A Truly “Bella Notte”

NEW YORK, NY (November 2018)—The St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosted its annual fall fundraiser, “Bella Notte,” on November 15, 2018. The event raised more than $435,000, which makes it the Foundation’s most successful event ever.

More than 200 guests braved the weather of Winter Storm Avery to celebrate the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center’s 30th anniversary and share in a special evening devoted to creating possibilities for more than 3,000 children and their families served by the Pediatric Center, John A. Coleman School and Children’s Rehabilitation Center.

WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa served as Master of Ceremonies as we honored Board Member Frank Oswald and his wife, Dina, Raffaele Ronca and Sandra Lee.*

“Dina and I are humbled by the honor of receiving the St. Elizabeth Seton Legacy Award, and we are so very appreciative to all of our family, friends and colleagues whose overwhelming support has made ‘Bella Notte’ a tremendous success,” Oswald said. “As we have said many times, it’s the staff at the Pediatric Center who are truly doing the hard work 24/7 in providing the kids the best care possible [and] it is they and the kids themselves who inspire people like us to want to do whatever we can to help,” he continued.

As Ronca accepted his Champion for Children Award, he reflected on his experience as an immigrant coming to New York and forming meaningful bonds with friends who became family. He shared with the audience, “My point tonight is that these amazing children do not have the possibility to [take their journey] on their own, but we can help them: to give them a home. Tonight is all about home.”

The theme of “home” was undoubtedly woven throughout the course of the evening. Board Member and Pediatric Center mother, Rachel Amar, spoke about what will come next for her son, Max, when he “ages out” of the Pediatric Center at 21 in a few years. The Pediatric Center wants to address this need by creating the first in the nation, free-standing, 48-bed young adult licensed skilled nursing facility serving ages 21 to 35.

Critical funds were also raised for Home to Home, our parent and sibling transportation program. This program, which is entirely funded by private donors, costs $50,000 each year to maintain.

For biographies of our honorees, please click here.

*Regrettably, Sandra Lee was unable to attend.

From left to right: Sade Baderinwa with honorees Dina and Frank Oswald and Raffaele Ronca