cafiero, Stephanie Gordon, Tiffany and Bettina


Susan and Jerry Baker cracking jokes with Alyson


Alessandra with Tiffany



By socializing and networking, the Junior Committee accomplishes a great deal, being led by one objective: fighting child abuse. Every member on the JC attends meetings regularly, makes worthwhile contributions, and commits to at least to one year of service. With original ideas and strong dynamism, the JC is making a significant impact in the community.

Framboise was the caterer of the event, serving Mediterranean dips
and mini sandwiches that were totally out of this world


Alessandra Emanuel will testify to that!




Sponsors of the event, Jeff and Paula Wozniak, showing off
delicious cocktails mixed with their company's
Super Juice Nation 


C. Gordon Beck, Maeve Judge, and Andrew Brooks


Bernard Martin and John Danger


John Thomas strikes a pose alongside Xanthe Ranger


Kolbrun Leosdottir, Marissa Priester, and Kristine Naylor


Maggie with Dr. Penny Grant, child abuse pediatrician


Jessica Garza, Sean Murphy, and Jessica Thompson


Blair Kwon and Maya Prejbisz, covering the event for Downtown Magazine


Larry Miller, Molly Hillenbrand, and Stephen Nanfava


John Thomas and Dr. Penny




Alessandra and Maggie


Guy Clark in 7th Heaven while flanked by
Barbara Regna and Aleksandra Cragg


Aleksandra, Harrison Morgan, and Barbara with a glimpse of Guy in the back


C. Gordon Beck jumping to get himself into the picture


Stephanie Gordon shows off her fan


Both Bettina and Maggie wearing Maggie's designs.
To read other articles about them, click on their names.


Harrison with Maggie


John Thomas and Whitney Larking about to do a fan dance





John searching both his pockets



Walter Deane, Bettina, Peter, and John


Valerie Lettan arrives


Maggie and Alyson with Barbara


Only Linette Semino wasn't coy about showing her face


Jessica Thompson does the evening's official greeting


Inson Wood with Bettina


Maggie with Peter and Barbara Regna


Halina Hofmann and Andrew Brooks


Maggie Norris with Andrew La Pera









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