The Leadership Council

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On Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, over 380 members of the Graham community gathered at the Museum of Modern Art for an evening to benefit our kids and families and to celebrate our successes from the past year. The celebration dinner began with a reception showcasing the transformative work we are doing with members of our Harlem Beacon After-school Center Robotics Team, “The Medabots,” the Bengals peer leadership group and scholars from our Graham SLAM program that helps young people successfully complete high school and postsecondary education and training, and to enter a living-wage career path.

Our President and CEO, Jess Dannhauser, shared his reflections on our work and our focus for the future: “Our kids want to thrive; they want to be defined by what their success and their contribution.  An essential part of our work is to help them to heal from what they’ve endured, pain that I’m sure will never fully go away, ultimately though they want their tough start in life to define what they’ve overcome not who they are or what they can be.” Chairman Georgia Wall spoke about the life changing difference our supporters are making in the lives of our kids. “Your support means that you really believe in them, that each one of their lives has value and meaning, and that each one of them has a future worth struggling for.”

We were honored to have Nicholas Kristof, two-time winner of The Pulitzer Prize, Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times, and best-selling author of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity as our keynote speaker.  During his remarks, Kristof stated: “It’s an honor to be here supporting an organization which is so dedicated to improving the lives of New York City’s children.” And reminded those in attendance that by “participating in a cause larger than ourselves affirms a purpose for our own lives on earth.”

It is with overwhelming gratitude that we thank The Leadership Council and all of the members of the Graham Windham Community who joined us on this very special evening to support our efforts to effect change not just in individual lives, but in the course of family histories across our City.  A special thanks to our dedicated Chairman of the Board Georgia Wall and Board Members Fran Eigendorff, André Koester, Heather McVeigh, Jennifer Mackesy, and Jennifer Russo for serving as co-chairs of the event that raised over $1.8M to support our mission to provide each child with a safe, permanent, loving family and the opportunity to succeed in school and life.

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About The Leadership Council
In celebration of Graham Windham’s historic Bicentennial Anniversary in 2006, the Board of Directors established The Leadership Council to further Graham Windham’s vital mission of caring for New York City’s most vulnerable children and families. The Leadership Council is comprised of distinguished leaders in the philanthropic and business worlds, who are committed to shaping and securing Graham Windham’s future for its third century of service. In return for their magnificent generosity, members of The Leadership Council receive exclusive annual benefits listed below including tickets to our annual celebration dinner.

Photos from past Leadership Council Dinners | 2014 Leadership Council Members

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