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A Trio of Successful Galas

December 5, 2008 | Notable Events

Hunter, Lehman and Medgar Evers each held successful fund-raising events this fall. Strong participation from supporters and friends contributed to their success amidst the economic downturn.

Medgar Evers College’s eighth annual Legacy Awards Gala & Dinner on Oct. 16 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge was sold out. The college received gifts from a range of supporters including Moet Hennessy, and Independence Community Foundation. The event raised $205,000 for the college’s Educational Foundation Scholarship. In addition, the college announced the receipt of $633,000 from the Alice Bryant Charitable Trust. The date for next year’s gala is October 8, 2009.

Hunter College is reveling in the success of its first gala under the leadership of President Jennifer Raab, held at The Plaza on Oct. 23. The gala, which grossed over $800,000, honored two distinguished alumni: Abbe Raven, President and CEO of A&E Television Networks, and attorney Joel Katz of the law firm Greenberg Traurig. Katz is chair of the firm’s global media and international entertainment practice.

Lehman College celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala at Bridgewaters in downtown Manhattan on Oct. 23. The gala raised $500,000 for student support. The honorees were alumni Al Carey, President and CEO of Frito-Lay North America, who received the Lehman Leadership Award, and Michael Bacon, an award-winning musician and composer who received the Alumni Achievement Award. The Frito-Lay Co. has provided many scholarships and internship opportunities to students.

In addition, on Nov. 13, more than 200 guests attended the third annual “Jazz for Lehman College” event at the InterContinental Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Myrna Rivera, a board member of the Lehman College Foundation, is the driving force behind this fundraiser.