New York City, June 7, 2007. More than 620 community and
business leaders, philanthropists, elected and government
officials and supporters of the YMCA of Greater New York
attended the 33rd annual Dodge Award dinner at Cipriani Wall
Street, and raised over $1 million to support the Y's diverse
platform of programs. Jack Lund, CEO of the YMCA of Greater
New York, and Barry Salzberg, Chairman of the YMCA Board of
Directors and Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP,
were on hand to honor this year's Dodge Award recipient, Seth
Waugh, CEO of Deutsche Bank Americas.
Honored for his selfless work and philanthropic pursuits, Mr.
Waugh humbly accepted the award, bestowed each year upon an
individual who epitomizes the tradition of altruistic
humanitarian service that New York's Dodge family has
demonstrated since helping to found New York City's YMCA in
1852. Previous winners include Mary and Laurence S.
Rockefeller (1974), Jack Kemp (1993), Jeffrey S. Maurer (2002)
and Robert H. Silver (2006).
"The YMCA is all about developing one's full potential - in
intellect, character and body. The Y provides children with an
opportunity to learn about the world around them and the
influential role they can play in shaping their own
environment and our future as a society, "Mr. Waugh said. "To
be recognized for the small contributions I've made over the
years is incredibly fulfilling and gratifying."
"The long list of Seth's charitable involvement speaks for
itself, but it is his personal passion and his willingness to
devote his considerable time and talent to garner awareness
and support for a cause he believes in that sets him apart
from the rest," said Jack Lund, President & CEO of the YMCA of
Greater New York. "His hands-on work with our teen planning
committee is a prime example of why we're proud to recognize
him with the highest honor."
The YMCA of Greater New York also presented four scholarships
to distinguished teens. Chinatown YMCA's Kennedy Kong
(Millennium High School) and Kelly Lin (NYC Lab School) were
awarded Vasey Leadership Scholarships, which are given to the
YMCA Leaders Club participants who have demonstrated exemplary
leadership skills and commitment to their communities by
engaging in community service projects and volunteerism. Cross
Island YMCA's Shana Bredwood (Jamaica High School) and
Chinatown YMCA's Jennifer Li (NYC Lab School) received von der
Heyden Scholarships, awarded to high school seniors who
demonstrate leadership, volunteerism and academic performance
in and out of school.
The event was planned and executed by Teen Dodge Dinner
Committee members International YMCA's Cindy Morand (High
School for Leadership & Public Service) and Chinatown YMCA's
Jeremy Tavera (St. Agnes Boys High School) and Li . The three
planned the menu, developed the theme "Giving Kids a Place to
Grow" and designed the room's shimmering forest" feel with
live tree centerpieces lit by hundreds of votive candles.
More than $1 million was raised to benefit the YMCA's unique
programs like the Virtual Y after school program, Teens Take
the City and Youth & Government civic and engagement
initiatives and 2nd Grade Swim water safety initiative. The
event was chaired by Roger M. Vasey, retired Executive Vice
President (retired) of Merrill Lynch & Co., and co-chaired by
Michael D. Fascitelli, President of Vornado Realty Trust, and
Thomas Hahan, CEO of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. The
evening's emcee Consuelo Mack, host and managing editor of
public television's Wealth Track, was joined by Teen emcees
Kelly Lin (Chinatown YMCA) and Sircharles McCoy (International
YMCA). YMCA youth performers, including the Long Island City
YMCA's chamber singers, provided the evening's entertainment.
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