Join us for HEAF’s first virtual Gala as we celebrate the contributions of Innovators & Disruptors. HEAF’s Gala will also include an amazing Silent Auction.

Our annual Gala is a critical evening for HEAF fundraising to ensure we continue opening doors of opportunity for our students.

During this interrupted year of schooling, we need you to help HEAF fill the gap with innovative programs, guidance, and support services to achieve academic and personal growth for the students we serve


Fareed Zakaria, CNN host, and Washington Post columnist, and Gala Honoree Eric Schmidt, Former Chairman & CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures, in conversation about innovation and education as catalysts for opportunity.

Gala Honoree Alexandra Alger, Board Member of HEAF and Alger Funds, recognized for a  decade of commitment to HEAF’s innovative programming to open doors for some of the city’s most deserving students.

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO of TIAA, joined by Ursula Burns, former Chair & CEO of Xerox and VEON, and Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, discuss the need for disruption to achieve racial equality.


Kool & The Gang


Neil deGrasee Tyson, Ph.D.


OJ Anderson

HEAF’s Virtual Gala Online Auction

Our Gala Online Auction is now open, and is full of awesome items, including vacation packages, sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind experiences, and so much more!  Even if you cannot make it to the Gala in person, you can still support our students by bidding here: