Goldman Sachs was honored at a gala dinner for Room to Read, a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa, at the High Line Hotel on May 11.
David Solomon, president and co-chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs was an honoree on the night. He told Business Insider he was picking up the award on behalf of CEO Lloyd Blankfein, co-COO Harvey Schwartz, and the more than 120 current and former partners who have contributed to the charity.
A number of top Goldman Sachs executives making generous contributions on the night. Greg Lemkau, who had just been promoted to cohead of the investment bank, made a donation, as did his cohead John Waldron. FX de Mallmann, chairman of investment banking, and Dan Dees, head of tech, media and telecoms banking, also made big contributions.
The level of their generosity was only challenged by PIMCO, with a number of executives at the bond giant, including Andrew Balls and Marc Seidner, making large contributions. In all, the event raised $2.8 million.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was presented with the Superhero Award for his commitment to education. The rapper and entrepreneur is the cofounder of Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School. At one point, Combs raised the stakes in a bidding war during a charity auction, offering to personally produce a track for the winner. Someone on PIMCO’s table weighed in with a $50,000 bid to bag the prize.
Take a look at the event:
John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, welcomed guests to the gala dinner.
Howard Schiller, the former CFO of drug company Valeant, mingled with the crowd.
Edith Cooper, global head of human capital management at Goldman Sachs, was there.
There was a red carpet for big name guests.
Here’s Business Insider’s Matt Turner catching up with David Solomon, president and co-chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs.
The guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn before heading in to the banquet hall.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was there to collect a Superhero Award for his commitment to world change through educating children.
Rapper and actor Joey Bada$$ was sat next to Sean Combs.
Andrew Balls, the co-chief investment officer for fixed income at PIMCO, was generous with his donations.
It was a packed house.
Here’s Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Roshanara, a graduate from the Girls’ Education Program
Sara Eisen was CNBC was the master of ceremonies
Guests enjoyed fine food and wine.
Gillian Tett, the US managing editor at The Financial Times, was there.
Scott Kapnick, the chief executive of HPS Investment Partners, paid a visit to Faith Evan’s table.
Howard Schiller (left) mixed with Teri Volpert, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Barry Volpert (furthest right)
Ben Happ, head of marketing and investor relations at hedge fund Myriad Asset Management, chatted to model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova
That’s Frank van Veenendaal, the former vice chairman of Salesforce, on the right.
The charity auction was something else.
Marc Seidner, the CIO of non-traditional strategies, at PIMCO, bid in the auction.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs livened up proceedings, promising to produce a track for the winning bidder in the charity auction.
Penn Masala provided entertainment.
Sonny Kalsi, founder of real estate investor GreenOak, was the event chair.
Roshanara told the guests her story.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and John Wood courted donations.
Ben Happ (Myriad) was among those to make a contribution.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs then gave a short speech.
Scott Kapnick, David Solomon, Faith Evans and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs shared the stage.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs accepted a plaudit.
Faith Evans then performed some of her biggest hits.
Scott Kapnick hit the dancefloor.
Faith Evans was a popular performer.
Joey Bada$$ was also in demand with the young Wall Street crowd.
It was quite the party atmosphere.
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