Gwyneth Paltrow was the guest of honor at Children of the City’s Champion of Hope Gala on Wednesday, July 29 2009. Eyewitness News Meteorologist Bill Evans had the double-duty of Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer. Also in attendance were Board Member and NY Giants Wide Receiver David Tyree, Senator Martin J. Golden, Council Member Sara M. Gonzalez, and television actress Bella Thorne.
Gwyneth Paltrow spoke eloquently about our organization before presenting an award to Council Member Sara M. Gonzalez. Ms. Paltrow graciously donated a chic designer handbag from her private collection for our live auction. Throughout the evening, the Oscar and Golden Globe Award winning actress spent quality time with the girls from Children of the City offering inspiration, encouragement, and praise for the teenagers and our organization.
David Tyree presented an award to John Abi-Habib and Rosa, a young lady in our guardianship program, presented an award to Richard Mahler. Bill Evans’ energy was contagious as he helped us raise money with both a live and silent auction of luxury items including jewelry, handbags by Debbie Brooks, sports memorabilia, artwork, and gold records earned by Jon Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson.