Hybrid Gala 2021

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Virtual Gala Premiere: October 27, 2021 • 7:00 PM ET

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Please join us for HEAF’s Gala 2021 as we celebrate the contributions of Innovators & Disruptors. We have an outstanding lineup honoring Board member John K. Collins, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, Adena T. Friedman, President & CEO of Nasdaq, Inc., and Verdun S. Perry, Global Head of Blackstone Strategic Partners at Blackstone.

The Virtual Gala Program will premiere on October 27th. Options to join the Virtual Gala premiere begin with a Friend Gift Ticket. Our annual Gala is a critical evening for HEAF fundraising to ensure we continue opening doors of opportunity for our students. We are so appreciative of your past generosity and hope you will consider supporting the 2021 Gala.


Gala Honoree Verdun S. Perry, Global Head of Blackstone Strategic Partners at Blackstone, speaks with Neil deGrasse Tyson Ph.D., Astrophysicist and HEAF Board Member, and  Robert F. Smith, Chairman & CEO of Vista Equity Partners, about the importance of creating opportunity and nurturing ambition in our young people.

Gala Honoree John K. Collins, Board Member of HEAF and Managing Director, Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, is recognized for almost two decades of commitment to HEAF’s innovative programming to open doors for some of the city’s most deserving students.

Gala Honoree Adena T. Friedman,  President & CEO of Nasdaq, Inc., will host a fireside chat to discuss the need for bold leadership and transformative commitment to create a more diverse workforce by fostering greater opportunity at all levels in the global corporate sector.

Please help HEAF continue to fill the gap with innovative programs, guidance, and support services to achieve academic and personal growth for the students we serve.