2015 Benefit

Kaplan Educational Foundation Third Annual Benefit

Honoring Veronica Dillon, Ann McDaniel, Rima Calderon & New York University

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Cocktail Reception, Seated Dinner & Awards Program

Metropolitan West
635 West 46th Street
New York City

Please join the Kaplan Educational Foundation for an unforgettable evening.  We will highlight the achievements of our Kaplan Scholars, the impact our honorees have made in the field of Education, and the incredible partnership we have built with New York University and their Community College Transfer Opportunity Program.

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Learn about our Honorees.

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Meet our Honorees:

Veronica Dillon exemplifies leadership and a commitment to education and the law. Ronnie, as she is known, began her career teaching at the Commander Shea School in Manhattan before transitioning to the legal professional. She served as an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and a staff attorney at the New York Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission before becoming assistant general counsel at Macmillan, Inc.

During her tenure at Kaplan, Ronnie served as corporate counsel, chief legal officer, chief administrative officer, and executive vice president. Her success in these roles led to Ronnie’s appointment as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Graham Holdings.

In addition to her career leadership, Ronnie has served on the boards of many nonprofits, including the Kaplan Educational Foundation. She received a B.A. from St. Johns University and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Ann McDaniel has personified leadership in journalism and media companies for decades. During her career, Ann received numerous accolades and awards for her new reporting, including a National Magazine Award for reporting, a Best in the Business award from the American Journalism Review, and two National Magazine Awards.

Ann has been a White House correspondent, Washington correspondent, Washington bureau chief, managing editor, and managing director throughout her career and for Newsweek magazine. As senior vice president of Graham Holdings Company, Ann oversaw business operations for Slate and theRoot, and led all aspects of human resources for the Company and its affiliates.

Previously, Ann covered the Bush administration as White House correspondent from 1988 to 1992. She was a key member of the 1992 election reporting team that earned Newsweek a Best in the Business award from the American Journalism Review and two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and Single-Topic Issue. She first joined the magazine as a Washington correspondent in January 1984 to report on legal issues. Ann also worked for seven years at the Dallas Times Herald.

Ann received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a master of studies in law degree from Yale Law School.

Rima Calderon retired as vice president-communications and external relations of Graham Holdings Company at the end of 2014. Previously, she had been director of corporate relations at The Phillips Collection; editor of The Kennedy Center programs/magazine; producer of The Kennedy Center Honors Oral History Program; and assistant editor of Lincoln Center programs, published by Saturday Review magazine.

Rima is an active leader in the DC metropolitan area nonprofit community as a tutor and mentor to junior high and high school students. Her service on nonprofit boards includes Washington Performing Arts, Inner City-Inner Child/Dumbarton Concerts, Synetic Theater and The Lab School.

Rima received a B.A. in English Literature and History from Barnard College. Rima has three grown children and three grandchildren.

New York University's Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP) is a scholarship and advisement program in its 25th year at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.     CCTOP partners with 14 tri state area community colleges to provide access to over 1800 alumni and 115 current students.  NYU Silver School of Social Work and NYU School of Professional Studies have also joined NYU Steinhardt's commitment to scholarship and access by offering their eligible CCTOP students scholarship opportunities.

New York University’s mission is to be a top quality international center of scholarship, teaching and research. Founded in 1831, NYU is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, NYU is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities.


Ticket and Table Information:

Master’s Table:  $25,000  Purchase Now

  • Two tables with premium seating for 20 guests at the event
  • Opportunity to have Kaplan Scholars as table guests
  • “Master’s” listing on event materials & KEF website
  • Optional full page note or ad in event journal
  • Acknowledgement in spoken remarks from the podium at the event

Bachelor’s:  $10,000  Purchase Now

  • One table with priority seating for 10 guests at the event
  • Opportunity to have one Kaplan Scholar or other representative as a table guest
  • “Bachelor’s” listing on event materials & KEF website
  • Optional half page note or ad in event journal

Associate’s:  $6,000  Purchase Now

  • One table with seating for 10 guests at the event
  • “Associate’s” listing on event materials & KEF website
  • Optional quarter page note or ad in event journal

Donor:  $1,000  Purchase Now

  • One priority seat at the event
  • “Donor” listing on event materials & KEF website
  • Optional quarter page note or ad in event journal

Friend:  $500  Purchase Now

  • One seat at the event
  • “Friend” listing on event materials & KEF website

Guest:  $350  Purchase Now

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The Kaplan Educational Foundation will consider special requests from potential sponsors.

Non-deductible portion of each ticketed attendee is $250.