Gala 2010 – The Great Gatsby Gala

The Dave Nee Foundation's Fifth Annual Fundraiser, the Great Gatsby, was an incredible success which generated over $100,000 to raise awareness of depression, eliminate the stigma associated with mental health issues, and prevent suicide. The gala was held on Friday, October 22nd at the elegant Edison Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan. The Foundation's 2010 Honorees were Daphne Merkin, 2010 Ray of Light Award recipient, and Michael Student, the 2010 Uncommon Counselor recipient. We gratefully acknowledge their commitment to the serious issues of depression and suicide; we share their visions of hope and extend our utmost appreciation to both Ms. Merkin and Mr. Student for their enthusiastic participation and thoughtful remarks at the gala. Congratulations were also in order for our grand prize raffle winner, Chris Stavrakos of Long Island, who took home an iPAD Package valued at over $1,000!

Guests embraced the Roaring Twenties theme by dressing up in 1920s attire and dancing the night away to big band sounds with NYC Swing. The "Speakeasy" Martini and other designer cocktails complimented stations of delectable sushi, beef sliders and lobster risotto prepared by the venue's gourmet chef. VIPs mingled with the 2010 Honorees, Foundation Board Members and the Nee Family in the private "Bubbly Lounge" on the mezzanine level featuring a Champagne tasting bar, seafood raw bar and jazz duo. Our best ever Silent and Live Auctions were full of exciting trips, event tickets and other hard-to-find goodies and they raised much-needed funds to support the Foundation. All in all it was a festive night of "Pearls and Feathers" and it was enjoyed by all.

Thank you once again to all of our supporters, donors, guests and corporate sponsors for your generous contributions to the Dave Nee Foundation’s Fifth Annual Fundraiser: The Great Gatsby Gala.


Great Gatsby Gala Invitation

Gala Program 2010

Great Gatsby Gala Video

Great Gatsby Gala Photo Gallery

The Digital Photobooth 2010
 

Thank You to Our Supporters

Thank you once again to all of our supporters, donors, guests and corporate sponsors for your generous contributions to the Dave Nee Foundation’s Fifth Annual Fundraiser: The Great Gatsby Gala.

Our Corporate Sponsors this year were:

Cadwalader, Wikersham & Taft LLP

   
The Digital Photobooth 2010

Guests enjoyed a special opportunity to strike a pose at the 2010 Great Gatsby Gala and take home portraits of themselves courtesy of MVS Studios. An elegant update of the classic photobooth, the Digital Photobooth has been the hit of several events including ones at the White House and the MOMA, and revelers took advantage of this exciting feature at our Fifth Annual Gala. Hundreds of chic black and white images were taken throughout the night and projected on the large screen onstage while 4"x6" photos printed instantly for keepsakes. VIPs also took home with them a leather Dave Nee Foundation photo frame to display their best shots.

Check out the 600+ photos in the Photobooth Gallery posted here.