Invest in Youth Dinner

Event Date: 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:00 PM


501 Union


Individual Tickets: $500; Community Tickets $250; Tables from $5,000


Brooklyn Community Foundation


A celebration of local activists and nonprofit leaders, 
this annual dinner raises deeply needed funds for our Invest in Youth portfolio, 
in support of vital youth-serving organizations in Brooklyn. 

Featuring Food Prepared by:

Drive Change  |  Emma's Torch

An Intimate Dinner and Conversation with:


Shaun King is a tireless advocate for social, racial, and economic justice nationwide and at home in Brooklyn, using his platforms at The Intercept, Harvard’s Fair Punishment Project, the New York Daily News and across social media to educate readers and to take on discriminatory federal policies. His activism was instrumental in securing support for New York’s Raise the Age legislation, and he continues to expose deep injustices in the criminal justice system—particularly as they affect young people of color. 


Jose Lopez is the Director of Community Organizing at Make the Road New York (MRNY), a 20,000+ membership-based organization headquartered in Bushwick focused on immigrant rights, education reform, and combating poverty, which also received Brooklyn Community Foundation's inaugural $100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits. Jose began his career in 2000 as a MRNY Youth Organizer. He has served on President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine, and appeared in actress Eva Longoria's documentary "Latinos Living the American Dream."


Danielle Sered is the founder of Common Justice, a restorative justice program that works with responsible parties and those harmed by violent crime. Founded in 2008, it is the first and only alternative to incarceration program for violent crime in adult courts in the United States. Common Justice aims to transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Danielle and Common Justice have received the Brown Memorial Baptist Church Extraordinary Woman Award, the Award for Innovation in Victim Services from Attorney General Holder, and Brooklyn Community Foundation’s inaugural $100,000 Spark Prize. 

Dinner Chairs

Lauren Glant & Michael Gillespie  |  Susan & Neil Whoriskey

Dinner Committee*

Tamara & Greg Belinfanti  |  Martha Berry & Curtis Cravens
Robert Catell  |  Jolie Curtsinger & Gabriel Schwartz
Katharine & Peter Darrow  |  Nicole Gueron & Carter Strickland   
Stephanie & Jay Gromek  |  Genevieve Kahr & Daniel Freedberg 
Kristen & Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte  |  Leslie Marshall & Mauro Premutico 
Meera & Harsha Marti  |  Barbara & Richard Moore   
Connie & Ted Roosevelt  |  Eliza & Jim Rossman  |  Emma Jordan-Simpson
Susannah Taylor & Phil Marriott  |  Sarah Williams  |  John Wright  |  Rudolph Wynter

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A celebration of local activists and nonprofit leaders, 
this annual dinner raises deeply needed funds for our