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You want New Yorkers to know that you are invested in community. You care about your neighbors, and you are a partner they can rely on. We know the feeling.
When you sponsor one of Grand St. Settlement’s events, you share the spotlight and send a strong message: together, we can create the community we need.
The Let’s Pretend Ball is a night when we imagine all that is possible together.
Our imaginary ball was born of the efforts and hardship of the Second World War, and inspired by good will. By pretending to get dressed up for the city’s most incredible fundraising gala, we move it closer to reality; instead of throwing a party, we’re growing change. Your giving goes straight to where it’s needed most.
This year, we are celebrating our Centennial anniversary. As we look back on our last century of service, what is now proven to make a difference was once only imagined. We need YOU to help us envision the next hundred years of making a difference. It’s the first step in making pretend into reality.
What began as a grassroots effort led by a cadre of our young volunteer mentors has become Grand St. Settlement’s signature community event. When the Lower East Side was just starting its meteoric rise to culinary infamy, we brought together the community’s best talent, the city’s leading businesses, and our own outstanding supporters to eat well and give back. The event has grown to fully fund Juniors Undertaking Manhattan’s Possibilities (JUMP!), our program started by the same founding volunteers, and support the continuum of vital services and programs that Grand St. Settlement provides for 10,000 New Yorkers of all ages.
Over 15 years, TLES has brought together over 175 restaurants, 20,000 people, 250 community partners, and hundreds of volunteers. Join us and celebrate the warmth that brings everyone to the table.