Charity Spotlight: 9th Annual Resolve Gala

Stephen Smith

 A night to remember- Thursday, October 11th in New York City,  The Resolution Project hosted its 9th Annual Resolve Gala at the Harvard Club of New York City, celebrating ten years of supporting college-age social entrepreneurs as they create meaningful impact around the world. Resolution’s World of Sustainability exhibit was a highlight of the evening, showcasing seven social ventures through interactive installations ranging from portable, earthquake-resistant school structures, to a creative display of the clothing design skills taught to socially marginalized women in Greece, to renewable energy education in the United States.

Every year, the Resolve Gala recognizes the work of Resolution Fellows working across segments like health, education, sustainable development, energy and environment, equality, and humanitarian relief. 

The Resolve Project had a very special reason to celebrate this year- the expansion of the program is the biggest the organization has seen in its ten years in operation.

Resolution Fellows now work in more than 75 countries and all across the United States, and have helped over 1.5 million people and counting through their impactful ventures.

“Resolution is an organization that’s about people and relationships. The Resolve Gala is always such an amazing opportunity to assemble members of our global community in one space,” said CEO and Co-Founder George Tsiatis. “After ten years, we continue to be inspired by the incredible impact of our Fellows and the dedication of our volunteers in supporting them. We are deeply grateful for our Fellows’ leadership and for the leadership of all of the supporters, attendees, and sponsors!”

After the opening remarks, guests got down to Grammy Award-winning American hip hop trio Naughty By Nature, with a special appearance by Dres from Black Sheep and world-class beatboxer Rahzel.

The guests danced to classics like Hip Hop Hooray, Jamboree, Feel Me Flow, and O.P.P.The room was filled with special VIPs, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business leaders to raise proceeds that will go directly toward supporting Resolution Fellows and their ventures. Attendees also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a live and silent auction.

Other notable guests included DJ Stiletto (Mari Malek) provided music throughout the evening and hosts and guests supporting the event included Rahzel (musician); Candice Kumai (author and chef); Vanessa Grellet (finance and technology executive); Kathrin Werderitsch (model); Stephanie Mills (model); Amanda Cole (fashion executive); Travis Montaque (entrepreneur); Stephanie Landess (auctioneer), and more.

Sponsors of the event included Aramark, Macquarie Group, Hatzimemos/Libby, Mastercard, DuPont, White & Case, Perkins Coie, JPMorgan Chase, and Kirkland & Ellis. 

For more information, please view The Resolution Project’s website or follow @resolutionproj on Twitter, The Resolution Project on Facebook and YouTube, and @resolutionproject on Instagram.





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