NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Youth INC, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of New York City's youth, announced today that its 22nd annual "Celebration to Benefit New York Kids" gala raised almost $3.5 million. Tuesday's event at the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom was attended by over 1,200 guests and celebrated the culmination of Youth INC's year-long Celebration Fundraising Training Program.
Through the Youth INC's Celebration program, nonprofits receive a coach and monthly workshops to learn how to effectively raise funds from individuals and corporations, which enables them to expand their programs and serve more New York City Kids. Since 1994, Youth INC has trained more than 140 nonprofits who have collectively raised over $17 million through the Celebration Program. This year's participating organizations included: 826NYC, America SCORES New York, Atlas: DIY, Behind the Book, CITYarts, Fresh Youth Initiatives, GallopNYC, Highbridge Voices, Move This World, The Parris Foundation, Play Rugby USA, Roads to Success and You Gotta Believe. In addition to the Ballroom Gala, a private dinner was held for Youth INC supporters, honoring Jeffrey R. Holzschuh, Chairman of Morgan Stanley's Institutional Securities Group, with the John C. Whitehead Award in recognition of his dedication to improving the lives of New York City youth. Mr. Holzschuh is a Youth INC National Advisory Board Member and has been instrumental in engaging hundreds of Morgan Stanley associates in "MS INC", a unique and innovative collaboration that brings together Morgan Stanley professionals to work alongside Youth INC partner nonprofit executives to strengthen and improve their organizations. Dinner Vice-Chairs included Colm Kelleher (Morgan Stanley), Kathleen McCabe (Morgan Stanley), Alex Navab (KKR & Co.), Steve Orr (Orr Associates, Inc.), George Stamas (Kirkland & Ellis) and Ted Virtue (MidOcean Partners). An additional twelve Youth INC Board Members served as Dinner co-chairs: Anthony Civale (Apollo Management), William Derrough (Moelis & Company), Douglas Kaden (Oak Hill Capital Management), A.J. Murphy (Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Dhananjay Pai (P. Schoenfeld Asset Management), Daniel Pine (Marathon Asset Management), Stancel Riley (Wells Fargo Securities), Richard P. Schifter (TPG Capital), David Tayeh (Investcorp), Wray Thorn (Two Sigma Investments), and Evan Wildstein (Kohlberg & Company). "Through our network of 63 grassroots, youth-serving nonprofit organizations, Youth INC helps 300,000 kids each year who have the potential, but not the opportunity, to change their lives and our city's future. Our annual Celebration to Benefit New York Kids is a chance to honor our partners for everything they do day in and day out for our collective community," explains KKR's Alex Navab, Co-Chair of Youth INC's National Advisory Board. The highlight of the evening included a testimonial from Nicole Doyle, graduate of Youth INC partner nonprofit, Row New York, who thanked donors in the room and noted that "although I did not see all of you every day after school, you did not teach me how to use the rowing machine, or tutor me in math, you made it possible for Row New York to do all of those things for me by supporting Youth INC." About Youth INC:Youth INC's mission is to transform the lives of NYC youth by empowering the organizations that serve them. We are a network of over 63 youth-serving organizations representing 300,000 young people. We use a rigorous screening process to identify the most promising grassroots youth-serving organizations and help them develop robust fundraising capabilities, build a strong board of directors, and establish metrics to improve their programs and demonstrate their impact. Our partners experience an average revenue increase of more than 170% and increase the number of youth served by over 160%. Our metrics program indicates that 77% of youth surveyed report significant improvements in character, self-esteem and tenacity - which together drives improved academic performance and reduced risk behavior - or THRIVING YOUTH! Since 1995, we have raised over $65 million to transform over 140 youth-serving organizations. Get involved and help us Raise Our City! www.youthinc-usa.orgMedia Contacts:Bill KellyYouth INC212-812-2308 firstname.lastname@example.org Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161117/440819