Brooklyn Heights hosts a ball

On December 15, a crowd turned out for the 92nd Yuletide Ball in support of five early childhood centers across Brooklyn, with funding going to the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS).

The fancy ball at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn Heights attracted 800 guests, raising over $300,000.

“It was really great; TD Bank is lovely to host the pre-ball dinner,” exclaimed Michele Newman, vice president of finance and development for BKS.

“For more than 120 years, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society has been targeting the children from the most impoverished areas of Brooklyn with strong educational programs and urgently needed social services,” noted Executive Director James Matison.

“Children enter our centers far behind, and yet, with BKS, more than 90 percent leave our centers either at or above age group,” he continued.

The money raised will help BKS to make a “profound and tangible difference.”

The pre-ball dinner started at 7 p.m., with the actual ball running from 10 p.m. through 1 a.m. Forty-nine other pre-event parties took place on the same night, with guests converging on the Heights Casino for the late-evening bash, allowing the guests to mingle and have a good time, with a good cause in mind.

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