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Lifting Girls Up

2023 Gala and College Shower

Wednesday, May 17, 2023  •  6:00–9:00 p.m.

Cipriani • 25 Broadway, New York, NY
Dinner, dance, and awards
Cocktail attire

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All proceeds will support our life-transforming programs for girls and young women across New York City.

Girls Inc. of New York City's annual gala brings together the city's most influential thought leaders from the corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities for an evening of dinner and dancing to raise critical funding for educational programs that inspire girls from underserved communities to be strong, smart, and bold.  

We will honor Kate Spade New York for groundbreaking investments in mental health for women and girls, an urgent area of focus for Girls Inc. of New York City; and Leah C. Johnson, Executive VP at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, for her inspiring leadership and contributions toward making the arts more accessible to diverse populations in NYC. 


We will also celebrate 26 exceptional students, college-bound high school seniors from our College Shower program, which prepares girls to get into and navigate college. Student honorees will announce their college acceptances and receive scholarships and supplies

2023 Gala Honorees

Accepted by Taryn Bird, Director of Kate Spade New York Foundation

Kate Spade New York empowers women and girls around the world by putting mental health at the heart of their social impact work. Kate Spade New York Foundation supports women's economic empowerment, access to opportunity, and pathways to mental wellbeing to underserved communities of women in New York City and beyond. 


Girls Inc. of New York City is pleased to honor Kate Spade New York for its groundbreaking work in supporting the mental health of women and girls worldwide. In partnership with the Kate Spade New York Foundation, GINYC is bringing innovative, indispensable mental health programming to thousands of girls and young women.

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Leah C. Johnson

Executive Vice President, Chief Communications, Marketing & Advocacy Officer for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Leah has been at the nexus of Lincoln Center’s ongoing transformation into a place all New Yorkers can feel welcome. 


She holds leadership positions across several organizations and sits on numerous non-profit boards dedicated to creating and maintaining diversity and equity within the NYC arts and culture community, including: Vice Chair of the Board, New York Public Radio; and Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee, and Founding Chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee of the Board at the Museum of the City of New York. She serves as a mentor with Women in America and was Vice Chair of the Board of Planned Parenthood New York City. She is a director at Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO).

2023 College Shower Student Honorees

Adhuresa U. 
Aleha S.
Alicia D.
Amy T.
Ashley M.
Ashley O.
Courtney S.
Dejanae G.
Emmanuela B.
Ezinne I.
Fatema J.
Fatima M.
Fiona C.

Halla A.
Joselyn R.
Kadiatou D.
Lendita A.
Liana E.
Melanie R.
Melissa M.
Natalia C.
Saja E.
Samantha R.
Sofia R.
Vicki Z.
Zadia R.

Hosted by

Abbi Crutchfield

Host of Hulu's Up Early Tonight
Actor, Writer, Comedian

With live performances by 

Nikki M. James

Actress and Broadway Performer 

Olivia K.

Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist

Smashworks Dance Company

2023 Gala Honorary Committee

  • Emma Bredin, Global Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, BNY Mellon

  • Joyce Chang, Managing Director, Chair of Global Research, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Arielle Jacobs, Actress/Broadway Performer

  • Barbara Kavovit, CEO of Evergreen Construction

  • Sarah LaFleur, Founder & CEO, M.M. LaFleur

  • Amelie Lonergan Vassort

  • ​​Helen Lo, Founder & Board Chair, Lo & Sons

  • Laura McPhail, Partner, Hedley May

  • Brooke S. Richman, Founder & CEO, Coop & Spree

  • Angela Scott, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, The Office of Angela Scott

  • Michelle Smith, Founder & CEO, MICHELLE SMITH

  • Caroline and Lizzy Tierney, Co-Founders, Daughter Lessons

2023 Gala Host Committee

Cate Luzio, Gala Host Committee Chair

Cali Cole

Meredith Meyer

Camille Mantelin

Jill Schuck Taylor

Natalia Malley-Masten

Thank you to our sponsors.


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Thank you to these in-kind donors.


Amali NYC

Barbara Green

Bear Lakes Country Club

Brooklyn Boudoir



Coop & Spree

Dear Sunday


EDEN BodyWorks

Estee Lauder

Flora 761



Jim Arnoff Coaching & Consulting

Kate Spade New York

Kendra Scott

LEGOLAND New York Resort

Lo & Sons


Madison Square Garden Sports

M.M. LaFleur

Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC)

National Football League (NFL)

New York Jets


Premier Chess

Savor Beauty + Spa

Skin Spirit

Sui Yoga



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