PRESS RELEASE - "Home away from Home" Benefit

Media Contact: William Littleton

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For Immediate Release:

On Tuesday November 14th 2017 Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC) will honor;

Legendary Musician Darryl ˜DMC"  McDaniels

Attorney Peter Partee Sr, and

New York Restoration Project

for their commitment to making KHCC a true "home away from home", for our Bronx community. 

These honors will be presented at KHCC's "Home Away From Home" fundraiser at 

Manhattan Penthouse - 

80 Fifth Avenue (at 14th Street)

from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The celebration will feature an exciting performance by DMC, auction items including artwork by Jeff Koons and stories from our community. It will be a night filled with friends, music and cocktails. More information about the event can be found HERE

This event raises vital funds to support over 4,500 Bronx youth and their families. KHCC strives to ensure that we can provide the highest quality services for our community, including, sexual abuse prevention and treatment, special needs programs for youth, pre-K education, college preparation, parenting guidance, after school programs, summer camps, homework help and much more!

What Our Honorees are saying about KHCC:

Darryl McDaniels (DMC):

"I am humbled to be honored by KHCC. It's very important to start putting ideas of opportunity into young people at an early age and I want the kids at KHCC to know that their situation doesn't define who they are. They can be whatever they want to be, go wherever they want to go and they can do outstanding, incredible things, and KHCC is a great place for kids to discover these opportunities."

Attorney Peter Partee Sr: 

"In the time I have been involved with KHCC, I have been consistently impressed with the tireless effort exerted to ensure that the organization remains an integral part of its community and continues to thrive as a leading social services agency in the Bronx. It gives me great pleasure to be involved with such a progressive organization that cares deeply for the community in which it operates."

Deborah Marton (New York Restoration Project - Executive Director):

"We had a wonderful time collaborating with KHCC this summer to transform their parking lot into a lush community garden. NYRP believes that nature is a fundamental right of every New Yorker, and KHCC has done an incredible job providing the resources its community needs to empower itself. Thank you KHCC. We look forward to a long-lasting and fruitful relationship."

A Message from KHCC Executive Director - Margaret Della:

"KHCC is a bustling, vibrant hub of activity, and we are excited to have such amazing friends from across the city, especially the legendary DMC, Peter S. Partee Sr., and New York Restoration Project, who are working with us to ensure that KHCC is a true home away from home for our community."

About Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC):

KHCC was founded in a former Bronx police station in 1974 by three mothers who were community activists. Its mission is to provide resources to empower Bronx residents from cradle to career to advance education and well being for a vibrant community. We achieve this in an environment that fosters academic milestones, literacy, mental health support, nutrition, technology and the arts.

Guided by the Settlement House model of community development and involvement, KHCC is a member of United Neighborhood Houses of New York City.

KHCC's "Home Away From Home" Award Recipients:

Bernice Stern Award for Outstanding Community Service

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

For more than 35 years Darryl "DMC" McDaniels has been an undeniable influence on pop culture, and he remains at the forefront of Hip Hop history.  As a founding member of Run DMC, the Grammy nominated artist has changed music, culture, language and fashion.  

DMC is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, an Emmy winner and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner. DMC is a celebrated author penning two top selling memoirs and a comic book creator and publisher. He is also a philanthropist; co-founding The Felix Organization, which provides inspiring opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children who are growing up in the foster care system. DMC generously volunteered his time and talents to the kids at KHCC.

Inaugural honoree of the KHCCatalyst Award

Peter S. Partee, Sr., Partner, Hunton & Williams, LLP

Peter is the head of the New York Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights practice of Hunton & Williams LLP. Peter's bankruptcy practice focuses on representation of debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, indenture and securitization trustees, lessors, and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. His transactional practice focuses on workouts and providing insolvency-related structuring advice and legal opinions for complex transactions.  

Peter received his Juris Doctor in 1992 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was Order of the Coif and an Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He spent two years as a doctoral candidate and fellowship recipient in Philosophy at The Johns Hopkins University from 1987 to 1989, focusing on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, graduating with a BA in Philosophy from Washington and Lee University, cum laude and with departmental honors in philosophy, in 1987.

Peter and his firm have provided invaluable pro bono advice and legal support to KHCC over the past year.

KHCCommunity Partner Award

New York Restoration Project (NYRP)

With a generous corporate grant, in June 2017, NYRP partnered with KHCC to convert a parking lot on the KHCC campus into a community park. This space was intentionally designed to be a welcoming space for KHCC's participants, staff and community members, especially those who have experienced trauma and who have special needs.

With a special focus on communities in need, NYRP works in public parks, housing projects, vacant lots, schools, on sidewalks, the waterfront, and in our own community gardens.