Inaugural ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala Raises $600,000 for New Yorkers with Disabilities

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On Thursday, March 8th, nearly 500 guests attended the sold-out ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.  The event raised over $600,000 for services and programs benefiting the thousands of children and adults with disabilities in New York City supported by ADAPT Community Network.

This Inaugural ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala celebrated the accomplishments of extraordinary honorees including: Al Roker, Co-host and Weatherman of NBC’s Today Show and his wife Deborah Roberts, ABC News Correspondent for 20/20, Nightline, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir; The Hausman Family, one of the Founding families of United Cerebral Palsy of NYC; Marissa Shorenstein, President, Northeast, AT&T; and Amy Wright, Founder and CEO of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, and 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.  Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour hosted the event.

Presenters for the gala included Susan Lucci, Emmy winning actress, best-selling author, entrepreneur, past ADAPT honoree and host; Cara Buono, star of the hit series “Stranger Things” and Emmy nominated actress for “Mad Men”; and Kerry A. Delaney, Acting Commissioner of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, presented the “Hausman Humanitarian Award” – the final award of the evening – to the Hausman family.

This year’s Honorary Co-Chairs were Tamsen Fadal, Eight-time Emmy winning Anchor of PIX 11 News and Mike Woods, Meteorologist and Reporter FOX 5’s Good Day New York. Honorary Chair of the gala was Lynda Carter, actress, singer and activist. Co-Chairs of the gala were: James Hausman and Liz Cohen Hausman; James Kase and Helene Miller; Sabina McCarthy; and Alan Zack.

This event couldn’t have been possible without the generosity of our many sponsors and supporters who helped make the evening so memorable.  Save-the-date for next year’s event, Thursday, March 14, 2019.

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