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Cosmopolitan Review May 15 - 21, 2014

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 5/15/2014, 11:55 a.m.

Mother’s Day was a glorious day—a sign of so many good things to come. As if it wasn’t enough that the weather was picture perfect, everywhere you turned, friends were texting one another to say “HMD.” There wasn’t a man that one could pass on the street who wouldn’t say “HMD.” It was so sweet. My husband, Charles, cooked breakfast and dinner and Julia baked a cake, with just an itsy bit of help from mommy. It was all very yummy. Thanks, guys.

What would spring be if we didn’t celebrate Northside Center for Child Development with a magnificent gala? Well, not to disappoint the 2014 co-chairs—which included Erskine Bowles, Kirsten and David Carmel, Thomas Gravina, Elizabeth and Jeffrey Leeds, James Murdoch, Alan Patricof, Richard Salomon, Stanley Shuman, Justin Smith and Mortimer Zuckerman—guests and supporters alike were treated to a most festive affair.

The reception, which offered servings of rose champagne, pigs in a blanket and chicken balls, was complemented by the program that featured master of ceremonies Rosanna Scotto of “Good Day New York” and a wonderful performance by the exceptionally talented Rosie’s Theater Kids. This was so appropriate, as Rosie O’Donnell is a huge supporter of Northside and has been for years. Remarks from Chairman of the Board Michael Goldstein, Alan Patricof and Hilde L. Mosse Executive Director and CEO Thelma Dye-Homes, underscored the continued commitment Northside puts forth while “saving lives, changing lives and building brighter futures.”

Northside’s determination to provide community-based services is constantly growing and evolving to better serve and strengthen families, homes and children. From its East 110th Street headquarters, its West 135th Street satellite, the Susan Patricof Head Start Center at East 111th Street, Brooklyn and Bronx Head Start Centers, neighborhood schools and allied organizations, “Northside’s holistic approach makes help and hope accessible to New York’s most impoverished, historically excluded and at-risk communities.” Northside is part of the universal pre-K program, is as affiliated with Kip School Infinity and in a partnership with American Ballet Theatre—all programs that enrich the lives of children who might not ever be exposed to a world outside of their immediate domain.

According to Dye-Holms, who has been with the organization for over 25 years, “This is a transitional moment as we are laser-focused on providing services in education, and good emotional and mental health. By dealing with service issues, we change lives. We’re indispensable because what we do works. When people walk through the door, they leave better able to meet their challenges.” This year’s event more than doubled last year’s contributions, as cheerleaders and fundraisers Susan and Alan Patricof were able to rally the troops and raise $1.7 million.

The New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Supreme Court Committee celebrated 2014’s Law Day with a luncheon honoring Justice O. Peter Sherwood of the Supreme Court, New York County, Commercial Division, and Fern A. Fisher, deputy chief administrative judge for New York City Courts, Office of Court Administration. Sherwood was presented with the Capozzoli Gavel Award by Zachary Carter of the Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department, as friends, supporters and his wife, Ruby, and daughter looked on.