Recap: UCP of NYC’s Santa Project Party

On Monday, December 3rd, young professionals and philanthropists came out to support the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City with the 3rd Annual Santa Project Party. Proceeds from this event provide gift cards, equipment, and necessities for the charity which helps brighten their holiday season. Many of these families were directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy.


Held at Bar Baresco, guests munched on Hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed cocktails. Hosted by Project Runway’s Camilla Barungi and Fox 5’s Good Day New York Mike Woods, the event also held asilent auction. Featuring prizes such as NY Giants/Eagles Tickets, gym passes, teeth whitening opportunities, amongst other great prizes. The festive Bar Baresco got everyone in the Holiday mood, as its dimly lit and Holiday décor spaces gave off a warm ambiance.

Founded in 1946, the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Inc. (UCP of NYC) is the leading nonprofit agency in New York City providing direct services, technology and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The nonprofit offers over 75 comprehensive programs including medical, clinical, educational, technological, residential and rehabilitative services to over 14,000 New York City residents and families annually. The UCP of NYC is recognized as one of the most widely respected provider of programs and services for individuals with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.

Editor Ashley Massis, with the JGPR team (photo credit: Lois Fiala)

Editor Ashley Massis, with the JGPR team (photo credit: Lois Fiala)

The Santa Project Party is an important event to the UCP of NYC because it is held specifically for younger professionals and philanthropists of the city. At an affordable $75 per ticket, the event is one of the few in New York City that caters to getting young society involved. I had the pleasure to speak with the UCP of NYC’s Senior VP of Marketing, Sheila Lennon. She explained the importance of the event, including the importance of the younger philanthropists coming together for this cause. Many families, especially those now affected by the storm, rely on this event for Christmas. Ms. Lennon explained that the UCP of NYC is able to not only to change many families in New York City’s holiday through the generosities of this event, but also bring those together with a common ground. I was thoroughly impressed with the turnout, as both rooms of Bar Baresco were packed. The overall crowd was extremely welcoming, as I watched various people strike up conversations with those they did not know. Everyone came out to support the cause, and have an enjoyable time. If you didn’t attend this year, I highly suggest marking it on your calendar for next year!

Bar Baresco

191 7th Avenue

New York City, NY

To learn more about becoming involved with the UCP of NYC, please click here.

To learn where you can donate to the UCP of NYC, please click here.

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