|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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 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.
|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.”|
|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.|
|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.
|“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.”
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
|Photographs by Rob Rich (Waxman); Julie Skarratt (Black Alumni of Pratt)|