Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Cipriani 42nd Street 

6:00 PM 

We are thrilled to invite you to Summer Search NYC's 2024 Gala!

This year we are celebrating our community's collective adventures & journeys through life!  We will be hearing from past & current Summer Search participants and will join together to explore what adventure means to us as a community. We hope that you will be able to join us for one of our favorite celebrations of the year!

Dress Code: Business Cocktail Attire 

Ticket & Sponsorship Registration

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Amanda Moretz at 


At Summer Search, we believe our world is better off when everyone can discover their purpose.

Our mission is to unleash students' potential through mentoring and transformative experiences. Beginning in their sophomore year of high school through post-secondary completion, we partner with our students to help them discover that they possess the talent and strength to carve their place in the world.

Our Impact:

  • 100% of our students graduate from high school on time.
  • 69% earn a bachelor’s degree within 6 years of high school graduation, compared to 21% of their peers.
  • The majority of our alumni hold debt of less than $30K, compared to $50K for adults aged 22–35 who borrowed money for college.


Wilma Wallace

Wilma Wallace just finished her six-year role at REI as their Diversity and Social Impact Officer, which oversees the co-op’s enterprise-wide racial equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Wallace was promoted into these new roles in September 2021, previously having served as REI’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Wallace currently serves as board chair of the REI Cooperative Action Fund, a 501 (c)(3) public charity.

Prior to joining the Co-op in October 2017, Wallace was interim General Counsel for Enveritas, a sustainability startup venture. She had a successful 20-year career at Gap Inc., progressing to senior executive roles during a time of innovation, growth and a shifting retail environment. While at Gap Inc., Wallace was responsible for legal, compliance, government affairs and award-winning sustainability functions. Throughout her career, Wallace has been an advocate and leader in driving cultural change to address legal and compliance risk, and to advance the role of organizations in promoting a fully inclusive and equitable society.

Wallace currently also serves on the board of Premera, a provider of healthcare services, and on the boards of several non-profit organizations each with a mission to advance equity; and legal, environmental or economic justice. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.

a very special thank you to our gala chairs

Siya Madikane & Whitney Headen 


Samir Arora 

Scott Bower 

Lindsay Barnett 

Regina Flores Mir

Sean Hogan 

Gabby Slome

Graves Tompkins

Jenny Tu

Summer Search NYC Board of Directors

Graves Tompkins, Board Chair | Samir Arora | Thomas C. Barry | Michael Blumstein | Scott Bower | Alex Constantin | Janemarie Eichhorn | Catherine Feldman | Charlotte Feng Ford | Regina Flores Mir | Daria Hirsch | Jack Kopnisky | Martin Kremenstein | Hilary Lindemann | Taylor Lukof | Walter Nollmann | Maria Jose Padilla | Jean-Marie Painvin | Andrew Sagor | Saad Siddiqui | Jordan Singleton | Gabby Slome | Matthew Smith | Scott Thomas | Hakim Thompson | Jenny Tu | Thomas Wheeler | John White | Nina Yadava | Jonathan Pruzan, Trustee Emeritus

we are so grateful for our sponsors