A night of holiday festivities and luck of the draw at ADAPT Community Network’s 9th Annual Santa Project Party raises a record-setting $105,000 for the agency’s preschool education programs.
More than 250 attendees clad in festive attire enjoyed a night of holiday fun and cheer including music, food, and gaming at ADAPT Community Network’s 9th Annual Santa Project Party, held on December 3, 2019, at The Down Town Association in Manhattan. This year’s Casino Night-themed event was a record-setting success, raising $105,000 for ADAPT’s preschool education programs throughout New York City!
You can bet your bottom dollar that the money raised goes to a terrific cause. It is used, in part, to buy gift cards for the school children and their families for the holidays. Some proceeds are also used to fund SMART Boards and other items for the preschool programs. ADAPT is the largest provider of preschool education for children with disabilities in New York.
Edward R. Matthews, ADAPT’s Chief Executive Officer, welcomed attendees and introduced the event’s host, actress Jill Flint, best known for her starring roles as Dr. Jordan Alexander on NBC’s “The Night Shift” and as Jill Casey on USA’s hit show “Royal Pains.” Jill has also had notable recurring arcs in Amblin Entertainment’s “Bull” for CBS, Robert and Michelle King’s “The Good Wife” for CBS, and, more recently, Imagine Television’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” for Hulu. Celebrity Ambassadors for the event were Camilla Barungi, Co-founder, Alliance 4 Development, and model of “Project Runway” fame, past Co-host and Co-chair of the Santa Project Party; Kori Chambers, Anchor, PIX 11 News at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; Tamsen Fadal, 12-time Emmy-winning Anchor, PIX 11 News at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m., host of “Broadway Profiles,” past Co-host of the Santa Project Party, and Honorary Vice-Chair of the board of ADAPT Community Network; Mr. G, five time Emmy-winning PIX 11 News weatherman; Javier Gomez, artist & designer, founder of JG HOME, People Magazine’s Sexiest Artist Alive, MAISON&OBJET Ambassador, and longtime Co-chair of the Santa Project Party; Steve Lacy, Anchor, Fox 5 news at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., past Co-chair of the Santa Project Party, and past Captain for Team ADAPT for Race for Hope and Possibility; Teresa Priolo, Emmy-winning Fox 5 News reporter and anchor, past Co-chair of the Santa Project Party, and past ADAPT Golf Tournament host; Ines Rosales, Traffic Reporter, “Good Day New York,” and past Co-chair of the Santa Project Party; Mike Woods, Meteorologist for “Good Day New York,” People Magazine’s Sexiest Anchor Alive, and past Santa Project Co-host.
The 2019 Santa Project Casino Night Committee members were: Kate Cleary, Christie Foster, Patrick Hazlewood, Rachel Hendrickson, Dianna Jane, Louisa Laverde, Patrick Matthews, Shannon McPhee, Priya Mohabir, Maria Patruno, and Mike Silvestro.
ADAPT’s programs are supported by generous annual sponsors including Pilot RB, Alliance Brokerage, Colliers International, Bella Bus, Home Clean Home, PC Connection, Precision Pharmacy, Putney Twombly, Signature Construction, TGI, Weeks Lerman, The Weiss Group, Brothers Contracting, The Execu|Search Group, GNET Construction, MediSked, Stop Pest of NYC, United Health Care/Oxford, WPIX, and event sponsors The Abelson Company, Horizon Healthcare Staffing, Multilingual Therapy Associates, CCS Fundraising, and Alan Zack.