Northridge Florence Crittenton Circle dinner-dance
Valley Times Photo Collection
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes; Title supplied by cataloger. The National Crittenton Foundation was founded in 1883 by Charles Nelson Crittenton, a drug manufacturer and distributor, shortly after his beloved 4-year-old daughter, Florence, died of Scarlet Fever. In his grief-stricken state, he was drawn to the sermons of street-preacher, Smith Allen, who devoted his time preaching on New York streets to "wayward women." Crittenton found a channel in which to direct his grief by turning his attention to finding ways to improve the lives of these women and other women in need such as, single mothers, homeless women, and abused and sexually exploited women. He created a safe haven, opening a home on Bleecker Street in New York and named it after his daughter, the Florence Crittenton Night Mission. The home was so successful in aiding these women that others were started in cities across America, creating the National Florence Crittenton Mission, an organization so successful it was recognized by congressional charter under President McKinley. In 1976, the organization merged as part of the Child Welfare League of America. In 2006, the organization re-emerged as it's own entity, the National Crittenton Foundation, whose goal and purpose remains to address the plight of young girls and women in need. Photograph caption dated April 23, 1965 reads, "In oriental mood for annual buffet dinner-dance sponsored by the Northridge Florence Crittenton Circle are, from top, Mmes. George Hall, Don McKitterick and Joseph Corie. The event will be held May 2 at Knollwood Country Club, Granada Hills."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
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