"The most important thing you can dedicate yourself to these days is the chance for every kid to have a great education, and an equal opportunity for a great education." - Keynote Speaker Walter Isaacson.

Our fifth annual benefit dinner held at The New York Public Library was a great success! We were pleased to host over 200 guests, and through the generosity of The Urban Assembly's supporters, this year's benefit campaign has raised a record of over $510,000 for our network of 22 small district public schools.

Our Keynote Speaker, Aspen Institute President and award-winning author Walter Isaacson, illuminated the room with lessons in education drawn from his biographies of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger. I encourage you to watch his extraordinary address here:

We were honored to have New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña join us. You can watch her remarks here. Also, The Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science Class of '13 Valedictorian Kenneth Rosario received a standing ovation after sharing his personal story and journey. He is now a college freshman at NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering.

Founder and CEO, Richard Kahan, Walter Isaacson, Carmen Fariña, Rev. Jacques DeGraff, Master of Ceremonies and Kenneth Rosario at The UA 2014 Benefit Dinner.

Each year our benefit dinner serves as a humbling and inspirational reminder of the power of our community - the educators, program partners, university partners, generous donors and the thousands of people who make the success of UA's schools and students possible.

We are grateful for your friendship and support. Thank you!

The Urban Assembly is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved students by providing them with the academic and life skills necessary for college and career success. The UA creates unique public schools that are open to all students, scales up promising programs, and coordinates with hundreds of partner organizations in the private, public, non-profit and higher education sectors. During the 2013-14 school year, we will be reaching over 9,000 students in 22 schools from under-resourced neighborhoods across The Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn.


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