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Around Town: Philanthropy

Written by Rimmaa Doubinskaia, 6 years ago, 0 Comments


  1. Empowers Africa Annual NYC Event

April 23rd at the Explorer’s Club: 46 East 70th Street, 6:30pm


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Empowers Africa supports programs in the areas of human empowerment, wildlife protection, and land conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa. They look to empower communities in the area by improving education, healthcare, and business opportunities, while also looking out for nature, which they feel is an integral part of the survival of the local communities. Each year they hold a fundraiser dinner at the ever-exciting Explorer’s Club, welcoming about 200 guests and honoring various standouts of the philanthropic world. For the 2015 event, there will be an auction of exciting safari adventures in between cocktails, dinner, dessert, and dancing. Last year’s guests included the philanthropy world’s Beth Rudin DeWoody, luxury event planner Flo Fulton, managing director of Moore Capital Management Zack Bacon, and vice president of Sotheby’s Eliza Osbourne, who oversaw the auction of trips to Botswana, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, among others.

For more information and tickets, visit the event’s website here.


  1. Teach for America New York Annual Benefit Dinner

April 9th at the Waldorf-Astoria: 301 Park Avenue, 6:30pm

Teach For America recruits, develops, and supports emerging leaders to teach in low-income communities.Honoring the President and Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs Gary D. Cohn, the organization’s New York chapter is once again hosting a benefit dinner at the venerable Waldorf-Astoria. Past gatherings have brought in thousands of guests and raised millions of dollars benefitting city schools, teachers, administration, and students. There will be a cocktail reception and dinner; business attire is required, and tickets range from $1,250 up to $500,000.

For more information and tickets, visit the event’s webpage here



  1. A Night for Changing Lives Annual Spring Gala

April 16th at the Centurion: 583 Park Avenue, 6:30pm



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The Storefront Academy has a track record of success in educating young people that spans nearly fifty years. Their “whole child model” emphasizes academic rigor and couples study with strategic nurturing and an individualized experience. Each year, they have “A Night for Changing Lives,” raising millions of dollars for their charter schools. Past guests have included Chevy Chase, Nathan Lane, Laurie Metcalf, and a number of celebrity chefs. This year they are honoring longtime supporter Morgan Stanley in front of an expected 250 attendees. The evening will feature a cocktail reception, a three-course gourmet dinner, and a luxury silent and online auction.

For more information and tickets, visit the organization’s website here.


  1. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala in the Garden of Eden

April 15th at Cipriani: 110 East 42nd Street, 7pm



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Veranda Magazine sponsors this unique annual gathering, once again featuring incredible, beautiful tabletops individually decorated by noted interior designers. This year, they will use the “Garden of Eden” as their inspiration. Individual tickets start at $1,000 and tables are priced between $10,000 and $25,000. There will be cocktails, dinner and dancing with proceeds benefitting the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier nonprofit organizations that helps more than 20,000 people in the city each year by providing a variety of effective and integrated human services. There will be fifty tables, more than a thousand guests, and, hopefully, millions of dollars raised at the Italian-Renaissance-inspired Cipriani 42nd Street luxury event hall.

For more information and tickets, visit the organization’s website here.


Written by: Rimma Doubinskaia