Inside the New York Foundling’s 150th Anniversary Gala

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Nadia Owens (New York Foundling Trustee) Photo Credit: UP Studios Photography

On Wednesday, The New York Foundling — one of the city’s oldest and largest social service providers — held its 150th Anniversary Gala, a sold-out affair attended by over 500 guests. The event raised $1.1 MILLION through donations, ticket and table sales and both live — and online auction. All proceeds from last night event and the ongoing online auction will go towards the organization’s programs aimed at helping children, adults and families to create transformational change in their own lives.

The Foundling’s online auction — which features eight premium lots including tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton, a week-long stay in a premier New Orleans vacation home, dinner for eight at New York’s exclusive Rao’s restaurant, NFL tickets for Giants vs. Green Bay, and more — can be found at and will be live through next Wednesday, October 9.

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Bill Baccaglini (President & CEO, New York Foundling), Gregory Braca (President & CEO, TD Bank) and Robert E. King, Jr. (New York Foundling Chairman of the Board) **Photo Credit: UP Studios Photography

Gala honoree Gregory B. Braca — a long-time New York Foundling supporter, philanthropist and President and CEO of TD Bank, was recognized for his tireless devotion to community service and support.

In his remarks, Braca noted, “I’m humbled and honored to help The New York Foundling celebrate its 150th anniversary. They do tremendous work every day in the community, especially for some of our most vulnerable citizens. The Foundling has always had a personal significance for me and my family and a special place in my heart for the good that they do. Congratulations on 150 years and here’s to 150 more!”

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**Photo Credit: UP Studios Photography

Additional guests included, Bob King, Chairman of The New York Foundling’s Board of Trustees; Sister (Sr.) Donna Dodge, Sisters of Charity President; Sr. Carol Barnes, NY Foundling Board Member, Former Sisters of Charity President; David Hansell, Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner; Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Catholic Charities; Eric Brettschneider Administration of Children’s Services Deputy Commissioner; Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, New Yorkers for Children Executive Director and leaders from New York City nonprofits and charities including: Catholic Guardian Services, Mercy First, Sheltering Arms, Good Shepherd Services, Children’s Village, and more.

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