The New York Observer Celebrates Young Philanthropists at the Dream Hotel

  • Last night marked the inauguration of The New York Observer’s First Annual Young Philanthropy Event. On the chic PH-D rooftop lounge of the Dream Hotel, amidst panoramic views of the city and overlooking the twinkling lights of the Empire State building, some of the leading lights in philanthropy came together to celebrate giving back.

    The evening was held in recognition of New York’s 20 top philanthropists under 40, an illustrious list that included Eric Trump, Nigel Barker, Lauren Bush Lauren and Chelsea Clinton. While waitresses passed out dainty nibbles like grilled cheese fingers and spoonfuls of truffle risotto, the D.J. spun beats to a packed crowd who schmoozed and mingled under the light of two immense Venini glass chandeliers.

    The festivities kicked off with speeches by Joseph Meyer and Peter Davis, members of our own Observer family, and from Eric Trump, who spoke eloquently about his involvement with the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Under the auspices of the Eric Trump Foundation, Mr. Trump has raised nearly $6 million for St. Jude’s and the foundation has grown into one of the largest private charities in the country.

    “We had the benefit through our company and through our network to do something for people less fortunate,” Mr. Trump explained to The Observer afterwards. “And in this case it’s kids who just drew the short straw: it could happen to you and it could happen to me.”

    Donald Trump had nothing but praise for his son’s charitable work. “Eric works so hard for so many charities and St. Jude’s in particular, he’s just got that in his blood,” said Mr. Trump. “He loves it. And he’s raised a lot of money over the years and I’m very proud of him.”

  • Jordan Scekely (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Jordan Scekely (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Shelley Bayne, Deanna Muldoon (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Shelley Bayne, Deanna Muldoon (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Yarenis Felix, George Berges (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Yarenis Felix, George Berges (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Britney Feldman, Amanda Folk (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Britney Feldman, Amanda Folk (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Bettina Prentice (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Bettina Prentice (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Bruce Whitacre (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Bruce Whitacre (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Rachel Roy (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Rachel Roy (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Lydia Hearst (Photo: Grayson Dantzic).

    Lydia Hearst (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Mickey Gooch and Melissa Bolona

    Mickey Gooch and Melissa Bolona (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Chris Kajander (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Chris Kajander (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Dan McCombi (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Alexis Feldman (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Alexis Feldman (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Jesse Cole (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Jesse Cole (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Nicky Hilton (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Nicky Hilton (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Donald Trump (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Donald Trump (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    (C)Patrick McMullan

  • Jacob Bodager, Claire Lin, Margaret Wang (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Jacob Bodager, Claire Lin, Margaret Wang (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Emily Reifel, Bunny Aisin Gioro (C)Patrick McMullan

    Emily Reifel, Bunny Aisin Gioro (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Charles LaCAlle, Keith Fishberg, Scott Ellaway (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Jonathan Shorr, Alexa Polachi (C)Patrick McMullan

    Jonathan Shorr, Alexa Polachi (C)Patrick McMullan

  • (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Jamal Motlagh (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Omar Hernandez, Malcolm Harris, Erikko Etula (C)Patrick McMullan

    Omar Hernandez, Malcolm Harris, Erikko Etula (C)Patrick McMullan

  • William Sullivan (C)Patrick McMullan

    William Sullivan (C)Patrick McMullan

  • Peter Davis, Arielle Patrick, Peter Feld (C)Patrick McMullan

    Peter Davis, Arielle Patrick, Peter Feld (C)Patrick McMullan

  • DJ Vikas (C)Patrick McMullan

    DJ Vikas (C)Patrick McMullan

  • Charles LaCAlle, Claire Lin (C)Patrick McMullan

    Charles LaCAlle, Claire Lin (C)Patrick McMullan

  • Zarah Burstein, Jaqueline Curluy (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Zarah Burstein, Jaqueline Curluy (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Marie Canavan, Liz Canavan (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Marie Canavan, Liz Canavan (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Chiara Cortez, Caroline Christnan (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Chiara Cortez, Caroline Christnan (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Noah Kaplan, Abby Wallace (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Noah Kaplan, Abby Wallace (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Fiona Byrne, Peter Davis (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Fiona Byrne, Peter Davis (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Aubrey Jones, Sloane Hockemeier (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Aubrey Jones, Sloane Hockemeier (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Lara Yunaska, Donald Trump, Eric Trump (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Lara Yunaska, Donald Trump, Eric Trump (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Eric Trump (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Eric Trump (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Di Mondo (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Di Mondo (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

  • Scott Ellaway (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)

    Scott Ellaway (Photo: Grayson Dantzic)