Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society Yuletide Gala fills Brooklyn Heights Casino

December 13, 2016 By Andy Katz Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Mayor Bill de Blasio with Yuletide gala attendees. Photos by Andy Katz

Brooklyn’s Venerable Early Childhood Education Organization Puts on the Ritz to Raise Funds

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined hundreds of black-tie clad celebrants to participate in the 97th annual Brooklyn Kindergarten Society Yuletide Gala on Dec. 10. Since its inception in 1920, the gala has become a significant Brooklyn tradition. Held on the second Saturday in December, it draws supporters from all over the five boroughs in support of one of the nation’s oldest early childhood education programs.

Supporters typically take part in dinners held throughout the borough, hosted by volunteer members of the gala committee. Each dinner party is unique, with hosts coordinating different cuisines or themes. Afterwards they gather at the Brooklyn Heights Casino for drinks and dancing.

Founded in 1891, the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society currently serves more than 450 children at six locations throughout the borough. The organization’s newest program, Family Child Care Partnership, is directed at children from birth to age five, and supports child care providers with professional development.