Annual Gala May 4th, 2016
The Foundation celebrated a successful evening at the Doubles Club. This year our gala centered around the remarkable achievements of two distinguished men who are close friends: Robert S. Birch and Michael W. Derchin.
Mr. Birch has had a lifetime of protean interest in the world around him; his love of the arts and music prompted his unstintingly generous philanthropy. A managing partner at Oppenheimer, he leads the firm’s investment roundtable. Much of Mr. Birch’s philanthropy is anonymous, ranging from saving a critical piece of land in Cape Cod to gifts to churches, schools and other New York institutions. He has advised and supported the Foundation since its inception; his counsel and the generosity of his contributions have been vital to our growth the success of our mission.
Mr. Derchin is the world’s expert on the history and development of the airline industry throughout the world. His work has involved global coverage of every aspect of international commerce: Institutional Investor Magazine and other polls have named him the number one airline analyst on Wall Street. His most recent delightful tribute was having an Airbus A-320 Aircraft named after him by Volaris Airlines of Mexico. His generous support of the Foundation has been a significant factor in the growth and stability of our success.