On May 23, our eighth graders traveled to Washington, D.C for their senior trip. The trip was made possible by the Brick Presbyterian Church of New York’s Women’s Association, who raised the funds to pay for the trip. For three days our students explored our nation’s capital, visiting the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian, among other sights. One of the highlights of the D.C. experience was the African-American Civil War Museum, where they learned about the significant roles of African-Americans in the Civil War. They also had the privilege of meeting Mrs.Thurgood Marshall.
The Storefront is fortunate to have incredible corporate volunteer support.
12 employees from J.P. Morgan Chase have been donating one afternoon a week to help our students with Homework Help. March 26th was National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, and Travelers Insurance hosted 5th and 6th graders at their Lexington Avenue offices. The students had breakfast and were given a glimpse of what it’s like to work in corporate America.
Our Storefront Garden was given a great clean-up by volunteers from AXA Equitable. Eight members of the company got their hands dirty and gave our garden area a much needed sprucing up.
On June 5, The Children’s Storefront had Field Day. 30 volunteers from Morgan Stanley came out and helped make the day a great one for the children, helping supervise students, run the games and even work in the kitchen.
We are so grateful to have these corporate partners. If you have any questions about corporate partnering or volunteering, please contact Paulette Clark in the Storefront Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson
and Spring Gala Chair Lise Evans
WABC Reporter Kemberly Richardson was Master of Ceremonies for our Annual Spring Gala, “A Night for Changing Lives,” held on April 26 at the IAC Building in Chelsea. Featuring a live auction and a performance by our Storefront Choir, the evening honored celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Both were honored for their continued unsparing support of our students, families and staff. This wonderful evening was graciously chaired by Lise and Michael Evans, with co-chairs Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, Donna Karan, Gabby Karan and Gian Paolo de Felice, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Over one million dollars was raised for the Storefront.
The 9th Annual Men’s Mentoring Art Exhibit and Cocktail Reception was held on April 4, hosted and generously underwritten by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. The event featured art by Storefront seventh and eighth grade boys, who were on hand to describe their dynamic photos and paintings. The boys did a terrific job, helping to support the program by selling their artwork.
Our seventh and eighth grade girls showed off their artistic skills at the 11th Annual Women’s Mentoring Art Exhibit and Cocktail Reception, hosted by Brick Presbyterian Church on April 11. The girls shared their inspiration for their marvelous artworks, helping make the evening a wonderful success. We are so lucky to have as our Artist in Residence Matthias Leutrum, who deftly guides our students to create tremendous works of art.
Head of School Wendy Reynoso, Eighth Grader Anthony W.
and NY Times Op-Ed Columnist Gail Collins
The 8th Annual Harlem Luncheon was held on May 15 at The National Black Theatre of Harlem. The keynote speaker was celebrated author and NY Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins, and our own Storefront Choir sang beautifully. The highlight of the afternoon was eighth grader Anthony W., who spoke about his experience at the Storefront, and how he persevered through the tragedies of several deaths in his family with the help of his grandmother. When he finished speaking, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
Trendy Slate Billiards and Lounge in the flatiron district was the location for The Storefront’s 6th Annual Texas Hold ‘em Poker Night. The event, held on May 24th, included the poker tournament, silent auction and music from DJ Jan Gunnar Solli, who also plays for the NY Red Bulls Soccer team.