2016 Big Night Out! Program Book

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ANNUAL BENEFIT supporting sliding-scale tuition

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Manhattan Country School AND

BIG NIGHT OUT! Manhattan Country School was founded in 1966 as a place where equality, social justice, diversity and the inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr. would form the basis of children’s education. Today, we are a pre-K through eighth-grade progressive, independent, co-ed school with no racial majority and an economically balanced enrollment, fostered by our sliding-scale tuition program. Big Night Out! is Manhattan Country School’s spring benefit to support our sliding-scale tuition program. The event, which includes the Living the Dream Mentor Award ceremony, helps us raise the more than $1 million needed to sustain our sliding-scale tuition program each year.


Saturday,April 30, 2016 • 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. espace • 635 West 42nd Street • New York, N.Y. Cocktail Reception Music provided by Nick Colt '82 Living the Dream Mentor Award Presentation Dinner Dessert & Dancing Live entertainment provided by Johnny Mambo & Friends Silent Auction: Bids are accepted until 10:00 p.m.

Our Vision Manhattan Country School envisions its students as future leaders whose shared experiences in learning and activism inspire them to champion excellence and justice, compassion and peace and the rights of all people to racial, economic, gender, environmental and educational equity.

Our Mission Reflecting the vision of the Civil Rights Movement, Manhattan Country School teaches students in a community with no racial majority and broad economic diversity. Our goals for students are academic excellence, intellectual freedom, social awareness, self-confidence and firsthand knowledge of the natural world. MCS is unique among New York City independent schools in having a Catskills-based 180-acre working farm integral to the curriculum and a sliding scale for tuition.

Letter from Michèle Solá Manhattan Country School’s founders, Gus and Marty Trowbridge, were moved by the Civil Rights Movement to open a school that would become a model for radical transformation in society. For nearly five decades, that vision has attracted families involved in political and cultural life, and a diverse community of students engaged by the mere mention of “rights” and movements to secure them. Teachers listen to children’s questions and introduce curriculum that promotes empathy through experience, dialogue, research, creativity, collaboration and activism. Conversations about fairness, and working together to make change, start early and never stop. The seventh- and eighth-grade capstone years at MCS include two required projects involving the sophisticated syntheses of ideas and action. The two classes work together on an annual activism project. In addition, the eighth-grade class leads our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March, educating the community and attracting media coverage with their speeches about contemporary social justice issues. Over the years, youth voices have advocated for the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees, anti-bias initiatives in many areas, equal access to good education from preschool to college, fair policing and criminal justice, and the end of bullying of LGBTQ teens. They are equally as adamant about policies that promote healthy food systems and stewardship of our natural and human environments. This year’s recipients of the Living the Dream Mentor award, Chris Purdy ’80 and Cecile Richards, are two individuals whose lives embody the values and transformative spirit set forth by MCS’ mission and curriculum. Their dedicated, creative commitment to reproductive justice reminds us that such transformation depends on the kind of shift in consciousness that MCS alumni take with them well beyond graduation and that leadership in allied organizations can influence. Stories about MCS alumni who demonstrate a capacity for leadership, a keen interest in and sensitivity to the world around them and a passionate and innovative commitment to social justice inspire current MCS families, trustees and other supporters. Chris Purdy is a powerful example of how the community and curriculum at MCS provide the foundation for both personal and professional resolve to make the world a healthy place for all. Realizing the promise we’ve inherited from MCS’ founders, Chris is expanding the vision through DKT International’s commitment to providing family planning and reproductive health products and services in the developing world. At MCS, students learn that it takes courage and conviction to stand up for what they believe. These traits are nurtured through their years of activism work. As the head of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards exemplifies the courage and conviction to uphold values we have come to associate with our school: treating every human being with respect and seeking social and economic justice for all. Under Cecile’s unwavering leadership and advocacy, women and teens are receiving much-needed health care. Manhattan Country School is proud to recognize two individuals who are working to ensure access to reproductive health products and services for women and families around the globe.

Michèle Solá Director Manhattan Country School

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Living the Dream Mentor Award Each year, Manhattan Country School honors excellence and leadership in progressive education, arts and sciences, social and environmental justice and community activism with its Living the Dream Mentor Award. This year, we honor

Christopher Purdy ’80   President and CEO,   DKT International and carafem and

Cecile Richards

President, Planned Parenthood Federation of  America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund Both honorees exemplify Manhattan Country School’s vision and mission through their lifelong commitments to advocating for women’s health and reproductive rights and providing preventive care and family planning services around the world.

