Sixteenth Annual Leadership Awards Reception Rocks New York

New York, N.Y. What an absolutely amazing event last week! The breadth of our activities over the last sixteen years blew me away. Our St. John’s University event, featuring our new Funds, Fellows and our upcoming Luce Leadership Experience – Hellas, was even more amazing because of the multitude of people involved in making the evening a truly great success (the many tags on this piece speaks to that!).

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Over 250 of us gathered in the name of connecting goodness, in support of young global leadership – much in the fields of arts, education and orphan care. Our theme was “Light One Candle,” and every speaker acknowledged how we are each in our own way helping push back the darkness.

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This Annual Leadership Awards Reception, with incredible food and bar, was sponsored by the J. Luce Foundation, Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW), and the New York Global Leaders Lions Club (NYGLLC) – with support from St. John’s University, Marietta College, Lions Clubs International, Swap the Biz – and a host of other organizations and businesses.

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Our foundation presents our annual Luce Leadership Awards to young leaders working to better humanity, either in the U.S. or abroad, who embody the characteristics of honor, intelligence, benevolence, and stewardship.

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Our 2016 Luce Leaders and Scholars were acknowledged: Sophie Alford (Texas), Thanh Dang (Vietnam), Francisco Donoso (Bolivia), Jewels Harrison (Conn.), Ramin Herath (Long Island), Alexander Perruci (Ohio), Rylie Wahl (Ohio). Rylie, one of the Foundation’s first Fellows, travelled from Marietta College in Ohio for our reception.

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Each of our Luce Leaders were presented with Rita Cosby’s inspirational book, Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past (HuffPo), as well as tickets to United Nations’ International Day of Happiness courtesy of Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Global Adviser to the Foundation.

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[We will take a group of our young leaders to Marietta College’s Leadership Conference in Ohio the weekend of April 4/1-2 – Marietta College (Link)].

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Luce Leader Jewels Harrison amazed our audience with his jazz performance on the keyboard and his mother Mary Harrison spoke eloquently on the need to support individuals living with Autism. She is one of the best mothers I have ever met… Ramin and Alex also spoke about their roles as young leaders – and the critical support they have received from parents and mentors.

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Global Adviser Dr. Judy Kuriansky and Luce Leader 2012 Isaac Kassin introduced this year’s Luce Leaders. Dr. Judy spoke of the need to light one candle at a time to illuminate humanity, while Isaac literally took the stage with great passion to discuss how no matter one’s faith, the work we do collectively transcends our individual efforts and become divine. Isaac’s speech was mentioned by many as a highlight of the event.

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It was a night of videos with the most ambitious video program in our history – played across 18-foot screens, brilliantly coordinated by our Global Advisor Matt Scott (Tornado Media).

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2016 Humanitarian Steve Killelea, who reminds me of as a cross between Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, spoke to us by video from Australia. I first wrote about Steve in The Huffington Post in 2012, Launched by Australian Visionary, U.S. Peace Index Hits Year Two.

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My dear friend Bill Bauer, Vice President of our Foundation, spoke to us with great passion on the passing of his son Grant and the creation of The Bauer Fund of our foundation in Grant’s memory. The Bauer Fund focuses on mental health initiatives including suicide prevention and the promotion of Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs)(story).

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Michelle Breslauer, director for Steve’s vital Institute for Economics & Peace that presents its International Peace Index each year at the United Nations, accepted the Award on his behalf.

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Our dear friend WABC’s Rita Cosby (story) accepted our Humanitarian Award in person and spoke glowingly about our collective effort to better the world, one candle at a time. Her life partner Tomaczek Bednarek began the Awards Ceremony by beautifully singing our National Anthem. Rita narrated last year’s video with great enthusiasm.

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H.E. Ambassador Catherine Boura, Ph.D. of Greece (bio), a great soul – diplomat, intellect and humanitarian – accepted our Global Citizenship Award and our old friend Hon. Benjamin Kallos of the New York City Council spoke on the importance of our mission – one candle at a time. Dean Victoria Shoaf, Ph.D. of St. John’s University also attended.

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The Cuban Government was also represented for another year in a row by H.E. Hon. Luis Javier Baró. Board members Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura, John Lee and I have all travelled to Cuba to discuss various partnerships.

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Past Humanitarian Awards from OIWW and the Foundation were presented to H.S.H. Albert II of Monaco, H.E. Hon. Li Baodong (China), Meera Gandhi, Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura (Japan), H.E. Amb. Dr. Palitha Kohona (Sri Lanka), H.E. Haya Rashed Al Khalifa (Bahrain), Kevin McGovern, Hon. Carolyn Maloney, the Hon. Mitzi Perdue, and Peter Yarrow.

