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Press Release

December 21, 2002

ACS Commissioner William C. Bell And Regent Wall Street Ring in the Holidays With a Special Party for Children in ACS’s Care

New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Commissioner William C. Bell and Christopher R. J. Knable, President and Managing Director of the Regent Wall Street, today welcomed approximately 65 children involved in ACS programs to a special reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas and other holiday classics. Held at the Regent’s historic boutique hotel at 55 Wall Street, the party benefited children in New York City’s foster care, child care, Head Start and preventive service programs.

“The holidays can be a difficult time for anyone, including children whose families have faced challenges in the past year. Around this time, it is more important than ever for ACS to remind children in our care that they are special,” said Commissioner Bell. “Due to the generosity of organizations like the Regent Wall Street, the WB11 and other partners involved in today’s event, ACS is able to do just that.”

ACS currently cares for 26,300 children in foster care, offers preventive services to an estimated 33,000 children, and provides subsidized childcare to approximately 57,900 children and Head Start classes to 15,906 children.

“Once a foster child myself, I know only too well how children need even more tender, loving care during the holidays,” said Mr. Knable. “We are delighted to be part of such a special day."

Children in attendance received toys collected through a holiday toy drive sponsored by the WB11Care For Kids Campaign. WB11 News at 10 weatherman Mr. G played Santa and distributed the toys. Children and their caregivers also enjoyed a holiday buffet provided by the Regent Wall Street, followed the lead of a dance instructor and made arts and crafts.

Each child in attendance received a copy of T’was the Night Before Christmas to commemorate the event. The holiday classic’s original manuscript is currently on display through December 31 at the Regent Wall Street. Kaller’s America Gallery made this and other historic documents available to the public for viewing. The Regent Wall Street is a landmark structure that once served as the New York Merchants Exchange, the New York Customs House and the National City Bank, and today is the first hotel on Wall Street.

ACS thanks the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to this special event: the Regent Wall Street; WB11 News at 10 and WB11 Care for Kids Campaign; event planner Launch; Dan Klores Communications; dance instructor Kristin Leddingham; Harper Collins Books; The Wiz; and Cingular.

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services protects and ensures the safety and well being of New York City’s children and strengthens families. Formed in 1996, the agency oversees the City’s programs of child protection, foster care, preventive services, adoption, child support enforcement, childcare and Head Start.

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