Green Gala BCNY 71st Annual Fall Dance

The Boys’ Club of New York’s 71st Annual Fall Dance—the “Green Gala”— held at The Pierre on October 16th had more than 700 guests in attendance. The atmosphere was filled with tall lush greens and recycled fashion was the dress code (encouraging guests to rent, rewear, or borrow their black tie attire). In celebration and support of BCNY’s robust new sustainability initiatives, philanthropists at every age came together to support.

Alexia Leuschen;Chai Vasarhelyi
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos;Catherine Sheppard


(Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC/PMC)  Tory Burch;Tabitha Simmons
(Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC)  Yesim Philip;Dusty Philip
(Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC)  Rianne ten Haken
(Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC)Deborah Norville


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. Celebrities such as Tory Burch,  Academy Award-winning Film Director Jimmy Chin; Inside Edition Anchor Deborah Norville; and Tabitha Simmons were also in attendance.  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, Sustainable BBH at Brown Brothers Harriman, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

(Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC/PMC) Gabrielle Bacon
 Gigi Mortimer;Ros L’Esperance;Anjali Melwani;Stephanie Kearney;Gabrielle Bacon
Catherine Fortin
Ruben Tiago;Gary Porto
Bob Tetenbaum;Roxana Tetenbaum
Audrey Gruss
Kathleen Kocatas;Courtney Corleto;Ferebee Taube;Marcie Pantzer
 Krista Corl

A delicious dinner, speakers, and the reveal a new 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. Guests generously contributed to a variety of wish-list items centering on sustainability and environmental issues, raising more than $125,000 for these worthy Boys’ Club causes.

“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.

ABOUT BCNY: Founded in 1876, the mission of the Boys’ Club of New York is to empower boys and young men by providing effective programs and a supportive community. BCNY accomplishes this by offering programs in music and arts, social and recreational activities, mentoring, academic support, and athletics. We deliver enriching afterschool programs to hundreds of boys each day at our three clubhouse locations in East Harlem, Flushing, and the Lower East Side. Our open-door policy and $5 membership fee ensure any boy—age 7 to 21—can join.


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