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Our Masters of Ceremony, Stacee Mandeville of Red Leaf Coaching and Abhinav Chintakunta performed brilliantly with the assistance of the extremely capable Yoshiko Tamaki, our volunteer stage manager. This was the third time Abhi has MC’d one of our events, including last year at the Sri Lankan Mission to the U.N.

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The first video of the evening was Supporting Young Global Leadership 2016 (LINK) presented by the talented Pablo Povarchik of WOWprezi Design who serves as a Global Adviser to the Foundation.

Bill’s powerful video on The Bauer Fund played, followed by Georgia Nomikos speaking with great passion about our Hellenic Fund and upcoming leadership experience to Athens, while Audrey Kitagawa spoke eloquently for Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura on our soon-launching Manjushree Fund for Tibetan Orphans (save the date: April 27!), and then our Board Member and father of a Luce Leader, Sunil Herath, spoke on the Foundation’s Sri Lanka Fund for helping education and youth in his home county.

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The extremely talented Rohan Bhargava, who received our 2016 Artist-in-Residence Award, founded the Rovaco Dance Company that presented an astonishing contemporary dance quartet using only improvised movement placed within a highly detailed and structured score featuring the talented Nico Gonzales, Mariel Harris, Holly Ledbetter, and Jared McAboy.

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“Leadership” is the ability to motivate others towards a common goal. When coupled with a charity or philanthropy, the art of connecting with others to better humanity. This has been our objective since founding Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) in 1999, ‘raising global leaders.’ And it continued in 2008 with the launch of the J. Luce Foundation, ‘supporting young global leadership.’

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Towards that end, we began to publish The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness in 2010. Last spring, we began a Fellowship program with Marietta College’s McDonough Leadership Center. This fall, we sponsored the formation of civic club, the New York Global Leadership Lions Club (NYGLLC). Our emphasis across all organizations has been on honor, intelligence, benevolence – and stewardship.

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Leaders are born, not taught. However, born leaders still need to be grounded in the Humanities and given access to the tools, funds and network they need to move mountains. It is with this in mind that we announce The J. Luce Foundation Leadership Experience, our inaugural trip to the cradle of education, philosophy and democracy – where our young leaders will absorb The Ideals of Hellas.

Thus, Georgia Nomikos introduced The J. Luce Leadership Experience: The Ideals of Hellas (May 14-22) which promises to be a life-changing adventure for our young leaders, which was followed by the spectacular video, The J. Luce Foundation Leadership Experience: The Ideals of Hellas.

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The Experience: Hellas is open to the leadership of our Foundation (both young and old) and all of its many affiliates, including Orphans International Worldwide and the New York Global Leadership Lions Club. Board members, Global Advisers, Executive Committee members, Luce Leaders, Luce Fellows, and Luce Scholars are all welcome – as well as their parents!

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This nine-day experience ‘Empowerment Tour’ will allow participants to not only experience the Spirit of Hellenism and its glories but also receive Certification. Several certificates of achievement will be available, from the Greek government to various Greek non-profit organizations to our Foundation.

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Students from any educational institution we support are welcome, including our new friends from the Center for Global Business Stewardship at St. John’s University and Legacy High School in New York. Trip coordinated by Global Adviser and Corporate Sponsor Georgia Nomikos, C.E.O. of The Orpheus Luxury Collection.

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Aman Singh-Kahlon, brother of our Artist-in-Residence 2015 Manav Sachdeva Maasoom, read a poem from our Awardee’s book, The Sufi’s Garland that I reviewed in The Huffington Post (LINK)(recommended!).

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Our friend and Global Adviser Scott Eisenberg, the attorney who has created the enormously successful professional networking organization Swap the Biz, presented The Biz Philanthropic Award to the very capable Barry Queen of New York Life.

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The Hon. Geneive Brown Metzger, LLD, former Consul General of Jamaica and Global Adviser to the foundation, graciously introduced me and I attempted to thank all of those involved with the evening’s success – far too large of a task to have accomplished successfully.

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I was feeling so nostalgic seeing our Orphans International banner and our U.N. flag that flew over our sun-drenched, dusty projects after the Tsunami in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and after the earthquake in Haiti with their patina of authenticity. And, at the same time, long to the future with the New York Global Leaders Lions Club banner presented to us at our induction ceremony only last month.

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Distinguished Guests last week also included representatives of H.E. Amb. Katalin Bogyay (Perm. Rep. of Hungary to U.N.), Kevin McGovern (Luce Humanitarian, McGovern Capital, The Water Initiative), and Guillermo Perez (Lions Clubs International).

