2019 Benefit for Stuyvesant


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We are grateful for the support received from the entire alumni community for our inaugural gala. We raised $133,125 to support our mission: To support Stuyvesant High School and its students, and to help promote fellowship among alumni.

To all our supporters, thank you! To all alumni, we hope to see you next year!

2019 Benefit for Stuyvesant

We are pleased to bring together the alumni community for our inaugural Benefit for Stuyvesant, which will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at The Water Club. You will not want to miss out on this event!

2019 Benefit for Stuyvesant

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First Golden Pegleg for Outstanding Achievement Awardee

We will award the first “Golden Pegleg” to Nobel Laureate Richard Axel, MD ’63. Dr. Axel is a university professor and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University Medical Center. He also serves as a Co-Director of Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute.

In 2004, Dr. Axel won a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work in decoding olfaction, our sense of smell. Specifically, Dr. Axel identified more than 1,000 special receptors in the nose that transmit olfactory information to the brain.

Richard Axel, MD '63


Samantha Whitmore ’09 is a scientist and software engineer. As Head of Engineering at Kensho, she built the company’s trade backtesting system and subsequently led the data infrastructure division through a $550 million acquisition by S&P Global.

For her work at Kensho, Ms. Whitmore was named to the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30. She received a master’s degree in Experimental and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a joint degree in Physics and Mathematics. In September, Ms. Whitmore will return to Harvard to begin a PhD program in Earth and Planetary Sciences. She credits her Stuyvesant education with introducing her to computer science and physics.

Samantha Whitmore '09


Nzingha Prescod ’10 is a Brooklyn native and two-time Olympic foil fencer and multiple World Champion. She started fencing at 9 years old at the Peter Westbrook Foundation, where she currently volunteers as an instructor on weekends. By the age of 15, Ms. Prescod was ranked in the top five of the Senior division, and has gone on to become a four-time World Champion. She is the first African-American woman to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships (2015) and qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London at the age of 19.

In 2016, Ms. Prescod returned to the Olympics in Rio de Janiero and finished 11th. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science and a concentration in Race & Ethnicity. She currently works as a consultant at Ernst & Young while training for the next Olympics in Tokyo.

Nzingha Prescod '10

Teacher Honoree

We will be honoring longtime Stuyvesant teacher and Speech & Debate Coach, Ms. Julie Sheinman.

Julie Sheinman was hired at Stuyvesant in 1984 by Principal Abe Baumel to start a debate team for the school. Through her own hard work and the talent and dedication of the Stuyvesant students, Ms. Sheinman was able to found one of the largest and most successful teams in the US. Over the years, Stuyvesant Speech & Debate has garnered dozens of city, state and national championships. Alumni of the team have gone on to success in theater, business, medicine, law, academia, and many other professions.

In 2017, Ms. Sheinman was elected to the NSDA Coaching Hall of Fame, the highest honor for any high school Speech & Debate coach. In 2018, she was voted NYS Speech and Debate Educator of the year.

Her greatest joy is her daughter, Fannie, who is a proud Stuy alumna, a former novice director of the Speech Team, and a rising senior at Tufts University.

Event Details

The cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 pm with an open bar, followed by dinner with wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. If you have dietary restrictions or would like to request a kosher meal, please email us at [email protected] with the subject “2019 Benefit for Stuyvesant – Meal Request”.

Dress code is cocktail attire.

Free valet parking provided at the venue. The Water Club is on the FDR, north of East 23rd Street. Please do not try to enter via East 30th St, as it is a dead end.


$1,000 Ticket Package

  • Two tickets
  • Quarter-page advertisement in the printed program

$250 Benefit Ticket

  • One ticket
  • Early Bird pricing of $225 until May 1, 2019

$200 Young Professionals Ticket 

  • One ticket for Stuyvesant alumni from the Class of 2008 and later
  • Early Bird pricing of $150 until May 1, 2019

Sponsorship Packages

$10,000 Golden Pegleg Sponsor

  • One premium table for ten
  • Recognition as a GOLDEN Sponsor and premium location of your logo or name on all promotional materials — invitation, website, press release, and the printed program
  • Logo or name prominently displayed during the event on screens or signage
  • Back cover or front inside spread (two-page) advertisement in the event’s printed program

$5,000 Silver Pegleg Sponsor

  • One prominent table for ten
  • Recognition as a SILVER Sponsor and prominent location of your logo or name on all promotional materials — invitation, website, press release, and the printed program
  • Logo or name displayed during the event on screens or signage
  • Inside back cover or back cover advertisement in the event’s printed program

$2,500 Bronze Pegleg Sponsor

  • Half-table for five
  • Recognition as a BRONZE Sponsor in all promotional materials — invitation, website, press release, and the printed program
  • Full-page advertisement in the event’s printed program


  • $700 Back cover or two-page ad
  • $600 Inside front or inside back cover ad
  • $450 Full-page ad
  • $250 Half-page ad
  • $150 Quarter-page ad

If you are interested in submitting an advertisement for the printed program, please contact us at [email protected] with the subject “2019 Benefit for Stuyvesant – Program Ad.”

Auction Items

Email us at [email protected] to let us know if you have interest in donating Auction Items (Silent and Live).

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