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Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Dinner

Chad Pennington, Edward Gardner,  William Freda
Honoree Chad Pennington, Edward Gardner, chairman emeritus Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, William Freda, Dinner chair.

Pamela Thomas-Graham, Lawrence Otis Graham, Soledad O’Brien
Honoree Pamela Thomas-Graham, Lawrence Otis Graham, Soledad O'Brien.
On April 23, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City held their 28th Annual Sidewalks of New York Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. The evening honored three individuals who are role models for the youth helped by the nation's first mentoring organization. The agency honored CBS Corporation president and CEO, Leslie Moonves with the Sidewalks of NY Achievement in Business Award. Liz Claiborne Inc., Group president, Pamela Thomas-Graham received the Sidewalks of NY Public Service Award and the Sports Award was presented to New York Jets quarterback, Chad Pennington.  The dinner was chaired by William C. Freda, vice chairman and regional managing partner – Northeast at Deloitte& Touche USA LLP. The evening's emcee was Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor.

The awards were presented to the honorees by two teenagers and one young woman and their mentors. Both the Bigs and the Littles prepared their own remarks which made these presentations quite unique and memorable. The event raised over $1.8 million dollars for programs to help NYC youth. 

Chad Pennington, Julie Chen,  Leslie Moonves and Edward Gardner
Chad Pennington, Julie Chen, honoree Leslie Moonves and Edward Gardner.

Gary Pai, Jason Gamble  and Chad Pennington
Gary Pai,(Big) Jason Gamble ( Little) and Chad Pennington.

Delfina Simon, Leslie Moonves, Ellen Fuhrer
Delfina Simon (Little), Leslie Moonves, Ellen Fuhrer (Big).

Rudolph Santoro, Richard Anderson , William Freda,  Laura Parsons
Rudolph Santoro, Richard Anderson , William Freda, (seated) Laura Parsons.

Libby Costas, Ken Knuckles, and Allan Luks
Libby Costas, Ken Knuckles, and Allan Luks, executive director, Big Brothers
Big Sisters of NYC.

Andrew Claros, Rodney Mendez, Delfina Simon, Ellen Fuhrer, Leslie Moonves, Jason Gamble , Gary Pai , and William Freda
Andrew Claros, Rodney Mendez, Delfina Simon, Ellen Fuhrer, Leslie Moonves, Jason Gamble (back row), Gary Pai (front), and William Freda.

Photos: Manhattan Society.com by Chris London
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