Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.


Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 7:00pm
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NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo Served as the Evening’s Auctioneer 

(New York, NY, December 10, 2015) – New York Cares, the largest volunteer network in New York City, celebrated its 2015 Winter Benefit on Wednesday, December 9th at the Plaza in Manhattan. The evening drew 480 guests and raised $1.6 million. Funds raised at the Winter Benefit support the many thousands of volunteer-led programs New York Cares creates to respond to the needs of more than 400,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers each year.   

This year, New York Cares honored Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks for their significant fundraising and volunteer efforts. Launched in 1997 and partnering with New York Cares since its inception, Goldman Sachs has mobilized nearly 7,000 employees on volunteer programs and has provided $5 million in financial support for the organization. Community TeamWorks volunteers have cleaned parks, collected and sorted coats, served meals, led science fairs at public schools, and engaged in many more high-impact services to the community.  

New York Cares partners with 1,400 nonprofits and schools throughout the five boroughs to improve education, meet immediate needs, and revitalize public spaces. At the Winter Benefit, guests heard from key stakeholders in New York Cares’ effort to transform educational outcomes for thousands of New York City public school students. 

LaShawnna Harris, the Principal of PS 330 elementary school in Corona, Queens, discussed how her school is benefitting from the “School Success Initiative,” an intensive partnership with New York Cares and the city’s public schools, which engages students, parents, and community members. Chelsea Ivanka Diokno, a senior at the Academy of Finance and Enterprise high school in Long Island City, New York, and Benoit J. Jadoul, a dedicated New York Cares SAT tutor, shared their experiences in the organization’s free SAT prep courses that reach more than 1,000 students every year, helping them to increase their scores by an average of 200 points from initial practice test to actual exam.

“What makes New York the greatest city in the world is that all of us – with the support we need – can rise above challenges and prosper,” said Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares. “By supporting New York Cares, you are investing in the change that tens of thousands of volunteers can drive and helping to make this city a better place to live for all New Yorkers.”

John Ehrenkranz, Chief Investment Officer of Ehrenkranz Partners and current Treasurer of the New York Cares Board of Directors, and David Lehman, the global head of Real Estate Finance at the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and a Vice President on the New York Cares Board of Directors, served as the Benefit Co-Chairs.

NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo and Charles Antin from Christie’s were the evening’s auctioneers, leading a lively auction that helped to raise an additional $350,000 for New York Cares’ year-round programs.

About New York Cares
New York Cares is the largest volunteer network in the city. Last year, 62,000 New Yorkers made the city a better place by volunteering in New York Cares programs at 1,400 nonprofits and schools – improving education, meeting immediate needs, and revitalizing public spaces. For more information, visit