Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Before hitting the bowling lanes last night, Henry McVey, head of global macro and asset allocation at KKR & Co., gave a brief biography.
“I grew up in Virginia, on the campus of St. Christopher’s School,” McVey said. “My father was a math teacher and headmaster there.”
McVey was answering the question, “Why are you involved in the Teak Fellowship?” The program, which was hosting a fundraiser at Lucky Strike, guides bright, low-income students through the admissions process for private high school and college. Support includes clothing stipends, resources for study abroad and music lessons, and mentors. Fellows go on outdoor leadership trips and have paid summer internships.
“Education is the single biggest agent of change,” McVey said. “But don’t talk to me. Talk to one of the students.”
Diana Rodriguez, 24, applied for Teak when she was 12. She is a graduate of Riverdale Country School and Wesleyan, and now attends Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business.
Rodriguez’s father is a dishwasher at the private club Doubles. Her mother is a housekeeper at the Marriott Financial Center. She has three younger sisters.
“One is a junior at Fieldston, another a biology major at City College,” she said with pride.
“What I love is the viral effect of Teak,” said the program’s board chairman, Kim Fennebresque, who is also chairman and chief executive of Dahlman Rose & Co.
Anne Brennan of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and a Teak board member, shared a bowling lane with Anne Black, who works for Goldman Sachs Gives. Honoree and board member Randall Winn, a co-founder of Capital IQ Inc., circulated among the lanes.
Robert Kaplan, a professor at Harvard Business School and a co-chairman of the Teak board, recalled meeting with Justine Stamen Arrilaga, who had the idea for Teak.
A business plan followed and Kaplan became a founder of the program. “I do this because it’s fun,” he said.
Work in Progress
Just past the velvet rope of Work in Progress, a hybrid art space and nightclub, graffiti filled the stairwell.
In the main room on opening night, the paint was still wet on some of the images. The most eye-grabbing work was a geometric sculpture on which abstracted shapes and patterns were projected. Several couples poked its soft surface.
Artist Dustin Yellin, in a Sherlock Holmes cap, took in the scene near the DJ booth.
“All the art is for sale,” said Rony Rivellini, a partner in WIP, who is known for the arts space Collective Hardware on the Bowery.
The art will change every six weeks or so. Rivellini also wants to give the space an educational bent, so he said he’s organizing daytime workshops for children to work with WIP artists.
Tonight the nonprofit Creative Time takes over WIP for its Flaming Youth ball.
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