The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) held its VOICES 12 annual benefit on Thursday May 12, 2016 at Gotham Hall at 1356 Broadway at 36th Street. It was a wonderful celebratory evening. To see images from the event click here.
VOICES is our signature annual benefit highlighting our youth, their commentary on the world and our life changing programming. The event provides an opportunity for our supporters to celebrate Bro/Sis’ commitment to guiding our members to develop into critical thinkers and community leaders.
This special evening featured an awards reception, a silent auction, and words & performances by our youth members and alumni.
To view photos of past Voices Gala event click here
Damien DwinManaging Partner & Co-Founder, Brightwood Capital
Sherrilyn IfillPresident & Director Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Maurice DuBoisAnchor, CBS
Rahsan-Rahsan LindsayCo-Chair, Board of Directors, Bro/Sis
Clara MarkowiczCo-Chair, Board of Directors, Bro/Sis
Michael J. O’Brien*
Fundraising Vice Chairs
David M. Milch
Tiffany R. Warren*
B. Alan Echtenkamp*
Rabbi Rachel Cowan*
Honorable David N. Dinkins
Stephen C. Graham*
David & Joan Grubin
Rashida La Lande*
Pedro A. Noguera*
Susan L. Taylor
Reverend John Vaughn*
Nina M. Wells
Theodore V. Wells
Douglas H. White*
Gwynne A. Wilcox*
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Brightwood Capital
Damien Dwin is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Brightwood Capital Advisors. Prior to Brightwood, Mr. Dwin was a co-founder and head of North American Special Opportunities at Credit Suisse. In this role he managed a portfolio of internally-sourced private equity and debt investments. He also ran the Fixed Income Division Credit Training Program and served on the Vice President Selection Committee. Prior to this, he was a New York and London-based trader at Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers. In 2002, he was honored with the Michael P. Mortara award for Innovation for his work in developing a market to finance and short-sell bank loans.
Goldman Sachs established the award to recognize the team or individuals who best capture the firm’s spirit of creative and entrepreneurial thinking. Mr. Dwin is a graduate of Georgetown University. He also serves as a Trustee of the Boys’ Club of New York, Co-Chair of the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance and the National Board of Directors for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
President & Director-Counsel
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Sherrilyn Ifill is the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. After graduating law school, Ms. Ifill served first as a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union and then for five years as an Assistant Counsel in LDF’s New York office, where she litigated voting rights cases. During her tenure at LDF, Ms. Ifill litigated numerous cases including the landmark Voting Rights Act case Houston Lawyers’ Association vs. Attorney General of Texas, in which the Supreme Court held that judicial elections are covered by the provisions of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. In 1993, Ms. Ifill left LDF to join the faculty of the University of the Maryland School of Law, where, in addition to teaching Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and variety of seminars, she continued to litigate and consult on a broad and diverse range of civil rights cases. While at Maryland she developed an environmental justice clinical offering and co-founded one of the first legal clinics in the nation focused on removing legal barriers to formerly incarcerated persons seeking to responsibly re-enter society.
Since returning to LDF, Ifill has increased the visibility and engagement of the organization in cutting edge and urgent civil rights issues including policing reform, the Detroit water crisis and transportation inequity. At critical moments during national unrest in 2014, Ifill’s voice and vision framed the issue of policing reform and urban deprivation with powerful clarity in media appearances, op-eds and speeches. She is a sought-after speaker and strategist whose counsel is sought by government officials, civic and community leaders and national civil rights colleagues.
A critically acclaimed author, her book “On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century,” reflects her lifelong engagement in and analysis of issues of race and American public life. Ifill is the immediate past Chair of the Board of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Institute, one of the largest philanthropic supporters of civil rights and social justice organizations in the country. She currently serves on the global board of the Open Society Foundations, and on the board of Equal Justice Works, the National Constitution Center and the Learning Policy Institute. Ms. Ifill is a graduate of Vassar College, and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Award-winning journalist Maurice DuBois anchors CBS 2 News at 5 and 11 weekdays with Kristine Johnson. He joined CBS in September 2004. At CBS News, he substitutes as anchor of “The CBS Evening News.” Maurice has covered everything from local news to national political conventions, to AIDS in South Africa, to the installations of Popes Benedict and Francis, to witnessing a double execution. He has anchored numerous live breaking news stories, and moderated debates for New York City Mayor and Congress. He has also hosted multiple specials on topics ranging from kids and violence, to breast cancer, to ticker-tape parades and telethons. A Long Island native, DuBois spent seven years at WNBC-TV before joining CBS. At NBC News, he appeared on “Today,” “Weekend Today,” “Dateline NBC,” MSNBC and NBC News at Sunrise. While at WNBC-TV, DuBois also hosted “Four Stories,” a magazine profiling local heroes; he also hosted Court-TV’s “Mind over Media,” for students to understand media images. Previously, DuBois worked in Chicago and Sacramento. He began his career in 1987 at KING-TV in Seattle as a desk assistant before moving to reporting.
He’s had cameos as – what else? – a news anchor, on CBS’s hit drama Person of Interest, and the feature films Soul Men and Kick Ass. DuBois has won several journalism and community awards, including five Emmys. He’s also won honors from The Associated Press, The New York State Broadcasters Association, and The New York Association of Black Journalists, which recognized him with a Trailblazer Award. He serves on the non-profit board of NY City Center, and previously served at PENCIL, Susan G. Komen for the Cure/NYC, and The Northside Center for Child Development. DuBois is a graduate of Northwestern University, has four Honorary PhDs, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.