Bow Wow, Miss Mykie, Rocko, Paigion, Darryl ˜DMC” McDaniels and Shorty Da Prince.

NEW YORK - Since 1995, Children’s Rights has used legal action and policy initiatives to propel lasting reform in child protection, foster care and adoption practices throughout the United States, a challenge that involves prolonged efforts in the many individual states where such reform is urgently and sorely needed.

Enter the Hip Hop community, a phalanx of dedicated lawyers and the caring community of supporters in New York. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, a board member and childhood adoptee, opened up the program with an impassioned plea to the receptive crowd, leaving no doubt of the importance of the cause. Nick Cannon, a.k.a. “Mr. Mariah Carey,” then introduced last night’s honoree, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, appropriately described in the evening’s journal as a “Hip Hop Producer, Artist, Businessman and Philanthropist,” who then urged the crowd to be generous in support of Children’s Rights. He led the charge with a magnificent personal contribution, which was immediately matched by a fellow guest at his table. To put Swizz’s career in perspective, he has contributed to over 280 million records in the U.S. alone, and participated in creative design for a broad list of companies including Reebok and Lotus Cars – he is a truly a contemporary Renaissance man.

Children’s Rights Benefit honoree Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean.

Prior to the reverse auction funding ask, Emily Wooton, a remarkable 19 year-old survivor of a nightmare of abuse and neglect, shared her story with a passion that ignited the empathy of the room, enabling the auctioneer to raise $231,000 in donations in under ten minutes.

I missed the after party, which was led by “Swizz,” but my Yankee obsession had to be satisfied, as I raced home to witness Raul Ibanez performing his miracle home runs in the Ninth and Twelfth innings to the detriment of the Orioles.  “Oh, What a Night…”