Thursday, October 27, 2022
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

5:30PM | VIP Reception
6:30PM | Cocktail Reception & Auction
7:30PM | Awards Dinner

PowerPlay is excited to host our biggest in-person fundraiser of the year. Our Annual Gala Celebration is an extraordinary evening designed to celebrate the bright futures of our program participants, and honor the accomplishments of role models who inspire them. Over the years, this event has brought in hundreds of participants, including industry leaders, key-influencers, and VIP supporters.

Past honorees and influences include Padma Lakshmi, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, NYC Council Member Carlina Rivera, Laura Kohler (Senior Vice President of HR, Stewardship & Sustainability at Kohler Co.), and Monica Alvarez-Mitchell (CEO, Pulse Creative). Since its inception, the Gala has helped PowerPlay raise over $1.4M in unrestricted funds to support our work. Join us on October 27, 2022 in celebration of our girls and distinguished honorees.

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About Powerplay

PowerPlay serves one of the most vulnerable, at-risk populations in NYC:

1100+ girls and young women served annually
90% girls of color (primarily Black and Latinx)
8-18 Year old Girls from low-income neighborhoods facing multiple systemic barriers to success
5 Boroughs offering PowerPlay programming

PowerPlay is a place for you to feel confident and let go. It keeps you motivated. I love it!

– Felicia


I always have a problem with my confidence but now I am becoming better at believing in me.

– Ayanna


I love participating in PowerPlay and being able to discuss different topics and learn about other people’s experience.

– Jennifer


I have seen when you work hard it helps you get somewhere in life.

– Estephanie


*Additonal honorees to be confirmed

Adrienne Adams  New York City Council Speaker
Vanessa Coppes CEO + Editor-In-Chief, BELLA Magazine

A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors*

*This list is still growing


Brighthouse Financial

Paula Markowitz

Generali and Trip Mate


NFL Foundation

The Meek Family

TRIAD Consulting

coop & spree


First Republic Bank


Alexis King

The Aversano Family

The Saloy Family

Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss

Zahra Bahari

Gala Chair

Anatoli Semenoff Chief Financial & Operating Officer
RC Enterprise


Host Committee

Kimberly Doyle - Managing Director, Deloitte

Amanda E. Johnson - Co-Founder & President of Julie Products, Inc.

Ellen Markowitz - President, SuperStarters Coaching LLC

Kelly P. Sahner - Chief Commercial Officer, Trip Mate

Niles Stewart - VP Northeast Region, Lendistry

Chrys Hernandez - Commercial Lab Executive, Diasorin, Inc.

Zahra Bahari - Chief Executive Officer, PSK Collective

Brooke Schapps, CEO + Founder, coop & spree

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View Our Past Gala Celebrations