Award Presenters

Carlos Garcia ’80

Realtor and Principal, Eng Garcia Properties PRESENTING AWARD TO CHRISTOPHER PURDY Carlos is an attorney, real estate investor, licensed real estate salesperson, small business owner and collaborator with local social entrepreneurs. He and his wife, Lucinda, head Eng Garcia Properties, a real estate sales team serving clients with residential and commercial properties in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. An active member of local community-based organizations, Carlos is dedicated to the fields of education and social justice. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of DKT International. Carlos is a graduate of Manhattan Country School (Class of 1980), the Fieldston School, Connecticut College and Boston College Law School.

Ajani Nazario ’16 and Liam McGovern-Junco ’16 Manhattan Country School Eighth-Graders PRESENTING AWARD TO CECILE RICHARDS Ajani and Liam are eighth-graders at Manhattan Country School. Since joining MCS in the 4-5s (pre-K), both students have developed powerful voices as social justice advocates. They are currently raising awareness about the Syrian refugee crisis and Islamophobia as part of “Build Bridges, Not Boarders,” MCS’ seventh- and eighth-grade activism project. At this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March, Liam spoke eloquently about the U.S. government’s exploitation of victims of terrorism and the lack of aid for refugees, while Ajani imparted a passionate warning about the objectification of black women. Ajani and Liam will graduate from MCS in June. Ajani will attend Elisabeth Irwin High School in the fall; Liam will enroll at Beacon High School.

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Christopher Purdy How do you get young people to think positively about using condoms? What is the best way to provide women in rural Pakistan with family planning products and services? How can one ensure that women have access to safe abortion products and services? These are the types of questions Chris has asked himself for more than two decades, as he has worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America and America to increase access to and understanding and use of contraceptives, condoms and safe abortion products and services. The answers to these and other challenging questions have taken shape through strategic leadership and broad direction of social marketing, franchise programs and social enterprises to improve lives. From 1996 to 2011, Chris served as country director of DKT International’s programs in Ethiopia, Turkey and Indonesia, where he managed the largest private social marketing family planning program in the world. From 2011 to 2013, he served as executive vice president. He has been president and CEO since 2014, a role in which he leads a team of 3,000 people in more than 20 countries. In 2015, DKT served more than 29 million clients, making it one of the largest providers of family planning and safe abortion in the world. Chris is also the founder and president of carafem, a Washington D.C.-based health center founded in 2011 that provides convenient and professional abortion care and family planning. Chris is passionate about advancing the use of social marketing for improved health and socially responsible capitalism. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and blogs about issues related to social entrepreneurship, reproductive health and philanthropy. Chris is a 1980 graduate of Manhattan Country School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Carleton College and a master’s degree in development and nutrition from Cornell University.


Cecile Richards Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, is a nationally respected leader in the field of women's health and reproductive rights. As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Cecile leads a movement that has worked for nearly 100 years to build a healthier and safer world for women and teens. Every year, approximately 700 Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers nationwide provide health care services to 2.7 million patients and sex education to more than one million people. Planned Parenthood’s websites, including Planned Parenthood in Español, receive an estimated 60 million visits each year from individuals seeking health care services and education in both English and Spanish. Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, Cecile has expanded its advocacy for access to health care and ensured that Planned Parenthood played a pivotal role in shaping health care coverage and services for women under the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, she led an unprecedented nationwide campaign to preserve access to Planned Parenthood preventive care through federal programs. Under her leadership, the number of Planned Parenthood supporters has doubled, reaching seven million. Before joining Planned Parenthood, Cecile served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2004, she founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of 42 national grassroots organizations working to maximize registration, education and voter participation. She began her career organizing low-wage workers in the hotel, health care and janitorial industries throughout California, Louisiana and Texas. Cecile is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights, reproductive health and sex education and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Cecile holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University, which also bestowed her with a doctor of humane letters degree in 2010. She currently serves on the board of the Ford Foundation. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and reside in New York City.

