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BMCC Raises Over $850K at 2013 GALA

April 15, 2013

The Borough of Manhattan Community College of The City University of New York (BMCC/CUNY) celebrated its 50th Anniversary on April 30, 2013 with a spectacular party at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE Euronext) in Lower Manhattan—raising over $838,500 in funds earmarked for student scholarships.

A pre-party reception honored special guests in the opulent Stock Exchange boardroom, where BMCC Foundation Scholars—students whose education is made possible by funds raised at this annual event—mingled with leaders of the finance community and other guests amid the room's famously vast board table and soaring Tiffany ceiling.

Following the reception, festivities were held on the Stock Exchange’s famous trading floor. Guests wound through broker stations where hundreds of flat screens showed images of the evening’s special guests, dance music pulsed through the space, and caterers sliced roast beef, rolled sushi and circulated with trays of hors d’oeuvres. 

The evening’s 50th Anniversary Honorees were Lawrence Leibowitz, Chief Operating Officer of NYSE Euronext, and Antonio Pérez, President of BMCC/CUNY.

Laura Morrison, Senior VP of Global Index and Exchange Traded Products at NYSE and Chair of the 50th Anniversary Event Planning Committee, welcomed guests and

Christine Larsen, Executive VP for J.P. Morgan Chase and Chair of the BMCC Foundation Board, announced to warm applause that the celebration had raised over $838,500 in scholarship funds—and rising.

Special guests included Steven and Susan Fiterman—Steven Fiterman’s parents, Shirley and the late Miles Fiterman, donated the original Fiterman Hall to BMCC in 1993—as well as BMCC Foundation Board members Elizabeth Butson, Publisher Emeritus of the Downtown Express; James McKenna, CEO of the Hunter Roberts Construction Group, and Burt Resnick of Jack Resnick & Sons, who was unable to attend. ⿨

The evening’s Master of Ceremonies was Chris Riback, host of the ABC radio show, Conversations, and author of You Won--Now What? How Americans Can Make Democracy Work from City Hall to the White House, from Touchstone Press.

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