Presented By:



Honorary Dinner Chairman, Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO and Chairman, American Express
Keynote Speaker, Deval L. Patrick, Former Massachusetts Governor and Managing Director, Bain Capital

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Monday, October 5, 2015
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers – NYC
6:00PM Reception
7:30PM Dinner & Program
9:30PM Entertainment

About the Gala

In celebration of its 15th Anniversary, Year Up aims to raise $2,500,000 to support its nationally-recognized programming that has helped more than 10,000 young adults move from poverty to professional careers and helped hundreds of national and local businesses tap into a pipeline of incredible talent. More than 1,000 Year Up stakeholders from around the country will join us to celebrate a historic moment in our growth, the impact we have today, and the future we are looking to achieve together. The fun and inspiring evening will include a contest of student-submitted videos, the first ever inductions into the Year Up Opportunity Hall of Fame, as well as live performances and featured guests.


Hall of Fame Inductees

Individuals and Family Foundations

  • Anita and Joshua Bekenstein
  • Maureen and Timothy Dibble
  • Elizabeth and Phillip Gross
  • Joanna and Jonathon Jacobson
  • The Klarman Family Foundation
  • The Reeder Foundation
  • The Salem Foundation
  • Gail Snowden
  • Stephanie and Brian Spector
  • Pam and Alan Trefler


  • American Express
  • Bank of America
  • Facebook
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Hasbro, Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  •, Inc.
  • State Street Corporation

Private Foundations

  • Highland Street Foundation
  • The Jenesis Group
  • The Lone Pine Foundation, Inc.
  • New Profit, Inc.
  • The Pershing Square Foundation
  • Robin Hood Foundation
  • Tiger Foundation
  • Tipping Point Community
  • Venture Philanthropy Partners
  • Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation



Presenting Sponsors

  • Blackstone
  • Providence Equity


  • Bank of America
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • State Street Corporation
  • Year Up New York Board


  • LinkedIn for Good
  • Year Up Boston Board


  • American Express
  • BNY Mellon
  • Capital One
  • Corvex Management LP
  • CresaNY
  • Tim and Maureen Dibble
  • Grain Management, LLC
  • Hasbro, Inc.
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Paul Pressler
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Watermill Institutional Trading
  • Year Up Atlanta Board
  • Year Up Bay Area Board
  • Year Up National Capital Region Board
  • Year Up Providence Board


  • Alexander Legal LLC
  • Atalaya Capital Management LP
  • athenahealth
  • Bank of the West
  • Melody Barnes, Marland Buckner and the Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Beaumont Financial Partners LLC
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Brunswick Group
  • Charles Rose Architects
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Genuine Parts Company
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • JHL Capital Group LLC
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • Medtronic
  • Pyramid Consulting, Inc.
  • Sard Verbinnen& Co.
  • Senvest Management, LLC
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Tiger and Caroline Williams
  • Triage Consulting Group
  • Viacom
  • WorldLink
  • Year Up Bay Area Leadership Council
  • Year Up New York Leadership Council

Host Committee

  • Honorary Dinner Chairman – Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO and Chairman, American Express
  • Adil Adi
  • Joseph P. Baratta
  • Melody Barnes, Marland Buckner and the Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Tracey Benford
  • David Black
  • Allison and David Blitzer
  • Carlos and Belinda Brito
  • Michael Chae
  • Marna and Chuck Davis
  • Tim and Maureen Dibble
  • Stephanie Dodson
  • Jane and Peter Drittel
  • Nina and David Fialkow
  • Lauren and Brian Frank
  • Meg and Bennett Goodman
  • Mindy and Jonathan Gray
  • Evelyn and Peter Guernsey
  • Janine and J. Tomilson Hill
  • Tony and Amie James
  • Susie and John King
  • Kristen and Alex Klabin
  • Ana and Philippe Laffont
  • Melissa and Keith Meister
  • Bethany and Euan Menzies
  • Paul and Melinda Pressler
  • Erik and Kendra Ragatz
  • Bruce and Lori Laitman Rosenblum
  • Kim and David Salomon
  • Karen and Phil Schneidermeyer
  • Mary Shannon and Dwight Scott
  • Charlotte Houghteling and Ed Smallwood
  • Colleen Taylor
  • Charlotte and Herb Wagner, III


For questions please contact Year Up Investor Relations at or (857) 702-0204.