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Manhattan Country School: A Private School with a Public Mission For nearly 50 years, Manhattan Country School has served as a model of progressive education and an example of what can be achieved by teaching children in a truly diverse environment. MCS graduates share a profound belief in the value of diverse perspectives, an instinctive urge to right injustice and a belief that activism is essential in a democratic society. More than 1,500 students have studied at MCS and they bring these values to their professional work in a host of fields including law, journalism, education, the arts, finance, social justice and medicine. Our work impacts more than just our own students. Through programs and partnerships with public schools and other organizations, we strive to address some of the most challenging educational issues of our time. As a result, communities across New York City, the United States and the world are able to experience the benefit of a learning community committed to progressive education, diversity, sustainability and activism.

Academics Since developmental psychologist Erik Erikson began observing MCS classrooms in 1968, we have attracted the interest of educators, administrators and student teachers from public, charter and independent schools. Over the past 49 years, MCS has trained nearly 1,000 teachers, a large majority who have gone on to teach in public schools. In addition, we’ve hosted more than 5,000 educational observers from across the country and the world who are applying our approach to education to their own schools in various ways. Our legacy of developing curriculum that addresses diversity, sustainability, social justice and partnerships with public schools earned us designation of host of the Progressive Education Network’s national conference in October 2015. Our school’s director, Michèle Solá serves on the PEN Board.

Diversity A recent University of California, Los Angeles study found that New York has the most segregated schools in the country. Yet for nearly five decades, MCS has maintained a student community with no racial majority. Today, students of color make up 62 percent of our student body, compared to the national average of 29 percent for independent schools. The rich diversity of our student body is fostered by our sliding-scale tuition policy that makes it possible for families to pay tuition based on their means. Nationally, approximately 22.5 percent of independent school families receive financial aid. At Manhattan Country School, 75 percent of families pay tuition on a sliding scale,

while 100 percent benefit from an economically and culturally diverse learning community. Our faculty and administrative staff also are more diverse than the average independent school. People of color represent 41 percent of faculty and 56 percent of administrative staff, compared to the national averages of 13.2 percent and 11.7Â percent, respectively.

Sustainability MCS’ farm program, based at our 180-acre working farm in the Catskill Mountains, has been a part of the school since its inception. Goals of the program include offering students environmental education and exposure to rural living, teaching students the value of work and interdependence, creating an equalizing experience where diverse groups of children can come together as a community and tying the values of sustainability inherent in the farm program to our long-held commitment to equality and activism. Since 1966, more than 10,000 students have learned how to live more sustainable lives at the MCS Farm. More than 7,400 of these students have been from public, charter and independent schools in New York City and the local Catskills area, as well as Indonesia and Brazil.

Activism Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ideals of equality, nonviolence and justice, MCS has held activism as a core component of its curriculum since its founding. Students from pre-K to eighth grade learn to understand multiple viewpoints while defending their own opinions and to value human rights and environmental justice. Annual activism projects raise awareness about issues that impact not only MCS students, but students and communities across the city and the nation. Our students have been active participants in efforts to speak out about topics such as the Syrian refugee crisis and Islamophobia, the schoolto-prison pipeline, sexual violence, bullying, mountaintop removal and immigration. Our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March attracts hundreds of New Yorkers who support our eighth-graders as they give speeches about the pressing civil rights issues of our day.

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At MCS, A Holistic Approach to Sex Education and Healthy Relationships While working at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Adolescent Health Center, Cydelle Berlin received a call from Manhattan Country School Founder Gus Trowbridge. Gus wasn’t calling because a student was ill. The sixthgrade boys were running around with sanitary pads on their heads, completely oblivious of their purpose. Everyone was embarrassed (especially the girls) and it was clear to Gus that he needed someone to help him start a sexuality education program at MCS. That call marked the beginning of a partnership between MCS and Cydelle that has endured for 25 years. With teacher and staff input, Cydelle, an internationally recognized expert on adolescent sexuality and founder of S.T.A.R. Theatre, has developed a comprehensive, co-educational, fact-driven program specifically for MCS students in fifth through eighth grade. “The sex ed curriculum at MCS is the only four-year sequential curriculum in a middle school in New York City,” says Cydelle. “Over the years, we have capitalized on bringing the latest information and skills, including social media, to the students.” Cydelle teaches this innovative program with Joey Brenneman, an educator who started as a S.T.A.R. Theatre actress and is now the mother of two teens of her own. The curriculum is grounded in the philosophy that sexuality is holistic and expressed in

