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The Let’s Pretend Ball is a time honored tradition that started during World War II when the importance of raising funds for those in need took precedence over elaborate parties.

Since 1942, the Let’s Pretend Ball has raised millions of dollars to help us deliver high-quality services and programs that prepare children to enter kindergarten, empower young people to succeed in college, support families in finding work, and help seniors live independently.

In 2020, Grand St. Settlement programs look much different from the last Let’s Pretend Ball. The COVID-19 pandemic hit our community particularly hard.

Grand Street responded by prioritizing the well-being of our community members.

We are making sure seniors and families have access to nutritious meals, community members are able to access benefits such as unemployment and SNAP, and youth and small children are receiving mentorship and enriching activities to do at home or socially distanced at our sites.

The innovation and continuity of programs and services are made possible through the generosity and support of donors who understands the value of our work.
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100% of your gift will go directly to improving the lives of New Yorkers in the highest-need neighborhoods.

Grand Street’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic


Rise in food distribution


Masks distributed


Youth participated in
Summer camp despite
drastic funding cuts


Toddlers receiving remote
childcare assistance
Grand St. Settlement has connected hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn to opportunities that inspire, services that keep families strong, and programs that bring communities closer.

Together, we can continue to lead bold charges for change and overcome obstacles that stand in the way of achievement.
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2020 Benefit Committee

Advocate   $10,000+

Andrew G. Celli, Jr. & Ellen Celli
The Joseph H. Flom Foundation
Sylvia M. Montero
Ralph W. Rose & Anna Holmgren, MD

Collaborator   $5,000 - $9,999

The Furth Family Foundation
Kenneth W. Liebman & Toni H. Liebman
Pfizer Foundation
Rexford Fund
Kenneth Soto & Joanne Soto

Teammate   $2,500 - $4,999

Diana R. Breen & Michael Ritter
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Amy R. Pasquariello & Tony Pasquariello
Shearman & Sterling
Jenna Shen & Jeffrey Shen

Champion   $1,000 - $2,499

Brian Barrett & Barbara Barrett
Robert Cordero & Glorisel Cordero
Elwood Davis & Catherine Davis
Scott Eisen & Madonna Park
Robert Fraiman, Jr. & Melanie Harris
Tamara Hubinsky & Adam Bremner
John LaMattina & Mary LaMattina
David M. Lee & Yukari Lee
Shefali Raichaudhuri & Ayan Raichaudhuri
Ted Robb
Amy Rose & Allen Weinberg
David Scott Ross & Dr. Laura Ross
Andy Saperstein & Samantha Ross-Saperstein
Richard, Ann, John, and James Families Foundation
Brandon Stanton & Erin Stanton
Jack Taylor
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