It was a grand evening. Good food, good music, spirited dancing, all made better by a diverse community coming together with a purpose—to raise funds in support of sliding-scale tuition.
I always enjoy Big Night Out! That was seemingly true for the 280 people who took part in the celebration on Saturday, too. Their congratulatory emails and phone calls give a sense of why.
- “Congratulations to all of you for an event that went off without a hitch… entertaining, meaningful and an inspiring gathering of a community of which we still feel a part.”
- “We were very impressed by all of the accomplished alumni of MCS and how they use the values learned during their time there to make an impact in the world.”
- “My guest was really pleased to be there and is excited about the model that MCS presents. I’m so pleased about the connection we have made there.”
- “MCS was a really good school for my children when they were here in the 1980s, but I can tell tonight that today it’s even better.”
- “My husband didn’t buy all I was selling him about how special MCS is. Well, he believes me now.”
- “Very impressive and thought-provoking alumni and students!”
- “Last night’s BNO was the best one yet.”
View the Living the Dream Mentor Award acceptance speeches by Christopher Purdy and Cecile Richards.
View the Big Night Out! Photo Gallery.
Living the Dream Mentor Award honoree Christopher Purdy (Class of 1980) was eloquent in describing how an MCS education influenced his life and work with DKT International. “Empowering women with family planning information, products and services is revolutionary. It changes lives and it changes societies. Wasn’t this the aim of MCS—to change the world one student at a time?”
It was gratifying to hear Chris’ assessment of MCS. “There are a lot of schools in New York where you can get a fine education, your ABCs and your 123s. You can learn a language and you can learn about science and certainly MCS is one of those great schools.” Chris went on to add, “There are two other things that make MCS very, very special. The first is compassion. The other is passion.… As I look around the world today, including here in the U.S., it strikes me that we could use a lot more compassion and passion. We’re going to need those values in our future leaders if we’re going to solve the kinds of problems they’re going to be faced with.”
Compassion and passion are essential components of the work of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, our second Living the Dream Mentor Award honoree. She understands the importance of learning about and fighting for social justice at an early age. Cecile was unable to attend Saturday’s event, but she accepted her award via video. In her remarks, she said, “MCS is the kind of school we need all over the country, creating the next generation of social justice activists.”
Thank you to the event’s generous underwriters and donors, as well as the parents, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees who contributed auction items and experiences. Big Night Out!wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of our development office, the leadership of the Big Night Out! committee co-chairs and the dedicated work of many volunteers. Their resolve to display the vitality of our mission in every detail was very much on display. Thank you to everyone who helped make Big Night Out! a fundraising success.
If you weren’t able to join us Saturday, I invite you to read the event program book and view images from the event in the online photo gallery. I look forward to next year’s celebration, where we will honor two more individuals who are changing the world for the better and MCS’ 50th anniversary.