Our most cherished and time honored tradition

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.

For many, a new season of life means a fresh start. At Grand St. Settlement, this fresh start looks like opportunities to reconnect, to grow and to be optimistic about the future. This is especially refreshing in the midst of our collective battle with COVID-19; we’re doing everything we can to protect our community including mandating our staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccines.

100% of your gift will go directly to improving the lives of New Yorkers in the highest-need neighborhoods.

This new season also brings exciting new programs to Grand Street:


Three new early childhood centers in Brooklyn.


Three new community schools for a total of six in the GSS network that will help school-aged children and parents connect with resources to help the whole family.


Our Best Buy Teen Tech Center located in Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side opened in early October to bring state of the art technology and inquisitive youth together for exploration.


Senior programs are operating in-person at Essex Crossing Community Center on the Lower East Side.

The innovation and continuity of programs and services are made possible through the generosity and support of donors like you who understand the value of our work.

2021 Benefit Committee

Advocate ($10,000+)

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

Collaborator ($5,000-$9,999)

Diana R. Breen & Michael Ritter
Kenneth W. Liebman & Toni H. Liebman 
Rexford Fund
Susan & Jeffrey Goldstein

Teammate ($2,500-$4,999)

Adam Angelowicz
Tracie Golding & Brian Gerson
David M. Lee & Yukari Lee
Joyce Lee & Brian Kim
The SOL Foundation

Champion ($1,000-$2,499)

Brian Barrett & Barbara Barrett
Alan & Jennifer Brazil
Robert Cordero & Glorisel Cordero
Elwood Davis & Catherine Davis
Stephen Dedyo
Tom & Deban Flexner
Alexander & Linda Gardner
Scott Gewirtz & Laura Gewirtz
Steven Goldberg, Baker HostetlerTameka Green
Peter & Roberta Hirsch
Tamara Hubinsky & Adam Bremner
Alberto Jiménez & Maya Jiménez
David Kuntz
John LaMattina & Mary LaMattina
Kirtna Pai & Asheet Mehta
Dorie Lederfajn Paparo & Ari Paparo
David Scott Ross & Dr. Laura Ross
Andy & Samantha Saperstein
Mario Tufano & Hayley Tufano
Amy Rose & Allen Weinberg
Carsten Beith
Scott Eisen & Madonna Park
Sara Jackson
Bromberg Family Foundation
Sharon & Cary A. Koplin