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The hors-d’oeuvres, presented by Food for Thought Catering, won rave reviews, and our Open Bars featured selections of “Hellenic Spirits” (ouzo, mastiha, and samos moscato wine) contributed by John Dotsikas. We also served delectable Resalso red wine from the vineyards of Bodegas Emilio Moro, Ribera Del Duero, Spain.

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We also had a successful Vodka Tasting courtesy of a Global Adviser prospect, our friend Yoav Sisley, founder of the unforgettable Balls Vodka. Prudence Designs & Events donated our gorgeous floral arrangements.

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The first Luce Fellows are from our partner Marietta College. These young global leaders are: Mandee Young (Soph., Advertising & Public Relations), Amanda Davis (Soph., International Business, Economics), Matthew Johnson (Fresh., International Leadership Studies, Spanish), Rylie Wahl (Fresh.), McKenzie Fleeman (Fresh., Psychology), and Celeste Prince (Soph., International Leadership Studies, Psychology).

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The Fellowship application process created by Marietta College will be used to create a formal process for the Foundation. See the HuffPo story here.

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Non-profit organizations we support in attendance included the Battery Dance Company, Fountain House, Gaia Holistic, Habitat for Humanity, Indo-American Arts Council, Marietta College, New York on Tech, and Peter Yarrow’s Operation Respect.

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For-profit partners in attendance included Business Systems Consulting NY, N. Cheng & Co., Drake Media Network, Incognito Bistro, Linus Publications, Lovve Enterprises, MW Photography, Orpheus Luxury Collection, Red Leaf Coaching, Swap the Biz, Tornado Media, TUSK Boutique, wOw Prezi, and Yasha Ramen.

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MW Photography, run by the New York Global Leaders Lions Club director Mangala Weerasekera, sponsored the evening’s Red Carpet Step & Repeat. Other photographers included Ashwani Agrawal, Jimmy S. Chu (Lions Club), Sekou Diarra, and our old friend Paul Sladkus of Good News Broadcasting. Global Adviser Donna Drake of LiveItUp TV! was also on hand doing Red Carpet interviews.

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Unbelievably, this year we have over $115,000 worth of items and experiences available through Silent Auction or on-line with our partner CharityBuzz, ten times more than last year! Our Silent Auction was very successful, with the majority of items closed at the event and two left open until the end of the month. Our Auctions raise funds that we disperse annually to organizations we support (see below for a list of supported organizations in 2015).

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STILL OPEN (text me at 347-316-7087 to bid)

  • Story-Time Reading for Children for 3-8 yrs. old – the delightful and insightful Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight – to school of your choice. Personal appearance & book signing by author Michael Dotsikas. Value: $500. This contribution is earmarked for The Hellenic Fund.
  • Y. Indian Film Festival Closing Night Celebrations – for Two, May 14, 2016 (5 pm-Midnight), NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYC. Arranged by or friend Aroon Shivdasani. Value: $500.

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CLOSED ITEMS

  • Global Adviser Susie de Rafelo donated a Hands In Signed Weaving from the Otavalo, Ecuador workshop of Jose Cotacachi that was purchased by Meryl Joblin.
  • Michael Dotsikas, brother of Georgia Nomikos, donated 20 copies of his wonderful children’s book Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight that I will review shortly in HuffPo and will be featured by Donna Drake on LiveItUp! TV was sold to Lions Peter & Joanne Pergolis for donation to English-speaking orphans. This contribution is earmarked for The Hellenic Fund.

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  • Dinos Malliaros, uncle of Luce Leader ‘16 Francisco Donoso of Bolivia, donated a handsome 16” Riace Warrior Bronze Statuette that I outbid my friend from Habitat for Humanity to take home. This contribution is earmarked for The Hellenic Fund.
  • Global Adviser Stacee Mandeville of Red Leaf Coaching contributed Speech Coaching that Board Member Sara Herbert-Galloway won.

