Shaping the Edges of Education – New York Edge Young Professional Council Fundraiser
On Thursday, September 5th, the New York Edge Young Professional Council hosted a fundraiser that didn’t only offer spectacular views but also a crucial point of view. This year marked the 6th anniversary of the non-profit’s annual fundraiser which is, along with the Back to School Event on September 2nd, designed to provide means for a successful start of the new school year.
Hosted at the stunning triplex Penthouse at Hotel on Rivington, the fundraiser was intended to raise awareness, and, more obviously, funds, to help New York Edge continue to improve the paths of more than 40,000 school kids all around New York City. The organization was founded 26 years ago and has since then significantly impacted the lives of participating students.
This is also confirmed by some very impressive statistics. According to 86% of parents and 80% of participating school representatives, New York Edge’s programs facilitated significant academic improvement and success as stated on their website.
Another significant testament to the success of the non-profit was the substantial amount of attendees to the event. In addition to the truly breathtaking 360-degree view from the rooftop, guests were offered various means to entertain themselves or challenge their perceptions. Examples range from a free Instagram Wall with immediate print-outs to an open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with prices such as flight tickets with JetBlue.
Many of these ‘interactive stations’ were also connected to this year’s theme: Urban Graffiti. In acknowledgment of the talent and effort required for this form of art, several pieces by young artists were displayed in a small graffiti exhibition. But also people with less artistic skills didn’t lack opportunities to express themselves: Each guest was invited to leave their message and advice for school kids at the beginning of their school year on cards that would later be distributed across respective schools.
All in all, the event provided everything and more that one would expect from a night like this. But most of all, it authentically conveyed the extraordinary dedication and passion of the volunteers of the New York Edge Young Professional Council for every aspect of their work.
If you want to learn more about the important work of New York Edge and its Young Professional Council or get involved yourself and help improve the life of school children all across New York City, check out https://newyorkedge.org