Madison Square Boys and Girls Club Christmas Tree Ball (176279)
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Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, the after-school and summertime program advocate, will hold its 49th annual Christmas Tree Ball Dec. 4, 6 p.m., at Cipriani 42nd Street. This signature gala will include cocktails, dinner and dancing, with both silent and live auctions to benefit programs for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.

“The Christmas Tree Ball is one of Madison’s most cherished annual programs,” said Joseph Patuleia, executive director of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. “The seasonal timing of the event reflects our gratitude to be of service to New York’s youth communities in partnership with our many supporters. Together we are changing the lives of thousands of New York City youth by fostering development and empowering young people to succeed.”

The Christmas Tree Ball is Madison’s largest fundraiser of the year, gathering more than 400 supporters to kick off the holiday season and celebrate its club members. This year’s event features a special guest appearance by Amber and C.C. Sabathia, long-time Madison friends and advocates. As is the tradition, there will also be a dance performance from DiverCity, the award-winning Columbus Clubhouse Dance Team. The event will also include an inspiring speech from clubhouse alumnus Anthony Rolon, illustrating the lasting impact that the Boys & Girls Club has on a young person’s life path.

“Madison provides hope,” said Patuleia. “Children who come through our doors are looking for something or someone to make a difference in their lives. We provide that opportunity through unique education and character development. As a result, every member leaves our clubhouse with confidence, a good set of values and a positive direction for the future.”

For more information about the Christmas Tree Ball, visit the event website at For additional questions about the event, contact Christa McCarthy-Miller, director of marketing and communications, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, 212-760-9600 ext. 211 or

Since 1884, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has been saving and enhancing the lives of youth by providing after-school and summer programs for children in New York City’s most disadvantaged communities. Programs are engineered to empower each member to achieve three priority outcomes: academic success, good character and citizenship and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. Everyday, Madison provides thousands of children with a safe and positive environment, one where fun is encouraged and positive role models are plentiful. A founding member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, at four clubhouses in Brooklyn and the Bronx.