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The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world’s first child protection agency celebrating its 140th year of service, held its annual Junior Committee Spring Benefit last week at Tao Downtown.

Over 200 guests enjoyed signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, along with a silent auction of highly covetable items and experiences.

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The NYSPCC’s set of young philanthropists assume social responsibility each year to raise essential funds for the efforts of the agency: helping children heal from abuse and neglect, and helping families grow stronger.

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The Junior Committee of The NYSPCC has been supporting the efforts of the agency since 2005, and the evening’s proceeds benefit The NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program.

The event’s Steering Committee included: Alexandra Papanicolaou, Chani Churchill, Elizabeth Tooter, Matt Semino, Hudson Bova, Christopher Breck, Lauren Cahill, Stephen Czeck, Meaghan Kimball, Athena Klein, Jonathan Klein, Marc A. Lewinstein, Maureen Nash, Xanthe Ranger, and Audrey Seybert.

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About The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), founded in 1875, is the first – and one of the most highly respected – child protective agencies in the world. The NYSPCC responds to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal and educational services. Through research, communications and training initiatives, we work to expand these programs to prevent abuse and help more children heal.

The NYSPCC’s unique work is used as a model for child welfare agencies across the nation. Since its founding, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on the behalf of over two million children, and has educated over 46,000 professionals on how to identify and report child abuse and neglect. Please visit nyspcc.org for more information.

Photos via NYSPCC by Barry Williams & AnnieWatt.com