iMentor Benefit Dinner 2012
iMentor held its second annual Benefit Dinner on October 24, 2012 in the grand ballroom of New York City’s Mandarin Oriental. Students, mentors, educators, and supporters of iMentor—including Juju Chang, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Gayle King, and Star Jones--came dressed in their best and ready to celebrate the dramatic impact our programs are having on the lives of all participants.
Guests had the opportunity to hear from one special pair that met 10 years ago through iMentor’s program—Julia and Debbie. Julia credits her mentor Debbie not only with motivating her to go to college but also for being a life-long friend. Watch their story.
ABC News Correspondent Juju Chang took the stage to moderate a conversation on mentoring with audience members, including pairs in our program and a few of our celebrity guests. Melissa talked about how her mentor, Elizabeth, is helping her map out a plan to get into a 4-year college. Eric and his mentee, Zachary, spoke about how they’ve worked together to find internships and programs to help Zachary strengthen his college applications to engineering schools. Michael J. Fox shared how influential his mentors were during the early days of his acting career. And Gayle King told us about a colleague who mentored her when she started her career as a journalist.
Next, iMentor CEO Mike O’Brien took the stage as well to thank our guests, supporters, and friends who have helped us expand to reach 2,400 students in New York City this year and thousands more nationwide through iMentor Interactive. Mike also gave inspiring insight into how our program achieves results and the exciting work we have planned for the future.
The event raised $1.7 million for iMentor's programs. We thank all attendees who came out for this special evening and made it so memorable.