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Inaugural Spring Luncheon to benefit The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
04/12/2012 - By www.Society-Photos.com

Inaugural Spring Luncheon to benefit The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Photos by Annie Watt (917) 968-1210 / Society-Photos.com

Mary Pulido, Sapphire, David Stack and Elizabeth Mayhew

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world’s first child protection agency, held its Inaugural Spring Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.

The afternoon featured a keynote address by The New York Times best-selling author, Sapphire, of the famed novel, Push, the inspiration for the Academy Award® – winning movie Precious.
Sapphire’s novel depicted a horrific case of child abuse in Harlem and how one person can make a dramatic difference in saving the life of a child. Sapphire hasreceived the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award, and in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award for Push. Throughout her career, Sapphire has authored three novels and two books of poetry. Additionally, Dr. Mary Pulido, Executive Director of the NYSPCC, delivered remarks about the mission of the NYSPCC, and introduced Sapphire. The Luncheon was a huge success raising $135,735 to benefit the NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program, which provides mental health treatment for children who have experienced traumatic events, such as physical and sexual abuse, neglect and family violence.

Guests included: Betsy Bartlett (Vice President, Board of Directors), Jayni Chase, Diana DiMenna, Stephen P. Forrester(Assistant Executive Director, The NYSPCC),Shelley Goldberg (Parenting Contributor, NY1), Joan Granlund, Kimberly Guilfoyle (Host, Fox’s The Five), Karen Klopp, Elizabeth Mayhew (Chair, Benefit Committee), Robin Meltzer, Deborah Norville (Host, Inside Edition), Dr. Mary Pulido, (Executive Director, The NYSPCC), Victor de Souza (Fashion Designer), Sarah and David Stack (President, Board of Directors), Karl G. Wellner (Vice President, Board of Directors).

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