Young Philanthropists Raise Over $50,000 at The Fortune Society's Second Annual Spring Soiree

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Chairs Luke Weil and Louise Tabbiner Host Performance by John Forte, Cocktails, and Canapes at Trump Soho

Hundreds of young philanthropists came together the evening of May 16th in support of The Fortune Society, one of the nation’s most respected nonprofit organizations offering services to formerly incarcerated men and women, at the Second Annual Spring Soiree at Trump Soho in Manhattan. Hosted by Fortune’s Junior Committee, The Leadership Foundation and young philanthropists Luke Weil and Louise Tabbiner, the event raised more than $50,000 to support services that help Fortune’s clients successfully re-enter their communities after serving time in prisons and jail.

“We thank our Junior Committee for its unrelenting commitment to supporting Fortune and the formerly incarcerated community. Your hard work and dedication will help transform the lives of men and women who want nothing more than a new beginning and a chance to become contributing residents in their communities,” said JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society.

“We are thrilled that we were able to top last year’s results,” said Luke Weil, co-chair of the event. “It is gratifying to see that our generation can make a difference,” Weil added.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Forte, accompanied by a five-piece band, rocked the house during a 30-minute set. And just when the crowd thought it couldn’t get any better Ben Taylor, the musician/actor son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, joined the group for an unbelievable collaboration. Renowned artist DJ Layela (former Miss Colombia), kept the energy high with a great mix.

Stopping by to lend his support to Fortune was American business entrepreneur Russell Simmons. Mr. Simmons – the recipient of Fortune’s 2011 David Rothenberg Achievement Award – has long been known as a peaceful and effective activist for reform of criminal justice abuses.

Attendees included Vogue editor Valerie Boster; Vogue contributing writer Lauren Santo Domingo; gallery director Bettina Prentice; supermodel May Andersen; fashion designer Charlotte Ronson; star of Most Eligible Dallas Matt Nordgren; socialite and blogger Dori Cooperman; Antonio de La Rua; philanthropist and patron of the arts Fabiola Beracasa; socialite and Marie Claire market editor Amanda Hearst; financier Alejandro Santo Domingo; Sports Illustrated model Julie Henderson; and real estate mogul and owner of the Trump Soho Alex Sapir; Elsa Hosk, super model and Victoria Secret Pink spokesperson; and former star of the New York Rangers turned restaurateur Sean Avery.

The event host committee included Abigail and Julian Steinberg, Alejandro Santo Domingo, Ali Wise, Alina Kohlem, Andrés and Lauren Santo Domingo, Anthony F. Cummings, Bo Pittman, Brooke and Edouard Gerschel, Bryna Butler, Cabell Brown, Camilla Olsson, Charlotte Ronson, Chris Grewe, Coralie Charriol, Corinne and Nick Weil, Christopher Grewe, Dalia Oberlander, Danielle Levine, Dennis Paul, Dori Cooperman, Fabiola Beracasa, Jamie and Bettina Prentice, Jason Beckman, Jordan Nystrom, Julie Henderson, Karis Durmer, Katherine Keating, Princess Khaliya Aga Khan, Krissie Darr, Louise Gong, Lucy Stamell, Martin Dawson, Matt Kibble, Matt Nordgren, May Anderson, Meredith Ostrom, Michael Finkelstein, Ohad Maiman, Ondine de Rothschild, Rachel Rose, Rich Thomas and Tammie Peters Thomas, Ron Belidegrun, Sebastian Nicolas, Sebastian Stubbe, Serena Merriman, Sian Gordon, Suzanna Lee and Valerie Boster.

About The Fortune Society:
For forty-five years, The Fortune Society has been developing model programs that help former prisoners successfully re-enter their communities. The Fortune Society offers a holistic and integrated “one-stop-shopping” model of service provision. Among the services offered are outpatient substance abuse treatment, alternatives to incarceration, HIV/AIDS services, career development and job retention, education, family services, drop in services and supportive housing as well as ongoing access to aftercare. In April 2002, The Fortune Society opened a successful housing program, The Fortune Academy. The most important recent addition is Castle Gardens, a new 11-story, mixed use, affordable housing development and service center in West Harlem for homeless people with histories of incarceration as well as low-income individuals and families from West Harlem and the five boroughs. For more information, visit

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