The Opportunity Network’s Seventh Annual Night of Opportunity Gala to Honor Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
Event to be Held at Cipriani Wall Street; Will Also Honor Sallie Krawcheck (85 Broads) & DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith (NFL Players Association)
New York, NY (March 11, 2014) — On Monday, April 7th, The Opportunity Network, a New York City nonprofit that puts high-achieving, low-income students on the road to top colleges and successful careers, will host their seventh annual Night of Opportunity at Cipriani Wall Street at 55 Wall Street in New York. This year, the event will honor actors Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, as well as former CEO of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney and current 85 Broads owner Sallie Krawcheck, and NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith.
As New Yorkers, Craig and Weisz wanted to find a way to give back to their local community and made a multiyear commitment to The Opportunity Network.
“We wanted to work with an organization that benefits the youth of the city and helps them thrive,” said Daniel Craig. “The Opportunity Network’s track record of helping low-income students create a path that leads them to successful careers is truly inspiring and something that Rachel and I are honored to be a part of.”
The evening will feature remarks from all honorees as well as speeches from students who have benefited from the program. With Craig and Weisz’s participation, and the support of the other honorees, The Opportunity Network will serve more than 500 students with on-site programs and hundreds more through partner schools and nonprofit programs.
Founded in 2003 by Brian Weinstein and Jessica Pliska, The Opportunity Network prepares students for college, introduces them to career opportunities, facilitates paid summer internships, trains students in professional etiquette and teaches them how to build networks. The program works with students for six years, beginning with their sophomore year of high school and continuing through their college graduation. One hundred percent of these students graduate from college, compared with only ten percent of low- income students nationwide. Within six months of graduation, eighty-five percent are admitted to graduate school or find professional employment.
“Learning how to secure and excel in internships and use professional networks is an essential ingredient for success. We help some of the most ambitious, hardest working students in New York reach goals they would never have imagined,” said Jessica Pliska, Founder and Executive Director of The Opportunity Network.
About The Opportunity Network
The Opportunity Network gives high-achieving, underserved high school and college students access to career opportunities, professional networks and competitive colleges. Through interaction with executives, career and networking training, paid internships and college counseling, our students dramatically change the course of their futures. One hundred percent of students graduate from competitive colleges and eighty-five percent secure professional jobs or graduate school admission within six months of graduation.
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