On April 23 the National Adoption Center held its annual Celebration of Family gala. Although the Broadway-themed evening raised $150,000 to support our mission of finding adoptive homes for children in foster care, it was bittersweet since we said goodbye to longtime friend and supporter Stan Hochman who passed away on April 9 after a recent illness.
Along with his wife Gloria, the Center’s communications director, Stan was very much the public face of the Adoption Center. He was always at our events, always championing “the cause”. He was our in-house auctioneer, raising tens of thousands of dollars for our vulnerable children, and used every media opportunity available to tout NAC and the important work we do. A sportswriter for more than five decades for the Philadelphia Daily News, Stan epitomized the spirit of volunteerism. According to his daughter Anndee, Stan died while wearing a baseball cap for the Miracle League, a charity for children with mental and physical disabilities, one of the many causes he supported.
Thanks to Stan, thousands of children have found their forever families. It is for that reason that we renamed our Adoption Hall of Fame Award the Stan Hochman Compassion for Kids Award. He will be sorely missed, however his legacy will live on.