Giving Back

The 4th Annual UCP of NYC Santa Project Party 2013

Over 200 Attend The 4th Annual Santa Project Party & Auction benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City Co-Hosted by Tamsen Fadal, Emmy Award Winning Anchor, PIX 11 News, & Camilla Barungi, Entrepreneur & Model, “Project Runway” Scott Stanford, Emmy Award Winning Co-Anchor, PIX 11 News, & Isiah Whitlock, Jr. , New Star of HBO Series “Veep,” Co-Chaired the event (New York, New York, December 5th, 2013) – The 4th Annual Santa Project Party & Auction benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), one of the largest disability nonprofit organizations in the U.S., was held Tuesday Dec. 3rd at Bocca di Bacco in Chelsea.

Beyond the core programs and services UCP of NYC delivers year round, proceeds from the Santa Project Party & Auction help fund special needs equipment requests and purchase holiday gift cards for children with disabilities in UCP of NYC’s programs.

 The Santa Project Party & Auction was co-hosted by Tamsen Fadal, Emmy-winning anchor of PIX 11 News, and Camilla Barungi, model/entrepreneur of “Project Runway” fame. This marks the fourth consecutive year Camilla Barungi has hosted the Santa Project Party.

Scott Stanford, Emmy-winning PIX 11 News co-anchor, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr., new star of HBO series “Veep,” co-chaired the fundraiser.

In addition to a strong showing of support from a diverse young professional crowd, the event drew celebrities and guests from Wall Street, architecture and design, fashion, film, television, and Broadway.

 In addition to Camilla Barungi, Tamsen Fadal, and Scott Stanford, other VIPs attending the event included: Rich Graziano, President & General Manager, PIX 11; Mike Woods, Meteorologist & Reporter, Fox 5’s “Good Day New York,” and past co-host of the UCP of NYC Santa Project Party; Ryan Asselta, Sports Anchor & Reporter, Fox 5 New York; Kipton Cronkite, Founder & Creative Director, KiptonART; Sheila Lennon, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Development, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City; George Berry, Founder and Principal, PLAN architecture | design | strategy; Pierre A. Le Veaux, Goldman Sachs; Thomas P. Lane, Partner, Winston & Strawn; Antonello Patella, Creative Director, Laura Mercier; Sandro Patella and Robert Patella, Patella Brothers Studio; Martha Fling, Founder, Drake Libby; Steve Gold, producer; Brice Mousset, Founder & Artistic Director, Oui Danse; Tim Mandala, actor; Ron Roberts, actor; Lakey Wolff, agent CESD; Lori Sokol, Contributing Writer, The Huffington Post, Publisher, Work Life Matters Magazine, and Board Chair, Women’s eNews; and Carlos Anaya, Fox News Latino, Telemundo and MyLifeStyle Magazine.

The Santa Project Party Host Committee members in attendance included: Scott Allen, Perkins+Will; Jason Carlough, MassMutual Financial Group; Kimberly Dowdell, Levien & Company; Javier Gomez, noted fine art photographer; Cynthia Jones, Bank of America; Seth Kramer, Goldman Sachs; Lauren LoGiudice, actress/writer; Michelina Mandarano, Goldman Sachs; Elizabeth Norman, Gensler; Alan Oyugi, Alliance Limousine, LLC.

This year’s generous Santa Project Party Event Sponsors were WorldQuant (Presenting); HOK and Pilot Benefits (Hope); PLAN (Joy); Goldman Sachs and JGPR (Peace); and Levien & Company (Cheer.)

The event featured a silent auction with a range of luxury goods and services, including items donated by Laura Mercier, Google, Vera Bradley, Patella Bros., Equinox, Sebastian Nicole, Javier Gomez, The Colbert Report, Kinky Boots, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and Marquis Miami, among many other sponsored items.

About United Cerebral Palsy of New York City:

United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) is one of America’s most established non-profits offering services, information, and support to children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City. UCP of NYC currently serves more than 14,000 individuals and family members through more than 75 comprehensive programs including health care, education, technology, residential, recreation, and habilitative services. The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.