Dream Big Gala 2019

On October 24, 2019 Futures and Options held their Dream Big Gala at The Plaza ballroom. Top finance companies, law firms, and funds were the majority of leaders in their sponsors of the event, raising an outstanding 1.5 million. Their bustling silent auction held donations from Rent the Runway, Goldbar, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, The Tao Group, and more including a grand raffle prize of Championship Round of the Masters 2020 and a 3 night hotel stay for two.
DJ Paz kept the night buzzing with over 400 attendees. Steve Hessler, Chairman of the Board, Partner at Kirkland and Ellis, gave welcoming remarks followed by other members of the board and honoree Dave Miller, Partner and head of restructuring group at Elliott. Three Barbara L. Christen Scholar Finalists were introduced: Modou Sissoho (Awarded 10k college scholarship), Sheyra Perez (1k College Scholarship), Vasuki Gaba (1k College Scholarship).

Marija Pecar, Casey Woo, Sheena Annalise, Rachel Linder

Diana Finora, Sarah Konshi, Serena Bartolucci, Keagan Gros

Lisa Cox

Efrem Sigel

Photos by Michael Yorkes

Opening Doors to a Future of Boundless Options


Since 1995, Futures and Options has empowered New York City’s underserved youth to explore careers through career development and paid, mentored internships. We reach out to teens at a formative time of their lives, guiding them to further their education and become contributing citizens.

Our model program enables New York’s underserved youth to gain much-needed access to the economic mainstream, work-readiness training and support from caring adults.

At the same time, private and nonprofit businesses are connected to a pipeline of promising, motivated and diverse young people.


Together with our business and community partners, we are building the workforce of tomorrow.  Our career development program makes it possible for underserved, motivated teens to acquire the applied skills and higher education to successfully contribute to a global 21st Century economy.


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