EXCLUSIVE: Bringing Holiday Cheer to Those Suffering from Cerebral Palsy

Dec 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm |

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If giving to others warms the heart, then the United Cerebral Palsy of NYC will be nice-and-toasty all winter long.

Each year the UCP of NYC and their friends get together at the height of the season to help raise money through their annual benefit, The Santa Project Party. This year marked their fifth annual celebration, and boy was the evening a shimmering success, raising over $40,000 for adults, children and families suffering from cerebral palsy.

The evening kicked off at Clarkson Restaurant in the West Village, attended by a large range of philanthropic professionals, artists and high profile New Yorkers, all interested in giving to those who require a little extra need during the holidays.

“The UCP of NYC works year-round, tirelessly. These are the people that inspire,” says Emmy Award-winning PIX 11 anchor Tamsen Fadal about the group.

Tamsen, along with meteorologist for Fox 5’s Good Day New York, Mike Woods, co-hosted the event, while entrepreneur and model Camilla Barungi, fine art photographer Javier Gomez, and sports anchor Scott Stanford co-chaired, along with HBO Veep’s Isiah Whitlock Jr.

The proceeds from the Santa Project Party & Auction help to fund special needs equipment requests and purchase holiday gift cards for children with disabilities in the UCP of NYC’s educational and support programs. This year the benefit will also support an add-on to their existing Manhattan school, which includes an expansion that boasts a rooftop playground designed specifically for those suffering from disabilities.

“It’s very expensive to have a child with cerebral palsy,” says Camilla Barungi, “Project Runway” model. “I think it costs about, over their lifetime, about a million dollars.”

Clearly, every cent counts for these families, so any support and relief that can be given to them over the holidays is the greatest gift that they can ask for. So as Barungi says, “Everybody plays Santa here today!”


Now is the time of year to help those in need. Find out what the UCP of NYC is doing, and how you can help!