28th Annual celebration gala

Honoring David Mussafer, Chairman and Managing Partner of Advent International, with the John C. Whitehead Leadership Award

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Youth INC to honor DAVID MUSSAFER with the John C. Whitehead Leadership Award
Youth INC is proud to honor David Mussafer, Chairman and Managing Partner of Advent International, with the John C. Whitehead Leadership Award at its 28th Annual Celebration Gala. The award will be presented in recognition of his distinguished leadership and commitment to building a brighter future for the next generation and for Advent International’s support of Youth INC

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ABOUT CELEBRATION

For the past 28 years, Youth INC has coached New York City's most promising grassroots nonprofits on how to develop their organizational capacity and evolve their programs to meet the needs of the youth they serve. 

This year we will continue fulfilling our mission to empower these organizations with the funds raised through our virtual Celebration Gala. Help us raise our city by supporting incredible youth development nonprofits. 
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CelebrATION VICe-CHAIRS

Will Boothby
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Mrs. John C. whitehead
John Connaughton
Global Head of Bain Capital Private Equity & Co-Managing Partner
Bain Capital
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Mark fedorcik
Co-head of Investment Bank
Deutsche Bank
Adena Friedman
President & CEO
Nasdaq, Inc.
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Jon Gray
President and COO
Blackstone
Jeff Holzschuh
Jeff Holzschuh
Chair, Institutional Securities Group
Morgan Stanley
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Julie Jones
Chair
Ropes & Gray
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Chris Kanoff
Global Head of Investment Banking
Jefferies & Company
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Thomas H. Lee
Founder & Chairman
Lee Equity
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Gregg Lemkau
CEO
MSD Capital
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Ros L'Esperance
Co-Head of Global Banking
UBS Investment Bank
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Ken Moelis
Chairman & CEO
Moelis & Company
Steve Orr, Orr Group
Steve Orr
Co-founder and Managing Partner
Orr Group
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Kevin Penn
Managing Director
American Securities
Richard Schifter, TPG Capital
Richard Schifter
Senior Advisor
TPG Capital
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Alan Schwartz
Executive Chairman
Guggenheim Partners
Mrs. John C. whitehead
David Solomon
Chairman and CEO
Goldman Sachs
Paul J. Taubman
Founder, Chairman & CEO
PJT Partners
Ted Virtue, MidOcean Partners
Ted Virtue
Founder & CEO
MidOcean Partners
Mrs. John C. whitehead
John Waldron
President & COO
Goldman Sachs
Robert Weaver, Advent International
Robert Weaver
Managing Director & Global Co-Head of Limited Partner Services
Advent International
Jonathan Weiss, Wells Fargo
Jonathan Weiss
CEO of Corporate & Investment Banking
Wells Fargo
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Noah Wintroub
Global Chairman
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Mrs. John C. whitehead
Barry M. Wolf
Executive Partner
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Event Co-Chairs

Anu Aiyengar
Anu Aiyengar
Co-head of Global M&A
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
William Derrough
William Derrough
Managing Director and Co-Head of Recapitalization and Restructuring Group
Moelis & Company
Stratton Heath
Stratton Heath
Partner
Oak Hill Capital
Douglas Kaden
Douglas Kaden
Managing Partner
SDC Capital Partners
Barbara Marcin
Barbara Marcin
Youth INC Board Vice President
Emmett McCann
Emmett McCann
Managing Director
Oaktree Capital Management
Robert McCooey
Robert McCooey
Vice Chairman
Nasdaq
Evan Wildstein
Dhananjay M. Pai
President & COO
P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP
Daniel Pine
Daniel Pine
Managing Principal
CS Capital Advisors
Kenneth Prince
Kenneth Prince
Head of Capital Markets, Americas
Advent International Corporation
Adrianne Shapira
Adrianne Shapira
Managing Director
Eurazeo
Wray Thorn
Wray Thorn
Partner
Focus Impact Partners
Evan Wildstein
Evan Wildstein
Partner
Kohlberg & Company
  • Anu Aiyengar, Co-head of Global M&A, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • William Derrough, Managing Director and Co-Head of Recapitalization and Restructuring Group, Moelis & Company
  • Stratton Heath, Partner, Oak Hill Capital
  • Douglas Kaden, Managing Partner, SDC Capital Partners
  • Emmett McCann, Managing Director, Oaktree Capital Management
  • Robert McCooey, Senior Vice President, Nasdaq
  • Daniel Pine, Managing Principal, CS Capital Advisors
  • Kenneth Prince, Head of Capital Markets, Advent International Corporation
  • Adrianne Shapira, Managing Director, Eurazeo
  • Wray Thorn, Founder and CEO, Clear Heights Capital
  • Evan Wildstein, Partner, Kohlberg & Company

Benefit committee

  • Sid Assomull, Chief Operating Officer, Bank of America
  • Jeb Bent, Investment Director, Capital Group
  • Dan Gardella, Director, Financial Sponsors Group, William Blair
  • Jeanette Gorgas, Board Director, Youth INC

