11th Annual Dream Big—A Celebration of Opportunity

October 21, 2021 @ 6:30PM — 10:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Enjoy cocktails, dinner, music, and an exciting silent auction while helping to ensure a promising future for our city’s youth.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
VIP Reception 6:30 P.M. — 7:30 P.M.
Dream Big 7:30 P.M. — 10:30 P.M.

Futures and Options 11th Annual Dream Big – A Celebration of Opportunity will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at The Plaza Hotel. We are excited to present our 2021 Dream Big Awards and Dream Big Scholarships.

Our 2021 Dream Big Award will honor Rodney O. Martin, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Voya, and Kristopher M. Hansen, Partner and Chair of the Financial Restructuring Group at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, recognizing their tremendous contributions to community service, youth mentoring, and development of youth career opportunities and pipelines.

We will also celebrate our high school seniors with our Barbara L. Christen and Patricia S. Machir college scholarships, rewarding our students' efforts and supporting their education and career aspirations.

We are thrilled to be back in person at The Plaza and invite you to join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and music with a raffle and silent auction, supporting Futures and Options' high-touch career-readiness programs and valuable internship experiences that help transform the lives of New York City's young people.

COVID Safety Note: The health and safety of all guests and those working is our top priority. All are required to show proof of full vaccination and additional action steps may be required. The actual number of guests will be determined based on October 2021 NYC guidelines. We will also be live streaming the evening’s Dream Big Award and Scholarship Presentations.


Futures and Options is deeply grateful to our ongoing 2021 Dream Big corporate and individual sponsors for their generous support of our career development program for New York City's underserved youth.

Visionary $50,000+

Stephanie & Steve Hessler

Champion $25,000+

Jennifer & Jason New

Lori & Paul Zemsky

Optimist $15,000+

Cathy & Tom Bendert

Debra Fierro & David Trucano

Dave Miller

The Stroock Partnership

Believer $10,000+


Allan Brilliant

Bulldog Ventures, Ltd.

Jennifer & Thane Carlston

Melissa Francis & Wray Thorn

Alyssa & Steven Gendal

The Herbert and Sarah M. Gibor Charitable Foundation

Lynne & Stephen Goldstein

Jennifer & David Johnston

Claire Laudone & W. Greg Thonsen

Veera & Chitrang Purani

Kate Nadolny Settle & Matt Settle

Roopesh Shah

Frederica & Efrem Sigel

Dreamer $5,000+


Lisa Grushkin

Colleen Hsia

Michelle Hylton & Hugh Nelson

Rich Katz

Beth Friedman Lurie & Mark Lurie

Patty Machir

Priscilla & Daniel Pombo

Sarah & Robert Ramirez

Ryan Schneider

Alison & Benjamin Schrag

Gabriel Schwartz

Bettina Teodoro & Will Iwaschuk

Erin & Paul Teske

Michael Walsh

Nanar & Tony Yoseloff