Nancy & Steven Plate, Strong Advocates for Children Honored at St. Mary’s 12-12-12 Benefit

Steve Plate, Director of World Trade Center Construction, Gathers Development, Construction and Real Estate Industry Leaders to Raise Funds for Patients of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children Impacted by Sandy

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, New York’s largest provider of long-term specialized medical care and rehabilitation to children with medically complex conditions, hosted its own 12-12-12 benefit event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The event garnered the support of New York’s leaders from the Development, Construction and Real Estate industries who stepped up to the plate to support St. Mary’s Kids.  Nancy and Steven Plate, strong advocates for children, were chosen as the honorees.

Nancy Plate is a clinician and educator who has dedicated her life to serving those in need.  Mr. Plate serves as Director of World Trade Center Construction, a project whose mission runs strikingly parallel to St. Mary’s – to help rebuild lives and restore hope. Honoring him seemed quite fitting as it came on the heels of the crowning of the first piece of a spire that will tower 1,776 feet over lower Manhattan once completed.

For the past five years of the Building Hope, Restoring Lives Campaign, the Development, Construction, and Real Estate industries have joined together each November to support St. Mary’s Kids through the Annual Tribute Dinner. When Sandy hit, the World Trade Center Redevelopment Project, along with the building industries as a whole, suffered devastating losses. Yet despite the long and difficult road ahead to recovery, industry leaders saw beyond their own needs and acted on behalf of New York’s sickest children and their families. Pat Di Filippo, Executive Vice President at Turner Construction, and the event committee rescheduled the Tribute event for December 12, 2012 to help secure critically needed funds for St. Mary’s Kids.

St. Mary’s serves 4,000 children with special needs and medically complex conditions each day in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. Many of these families suffered devastating losses from Sandy – losing their homes, personal belongings, and vital medical equipment and supplies needed to care for their medically fragile children at home.

Proceeds from the event will support St. Mary’s Special Needs Fund that helps patient families in crisis.  The funds will be used to help families in Evacuation Zone A, who were hardest hit by Sandy and are at greatest risk, to replace critical medical and specialized equipment and help these families rebuild their lives.