Empower East Harlem Spring Benefit 2018

Union Settlement, East Harlem’s oldest and largest social services provider, will celebrate 123 years of service in East Harlem at its annual spring benefit fundraising dinner tonight at Guastavino’s in Manhattan. The “Empower East Harlem” Benefit will convene hundreds of New York City’s business, civic and community leaders, as well as elected officials and honored guests, to support Union Settlement’s mission and service to the East Harlem community.

During the benefit, Union Settlement will honor Arthur A. Klein, President of Mount Sinai Health Network and Ranjini Pillay, Senior Managing Director of Teneo Capital. Union Settlement will also recognize corporate partner CORE and law firm partner Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP for their ongoing support. WNBC-TV weather anchor Dave Price will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

The event will celebrate East Harlem’s vibrant cultural diversity by showcasing stories from the community and featuring music from local East Harlem musical group Annette A. Aguilar and the StringBeans.

“For over 120 years, Union Settlement has enjoyed serving the wonderful East Harlem community by providing a range of services that empower New Yorkers of all ages with opportunities to better their lives,” said David Nocenti, Executive Director of Union Settlement. “We’re honored to celebrate the vibrancy and success of East Harlem this evening with so many friends and supporters, including our honorees who all exemplify leadership in public service and serving communities in need.”

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The “Empower East Harlem” Benefit will be held tonight, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Guastavino’s in New York City.

Honoring Leaders in Public Service

Union Settlement will honor two inspiring and talented leaders whose vital contributions to the public and private sectors bring strength and vitality to our communities.

  • Arthur A. Klein, MD is President of the Mount Sinai Health Network. He oversees the institution’s growing network of more than 150 clinical relationships, including 18 affiliated hospitals, five nursing homes, and 12-physician group. Dr. Klein also oversees national and international initiatives for Mount Sinai and serves as Executive Vice President of The Mount Sinai Hospital and Executive Vice President of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Klein is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology and has written extensively on pediatric cardiology.
  • Ranjini Pillay is a Senior Managing Director at Teneo Capital. She leads the strategic partnership between Teneo and Cobbs Allen, a risk management firm providing structured solutions, commercial insurance, employee benefits, and alternative risk financing services. Prior to this, Ms. Pillay spent 29 years at AIG in a number of roles including Head of Alternative Risk and Chief Underwriting Officer for AIG’s Multinational and Alternative Risk group. Ms. Pillay was awarded the 2010 Asian Women In Business (AWIB) Corporate Leadership Award and the 2011 Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Greater New York.

Honoring Business Partners

Union Settlement will also honor two of its business partners: CORE and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • CORE is a real estate marketing and sales firm that supports 100 agent businesses that each sell a minimum of $10M annually, and brings to the market the most interesting and relevant new development projects. CORE has supported Union Settlement over the years with generous financial support, active involvement in our Board of Directors and Associate Board and annual contributions to our Holiday Gift Drive, as well as providing volunteers for Meals on Wheels and riders for our charity team during the 2017 TD Five Boro Bike Tour.
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 900 lawyers widely recognized as having leading litigation and corporate capabilities, and equally strong practices in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, finance, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The firm has provided Union Settlement with pro bono legal assistance on a variety of matters for several years. This has included conducting legal research and providing legal advice to help ensure that Union Settlement receives proper payments on its government contracts.

The support of Union Settlement’s benefactors enables the organization to effect real change in East Harlem. Union Settlement gratefully acknowledges the support of Spring Benefit Gold Sponsors: Mount Sinai Health Network; Teneo Cobbs Allen; and our Spring Benefit Silver Sponsors: Eli and Jennifer Gross; Kekst; Ruth E. Pachman & Donald T. Fallati; and Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum, PhD.

Visit www.unionsettlement.org to learn more

Photo credit: Electeds at street naming in East Harlem.

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