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Before there were laws to protect children, there was the NYSPCC: The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The name is a mouthful, but then again, their job is monumental.

The NYSPCC was founded back in 1875 when an 11 year old little girl named Mary Ellen was beaten nearly to death. Had Mary Ellen been a DOG, what was done to her would be illegal. But back then, it was not against the law to batter a child. Some public minded attorneys thought this was shameful and took matters into their own hands, using animal welfare laws to prosecute Mary Ellen's abuser. Thus was born the first agency in the world dedicated to helping abused children.

The need is as great today as ever. Here in New York City, an estimated 246 children are reported abused or neglected every DAY! The Society works with these children, many of whom have endured unspeakable things, to heal - and where appropriate to reunite with their families. I have seen the work of the clinicians who help these children.They truly do the Lord's work.

My husband and I have volunteered for this group for years in various capacities -- even our children have pitched in. I am really proud of the videos here that tell the story. My Inside Edition colleagues volunteered their time to shoot, produce and edit them. If you are looking for a place to make a contribution that really makes a difference--click their logo below.

My Fundraising

Fundraising in New York City is usually a social affair and the NYSPCC holds fun dinners and impactful luncheons to get its supporters engaged. My husband and I were part of the group chairing last fall’s Wine Dinner which featured the cuisine of renowned chef Anissa Lo and the wines from Tournesol Vineyards along with the spectacular commentary of best-selling author Jay McInerney. The event was a huge financial success for the Society and so many more children will be helped thanks to the generosity of so many! Big thank you to David Patrick Columbia of New York Social Diary for attending!

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