2012 North Star Fund Community Gala

On May 8 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, North Star Fund brought together more than 500 people to celebrate our work as a community to create a New York City that offers economic opportunity, a healthy environment, and a life of dignity for all its residents. Together, we raised $550,000 to fuel North Star Fund's grantmaking programs supporting grassroots community organizing in New York City.

The 2012 Community Gala was dedicated to our co-founder, Toby D'Oench.

Click here for opening remarks from Hugh Hogan, Executive Director of North Star Fund.

2012 North Star Awards

Honoring New Yorkers committed to social justice

Photo: Gerard Gaskin

Marjorie Fine

Marjorie Fine is Director of The Linchpin Campaign, which expands resources available to community organizing. She was Executive Director of North Star Fund from 1988 to 1993, during which she led and shaped North Star's activist-led grantmaking and progressive donor programming.
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View Gara LaMarche's introduction of Marjorie

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Benjamin Warnke

Benjamin Warnke is founder and principal of Alembic Community Development where he fosters cooperation among government, corporate, private, and nonprofit partners to develop affordable housing for low-income families and people with special needs across the Bronx, East Harlem, and Brooklyn.
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View Linda Oalican's introduction of Benjamin

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Kai Wright

Kai Wright is editorial director of Colorlines.com, a daily news site offering award-winning reporting on racial justice issues. His investigative reporting and analyses exploring the politics of sex, race, poverty, and health are featured in The Nation, The Root, The American Prospect, and National Public Radio.
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2012 Frederick Douglass Awards

Recognizing grassroots activists striving for equality, economic justice and peace.

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MinKwon Center for Community Action

MinKwon Center for Community Action works to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community, placing a special emphasis on marginalized community members who have less access to resources, including the youth, the elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited English proficient residents.
Read more about MinKwon Center for Community Action
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View Kyung Yoon's introduction of MinKwon Center for Community Action

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Picture the Homeless

By developing leadership among members of the homeless community, Picture the Homeless empowers people to impact policies and systems that affect their lives, while also creating space for homeless people, and their agenda, within the broader social justice movement.
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View Mark Reed's introduction of Picture the Homeless

Click here for a video of highlights of last year's Community Gala.


View videos of the event on North Star Fund's YouTube channel.

Events Photos

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