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Columbia Business School Annual Dinner Rakes in $3.2 Million

A gala event held earlier this month helped raise more than $3 million to fund financial aid, faculty research and entrepreneurial outreach at Columbia Business School, the school reports. The school’s 38th Annual Dinner drew more than 800 people to New York City’s Waldorf Astoria on Monday, May 5th.

Setting a record, 60 new donors contributed 11 percent of the $3.2 million in total funds raised. There were 173 gifts in total, consistent with last year. Attendees included 120 current students from the full-time MBA, EMBA and EMBA-Global programs, as well as more than 40 alumni club leaders representing 30 regional alumni clubs, 13 countries, and two affinity clubs, the school reports.

“The extraordinary success of this year’s Annual Dinner is a result of the generosity of alumni, faculty members, students, staff and friends,” Dean Glenn Hubbard said during remarks to dinner attendees.

The event recognized Leon Cooperman ’67, chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors, Inc., and a member of the School’s Board of Overseers, with the Distinguished Leadership in Business Award. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won the Distinguished Leadership in Government Award. Alumnus James P. Gorman, MBA ’87, chaired the meeting. Gorman is chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley and a member of the Board of Overseers.

Watch highlights from the Columbia Business School Annual Dinner.