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You Made All the Difference!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thank you for making Harlem Academy’s Spring Benefit such a success. More than 400 guests joined us at The Pierre on April 18th, raising over $1 million toward scholarships. Your support provides a transformational opportunity that prepares our students to become tomorrow’s leaders. 

You can revisit a few favorite moments from last night by checking out our photo gallery and video, “Harlem Academy: Developing Future Leaders.

Don Lemon poses with eighth graders Malik, Essence, Alberto and Head of School Mr. Dotoli.

We’re grateful to CNN anchor Don Lemon for sharing in our celebration. In his remarks, he gave life to our theme of developing future leaders: “Our future is in good hands because of the caliber of young people Harlem Academy produces. This school overturns the status-quo for high-potential children in Harlem, and there’s nothing these future leaders can’t do.”

John Belizaire delivers the keynote speech.

Harlem Academy Trustee John Belizaire discussed the importance of this theme during his keynote address: “Bright students should not be stymied by a poorly lit path. At Harlem Academy, we light their path…. When I walk the halls of this school, I see future captains of industry. I see future heads of state. I see the world’s greatest scientists, writers, teachers, and technologists. I see a generation of future leaders.”

Mariah Bell captivates the room with her speech.

And most of all, we’re grateful to Mariah Bell (‘13) for sharing her inspiring story last night in her speech and our video, and continuing to embody Harlem Academy’s values. She reflected, “As a freshman at New York University, I once again have to find my place in a new community. It’s hard, as most new things are, but I don't give up. I finished last semester with all A’s, a part-time job back at Harlem Academy, and the motivation to keep pushing myself even further.”

Special thanks to trustees John Belizaire, Annie MacRae, and Laura Sillerman for lending their expertise, time, and passion to our Benefit Leadership Committee.

First and eighth graders pose with first-grade teacher Ms. Barnett and Mr. Dotoli.