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  • The Hellenic Education & Language Program of Astoria (H.E.L.P.) contributed $750 worth of Greek Lessons for Six Months that I also could not pass up. This contribution is earmarked for The Hellenic Fund.
  • Corporate Sponsor Hiten Manseta of TUSK Boutique, where we held last fall’s Diwali party, donated a gorgeous Yellow Leather Handbag ($340 value) that was purchased by Global Adviser Lynne-Marie Paquette.
  • The Orpheus Luxury Collection Hellenic Cooking Lesson for Two by Gastronomy Expert “Calliope’s Real Greek Food” was purchased by Board Member Sara Herbert Galloway. This contribution is earmarked for The Hellenic Fund.
  • Global Adviser Lynne-Marie Paquette, owner of Buddy’s Dog Den, offered Grooming & Spa Treatment that was picked up by our friend Jim Monnier of Habitat for Humanity.
  • A Weekend for Two at Menla Buddhist Retreat in the Catskills donated by OIWW Board member Kazuko Tatsumura (Gaia Holistic, Inc.) was won by Global Adviser Jan Ivarsson.

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ON-LINE NOW (www.CharityBuzz.com/LuceFoundation)

  • Three-Day Seminar Global Leadership & Self-Improvement Thru Socrates’ Philosophy for Ten in NYC donated by Orpheus Luxury Collection – value: $5,000; opening bid: $1,000.
  • Corporate Leadership Workshop led by Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of McDonough Leadership Center. Value $2,000; opening bid $500.
  • Dine with Founder James Jay Dudley Luce, Investment Banker & Philanthropist @ Incognito Bistro (Adriana Moretti) – value: $1,000; opening bid $500.

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  • Dinner at The Writing Room with Scott Eisenberg, CEO & Founder of Swap The Biz. Value: $2,500; opening bid $500.
  • Enjoy 4 Nights at Tryall Club in Jamaica 2 Bedroom Little Palm Villa – $2,400 value; min. bid $500.
  • Enjoy a Networking Bootcamp in NYC for 20 Employees or Clients with Scott Eisenberg, Founder & CEO of Swap The Biz. Value: $5,000; opening bid $1,000.
  • Enjoy Dinner with Founder James Jay Dudley Luce at Yasha Ramen in NYC (Vlada von Shats) – $2,500 value; opening bid $500.

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  • Have your Corporate Presentation Created by WOWprezi Design (Pablo Povarchik) – $6,250 value; opening bid $1,000.
  • Hellenic Symposium Dinner with Jim Luce & Georgia Nomikos @ Ethos Gallery 51 – value: $1,000; opening bid 500.
  • Luce Leadership Experience: The Ideals of Hellas Trip – May 14 -22. Donated by The Orpheus Luxury Collection. Net value: $3,000.

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  • Japanese Dinner for Two with Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura & Lama Thupten Phuntsok (at fabulous Japanese restaurant – ONLY available in April) – (Gaia Holistic, Inc., Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura, Dir.); value: $1,800; opening bid $500.
  • Live It Up! With Donna Drake TV Show – business presentation highlighting your store or company (Drake Media Network-Donna Drake). Up to 3 people can be on the segment airing in 7.5 million homes. Permission to put segment on your website. $2,000 value; opening bid $500.
  • Lux Dream Trip to India for Two – one couple –
5 nights / 6 days (Jitin Hingorani) – $8,000.
  • Meet Peter Yarrow – Receive a Signed Peter, Paul & Mary’s Poster. Value: $2,500, opening bid $500.
  • Trip to Manjushree Tibetan Orphanage in Tawang, India – site of one of Tibetan Buddhism’s oldest and most sacred monasteries. $8,000 value.

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  • Two-Day, Executive Presentation Skills Coaching for Ten (Red Leaf Coaching). For medium to large businesses – delivered in-person, on-site. Coach will travel anywhere outside of NYC, expenses apply. Value: $17,000.
  • C. Pitch Coaching for Non-Profits by Red Leaf Coaching. Up to five team members and colleagues can participate in an intensive day long coaching (9am-5pm). Value: $5,000.
  • World-Renowned Stand-Up Comedian Papa C.J. 30 Performance – to establish J. Luce Foundation India Fund. Private, corporate or public event for the donor. Between May 9-21 but excl. May 14. Value: $25,000.

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Foundation contributions were made in 2015 to the Battery Dance Company, Fountain House, Friends Without a Border, Indo-American Arts Council, Legacy High School, Lions Club International, Marietta College McDonough Leadership Program, Marietta College Pioneer Pipeline, Osborne Association, and the Roosevelt Island Visual Artists Association. Orphans International Worldwide has supported Manjushree Tibetan Orphanage, Next Generation Nepal, and the Gyanjyoti Rural Development Welfare Trust in Bihar, India.

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The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness (www.stewardshipreport.com), began in April 2010, has averaged five new stories per day in 2015. With over 100 contributors, readership continues to double each year. We are currently creating a SR app for iPhone and Android.

