On Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Cipriani Wall Street, Boys Hope Girls Hope New York (BHGHNY), New York City’s only college access urban boarding program, will honor New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning with the Ann & Wellington Mara Award for his outstanding charity work in the community and with helping children in need, and Randy Falco, President and CEO of Univision Communications, Inc., with the Vision of Hope Award, presented annually to an individual whose lifelong commitment to philanthropy, community service and to our nation’s youth has inspired, empowered, nurtured and encouraged others to succeed.
Each year in May, BHGHNY holds the Vision of Hope Awards Dinner drawing nearly 1,000 influential guests and supporters. Held at Cipriani Wall Street, the gala is the organization’s main source of funding, often raising 65% of its annual operating budget.
Co-founded in 1979 by New York Giants Owner, Wellington Mara, BHGHNY, is a regional and autonomous affiliate of Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH), an international charitable organization headquartered in St. Louis, MO with operations in fifteen U.S. cities and in Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. In Brooklyn, NY, BHGHNY operates a rigorous college preparatory boarding program in partnership with Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School and Cristo Rey Brooklyn. Using residences adjacent to the schools, BHGHNY works year-round to serve at-risk-low-income-first-generation-college-bound-students who have the ability to excel in a nurturing and demanding academic community. As the region’s only urban boarding program, BHGHNY is at the vanguard of youth development and its overall efficacy and approach continue to set new standards in student services and support.
“Despite facing enormous challenges, the young men and women under the organization’s care exhibit grit and an uncommon motivation to pursue higher education and become productive and responsible citizens,” said Malick Fall, the organization’s Executive Director. “Over the course of the past four years, our students’ efforts and the generous funding of donors have led to overall program retention and graduation rates of 92% or higher and nearly 100% of graduates have gone on to higher education.”
Some recent college acceptances include Princeton, Dartmouth, UPenn, Cornell, Barnard, Duke Georgetown, Holy Cross, Boston College, Brown, NYU, Williams, Swarthmore, Tufts, Hamilton, Colgate, the University of Virginia, Smith, Syracuse and the full range of SUNY and CUNY schools.
Mark your calendars. Gather your friends. Celebrate the success that helped create and keep the doors open for deserving and motivated teenagers seeking to pursue higher education and becoming responsible and productive citizens.
Source: Digital Journal