Champions for Children Kicks Off Super Bowl Week

On a chilly night a few days before the Super Bowl, Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) gathered supporters and friends at the New York Athletic Club for our first Champions for Children reception.

New York sports legends Ottis “O.J.” Anderson (Super Bowl MVP & former New York Giant) and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick) were honored with CSF’s Champions for Children awards along with A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

Guests heard board member Remy Trafelet talk about why he supports CSF, and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada introduced our honorees. Jason, who graduated from Columbia University last May and now works at JPMorgan Chase, is a living example of the opportunities CSF scholarships can make possible.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

In their remarks, our honorees made it clear that beyond their athletic successes, they are committed to making life easier for those less fortunate, particularly for children who need access to a good education.   

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

We were especially pleased to host the choir from Trey Whitfield School, where several CSF Scholars attend. What a treat it was to hear them singing “Just the Way You Are” in what turned out to be a preview of Bruno Mars’ half-time performance at the Super Bowl!

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Thank you to our honorees, to the Trey Whitfield choir, to all those who donated items for our live and silent auctions, to Eagel Sports Promotions, Inc., and to everyone who showed their support for the event. A special thank you goes out to our event sponsors: The Speedwell Foundation; Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Sequential Brands Group.

For more photos from the event, please visit CSF’s Facebook page.

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CSF’s Champions for Children Honors Athletes During Super Bowl Week

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Just a few days before the Super Bowl on Tuesday, January 28th, CSF is hosting an all-star benefit – CSF’s Champions for Children – at the New York Athletic Club.

The evening will honor Super Bowl MVP and former New York Giant, Ottis “O.J.” Anderson; NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and former Dallas Cowboy, A.B. Whitfield. The program also includes a performance by students from the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn and a raffle. There’ll also be live and silent auctions featuring sports memorabilia, including a football signed by Roger Staubach and jerseys signed by Eli Manning and Victor Cruz.

This is the place to be to kick-off Super Bowl celebrations while giving economically disadvantaged children the opportunity to get a quality education at the schools their parents choose for them!

General tickets are $150 and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/CSFchampsJan28. VIP tickets are also available for $500. VIP admission comes with the chance to pose for photos with our athlete guests and get an autographed football or basketball at a private reception before the main event.

Hope to see you on game day, January 28th!

CSF’s Fall Newsletter Released

coverimageThis just in: the Fall 2013 CSF newsletter is here! Click through to read:

  • A special thank you from a CSF parent;
  • Coverage on the recent NY rally for education tax credits;
  • News on CSF alumni graduation rates;
  • Highlights of CSF and CSF partner events across the country;
  • A feature on a Harlem cooking workshop for CSF families,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here. If you would like a hard copy, please email us.

Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at the Children’s Scholarship Fund!

 

CSF Scholars Go Ice-Skating with Sequential Brands Group

Amid New York City’s first snowfall of the season, CSF Scholars from Ascension School took to the ice at Bryant Park today thanks to our friends at Sequential Brands Group.

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The party started out with some lessons since many of the students were first-timers at ice-skating. After some good-natured slips and sliding, the children got the hang of skating and were soon zipping around the ice.

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Following a lunch of pizza and hot chocolate, the kids gathered around as Sequential Brands Group’s CEO Yehuda Shmidman presented CSF with a check to fund two new scholarships in New York to raucous applause. Even after so much excitement, there was still more to come! Next up, Santa arrived and distributed gifts with help from his elf. Each student received a pair of Heelys skate shoes.

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Our sincere thanks go out to event organizer and CSF Young Leader Julia Graham  and everyone at Sequential Brands Group and Heelys for giving more children the gift of education and providing this group of CSF Scholars with a holiday experience they will never forget.  As one young boy declared, “We should come here every day!”

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For more photos, visit CSF’s Facebook page.

More Than 5,000 Rally for Education in Westchester

More than 5,000 schoolchildren from 60 area schools turned out for the rally.

More than 5,000 schoolchildren from 60 area schools turned out for the rally.

Yesterday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, more than 5,000 schoolchildren (including many CSF Scholars), teachers, legislators, and others rallied to support the Education Investment Tax Credit legislation currently under consideration in the New York State Legislature. The bill would create an individual and corporate tax credit to help children attending both public and private schools across the state.

Illeannesis Menendez, a former CSF Scholar and current pre-law freshman at Iona College, spoke eloquently to the crowd gathered about how her CSF scholarship made it possible for her mother to send her to St. Philip Neri School and then to Aquinas High School, where she developed the skills she needs to succeed in college. Several other CSF families taped moving testimonial interviews that were shown at the rally.

CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez, who spoke at the rally, with her sisters and mom, Illian.

CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez with her sisters and mom, Illian.

As well as CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez, other speakers addressing the rally included: Senate Co-President Jeff Klein, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, George Latimer, David Carlucci, Assembly members Gary Pretlow and Steve Otis, and Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, Archdiocese of New York Superintendent of Schools.

As well as CSF Alum Illeannesis Menendez, other speakers addressing the rally included: Senate Co-President Jeff Klein; Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson; Senator George Latimer; Senator David Carlucci; Assembly members Gary Pretlow and Steve Otis, Rabbi Yehiel Mark Kalish of Agudath Israel of America, and Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, Archdiocese of New York Superintendent of Schools.

If enacted, this bill would potentially allow CSF and its Buffalo partner, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund, to serve significantly more children each year, meeting the demands of thousands more parents who want to send their children to private school but simply cannot afford to do so.  You can read more about the rally here: http://bit.ly/1aqvGVb.

The 5,000 strong crowd came together to support tax credit legislation that would benefit children attending public and private schools.

The 5,000 strong crowd came together to support tax credit legislation that would benefit children attending public and private schools.

CSF Named Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits

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We are happy to announce that Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award is based on the large number of positive reviews that CSF received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. For example, one CSF parent wrote, “There is no greater gift that anybody can give to a child than a good education and that is what this organization is doing for my family.”

You can read all the reviews of CSF on the GreatNonprofits website.

CSF Celebrates the New 2013-14 School Year

A few weeks ago, as the new school year was beginning, we asked parents to send us their first day of school photos and the response was astounding! Pictures came pouring in of CSF Scholars proudly posing in school uniforms, carrying backpacks full of new notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils.

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Here are a few of the words of gratitude parents shared along with their photos:

  •  “My son is very happy on his first day of school and he was so proud to tell everyone that he got a scholarship.”
  • “This picture wouldn’t be possible without their scholarship. Thank you.”
  •  “My son’s first day of school went better than I expected. When we got there, he actually didn’t want me to leave but his teacher, Miss Silva, picked him up, gave him a hug, and took him inside. That made me feel comfortable to leave knowing he was in good hands. At the end of the day he was so excited and had so much to tell me.”
  • “My daughter, Sophia, had first day butterflies but loves her school very much. Thank you CSF for helping me send her to a great school.”
  • “I was out of work for over two years. Just entering back into the workforce, my salary is not what it once was, so your financial support makes it possible for Eric to attend St. Mark’s, and for that I am eternally grateful.”
  • “My daughter, Jelisse, was super-excited and nervous about her first day of school. However, her teacher, Mrs. Pappas, was so warm and friendly while welcoming the kindergarteners this morning. She made my daughter feel more comfortable and less nervous.”

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You can view more back to school photos on CSF’s Facebook page

 



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