Evening of Discovery Honoring Ellen Alemany


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Chelsea Piers, NYC

Evening honoring Chairwoman and CEO of CIT Group Raises More Than Two Million Dollars to Support The Center for Discovery®’s Life-Changing Work.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, The Center for Discovery® honored Ellen R. Alemany, Chairwoman and CEO of CIT Group, at the 23rd annual Evening of Discovery Gala. The Gala was hosted by Bill Ritter, WABC Eyewitness News Anchorat Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City, and was attended by prominent members of the business, healthcare and entertainment industries. The Evening of Discovery raised more than two million dollars to support The Center’s groundbreaking programs and services. An internationally-recognized research and innovation organization, The Center serves nearly 1,200 children and adults annually who have complex disabilities, medical frailties and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Alemany was honored for her extraordinary generosity and unwavering support of The Center. A world leader in the business community, long-standing leader on the board, and a devoted mother of a resident, Alemany has helped lead the enormous growth at The Center. “My eldest daughter, Ellen, became a resident when she was 14, and that began a journey that would be life-changing for her and for our whole family,” Ellen said after thanking The Center for her award. “Since being at The Center, we’ve seen Ellen grow and thrive in ways that would not have been possible anywhere else. Each day she is engaging in activities to build her skills, confidence and social connections. She works on the farm-to-table program prepping food and taking the stems off greens. She swims twice a week and takes the ENERGym fitness class. These are things that would not be possible for Ellen at home or in any other residential program. For this and so much more I want to thank The Center and their amazing staff. These are tireless, driven and incredibly caring people who treat our family members like their family members, and I’m so grateful to them.”

“We are thrilled to recognize Ellen Alemany as our 2019 Evening of Discovery Honoree,” said Patrick H. Dollard, President and CEO of The Center. “Ellen is a world leader in the business community and a long-standing leader on our board. She has been an incredible guide to me, and she has also shown me her absolute ability to be vulnerable. And when I see that, I see nothing but courage. Ellen owns her vulnerability. She is one of the strongest people I’ve ever met.”

The Gala, which was attended by nearly 1,000 guests, kicked off with a cocktail reception, followed by a formal dinner and live auction.