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Recap: Fortune Society ‘s Annual Spring Soiree In NYC Honoring Chelsea Clinton

JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society; co-chair John Forte; honoree Chelsea Clinton; co-chair Louise Tabbiner; co-chair Luke Weil; and Board Chair Betty Rauch (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society; co-chair John Forte; honoree Chelsea Clinton; co-chair Louise Tabbiner; co-chair Luke Weil; and Board Chair Betty Rauch (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

Hundreds of young philanthropists attended the Fortune Society’s Fourth Annual Spring Soiree at the Bowery Hotel on Thursday, May 15, 2014. The fundraiser raised awareness and support for The Fortune Society, one of the nation’s most respected nonprofit organizations offering services to formerly incarcerated men and women. Chelsea Clinton was honored for her work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to help incarcerated youth obtain access to better nutrition, health education and physical activity to ensure they are able to lead healthier, more productive lives upon re-entry into their communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society; co-chair John Forte; and Board Chair Betty Rauch (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society; co-chair John Forte; and Board Chair Betty Rauch (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

This highly anticipated fundraiser, hosted by The Fortune Society’s Junior Committee and Co-Chaired by Luke Weil, Louise Tabbiner, and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Forte, raised more than $90k to support life-affirming services that help Fortune’s clients successfully re-enter their communities and rebuild their lives after serving time in prison and jail.

Co-chair Louise Tabbiner; co-chair Luke Weil; co-chair John Forte; and honoree Chelsea Clinton (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

Co-chair Louise Tabbiner; co-chair Luke Weil; co-chair John Forte; and honoree Chelsea Clinton (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

“We are proud to recognize Ms. Clinton for her dedication to helping every kid lead healthier and more productive lives,” said Luke Weil, co-chair of the event. “We are also thrilled that this year’s soiree was yet another huge success. I think this is a testament to the enduring commitment of our generation of philanthropists to this worthy and important mission.”

o-chair Louise Tabbiner; Andrew Freston; and Monica Johnson (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

o-chair Louise Tabbiner; Andrew Freston; and Monica Johnson (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society, said, “The Fortune Society commends Ms. Clinton for spearheading an initiative that not only empowers young people with a criminal past to lead healthier lives, but also helps them to live up to their full potential.” She continued, “We are also deeply grateful to the Junior Committee including Luke Weil, Louise Tabbiner, and John Forte, for making this year’s soiree another tremendous success. Your unwavering support will give men and women leaving prison a place to call home and a strong and positive support network committed to helping them start over,” she added.

Gita Drury; co-chair John Forte; and Mary Wutz (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

Gita Drury; co-chair John Forte; and Mary Wutz (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

Among the philanthropists in attendance were fashion designer Charlotte Ronson; supermodel May Anderson; financier Alejandro Santo Domingo; best-selling author Sloane Crosley; philanthropist Alex Soros; entrepreneur and environmentalist Ben Bronfman; fashion and luxury brand consultant Ali Wise; philanthropist and arts patron Fabiola Beracasa; PR executives Rich and Tamie Thomas and more.

Martin and Janis Horn (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

Martin and Janis Horn (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

The Fortune Society noted the generous contribution of the Soiree’s sponsors including Silent Models NY, RUNA, Alacran Tequila, Peroni, WhistlePig Whiskey, Wine Awesomeness, DJ Vince and DoubleCross Vodka.

For over forty-five years, The Fortune Society has been developing model hat help former prisoners successfully re-enter their communities. The Fortune Society offers a holistic and integrated “one-stop-shopping” model of service provision. Among the services offered are licensed outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment, alternatives to incarceration, HIV/ AIDS services, career development and job retention, education, family services, drop in services and supportive housing as well as ongoing access to aftercare.

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Guests enjoying the Soiree (Photo Credit: Paloma Pargac)

 

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