Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner 2019

“Paving the Way for a Brighter Future: A Community Approach to College Readiness”

Monday, April 29
6:30 PM Cocktails
7:30 PM Dinner and Program
The New York Public Library

  • Celebrating Liberty LEADS

    Liberty LEADS is a high school graduation and college readiness program that helps students from underserved communities in New York City succeed in both school and life. This year, the Annual Dinner will celebrate Liberty LEADS and its 30 years of helping students attain higher education, embrace leadership engagement, and create a positive future for themselves and others.

    Our Grant-A-Wish program will aim to raise $100,000 to help Liberty LEADS continue to make a difference in the lives of local New York City students. To make a donation, follow the steps below. Thank you for your support!

  • Honoring Sarah and Geoffrey Gund

    Sarah and Geoffrey GundBank Street College of Education is thrilled to honor Sarah and Geoffrey Gund for their dedication to supporting high-quality education for children and their teachers. The Kerlin-Gray-Gund Family’s legacy with Bank Street began in the 1930s, when Sarah’s mother, Sally Kerlin, graduated with a master’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education and served as a Life Trustee. Sally was particularly committed to environmental education and hands-on learning, launching the Endowment for the Teaching of the Natural and Environmental Sciences that enriched and expanded Bank Street’s science education curriculum in public schools throughout New York City. Sarah is an alumna of the Graduate School; she taught two courses at what was then the Graduate School, Continuing Education. Sarah’s children and grandchildren attended the School for Children.

    Sarah and Geoff support numerous progressive education and community development causes, including Bank Street’s Urban Education partnership with BronxWorks and the Graduate School’s Online Learning Program. They have also been instrumental leaders of Wave Hill and Riverdale Neighborhood House.

    Sarah will be retiring from Bank Street’s Board of Trustees in December, and we can think of no better way to honor her service and commitment to Bank Street. For more than seven decades and several generations, Bank Street has benefited from the leadership and generosity of women in The Kerlin-Gray-Gund family.

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  • Event Details & Tickets

    Schedule of Events

    6:30 PM Cocktails
    7:30 PM Dinner and Program

    Location

    The New York Public Library
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    476 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
    New York City

    **Please note, guests arriving after 7:30 PM must enter at 42nd Street entrance between 5th and 6th Avenue

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    We hope you will join us to celebrate and recognize the strides that Bank Street College has made in the world of education. Reserve your table or purchase tickets below.

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  • About the Annual Dinner

    Hall of Ocean Life, Museum of Natural HistoryBank Street’s Annual Dinner is the College’s signature benefit that increases awareness of Bank Street’s mission in the greater community and raises funds to support its vital work.

    Each year the President and the Board of Trustees invite existing and new friends of the College to come together in celebration of Bank Street’s contributions to the world of education and to honor those who share this passion for progressive education.

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  • Charisse Taylor and Ani Tiburcio
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  • Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky on stage
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  • Grant-A-Wish Host Cate Smit on stage
  • Sarah and Geoffrey Gund
  • Ani Tibercio, Sarah and Geoffrey Gund, Yolanda Ferrell-Brown, Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky
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  • Sarah and Geoffrey Gund on stage with Yolanda Ferrell-Brown
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  • Sarah and Geoffrey Gund with Yolanda Ferrell-Brown
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Thank You to Our Donors

Bank Street would like to thank all of our generous donors for making the 2019 Annual Dinner possible. We appreciate your support of Bank Street’s mission to improve the education of children and their teachers and to strengthen the communities in which adults and children, in all of their diversity, interact and learn.
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