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The Mission of New York Global Leaders Lions Club is to support efforts of The J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) in Supporting Young Global Leadership with emphasis on young leaders in high school and college. The four Watchwords are Honor, Intelligence, Benevolence and Stewardship. This group meets every Monday evening to perform the tasks needed to support the Foundation and OIWW.

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Special thanks to those on this year’s Annual Leadership Awards Reception Committee who made this evening possible including the evening’s chairs, Washington Garay, Stacee Mandeville, and Jessy Moya. Also: Dr. William Bauer, Tomaczek Bednarek, Gwendolen Cates, Thanh Dang, Susie de Rafelo, Scott Eisenberg, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Sameer Garg, Sunil Herath, Jitin Hingorani, Sue Jenner, Meera Kajendrakumar, Isaac Kassin, Audrey Kitagawa, Ina Koyfman, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Gabi Lovve, Jim Luce, Mathew Luce, Hiten Manseta, Hon. Geneive Brown Metzger, Adriana Moretti, Gregory Muller, Georgia Nomikos, Lynne-Marie Paquette, Dr. Gama Perruci, Pablo Povarchik, Matt Scott, Aroon Shivdasani, Deepti Shukla, Lorraine Cancro Silvetz, MSW, Yoshiko Tamaki, Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura, Vlada von Shats, and Mangala Weerasekera (Partial listing).

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Members of the Tribeca Campus Lions Club (https://www.facebook.com/nytribecacampuslions/), under the leadership or Hector Liang and Kevin Camacho, were extremely helpful and ensured the evening was as smashing success. We cannot thank this club enough and pledge to work with them for years to come.

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Other guests included Babs Advani (Tusk Boutique), NoorJehan Ahmed (Board candidate), Loula Loi Alafoyiannis (Euro-American Women), Margaret Barrow, Ph.D. (BMCC), Mike Bhuiyan (Lions Club), Thor Henning Bjelland, Cecilia Delgado, Dina Romanoff Dotsikas, Dr. Danielle Duret, M.D. (Global Advisor), Deborah Eisenberg (Global Adviser), Dr. Lewis M. Feder, Atty. Wayne Greenwald (Global Adviser), Lasitha Gunasinghe (Global Adviser), Atty. David Harrison, Robert Henry (architect), Atty. Nayana Herath, Jonathan Hollander (Battery Dance Co.), Jeremy Hu (Global Adviser), Gray Johnson (Global Adviser), Meera Kajendrakumar (Executive Comm.), Mathew Luce (Board of Directors).

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Other guests included Helen Mato (Tribeca Campus Lions Club), Ekua Musumba (Executive Comm.), Susan Needles, Graham Nolen (Foundation Board), Joanne Pergolis (Lions Club), Kathleen Perruci, Mark Power, Asa F. Scott, Paul Seto (Lions Club), Dr. Sameer Shaikh, Joel Shapiro, Amandeep Singh-Kahlon, Annie Stowers, Lisa Tai (Fountain House), Camille Tibaldeo (Fountain House), Trang Trinh, Eleni Tsagianni (Orpheus Luxury Collection), Angeliki Tsatsari, Donna Laura Vincenti, Christine Vogel (Batter Dance Co.), Elaina Wahl, Atty. Nzengha Waseme, Inson Wood, Esther Yang, Michaela Zannou, Ling Zhang (UBS), and Jenny Zirin.

All photos by Sekou Diarra.

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LEADERSHIP

Foundation Board Members 2016. Current Foundation members number nine: Bill Bauer PhD (V.P.), Sameer Garg Seal, Bin Han (Sec.-Treas.), Sunil Hearth, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Jim Luce (Pres.), Mathew Luce, Gregory Muller, and Graham Nolen. Jitin Hingorani, Isaac Kassin and Georgia Nomikos have been nominated for 2017.

Orphans International Board 2016. OIWW Board members number six: Abhinav Chintakunta, Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura (V.P.), Benjamin Larkin, John Lee (Sec.-Treas.), Jim Luce (Pres.), and Mathew Luce.

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Global Advisers. 2015-16 Global Advisers to the J. Luce Foundation or Orphans International Worldwide include Ibrahim AlHusseini, Richard Allen Ph.D., Jeff Bufum, Papa C.J., Gwendolen Cates, Daniel Chase, Becker Chicaiza, Christos Christou, Hyun-June Chung, Rita Cosby, Michael Davis, Susie de Rafelo, Donna Drake, Danielle Duret M.D., Deborah Eisenberg, Scott Eisenberg, Washington Garay, Lasitha Gunasinghe, Jitin Hingorani, Jeremy Hu, Jan Ivarsson, Gray Johnson, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Gabi Lovve, Mia Lazarus, Stacee Mandeville, Hiten Manseta, Hon. Geneive Brown Metzger LLD, Adriana Moretti, Jessy Moya, Georgia Nomikos, Nan O’Brien, Brandon Osmon, Lynne-Marie Paquette, Gama Perruci Ph.D., Pablo Povarchik, Ray Ricciardi, Pascal Robert, Nigel Roberts, Matt Scott, Raju Sethi, Hon. Sichan Siv, Vlada von Shats, Mangala Weerasekera, and Daniela Zahradnikova. Nominations are being accepted for 2016-17 members.

