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Big Night Out! 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Table settings at Big Night Out! 2018

Big Night Out! is Manhattan Country School’s annual spring benefit featuring the Living the Dream Mentor Award ceremony, dinner, dancing and an online auction. Revenue from Big Night Out! helps MCS raise the more than $2 million needed to sustain its sliding-scale tuition program each year.


6 p.m. Cocktail Reception 

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Living the Dream Mentor Award Ceremony, Dinner & Dancing*

*Music spun by MCS alumnus Adrian Bartos ’83 aka Stretch Armstrong 


About the Living the Dream Mentor Award

Each year, Manhattan Country School honors excellence and leadership in progressive education, arts and sciences, social and environmental justice, and community activism with its Living the Dream Mentor Award. This year, we honor the following individuals who exemplify MCS' vision and mission by defending liberty and advocating for the legally vulnerable: 


2019 Living the Dream Mentor Award Honorees

Ana Maria Archila,
Co-Executive Director, The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)
Ana Maria Archila is a leading voice for racial and economic justice and immigrant rights. She helped build the CPD into one of the largest community organizing networks in the country. Notably, CPD and its affiliates have played a major role in the national movement to increase the minimum wage and create family-sustaining jobs resulting in raises for millions of workers.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)'s Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP) Team
In March 2018, the ACLU's IRP sued the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The suit exposed the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy revealing that some 2,600 children had been forcibly separated from their families seeking asylum at the U.S. border. A federal court in San Diego subsequently issued an injunction holding the practice of family separation unconstitutional and mandating reunification.

Lee Gelernt '75
Deputy Director, ACLU's IRP; Director, IRP's Access to the Courts Program
Lee Gelernt is one of the most influential immigrant rights' lawyers in the U.S. Since joining the ACLU in 1992, Gelernt has argued dozens of civil rights cases at all levels of the federal court system, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Anand Balakrishnan
Staff Attorney, ACLU's IRP
Anand Balakrishnan is a graduate of Yale Law School. As a mentor, he has provided law students with key lessons about civil liberties and hands-on litigation experience. 

Dan Galindo
Staff Attorney, ACLU's IRP
Dan Galindo is a graduate of Stanford Law School. Before joining the ACLU, he worked as a public defender at teh Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. 

Judy Rabinovitz
Deputy Director and Director of Detention and Federal Enforcement Programs, ACLU's IRP
Judy Rabinovitz joined the ACLU in 1988 and has devoted her career to litigating class action and impact cases on a variety of issues affecting the rights of immigrants.

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Check out our recap of Big Night Out! 2018.