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Rosanna Scotto to Serve as Gala Honorary Chair for NY Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund

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Rosanna Scotto to Serve as Gala Honorary Chair for NY Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund

On October 23, 2014, the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund will hold its 29th Annual Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City honoring William A. Ackman, Founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, LP, for his loyal and steadfast support of the nonprofit organization. Rosanna Scotto, Co-Anchor of "Good Day New York" on FOX 5, will be an Honorary Chair for the gala.

"We are thrilled to announce that Rosanna Scotto will serve as an Honorary Chair of our 29th Annual Gala," said Lauren Profeta, Benefit Fund Associate Director of Development. "Our gala pays tribute to New York City's fallen first responders and raises much needed funds for the families they have left behind. This year's event will be a festive evening of dinner and dancing that brings together New York City's philanthropic community, the widows and widowers that we serve, and the first responders who bravely protect our city."

"Rosanna Scotto is a quintessential New Yorker with a generous heart and a philanthropic spirit," Profeta continued. "She is famous for her on-air achievements and award-winning features, along with her dedication to community service. We are fortunate to have Rosanna step up to 'Answer the Call' to support the Benefit Fund. Proceeds from the gala will help us continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the families of our fallen first responders."

"It is an honor to be a part of an event that supports the families of NYPD, FDNY and PAPD workers, who work so hard to keep this city of ours safe," said Rosanna Scotto.

Rosanna Scotto, Co-Anchor of "Good Day New York," has been a member of WNYW-FOX 5 News since 1986. Scotto has won three Emmys for anchoring FOX 5 News at 10 and "Good Day New York." She is the winner of the 1995 New York State Associated Press First Place Award for her report "New York Survival Guide" and also the winner of three other Associated Press First Place Awards, including two special Associated Press Award nominations.

Having covered major stories in the tri-state area, her assignments have also taken her to Israel, Rome and across the United States. As a reporter, she won an endless number of coveted assignments including the first exclusive interview with Diana Bianchi, the other woman in the Christie Brinkley divorce case, the Woody Allen/Mia Farrow child custody battle, the notorious "Preppie Murder Trial" and the trials of Joel Steinberg and the "Swiss Nanny." Scotto also led FOX 5 news to the forefront in getting Marty Tankleff a new trial and was granted an exclusive interview with him in jail.

Prior to FOX 5, she began her career in television at WTBS in Atlanta, where she was a reporter and an associate producer. She returned to her native New York in the early 1980s as a reporter for WABC's "Good Morning New York," which eventually became "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee." After a year with "Good Morning New York" and "The Morning Show," Scotto joined WABC-TV's "Eyewitness News" as a reporter, where she remained until she joined FOX 5.

Scotto has received a host of honors and awards for her community service work. She is a graduate of Catholic University and holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts. She received an honorary doctorate from Mount St. Mary College in 2014. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Scotto lives in the New York area with her husband and their two children.

The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund provides assistance to the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Since its inception in 1985 by Daniel J. "Rusty" Staub, the charity has distributed over $128 million to hundreds of families. The Benefit Fund provides immediate and ongoing financial assistance in the form of annual distributions to grieving families after they lose their loved one. Last year alone, the Benefit Fund provided support to over 600 families and distributed over $2.5 million. In addition, the Benefit Fund provides an ongoing network of support and gatherings for these families to cope and connect after such tragedy.

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