On May 1, 2019, Oliver Scholars held its sixth Annual Gala at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Over 350 guests gathered to honor Donna Speciale, President of Advertising Sales at WarnerMedia, George Van Amson, a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, and Wendy Van Amson, Co-Founder and Director of the Independent School Diversity Network. We also celebrated Scholars in the Class of 2019 for their many accomplishments as they prepare to graduate high school and attend college. Senior Melvin Mercado Balucia '19, who will attend Princeton in the fall, received the Scholar Excellence Award.
The event raised more than $764,000 to support Oliver's programming, which offers a unique blend of academic preparation, leadership development, and community service. The evening was made possible because of the steadfast guidance of our Board of Trustees and the Gala Host Committee, led by Chair and Oliver Trustee, Timothy Pope. The generosity of our sponsors, including Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Columbia University, Loro Piana, Morgan Stanley, MSCI, TLP Consulting, and WarnerMedia, was critical to the evening’s success, and we are appreciative for the support. Likewise, the many donors, Alumni, and other members of the Oliver family made the event among our most successful. Together, we are unlocking the opportunity of a lifetime for generations of Black and Latinx students.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event, or offered support in other ways. We look forward to seeing you next year!
The 2019 Oliver Scholars Gala will also honor
Timothy Pope, Chair
Norman Ambrose and Stephan Krucker
Bradford and Tamara Bernstein
Terry-Ann Burrell ‘95
Judith-Ann Corrente and Willem Kooyker
James de Givenchy
Stephen and Bonnie Feuerman
Rob Guimento and Adrian Gilbey
Alston Lambert ‘01
Timothy Macdonald and Karen Bjornson Macdonald
Drs. Liza and Fred Murrell
Jacqueline and Kevin Nickelberry
Timothy Pope and Robin Berg
Jonelle Procope and Frederick O. Terrell
Orlando Reece and Cedric Moreau
Jonathan Schiller and Marla Prather
Louisa and John Troubh
Valerie and David Williams
Russell and Nancy Zelenetz
Al and Pat Zollar