2022 Gala Celebrates Communities of Belonging & the Power of Creating Your Own Narrative
On Tuesday, May 24, several hundred guests gathered at 583 Park for NYC Outward Bound Schools’ 2022 Gala — the organization’s first in-person Gala in over two years.
The event honored David C. Banks, Chancellor, NYC Department of Education, and Gregory Worrell, Senior Consultant: Education, Scholastic Inc., and was led by two network school students — Yushan Li, a 12th grader at Leaders, and Marcus Hopper, a 12th grader at West End Secondary School.
In addition to student speeches, the evening featured an inspiring panel discussion with Banks, Worrell and NYC Outward Bound Schools CEO Vanessa Rodriguez, and a video presentation on Crew Initiative. Dana Nelson, a 12th grade humanities teacher at Leaders, received the annual R. Gaynor McCown Excellence in Teaching Award.
To wrap up the night, a pledge drive led by MELS alumnus and NYC Outward Bound Schools Human Resources Associate Eric Rios, succeeded in raising more than $75,000 in 10 minutes. In total, the spring Gala campaign raised more than $1.18 million to go toward vital programming for NYC Outward Bound’s schools, students and educators.
Many thanks to our 2022 Gala Chairs and Vice Chairs!
Carole & Norm Barham
Beth Carney & Josh Struzziery
Vicki & David Foley
Jeffrey R. Gural, GFP Real Estate
Pamela & Gifford Miller
Nancy & Burt Staniar
Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
Ginger & Geoff Worden
Patricia L. Francy
LaRue Gibson/LRG Wealth Advisors
Lisa Hernandez Gioia & Eric Gioia
Timothy Greensfelder & Sari Granat
Bonnie & Brad Klein
Jonathan Miller, Miller Ryan, LLC
Lisa Moran & Scott Ainsbury
Sue & Ravi Yadav