|On May 28th, Carnegie Hall Chairman Ronald O. Perelman presented Carnegie Hall's eighth Medal of Excellence to Sanford I. Weill at a gala benefit at Carnegie Hall's Weill Terrace and Terrace Room. The award recognizes Mr. Weill's outstanding leadership as a passionate philanthropist, exceptional businessman, and dedicated supporter of the arts who has worked tirelessly for more than three decades as a Carnegie Hall trustee to support and expand the scope of the Hall and its activities.
It also honors Mr. Weill in recognition of his transition earlier this year from his longtime role as Chairman of Carnegie Hall's Board of Trustees to his new post as President, succeeding Isaac Stern as only the second person to hold the this title since Carnegie Hall was established as a non-profit in 1960. This gala benefit, which was attended by more than 250 guests including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, raised over $4 million to support Carnegie Hall's artistic, education, and community programs.
|The gala was hosted by CNBC anchorwoman Becky Quick and included a cocktail reception in Carnegie Hall's Weill Terrace Room followed by a seated dinner and award ceremony on the tented Weill Terrace atop the Hall. Carnegie Hall's 2015 Medal of Excellence Gala was chaired by Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman and CEO, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.; Robert F. Smith, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, Joan H. Weill, longtime philanthropist and arts supporter, and 2013 Medal of Excellence recipient Robert K. Kraft—Founder, Chairman, and CEO of The Kraft Group and Chairman and CEO of the New England Patriots.
As part of the evening's program, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Joan Weill, and Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson all offered remarks, and a tribute video to Mr. Weill featuring Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Renée Fleming, Lang Lang, and Ralph Lauren, among others, was presented.
|Members of New York City's philanthropic, legal, social justice, civic and business communities joined forces on June 2nd to call for an end to all forms of gender violence at the annual "Zero Tolerance Benefit" hosted by Sanctuary for Families. The event, held at Pier Sixty/Chelsea Piers, raised $2 million to support critical programs dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking. This year marks 30 years that Sanctuary has helped families escape violence and build safe, independent lives.|
|Among the evening's highlights was the presentation of the Zero Tolerance Award to Michael J. Sharp, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Jefferies Group, the global investment banking firm, for his long-standing commitment to Sanctuary's work. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP was presented with the Law Firm Leadership Award for its tireless and effective pro bono work on behalf of Sanctuary's clients.
"Tonight Sanctuary for Families is proud to celebrate 30 years of progress against domestic violence and sex trafficking," said Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, executive director of Sanctuary for Families. "Nevertheless, we know that gender violence remains an issue of epidemic proportions. The money raised this evening makes it possible for our staff to reach more victims, educate the community, advocate for change and bring us closer to ending the abuse forever."
|The Gala was chaired by Andrea A. Bernstein, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Brian P. Friedman, Chairman, Executive Committee, Jefferies Group LLC; Richard B. Handler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jefferies Group LLC; Sallie Krawcheck, Chair, Elevate Network; Nicole Sayfie Porcelli, Co-Chair, Sanctuary for Families Mothers Council and Marcello Porcelli, CEO, LargaVista Companies.
Also on hand to support Sanctuary for Families were Willie Geist, co-host of NBC's Today and MSNBC's Morning Joe; designer Rory Tahari; Dr. George Lazarus and Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide; Ted Bunch, co-founder and co-director of "A Call to Men"; Chris Nordquist, creator of Domestic Daddy and David Duplantis, President, Global Marketing, Digital & Customer Experience, Coach; Academy Award-winning director Ellen Goosenberg; Jed Walentas, Principal, Two Trees Management Co.; David Bloom, COO, Omega Partners; Michael Friedman, Partner, Troutman Sanders; and Michael Wlody, CFO, Cushman & Wakefield.
|The evening offered a cocktail reception, exclusive raffle, silent auction, dinner and an after-dinner dance party hosted by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer DJ Grandmaster Flash.
Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to the safety, healing and self‐determination of victims of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence. Through comprehensive services for adult victims and their children, outreach, education and advocacy, Sanctuary strives to create a world in which freedom from gender violence is a basic human right.
|Madison Square Boys & Girls Club hosted its' third annual Youth of the Year Dinner on May 27th at Pier 60, surrounded by over 400 friends and supporters of the organization. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit programming for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
Ronald C. Parker, President and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council and The Executive Leadership Foundation, was featured as the Champion of Youth Honoree. Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," joined as the Special Guest Speaker. Poppy Harlow, CNN Anchor and Correspondent, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Additional special guests included Madison's four Youth of the Year: Walida Ali, Qiaun Francis, Isaiah Royer and Tameicka Williams.
|This evening celebrated the success of those youth who have demonstrated a consistent dedication to their education and is the premier national recognition program for Boys & Girls Club members. The program promotes service to the Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, and life goals.
" This event is one of Madison's most important initiatives to support our mission and help young people maximize their personal potential," said Joseph Patuleia, Executive Director of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. "The four Youth of the Year who joined us at this event are exemplary young people - they represent the boundless futures the Club can help young people to attain."
|Serving over 5,000 youth in some of New York City's most disadvantaged communities, Madison has offers a safe and supportive place where urban youth can come when they are not in school and find support and guidance from caring adults. Madison aims to empower underserved youth to see past their own circumstances and find the tools necessary to pursue the vast opportunities that lie ahead of them.
"The Club is not only the reason I want to go to college, but the reason that I will be attending this fall," said Tameicka Williams, Columbus Clubhouse's Youth of the Year who has been a member for 10 years. "Because of the Club, I am confident that I will succeed."