The Boys’ Club of New York’s 71st Annual Fall Dance, held at The Pierre on Thursday, October 17, raised $1.4 million to support new sustainability initiatives—the most ever raised for this yearly fundraiser!
“We are committed to developing a robust sustainability initiative for our boys and helping them become responsible citizens of the world, said BCNY Executive Director and CEO Stephen Tosh. “Our programming focus will involve boys and young men engaging in recycling and ecology programs in their clubhouses and neighborhoods, planting vegetables, and connecting with youth-oriented climate initiatives worldwide.”
Held at The Pierre, more than 400 guests—plus another 300 Young Advocates Circle party attendees—gathered in celebration and support of BCNY’s new and growing “green” focus. Along with great music, food, and dancing, the gala included a list of high-profile names, including Academy Award-winning Film Director,Climber, and Photographer Jimmy Chin; Inside Edition Anchor Deborah Norville; Fashion Designer, Businesswoman, and Philanthropist Tory Burch; and Entrepreneur, Stylist, Shoe Designer, and Social Media Personality Tabitha Simmons.
The event was co-chaired by members of BCNY’s Women’s Board, including Gabrielle Bacon, Stephanie Kearney, Ros L’Esperance, Anjali Melwani, and Gigi Mortimer. Vice-Chairs of the event included Lizzie Edelman, Lourdes Fanjul, Yesim Philip, and Harry Williams. Several corporate sponsors where sustainability lies at the core of their missions supported the event, including Belvedere Adventures, S’well, The 1 Hotels, BBH at Brown Brothers Harriman, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.
The program also featured an inspiring video introduced by BCNY’s Chief Program Officer and proud Boys’ Club alumnus Carlos Velazquez, where current members talked about their future-focused goals and alumni reflected on the impact the Boys’ Club made in their lives. In the video, thirteen-year-old Zabar—who aspires to be a video game designer—learned the value of teamwork as a member of BCNY’s robotics squad, part of the organization’s STEAM programming. Elijah, age 14, shared his dream to become a computer scientist when he grows up. And 12-year-old future lawyer Ryan, who appreciates the public speaking experience he’s gained as a BCNY member, shared, “when I think about my future, I’m most excited about not knowing what’s next!”