Aren LeeKong

Founding Consumer Advisory Committee members with their families at The Family Center’s first Holiday Party

The Founder’s Award
Founding Consumer Advisory Committee

Since the founding of The Family Center twenty-five years ago, the Consumer Advisory Committee has guided our work. The Consumer Advisory Committee is comprised of New Yorkers who receive our services and are willing to provide input and feedback on agency programs and emerging needs in the communities we serve. The Family Center has always deeply valued our consumers’ voice.

While the members of the Consumer Advisory Committee have changed over time, the group’s purpose has remained the same. The Family Center first opened an office in Brooklyn at the recommendation of our Consumer Advisory Committee. Members felt we needed a stronger presence in Central Brooklyn, where so many consumer families reside. The Family Center also made the decision to open The LeeKong Institute for Health & Wellness with this group’s advice and encouragement: members shared with us that the local mental health clinics had extensive wait-lists and their children were not receiving care fast enough.

The Family Center is delighted to honor our Founding Consumer Advisory Committee at our 25th Anniversary Gala. These consumers graciously welcomed us into their lives and homes at a time when The Family Center was a new agency. They were integral to the founding of The Family Center twenty-five years ago. On September 26th, it will be our privilege to present the very first members of this group with The Founder’s Award.

Liquidnet For Good

The Advocate’s Award
Liquidnet For Good

Liquidnet For Good is dedicated to leveraging the fintech company Liquidnet’s best assets for social impact, both in the communities where they have offices and around the world.

This begins with Liquidnet’s talented employees, who support the company’s signature project for orphans and vulnerable youth in Rwanda (the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, or ASYV) and also put considerable energy into making a difference in their own local communities. It extends to applying the company’s understanding of technology and capital markets to mobilize more private capital for public good, through effective philanthropy, impact investing, and innovative models of financing social impact.

For nearly a decade, employees in Liquidnet’s NYC office have purchased, wrapped, and distributed holiday gifts off a wish list for children served by The Family Center. In recent years, Liquidnet has extended its backing for The Family Center as more employees have become involved, including Sarah Stone, who is now a member of the Leadership Council.

Liquidnet is proud to support The Family Center and the critical work they do to strengthen families in New York City.

Mike Muse

Master of Ceremonies
Mike Muse

Mike Muse, co-founder of Muse Recordings, is a Music Executive, Pop Culture Expert, Political Expert, and Change Agent. By intersecting politics and pop culture, Mike uses his platform to create social change. As an industrial engineer turned media entrepreneur

Mike is host of SiriusXM’s “The Mike Muse Show,” Co-host of “Sway in the Morning” with his segement “Political News with Mike Muse,” Co-Host of ABC newest talk show “Real Live.” He leverages his platform to show policy as lifestyle, the topic of his first of two TED Talks. As a guest lecturer on various topics dealing with the business of music and politics at Columbia University, Wharton School of Business, Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at New York University, and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan to name a few; Mike enjoys helping shape discussion, debate, and future thought leaders. When not behind a lectern, he can be seen in front of the camera on national television for VH1, ABC, BET, NBC, and ARISE as a political/pop culture expert.

While serving as a member of President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee, Mike was recognized as one of the youngest persons in America to raise over $1 million dollars for any American President in one year. Most recently he was appointed to serve as the Unites States Small Business Administration, My Brother’s Keeper, Millennial Entrepreneurial Champion-designed to support President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. As well as the United States Small Business Administration Federal Commission for the Council of Underserved Communities as the Millennials in Business Representative. Mike is a Google NextGen Tech Policy Fellow, appointed by New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, to serve on the Board of Advisors for the Mayors Fund to Advance New York City and The Board of Visitors for Howard University School of Divinity, respectively through 2018. He is a 2016 Cadillac Trailblazer Award recipient, a Network Journal 40 Under 40 awardee, Links Organization National Trends and Service Award recipient, and recipient of the 100 Black Men of America Achievement Award.

Charles Antin of Lot 1 Auctioneers

Live Auctioneer
Charles Antin of Lot 1 Auctioneers

Charles is a Senior Wine Specialist and Auctioneer at Zachys, and was both a commercial auctioneer and charity auctioneer at Christie’s for close to a decade. He auctioneered hundreds of benefits including the Jackson Hole Wine Auction, Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity, Autism Speaks, Teach for China (Hong Kong), the Brady Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence, the Friends of Acadia auction, Pairings Nashville and auctions benefiting the Boston Symphony and the Nantucket Wine Festival. He was also a NY State licensed commercial auctioneer at Christie’s, at the time of licensing the youngest at the firm, bringing down the gavel on thousands of lots, and tens of millions of dollars of wine, watches, Post War & Contemporary art, Asian art, and single-owner collections, such as the collections of Robert H. Ellsworth and Huguette Clark. He holds an MFA in fiction from NYU, a commercial pilot’s license, and his essays and fiction have appeared in Food & Wine, the New York Times, the VQR and elsewhere.