On Monday, October 17th, KIND and over 400 of its partners, donors, and supporters gathered at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to celebrate our annual gala, Coming Together for Children Alone.
This was KIND’s first in person gala since 2019, and all the evening’s speakers acknowledged how special it was to be together once again. The opening reception featured the inauguration of an art installation of drawings, paintings, and prints by KIND clients. The collection, titled “Seeking Safety, Creating Change,” provides insight into these children’s migration journeys and will become a national traveling exhibition to educate viewers about children who travel alone to seek safety.
Following an opening performance by 19-year-old violinist Elli Choi and the American Pops Orchestra, a short film featured the stories of three KIND clients and their journey to safety. In her welcome address, KIND President Wendy Young highlighted how despite the global pandemic, which brought the world to a standstill but did not stop child migration, KIND’s work never ceased, and has only grown since 2020: “Our staff and partners—many of you with us this evening—continued to lean in and fiercely advocate for unaccompanied and separated children who needed our help more than ever before. Our staff grew to 400-plus strong, working across the United States and beyond in our now 19 offices—from Seattle to El Paso to Orlando to DC to New York to Boston to Juarez and Tijuana.” Reviewing the successes KIND has had over the past two years helping unaccompanied children, Young ended on a note of hope before introducing Broadway star and Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award nominated actor Norm Lewis who was the host for the evening.