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NYPL Receives Generous Gift from Marilyn and Jim Simons

NYPL Receives Generous Gift from Marilyn and Jim Simons
A big thank you to Marilyn and Jim Simons for continuing to be heroes for East Harlem! Their generous gift to the New York Public Library, which includes improvements to branches in East Harlem and other library services, will make a critical and lasting impact on our community and help our scholars achieve their best possible selves.

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Donors Raise $3.2 Million to Support East Harlem Scholars

On May 24, 2017, East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) brought together donors and friends to its 31st Annual Spring Benefit to celebrate its scholars and energize support for EHTP programs that will get them through college and realize their best possible selves.

Gretchen and Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, served as co-chairs of the event. They helped EHTP raise critical funds to support its core initiatives, including tuition-free after-school and summer programs, a growing network of public schools (East Harlem Scholars Academies), and the East Harlem Teaching Residency.

My wife Gretchen and I are truly honored to support East Harlem Tutorial Program and chair this year’s benefit. As a New Yorker, parent, and as a business leader, I know how important it is to provide a first-class education system for all students in this city, regardless of background or financial means,” said Steve Burke.

The evening began with cocktails and opportunities for guests to meet with EHTP students who shared information about programs such as robotics, film, theater, and more. Dinner featured remarks from Gretchen and Steve Burke, Board Chair Joan Solotar (Blackstone), and EHTP’s Executive Director Jeff Ginsburg, student performances, and a keynote address by a college-bound high school senior.

We are all so energized by the incredible love and support shown by the EHTP family. Our many thanks to our incredible co-chairs, board, and donors. We are so excited to be able to reach even more East Harlem children with opportunities to realize their best possible selves,” said Jeff Ginsburg.

Special guests at the gala included Marilyn and Jim Simons (Renaissance Technologies, Simons Foundation), Merryl Tisch, Lili Lynton (Daniel Boulud Restaurants), Borough President Gail Brewer, Robert Van Brugge (CEO, Sanford Bernstein), Bill Wilson (CEO, Pepsi Bottling), and various New York City elected officials. Many thanks to lead corporate partners, including Blackstone, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, PwC, Glenview Capital, Deloitte, Aon, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Alliance Bernstein, and PepsiCo.

Scholars, families, and staff share why “EHTP is the place to run to” in a new video featured at the benefit.

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EHTP Launches #BuildLove Project

On Tuesday, March 21, scholars, families and staff arrived at 2050 Second Avenue to the sight of our beautiful #BuildLove banner displayed on the side of the building. The EHTP school and after-school community had spent weeks working with legendary East Harlem artist, Manny Vega, to create this massive public artwork to show East Harlem and the nation that while we may have different backgrounds, we are brought together and made stronger by a commitment to inclusivity and our common humanity.

The five-story banner features the flag of Mexico, other flags representing our students’ nationalities, symbols of inclusion, and the hashtag #BuildLove. The flags are stitched together to celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community, New York City, and the United States. It shows our firm belief that we can only realize our best possible selves by building love and understanding.

“During this political climate, our students and families need to hear our voices of love and support more than ever. We can’t support our students if we don’t support who they are and where they’re from,” said Jeff Ginsburg, Executive Director. “We’re celebrating that New York City is an immigrant city.”

Support our scholars and families. Join our project to build love, and not walls, by using the template here to make your own sign and share it on social media using #BuildLove. (Or get creative and show how you #BuildLove any way you want!)

Learn more about the #BuildLove Project here.

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“I Love College”


The EHTP Junior Board invites you to “I Love College.”
An evening of cocktails and comedy to benefit East Harlem Tutorial Program.

Wednesday, April 12
The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club

239 Third Avenue, NYC (between 19th and 20th Streets)

6:30 p.m. – Cocktails & Silent Auction
8:00 p.m. – Comedy Show

VIP Ticket – $250 (includes 10 raffle tickets)
Premium Ticket – $200 (includes 5 raffle tickets)
Standard Ticket – $150

Raffle Tickets – $25 each or 5 for $100


Can’t attend? Donate to EHTP instead!

Questions? Please contact Shana Vono at [email protected] or (212) 831-0650.

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2017 Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament to Benefit EHTP


The 2017 Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament & Casino Games
Wednesday, February 1


Hosted by:
K. Don Cornwell

Event Committee:
Monica Cady • Eric deRegt • Matthew Freiman
Nichola Gray • Daniel Linell • Samantha Perelman • Hannah Tsai

Prizes for final 10 players!
Prizes this year include:

Faena Miami weekend adventure
Airfare for two to Miami, and two nights at the iconic Faena hotel. Package includes breakfast for two, and two tickets to their critically acclaimed show C’est Rouge.

Fantasy sports package from the FNTSY sports broadcast network
Winner gets to co-host an on-air segment to talk fantasy sports; a one-on-one lunch with fantasy sports Hall of Famer, Scott Engel; 30 minutes of fantasy consultation on your team (or if you are smart, pre-draft); and more!

All funds raised will be donated to East Harlem Tutorial Program.
Through its after-school educational programs and public charter schools, EHTP prepares students with the academic skills, strength of character, and emotional well-being to excel in high school and college, to lead in their communities, and to realize their best possible selves.

If you have any questions, please contact Mollie Kazan at
[email protected] or call (212) 831-0650.

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4th Annual Corporate Basketball Tournament

Hoop for a cause! Sign your team up for the 4th Annual 3-on-3 Corporate Challenge Basketball Tournament.
Click on the image to download the form and return to Shannon Whitaker-Burke at [email protected].

Register your team for the 2016 Basketbal Tournament

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