Northside Center for Child Development held its annual gala at 583 Park Ave. in Manhattan with this year’s honorees Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster; Michael A. Peterson, president and CEO of the Peterson Foundation; Joel E. Klein, a former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; and Jesse Angelo, CEO and publisher of the New York Post.

Said Thelma Dye-Holmes, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of Northside Center, “Thank you for joining Northside Center for Child Development as we celebrate 68 years of holding true to the vision and courage of pioneering psychologists Drs. Kenneth B. and Mamie Phipps Clark. Since the Clarks founded this great institution in 1946, Northside’s vibrant growth continues to meet the challenges of poverty. We are saving lives and building futures.

“This year, over 3,000 families in East and Central Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx came to Northside. Many arrive struggling with emotional, behavioral and educational difficulties. They leave better able to succeed in school, meet life’s challenges and reach their full potential.”

The gala was hosted by mistress of ceremonies Rosanna Scotto and featured a performance by Rosie’s Theater Kids and special remarks from Michael Goldstein, Northside Center’s chair of the board.