NEW YORK, NEW YORK May 4, 2016 — The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) held its 6th annual Cocktail Benefit this evening at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York. HPAC’s mission is to work with families and local organizations and schools to provide education opportunities to the children of Hunts Point.
All donations from the event will fund HPAC’s birth-to-college continuum of programs and services aimed at fulfilling HPAC’s vision that every child in Hunts Point is ready for kindergarten, middle school, high school and higher education.
The evening included an amazing performance from SongCorps, a choral ensemble of fourth and fifth grade boys. SongCorps students learn American history and build academic engagement through music. The Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble also performed an enchanting scene from A Midsummer’s Night Dream and HPAC scholars Eduardo Gomez and Yasiera Gowdy, shared inspiring literary pieces created while enrolled in HPAC’s Young Writers Program.
During the event, HPAC premiered the short film The Bronx Speaks to Me. The film was produced by HPAC board member, Michelle Icahn Nevin and directed by Adam Hall. The film provides an overview of the Hunts Point neighborhood and showcases the essential services and programs that HPAC provides to the children of Hunts Point.
The evening also included a live auction conducted by John Hays of Christie’s. The auction items included academic scholarships and support of HPAC’s engaging afterschool programs. Auction highlights included lunch with Roger Rosenblatt, the renowned author of six off-Broadway plays and 18 books, and a live taping of Hardball with Chris Matthews. In a surprise twist, the audience decided to place bids to send a student and chaperone to the taping of Hardball, raising over $2,000 from ten individuals.
HPAC would like to thank the all of the sponsors of our Cocktail Benefit. Your support allowed us to host an inspirational event and helps HPAC continue to provide education opportunities and programs for the children of Hunts Point.
About the Hunts Point Alliance for Children
The Hunts Point Alliance for Children (HPAC) is a community based organization, serving the families that live in the 10474 zip code. HPAC’s vision is that every child in Hunts Point is ready for kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college. HPAC serves two functions: first to bring the seven neighborhood schools and nine child-serving non-profit organizations together in an Alliance, and second, to provide direct educational enrichment and support services to Hunts Point families. The Alliance principals and leaders meet regularly to discuss neighborhood needs and work toward finding solutions by drawing on the strengths of each organization. HPAC provides programming in four main areas: Early Childhood Education, Youth Development Programming, and Family Support Services. Annually, HPAC directly serves 300 youth from birth to college and reaches 2,000 residents through community events and outreach.
To learn more about HPAC, visit our website, www.huntspoint.org