The Gershom Mendes Seixas Award is bestowed by Columbia/Barnard Hillel on those who have made outstanding contributions to Jewish life at Columbia University and Barnard College. The Columbia-Barnard Kraft center honored Rabbi Michael Paley and Jim McMenamin at its annual Seixas Gala Dinner.
Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner, was the honorary dinner chair. Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York and Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International spoke at the event. At the end of the evening, Robert Kraft announced that Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine and family contributed $2.5 million to an endowment fund to support the work of Columbia/Barnard Hillel. In appreciation of their gift, the Executive Director position will now be known as the Lavine Family Executive Director. The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, a Columbia alum and a friend of both the honorees and of Jonathan Lavine's, spoke via video at the dinner.
The Binhamton University Rowing Association (BURA) and members of the vast Binghamton University Alumni Association cleaned up the East River Park. Volunteers cultivated planting beds along the East River by weeding, mulching, planting native plants and removing invasive plants. The Ecology Center provided all the needed tools and supplies, including gloves. Volunteers should carry snacks and water as there are no food concessions in the park.
Later on in the day, I joined the Alumni of Color Network at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe located on New York City's Lower East Side. There volunteers worked on a series of projects and tasks, such as painting, cleaning, landscaping and organizing.
Green Vale’s Spring Gala is an annual fundraising event that also serves as a highly festive way for parents to come together and celebrate the school year in a lovely party atmosphere.
The gala will take place in the Watters Center gym, which will be transformed into an elegant venue. Join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while viewing the silent auction display area with online bidding here. Dinner follows at pre-assigned tables*; along with the live auction. Attire is festive.
The Green Vale School, is a private Long Island K-12 school located on the North Shore of Long Island. The school’s Gala was held on Saturday April 21, 2018 on the schools Old Brookville, NY campus. The annual gala raised money through ticket sales, Gala Journal ads purchased by families and local businesses, sponsorships, and proceeds from silent and live auction sales. All net proceeds fund Green Vale’s operating budget.