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Endowment Committee. The Foundation’s Long-Term Planning, Funds & Development Committee, also known as the “Capital Campaign” or “Endowment Committee,” is made up of members of the Board of Directors as well as Global Advisers and Executive Committee members. The Committee is chaired by Board member Sameer Garg, with Board member Gregory Muller as Vice-Chair and Executive Committee member Thanh Dang as Corporate Secretary. Other members are Yu “Jeff” Guan (Exec. Comm.), Seal-Bin Han (Bd.), Lasitha Gunasinghe (GA), Jim Luce (Bd.), and Graham Nolen (Bd.). Nominations are being accepted for additional members.

Our N.Y. Global Leaders Lions Club. Charter Members (35): Ashwani Agrawal, Ben Chatag, Daniel Chase, Abhinav Chintakunta, Quintin de Castro, Gwendolen Cates, Thanh Dang, Susie de Rafelo, Washington Garay, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Lasitha Gunasinghe, Jan Ivarsson, Gray Johnson, Meera Kajendrakumar, Inna Koyfman, Judy Kuriansky, Gabi Lovve, Jim Luce, Mathew Luce, Stacee Mandeville, Hon. Geneive Brown Metzger, Adriana Moretti, Jessy Moya, Georgia Nomikos, Willie Odo, Lynne-Marie Paquette, Pablo Povarchik, Evin Robinson, Matt Scott, April Stone, Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura, Joey Vaughan, Mangala Weerasekera, Esther Yang, and Daniela Zahradnikova.

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Associate & Honorary Members (29): Bill Bauer, Rohan Bhargava, Kevin Camacho, Hyun-June Chung (Japan), Alana Galloway (CT), Justin Galloway, Sameer Garg, Fred Gouveia, Yu “Jeff” Guan, Seal-Bin Han (MD), Jeremy Hu, Sue Jenner, Ranjan Kumar (India), Jeremy Leong, Roseann Levy, Gregory Muller, Ekua Musumba, Jeremy Nieves, Graham Nolen, Kaibin Ou, Guillermo Perez, Manav Sachdeva, Paul Seto, Sattie Persaud, Nigel Roberts, Jessica Santana, Deepti Shukla (CA), Eleni Tsagianni, Lauren Towle (CA), Keisuke Yamada (Japan), Frank Yi (China), Ziyi Zhang (China). Our Club Guides are Akm “Mike” Bhuiyan and Loretta Wu.

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HOW TO CONTRIBUTE

Contributions to the J. Luce Foundation may be made online at http://tinyurl.com/k7qa4wj. Contributions to Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) at http://tinyurl.com/qyx6hlf. Checks payable to either may be sent to 540 Main Street #418, New York, N.Y. 10044.

BIOS

Sophie Alford, Luce Leader ’16, Parish Episcopal School
Class of 2017 in Dallas, is a member of our Leadership Institute, where she is presently crafting her LEAD Project. This summer, she intends to offer a STEM-based enrichment program to homeless students served by Family Gateway – a Dallas non-profit. Through ParishAbroad, she travelled to Chinchoti, India to live with families and teach rudimentary English to children. Sophie will travel with ParishAbroad again this summer to Peru.

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Rohan Bhargava, Artist-in-Residence ’16, born and raised in New Delhi, India, began his formal dance training at The Danceworx Academy of Performing Arts. He relocated to NYC to pursue his B.F.A in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Rohan has performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Deborah Jowitt, Patrick B. Corbin, and Laura Peterson, and currently, he dances for Cameron Mckinney/Kizuna Dance and Live Arts Collaborative. Rohan is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Chief Choreographer of Rovaco Dance Company (www.rovacodance.com).

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H.E. Amb. Dr. Catherine Boura, Global Citizen ’16, is the Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations. Prior to her current post she was Ambassador of Greece to Lebanon, after serving in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Chief of Protocol and as Director of the Department for European Countries. Dr. Boura was Greece’s Consul General in New York. Her first post abroad was in the Embassy of Greece in Cyprus. She has a Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in History from London University and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from Athens University.

