Last night at Calumet Gallery in Chelsea, the City Year New York Alumni Board hosted the 2012 Alumni & Friends Fundraiser! The Alumni Board is a group of 28 City Year alumni from years ranging from 2005-2011 and from City Year sites including Little Rock, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York. Members of the Alumni Board are some of City Year’s biggest advocates and give their time to planning events that help prepare the corps for their next steps after a year of service, as well as bringing other City Year alumni together through socials and events like last night’s fundraiser.
This Signature Alumni Event engaged over 90 City Year alumni, family, and friends and featured over 15 silent auction items and exciting raffle prizes. With music and entertainment by jazz band Sammy Miller and the Congregation, this event was a good time for all. Most importantly, this event gave guests the opportunity to learn more about City Year and the impact corps members are making to keep kids on track to graduation. 2011 CYNY graduate and current Alumni Board Member, Jaime Potter, shared his experience serving as a corps member last year in the South Bronx. The event was best summed up with a statement made by Jaime on why he continues to serve with City Year as a Board Member, “I believe in City Year’s mission, I believe in the culture, and I believe in the power of the Red Jacket.”
A special thank you to Calumet Gallery for hosting the event and to the Alumni Board event planning committee members Trude Goodman (board chair), Charlotte Twaaflhoven, Michael Soldati, Meredith Nowikowski, Lauren Upton, Lee Trotman, and Emily Heerema for their thoughtful planning and support on this event.
To see all the photos from the event, please click here. For more information about how you can get involved in City Year New York’s Alumni Board, contact Sarah Shutt at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.