25th Anniversary
Gala Celebration
Thursday, October 26, 2023
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Please join us as we celebrate 25 years of advancing the lives of girls through sports.

honorees holding an award.

On Thursday, October 26, 2023, we are hosting our 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration to raise critical funds that will enable PowerPlay to expand our mission to advance the lives of girls through sports, helping them grow physically, emotionally and academically stronger.

Our Gala Celebration is an extraordinary evening designed to celebrate the bright futures of our program participants, and honor the accomplishments of role models who inspire them. Over the years, this event has brought in hundreds of participants, including industry leaders, key-influencers, and VIP supporters.


Advocacy Award
Lisa Sherman President & CEO The Ad Council
Athletic Leadership Award
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley Olympic Gold Medalist CEO
Multiplying Good
Ally Award
Dan Mannix Co-Founder and Managing Partner underdog and company
Champion Award
Dr. Ellen Markowitz Founder, PowerPlay NYC President
SuperStarters Coaching, LLC
Program Impact Award
Michelle Madera Assistant Principal High School for Violin and Dance
Alumni Impact Award
Mia Hall, M. Ed. Program Director Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation

PowerPlay is a place for you to feel confident and let go. It keeps you motivated. I love it!

– Faith


I always have a problem with my confidence but now I am becoming better at believing in me.

– Malaysia


I love participating in PowerPlay and being able to discuss different topics and learn about other people’s experience.


I have seen when you work hard it helps you get somewhere in life.

– Malani

About Powerplay

PowerPlay serves one of the most vulnerable, at-risk populations in NYC:

25,000+ Youth predominantly girls served over 25 years
90% girls of color (primarily Black and Latinx)
6-18 Year old Girls from low-income neighborhoods facing multiple systemic barriers to success
5 Boroughs offering PowerPlay programming

A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors*

*This list is still growing


Allstate Insurance Company


The Ad Council

Paula Markowitz


NFL Foundation

The Meek Family

Ellen Markowitz &
Lisa Jett


The Aversano Family

Alexis King

Sponsor one
of our girls
to attend

Gala Co-Chairs

Kelly P. Sahner Chief Commercial Officer
Trip Mate
Anatoli Semenoff CFO & COO
RC Enterprise

Gala Host Committee

*This list is still growing

Vanessa Coppes CEO + Editor-In-Chief
BELLA Magazine
Kristen Darthard CEO & Head Coach
Gantry Gymnastics
Liz Glover Wilson Founder & President
Elizabeth Rose Consulting
Amanda Johnson Co-Founder & President
Julie Products Inc.
Jessica Kleeman Talent Acquisition
Michelle Krueger Managing Director
Alvarez & Marsal, Transaction Advisory Group
Dr. Ellen Markowitz President
SuperStarters Coaching, LLC
Lawrence Miller Business Development Advisor
Nautilus Capital Solutions
Vivian M. Santora Managing Director
Alvarez & Marsal
Sou Vilayvanh Managing Director
Elizabeth Rose Consulting

View Our Past Gala Celebrations