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Our Leadership Council Celebration Dinner on April 8th raises an unprecedented $2M!

On Tuesday, April 8th, Graham Windham honored Edward Skyler, Citi’s Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs, at our annual Leadership Council Celebration Dinner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Our Chairman of the Board Georgia Wall and Board Members Fran Eigendorff, André Koester, Heather McVeigh, Jennifer Mackesy, and Jennifer Russo served as co-chairs of the event that was generously underwritten by members of The Leadership Council.

Thanks to the incredibly generous support of our wonderful donors, our Leadership Council Celebration Dinner, raised an unprecedented $2M to support our children and families!

The celebration dinner began with a reception in The Great Hall showcasing the positive work we are doing with our youth from our Harlem Beacon After-school Center and featured a demonstration by our award winning robotics club, “The Mighty Medabots.”

Our renowned Vintage Quality Dance Crew then premiered a celebratory dance piece inspired by The Temple of Dendur. Adorned in Egyptian-themed costumes, the dance crew performed a medley to a musical compilation of African drums, “The Circle of Life” from “The Lion King,” Michael Jackson’s Egyptian-themed “Remember the Time,” all culminating with the inspiring “I Believe.”

Click here to View Vintage Quality’s amazing performance!

A gala dinner and special program followed in the spectacular setting of the Temple of Dendur. Chairman Georgia Wall announced the establishment of The Andrew Francis Makk Youth Opportunity Scholarship in memory of dedicated and compassionate Board Member, Andrew Makk, and introduced the five inaugural winners.

One of the scholarship recipients, LaTanya Smitherman gave a moving speech stating, “My life’s journey has taught me that if you have a network of caring and committed adults you can overcome any obstacle. I also learned that challenges are part of life and the ones we overcome help us build character. I now know that if I had not tackled the obstacles presented to me by the foster care system, I would not be strong enough to share my story with you tonight. I am no longer afraid of failing and am determined to accomplishments great things and contribute to society. I would like to thank Gloria, Danielle, Danae and all of the difference makers at Graham Windham for their love and support. And a very special thanks to all of you in the audience for being here to share my story, and celebrate Graham Windham.”

Our President and CEO, Jess Dannhauser, stated, “Graham Windham enters the lives of the children and families it serves in their toughest hour, when all can feel hopeless. We restore hope by teaching and supporting families as they heal and grow stronger, and we change the odds by sticking with their children into adulthood, providing them the preparation and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential. We are able do all of this because of our incredible supporters. We are especially grateful for our long-term partnership with Citi and for Ed Skyler’s incredible generosity this year, raising over $400 thousand dollars and propelling us to our $2M goal. These resources will help us bring opportunity where it is needed most and change the lives of thousands of children and their families.”

Jess Dannhauser then presented Ed Skyler with the Champion for New York City’s Children Award in recognition of his significant contributions to improving the lives of New York City’s children. Upon accepting the award, Skyler stated: “Organizations like Graham Windham provide essential support to New York City children who may not otherwise have access to the opportunities to achieve what they are capable of.” “Citi and Graham Windham share a mission and a 200-year history of strengthening communities. It’s an honor to be recognized by an organization which is so dedicated to improving the lives of New York City’s children.”

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About Us

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 | Past Leadership Council Members

For more information about joining The Leadership Council or for current members renewing or increasing their membership support, please contact Sandra April, Vice President for Development at 212-529-6445 extension 349 or aprils@graham-windham.org

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