New York Social Diary – Stuart Udell Honored Amongst Government Leaders, Educators, Philanthropist, Professional Athletes, and Dreamers

Former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean, Time to Know Founder Shmuel Meitar, and Catapult Learning President and CEO Stuart Udell were the guests of honor at the 2011 “I Have A Dream” Foundation Spring Gala, which took place on June 14th at 583 Park Avenue. This very special occasion also marked the 30th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation founded by Eugene M. Lang.Gov. Kean was the recipient of the Eugene M. Lang Lifetime Achievement Award, introduced by former United States Senator Bob Kerrey, President Emeritus, The New School. Mr. Meitar was the recipient of the Innovator’s Award, introduced by Marc Sternberg, Deputy Chancellor of Portfolio Planning, New York City Department of Education. Mr. Udell was the recipient of the Education Warrior’s Award, introduced by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor & Secretary of State.
An awesome table of kids
Democracy Prep World Percussion Ensemble
“We are truly fortunate to honor three such distinguished leaders who are committed to improving the education of our young people,” said Iris Chen, President & CEO of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation. “Their bold and innovative thinking along with their leadership and conviction – all on behalf of the nation’s most under-served students – – have moved us closer to our vision that one day, every child in every neighborhood will have the opportunity to achieve higher education and capitalize on their talents and passions.”Additional honorees at the Gala were Rafael Rodriguez, CEO, Brace Yourself, P.C., recipient of the “Spirit of the Dream” Alumni Achievement Award, introduced by Michelle Hord-White, Director of Talent Recruitment and Development, ABC News. Special recognition was given to Eugene M. Lang, lifelong philanthropist and Founder of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, introduced by Musukulah Kromah, Dreamer, “I Have A Dream” Foundation–Newark; and Arthur Levine, President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Honoree Thomas H Kean
Honoree Shmuel Meitar
Honoree Stuart Udell
Rafael Rodriguez and Eugene M Lang
NJ Lt Gov Kim Guadagno
Musukulah Kromah, Arthur Levine, and Eugene Lang
Long Dreamer Alumna, Chanel Edwards
Brunilda Guzman and Adalynn Pagan
Michelle Hord-White
Iris Chen
Honorary Chairs for the IHAD Spring Gala: Matthew Goldstein, Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston, United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Arthur Levine, Kenneth D. Merin, Margaret Spellings, and Former United States Senator Harris Wofford. Warren Eisenberg, Jeffrey Fromm, Jeffrey Gural, and J. Ronald Terwilliger served as Co-Chairs. Since its founding in 1981, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation has worked to change a critical reality: in our nation today, only 10% of students in low-income communities are expected to earn a college degree. The “I Have A Dream” Foundation vision is that one day, every student in every neighborhood will have the opportunity to achieve higher education and capitalize fully on their talents and passions. “I Have A Dream” Foundation has impacted the lives of more than 14,000 students in urban and rural communities, sponsoring entire cohorts of students from elementary school through high school.
Carlos Watson
Iris Chen, President & CEO
Marc Sternberg
Upon graduation, each ‘Dreamer’ receives guaranteed tuition assistance for higher education. Today, more than 3,000 Dreamers are working their way to college in 17 states, Washington, D.C., and New Zealand, following the 11,000 alumni who came before them. In many sites, Dreamers are graduating from high school at twice or even triple the rate of their peers. Many Dreamers will be the first in their families to earn a college degree.As “I Have A Dream” Foundation looks to the future, it is building on its legacy to launch an ambitious new model to work with some of the nation’s top school reformers to enable many more students to reach and graduate from college on a large and sustainable scale. For more information visit
Shmuel Meitar, US Senator Bob Kerrey, former Gov Thomas H Kean, and Stuart Udell
Myrna Dyson and Hasan Johnson
Leroy Lyons and Dr Inez Durham
Marcus Beasley, Shirley Pierre-Louis, Sheryce Woolery, and Kim Buxton
Erin Ward and Gowi Daswina
Nellie Simon, Jane Cavallaro, Michelle Gansberg, and Alice Cutler
Kathleen Giordano and Alma Ceballos
Zaria Taylor and Musukulah Kromah
Deyna Nelson and Dr Stephen Appea, Principal PS 327
Keith McCormick and Stephanie Andujar
Ray, Mark, Nicole, and Sergio Fornasiero, and Virginia Hersek
Arquan Leonard Jr and Voni Deeds
Abbey Muneer and Laura Korpa
Anthony Carter, Braynard Brown, and Kevin Boothe
Shmuel Meitar and Dreamers
Joel Rubin, Jeffrey A Fromm, and Karen Williamson
Cassidy Arkin and Melodi White
Anthony Carter and Samuel Baez
Abbey Muneer and Susan Pinco
Tricia Tumlinson, Jessica Nadaud, and Stephanie Durning
Arisleyda and Rafael Rodriguez
Joel Rubin, Stuart and Stacey Udell
Abel Salgado and Joel Rubin
Jose Hiraldo, Kevin Boothe, Marquis Baggett, and Braynard Brown
Udell family
Louise Dube, Charlotte Frank, and Shmuel Meitar
Stephanie Sosa and Chelsea Bueno
Don Wortzel, Lee Wortzel, Faith Gordon, and Richard Gordon
Sari G. Factor
Hank Foster and Shirley Andrews
Jeffrey A Fromm and Braynard Brown
J Ronald Terwilliger and Anthony Carter
Fred and Helen Frazier
Thierry Cazeau, Brandielee Johnson, Jamie Caceres, and Harold Friedman
Karlisle Honore and Ravenswood 2 Dreamers – Willie Britton, Samuel Baez, and Chelsea Bueno
Sherry Ulery, Traci Burgess, and Barbara Byrd-Bennett
Kristen Campbell and Seppy Basili
Thierry Cazeau, Eugene M Lang, and friend
Llewellyn P. Haden, Jr. and Joseph S. Brosnan
Catherine Diamond, Eugene Lang, and Jan Liss
Ray Llanos, Keith McCormick, Catherine Diamond, Eugene Lang, and Jan Liss
Joan Azrack and Annie Ballaine
Eva Gonzalez,Willie Britton, and Nydia Zapata
Tim McNiff, Annemarie Hochkeppel, Pat Lacognata, and Peter Vallone