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Gala Benefit

Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors and friends for making this year's benefit such a success!

2015 Gateway Gala Benefit Celebration

Thursday May 28 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at

583 Park - at 63rd Street



About Jo Dee Messina


Since breaking onto the music scene with the hit “Heads Carolina, Tales California,”  Jo Dee Messina has had nine #1 songs including “I’m Alright,” “Bring On The Rain” (a duet with Tim McGraw), “That’s The Way,” “Bye Bye,” and “My Give A Damn’s Busted,” as well as thirteen Top 20 singles.

She has scored three #1 albums, sold more than 5 million albums worldwide and has received critical acclaim for her explosive singing style and electrifying performances. Jo Dee has won countless awards including the Academy of Country Music's Top Female Artist of the Year, was the winner of the CMA's prestigious Horizon Award and was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album. Her last studio album, Delicious Surprise, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Charts and was certified Gold.

Jo Dee’s latest studio album ME is being dubbed by fans and media alike as her best album to date. The album, created with the fans, for the fans, truly explores Jo Dee as a wife, mother, friend, daughter, and singer songwriter - a journey that she is proud of and still continues to explore. Jo Dee recently co-authored “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom,” a collection of 101 stories of love, learning, and gratitude that say a big “thank you” to mothers of all ages.



Gateway Gala Benefit Celebration 2014




Honoring Nick, Shelley and Tessa Schorsch 

Thank you to our Sponsors


Diamond Sponsors
Shelley and Nicholas Schorsch
Platinum Sponsors
Suzanne and Matt Donohoe
Danyelle Freeman and Josh Resnick
Proskauer Rose LLP
Stephanie Rein and Eddie Stern
Gold Sponsors
Lisa and Ed Ditlow
Envirochrome Interiors, Inc.
Paula and Ira Resnick
Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation
Silver Sponsors
Pamela and Scott Bowman
Judith and Warren H. Feder
Betsy and Ken Plevan
Saks Fifth Avenue
Jodi Schwartz and Steven Richman
Amy Starck and Jack Cogen
Allison Thrush and Art Chang
Abby Wenzel
Bronze Sponsors
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Jessica Reif Cohen and Bob Cohen
DST Systems, Inc.
IVI Assessment Services, Inc.
Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder
Astrid and Cristian SabellaRosa
Diane and Marc Spilker
Madelyn and Steven Wils
Teacher Table Sponsors
Butler Burgher Group
Lenore and Steve Cheeseman
David Gong
Anick and Alex Guira
Tina Kim and Jae Chung
Sanjana and George Koshy
Piyali Kothari and Nakul Krishnaswamy
Paula and Dan Lascano
Parker Construction Co. Inc.
Allison and Larry Roth
The Stanley-Laman Group, Ltd.
Emmanuelle and Charlie Welsh

2013 Gateway Gala Benefit

Check out photos here!


Bob Cunningham: For Nine Dynamic Years as Gateway's Inspirational Head of School

Eddie Stern and Stephanie Rein: For a Decade of Service and Dedication to Gateway


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reception, Dinner & Awards Presentation

Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center

311 West 34th Street, New York City

Cocktails 6:30 PM, Dinner and Program 7:30 PM



A Performance by Patti Smith

Entertainment from Gateway Students

Live Auction


Benefit Committee

Sabrina Farber, Judith Feder, Karen Hershey, Roberta Kastelic, Elyse N. Kroll,

Liz Lewis, Jessica Reif Cohen, Wendi Rose, Carla Ruben, Jodi Schwartz


Thank You to Our Sponsors


Diamond Sponsors

Shelley and Nicholas Schorsch

Stephanie Rein and Eddie Stern

Maggie and Ashok Varadhan


Platinum Sponsors

Alpine Associates Advisors

Jericho Capital

Elyse N. Kroll

Paula and Ira Resnick

Liz and Emanuel Stern/Allison and Leonard Stern


Gold Sponsors

Amy Stark and Jack Cogen

Alice Gottesman

Leigh Feldman and Mike Kelly

Kramer, Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Wendi Rose

The Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation

Welton Investment Corporation


Silver Sponsors

Lenore and Steve Cheeseman

Allison Thrush and Art Chang

Judith and Warren H. Feder

Hartz Capital, Inc.

