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Thank You for Dreaming Big with Us!

Alex Gialanella, Paul Wasinger, and Jeannine Ali accept Morgan Stanley's 2016 Dream Big Award.
Photo courtesy of Lily Kesselman Photography

On Tuesday, October 18th, Futures and Options held its 6th Annual Dream Big – A Celebration of Opportunity, at 583 Park Avenue, with unprecedented success! Thank you to all of our generous supporters who helped us raise over $920,000 for our career and college readiness programs!

Futures and Options presented its 2016 Dream Big Awards to Morgan Stanley and Thane Carlston and Bill Derrough of Moelis & Company to recognize their contributions and support for young people who aspire to be productive contributors to our workforce and community. 

Alex Gialanella, Morgan Stanley Executive Director and Professor of Economics and Finance at Fordham University, accepted the award on behalf of Morgan Stanley, saying, "I want to use this as a call to action: we're fortunate to be in the presence of leaders from all over the city and across industries tonight.  If you don't already host Futures and Options interns in your office, consider doing so."

Dream Big also celebrates and recognizes Futures and Options' students. Each year, we award college scholarships to high school seniors through a competitive application and selection process. This year, the Barbara L. Christen College Scholarship was awarded to Ryan Foo from The Bronx High School of Science. Ryan who is eager to pursue a career in law says, "Over the summer, I worked as a Futures and Options intern at Kenneth Gilbert Law, a small law firm in Harlem, where I helped provide legal assistance to underprivileged minorities in the local community … These experiences strengthened my passion for law and my desire to make a true difference within the community."

The IPG Mediabrands Scholarship and Internship, sponsored by IPG Mediabrands for students interested in careers in media and advertising, was awarded to Melanie Beltran from Bronx High School for Law and Community Service. Melanie's dream is "to attend college in New York City and study marketing, public relations or communications."

We are so very proud of our students, who are motivated and determined to achieve their goals. The value of early work experience is immeasurable, and when businesses partner with Futures and Options to provide opportunities for young people, everyone truly benefits.

Thank you to our 2016 Dream Big honorees, Board of Directors, Dream Big Co-Chair Committee, sponsors, supporters and students for making this year's Dream Big a tremendous success!


Futures and Options is deeply grateful to our ongoing 2016
Dream Big corporate and individual sponsors for their generous support of our career development program for New York City's underserved youth.


CHAMPION - 25,000+



Stephen and Stephanie Hessler

Margaret "Peggy" Hill


OPTIMIST - $15,000+


The Carlston Family

The Derrough-Salas Family

Houlihan Lokey


Kirkland & Ellis Foundation

Latham & Watkins LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Jennifer and Jason New

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

BELIEVER - $10,000+

Alvarez & Marsal

Bulldog Ventures, Ltd

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP


Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

Centerview Partners

Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Matthew A. Doheny and Dennis M. Lafferty


Ned and Debby Flynn

Colin Hannaway

Hawkeye Capital Management, LLC

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Moelis & Company

Robert and Eileen O'Leary

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

Prime Clerk

Roopesh and Allison Shah

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Tim and Mary Walsh

Paul Wasinger and Debra Regan

DREAMER - $5,000+

ATL Partners

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Brown Rudnick LLP

Campbell Brown and Dan Senor

Jerry and Louise Faust

Filsinger Energy Partners

Julie and Stephen Fox

Joele Frank and Laurence Klurfeld

FTI Consulting

The Herbert & Sarah M. Gibor Charitable Foundation

GoldenTree Asset Management

Stephen and Lynne Goldstein

Lisa A. Grushkin

Dave and Jen Johnston

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

Kaye Scholer LLP




Courtney Leimkuhler and Charles de Segundo

Edward W. Machir

Patty Machir

Robert S. "Steve" and Jill Miller

Millstein & Co.

Alexandra Munroe and Robert Rosenkranz

Erin Murphy and Sean Connolly

Opportune LLP

PJT Partners

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Efrem and Frederica Sigel

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

The Teske Family

TPG Specialty Lending

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Zolfo Cooper

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