Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday at JCCA’s 2019 Celebration of Hope Gala! Our signature event raised more than $800,000 and we could not be more grateful to everyone who made this successful evening possible.

Amid the glittering crystals of the famed Rainbow Room, more than 280 guests enjoyed the inspiring evening, hosted by WNYC’s Richard Hake. We were honored to present two legendary Trustees, Arthur Maslow and Leonard Elman, with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their years of dedicated service to JCCA. 

This year’s gala video, which you can watch here, highlights only some of the ways in which JCCA invests in the academic and professional success of every person who comes through its doors. Youth speaker Shanise Spencer, a student at JCCA’s Liberation Diploma Plus transfer high school, gave a captivating speech about the obstacles she has overcome thanks to JCCA’s unparalleled support and encouragement.

Shanice Spencer, who attends JCCA’s Liberation Diploma Plus transfer high school, received a standing ovation for her moving speech.

Trustees Arthur Maslow, left, and Leonard Elman, right, received JCCA’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards for their combined 77 years of service, generosity, and leadership.

JCCA CEO Ronald E. Richter, left, with JCCA President Barbara Salmanson, center, and ACS Commissioner David Hansell, right.

Following youth speaker Shanise’s inspiring speech, Harry Santa-Olalla led an exciting auction that raised more than $100,000 for JCCA programs.

We’ll be sharing all of photos from the Gala on our Facebook page. Tag yourself and share with friends!

Again, thank you to our sponsors, donors, and partners for your support. It is with your generosity that young people who confront the greatest challenges achieve the greatest triumphs. 


Ronald Richter

WNYC’s Richard Hake, a familiar voice to many in the room, was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

After numerous requests, youth speaker Shanice Spencer gave an impromptu, smashing rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon,” accompanied by the house band.

P.S. There is still time to support JCCA’s Celebration of Hope! Click here to make a gift.