|Hospital for Special Surgery hosted its 32nd Annual Tribute Dinner on Monday, June 1, 2015 at the Waldorf=Astoria, raising a record $4.2 million for education, research and patient care. The gala honored Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation and also presented David L. Helfet, MD, director, Orthopedic Trauma Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Nobel Laureate and former Secretary of State, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Helfet while Matt Lauer, host of NBC's Today Show, led the tribute to Mr. Roberts. Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong hosted the event of nearly 1,500 guests.|
|The Benefit Chairs are Stephen and Gretchen Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. The Dinner Chairs are trustees Kathy Leventhal, Patricia G. Warner and Ellen Wright. The Dinner Vice-Chairs include trustees Kathryn C. Chenault and Alan S. MacDonald, vice chairman and chief client officer of Citibank.|
|Special guests included: Katie Couric; Annette de la Renta; Elizabeth Holmes, CEO, Theranos; Craig Ivey, president, Con Edison; Henry Kissinger; David H. Koch; Matt Lauer; Lorne Michaels; Senator George J. Mitchell; Ronald Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal; Kate Nelligan, actress; Lawrence O'Donnell, host of MSNBC's Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell; Emily Rafferty, former president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Kendrick R. Wilson III, vice chairman, BlackRock, and more.|
|The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. honored Diane von Furstenberg, Patti LuPone, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at its "Gala in the Great Hall" held at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Ms. von Furstenberg received the B.C. Forbes Peopling of America® Award, and Ms. LuPone and Mr. Gates received the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards. More than 400 guests attended the event which was hosted by Meredith Vieira. Norm Lewis provided the evening's entertainment.
At the ceremony, Stephen Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., announced, "Ellis Island has long been a symbol of American immigration. Now with the full story of those who arrived from the Native Americans right up to the present being told, the museum is renamed the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration." The museum previously was known as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
|The evening began with a citizenship swearing-in ceremony where ten people representing Australia, Ecuador, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom became citizens of the United States. Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Obama Administration, welcomed the new Americans.
The "Gala in the Great Hall" celebrated the opening of the Peopling of America Center at Ellis Island, new major exhibitions that chronicle immigration to America before the processing station at Ellis Island opened in 1892 and after it closed in 1954. With the completion of the post-Ellis Island era exhibition, the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is the country's official museum chronicling all immigration from the colonial era to today. More on the Peopling of America Center can be found at www.LibertyEllisFoundation.org.
|The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created museums on both islands, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center®, and its newest project, The Peopling of America Center® which has transformed the museum into the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The Foundation's endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.|
|On Thursday, June 4th, Partnership with Children hosted its Annual Spring Gala, raising $1.1 million dollars to support its social work services for more than 17,000 New York City school children. Mark Dowley, Chief Strategy Officer at MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and Chairman of DDCD & Partners, and Marianne Gambelli, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Horizon Media, were honored for their career and community leadership. Board member Kenneth Mortenson was presented with the Anne Vanderbilt Award for Achievement for his distinguished service, and student Ricky Sanders spoke about the importance of the Partnership with Children in his life.
Held at threesixty°, the nearly 500 guests included Gala Chair Linda Boff, Executive Director, Global Brand Marketing at GE, and Co-chairs Mel Berning, President and Chief Revenue Officer of A+E Networks and Shari Post, Vice President, Primetime Ad Sales, at NBC Universal.
|Mark Dowley recognized that even with the most devoted and dedicated parents, a young person can need additional support. He continued to say that, "this is where Partnership with Children is vital. If a teen that was given all the right support can be led astray, imagine how easy it is to take the wrong path if there isn't a support system, a stable home, or even a permanent living situation."
Marianne Gambelli remarked that "children are in constant crisis and the public schools just don't have the funds to support or handle all their needs. This is where Partnership steps in; filling those gaps, and providing compelling programs that give the children the tools they need to cope with their everyday lives – taking some of that pressure off – so they could focus on education and learning.
|Executive Director Margaret Crotty explained, "We are reaching children who would otherwise not be reached to transform lives of children, their families, and their communities."
Kenneth Mortensen received The Ann Vanderbilt Award, named after Partnership with Children's founder. He noted "During my 13 years as a Board member, I have become acutely aware of the issues that many children have; it's hard to learn if you're hungry; a shelter may not be conducive to having a quiet place to study; you have no access to a computer."
Finally, student speaker Ricky Sanders came to the stage. He commented that he was "one of the lucky ones as Partnership with Children changed the course of my life." He is now on track to graduate from high school and will be the first male in his family to attend college.
|Additional highlights included a live auction with CK Swett, who raised over $100,000 in just five minutes from the generous crowd. As the evening closed, Herve Alexandre, a New York City saxophonist and winner of multiple Apollo Amateur Awards, performed with The S.F. Crew.
The Gala's lead sponsors include Marty and David Hamamoto, NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., MacAndrews & Forbes, Royalty Pharma and Verizon Foundation.
Partnership with Children works in public schools in New York City's highest-need communities so that every student can overcome the trauma and stress of growing up in poverty and every school can successfully serve its students. Partnership with Children currently works with more than 50 public schools to serve 17,000 youth throughout all five boroughs of New York City.
|Storefront Academy Harlem, a tuition-free private school in Harlem, held its 9th Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Dream Downtown Hotel. The evening, co-sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, was a tremendous success, and raised over $130,000 to benefit the school. The tournament's winner received a Rolex Explorer II Men's Watch.
The benefit began with a cocktail reception in the Dream's rooftop lounge, PH-D, overlooking the New York City skyline. The guests then transitioned to The Gallery, the Dream's state of the art ballroom, where the poker tournament commenced. Storefront Trustee Jeff Muti emceed the tournament, motivating players and dealers. For the first hour of the game, players who had losing hands were allowed to buy back into the game, additionally benefiting the school.
|The event also featured a silent auction. Guests bid on luxury auction items and experiences, including an Italian castle dream vacation, a Day Hiking Adventure with Discovery Outdoors, a bowling party at BowlMor, and a custom suit by Alan David Custom.
Chairing the tournament were Storefront Trustees Jeff Muti, Bob Rylee, and Amy Wu Silverman, along with Jonathan Palmer and Maurice Nicholson.
|Storefront Academy Harlem (formerly The Children's Storefront), a tuition-free private school in Harlem, has nearly 50 years of success in educating urban youth of all learning abilities, from pre-k to 8th grade. A forerunner to charter schools, it serves as a national model for urban education – creating academically strong and emotionally healthy students. The Storefront Academy Harlem student body is 100% minority, 80% qualify for free or reduced price meals, and 40% come to Storefront Academy requiring extra academic support. Despite the odds, more than 80% of Storefront Academy students test at or above grade level on standardized tests, and 95% of graduates go on to receive their high school diplomas, more than 30% higher than others in their community.|
Photographys by Richard Koek, Paul Bruinooge, Patrick McMullan (Partnership with Children)