NY Foundling Announces 150th Anniversary Celebration
The New York Foundling, one of New York City’s oldest and largest social service providers, today announced details for a weekend-long Homecoming Celebration honoring The Foundling’s 150 year history.
The weekend of activities, running from Thursday, June 6 — Saturday, June 8, invites current and former foster children and parents, adoptees, orphan train riders, social workers, nurses and those who have been enriched through The Foundling’s wide array of programs and services to come together and celebrate their shared history and The Foundling’s continued commitment to empowering children, families and individuals with developmental disabilities to live healthy, independent, fulfilling lives.
The Foundling, which began with the singular focus of providing support and care for babies and young children, has since developed into provider of programs that embody a comprehensive approach to the central goal of empowering children and families to live healthy, independent, and fulfilling lives.
“The sisters of charity opened its doors in 1869, marking the birth of The Foundling as a home for abandoned children, with a brownstone in Greenwich Village and endowment of five dollars,” said Bill Baccaglini, President and CEO of The New York Foundling. “Since then, The Foundling has served hundreds of thousands of children and families and evolved alongside New York City to always meet the needs of children, adults and families. Our programs and services have grown and changed with the times, but our core mission remains as true today as it did 150 years ago: strengthening children, youth, adults, and families and helping each individual to reach their full potential. This year’s celebration is a meaningful opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the incredible people, journeys, and stories that are at the heart of The Foundling’s legacy.”
The Anniversary Homecoming weekend will officially kick off on Thursday, June 6 with a special afternoon Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral led by His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. The following afternoon, on Friday, June 7, The Foundling will continue with the Official Reunion Day at New York University’s Kimmel Center for families, staff, alumnae, clients, friends and adoptees.
The Reunion Day will feature informational breakout sessions around themes including: Telling Your Story; Finding Your Roots; The Baby Crisis & the Origins of The Foundling; and The Orphan Train Movement. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to join networking connecting them to adoptees and families, nursing school alumni. orphan train descendants. The event will also include remarks from a guest speaking from New York Historical Tours.
The weekend will conclude with a Block Party– open to The Foundling’s families and the general public — which will take place outside The Foundling’s Chelsea Headquarters on Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 AM — 2:00 PM. The Block Party will feature performances from Haven Kids Rock, with additional entertainment to be announced.
The Foundling’s families will have the opportunity to be featured in a special 150th anniversary video tribute to the organization, and other guests will have the chance to connect with The Foundling’s program leaders about fostering, adopting, and volunteering. The Block Party will offer wellness screenings, community resources, give-away items great for summer, and food trucks from across the city. Kids are invited to enjoy a bounce-house, a basketball shoot-out, face-painting, cotton candy and more.
The Foundling’s 150th Anniversary celebration will continue through 2019 and will be capped off with a special Gala Celebration on Wednesday, October 2 at The Plaza. The event will honor Gregory B. Braca, President and CEO of TD Bank. Gala tables and individual tickets will be available for purchase in August with all proceeds going to support The Foundling’s programming.