2018 Gala

Thank you to all of our guests and supporters who joined us on May 16 at 583 Park Ave to honor Diana and Joe DiMenna and NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to raise over $1,500,000, which will enable us to transform more schools and change more lives. 

Special thanks to our dinner chairs and vice chairs.


Vice Chairs

Carole & Norm Barham

Vicki & David Foley

Jeffrey R. Gural, GFP Real Estate

Alphonse Lembo

Gifford Miller, Signature Urban Properties

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Beth Carney & Josh Struzziery

Gaby & Arthur Sulzberger

Virginia H. & Geoffrey F. Worden


Stu & Elizabeth Bohart

Christopher Croft, Houlihan Lokey

Ravenel Curry

David Dase & Jacqueline Flake

Fiona & Stanley Druckenmiller

Darice & Jason Fadeyi

Jennifer & Mark Feldman

LaRue & Doreen Gibson

Goodwin & Brian Pastuszenski

Jane Greenman

Lea Paine Highet

Paul T. Jones II

Tom Keyes and Keith Fox

The Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation

Bonnie & Brad Klein

Jonathan Miller, Miller Ryan, LLC

Lisa Moran & Scott Ainsbury

Charles O'Byrne

Teena Sankoorikal & Mike Mignone

Nancy & Burt Staniar

Amanda Vaughn

Special thanks, too, to our amazing student and alumna speakers
Brendis Gonzalez, Alumna and Teacher, WHEELS
Tafura Taslima, Senior, Brooklyn Collaborative
Anna Vera, Senior, Leaders High School

Check out great pictures from the evening, watch the gala online, check out the Edutopia video we aired of our College March,
or read the amazing speeches


NYC Outward Bound... does truly extraordinary work in the field of education."
-Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

“NYC Outward Bound is…defying the lie, defying the myth, defying the stereotypes about what children can and cannot do.”
—Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

“Outward Bound’s involvement with the creation of new schools has had a direct impact of the success of our students. I appreciate your support as we build on our vision for public education: that all students will be given the tools they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.”

—Joel Klein, former Chancellor, NYC Department of Education

 “When you walk through the NYC Outward Bound schools, you really do get the sense that these kids are working with very high expectations, that they really are being pushed and prepared for college in all the ways possible.”

—Adam Tucker, Senior Program Officer, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

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    MAELS students place kindness rocks at South Beach Boardwalk May 8, 2018

    Sixth-graders from Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School, New Springville, recently spread kindness at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk in South Beach.

    As a part of EL Education's Better World Day, MAELS students painted rocks with inspirational messages from "The Kindness Rocks Project" with the purpose of cultivating connections within the community and lifting others up through simple acts of kindness.

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    How Is Change Achieved When Protest Ends? Leaders High School Sends Teens Citywide Seeking Answers May 7, 2018

    Leaders High School sent a teen team to delve into modern community organizing during their week-long field course “Intensive.” Read about what they learned in this thought-provoking article.


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Highlights from our 2018 Gala

Our student-led program honored Diana and Joe DiMenna and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Watch Our Work in Action

Get a glimpse of what our educational approach looks like.