- Apr 21, 2015
- 6 PM - Cocktail Reception
7 PM - Dinner and Awards
- Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers
- The main entrance to Chelsea Piers is on the West Side Highway and 23rd Street. Pier Sixty is between 19th and 20th. (Map)
MEET OUR HONOREES
Thanks so much to our 2015 Community Gala honorees. On April 21, 2015 over 500 people joined us as we celebrated the achievements of grassroots community organizers, the philanthropists who support them, and the bold possibilities emerging from our community’s vision and values. See below for more info on the evenings award recipients.
NORTH STAR AWARDS
Honoring New Yorkers committed to social justice.
Keith Mestrich is the President and CEO of Amalgamated Bank and a leader in the movement for labor unions and nonprofit organizations to build wealth for a purpose, not just a profit. Previously, he advocated for the rights of working people as the CFO and Deputy Chief of Staff for SEIU and as an organizer for the AFL-CIO and UNITE.
Read more about Keith Mestrich
Mike Muse is the co-founder of Muse Recordings and an entertainment professional. He is a visionary philanthropist dedicated to amplifying the voices of Black and Brown young people for social change. He has been appointed to the Board of Advisors for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and was the youngest person selected for the 100 Black Men of America Achievement Award.
Read more about Mike Muse
Julissa Reynoso is a partner at the international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke. She served as the United States Ambassador to Uruguay and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama Administration. A past North Star Fund board member, Julissa has an impressive activist record, including co-founding several community-based organizations.
Read more about Julissa Reynoso
2015 FREDERICK DOUGLASS AWARDS
Honoring grassroots activists striving for equality, economic justice, and peace.
FAITH IN NEW YORK
Faith in New York is a coalition of 70 multi-faith congregations who work to develop grassroots leadership, influence local decision makers, and advocate for economic justice for working-class and low-income people of all races, religions and sexual orientations. Faith in New York’s advocacy recently helped secure $750 million in Hurricane Sandy rebuild money and New York City’s new municipal ID cards.
Read more about Faith in New York
The Justice Committee uses political education, direct action, and leadership development to engage Latino/a communities and other people of color in the movement to end police violence and racism in New York City. In recent years, the Justice Committee has played a key role in organizing for justice for Ramarley Graham alongside his family, turned out thousands during 11 Days of Action against police brutality, and worked with allies to beat back the worst abuses of “stop and frisk.”
Read more about the Justice Committee
North Star Fund is the place where we all come together to imagine a different future for our neighborhoods, for our city, and the world.
—Hugh Hugan, North Star Fund Executive Director
North Star Fund is excited to share the Host Committee for our 2015 Community Gala! Thank you, to all of our early supporters for helping to make this event another huge success.
Susan Adelman and Claudio Llanos
Nisha Atre* and Art Richardson
Gil Bernhard, CPA, CohnReznick
Center for Economic Organizing
Tom Cramer and Michele Burger
Abigail E. Disney and Pierre N. Hauser*
Melissa and Trevor Fetter
Jason Franklin, Franklin Weinberg Fund*
Andrew Goldberg and Karen Putterman
Grant and Eisenhofer P.A.
Jeffrey and Paula Gural
Anne H. Hess and Craig Kaplan∆
Liz Hirsch and Karen Pratt
Michael J. Hirschhorn and Jimena P. Martinez
Hugh Hogan and Patrick Moffitt
IAFF Financial Corporation
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
Tom Johnson, Jr.
Isabelle H. Leighton and Timothy J. Cavaretta
Harris Lirtzman and Ralph Wilson
June Makela and Mark Fischweicher
The Marco Consulting Group
Lloyd V. Martinez*
Nancy Meyer and Marc Weiss
Solangel and Alberto Minotta*
Susan Butler Plum
Mike Pratt, The Scherman Foundation
Dave Prouty, MLBPA
Prudential Fixed Income
Mark Reed and Daria Ilunga
Ronald E. Richman
Richman Housing Resources LLC
Jay M. Sackman
Mark Schneider, IAM
The Segal Company
Michael Seltzer and Ralph Tachuk
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Michael Waterman* and Yuka Hagiwara
Sharon Wyse and David Satz
American Working Capital, LLC
Calibre CPA Group, PLLC
Communication Workers of America
Lou Gordon, BALCONY
Jeff Grabelsky, The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR
Sally Greenberg, National Consumers League
Bill Hickey, Sandler O’Neill and Partners, LP
Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC
Christal Jackson, Head and Heart Philanthropy
Ian Jones, The Begdahn Group
Russell G. and Elz Cuya Jones
Paula Marcus and Steven Safyer
Donald Musso, FinPro
Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute
Ben Wyskida, Berlin Rosen
* North Star Fund Board of Directors
∆ North Star Fund Advisory Board