The McCarton Foundation's "7th Annual Celebration of Learning 2008" dinner was held on Monday, May 19 at Pier Sixty in New York City's Chelsea Piers. The wonderful event benefitted The McCarton School, a New York City-based, full-time school dedicated to the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders.
Cece McCarton, founder of The McCarton School, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by the dinner program and live auction which featured a comedic performance by acclaimed comedian Mario Cantone, who also served as auctioneer. The event included remarks by the evening's honorees as well as by Dr. Cecelia McCarton, the executive director and founder of the school, and parents of the school's students including leading record producer and songwriter Billy Mann.
The dinner honored distinguished environmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. with a "Leadership Award" and top New York City radio station Z-100 with a "Media Awareness Award." Elvis Duran, host of Z-100's "Elvis Duran and the Z Morning Zoo" show, served as the event's master of ceremonies.
All attendees received the Autism Speaks puzzle pin and the pin was proudly displayed on all of the evening's speakers.
Songwriter Billy Mann speaks to the crowd.
CeCe McCarton and Elvis Duran of Z100
Cece McCarton and comedian Mario Cantone
CeCe McCarton and Tom Poleman, Senior VP of Clear Channel Communications