Events

Our events honor and celebrate individual and corporate commitment to improving adoption policy and practice.


Taste of Spring 2014

After months of planning and hard work, DAI held its 11th Annual Taste of Spring: Food & Wine Benefit to great success. Close to 300 people attended the fun evening featuring food, wine and cocktails from New York’s best known restaurants and wine purveyors.  We hosted this year’s event at Manhattan Penthouse, which provided a warm ambiance and spectacular views of the New York skyline.

We were delighted to publically recognize an amazing women, Marie Osmond.  Most people know her as an extraordinary entertainer with a celebrated five decades long career. More importantly Marie is also a loving mother and grandmother who champions issues that better the lives of children across the country and around the world.

We were also proud to recognize DAI President Adam Pertman for his years of dedicated service to DAI.

The Institute also extends its thanks to our fantastic restaurants and food purveyors: Corner Social, Landmarc, Lucy’s Whey, Sfoglia, Zarela, NYY Steak, Treat House, The Writing Room, and The Cocktail Party Chef. We also offer a bow of appreciation to the generous beverage companies: 67 Orange Street, Cognac One, Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, Shea Vineyards, Altaneve, Michael Skurnik Wines, and Sherry-Lehmann. We would also like to thank our event leadership, Honorary Chairs Jane & Bill Donaldson, Jurate Kazickas & Roger Altman and Mimi & Jim Stevens; Honorary Co-Chairs Mario Batali, Katie Brown & William Corbin, Kristin Chenoweth, Christine Ebersole & Bill Moloney, and Deborra-lee Furness & Hugh Jackman; and Co-Chairs Mike Clifford, Kim Donaldson, Barbara Eager, Hollis Forbes, Annie Lansing, Cathy Lorenz, Sandy McManus, Holly Heston Rochell, Ben Rosen and Lisa Selz – whose tireless work over the last year have made this wonderful event possible.

Thank you to honoree Marie Osmond and everyone who made our big night a success.


Taste of Spring 2013

Adoption Institute friends and supporters enjoyed outstanding food, beverages and company at the 10th Taste of Spring at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York on May 9. The evening celebrated the Institute’s achievements and honored Jack Sussman and CBS Entertainment for their annual broadcast of the acclaimed Home for the Holidays. We are deeply indebted to Jack for both his commitment to children who need homes and for all he did to make this event so wonderful. Special thanks go to Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman for presenting our award to their good friend.

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The Institute also extends its thanks to our fantastic restaurants and food purveyors: Alison 18, Butter & Scotch, Corner Social, Fresco by Scotto, Landmarc, Lucy’s Whey, The Mercer Kitchen and Sfoglia. We also offer a bow of appreciation to the generous beverage companies: 67 Orange Street, Cognac One, Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, Kobrand, Opici Wines, Shea Vineyards and Sherry-Lehmann. We would also like to thank our event leadership, Honorary Chairs Jane & Bill Donaldson, Jurate Kazickas & Roger Altman and Mimi & Jim Stevens; Honorary Co-Chairs Mario Batali, Katie Brown & William Corbin, Kristin Chenoweth, Christine Ebersole & Bill Moloney, and Deborra-lee Furness & Hugh Jackman; and Co-Chairs Kim Donaldson, Hollis Forbes, Annie Lansing, Cathy Lorenz, Sandy McManus, Holly Heston Rochell and Lisa Selz. The overwhelming success of the 10th Annual Taste of Spring was the direct result of your support and hard work. Thanks to you all! And remember it’s not too late to contribute.


Celebrating … Our Families, Our Children

The historic Castillo del Lago in the Hollywood Hills was the site of our 2012 California event, “Celebrating … Our Families, Our Children.” The afternoon included wonderful food, activities for children and two very special presentations. DAI was proud to recognize Ame Austin Max and Max Studio for all they have done for the Institute and adoptive families. And our Spotlight Award – recognizing outstanding contributions by practitioners in the field – was presented to Children’s Action Network and was accepted by Executive Director Jennifer Perry.


59 Middle Lane Premiere

The Adoption Institute and Jazz at Lincoln Center were the beneficiaries of the New York City premier of 59 Middle Lane, a new documentary by DAI Board member and filmmaker Greg Ammon. Held on November 15, 2012, the unique evening of remembrance and celebration included a special performance by music legend Wynton Marsalis and members of the JALC Orchestra. Special thanks go to Greg and to our friends at JALC for hosting the evening in the spectacular Allen Room.