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Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children Celebrates it’s Second Century of Service with Annual Gala on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

(New York, NY) On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Current at Chelsea Piers, Spence-Chapin will host its 2019 Annual Gala to celebrate a second century of service, and to “Welcome Home” adoptive families, friends, and supporters who understand the importance of a safe, permanent, and loving home for all children.

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children (Spence-Chapin), the renowned New York City not-for-profit organization that has created and supported families through adoption with integrity and compassion for over 100 years envisions a world in which adoption is a celebrated choice, every child belongs, and all families are embraced.

Master of Ceremonies, NBC-4 News, New York’s Dave Price will lead an inspiring evening that will feature a special music performance by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, a founding member of legendary Hip-Hop Group RUN-DMC and co-founder of The Felix Organization, who made the discovery that he was adopted at the age of 35.

McDaniels said, “As [an] adoptee…I co-founded The Felix Organization in 2006 with Sheila Jaffe to enrich the lives of children who may not have been adopted into a loving home. We salute Spence-Chapin and [its] 100-year history of providing adoption and adoption services. Together, we are a force to give children a chance for a bright future. I’m excited about performing at this year’s gala!”

The Spence-Chapin Second Century Humanitarian Award will be given to Siya Madikane, a philanthropist dedicated to helping disadvantaged children, particularly in the fields of education and health. He was born in Soweto, South Africa, and lived in an orphanage there until the age of 10 when his life changed through adoption.

Curtis R. Welling and Mary H. White, M.D. will receive The Spence and Chapin Awards for Excellence. Mr. Welling and Dr. White are both adoptive parents, former chairs of the Spence-Chapin Board of Directors, and honorary directors. Each has had careers distinguished by service and giving. Welling is a former chairperson of the Donaldson Adoption Institute board of directors, former president and Chief Executive Officer of AmeriCares Foundation, and currently on the faculty of the Dartmouth University Tuck School of Business.

Dr. White served as Assistant Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She helped to establish the Spence-Chapin’s International Humanitarian Aid Program which has become a model program for providing one-on-one care to institutionalized children throughout the world. Dr. White continues to support the needs of children as a pro bono medical evaluator at Mount Sinai’s Human Rights Program, examining persons seeking asylum from torture in their country, and she provides medical expertise on behalf of a school for disabled children in Haiti.

The 2019 Annual Gala also kicks off National Adoption Month in November, a special time to celebrate children and building families through adoption. Spence-Chapin depends on its generous supporters to fulfill its mission driven by the simple belief that every child deserves a family. Proceeds raised during the Gala will enable Spence-Chapin to continue to provide adoption and family services through the next century. The Spence-Chapin Way is to provide guidance and support to children, women, and families throughout all its program areas.

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Rose M. Crichton
Director, Marketing & Communications
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