The evening paid tribute to Deborah Jackson, CEO and founder of Plum Alley Investments, as the 2016 Leader of Economic Impact. Top-notch Gold Medal martinis along with Olympic Torch spirits opened the ceremonies with a silent auction cocktail hour. Guests raced to make offers on such items as a week in Antigua, Guatemala; two tickets to the award-winning “Hamilton” on Broadway, complete with a backstage tour; and a super-fashionable Maiyet handbag and coat.

Kate award

The perseverance of the Gala Committee and volunteers shone throughout the evening, from the lively presentation of more than 90 auction items, to the giving of the first annual 2016 Plum Alley Innovation Award to Fast Runner mother-daughter team Josselyn Coreas and Celina Maria Castillo of Pronavid, to the elegant dinner and fabulous entertainment. Guests also sampled Salvadoran pupusas, prepared on site. 

Josy Gala

A parade of torch bearers made way for Bpeace CEO Elizabeth Crowell who welcomed Selby and Lucy Drummond to the podium to introduce their mother, Deborah Jackson. Board Co-chair Kate Buggeln then honored Deborah as Bpeace's 2016 Leader of Economic Impact, with the creation of the Plum Alley Innovation Award presented to Pronavid. After a video of Fast Runners in action, the excitement surged with live auctioneer Alan Kalter.

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Bpeace took the Gold for a record-breaking fundraiser and the crowd's enthusiastic support of jump-starting 75 new Fast Runners in Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala. Another victorious Gala.

Bpeace Board

Bpeace would like to thank Gold Sponsors PwC, Merryck & Co, and Plum Alley, as well as Bronze Sponsors: Ann Inc.; Ascena Retail Group Inc., DCL&A; Dressbarn; Irving Place Capital; Kirk Palmer Associates; Piece & Co., The Vitamin Shoppe, and UNFCU Foundation.

 Finally, a thank you to our Auction Donors:

Amazing Planet Farm LLC

Ann Inc.

Aspire Private Fitness

Baby in the Family

Blue Apron

Blue Marble Ice Cream

Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corp.

Brooklyn Brine

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

Brooklyn Troop 2292

Cabi LLC

Concord Limo

DelGrosso Foods

EGCrowell LLC

Estée Lauder

Etsy Inc.

Feinstein’s 54 Below

Five Below

Frances Carroll

Global Runway

Gramercy Tavern

Hidden Gems Archery

Idea Tribe

Iza by Silvia D ́Avila

Javier and Andrea Prado

Karlos Carmamo

Kenneth Cole

Laura Rosenthal Casting

Leisure Pass North America

Leticia Schwartz

Lisa Dubin, Architect

Liz Pulver Design


Manhattan Theater Club

Mark Fleming

Martha Chapman

Merryck & Co.

Mohamed Elzomor

Murray’s Cheese

MZ Wallace

NBC/Cecily Strong

Nomi Network

NY Trapeze School

Playground Pups

Plum Alley Investments

rag & bone

Randy and Tammy Browning

Regina Cáceres

Rick Perkal

Royal Palms Shuffle Board Club

Samantha Razook Murphy/Curious Jane

Samba New York


Saturday Night Live

Sterling Place

Sweet Seidner’s Bake Shop



The Great Lerdini

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

The Queen Bee NYC

The Red Sari

The Vitamin Shoppe

The Welcome Shoppe

Tiossano Tribe

Today Show


Upright Citizens Brigade

Veronica Beard

Warner Bros. Television