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Jacob K. Javits
Convention Center

655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Entrance located at 11th Ave. and W. 35th St.

NOVEMBER 21, 2019

5:30 P.M. – Cocktails

7:00 P.M. – Program & Dinner

Business Attire

Celebrating the Leaders Transforming Our Communities

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the incredible dedication of our students, supporters, and community partners. That’s why we are proud to present two recipients with the inaugural Constructive Leadership Award at this year’s gala. The award will honor the members of the buildOn movement who embody the very best of buildOn and the leadership so desperately needed in the world today.

The 2019 buildOn Gala will highlight buildOn’s work empowering individuals and communities to step us as leaders and be forces of positive change in the world:

  • Great Leaders are Built, Not Born

    At buildOn, we believe that leadership is about building others up. It’s about putting people first and learning to lead by first learning how to serve. Our students and community members are living this philosophy every day as they serve in their own communities and build schools in the villages that need them most. They know that there is a new path to leadership, and it starts with service.

  • Service Over Self

    Whether spending quality time with homebound senior citizens in the Bay Area or breaking ground on a village’s first proper school in Burkina Faso, our students and community members are serving to make life better for those around them. We believe that real, meaningful change happens when people band together in the service of others.

  • Leading from the Front

    Our leadership philosophy extends beyond our students and community members. We want everyone to be a member of the buildOn movement. Across the county and the world, our partners and supporters are stepping up to build schools abroad and serve in solidarity with our students in the U.S.

Thank You to Our National Partners:

Thank You to Our $100,000-Level Sponsors:

Thank You to Our $50,000-Level Sponsors:

Thank You to Our $25,000-Level Sponsors:

Photos from Last Year's buildOn Gala

Can't make it to the 2019 buildOn Gala?

You can still help us break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations by donating to support our programs.

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