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November 16, 2004

New York, NY, November 16, 2004 - More than $2.2 million was raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Third Annual Gala fundraiser. The sold out event was held on November 15th, a day designated as "100 Women in Hedge Funds Day" by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"We are so pleased to be able to produce an event to celebrate the generosity of the hedge fund community and to raise the visibility of organizations important to our membership," said Amanda Pullinger of Aquamarine Capital Management, LLC, who was Chair of the 2004 Gala Committee and is also a member of the Board of Directors of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.

At the event, The 100 Women in Hedge Funds Foundation honored Brenda Earl De Paola and Raymond G. Chambers. Brenda Earl De Paola was presented with the "100 Women in Hedge Funds' Industry Leadership Award" for her longevity, success and dedication to mentoring in her career as an investment manager. The "100 Women in Hedge Funds' Effecting Change Award" was presented to Raymond G. Chambers in recognition of his work as one of the country's leading philanthropists with a focus on mentoring.

"I have found people in the hedge fund world, by and large, to be very generous," Brenda Earl De Paola said. "Over the years, I have been inspired by them to give whatever I have been able to, be it time or money. I'm so pleased to be honored by an organization that looks outward as well as inward and gives generously of themselves."

All of the proceeds from the event go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  BBBSA, now in its centennial year, was selected as this year's beneficiary because it is the nation's oldest and largest mentoring organization in the United States, helping at-risk youth overcome the many challenges they face.  All gala funds will be directed at creating and enhancing growth strategies for community and site-based mentoring - two of BBBSA's most successful and impactful new initiatives -- toward the national goal of serving one million children annually by the year 2010.

 "We were intrigued with BBBSA's focus on outcomes and leveraging resources," said Dana Hall, President and Co-founder of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, "but we were most enthusiastic about extending our belief in the power of networking and mentoring. We are excited about the opportunity to help drive that effort with kids whose families don't have a Rolodex."

Big Brothers Big Sisters President and CEO Judy Vredenburgh stated, "We intend to leverage this extraordinary commitment by extending our reach in key markets throughout the country. Our "Big" goal is to ultimately serve one million youth every year nationwide. The scale and scope of 100 Women in Hedge Funds' commitment to us has already been productive - inspiring our board and staff to think outside the box about how to leverage powerful networks like this one."

"This group spread our message of leverage, impact and importance like fire throughout the community," Vredenburgh added.

The Third Anniversary Gala Vice Chairs included Allen & Company, Inc.; D.E. Shaw & Co., LP; Deutsche Bank; Goldman Sachs & Co.; The MCJ Foundation; Moore Capital Management, LLC; Morgan Stanley; Dwight Anderson, Ospraie Fund; and Soros Fund Management.

The event featured an exciting live auction, which was conducted by Eliza B. Osborne, Vice President, Sotheby's. Highlights included a six-day cruise for two to London aboard the Queen Mary 2, an invitation to the Luca Luca fashion show during New York Fashion Week and shopping spree at Kate Spade's flagship store, and a trip package to Milan for the Formula One Grand Prix in September 2005.  The crowd's enthusiasm and generosity created an extremely enjoyable evening and successful event.

"Since our first Gala in 2002 we have raised over $6.1 million for a series of important charities focused on women's issues," said co-founder Carol Kim, adding "Our members identified charitable works as one of the organization's critical missions in 2001, and we remain dedicated to offering our members opportunities to serve needy organizations with critical missions in our communities."

