Big Night Out! 2023 Annual Gala

Big Night Out! Annual Gala
Big Night Out! 2023 was another remarkable gathering in support of Manhattan Country School's commitment to equity, democracy, and developing leaders who boldly stand up for justice. Our 2023 honorees' remarks highlighted the importance of truth-telling in an environment that so often seeks to dismiss or deny history.

Thank you to everyone - past, current, and future families and faculty, friends of the school, and MCS alumni – who came out to support. Because of your incredible generosity, we have raised a record amount in support of MCS’ sliding scale tuition program.
Special thanks to all of our honorees - Yoruba Richen and Jelani Cobb - for who you are, what you do, and for sharing your wisdom and presence with us.
A heartfelt thank you to the Big Night Out! sponsors and supporters and all the community members who pitched in to make the evening authentically MCS, including:
  • Presenters Jenny Arons, Chris Emdin, and Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Co-Chairs Daniela Markowicz, Renita Croney Powell, and Rhys Powell and the Big Night Out! planning committee
  • Performer Nick Colt (and his band)
  • Fund-a-need presenters Daniel Altshuler and Ana María Archila 
  • Jody Watermeyer for her help with the flowers
  • Parent volunteers at the event
  • Harris Friess '98 and Lyle Friess '00 for donating space at The Post BK
  • Kenien Spann and Mighty Prime Industries LLC
  • Past and present faculty and staff who celebrated with us
  • DJ Stretch Armstrong (aka Adrian Bartos ‘83) for the great music
  • All of our MCS families and the families that will join MCS in September
See the event photos here, and watch the event here.
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