more ways than just intercourse. Body image, gender and social roles, sensuality, affection, love and intimacy are all ways of conveying sexuality. Information is presented in three learning domains: cognitive (facts and informational data), affective (materials and learning experiences that deal with values, attitudes, feelings, culture and religious beliefs) and communications skills (appropriate interactive exercises and verbal skills development and communication on sexuality issues in order to enhance understanding). Theater is a key component of the program. At several points throughout the curriculum, students observe age-appropriate performances by actors from S.T.A.R. Theatre on topics such as male and female anatomy and reproduction, puberty, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, homosexuality and homophobia, and teen pregnancy. Following the performances, students engage with the actors, who remain in character, posing questions and offering advice related to what they have observed. The scenes are often inspired by MCS students’ experiences or inquiries. The visual of the sixth-grade boys wearing sanitary pads on their heads landed in one of S.T.A.R.’s first fifth- and sixth-grade shows and remains a show staple today. While scenarios like this endure over time, MCS and S.T.A.R. Theatre work together to ensure the curriculum is

consistently updated to address the issues and challenges of the current generation of students. One example is the addition and evolution of curriculum addressing LGBTQ identity and sexuality and the use of social media. “The curriculum takes advantage of current thinking and events and incorporates them into the sessions,” says Cydelle. “This places the students center stage, so to speak, and allows them to bring their urgent issues into the classroom at all times. It’s also progressive. The material is revisited and explored in more depth as the young people mature from fifth to eighth grade.” The goal of the curriculum is to empower young people by providing them with correct unbiased information and skills so they will be more comfortable asking and finding answers to their most important questions about puberty and growing up. Students who complete MCS’ four-year curriculum are better prepared to make informed choices about their sexual behaviors before risky behaviors become the norm. “My favorite question, and one that I always hear, even from students in the fifth grade is, ‘When am I ready for sex?’” says Cydelle. “I am proud to say that when students ask me that again in the eighth grade, when puberty is well underway for most of them, they know the answer for themselves.” “Our students know and appreciate that they are trusted to participate in genuine conversations about their bodies, health and

safety,” says Maiya Jackson, MCS’ Upper School director. Last year, the seventh- and eighthgraders investigated the ideas of sexuality and safety through the Upper School’s annual activism campaign. Object/ Defy explored a variety of issues that fall under the umbrella of sexual violence— including street harassment, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual assault and rape—and the lack of legal protections and accountability around the issue. Adept faculty advisors guided conversations and identified speakers who helped MCS’ impassioned adolescents define and enact healthy gender relationships and analyze some of the ways the media influence assumptions. Their threeprong strategy for raising awareness about the issue included advocating for policy change around sexual assault on college campuses, educating peers about healthy relationships and analyzing the role of the media in creating a culture that encourages sexual violence. With a comprehensive human sexuality curriculum, the knowledge of what constitutes a healthy relationship and the courage to speak out when problems arise, MCS students are well equipped to successfully navigate the challenging teen years.

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I really like how they give me awesome math problems and how they are really good teachers. And they really know how to help you when you're sad and hurt. – Aidan They are really good teachers, because I really like to learn from them. I like the way they teach kids. – Antoni They are nice teachers – Arthur Laura let's me be myself! Reese is understanding! – Brooklyn They understand things about kids' feelings. - Ella Laura has a wonderful sense of humor and can always find a way to help us see the bright side of things. Reese, brings music into our days. – Estee They are really great teachers. They teach fun stuff. I like when they introduce us to new work Gme choices. – Estelle Laura and Reese are really good teachers and they both are really funny and they both make me happy about the post office. Laura is the best teacher that I knew at MCS yet. Reese is the funniest teacher that I have met yet at MCS. – Faith Reese is really funny and he's really nice and he's really friend full. He is my favorite teacher. Laura is a really good teacher. – Freddie Laura is a good storyteller. Reese is good at explaining what we do in wriGng. – Gordon I like that Laura, when we do something, she doesn't yell. – Jasper Reese is really silly but I don't understand why. I always like to give Laura hugs and she hugs me back. – KoleRe I love the nicknames that Laura & Reese have: Love & Respect. – Lexi Reese likes the Rangers. Laura makes hard math for us. – Liam I love how Laura teaches us awesome math games. I love how Reese reads us chapter books. - Lulu Laura never yells! Reese is the fun-est of all teachers. - Marcus I like them being my teachers. – Mateo Reese is funny because he tells jokes and sings songs. Laura plays games with us before lunch. – Nadia Laura is so funny! Reese gave us the "Mama Mix" that I love! – Oscar They’re kind, thoughZul, teach us math, read, handwriGng, spelling, and teaching. Thank you for helping our community, of our bird study, penny harvest, post office, and for teaching!!!!! – Rafa I like that Laura helps me do math. I like that Reese sits with us at lunch. - Theo I think Laura and Reese are very, very nice and Reese is very silly! – Vrinda LOVE THE 6-7’S 2015-16

