Union Settlement Celebrates Its 2021 Spring Benefit: A Virtual Event Empowering East Harlem

April 22, 2021

Tonight, Union Settlement, East Harlem’s oldest and largest social services provider, will host its 2021 Spring Benefit: A Virtual Event Empowering East Harlem.

The evening is a celebration and acknowledgment of program participants who have demonstrated tremendous resilience, outstanding staff who have continued to provide services, and dedicated supporters and volunteers throughout the pandemic.

Union Settlement will celebrate honorees Ron Moelis, CEO & Chairman of L+M Development Partners Inc.; Jonathan F.P. Rose, President of Jonathan Rose Companies; and Dawn Zappetti, Vice-Chair, Union Settlement Board of Directors.

The organization will also honor Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Law Firm Partner; and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Corporate Partner, for their ongoing support.

“This evening I am pleased to highlight Union Settlement’s work here in East Harlem, and how we have continued to be an essential resource throughout the pandemic to the 10,000 people we serve each year,” said David Nocenti, Executive Director of Union Settlement. “I am deeply grateful to the Union Settlement staff, participants, and many friends and supporters who always make me proud to lead this wonderful organization.

“I extend my congratulations and appreciation to Ron Moelis, Jonathan F.P. Rose, Dawn Zappetti,

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation for their support and partnership with Union Settlement,” said Amy Sherman, Chair of Union Settlement’s Board of Directors. “Partnerships enable Union Settlement to continue to provide essential services to the 10,000 people we serve each year.”

“I’m thrilled about this award and look forward to continuing to work with Union Settlement and Jonathan Rose Companies on other meaningful projects,” said Ron Moelis, CEO & Chairman of L+M Development Partners Inc.

“I would like to thank Union Settlement for this extraordinary award. It’s deeply humbling to be recognized by an organization that has such deep roots in the community,” said Jonathan Rose, President of Jonathan Rose Companies.

“The ability to donate my time to this organization that means so much to me and to be recognized for it is so incredibly gratifying,” said Dawn Zappetti, Vice-Chair of Union Settlement’s Board of Directors.

“Gibson Dunn shares Union Settlement’s vision of a more equitable New York and we are so proud to receive this recognition tonight,” said Mylan Denerstein, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

“We are very gratified to be able to support the incredibly important programs and services that Union Settlement provides to East Harlem, as we all work together to create positive change in New York City,” said Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Union Settlement’s 2021 Spring Benefit: A Virtual Event Empowering East Harlem will stream Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 PM.


The support of Union Settlement’s event sponsors enables the organization to effect real change in East Harlem.

Union Settlement gratefully acknowledges the support of our Spring Benefit sponsors: Diamond Sponsors: Andreas Dracopoulos and Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Gold Sponsors:

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Dawn Zappetti & Patrick Sullivan; Silver Sponsors: Bill & Jan Arnold, Goldman Sachs, and Ruth E. Pachman & Donald T. Fallati; Bronze Sponsors: AvalonBay Communities, Susan Chapman, Kalaivani S. & T.J. Duane, Fulton Realty Capital, LLC, Brad & Shirin Green, Kekst CNC, David Nocenti & Andrea Shapiro Davis, RNC Industries, Maxine L. Rockoff, Ph.D., Taconic Partners, Wells Fargo and Dr. Dana Zappetti and Mr. Nicholas Lakoumentas.

Union Settlement is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of underserved communities.

Established in 1895, Union Settlement provides a broad array of education, wellness and community-building programs to over 10,000 East Harlem residents each year, including early childhood education, afterschool and summer youth programs, college preparation, job readiness, English language classes, behavioral health counseling, small business assistance, senior centers, Meals on Wheels and more.

For more information about Union Settlement, visit www.unionsettlement.org.

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