The New York Center For Children Presented “Flamenco Nights: A Celebration Of Our Caregivers”

The New York Center for Children (NYCC) held their first fantastic NYC-area in-person fundraiser in 18 months with their Flamenco Nights celebration at Ventanas at the Modern in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Hosted by Catherine Kassenoff, Lauren Vernon, and Amy Bluestone, the event celebrated our caregivers after a tumultuous year. Guests enjoyed tropical cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, and dancing under the stars, in Flamenco-inspired style.



Ventanas, the American-Asian-Cuban restaurant by Restaurateur Alexander Duran of Son Cubano and culinary titan Chef David Burke, was the perfect setting for the magical evening, with its outdoor patio overlooking the iconic George Washington Bridge.

The mood for the Flamenco Nights set was in full swing as the DJ played Latin music throughout the evening. Guests were dancing the night away as well as being dazzled by a special performance by Gabriella Rodriguez.

The event, while bringing recognition to the caregivers, also raised $22,000 towards NYCC’s service to help children heal from abuse.

Notable attendees included: Board members Amy Bluestone, Lauren Vernon, Catherine Kassenoff, and Barbara Harrison; NYCC Board President Christine Rales, Leda Nussbaum, Maribel Lieberman, Barbara Brock, Isabella Peixoto, Cynthia Wood, Alexandra Corriea, Ronald Braso, Peter Bencivenga, Alisa Isenberg, Diane Haza, Myrna Bluestone; and NYCC therapists Jennifer Grubman, Sarah McNamara, Karina Van Brunt, Rebecca Jacobs, and Mariel Ramirez.

Founded in 1995 with the support of the late Broadway producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mosbacher, The New York Center for Children (NYCC) is a child-friendly Center, providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families.

NYCC also offers professional training on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of child abuse. All of the programs and services to children and families at NYCC are completely free of charge.

NYCC is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to cover the costs of operations. NYCC serves all families, including those without insurance.

In addition to evaluation and treatment, the children at NYCC also benefit from tutoring, mentoring, and extracurricular events. NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New.

Photo credit: 1) Leda Nussbaum, Lauren Vernon. 2) Christine Boeke, Christine Rales. 3) Maribel Lieberman. 4) Barbara Brock, Isabella Peixoto, Cynthia Wood, Barbara Harrison, Alexandra Corriea, Ronald Braso. 5) Amy Bluestone, Peter Bencivenga, Alisa Isenberg, Diane Haza, Myrna Bluestone. 6) Jennifer Grubman, Sarah McNamara, Karina Van Brunt, Rebecca Jacobs, Mariel Ramirez. 7) Amy Bluestone, Lauren Vernon, Catherine Kassenoff. 8) Gabriella Rodriguez. 9) Dancers.

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