Hooray For Our Heroes

A live event to benefit Abbott House

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Event Details

Hooray For Our Heroes

Abbott House's Annual Dinner will be reimagined as "Hooray For Our Heroes," a live-streaming event celebrating the 2020 honorees and the frontline caregivers at at Abbott House.

Date & Time

Tue, October 20th 2020
6:00 PM EDT

Add to Calendar 2020-10-20 18:00:27 America/New_York Hooray For Our Heroes Abbott House's Annual Dinner will be reimagined as "Hooray For Our Heroes," a live-streaming event celebrating the 2020 honorees and the frontline caregivers at at Abbott House. givebutter<br><a href="https://givebutter.com/hoorayforourheroes">https://givebutter.com/hoorayforourheroes</a>


This event will be hosted digitally.

This event will be livestreamed directly on our Givebutter campaign page: https://givebutter.com/hoorayforourheroes


A powerful virtual evening of hope to support Abbott House's mission and celebrate the courageous frontline staff and well-deserving 2020 award recipients who make our work possible.

Streaming Live: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 6pm

Proceeds raised will support Abbott House in our mission, while keeping our essential workers safe and providing all that is needed to bring a sense of safety, healing and hope to children, families and adults entrusted to our care. To learn more about Abbott House, who we care for, and how we support communities throughout New York, visit our website at www.abbotthouse.net

The evening will feature a special musical performance by Nathan Carlisle, a member of the celebrated Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

 2020 Honorees:

  • Dignity of Family Life Award-  Photo Safe Founder & CEO Karen Segal

Karen Segal is the founder and CEO of Photo Safe, an organization whose passionate mission is to create historic photographic records for foster youth. Photo Safe’s commitment to Abbott House has been unparalleled. Whether photographing parties, celebrations or taking portraits of kids in their Sunday best, Photo Safe fills emotional and psychological gaps with beautiful moments and memories that instill a true sense of belonging for so many children at Abbott House.

    • Dave Wade Heart of Gold Award- Jesse Ruggiere

    Jesse Ruggiere first became involved with Abbott House when a family member suggested he teach a yoga class to the children in our care. In Jesse’s words, “When I met the children and heard their stories of strength and adversity, I knew I had found my heroes.” Having undergone a fair share of trauma in his own life, Jesse formed an instant connection with the children. He is an avid advocate for Abbott House and is always the first person to answer our call for help

    • Chairperson’s Leadership Award - Robert Ruotolo

    Robert (Bob) Ruotolo has been been a member of the Abbott House Board of Directors since 2004, and the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee since 2010. Prior to joining the Board, Bob was a mentor to a foster child in our residential program, and he often volunteered his time to assist the organization in reviewing and improving their financial information systems. His extraordinary service and commitment have helped strengthen and secure the future of our mission for generations to come.

    • Joseph M. Pastore Difference-Maker Award - Daanyal Agboatwalla

    Daanyal Agboatwalla is fiercely committed to supporting marginalized communities and fighting inequality wherever it may exist. He first became involved with Abbott House when he volunteered to be a Teacher’s Assistant at the TRC School to make a meaningful and impactful difference in the lives of migrant families. He continues to bring help and hope to a number of children in our care, most recently via ZOOM tutoring sessions. According to Daanyal, there is no purer type of joy than to make someone else feel important or cared for.

    The livestream is free to join, but please consider purchasing a Sponsorship or making a donation. Your gift is 100% tax deductible! Simply click on the "Donate & Tickets" button at the top of this page.

    Click Here to View Available Sponsorship Opportunities

    If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact Kristina Papa or Kate Giscombe at [email protected]. If you would like to help Abbott House fundraise for this important event, click on "Fundraise" at the top of this page to join our team!


    Kate Giscombe received a new donation from Paul Robbins

    3 days ago


    Karen Segal received a new donation from Anonymous

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    Love the work you do and being a small part supporting your success!

    Dino & Barbara DiTrolio made a donation

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    Happy to make a difference to such an amazing organization. Best of luck!

    Laurence Golding made a donation

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    Karen Segal received a new donation from Paula and Rich Vitaris

    4 days ago


    I'm so proud of my wonderful sister Karen Segal, the founder of Photo Safe, and all she has done to help foster children be able to cherish memories of their families and caregivers. If at all possible, I would like our donation to be used to support the Bob Segal Photography Workshop at Abbot House, named in honor of our late beloved brother Bob, a true artist of photography. -- Paula Vitaris

    Kate Giscombe received a new donation from Bora Cvejic

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    Louis Frattarola made a donation

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    Great Job Thank You

    Diane and Tom Curtin made a donation

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    Congratulations to all who contribute to Abbott House success! You are making a difference!

    Samantha Rai, Mira Zaslow and Jay Zaslow made a donation

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    Thank you, Abbott House, for your work and dedication during this very difficult time

    Georgann & Alan Wilensky made a donation

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    Now, more than ever, we need Abbott House. Congratulations to all the honorees and a special thanks to everyone who supports Abbott House and it's mission!

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