Christine Tortorella enjoyed the opportunity to work at Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY with 12 young boys and their mentors, as they prepared to perform at the annual fundraiser in May.

The dinner gala hosted over 400 people and featured the boys art work, as they sang “Choose Your Stone,” written by Christine for the event.  Children’s Village’s mission is to work in partnership with families to help societies most vulnerable youth.  The boys and their mentors, under the guidance of teachers and volunteers, worked together for several months at their after-school program, on “good words” poetry and graffiti art, which was displayed on the big screen as they sang the song.

The Tortorella Family Foundation provided new sneakers and ties, which the boys wore at the event and were thrilled they got to keep as their own.  The night was a success for the Children’s Village, as the Board of Directors, staff and guests watched these young people stand bravely and perform the song and poetry they helped create.  Each guest was invited to take a ‘good word stone’ painted by the boys, from their table center piece, to remind them “we all choose” what we do to help others. For more information on this event and on the services provided to NYC area youth at risk, please visit

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