|David Rubenstein, Marna Whittington
and 100 Women in Hedge Fund members at the gala (Photo:
100 Women in Hedge Funds raised $1.4 million for education
charity DonorsChoose.org at its annual gala last night in New
The dinner, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, was attended by
more than 500 people from the alternative investment industry,
according to the group. The event was organized by Susan Mays
of Alternative Investment Management--the evening's chair--in
addition to Lisa Ambrosia of Bank of America Merrill Lynch,
Gianina Arturo of Renaissance Technologies, Martha Dabagian of
Goldman Sachs, Vanessa Mortillaro of J.P. Morgan Chase,
Ruthanne Roth of Hudson Gate Partners and Lisa Zippelius,
formerly of Goldman Sachs.
Also attending were comedians Pete Dominick, who served as
the master of ceremonies, and Steven Colbert. The elementary
school singing group P.S.22 Chorus performed for the crowd.
As part of the event, the group presented its 2012 U.S.
Industry Leadership and 2012 Effecting Change Awards to Marna
Whittington, the former CEO of Allianz Global Investors Capital
and David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive of
private equity firm The Carlyle Group.
"We are thrilled to honor Dr. Marna Whittington and David
Rubenstein. Marna truly exemplifies what it means to be a
leader in both her public and personal life and is an
inspiration and true role model for the hedge fund community,"
said Lauren Malafronte, a 100 Women board member in announcing
the awards. "David has continuously devoted his time and
resources to philanthropic work with leading cultural
institutions and universities, as well as provided strong
leadership in global economic research and higher
100 Women also said it launched a fundraising initiative
with DonorsChoose.org to support schools and students located
in the New York City area affected by Hurricane Sandy.