We Love Kerry and Nicole

Nicole is so funny at morning meeting • Kerry is so specific and gives good examples for math and social studies. • “They’re so funny and fun to work with!” • “I like being in the 7-8s with you because you are very nice. • We have wonderful teachers that let us do a lot of things, and make you feel free. • You teach me how to be a good person & be smart! • You are a funny & fun teacher. • “Your jokes are very funny” • You give me great education. • You are so respectful. • You are the best teachers EVER!!!! • Learning is soooo fun! • I love cooking with you. • I love that you do accents when reading The BFD. • I love Kerry’s voice when reading me stories. • You let us have privileges like story & quiet choices & pillows. • You teach me things like cursive and math. • I really love Nicole and Kerry because when someone gets in trouble, they don’t get furious. • And they are really nice and generous, and when someone starts to cry they cheer them up. • I [heart heart heart heart heart heart] the 7-8s!

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Dear Julianna,

We’re moving up! We cannot imagine experiencing the 9-10s without your leadership to guide us through our final year in the Lower School. As we ascend, we will proudly carry along our knowledge of • the history of immigration in our country,

• persuasive writing,

• double-digit multiplication,

• book clubs,

• independent research

• and, of-­‐course, respect for our community.

With gratitude, The 9-10s and their families

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Sometimes we’re silly. Sometimes we’re scary. We’re always lucky to have you. Thank you Shani, The 5th Grade

A big shout out to KAREN! • • • • •

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To our wonderful teacher Karen, We are all so grateful to know you and to have you as our teacher this year! THANK YOU, 6th grade students and families

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We enrolled in MCS in the 4/5s, 5/6s and beyond. As graduation day nears, time seems to move a little too quickly. MCS, we will leave knowing that the memories we’ve made, will forever flood our consciousness. You challenged us to think, to question and to speak up and out about the injustices in the world. Tom…Flannery…Maiya…Dan…Carolina...Nassim…Ian, and our former teachers, you ignited our passions for life and learning. We made sure you will never forget us, and of course we will never forget you…Saying “thank you” just doesn’t seem like enough, yet “thank you” encompasses so much of what we want to say to you.

for MCS’ new home and a community rooted in strength, compassion and life-long friendships. for LaTienda, Post Office, Medieval Spain, Egypt Marketplace, Chorus and Assemblies. for sending us to the Mezz and for our white sheets. Well, kind of. for teaching us to become stewards of the environment. for the freedom to fall mindlessly into the stream and to be mesmerized by the stars. for allowing us to witness life being born and for the naming rights of Dulce De Leche. for hikes to Thyme Hill, hay rides, sap buckets, textiles, rockets and bonfires. for salamander catches, basketball games, dance parties, manhunt and panic. for the farm festival, NYC Farmers’ Markets and NYC outings. for delicious pork chops, brick oven pizza, French toast, pancakes, bacon and quesadillas. for Romeo and Juliet, Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time, Red Glass, etc. for the power to develop our voice so that we may speak in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Washington, DC and for helping us to become the voices of activism and change. Thank you for shining the light and stepping aside so that we may make our own way as we… ”live the dream.”

Class of 2016 from top, left to right: Marcelo, Jemma, Ayla, Fauzi, Samaria, Sophie, Amina, Vidar, Skye, Alec, Liam, Ajani, Matthew, Cal, Chris, Giacomo, Sophia, Juliana, Kenji

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Manhattan Country School would like to welcome all our new families for the 2016-2017 school year MCS’ 50th Anniversary!

We are especially happy to have you join MCS at this momentous and historic time, as we commemorate the past and celebrate our future.

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A big shout-out to the faculty and staff of Manhattan Country School‌ You are the lifeblood of the community!

