Parties & Events

Ideal School & Academy’s 10th Annual Gala Raises Over $850,000

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On Thursday, November 20th, the IDEAL School & Academy’s co-founders Michelle Smith, Audra ZuckermanJulia Harquail, John Hackett and Board of Trustees President Mitch Rubin welcomed 430 guests to Metropolitan West for their 10th Annual Gala. The only independent all-inclusive educational offering in New York City honored KKR’s Global Head of Public Affairs Kenneth Mehlman with the 2014 Founders Awards for his important work in forwarding the mission of embracing those that think differently. Head of School Angela Bergeson, Concetta Bencivenga and David Byrnes thanked friends, teachers and supporters for helping to raise over $850,000 during the special night.

KKR Founding Partner Henry R. Kravis, How I Met Your Mother writers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, Goldman Sachs Vice President Richard Rivero and Merrill Lynch Managing Director Robert C. Dyer were among those perusing the dozens of auction items up for grabs. TAG Associates C.E.O. David Basner, Fried Frank Vice-Chair of Litigation Gregg Weiner, Simpson Thacher Partner Gary Horowitz, Merchant Solutions Group C.E.O. Billy Morrissey, Brittany BrownMarc Lipschultz, Nicole DiCocco, Christina LoNigro, Robert D. Ziff and former Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso enjoyed both the delicious dinner and inspiring presentation. A dance party capped off the evening at the new event space on W. 46th Street.

The IDEAL School & Academy is an inclusion school that accepts and affirms the full identities of all people, while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just an equitable world. Children of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome at The IDEAL School & Academy, and the student body is one of the most diverse in New York City. The school’s Open Door Scholarship program supports socioeconomic diversity by providing tuition assistance to students who might not otherwise have access to an independent school education.



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