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Rita Cosby, Humanitarian ’16, has served for years as a Global Adviser to our Foundation. This renowned Emmy-winning TV host, veteran correspondent and multiple best-selling author has anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She is currently a special correspondent for CBS’ Inside Edition, does frequent reporting for CNN/HLN, and hosts “The Rita Cosby Show” on WABC Radio. She was recognized by the U.S. Congress for her professional and charitable achievement in 2011. Her book ‘Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past’ is inspirational.

Thanh Dang, Luce Scholar ‘16. Originally from Vietnam, Thanh Dang is a student at College of Wooster, where he pursues a Bachelor’s degree in Math with a minor in Economics. His career goal is to work in the financial services industry. He is pursuing Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has passed the Level 1 exam. In the summer of 2015 he was a private equity intern at Leopard Capital in Thailand and was selected to join Sponsors for Educational Opportunity-Vietnam (SEO-V), the most competitive career program in Vietnam. Thanh is passionate about supporting education and youth leadership. He has served in various roles at the J. Luce Foundation since his joining in January 2014. Currently, he is a part of the Executive Committee, Corporate Secretary of the Endowment Committee, and Assistant to the President.

Francisco Donoso, Bolivia (b. ’96), Luce Leader ’16, was born and raised in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and is currently living in College Station, Texas where he is pursuing a degree in computer science and business. As a Luce Leader nominee, Francisco’s essay on Global Citizenship was published in The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness. He will be attending the J. Luce Leadership Experience: The Ideals of Hellas Trip in May.

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Washington Garay, Global Adviser ’15-16, is an accomplished multi-dimensional professional, designing active wear under labels such as Fila, Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Starter, Champion, and Wilson for more then 20 years. His specialization in Sportswear and Active wear Designs with extensive background in creating collections for and working with top retailers such as Wal-Mart, Sports Authority, JC Penny, Footlocker, Modell’s, Kohl’s, Sears, Macy’s as well as smaller stores.

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Jewels Harrison, Connecticut (b.’01), Junior Leader ’16, was diagnosed with autism at three years old. Despite his diagnosis, he delights listeners with his musical gifts. People flock to hear him play piano. Since Jewels’ current music reading ability does not match his advanced level of playing, all learning is done by ear. He may hear a piece on the radio and then sit down to play it from memory! Through his solo concerts, Jewels has raised thousands of dollars for the food banks of Stamford and New Canaan; the Circle of Friends in Westport, and All Out for Autism in New Canaan. Jewels is on the CT Storm hockey team for the special needs population and lives in New Canaan with his mom, dad and brother.

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Ramin Herath, Long Island (b.’02), Junior Leader ’16. Born on Long Island in 2002 as the first child of Sri Lankan parents, Ramin is best known for his kindness, helpfulness and strong intellect. His first trip to his parents’ native country when he was five changed his life; he saw the differences of lifestyle and living standards of people. On return, he started a box called “Coin for Cause,” collecting change he received to donate to buy a computer for a group of kids in rural Sri Lanka. That inspired him to start teaching English via Skype to a group of children who couldn’t afford second-language education. He was invited by Talent Search at Johns Hopkins University based on his SAT scores and helped his school succeed at cross-country, winning every meet last season. He helped kids with cancer run a 5k race and won first place at a fundraising run for Winthrop-University Hospital’s cancer center for kids. He believes people can overcome poverty if they have proper education and is now raising funds to build a center in Sri Lanka to teach and tutor kids in need.

Steve Killelea, Humanitarian ’16, is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace. Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specializes in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia, aiming to provide life-changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia and has substantially impacted the lives of over 2.3 million people. In 2007 Steve founded the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), an international think-tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. IEP’s groundbreaking research includes the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of peacefulness.

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Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Foundation Global Adviser, is a world-renowned radio advice host, clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist, popular lecturer, newspaper columnist, and author of many books. An adjunct professor at Columbia University Teachers College and visiting professor of Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing, Dr. Judy is also expert on emergency mental health services and has worked at Ground Zero and in post-earthquake Haiti.

Gabi Lovve, Foundation Global Adviser, is an International Love Coach and Match Maker based in NYC who works with men and women targeting their love lives. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. and her focus is Marital Satisfaction and Personality Types. She can be seen monthly on The Dr. Lovve Show or at one of her Lovve Workshoppes for men, women, or couples in N.Y.C., Los Angeles, Miami, and Orlando. You may reach her at GabiLovve.com.

