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All of us have the ability to be a hero. If you’re willing to fight for a deserving child or family, you meet the requirements…although a well-fitted cape and a clever nickname certainly doesn’t hurt.
Last night, we celebrated the “Everyday Heroes” who make New York City a better place. These heroes – or more commonly known as parents, students, philanthropists, friends, volunteers, or nonprofit employees – might not star in the next Avengers movie. On this special night, the blockbuster wasn’t measured in terms of over-the-top special effects, but in everyday New Yorkers going up, up, and away to support Sheltering Arms.
All of us were reminded of the ways we can be heroes. Dalilah Muhammad, a US gold medalist who dramatically rose to fame in Rio, said that she wants to “be an ambassador promoting young people’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations.” George Evans, the Chief Investment Officer of Equities at OppenheimerFunds, reminded us that we don’t have to look too far to be heroes, sharing that you can make a difference by staying local and helping people in need in New York City.
As over 350 superheroes stepped through the door and took flight, they embraced the people and actions that create a brighter tomorrow. Our new video shared the story of two inspiring women who are overcoming the odds on a daily basis to provide hope and opportunity to others. Throughout the night, guests continued to step up by participating in “Sponsor a Future,” a unique campaign where everyday heroes can donate to our programs.
We’re grateful for the acts of heroism that surround us every day. Movie trailers might make you nervous “in a world dominated by fear,” but reality tells us that our heroes are winning. From the parent who works around the clock to put food on the table to the case worker who helps a teenager to stay in school to a first-time volunteer who gives kids the professional role model they never had, it’s time to embrace the everyday superpowers we all have.
Photos courtesy of Andrea Buman.