2018 Inaugural ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd St Raises $600,000 for New Yorkers Living with Disabilities

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Nearly 500 guests attended the Inaugural ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala which raised over $600,000 for services and programs for children and adults and living with disabilities in New York City supported by ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of NYC). This sold-out event took place on Thursday, March 8th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour was the event Host. This year’s ADAPT Leadership Award honorees included, Al Roker, Co-host and Weatherman of NBC’s Today Show and his wife Deborah Roberts, ABC News Correspondent for 20/20, Nightline, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir; The Hausman Family, one of the Founding families of United Cerebral Palsy of NYC; Marissa Shorenstein, President, Northeast, AT&T; and Amy Wright, Founder and CEO of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, and 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.

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Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, presented the final award of the evening to the Hausman Family. Presenters for the gala included Susan Lucci, Emmy winning actress, best-selling author, entrepreneur, past ADAPT honoree and host: Cara Buono, star of the hit series “Stranger Things” and Emmy nominated actress for “Mad Men” and Kerry A. Delaney, Acting Commissioner of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

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Photo Credit: Cindy Ord & Mike Coppola — Getty Images & Diane Bondareff

This year’s event leadership included Honorary Co-Chairs were Tamsen Fadal, Eight-time Emmy winning Anchor of PIX 11 News and Mike Woods, Meteorologist and Reporter FOX 5’s Good Day New York. Honorary Chair of the gala was Lynda Carter, actress, singer and activist. Co-Chairs of the gala were: James Hausman and Liz Cohen Hausman; James Kase and Helene Miller; Sabina McCarthy; and Alan Zack.

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Photo Credit: Cindy Ord & Mike Coppola — Getty Images & Diane Bondareff

VIPS in attendance included: Edward R. Matthews; Susan Lucci, Cara Buono, Marty and Helaine Hausman, Larry and Lauren Sorell; Janice and Stuart Shorenstein, Kerry Delaney; Isiah Whitlock Jr.; John Muller; Scott Stanford; Kori Chambers; Ines Rosales; Javier Gomez; Madison Ferris; Camilla Barungi; and Chandler Bigelow, Jon Schuster, Fernanda Niven, Christopher R. Laul, Gary Simmons, and Kiliaen Van Rensselaer and Michael Peterson.

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