Writer: Mitchell Acks
On your mark, get set, Go to the New York International Auto Show.
What a great way to see the latest hot cars and race cars and able to attend a charity at the East Side House's 16th Annual Settlement Gala Preview of the 2015 New York International Auto Show held on April 2nd at the Jacob Javits Center.
We enjoyed the long cocktail reception of over three hours with open bar and delicious passed hors d'ouevres.
There were other 1,000 people of various industries to lend their support. Some of the many notable attendees were news anchor Chuck Scarborough, Lisa Yom CEO of Ivy Exec, LLC., fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra, and others.
It was great to preview the entire New York International Auto Show before it officially opened to the public the next day and had access to other parties on the floor. The Gala Preview included a special display of the hottest Porsche sports cars like 919 Hybrid, 918 Spyder, Cayenne S-E Hybrid, and Panamera S-E Hybrid, supplied by Manhattan Motor Cars. There was a live auction of all-new 2015 Porsche Cayman GT4.
One had the chance to bid on neat items such as dining at Rao's, 16 guests at the private Mets Sky Box at Citi Field and others. The 500,000 funds raised will support East Side House's highly successful college preparation programs for residents of the South Bronx and surrounding communities. East Side House helps approximately 8,000 residents of the South Bronx and surrounding communities via their 18 different program locations.
The organization offers many other programs for all ages. Their Early Childhood programs provides preschool and day care services in a safe, supportive, educational environment for children ages 2-5. They offer Elementary School programs that provide preventive, remedial and enrichment services to children in Kindergarten through the 7th grade. East Side House Settlement provides afterschool program services to 450 students at 5 schools through the Mayor’s School’s Out NYC (SONYC) initiative. They offer programs in 7 high schools provide customized student support services and skill-building opportunities to students that lead to graduation and college enrollment and/or employment. Their Young Adult Education program for ages 17-24 provides a variety of classes and services including pre-HSE and HSE (high school equivalency) classes, HSE testing, college preparation, retention services and job preparation assistance.
East Side House’s Senior Citizens’ program for those 60 years and older provides nutrition education, a congregate meal program, counseling, educational activities, transportation assistance and benefits assistance along with. recreational activities such as bingo, dominoes, monthly trips, special events, arts and crafts, health screenings, walking club, computer club, Facebook club and birthday parties.
They offer Film For Change class and apprenticeship program that teach students video camera operation, video editing and basic sound production.
More information about the organization and their programs can be found on their website:
Thanks to the generosity of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association and New York Auto Show which provides the funds to enroll 125 students per year.
East Side House Settlement 16th Annual Gala Preview of the 2015 New York International Auto Show
East Side House Settlement Dinner
Chuck Scarborough attended the Preview Gala in 2014
Last year's hot race car made a comeback this year for the 2015 New York International Auto Show.