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NEW YORK: Breakthrough New York Presents "Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student?"
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When: Thursday, April 18th
6:00 PM
Where: Capitale
130 Bowery
New York, New York  10013
United States
Contact: Tracie

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Breakthrough New York Asks: Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student? at its Annual Gala on April 18th
-Nonprofit to honor Founder Sam Marks, Trilogy Partners’ Ted Federici at Capitale event-
(New York, N.Y.) – Breakthrough New York will celebrate 14 years of success at its annual gala on April 18th by pitting attendees against students in an engaging trivia competition, Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student?
Breakthrough New York is a unique college-prep educational program shepherding low-income, high-potential students from middle school to college. With rigorous, creative academics and unconditional support, Breakthrough encourages academic excellence by serving students and preparing future generations of teachers.
"As we near our 15th year, Breakthrough New York is growing by leaps and bounds,” said Executive Director Rhea Wong. "Not only are we seeing heightened interest by students wanting to participate in our programs, but this year an unprecedented number of college students have applied to teach our students this summer.”
The April gala will celebrate the launch of a new citywide campaign spotlighting the organization’s achievements and student success stories. The event will be held at Capitale from 6 PM to 9 PM.
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Breakthrough New York will celebrate the work of two individuals pivotal to its success:
  • Sam Marks, who founded Breakthrough New York (then called Summerbridge) at The Town School in 1999. Mr. Marks currently serves as Vice President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and Community Development Finance Group.
  • Ted Federici, Breakthrough New York’s Board Chairman, who will receive the organization’s Breakthrough Award. Mr. Federici is the Chief Operating Officer of Trilogy Partners, a full-service business consulting company, and has been a driving force behind Breakthrough New York’s success.
In 2012, Breakthrough New York served 209 students and families in its Manhattan and newly launched Brooklyn program. Students come from all corners of the city, and 78% qualify for federal free or reduced lunch. More than half of Breakthrough New York’s participants are the first in their families to go to college.

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