Union Settlement Celebrates Nearly 125 years At Annual Spring Benefit 2019

April 11, 2019

Union Settlement, East Harlem’s oldest and largest social services provider, will celebrate 124 years of service in East Harlem at its annual spring benefit fundraising dinner at Guastavino’s in Manhattan on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The 2019 Spring Benefit will convene hundreds of New York City’s business, civic and community leaders, as well as elected officials and honored guests, to support Union Settlement’s mission and service to the East Harlem community.

During the benefit, Union Settlement will honor Ruth Pachman, a partner at Kekst CNC and Chair of the Union Settlement Board of Directors; Angela Pinsky, the Executive Director of the Association for a Better New York, and her husband Seth Pinsky, an Executive Vice President of RXR. In addition, Union Settlement will also recognize corporate partner Neuberger Berman and law firm partner Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP for their ongoing support. Award-winning ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

The theme of this year’s benefit is “Celebrating Generations” and will highlight Union Settlement’s multi-generational services to East Harlem. The evening will also demonstrate East Harlem’s vibrant cultural diversity through the years by showcasing stories from the community and featuring music from local East Harlem musical group Annette A. Aguilar and the StringBeans.

“For nearly 125 years, Union Settlement has had the privilege of serving the wonderful East Harlem community by providing a range of services that empower New Yorkers of all ages with opportunities to better their lives,” said David Nocenti, Executive Director of Union Settlement. “We’re proud to celebrate the vibrancy and success of East Harlem this evening with so many friends and supporters, including our honorees who all exemplify leadership and commitment to serving communities in need.”

The Spring Benefit will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 6:30 pm at Guastavino’s in New York City.

Honoring Leaders in Public and Community Service

Union Settlement will honor three inspiring and talented leaders whose vital contributions to the public and private sectors bring strength and vitality to our communities.

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Ruth Pachman, Chair of Union Settlement’s Board of Directors and a Partner at Kekst CNC, counsels senior management teams and boards of directors on complex business issues with communications challenges. She has led high-profile engagements in the areas of shareholder activism, corporate restructuring, M&A, crisis work, and litigation support. In addition to her business experience, Ruth has devoted the past four years as Chair and nearly 25 as a Board member at Union Settlement.

Angela Pinsky, Executive Director of the Association for A Better New York, is dedicated to the promotion of New York City and civic dialogue through the expansion and evolution of ABNY’s membership. Prior to joining ABNY, Angela served as Senior Vice President for Management Services and Government Affairs at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).

Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President at RXR, is leading RXR’s efforts to invest in “emerging opportunities” in New York City and the surrounding tri-state region. Prior to joining RXR, Seth served as Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed a $20 billion plan to help neighborhoods stricken by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild smarter and stronger and to protect the city from the likely impacts of climate change in coming decades.

Honoring Outstanding Partners

Union Settlement will also honor two of its partners: Neuberger Berman, and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Corporate Partner Awardee

Neuberger Berman was founded in 1939 in order to deliver compelling investment results for their clients over the long term. From offices in 34 cities worldwide, Neuberger Berman manages a range of equity, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund strategies on behalf of institutions, advisors and individual investors worldwide. The firm has been a wonderful supporter of Union Settlement for many years, and its involvement has included generous financial support, active involvement in its Board of Directors and Associate Board, annual contributions to its Holiday Gift Drive, as well as providing volunteers for its Career Academy and Meals on Wheels.

Law Firm Partner Awardee

Schulte Roth & Zabel is a multidisciplinary firm with international clientele. They regularly advise clients on investment management, corporate, and transactional matters. They also provide counsel on securities regulatory compliance, enforcement, and investigative issues, as well as targeted specialty areas that we have developed over time. Schulte Roth & Zabel continues to support Union Settlement by providing pro bono legal assistance on a variety of real estate matters, including negotiating leases on two new program spaces in East Harlem which will allow Union Settlement to increase its services to seniors, youth and mental health clients.

The support of Union Settlement’s benefactors enables the organization to effect real change in East Harlem. Union Settlement gratefully acknowledges the support of Spring Benefit Gold Sponsors: Kekst CNC; Ruth E. Pachman and Donald T. Fallati; Rechler Philanthropy; and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and our Spring Benefit Silver Sponsors: Innisfree M&A Incorporated; Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum, PhD; and Dawn Zappetti and Patrick Sullivan.

Union Settlement

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. Since opening our doors in 1895, we have brought education, wellness and community-building programs to our neighborhood, empowering New Yorkers with opportunities to better their lives. Employing over 450 staff, our services impact 10,000 people in our community every year. By helping our neighbors realize their goals, we build the vitality and success of East Harlem. Visit www.unionsettlement.org to learn more. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Photo credit: Street Naming with Executive Director, Union Settlement’s David Nocenti and electeds in East Harlem.

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