On Thursday, April 18, East Side House Settlement (ESH) partnered with the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) to host the 20th Anniversary Gala Preview of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).
Attracting more than 1,400 guests, the annual event was an exclusive preview night for car enthusiasts with the proceeds benefiting East Side House Settlement, a community-based non-profit organization that provides educational and economic opportunity for some of New York City’s most vulnerable communities. The event raised more than $1.1 million.
This year, ESH honored Manhattan Motorcars’ Dealer Principal and GNYADA Board Member Brian Miller with the Champion for Excellence Award for his longtime support of the organization and Gala Preview night. For the second consecutive year, Porsche Cars North America was the Official Car Sponsor. Ryan Field, WABC Channel 7 Sports Anchor, served as the evening’s emcee.
As ESH and GNYADA celebrated this 20-year partnership of the Gala Preview night, guests were given a rare and exclusive opportunity to view the NYIAS before it opened to the public and included a high-octane cocktail reception, private dinner for sponsors and benefactors, exciting live and silent auctions. In addition, the first-ever Porsche Conversation with Racing Legends took place featuring drivers Jeff Zwart and David Donohue, moderated by Aurora Straus, 20 year old race car driver and Harvard student. The evening was capped off with the riveting auction of a Porsche GT2 RS, valued at over $300,000. Event sponsors included: Willowbridge Associates, Inc, KCL Capital L.P., Monticello Motor Club, Classic Car Club Manhattan, Drive Coffee, Hudson Stables, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Carlsberg, and LBV.
Over the past 20 years, this event has welcomed 20,000 guests and raised more than $12.5 million for ESH programs and initiatives. This year the
Honorary Committee included Ethan and Ryan Hawke.
North America’s first and largest-attended auto show, the NYIAS showcases the incredible automotive technological advances taking place in the industry and celebrates the latest vehicles available at dealerships today. The show also includes a huge collection of concept cars, elegant classics and exciting exotic vehicles.
Other notable attendees included: Ryan Field (WABC), Marysol Castro (NY Mets announcer), Brian Miller (honoree), Daniel Diaz (Executive Director, ESH), Mark Schienberg (President, GNYADA), Thomas Remien (President, ESH Board of Managers), David Donahue, Aurora Straus, Jeff Zwart, James Brolin (actor), Philip L. Yang, Jr. (Gala co-chair), Christopher LaSusa (Gala co-chair), Hugh Hildesley (auctioneer), Eric and Coco Wittenberg, Alice Jump, Jonathan Lloyd Jones, Alex Grappo, Raina Seitel (correspondent, NY Live), Tom Murro, Emeka Okafor (former NBA player), Shea Marie, Andres Fanjul, Magnus Walker, Sam Dangremond, and Claudio Del Vecchio.
East Side House Settlement is a non-profit social services agency that provides educational and economic opportunity for some of New York City’s most vulnerable communities since establishing on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 1891 and moving to the South Bronx in 1963. Recognizing education as the key to economic and civic opportunity, East Side House Settlement helps approximately 10,000 individuals improve their lives each year through programs ranging from early childhood education, college and career readiness for young adults, and workforce development. They enrich, supplement and enhance the New York City Education system and place post-secondary options within reach of students. ESH provides workforce development and career readiness training infused with technology to enable community participants to improve their economic status and lead more fulfilling lives.