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FIVE MILLION THANK YOUS
This was our year to Raise Our Game. We certainly did that last night with every single person in the room at Cipriani 42nd Street. And together, we raised an incredible record of $5 million!
We want to thank all of you for joining us on our special night and your support of Harlem RBI and DREAM. A special thanks and recognition goes out to our honoree, Gary Cohn of Goldman Sachs & Co., for believing in us and rallying the support of new friends to join the team. We also had an all-star team of event co-chairs including David Blitzer, Todd Builione, Tom Cornacchia, Eric Lane, Vik Sawhney, Mark Teixeira and Don Truesdale. Finally, we thank our event committee for their dedication to the success of our gala this year.
As it was mentioned several times during the night, the true stars of the show were the youth of Harlem RBI and DREAM. For the second year in a row, the DREAM Charter School choir opened the show and won over the crowd with serious talent. Legends, Harlem RBI high school graduates, shared their real stories. Here's one from last night:
"In the seventh grade, my mother, who is from Honduras, let me know that she'd rather have me stay at home and cook rather than play softball at Harlem RBI. She'll be happy to know that I'll be cooking for myself in the fall when I will be the first in my family to go to college. My name is Jasmine Moreira and I am a HARLEM RBI LEGEND!"
We were also graced by Officer Jason Medina, Harlem RBI alumnus, who shared an amazing full-circle story of how he used the skills he learned at Harlem RBI to build his own baseball field for inner-city youth in Washington D.C.
At the end of the night, we reflected back on the theme and what $5 million means for us. Rich Berlin, Executive Director, put it best when he closed with, "At Harlem RBI, we are Raising Our Game because we believe that our work works - and makes the world more like the one we imagine for our children, every day."