Join us in celebrating 190 years of hope & opportunity!
On March 7, 1831, the Leake & Watts Orphan House opened its doors in lower Manhattan. As society and the city of New York have evolved, so have we. From our earliest experience supporting children in the most crucial time in their lives, in their greatest moments of need, Rising Ground has grown into a leading nonprofit human services organization with more than 55 programs across New York City.
191 years to the day since our founding, we joined friends and supporters for our Hope & Opportunity Gala, culminating a yearlong series of events celebrating this milestone in our history. Hosts Jen Maxfield, Emmy Award winning correspondent for NBC 4 New York, and Chuck Nice, Actor & Comedian, joined Rising Ground Board Chair Matt Del Percio and CEO Alan Mucatel to welcome more than 200 guests to celebrate and contribute to our work. We were delighted to honor John Greed, Chairman, President, and CEO of Mutual of America, our 190th Anniversary Honoree, before being treated to a special performance by actress and singer Soara-Joye Ross.