Room To Grow Marks 25th Year Of Philanthropic Flavor With NYC Black-Tie Gala And Blue Carpet

October 25, 2023

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, Room to Grow celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.

“…6,000 families over the last 25 years…”

The event engaged long-time advocates, new friends of the organization, and celebrity ambassadors to celebrate the organization’s impact of partnering with nearly 6,000 families over the last 25 years, as well as raise the critical funds needed to grow programming in Boston, New York, and beyond as the organization plans its national expansion.  

Well-known celebrities and leaders in business turned up and walked the blue carpet to support Room to Grow’s goals of providing families with personalized support, community connections, and essential materials and resources from the third trimester of pregnancy to their children’s third birthday. Notable attendees included Maya Hawke, Patina Miller, Julia Fox, Ms. Rachel, Rebecca Minkoff, Lydia Fenet, Alexandria of Greece, Molly Bernard, and Briogeo’s CEO Nancy Twine. 

…champion equity for families and eliminate gaps…

The evening featured a performance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, beats provided by DJ Lady S, as well as remarks from Room to Grow CEO Akilah King, Gala Co-Chairs Uma Thurman, and Julie Burns. During the program, two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Tamron Hall was honored as a ‘Champion of Change’ for her efforts to champion equity for families and eliminate gaps in early education resources. Additional honorees included the New York City Council and Council Member Keith Powers, the nonprofit Boston Bullpen Project, as well as long-time partners of the organization M&T Bank | Wilmington Trust and Select Equity Group. 

Additional celebrity ambassadors who lent their names to the evening include Amy Schumer, Rosario Dawson, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Renee & Matthew Morrison, Elaine Welteroth, Aja Naomi King, Kelly Osbourne, Aminah Imani, Emma Heming Willis, Vashtie, Sarah Michelle Geller, Matthew Lopez, Yaya DaCosta, and Rachel Bilson. 

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For additional information, click here and visit to learn more about Room to Grow.

Room to Grow

Founded in 1998 by Julie Burns, Room to Grow has supported thousands of families since its inception. The three-year program provides critical support to families raising babies born into low-income circumstances, providing strategies, and support to promote their children’s development; essential baby and toddler items; and connections to community resources that can meaningfully expand their support network. Room to Grow’s dynamic, wrap-around approach addresses the multitude of needs facing parents raising children in these earliest years and provides the surest opportunity for establishing a strong foundation in life. Learn more here, and listen to families share the impact of their partnership with Room to Grow.

Photo credit: 1-5) By Gabe Suazo.

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