Jodi Schwartz and Steven Richman


Bronze Sponsors

Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder

Betsy and Ken Plevan

Astrid and Cristian SabellaRosa

Diane and Marc Spilker

TD Bank

Madelyn and Steven Wils


Teacher Table Sponsors

Kathleen McCarragher and Paul Brooke

Tina Kim and Jae Chung

Gates Capital

Hilary and Theodore Giuliano

Keren and Mark Kalimian

Sanjana and George Koshy

Nela Wagman and Steven Wein


2012 Gateway Gala Benefit Concert


The Gateway Schools 2012 Annual Benefit included a very special performance by Alicia Keys and the comedy of Jon Stewart at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. 





2011 Gateway Gala Benefit Concert


Performers: Stevie Wonder, Jon Stewart and Akim Funk Buddah and the Gateway Drum N' Dance Wonders
Hosts: Grace Hightower De Niro & Robert De Niro and Lucy & Matt Damon
Benefit Chair: Elyse N. Kroll
Steering Committee Chairs: Beth Gordon and Wendi Rose
Steering Committee: Lucy & Matt Damon, Grace Hightower De Niro & Robert De Niro and Judith & Warren Feder
Auction Chair: Jodi J. Schwartz 

2010 Gala Benefit Concert and Tribute Dinner

Honoree: Kenneth A. Plevan
Performers: Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart
Hosts: Grace Hightower De Niro & Robert De Niro and Lucy & Matt Damon
Gala Chairs: Maggie & Ashok Varadhan
Program Chairs: Beth Gordon and Wendi Rose
Auction Chairs: Judith Feder, Katherine Hamer, Andrea Rachman, Alex White
Journal Chairs: Beth Gordon and Jodi Schwartz
Video Chairs: Karen Johnson and Paul Hutchinson

2009 Annual Benefit: Gourmet & Grapes

Premiere Sponsors: Mr. Edward Stern and Dr. Stephanie Rein
Food Chair: David Ferraro, Café Montparnasse
Wine Chair: Ray Isle, Food & Wine Magazine
Auction/Goodie Bag Chairs: Kate Cameron, Alex White 

Benefit Committee: Carolyn Anderson, Leigh Feldman, Katherine Hamer, Nancy Meyer, Katie Bull Prichett, Astrid SabellaRosa, Beverly Stephen, and Beth Wachter

2008 Annual Benefit: Gateway to the Future

Honoree: Carolyn Salzman
Dinner Chair: Barbara McLaughlin
Auction Chair: Ian Jackman
Corporate Chair: Beth Gordon
Gateway to the Future Campaign Co-Chairs: Nicholas S. Schorsch and Edward Stern

2007 Annual Benefit: Giving Back to Gateway: Celebrating the Arts

Honorees: Marcia & Donald Hamilton
Performers: Katie Bull & Alexandra Hamilton '95
Benefit Co-Chairs: Tracy Tang Limpe & Stephen Limpe
Benefit Vice Chairs: Hilary Woods Giuliano, Edmund H. Hollander, Barbara McLaughlin, Stephanie Rein and Shelley & Nick Schorsch

2006 Annual Benefit: Giving Back to Gateway, a 40th Anniversary Celebration

Honorees: Claire Flom, Peter Flom, Ph.D. and Tonya Pulanco
Benefit Co-Chairs: Shelley & Nicholas S. Schorsch
Benefit Vice Chairs: Stephanie Rein and Edmund D. Hollander

2005 Annual Benefit

Benefit Co-Chairs: Edward Stern and Stephanie Rein
Chair, Board of Trustees: Carolyn Salzman
Special Entertainment: Cyndi Lauper