Links honor JPMorgan Chase at biennial gala (40017)
Links honor JPMorgan Chase at biennial gala (40016)

In a celebratory afternoon affair, the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links Incorporated honored JPMorgan Chase for the firm’s philanthropic investments at its ninth biennial gala on Dec. 9, at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.

The gala’s theme was “Realizing the Dream: Celebrating Excellence in Education and Leadership,” a tribute to the chapter’s work and accomplishments in serving the Greater Harlem community, as well as the impressive track record of JPMorgan Chase’s philanthropic investments in Harlem and worldwide.

“Leading with excellence, serving with grace and the Metro-Manhattan Links’ theme, ‘Celebrating Excellence through Education and Leadership,’ are exactly what we are striving to achieve philanthropically in our firm so we can then leverage the assets we build in communities to create demand for and deliver the full capabilities of our business,” said Kim Jasmin, who accepted the award on behalf of JPMorgan Chase.

More than 600 distinguished guests from New York City’s arts and entertainment, financial and political sectors attended the gala. The gala began with an elegant cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dancing. Guests bid on silent-auction items ranging from Broadway tickets and museum memberships to in-home gourmet catering.

Gala proceeds will support the chapter’s hands-on programs and initiatives to prepare students for college, reduce health disparities, advance arts education and build leadership in the Greater Harlem community.

Gala attendees included Rep. Charles Rangel; the Rev. Al Sharpton, activist and MSNBC contributor; Darryl C. Towns, CEO, New York State Homes and Community Renewal; Rosalyn Brock, chairman of the board, NAACP ; Earl Graves Sr., founder and publisher of Black Enterprise magazine; George Faison, Tony Award-winning choreographer and former Alvin Ailey dancer; Kathleen Battle, opera singer; Brenda Blackmon, anchor, WWOR-TV; Barbara Smith, restaurateur and lifestyle expert; b Michael, fashion designer; the Rev. Franklyn Richardson, senior pastor, Grace Baptist Church; H. Carl McCall, former New York state comptroller; Bill Thompson, former New York City comptroller, Michelle Paterson, former first lady of New York; Arva Rice, president, New York Urban League; and Len Burnett, Co-CEO, Group Publisher at Uptown Media Group, among other guests.

LaShann DeArcy Hall served as the gala dinner chair. The honorary committee included Monica Azare Davenport, Kimberly Davis, Hazel N. Dukes, Caroline Taylor Ellerson, Toni Fay, Carla Harris, Brenda Neal, Chrystie B. Price and Danyale Price.