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The Young Friends of Learning Leaders (YFOLL) "Go back to School" Benefit
09/30/2009 - By BLVD

The Young Friends of Learning Leaders (YFOLL) "Go back to School" Benefit

The Young Friends of Learning Leaders (YFOLL), the junior professionals' committee supporting New York City's premier school volunteer nonprofit, hosted its Second Annual "Go back to School" benefit on September 30th at BLVD.

The Event Chairs were Maggie Ryan and Stephanie Xethalis, with Celebrity Co-Chairs, designer Tracy Reese and actor Tom Cavanagh. Sponsors included Inocente Platinum and Tribeca Treats. Guests were treated to music by DJ Spazo, signature cocktails named after famous children's books including "James and the Giant Peach," a Bellini made with Sofia Blanc de Blanc donated by Francis Ford Coppola Winery , "The Goblet of Fire" and "Goodnight, Moon" -- a Tequila Sunrise, of course, hors d'Oeuvres and a silent auction full of wonderful prizes. There was also a "school photo" picture booth, a crafts area to make book marks and a book drive to support the PS 191 library. P.S. 191 was the first-ever Learning Leaders school: the program began there in 1956 as the NYC School Volunteer Program (SVP) when 20 women, led by founder Clara Blitzer, went into the school to help free up teachers by doing non-instructional tasks.

Event proceeds support the updating and refreshing of the third floor library at P.S. 191 as well as a volunteer drive to recruit, train and place as many as 25 new volunteers to help keep it open. The event raised nearly $25,000 for Learning Leaders programs and the book drive helped add an additional 100 books to the library.

Photos: Jay Brady

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