The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)’s 50th Anniversary Gala on October 18, 2023 at Guastavino’s, 409 E. 59th Street, NYC raised more than $1.7 million in support of the organization. CMOM honored legendary ballerina, philanthropist, and author Misty Copeland, songwriter Benj Pasek, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr.Vivek Murthy. The evening began at 6:30pm with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner. The festivities were attended by more than 400 guests.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a steward of early childhood, helping all children grow and develop into their best selves. Through our programs on-site, online, and around the five boroughs, CMOM nurtures the next generation of creative global citizens as they learn through exploration and play. CMOM encourages empathy across differences by elevating and providing insight into diverse perspectives and inviting visitors of all backgrounds to join our intentionally welcoming community and create and learn alongside each other. The museum’s program reflects the rich cultural diversity, energy, and resilience of New York City itself and has a special focus on ensuring that its program is available to those families who might not otherwise have access.
Founded in 1973 as a neighborhood organization, CMOM has grown over the years into a beloved destination and resource for children, families, and educators from across the five boroughs and from around the world. The museum welcomes 350,000 visitors each year to its Upper West Side location and engages hundreds of thousands more through its outreach programs in partnership with schools, libraries, shelters, and Head Start centers throughout New York City; its touring exhibitions; and its online tools and curricula.