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ESS Raises over $125k at 2012 Spring Benefit

                                                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact:  Mary  G. Connolly
Episcopal Social Services/Sheltering Arms
Phone:  (212) 886-5604
Fax:  (212) 989-1132
Email Address:  connollym@e-s-s.org
Web site address:  www.essnyc.org

Episcopal Social Services Raises More Than $125K at 2012 Spring Benefit

New York, NY April 27, 2012 – Episcopal Social Services (ESS)/Sheltering Arms debuted its foster care video at its annual Spring Benefit, hosted by board member Diana Nouri and her husband, Edmond Nouri on Wednesday, April 25th at The River Club, New York.  Completely underwritten by the Nouris and fellow Presenting Sponsors Jennifer and Peter Wallace, 100% of event proceeds went to ESS/Sheltering Arms programs.  Thanks to 225 friends and supporters, ESS raised more than $125,000.

For foster children, ESS/Sheltering Arms provides their families with the tools they need so that foster children can return to their birth families or be successfully adopted by a relative or foster family.  While children are in ESS’ care, they are placed with one of the hundreds of loving foster families that ESS recruits and trains.  ESS will also find adoptive homes for 65 children this year.

 “Your presence at this event not only provides the financial resources to support these children, but you’re providing them hope,” said Executive Director, Elizabeth McCarthy.  

 The event featured a silent auction of over 60 items.  Guests bid on items ranging from tickets to the Yankees versus Mets subway series to elite retreats at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando and had the opportunity to make donations to the ESS/Sheltering Arms Scholarship Fund for foster care youth.  But the focus of the evening was learning about the lives of six courageous young people included in the video.

 To view ESS/Sheltering Arms’ short film highlighting the lives of foster care youth, please visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dVpuDR41CE.

 ESS/Sheltering Arms is a highly respected social services agency in New York City that provides almost 500 children (from birth through 21 years old) with loving and nurturing foster care.

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