100 Women in Hedge Funds is a global membership association of more than 1900 professional women who are in financial services careers in and around the hedge fund industry. The group's mission includes advancing a positive image of the alternative investment industry, providing unique, high quality educational opportunities for members, promoting personal and professional advancement, and providing a productive, efficient way for members to make a difference through philanthropy or volunteerism.  While all members are women, men have made large contributions to the success of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and the careers of the members we serve.  For further information about 100 Women in Hedge Funds: http://www.100womeninhedgefunds.org

100 Women in Hedge Funds Board Members
Mimi Drake, Defiance Asset Management, L.P.
Kristin Fox, Hedgeworld.com
Dana B. Hall, D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P.
Kathleen M. Kelley, Vantis Capital Management
Carol Kim, Continuity Capital, LLC
Mindy M. Posoff, NewMarket Capital Partners, LLC
Amanda Pullinger, Aquamarine Capital Management, LLC
Leslie Rahl, Capital Market Risk Advisors, Inc.
Eve R. Teich, Silver Point Capital
Joan P. Werner, Ramius Capital

Gala Committee
Chair, Gala Committee - Amanda Pullinger, Aquamarine Capital Management, LLC
Lauren Malafronte, Barclays Capital
Carol Kim, Continuity Capital, LLC
Sara E. Michel, ING Alternative Asset Management
Gail Dysarczyk, Permal Asset Management
Natasha Fedorow, Pine Grove Associates, Inc.
Helenmarie Rodgers, Prisma Capital Partners
Joan P. Werner, Ramius Capital
Joanna Peters, StratConGlobal
Andrea Turner

Benefit Committee
The Abernathy MacGregor Group, Inc Amaranth Advisors LLC · The Bank of New York · Barclays Capital · Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. ·  Citigroup · Credit Suisse First Boston LLC · Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. · Anne Dinning, D. E. Shaw & Co., LP* · Deutsche Bank · DKR Capital Partners, LP · DPM, LLC · EagleRock Capital Management, LLC · Financial Risk Management · Goldman, Sachs & Co. · Highbridge Capital Management, LLC · HSBC Global Markets · Ivy Asset Management · JPMorgan Chase · Kingdon Capital Management, LLC · Lehman Brothers · Merrill Lynch · New York Stock Exchange · North Sound Capital · Pine Grove Associates, Inc. · Prudential · Reservoir Capital Group, LLC · Reuters America · Dee Dee Ricks, Ricks & Ray Partners, LLC · Ridgefield Capital Asset Management, L.P · Russell Reynolds Associates · Karen Cook, Steinhardt Partners* · Tremont Capital Management · Tudor Investment Corp · Westwood Partners LLC · Williams Trading, LLC · WoodAllen Capital Management, LLC ·  Joe DiMenna, Zweig-DiMenna Associates

Friends of 100 Women
Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. · Andor Capital Management · Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. · AQR Capital Management, LLC · Anna Nikolayevsky, Axel Capital Management, LLC* · Balyasny Asset Management, L.P. · Banc of America Securities · Barlow Partners · Basso Capital Management · Barbara Biel, Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.* · Blue Ridge Capital · BNP Paribas · Tables in Honor of Brenda Earl de Paola · Rachel Minard, Cadogan Management LLC* · Maureen Callahan, CallahanCo* · Dina Xi, Capital IQ, Inc.* · Barbara Lucas, Capital Market Risk Advisors* · Citadel · Citco Fund Services · Bonita Garazin, Deephaven Capital Management* · Ernst & Young LLP · Catherine Altorfer, Gerson Lehrman Group* · Kerry McGinness, Goldentree Asset Management, LP* · Irwin Latner, Herrick, Feinstein* · Lighthouse Partners, LLC · Barbara Lienowski, Olympia Capital Associates, LP* · Paloma Partners · Pequot Capital Management · Rhona Kisch, Reed Smith LLP* · Elizabeth Manzi & Howard Altman, RK Consulting LLC* · Sagamore Hill Capital Management · Stephanie Breslow, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP* · Andrea de Cholnoky, Spencer Stuart* · Stanfield Capital · UBS Investment Bank · Mari Kooi, Wolf International Advisors* 

*individual ticket(s)

Event Sponsors
Tent Sponsorship - Wolf International Advisors
Bellini Cocktails - Capital IQ, Inc.
Butlered Hors d'oeuvres - Deloitte
Upgraded Wine Package - Lambert Bridge Winery

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Steven Bruce/ Ann Taylor Reed
Abernathy MacGregor Group

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