Last January, after attending an Afro-Cuban dance rehearsal amidst the ruins of two dilapidated buildings in Havana, my friends from the Santa Fe workshop and I wandered down the narrow pot-holed street. A few blocks away I caught sight of a girl waving to us from her 2nd floor balcony. I waved back and asked how old she was.  She said 7, that today was her birthday. Her mother came down the stairs and invited us up. Their apartment consisted of one cramped room with a tiny stove and refrigerator at the entrance. The birthday girl,  Gretchen, was having cookies and milk for her birthday and there was a little pink plastic birthday bouquet in top of the ancient TV set. We spent an hour talking to Gretchen and her family and decided to return the next day with Barbie doll presents for her birthday. Not so easy to shop for dolls in Havana! We found a dilapidated toy store on one of the main tourist streets that looked like it had been forgotten in time since the 1950’s. So little inventory in the glass display cases, and what was there seemed to all be imported from Taiwan. We bought two dolls and carried them back to Gretchen’s room.

See more images from Cuba at my photography site http://www.marjoriekaufman.com/havana-2014.html

Gretchen's 7th Birthday

Gretchen’s 7th Birthday

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Photographed in Havana, Cuba last January.  See more images from Cuba at my photography website  http://www.marjoriekaufman.com/havana-2014.html

I love the color and sheer energy in this image.

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In this season of giving back, I’m proud to lead the Hilltop Cares Foundation in helping survivors of abuse obtain therapy. Here is a recently published article in the Horace Mann Record about the work we’re doing.

Hilltop Cares Foundation brings school community together

Over 70 alumni, administrators, parents, and students gathered at Hilltop Cares Foundation’s kick-off event earlier this month to discuss ways to promote communal healing in light of the revelations of sexual abuse at the school.

Hilltop Cares strives to “provide support for alumni who suffered abuse at the school years ago, to support their therapy, as well as to bring about some healing to the whole Horace Mann community,” Chair Marjorie Kaufman ’78, P’18,’19 said.

The event, which took place at the home of Vice Chair Joe Rose ‘77, provided a way for participants and Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly to “get together in a constructive and mutually supportive way,” Rose said, which included discussing Hilltop Cares’ mission and ways to get involved with the organization.

Attendees especially appreciated the support of Kelly and Director of Institutional Research and Enrollment Management Lisa Moreira P’19, P’21, as it created a “strongly felt but understated sense of community,” Rose said. 

The fact that Hilltop Cares is now able to directly raise tax-deductible contributions “creates a moment to take an affirmative first step,” Rose said.

All donations the foundation receives go towards confidentially funding psychological therapy for victims of the sexual abuse that occurred at the school who may not be able to afford the support otherwise.

Hilltop Cares can serve as an especially useful outlet to alumni and survivors due to the fact that it exists independently from the school, Kaufman said.

“There are significant negative sentiments held by some alumni in the wake of the revelations of sexual abuse at the school. As an independent entity we don’t get involved with that at all, and we are here to directly help people that were hurt.”

Being involved in Hilltop Cares offers many benefits that are especially relevant at this time of the year, when giving back is important, Kaufman said. 

“The HM community is almost like an extended family to many people,” she said. “When members of your family need help, it’s good to be there and to stand by them and say ,‘I’m here to help you.’”

The organization is about strengthening, affirming, and helping, Rose said.

“Giving all the members of the Horace Mann community a way to do that in a way that’s not within a legal context or in an adversarial context but in a caring, mutually beneficial way – that’s the goal,” he said.

The organization is currently planning a benefit that will take place on campus in May.

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Hilltop Cares is now a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization.

Hilltop Cares is a group of alumni, parents and students at the Horace Mann School which supports survivors of abuse. We are pleased to announce that the IRS has approved our application for 501(c)3 status. Donations to Hilltop Cares are fully tax deductible. For more information, please visit our website http://www.hilltopcares.org.

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Guggenheim Global Trading appoints marketing leader ahead of multistrategy fund opening

Marjorie Kaufman was named managing director and head of marketing and client services for Guggenheim Partners subsidiary Guggenheim Global Trading, according to spokesman Thomas Mulligan.

The position is new. Ms. Kaufman is responsible for developing and running a marketing plan for a new multistrategy fund the firm is preparing to open to institutional investors. She will report to Loren M. Katzovitz, managing partner of Guggenheim Global Trading.

The firm expects to make some additional hires to Guggenheim Global Trading in the next couple of months, Mr. Mulligan said.

Ms. Kaufman was a managing director at Golden Seeds. Jo Ann Corkran, managing partner at Golden Seeds, did not return a phone call by press time.

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Hedge funders boost New York City non-profit CollegeBound Initiative

A gala Thursday honored Pinebridge COO George Hornig and Giants QB Eli Manning.
By Lawrence Delevingne

Members of the hedge fund community were among those who feted the CollegeBound Initiative’s 10th anniversary Thursday night at a gala honoring New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Pinebridge Investments chief operating officer George Hornig and News Corporation group general counsel Lon Jacobs.

CollegeBound, a program of the New York education non-profit Young Women’s Leadership Network, is a school-based college guidance program for high-need public schools and students who are usually the first in their families to attend college.

Hedge fund supporters of the fundraising effort included Karen Finerman of Metropolitan Capital, Lawrence Golub of Golub Capital, Gary Gerstein and Phyllis Weaver of Red Oak Commodity Advisors (Weaver is a Young Women’s Leadership Network board member), Carrie Ann McCabe of Lasair Capital and Michael Ansour of March Partners.

The event, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center, raised more than $725,000 and was attended by nearly 400 guests, who mingled with beaming, college-bound seniors from the program. Hornig pledged to be a regular contributor to the group and Manning, also a donor, obliged countless requests from students and admirers for handshakes, autographs and photos.

CBI says it serves more than 6,000 students in 13 public high schools, 12 in New York City and one in Philadelphia. Since 2001, CBI has helped more than 4,000 students attend college and has generated more than $48 million in financial aid and scholarships to keep them there.

“CBI makes the dream of going to college a tangible reality for these kids,” said Marjorie Kaufman, also a Network board member and the former head of investor relations at Kingdon Capital Management. “The return on investment is huge—just look at the pride on the faces of the seniors here.

Find out how you can help: CBI

 

http://www.pionline.com/article/20140305/ONLINE/140309943/guggenheim-global-trading-appoints-marketing-leader-ahead-of-multistrategy-fund-opening

Marjorie Kaufman was named managing director and head of marketing and client services for Guggenheim Partners subsidiary Guggenheim Global Trading, according to spokesman Thomas Mulligan.

The position is new. Ms. Kaufman is responsible for developing and running a marketing plan for a new multistrategy fund the firm is preparing to open to institutional investors. She will report to Loren M. Katzovitz, managing partner of Guggenheim Global Trading.

The firm expects to make some additional hires to Guggenheim Global Trading in the next couple of months, Mr. Mulligan said.

Ms. Kaufman was a managing director at Golden Seeds. Jo Ann Corkran, managing partner at Golden Seeds, did not return a phone call by press time.

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