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Breakthrough New York to Celebrate the Success of its Students and Honor Inspirational Leaders in Finance at Seventh Annual Gala on Tuesday, April 30

April 30, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Breakthrough New York will celebrate the success of the students it supports to and through college and into their careers at its seventh annual Gala on Tuesday, April 30. The education nonprofit will honor William E. Clark, Vice Chairman of Global Corporate Banking, and salute Michael C. Dawley, chairman of the National Futures Association (NFA), chairman of the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a board member of the Futures Industry Association (FIA), and president of Bluefin Partners.

“At Breakthrough New York, we believe that every student has the potential to achieve their dreams—as long as they have the right support through life’s academic ‘Transitions,’ which is this year’s Gala theme,” said Beth Onofry, Executive Director of Breakthrough New York. “For 20 years, we have expanded opportunities and provided support for our students to be successful throughout their academic journey and into careers.”

The Gala will be held at 583 Park Avenue at 63rd Street in Manhattan, starting with cocktails at 6:00 PM followed by dinner and a program at 7:00 PM. Attendees will be compete with students in an engaging trivia competition, “Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student?”

Wine enthusiasts will be delighted by this year’s live auction items, including a “Rare 1997 California Cabernet Magnum Trio,” widely regarded by most critics to be a nearly perfect vintage. The wine is rich and concentrated, yet it balances those flavors with complexity and nuance, appealing to almost every wine lover. An “International Oenophile” selection of six spectacular reds will also be up for auction.

The “Napa Valley” auction package will include a Joseph Phelps Vineyards wine tasting and luncheon; a private tasting for four at Gargiulo Vineyards; a $1000 gift certificate for The Harvest Inn; and a $400 gift certificate for Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.

For the football fan, a “New York Jets” auction package will include four Coaches Club tickets to the Jets vs. Bills 2019 home opening game and four pre-game field passes to meet offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum, with VIP reserved parking passes, food, and non-alcoholic drinks included.

Tickets are available at http://www.btny.org/annual-gala-2019. Email events@btny.org for further information.

Breakthrough New York will celebrate the work of individuals who have shown a commitment and enthusiasm to support student success:

William E. Clark is the Vice Chairman of Global Corporate Banking. Global Corporate Banking is a group that coordinates wholesale banking coverage of large cap and multinational corporations and financial institutions clients globally. Bill is also a member of the Corporate and Investment Bank Balance Sheet Committee for North America and the Anti-Money Laundering Operating Committee for the Corporate & Investment Bank. Previously, Bill was the Head of the Global Corporate Bank, North America and previous to that was the Head of the Healthcare, Consumer and Retail Corporate Bank business. Bill joined JPM after 20 years at Citigroup where he last was Co-Head of Healthcare Global Banking. In these roles Bill is and has been responsible for managing global relationships and providing his clients advice on capital raising, FX and interest rate hedging and global cash management. Bill has been covering the healthcare sector since 1996, prior to which he was an investment and corporate banker in London with Citi responsible for managing relationships in the consumer industry. Prior to joining Citi in 1990 Bill was an investment banker in both London and New York with First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse). Bill graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 with a BA in Economics and Foreign Affairs.

Michael C. Dawley is chairman of the National Futures Association (NFA), chairman of the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a board member of the Futures Industry Association (FIA), and president of Bluefin Partners. Dawley retired in 2018 from Goldman Sachs & Co. after serving at the firm for 33 years. He was Managing Director and Co-Head of the Futures and Derivatives Clearing Services business at the firm. During his career, Dawley participated on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Global Markets Advisory Committee, which advises the government on issues that affect the integrity and competitiveness of U.S. markets and U.S. firms engaged in global business. In addition, Dawley served for many years as the global chairman of the Board of Directors of FIA, the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets. He was inducted into the FIA Futures Hall of Fame in 2005.

About Breakthrough New York
Breakthrough New York transforms the lives of talented kids from low-income backgrounds by providing educational support from middle school through college and into careers. We also inspire talented young people to enter careers in education through our students-teaching-students model. Our goal is to create leaders who break the cycle of poverty in their families and affect positive change in their communities. Learn more at www.btny.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter @BreakthroughNY


April 30, 2019
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Breakthrough New York
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583 Park Avenue, at 63rd St.
583 Park Avenue, at 63rd St.
New York City, NY 10065 United States
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646-681-4874 or 800-829-8289
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