All the best, Donna, Alan, Sari ('93) and Daniel ('96) Altschuler

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BIG NIGHT OUT! 2016 Benefit Committee Alan Altschuler Katie and Jean Avebe Sarah Beck Shani Brignolle Nick Colt ’82 Caroline Cotter Ana Dominguez Emilie Esders Jessica Fisher Winston Fisher Damon Gambuto ’87 Carlos Garcia ’80 Laleña Garcia Estela Morel and Richard Grant Adam Green ’87 and Rocking the Boat

Contributors 4-5s Parents 5-6s Parents 6-7s Parents 7-8s Parents 8-9s Parents 9-10s Parents 5th Grade Parents 6th Grade Parents 7th Grade Parents 8th Grade Parents

(as of April 8, 2016)

Amanda Hallowell Joanna Harvey Dan McCune Liam McGovern-Junco ’16 Risa Meyer, Co-Chair MCS Farm MCS Food Program Steven Melendez ’01 Anisah Moonsammy Alicia and Jason Moran Ajani Nazario ’16 Ivana Salander and Sean Neal ’95 Sharon Phillips Katell Pleven ’76 and The Vine Collective

Elysha Huntington and John Sanful Franklin Sirmans ’83 Adalgisa Sosa Maria Tere Tapias-Avery Julianna Trementozzi Nicole Letelier ’95 and Ralph Vacca ’95 Joan Wagner Ian Weill Amy Weinstein, Co-Chair Zulu Williams ’82 Candace White Karen Zaidberg Nassim Zerriffi

(as of April 8, 2016)

Jackie and William Adams Bell and Paul Chevigny Brenda and Leon Denmark Robin and Robert Easton Kayla Gluck Roxanne and Ben Leff Rachael and Marshall Levine Anne Schiller and Mark Maier Maida Galvez and Ali Mencin Linda Meyers Ethel Paley

Anne Detjen and Alex Papachristou Constance Packard Rachelle and Nathan Parker Judith Pott Elaine and Peter Pratt Sabrina Saltiel Cristina Leal and Rafael Salvatierra James T. Sealey Roberta Singer Dr. Toni S. Walters

MCS Board of Trustees Brian Abell Debo Adegbile ’80, Honorary Alan Altschuler Michael Arons Sarah Beck Herman Bennett Mogolodi Bond Aiyoung Choi, Honorary Caroline Cotter Roxanne Elings, Chair

Carl Flemister, Honorary Laleña Garcia Erika Gibson ‘86 Bator Kovacs ‘73 Chauncy Lennon Daniel McCune Roger Mintz Kahli Mootoo Michael Patterson Sharon Phillips

Liam Pleven ’79 Renée Reynolds ’95 Frank Roosevelt, Honorary Gisele Shorter ‘91 Michèle Solá, Director Gus Trowbridge Stephen Trowbridge ’74 Elsa Wentling Olumide Wilkey

BIG NIGHT OUT! 2016 Underwriters

(as of April 8, 2016)

Anonymous ABA Studio Susan Haskell and Debo P. Adegbile ’80 Donna Katzin and Alan Altschuler RoseMarie and Michael Arons Michèle Solá and Adrian Bennett BTIG, LLC Renée Reynolds ’95 and Ryon Campbell Canon Solutions America Caroline and Laurie Cotter DKT International Jessica Fisher Winston Fisher Gustavo Buitrago/Flushing Bank

Lucinda Eng-Garcia and Carlos Garcia ’80 Grace and Cris Garcia ’84 Dr. Erika A. Gibson ’86 Nell and Bert Gibson Andrew Lance/Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Roxanne Elings and Tom Haynie Howard M. Lorber/Lorber Charitable Fund Susan and Peter Purdy Jinx and Frank Roosevelt Dr. Gisele C. Shorter ’91 Sunil Aggarwal/ThinkForward Financial Group Sarah Beck and Wojtek Uzdelewicz Walden Asset Management Westerman Construction Co

Special thanks to • Risa Meyer and Amy Weinstein for once again co-chairing the Big Night Out! Benefit Committee and for their décor and event planning expertise.

• Alumnus Nick Colt ’82 for the music during cocktail hour.

• The Big Night Out! volunteers for their time, talent and creativity.

• Tom Haynie and Canon Solutions America for printing this program book.

• Everyone who donated an auction item or experience.

• The young MCS alumni who volunteered to help with the Fund-a-Need.

• Amanda Hallowell and the MCS Food Program for providing the special granola giveaway.

• All MCS parents, trustees, alumni, alumni families and friends who helped make Big Night Out! a success.

• Debbie Guy-Christiansen for her graphic design expertise.