Madison Square Boys & Girls Club hosted its Sixth Annual Youth of the Year Dinner at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers this evening. Over 600 guests celebrated the success of four Madison Clubhouse youth who have demonstrated a consistent dedication to their education and community. The event raised over $1.1 million for the organization. Youth of the Year is the premier national recognition program for Boys & Girls Club members.

Tim McChristian, Executive Director for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club says, “We continued to be inspired by the tenacity and perseverance of our Clubhouse members and are delighted to see this event become a signature part of Madison's mission to foster the youth of our communities. The Youth of the Year program promotes service to the Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, and life goals. The four young people recognized exemplify all these traits. Through their example, we aim to embolden all of our Club members to realize their personal best in vision, drive and achievement."

Frank Baker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Siris Capital, and Dan Donnelly, CEO and Founder of Donnelly Mechanical Corp. & Donnelly Sustainable Energy Services, were honored as Champion of Youth Honorees for their dedicated service to Madison. Executive Director Emeritus Joseph Patuleia was also honored with the Madison Legacy Award, commemorating his 13 years of dedication to Madison. Additionally, philanthropist, co-founder of the PitCCh In Foundation, and dedicated supporter of Madison, Amber Sabathia, joined as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The evening's guests-of-honor included Madison’s four Youth of the Year: Grace Assabil-Bentum, Omar Carwin, Destiny Griffiths, and Diamond Lewis.

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year program will continue to be featured on Madison’s social media channels. Join the conversation and stay up to date on this year’s dinner by visiting MSBGC on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @MadisonBGClub and using the hashtag #MadisonYOY. More information can also be found at