Jerry Seinfeld Gathers Dads as Financier Hangs With Vivica FoxBy
Comedian, wife host benefit to support low-income fathers
Supernova’s Mike Jackson supervises event for writing program
Jerry Seinfeld hosted a men’s charity luncheon Tuesday at the Palm Tribeca, though to be fair, this event wouldn’t have happened without Jessica Seinfeld, whose Good+ Foundation’s support of low-income fathers provided the reason for her husband and others to gather.
The foundation works with dads to teach anger-management skills and how to understand the “ages and stages” of a child, like the terrible twos. It also helps fathers think about what being a father means to them.
Seinfeld, in an interview, shared his view. “A man needs to be a man -- he doesn’t have to be a woman to be a good father,” he said. “He can go to work and say ‘I can’t come to your game, I’ve got to work.’ That’s being a dad, too. I think there’s this thing that if I don’t go to every single game I’m a bad dad, and meanwhile your work is suffering.”
Joseph Murphy, a U.S. Marine on disability and a limited income, fought hard to win custody of his kids ages 9 and 14. The battle had “created an iceberg around my heart," he said. "Now it’s melted." The Good+ Foundation also helped him fulfill his youngest daughter’s dream of a trip to Disneyland.
On Wednesday night, the Foundation for Letters held a fundraiser at the IAC Building where Mike Jackson, the foundation’s founder, hung out with actress Vivica Fox. It was a nice reward for doing the brunt of the work planning the event in the midst of a job change.
In August, Jackson became executive vice president of capital markets at Supernova Companies, after more than 11 years at Brookfield Asset Management. His mandate is to secure capital for Supernova to provide securities-based loans to individuals with $150,000 or more of taxable, liquid assets. He travels weekly to the company’s headquarters in Chicago.
Even with a busy schedule, he took a hands-on approach in planning the fifth annual benefit for the foundation, which provides urban students and schools with access to writing programs.
He selected the venue and worked with a designer to create the visuals for IAC’s iconic media wall. Initially he thought he could get by with donated beer and one house cocktail; upon the advice of friends, he ordered wine and liquor for mixed drinks. For food, he called Max Crespo of Neapolitan Express, who agreed “to make it rain pizza” for free, Jackson said. “Then I wondered, is everyone going to want to eat pizza? Some people are gluten free.” So the caterer he hired served mini BLTs and tuna tartar.
Jackson didn’t have to worry too much about the program. It featured high school students reading their essays and poems created by the foundation’s “Bronx Loaf” creative writing workshops, named after the prestigious Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences in Middlebury, Vermont.