Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Celebration of Spirit

Valentino Carlotti with BCNY Alumni at the Boys’ Club of New York's annual Awards Dinner.
On May 9th, The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) hosted its 27th annual "Celebration of the Creative Spirit" Scholarship Benefit Gala. In attendance were BAP co-presidents Gerri Brown and Darius Somers and BAP founder Dwight Johnson as well as high-profile members of New York City’s cultural, philanthropic, civic, and entertainment communities.

The 2017 Honorary Chairs included: The Honorable David N. Dinkins, Joyce Dinkins, Michelle Oka Doner, Prabal Gurung, Bethann Hardison, June Kelly, Neam Khan, Ranjana Khan, Jeff Koons, Andréa McBride, Robin McBride, Raymond J. McGuire, Joseph Mizzi, John Morning, Jessye Norman, Stephen Sills, Audrey Smaltz, and Franklin A. Thomas. WABC-TV News Anchor Lori Stokes served as Mistress of Ceremonies. 
Creative Spirit Award recipients Fred Wilson, Dr. Thomas Schutte, and James Scully
The evening also included the announcement of the 2017 Marcio Moreira Multicultural scholarship/internship winner. For the third year in a row, McCann Worldgroup offered a full-year, paid internship, and $5,000 scholarship to all three finalists. Chief Financial Officer of McCann New York, Eu-Gene Sung, also announced that the advertising agency had hired all three finalists from the 2015 competition. This year’s Marcio Moreira Multicultural Scholarship winners were: Alejandro Alvarez, Herman Awuku and Zeynep Gungor.

This year's "Creative Spirit Award" recipients were casting director, producer, and model advocate James Scully, renowned conceptual artist Fred Wilson, and Dr. Thomas F. Schutte, in honor of his 24 years of service as Pratt Institute's president.
The Black Alumni of Pratt co-presidents Gerri Brown and Darius Somers with Lori Stokes (center)
Since its inception in 1990, BAP has raised $5 million in endowed funds to further the BAP student scholarship effort, provided pre-college awards for high school students looking to pursue an arts education, and helped fund other BAP initiatives. Every year an outstanding senior is awarded a full scholarship for their final year of study.
Gabriella Morris and John Morning
Audrey Smaltz and Gail Marguis
Mike Pratt, Richard Eiger, June Kelly, Dr. Thomas Schutte, Gerri Brown, and Bruce Gitlin
Kathryn Chenault and Dr. Thomas Schutte with BAP student escorts Elard Timana (l) and Jashawn Richardson (r)
Pratt alumni Michele Stanback and Jé Hooper
Yashanna Joseph and Holly Graves
Eu-Gene Sung with 2017 Marcio Moreira Multicultural Scholarship winners Alejandro Alvarez, Herman Awuku, and Zeynep Gungro
Jelani Bandele and Renauld White
Josh Otten and Maria Borges
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien with artist and Creative Spirit Award recipient Fred Wilson
Tom Postilio, Alexander Smalls, and and Mickey Conlon
Joan Smalls
Diane Porter and Dwight Johnson
On Wednesday May 17, 2017 The Boys’ Club of New York held its annual Awards Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The event honored two long-time supporters of BCNY. Hildegarde “Hillie” Mahoney received the Northrop Award for her commitment to volunteerism and for exemplary service to The Boys’ Club of New York. Valentino D. Carlotti received the Harriman Award, which recognizes an individual for exemplary civic leadership and for helping to better the lives of young people.

