BRONX, NY (April 26, 2019)The Bronx Children’s Museum ( will host its third annual gala on May 7, 2019, in New York City at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Bronx-grown,” celebrating the ingenuity and imagination of the children – past, present and future – born or raised in the Bronx.

The event raises funds for the organization’s highly-sought-after, community-based programming in arts, culture and natural sciences, as well as the expansion into its new flagship facility— opening in 2020.

The night will celebrate #BronxGrown innovators across generations for their contributions to the borough’s abounding culture, and commitment to the community. Hollywood legend, and EGOT recipient, Rita Moreno (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner), Hip-hop community leader, top entertainment agent and Roc Nation executive Shawn “Pecas” Costner, along with prolific architect and landscape designer, Jonathan Marvel, will be honored at the ceremony hosted by fellow Bronx-born star, Sunny Hostin, co-host of ABC’s The View.

Thanks to an engaged public and support from high-profile, Bronx natives like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, as well as confirmed gala attendees, actress, and Bronx Children’s Museum Chair member, Kerry Washington, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the museum is on track to redefine children’s museums for the 21st century.

Eight-time Grammy nominee and #BronxGrown musician, Bobby Sanabria whose recent work, West Side Story Reimagined, Grammy-nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2018, will light up the stage with a musical performance complementing a night revering the incomparable original West Side Story icon, Rita Moreno.

I am so grateful that the Bronx Children’s Museum can provide a rich environment for all children to learn about themselves, explore arts and sciences and experience other cultures,” said gala honoree, Rita Moreno.

She added, “This allows them to develop a healthy world view and become the very best they can be.”

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About the Bronx Children’s Museum
Founded in 2005, Bronx Children’s Museum is the borough’s only cultural and educational children’s museum designed to inspire children and families to learn about themselves and the diversity and richness of their surroundings, as well as the world beyond. In 2020, the Museum will launch its new flagship facility in a New York City Parks owned building near Yankee Stadium. Currently, a “museum without walls,” Bronx Children’s Museum serves almost 18,000 Bronx residents annually. Through innovative mobile programming, Bronx Children’s Museum engages children and adults in the arts and sciences using its iconic bus as a roving learning environment providing access to children throughout the Bronx wherever they may be. The Museum also has temporary exhibits and ongoing afterschool and summer programming throughout the borough at community-based organizations, schools, shelters, libraries, local festivals, and parks.

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