Northside Center for Child Development Gala (240086)
Credit: Margot Jordan photo

May 8, 2017, the Northside Center for Child Development, a local nonprofit based in Harlem that has provided early childhood education, behavioral health and enrichment services to low-income New York City children and their families for more than 70 years, held their annual gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. In addition to raising $1.5 million for Northside, the gala honored the following individuals:

 Cynthia Foster Curry, president, National Office Services Colliers International NY

Howard M. Lorber, president and CEO, Vector Group, and chairman, Douglas Elliman Realty

Bruce Mosler, chairman, Global Brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

Barbara Bartlett Sloan and Howard Sloan (in memorium)

“The Northside Center is grateful for all of our partners who helped make our annual gala a tremendous success,” said Dr. Thelma Dye, executive director and CEO of the Northside Center. “We especially recognize the hard work of our board chair, Michael Goldstein, and the service of all of this year’s honorees. It is through this public generosity that we can continue providing life-changing services for the children and families across New York City that need it the most. With the generosity of our supporters, Northside is in an even stronger position to continue the 70-year legacy of our founders, Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark and Dr. Kenneth B. Clark, and help New Yorkers overcome adversity and fight inequality.”

Northside’s afterschool kids and art teachers designed backdrops for the annual gala, and the night was kicked off by showcasing Northside’s partnership with the Harlem School of the Arts African drumming program. After the special performance, Northside student and winner of NYC’s Chess Master Tournament presented an award to Barbara Bartlett Sloan and Howard Sloan (in memorium), honoring the couple’s 57 years of support for Northside. Ms. Sloan is a big supporter of Chess in Schools across NYC, and from 1960 to 1966, during the Civil Rights Movement, the late Mr. Sloan served as president of Northside. Mr. Sloan voluntarily stepped down from his role to make way for the first person of color to take over Northside. 

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer was also in attendance.

Northside has an historic place in the Civil Rights Movement. Research done by Northside’s founders was cited in Brown v. Board of Education and helped desegregate public schools.