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Dream Big 2017

Rick Rieder and his BlackRock colleagues accept the 2017 Dream Big Award

Thank you to all of our generous supporters who helped make our 7th Annual Dream Big - A Celebration of Opportunity a huge success! For the first time, Futures and Options raised over $1 million to support its career development programming. More than 500 people celebrated with Futures and Options at The Plaza Hotel on Thursday, October 19th. 

Futures and Options presented its 2017 Dream Big Award to BlackRock to recognize its tremendous contributions and support for young people who aspire to be productive contributors to our workforce and community. 

Dream Big 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 Scholarships were awarded to Emely Mojica and Giscard Aniambossou. Finalists Lissette Duran and Ahnaf Taha received Book Awards.  

IPG Mediabrands sponsored college scholarships for students interested in careers in media and advertising. This year Precious Agbo, Destiny Abinader, Ayinde Eustache, Justin Chaney, Lily He, and Melissa Mudiyanselage received college scholarships.

Congratulations to BlackRock and our scholarship recipients, and thank you to our supporters for your generosity.

 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Photos courtesy of Lily Kesselman Photography


Futures and Options is deeply grateful to our ongoing 2017
Dream Big corporate and individual sponsors for their generous support of our career development program for New York City's underserved youth.

VISIONARY- 50,000+


CHAMPION - 25,000+

Stephen and Stephanie Hessler

 Jennifer and Jason New

Lori & Paul Zemsky

Optimist- $15,000+


Jennifer & Thane Carlston

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Houlihan Lokey

IPG Mediabrands

Prime Clerk

Debra Regan & Paul Wasinger

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP



Believer- $10,000+


Anne Benedict

Bulldog Ventures Ltd

Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

Centerview Partners LLC

Davidson Kemper Capital Management LP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Elliott Management

Evercore. Inc.

Debbie Fierro & David Trucano

Ned & Debby Flynn

Lynne & Stephen Goldstein

Guggenheim Securities, LLC

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

James Keenan

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Erin Murphy and Sean Connolly

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

PJT Partners

Allison & Roopesh Shah

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


Dreamer- $5,000+


Alvarez & Marsal

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Dimon Foundation: HERE to HERE Network

Susan Egbert

Louise & Jerry Faust

FTI Consulting, Inc.

The Herbert & Sarah M. Gibor Charitable Foundation

Goldentree Asset Management

Lisa A. Grushkin

Jefferies LLC

Jennifer & David Johnston

J.P. Morgan

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP


King & Spalding LLP


Edward W. Machir - PwC

Patty Machir

Marble Ridge Capital LLC

Robert S. "Steve" Miller

Millstein & Co.

Och-Ziff Capital Management

P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP

The Rosenkranz Foundation

Rothschild & Co

Lisa Rothblum

Benjamin Schrag

Dan Senor & Campbell Brown

Frederica & Efrem Sigel

Keleigh & Jeffrey Spinner

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Teneo Capital

The Teske Family

TPG – TSSP Specialty Lending

Vinson & Elkins

Zolfo Cooper

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Futures and Options is a nonprofit career development and paid internship program for New York City youth.

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