Children’s Defense Fund-New York (CDF-NY) will host its annual Beat the Odds® Gala—an event that celebrates students that have overcome exceptional adversities along their path to success—on Monday, February 29 at The Pierre in New York City. This year’s event will celebrate five Beat the Odds® scholars and honor philanthropist Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO of TIAA-CREF, and renowned stage and screen actors LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson for their longstanding commitment to CDF’s mission of leveling the playing field for all children. Co-Chairs for the 2016 CDF Beat The Odds® Gala include model, actress and author, Paulina Porizkova and her husband, musician and songwriter Ric Ocasek. Honorary Co-Chairs include: Malaak Compton-Rock, Tonya Lewis Lee, Spike Lee, and Marva Smalls.
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