Long-parted friends hugged and supporters toasted another year of community-building as Goddard and our strategic partner, the Isaacs Center, held our first in-person galas since the start of COVID.
Goddard’s Annual Gala at Monarch Rooftop on 35th Street featured panoramic views of the Empire State Building and city skyline. Guests watched a video featuring our Young People’s Chorus and a wrapup of this year’s challenges and landmarks by Goddard Executive Director Rod Jones.
Then host G. Angela Henry announced the winners of our social justice book prizes. Children Under Fire: An American Crisis by John Woodrow Cox [Ecco/HarperCollins] won the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice, while Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories, by Annette Bay Pimentel with illustrations by Magaly Morales [Harry N. Abrams], claimed the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice.
The Isaacs Family Homecoming was held at the Isaacs Center and honored outgoing board president Richard Nesson and longest-serving board member Gretchen Stone, who have given – and continue to give – their time, expertise, and devotion to the organization for many years.
Guests enjoyed canapés and a delicious three-course meal prepared in the onsite kitchen by Chef Cori Boudreaux and graduates of the Isaacs Center’s Culinary Arts program.