Stacee Mandeville, Foundation Global Adviser and N.Y. Global Leaders Lions Club Membership Chair. For sixteen years Stacee has delivered communication skills coaching to executives globally, and has worked with such companies as Merck, HP, General Electric, Levis, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, and Citigroup. She has used her experiences with clients combined with her theater background, to create the Red Leaf pedagogy.

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Hon. Geneive Brown Metzger, LLD, Foundation Global Adviser, is an investment and trade analyst focusing on the Caribbean. Her firm, G.B.M. Consulting, leverages years of experience in marketing, diplomacy, trade/investment in supporting economic development projects in the Caribbean. Dr. Brown Metzger served as Jamaica’s Consul General in the U.S. between 2008 and 2012. A frequent radio host, she also serves on the board of the St. George’s Society.

Jessy Moya, Global Adviser to the Foundation and New York Global Leaders Lions Club Secretary, studied Business Administration at St. John’s University Queens Campus. Her passion for interior design led her to take several classes at Fashion Institute of Technology. She works in the Investment Bank division of UBS. She joined the J. Luce Foundation in the summer of 2015 and has been a Global Adviser since then. She is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the New York Global Leaders Lions Club (NYGLLC).

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Georgia Nomikos, Corporate Sponsor & Foundation Global Adviser, is president and founder of the Orpheus Luxury Collection as well as Sea & City Tours. With over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Georgia specializes in corporate and high-end travel. Born in Hellas and raised in NYC, Georgia’s Hellenic values permeate everything she does. She is a strong advocate for universal education, dedicated to promoting the intellectual freedom that comes with it.

Alexander Perruci, Marietta High School, Ohio (b.‘98), Luce Leader ’16, has lived in Marietta almost his entire life. A junior at Marietta High School, where he is active in the student council, Model United Nations team, National Honor Society, and varsity crew, Alex takes classes at Marietta College for dual credit. He is a Cadet Captain in Civil Air Patrol (the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary), and is the Cadet Commander of his squadron, chair the West Virginia Cadet Advisory Council, and represents West Virginia in the Middle East Region Cadet Advisory Council. After graduation, he plans to attend a four-year university to study biomedical engineering.

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Gama Perruci, Ph.D., Foundation Global Adviser, is the Dean of the McDonough Center for Leadership & Business at Marietta College (Ohio). He currently serves as a consultant to The New York Times, focusing on the newspaper’s educational programming for leadership students. A visiting lecturer for the Management & Global Leadership Program at Dartmouth College’s Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Gama is a native of Brazil with a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Matt Scott, Global Adviser and Corporate Sponsor, uses visual storytelling to help clients build and establish brand recognition, and his work has been used for marketing, fundraising, recruitment and recognition. Clients include 1010 Data, QuantiSense, Amudim, Elijah School, The Genesis School, and Children of the Americas.

Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura, Orphans International Board of Directors & GAIA Holistic Foundation, was born in a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, graduated from Toho Conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. invited by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from N.Y. State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she was a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year. In 1972 she met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and arranged and funded the tour of the folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors. She retired from the field of promotions in 1992 and became a Holistic Health Doctor of Medicine. Her tireless lifelong work in Philanthropic field is vast, and well known. She has been a dedicated Board Member to Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) for years. She raised funds to build the new academic building at Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India. In addition, Dr. Kazuko has strong ties to Cuba and Peru. She writes books and lectures and works with people for holistic health.

Rylie Wahl, Luce Scholar ’16, is a freshman at Marietta College, planning on majoring in Asian Studies with minors in Leadership and Graphic Design. Rylie has been studying Mandarin Chinese for eight years and plans to study abroad in China sometime during her college career to further her studies of the Chinese language and culture. After graduation she hopes to return to China to begin her career. On campus at Marietta, she participates in Global Connections, Women’s Choir, the campus news program WCMO-15, the Alliance, the Luce Leadership Fellowship, and volunteering in the community, while working three jobs. Rylie has also performed original music in campus events such as Brunos’ Choice Awards and The Vibe, and recently emceed Marietta’s Lunar Year Celebration.

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Jim Luce (www.lucefoundation.org) writes and speaks on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens. Bringing 26 years management experience within both investment banking and the non-profit sector, Jim has worked for Daiwa Bank, Merrill Lynch, a spin-off of Lazard Freres, and two not-for profit organizations and a foundation he founded. As Founder & CEO of Orphans International Worldwide (www.oiww.org), he is working with a strong network of committed professionals to build interfaith, interracial, Internet-connected orphanages in Haiti and Indonesia, and creating a new, family-care model for orphans in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.