Not a single parent would have protested, “Not on a school night,” for any of the teens who attended the Bids for Kids dinner last night. It was a true celebration of Harlem RBI’s success, and a wonderful way to include the youth who are involved in its programs.
Hundreds of New York luminaries and supporters gathered at the Grand Hyatt for the 17 year-old organization’s annual fundraiser. In addition to the baseball, softball and education programs Harlem RBI offers to some 650 kids each year, the organization will be opening the DREAM Charter School in September in East Harlem.
New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel Klein and New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman were honored last night. General Mills handed over a 10 thousand dollar check to Harlem RBI to help with their health and wellness programs. Add in the silent auction and Harlem RBI hoped to raise more than $1.2 million. It was definitely a night worthy of breaking a few curfews.