As a founding member of the Women’s Board, Mrs. Mahoney has been involved with The Boys’ Club of New York for over six decades. She served as Executive Vice President for 11 years before becoming President in 1976. Mrs. Mahoney went on to be elected to the Board of Trustees in 1989, and is now an honorary member of both boards. Her generous spirit and passion for good works has created a legacy carried on by all of our board members.
Hildegarde "Hillie" Mahoney and Valentino Carlotti
Friederike Biggs, Linda Hickox, and Nancy Phelan
Valentino D. Carlotti has been a member of the Board of Trustees of The Boys’ Club of New York for the past ten years. Mr. Carlotti grew up in New York City and attended the Boys’ Club’s Harriman Clubhouse throughout his childhood. As a boy he was an active member in all of the Boys’ Club’s signature programs including the Independent School Placement program, winning academic honors during his elementary and high school years, while also playing and serving as the captain on its basketball, football and baseball teams. Currently, he is a senior partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he has been for the last 23 years. He is the Global Business Partner for the Investment Banking and Merchant Banking divisions. Prior to this current role, he was the President of the Goldman Sachs Brazil Bank in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 2007-2012 and Head of the Securities Division Institutional Client Group from 2012-2015. He began his career as a banker in Investment Banking and then Equities Sales. He was made Managing Director in 2001 and Partner in 2006.
Mai Hallingby Harrison, Fred Negem, Jackie Williams, Kathy Irwin, and Thorunn Wathne
Ritchey Howe and Dennis Basso
Barbara Cates and Liz Gardiner
Ritchey Howe, Ed Rappa, and Hildegarde "Hillie" Mahoney
Kitty McKnight, Bill McKnight, Stephen Tosh, and Gigi Mortimer
Ebby Gerry, Robert Gardiner, and Bill Tyree
James Welch, Hildegarde "Hillie" Mahoney, Ed Rover, and Virginia Welch
NAF, a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready, recently held their annual Benefit at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel. The evening featured a fireside chat with NAF Founder, Sandy Weill, and Honoree, Ajay Banga, President and CEO of Mastercard. Award-winning business news journalist, Susie Gharib, Anchor & Senior Special Correspondent for Fortune, served as moderator.

The Honorary Chair of the event was Sanford I. Weill, Founder and Chairman of NAF. Benefit Co-Chairs included Lynne Doughtie, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of KPMG; Barbara Benioff Friedman, Trustee Emerita, Cornell University, Vice-Chair of Overseers, Weill-Cornell Medical College; Dana Lorberg, Executive Vice President, Operations & Technology, Mastercard; Jennifer Morgan, President of SAP North America; Marc C. Reed, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Verizon; and James D. Robinson III, General Partner & Co-Founder of RRE Ventures.  

