Hundreds brave blizzard to support Brooklyn Kindergarten Society

Residents across New York City came together in the frightful weather on Saturday night to dance the night away at the 93rd Annual Yuletide Ball in Brooklyn Heights. This year, more than 900 tickets to the Ball were sold, raising an unprecedented $300,000. The Heights Casino was packed with hundreds dancing to the classic Motown music performed live by Soul Sound Revue. Proceeds from the event enable Brooklyn Kindergarten Society to make a profound and tangible difference in the lives of the most underserved children in Brooklyn.

For more than 120 years, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society has been targeting the children from the most impoverished areas of Brooklyn with strong educational programs and urgently needed social services. “Children enter our centers far behind, and yet, with BKS, more than 90% leave our centers either at or above age group,” said executive director James Matison. “In order to achieve our success we rely on individual donations and monies raised through the Yuletide Ball to provide restricted funding that are essential to the work we do for hundreds of children in Brooklyn.” 

Since 1920 the Yuletide Ball has supported Brooklyn Kindergarten Society –- a leading provider of early childhood education for the vulnerable working poor of central Brooklyn. On the second Saturday each December, Yuletide sets itself apart from many other black tie benefits with its unique format.  Guests of the Ball attend dinner parties hosted in the Brownstone-Brooklyn homes of the nearly fifty individuals who volunteer on the Yuletide Committee or as Friends of Yuletide. The dinner parties provide a unique and intimate opportunity for more than 800 guests of Yuletide to get to know one another, before heading to the Heights Casino for dessert and dancing beginning at 10 p.m.  Though the format of the dinners vary greatly -- from more bohemian pot-luck, to traditional black tie catered affairs, they have one thing in common -- by hosting the dinner themselves, the hostesses help to significantly defray the costs of the Ball, allowing for almost all of the proceeds of each ticket to be passed on directly to the operations of BKS. 

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Denise Arbesu, Senior VP at Citibank; Peter Meyer, President, New York City Market - TD Bank; and Michele Newman, BKS VP of Development and Finance

BKS Director of Family Services Marcia Forbes and Anne Townsend.

Soul Sound Revue performed classic Motown music.