Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc., a non-profit adoption placement agency and resource center based in Rye Brook, hosted “An Evening at Wainwright House,” its seventh annual gourmet food tasting and silent auction event on October 22.
Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc., a non-profit adoption placement agency and resource center based in Rye Brook, hosted “An Evening at Wainwright House,” its seventh annual gourmet food tasting and silent auction event on October 22. Proceeds from the seventh annual gourmet food tasting and silent auction go to support the work done at FFTA. The evening’s honorees were Lisa and Brendan McKiernan. Generous local sponsors and auction item contributors were vital to the evening’s success.
FFTA Executive Director Joy S. Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, who co-founded the agency in 2007 with her husband and adoption attorney, Michael S. Goldstein, Esq., LCSW, was inspired by the generosity and dedication of attendees, journal donors, community volunteers, and contributors. “These collective efforts continue to enhance our ability to sustain and expand our outreach and education efforts in the community for which FFTA receives no fees,” said Mrs. Goldstein.
Proceeds raised enable FFTA to develop new programming with the continued goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of adoption issues. “Our mission is to increase positive adoption awareness, empower families, and serve the community. We pride ourselves on offering services and support to those who need it,” she said.
In addition to FFTA staff, board members, and committed volunteers, also lending support to the event were notable guests State Senator George Latimer, who acted as Auctioneer, and Assemblyman Steve Otis who presented the McKiernan’s with a proclamation from the State of New York.
A powerful slide show was presented throughout the event featuring forever families created with the help of FFTA and documenting the number of children waiting for permanent homes in the foster care system. The presentation reinforced a simple but important fact — children belong with families. In addition, a special surprise slide show was shown in honor of the McKiernan family.
Rye’s Town Dock, Morgan’s Fish House and Ruby’s Oyster Bar, Euro Asian Bistro in Port Chester, and Blue Moon Café in Bronxville prepared delicious tasting stations.