Alumni Co-Chairs included Jacqueline Burgos, Chair, NAF Alumni Leadership Council & 2004 NAF Alumna, Director, Strategy & Business Development at Viacom; and Justin Morant, NAF Advisory Board Member and Associate Analyst at Mastercard Advisors.
NAF Founder, Sandy Weill, said, “I am always so impressed by how thoughtful these young people are and how much they have accomplished. My advice is for them to not only think about the business side, but also about how to be philanthropic and give back to their communities. After all, they are the future. There is no better gift than showing how much you care, by lending of your time and talent, and remembering the place you came from. In doing so, a more positive world is possible and that is the power of what education can do.”
Ajay Banga addressing NAF academy students
Students from 14 NAF academies across the country had the unique opportunity to present their team projects to business professionals from America’s top companies, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co.; KPMG; World Wide Technology (WWT); SAP North America, Inc.; Lenovo; and others, and explained how they’ve used their NAF academy experience to prepare for college and career. Demonstrating their knowledge as it relates to a project, these future trailblazers connected to their chosen academy theme and reflected on how project-based learning experiences and internships have paved the way for their future aspirations. Ample time was provided for networking.
Sandy Weill addressing NAF academy students
The event honored Ajay Banga, President and CEO of Mastercard, who was the recipient of the Innovator Award for STEM Education. This special evening of mixing and mingling brought together students, alumni, educators, and business professionals from America’s top companies to celebrate NAF’s work in the education space, and raised close to $1.6 million. These funds will go towards supporting and sustaining NAF’s mission nationally, and contributions will aid in providing programming, training, and materials for NAF teachers, directors, and students throughout the country.
Major League Baseball legend, David Cone, addressing NAF students
NAF President, JD Hoye, said, “NAF is honored to recognize Mr. Banga for his leadership, dedication, and support in advancing NAF’s mission through his work at Mastercard. We hope that this testament to the success of public-private partnership is an inspiration for our entire network and for more corporations to take a proactive role in shaping the talent pipeline, by assisting with internship or work-based learning opportunities for NAF students. These students will be the leaders in major companies tomorrow and by showing your support and investment early on, the future of our nation’s workforce will continue to shine bright and compete successfully in our global marketplace.”
Susie Gharib with NAF Founder Sandy Weill, and Honoree Ajay Banga
Honoree, Ajay Banga, with NAF student speaker, Khareem Oliver
NAF student speaker and a senior at Coral Gables Senior High School, Khareem Oliver, attended the benefit and addressed the audience about how his NAF experience led to a life-saving business opportunity that aids in the safe return of missing pets. Oliver launched the Find or Found website and smartphone app and continually looks for ways to grow his business and serve even more pet owners by bringing their beloved animals home.
Juanita Logan, Ajay Banga, JD Hoye, Ann Marr, and Dr. Art McCoy
Honoree Ajay Banga and David Cone
Lynn Doughtie interacting with NAF academy students
Fred Vosburgh interacting with NAF academy students
Rob Cato interacting with NAF Students from Pathways Academy of Technology & Design (East Hartford, CT)
NAF Academy of Finance students from Hamburg High School (Hamburg, New York)
NAF Academy of Finance students from Ed W. Clark High School (Las Vegas, NV)
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its fourth annual Collaborating for a Cure Luncheon at the private Upper East Side residence of Andrea Stark on Wednesday, May 17th. The event featured a fashion presentation by luxury fashion house Carolina Herrera, who presented their pre-fall 2017 collection before a private audience, with all event proceeds benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Event Chairs included Lauren Lawrence, Pamela Morgan, Andrea Stark and Marion Waxman, with Erica Linden-Fineberg as Co-Chair. The Event Committee included Sharon Bush, Maria Elena Christiansen, Denise De Luca, Boo Grace, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Susan Gutfreund, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Yaz Hernandez, Michele Gerber Klein, Patricia Kluge, Jeanne Lawrence, Valerie Lettan, Lauren Day Roberts, Barbara Tober and Karen Amster-Young.
William Sullivan, Lauren Lawrence, Marion Waxman, Andrea Stark, and Pamela Morgan
“Every year, this by-invitation-only and sold-out event has grown in support, doubling in attendance since it debuted in 2014,” said Dr. Samuel Waxman, Founder and CEO of SWCRF.  “The Waxman Foundation was founded as a result of the generosity of the fashion industry and it continues to support us with the likes of industry leaders such as Carolina Herrera. We are most grateful to Carolina Herrera for their participation this year.”

Lauren Day Roberts, Pamela Morgan, and Lucia Hwong Gordon
The luncheon was catered by David Burke at Bloomingdales. David Burke at Bloomingdale’s is part of Craveable Hospitality Group, an awe-inspiring restaurant group dedicated to transforming each meal into a cherished memory, sparking a crave to return. Prosecco and white wine were donated by Palm Bay International, HFactor was serving the first-of-its-kind hydrogen-infused water, and MarieBelle provided guests delicious chocolate desserts.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

For more information on SWCRF, visit: www.waxmancancer.org
April Gow, Marcia Levine, and Jeanne Lawrence
Barbara Tober and Tina Beriro
Lauren Day Roberts and Dr.Georgia Witkin
Ingeborg Rennert, Anka Palitz, and Bernice Schwartz
Jennifer Saraf Myles, Chris Arlotta, Maria Elena Pinellos Christensen, and Randi Schatz
Lauren Lawrence and Judy Miller
Michelle Herbert and Alissa Roever
Roy Fischer, Valerie Lettan, and Alma Continanzi
Sherry Wiener and Erica Fineberg
Lois Zelman and Lauren Lawrence
Photographs by Rob Rich (Waxman); Julie Skarratt (Black Alumni of Pratt)