Past HONOREES

Adena Friedman

Nasdaq
2021 Honoree

Roger Ferguson

TIAA
2020 Honoree

Alan D. Schwartz

Guggenheim Partners
2019 Honoree

Dhananjay M. Pai

P. Schoenfeld Asset Management
2018 Honoree

George P. Stamas

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
2018 Honoree

Evan & Amy Wildstein

2017 Honoree

Wray Thorn & Melissa Francis

2017 Honoree

Jeffrey R. Holzschuh

Morgan Stanley
2016 Honoree

Paul J. Taubman

PJT Partners
2015 Honoree

John E. Waldron

 Goldman, Sachs & Co.
2014 Honoree

Alexander Navab

 KKR & Co., L.P.
2013 Honoree

Jonathan G. Weiss

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
2012 Honoree
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Roger Ferguson

TIAA

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company
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Trail blazers

Outstanding Nonprofit Partner of the Year

Youth INC celebrates the incredible impact of our nonprofit partner, Trail Blazers

For 130 years, Trail Blazers has cultivated inclusive and accessible activities for young people to enjoy and learn about the world around them. Their values emphasize the importance of teamwork and accountability in the growth of our youth and a commitment to progress in our communities.

The organization's mission is to help young people grow by connecting with nature.Their various camps and programs create spaces where youth can engage deeply with themselves and each other free from tech-heavy environments, allowing them to develop the skills and values needed to thrive as adults.

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Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Hour Children

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Youth INC celebrates the life and legacy of SISTER TESA FITZGERALD, CSJ, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Hour Children

Nonprofit Partner: Hour Children

Hour Children's mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent, and secure lives.

The Hour: Hour Children’s name acknowledges the key hours that impact the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of her arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of their reunification.

Our TOP Sponsors

Beacon Sponsors

Stratton & Rhonda Heath
Stratton & Rhonda Heath
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Barbara Marcin
Barbara Marcin
Ropes & Gray LLP

Champion Sponsors

3i Group
Barbara Asch & Jonathan Weiss
Barbara Asch & Jonathan Weiss
Bain Capital
Citi
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Goldman Sachs
Gray Foundation
Chris Kanoff
Chris Kanoff
Knighthead Capital
Emmett McCann
Emmett McCann
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Nancy & Alan Schwartz
Nancy & Alan Schwartz

Advocate Sponsors

Contemporary Leadership Advisors
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Douglas M. Kaden
Douglas M. Kaden
Freshfields
Jeffery & Mary Helen Holzschuh
Jeffery & Mary Helen Holzschuh
Moelis & Company
Mr. Thomas H. Lee & Mrs. Ann G. Tenenbaum
Mr. Thomas H. Lee & Mrs. Ann G. Tenenbaum
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP
RelPro
Stephen & Carol Orr
Stephen & Carol Orr
Sullivan & Cromwell
Ted & Dani Virtue
Ted & Dani Virtue
William Q. Derrough
William Q. Derrough

Anchor Sponsors

 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP
Stephanie & Mark DiMilia
Stephanie & Mark DiMilia
Roger Ferguson
Roger Ferguson & Annette Nazareth
Jeanette Gorgas
Jeanette Gorgas
Brian & Beth Levine
Brian & Beth Levine
Alison J. Mass
Alison J. Mass
Thomas Nakashian
Thomas Nakashian

supporting our nonprofit partners

Raising Our City
Youth INC accelerates the most promising youth-development organizations across New York City. Our 75+ nonprofit partners deliver high-caliber programming to more than 200,000 young people. Our partners provide access to opportunity for youth to build the skills and confidence needed to succeed in life.

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RUBY SPONSORS
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • BNP Paribas
  • Rodney & Caryn Cohen
  • John & Stephanie Connaughton
  • Credit Suisse
  • Mark Dimilia
  • Evercore
  • Annette Nazareth & Roger Ferguson
  • FTI Consulting
  • Jeanette Gorgas
  • Alan & Carrie Holtz
  • Kohl's
  • Robert H. McCooey, Jr.
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Amy Miller
  • Mark Montgomery
  • MUFG
  • Oaktree Capital Management
  • Ports America
  • Adrianne Shapira
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Valuation Research Corporation
  • Neil Wolitzer
BRONZE SPONSORS
  • American Express
  • Blue Owl Capital
  • Crystal & Company
  • Churchill Asset Management LLC
  • CIT Healthcare Finance
  • CVC Capital Partners
  • GCM Grosvenor Private Markets
  • Golub Capital
  • Harris Williams & Company
  • Indus Valley Partners Corp
  • Jefferies LLC
  • Mardal Investments
  • Moelis & Company
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • New Mountain Capital LLC
  • Nest Frangrances
  • Notch Partners
  • Oak Hill Advisors
  • Sawaya Partners
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • TD Securities
  • Stephanie Altman
  • Steven Barnes
  • Jonathan Bilzin
  • David Blitzer
  • Peter Boneparth
  • Paige Costigan
  • James Christopoulos
  • Maria Dempsey
  • Daniel Doctoroff
  • David Eisman
  • Peter Georgescu
  • Michael Graziano
  • Claudette Kraus
  • Kathleen Metinko
  • Allison and Roberto Mignone
  • David Mussafer
  • Thomas Nakashian
  • Meghan Sencabaugh
  • David Solomon
  • Mai Shiver
  • Gurvinder Singh
  • Mark Whaling

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