Mentors, Mentees, and Stars Come Out for iMentor’s Benefit Dinner
iMentor held its second annual Benefit Dinner last night 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.
iMentor Board Chair John Griffin served as the master of ceremonies and introduced the audience to mentors and mentees from the past and present who have worked together for college success. 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.
John also had some help from ABC News Correspondent Juju Chang, who took the stage to moderate a conversation on mentoring with audience members, including pairs in our program and a few surprise 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.
We thank all attendees who came out for this special evening and made it so memorable. We hope you will join us this year as we provide more students from low-income communities with strong mentors dedicated to their success in high school, college, and beyond.