Manhattan gala collects funds for program expansion

CMEE Raises Over $200K




A Manhattan gala raised over $200,000 for the Children’s Museum of the East End.

The fundraiser, City Fête, held on March 3, was a sold-out event attended by more than 175 quests including “The View’s” Sunny Hostin, congressional candidate and current Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, and Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren.

“We are so grateful for the incredible generosity and support of those who joined us for the event,” said CMEE’s president Steve Long. “The Fête’s success allows us to further expand our educational outreach to underserved families living throughout the East End.”

Held at famed restaurateur Laurent Tourondel’s event space, Second, the gala honored the nonprofit’s trustees and longtime museum champions Aima Raza and Agha Kahn and Wednesday Martin and Joel Moser for their steadfast support of the museum’s work with East End communities.

Jennifer Marks, the executive director of Long Island’s J.P. Morgan Private Bank, was also on hand to accept the Community Investment Award for the bank’s role in helping CMEE expand its educational outreach, provide financial literacy education to families, and partner with countless nonprofits throughout the East End.

“For myself and my colleagues, it is wonderful to join our partners on nights like tonight where we can help facilitate great giving, and that giving facilitates impactful work,” Marks said. “As our partnership with CMEE continues, we’re honored to be a part of extending that impact to the broader community.”

Long was quick to point out that the museum staff has already been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Hamptons summer season. CMEE’s annual Family Fair Fundraiser is scheduled for July 18, with an adults-only afterparty to be held at Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett.

“We hope that the friends who celebrated with us tonight will join us this summer during one of the incredible events we have planned,” Long said.

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