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100 Women in Hedge Funds New York Gala raises $1.4M for Computers for Youth, Kathryn A. Hall honored with Industry Leadership Award, Joel Klein honored with Effecting Change Award

November 19, 2009


New York, NY - November 19, 2009 - Leaders across the hedge fund industry gathered together and raised more than $1.4 million at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds 2009 New York Charity Gala at Cipriani in New York City Wednesday night. Net proceeds from the evening will go to support Computers for Youth which helps low-income children perform better in school by improving their learning environment at home. 100 Women has now raised over $17 million globally since its first Gala in 2002.

Lauren Malafronte, a Director of the Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, and a Director at Barclays Capital said, "We are very pleased to have partnered with Computers for Youth as our US beneficiary for 2009. We look each year for an organization that seeks to make a real impact on the population they serve, and we are proud to donate the proceeds of tonight’s Gala to an organization that will help serve children and families who need it most."

Elisabeth Stock, CEO and Co-Founder of Computers for Youth said, "We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of this year's Gala. Support from 100 Women in Hedge Funds will help us deliver critical training and resources that will allow thousands of low-income parents to become active, confident partners in their children's education. Tonight's generous support will also help us expand our Affiliate Network to reach all 50 U.S. states over the coming years."

100 Women in Hedge Funds presented two awards at the Gala. The 2009 Industry Leadership Award was awarded to Kathryn A. Hall, CEO and CIO of Hall Capital Partners, based in San Francisco, in recognition of her talent, ethics and passion that help define the hedge fund industry’s standard of excellence. The 2009 Effecting Change Award honored Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, in recognition of the impact of his work overseeing the largest public school system in the United States.

Anne Popkin, Chair of the Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, said "An important part of the Gala evening is to highlight those in our industry and community that have made a difference through their leadership. We selected Katie Hall for the Industry Leadership Award in recognition of her professional success and legacy in the hedge fund industry. In addition, we chose Joel Klein to receive the Effecting Change Award for his ability to truly make a difference in the field of education, our philanthropic theme of the year."

The success of the New York Gala could not have been made possible without the generous contributions made by the anonymous 2009 Chair and 2009 Vice Chair, Moore Capital, as well as other corporations and individuals who generously supported the event.

In addition to the New York Gala, 100 Women in Hedge Funds also hosted a successful Charity Gala in London in October for SHINE, a UK charity that helps young people who are struggling to learn or have disengaged from the educational system. A Gala Cocktail was held in Geneva in September in support of Association Païdos, a Swiss charity dedicated to educational programs for disadvantaged children. The European Galas collectively raised over £330,000 ($.55 million) for these charities.

Donations are still being accepted for our US, UK, and Swiss beneficiaries for this year.

Donations for Computers for Youth are still being accepted. Checks can be made out to 100 Women in Hedge Funds Foundation and sent to the organization’s Treasurer:

100 Women in Hedge Funds Foundation
331 W 57th St #239
New York NY 10019

To make a donation to SHINE, our UK beneficiary of the year, or Association Païdos, our Swiss beneficiary of the year please contact Amanda Pullinger, Executive Director of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, at executivedirector@100womeninhedgefunds.org.

100 Women in Hedge Funds is a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organization serving over 10,000 alternative investment management investors and professionals through educational, professional leverage and philanthropic initiatives. Formed in 2001, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has hosted more than 160 events globally, connected more than 150 senior women through Peer Advisory Groups and raised in excess of $17 million for philanthropic causes in the areas of women's health, education and mentoring. For more information about 100 Women in Hedge Funds, please visit www.100womeninhedgefunds.org

About Computers for Youth (www.CFY.org)
Computers for Youth helps low-income children do better in school by improving their learning environment at home. CFY's signature program selects high-poverty middle schools and then offers all sixth-grade families both a home computer loaded with educational software and training designed to help parents become more effective learning partners. Studies confirm that CFY’s programs have significantly improved students’ test scores and class effort and have increased parents’ confidence and involvement. Since beginning operations in 1999, CFY has reached more than 40,000 students and parents from more than 50 schools in New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. CFY is building a national “home learning environment” sector, including extending its affiliate network to all 50 U.S. states and working to influence national education policy. For more information, please visit www.cfy.org.

For further information, please visit the 100 Women in Hedge Funds website at

For additional PR information contact: Stephanie Linehan at 100WHF@finsbury.com.
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