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100 Women in Finance Raises More Than $1,900,000 for Horizons National, at 2018 New York Gala and Other Fundraising Events

November 08, 2018

New York, NY – November 8, 2018 – 100 Women in Finance (“100WF”), a global, practitioner-driven nonprofit organization that serves more than 15,000 professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries, announced at its annual New York Gala that it successfully raised more than $1,900,000 in gross proceeds in support of Horizons National, which provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school, through a national network of community-centered programs serving more than 5,800 children at 58 affiliate sites in 18 states. The Gala featured Allison, Brian and Doug Williams as the Master of Ceremonies and included high profile guests Andy Cohen, Jon Meacham, and Michael Beschloss, and Bruce Springsteen via video during the Auction conducted by Geraldine Nager of Sotheby’s.

The 17th Annual 100WF New York Gala was held yesterday evening at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, with the support of more than 575 leaders from the financial services and alternative investment industry. Yie-Hsin Hung, Chief Executive Officer of New York Life Investment Management LLC (NYLIM), received 100WF’s 2018 North America Industry Leadership Award. The Award is presented annually in recognition of exemplary professional talent, business ethics, and passion for investing that further define and advance the industry’s standards of excellence.

“It is a personal and professional honor to receive the 2018 North America Industry Leadership Award from 100 Women in Finance. Through its philanthropic, education and peer engagement events, 100 Women in Finance supports dialogue across the many sectors of our industry, leading to the advancement of individuals and teams,” said Hung.

To view past 100WF Industry Leadership Award Honorees, click here.

The 100 Women in Finance 2018 Effecting Change Award honored the more than 200 fund managers registered in its Female Fund Manager Visibility Campaign. The Award is given to an individual(s) who has made a difference in the area of our philanthropic theme for the year either through their own philanthropic efforts, or through their personal commitment to make their influence count. In 2018, the organization honored the pioneering women in our own industry who are fund managers and/or owners, instead of an individual. The100WF Female Fund Manager Visibility initiative, announced in October, has as its foundation a dynamic directory of women who own investment funds and/or own asset managers, across diverse asset classes, whether hedge funds, equities, fixed income, real estate venture capital or emerging markets, among others.

“100 Women in Finance is excited to recognize Yie-Hsin Hung; through her experience in the alternative asset arena, she significantly expanded NYLIM’s investments to include a broad range of private equity, mezzanine, senior secured lending and other alternative assets. She also advocated among her peers to increase allocations to alternative investments by investors. In addition, we salute our many colleagues who manage and/or own investment funds; their performance, plus their mentorship, continue to attract women to join us in the financial sector,” said Lauren Malafronte, Managing Director, Prime Services, Scotiabank, and 100WF Global Chair of the Board of Directors.

“100 Women in Finance also is extremely pleased to support the work of Horizons National, as a community pillar of educational opportunities for children from low income families. Horizons National’s model of intensive summer programs and year-round activities supports students and their families, with an outstanding record of graduation rates and success,” added Malafronte.

Lorna Smith, CEO, Horizons National said “We could not be more grateful to 100 Women in Finance for their partnership this year. Being selected as the 2018 beneficiary has been an amazing experience. Their engagement has gone far beyond the New York City gala itself, with 100WF members visiting Horizons sites and several events in support of our affiliates around the country. Our staff, students, and families join me in thanking 100WF for their generosity and we look forward to a long-term, nationwide relationship with this dynamic philanthropic organization.”

Since its formation in 2001, 100WF has raised more than $44 million globally for philanthropic causes in the areas of women’s and family health, education and mentoring. 100WF’s philanthropic mission is to utilize its collective abilities and expertise in order to give back to the local community in an impactful way. The 100WF Board of Directors chooses beneficiaries on a rotating basis. The global philanthropic theme for 2018 is education.

To make a donation, please contact Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100WF, or donate here.

About 100 Women in Finance

100 Women in Finance is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, our more than 15,000 members are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen our field.

About Horizons National

Horizons National is a growing, community-centered network of over 50 affiliate sites nationwide that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizons programs offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition, and field trips.

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