To accomplish its work, the Robin Hood Foundation provides grants and management assistance to nonprofits, seeds new ventures and facilitates partnerships to work on issues like homelessness, job training and education.
“This event, which is so beautifully orchestrated each year, is just extraordinary. The energetic performances, pale only in comparison to the caliber of efforts made by this organization to eradicate poverty in our great city. It is my honor and privilege to be a donor of Robin Hood. Being a part of this Robin Hood family of donors, having the chance to get to know its unparalleled staff, and being able to witness change in the making is simply remarkable,” said Chauncey F. Lufkin III, Founder of The Chauncey Lufkin III Foundation.
Pictured here: Chauncey F. Lufkin III with one of the evening’s many celebrity guests, Tiki.
Miley Cyrus, surprised the audience with a short performance and debuted a song called “Inpired.” Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland capped off the evening with a 45 minute set, which included such crowd favorites as “Fix You”, “Paradise”, “Rule the World” and “Yellow.”
Pictured here: Miley Cyrus performing.
Dave Chappelle performed a memorable stand up, others who contributed to the program were Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Michael Strahan. Celebrity supporters also in attendance were Michael Douglas, Katie Couric, Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopex, and Eli Manning.
Pictured here: Eli Manning and Dimitri Samaras, Chairperson of Staff Council, UNDP.
“This room is a reminder that we can actually do this, which is alleviate poverty,” said Wes Moore, the new chief executive of Robin Hood.
“There are enough people who care, who are generous, who are doing the work…I stand here today because people saw something in me before I was ready to see it in myself,” Moore said from the stage.
Mr. Moore is a U.S. Army veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author and former Citigroup investment banker. He will begin his position beginning June 2017.
Pictured here: Wes Moore speaking at the Gala.
Last month, Mr. Lufkin was one of a very small group of donors invited to welcome Wes Moore as new CEO. That private event was held at the Seagrams Building in the restaurant formerly known as The Four Seasons, in April of this year. The organization was founded by Paul Tudor Jones II of Tudor Investment Corporation, pictured here with Mr. Lufkin, at a previous event.
Other members of the founding group of Robin Hood include include Glenn Dubin, Peter Borish and David Saltzman, who ran the organization for more than 27 years until stepping down in December and joining the board.
Joining Mr. Lufkin’s table were: Sandra Familet, Dimitri Samaras, Staff Council Chairperson, UNDP, Scott MacLeod, President of Videology, Brian Feuer, Managing Director, McKinsey & Co. Kent Covington, Founder of Cov Commercial LLC, Jeff and Hillary Teach, and Marion Patterson, XXX, of XXX. Michael Chen, CFO and Cara Familet, Foundation Director, were also on hand to host the Foundation’s guests.
Pictured here: Guests of The Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation, Kent Covington, Sandra Familet and Scott MacLeod.
Pictured here: Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland performing.
About The Robin Hood Foundation:
Robin Hood, New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, creates and funds over 200 of the most effective programs, to help 1.8 million New Yorkers learn and earn their way out of poverty. Robin Hood's board underwrites all operating costs, so 100% of every donation goes directly to serve New Yorkers in need. www.robinhood.org
About the Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation:
The Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 2006 dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals around the world. Our foundation’s focus is on fighting poverty through better education and by finding faster cures for the diseases that affect loved ones. Our strategy is to comb the globe for private independent foundations effectively working on these issues, supporting them with financial injections that make a difference. To date the Foundation has lent their support to numerous organizations including The Robin Hood Foundation, The Milken Institute, The Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Quantum House of Palm Beach County, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Aspen Institute, and BizWorld. Mr. Lufkin has also established The Chauncey Lufkin Endowment for Academic Excellence at Southern Methodist University and is a major contributor to St. Lawrence University. www.cfl3.org
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