Last week StreetWise Partners, a New York City-based nonprofit that transforms the lives of disadvantaged, low-income people by helping them realize their career potential, hosted its annual Poker Tournament to raise funds for the organization. The event was dubbed “Raising the Ante,” and invited NYC’s hedge fund heavyweights, private equity leaders, and a few special guests to come together to raise vital funds to benefit the life-changing work that StreetWise Partners does.
Founded in 1997, StreetWise Partners works to transform the lives of disadvantaged people by empowering them through employment. According to the organization, “StreetWise Partners has transformed the lives of 2,600 job seekers while leveraging the time and expertise of approximately 6,000 volunteers,” of the impact the organization has made in NYC.
The nonprofit is distinct because of its deep relationships with corporate partners and its mentorship programs. StreetWise Partners has a dedicated Board of Directors, including Board Chairman Anton Levy, Managing Director of General Atlantic, Vice-Chairman Orlando Ashford of Holland America Line, Christine Lattanzio of PricewaterhouseCoopers’, and others. It is a combination of the ongoing efforts of the StreetWise Partners Board and the dedicated efforts of the organization’s longstanding volunteers that allow it to make such an impact.
At the Raising the Ante Poker Tournament on March 11, StreetWise Partners raised significant funds with the generous support of event attendees. According to HedgeCo.Net, “The hedge fund industry joined up with non-profit charity StreetWise Partners in NYC, raising $275,000 for programs that change the lives of hard-working disadvantaged individuals.”
Brian Korb, StreetWise Partners Board member and Event Co-Chair commented that “Proceeds from this event will make a huge impact on so many more lives” of the individuals that will directly benefit from the generosity of donors. Some of the Raising the Ante Poker Tournament attendees included NY Knicks Legend John Starks, John Sabat of Cubist Systematic Strategies, and J.R. Havlan, an Emmy Award winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
“It’s a compassionate, thoughtful, and brilliantly run organization that I look forward to providing with my continued support,” said Havlan at the event.
Learn more about the work that StreetWise Partners does to change lives through employment in NYC by visiting its official website.