Junior Board members participate in many aspects of The Valerie Fund, including community outreach, event planning, and member recruitment. As a Junior Board member, you will also be invited to serve as a volunteer for major Valerie Fund events, as well as a mentoring program designed to provide Valerie Fund high school patients with one-on-one educational and emotional support from a close peer.
Over the past year, Valerie Fund Junior Board experiences have included:
• Hosting annual Gala drawing more than 500 guests
• Organizing fall fundraiser (past events include open bars and basketball tournaments)
• Group visit to Camp Happy Times
• Decorating Valerie Fund centers for the holidays
• Volunteering for The Valerie Fund's Careoke for the Kids, Taste of Giving, Scholarship Reception and Thanksgiving Ball events
• Participating in The Valerie Fund's annual walk / 5K run in New Jersey
• Hearing from the organization's Executive Director, board members and staff about new initiatives and The Valerie Fund's role in treatment of kids with cancer and blood disorders
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The Junior Board welcomes new members at all points throughout the year! If you are interested in getting involved, please fill out the questionnaire at the link below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Thursday, November 24th, 9:30 pm
541 W 25th Street, New York, NY 10001
The Junior Board of the Valerie Fund invites you to join us for the Eleventh Annual Junior Board Gala, located this year at Lavan 541 on Thursday, November 24th, from 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM. Enjoy four hours of open bar, desserts, a silent auction, and dancing in support of the children and families of The Valerie Fund!
Please dress in cocktail attire.
Jake Scherzer attended his first event held by The Valerie Fund in 2017, and became more involved in the organization by joining the Junior Board in 2018. Jake graduated from Syracuse University in 2017 with a degree in Information Security. He currently works as a Cyber Security Portfolio Manager in the Financial Services division at IBM.
Daniela is the Program and Communications Manager at ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation, a non-profit that provides arts programming for children facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses. She grew up in Long Hill Township, NJ and graduated in 2016 with a B.A in Sociology from The College of New Jersey. Her passion for supporting the Pediatric/Oncology population began in 2007 when she began volunteering in the Child Life Department at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, a Valerie Fund Center. She joined the Junior Board in the fall of 2018 and is honored to be a part of such an inspirational mission and incredible team.
Brendan joined the Valerie Fund in 2019 after attending two events. He graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2015 with a major in International Business and a minor in Information Systems. Currently, Brendan works as in Banking Business Management at Barclays.
Kathleen first started working with the Valerie Fund in 2016 after running a fundraising campaign in her office for the organization, raising over $80,000. Kathleen wanted to continue her involvement with the organization and joined the Junior Board in 2016. She has had the chance to meet some of the individuals who have benefitted from the services and care of the Valerie Fund by volunteering at Camp Happy Times as well as the Taste of Giving Gala. Kathleen graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Finance and Marketing and currently works as a Supervisor at RSM in the Business Risk & Consulting practice.
Dan has been actively involved with The Valerie Fund since joining Morgan Stanley in 2016. In addition to visiting Camp Happy Times, Dan helped coordinate Valerie Fund's 2018 Rec Day and was involved in two fundraising campaigns. As part of the Junior Board, Dan is looking forward to continuing to work with such an amazing organization and the incredible children that it supports. Dan graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Economics and currently works as an investment associate at Sycamore Partners.
Matt's family was involved with the Valerie Fund Charity Sports Dinner when he was growing up. He joined the Junior Board in November of 2018. Matt graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2017 with a degree in Finance. He currently works as an Internal Credit Analyst for RBC Wealth Management.
Niki has been an active member of The Valerie Fund Junior Board since 2015 but has been volunteering for The Valerie Fund since 2005. Shortly after graduating from The University of Delaware in 2015 she started working at Twitter in New York City and is currently a Client Account Manager on the Tech team.
Stephanie has been involved in The Valerie Fund Junior Board since 2017. She is a graduate of Boston University and works as an Account Supervisor for The Pollack PR Marketing Group.
Ali joined the Valerie Fund Junior Board in 2019 after attending two events. She graduated from The University of Vermont in 2015 with a double major in International Business and Finance. Ali currently works at The Trade Desk on the AdOps team. Prior to her current role, Ali worked at Citibank.
Ryan attended his first event held by The Valerie Fund in 2012, and became more involved in the organization by joining the Junior Board in 2016. Ryan graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He currently works as a Senior Consultant in the Life Sciences division at a strategy consulting firm called Simon-Kucher & Partners, primarily working with pharmaceutical and biotech clients.
Greg has been a proud and active supporter of The Valerie Fund Junior Board since 2013. Greg grew up in Mendham, New Jersey and is motivated to work with The Valerie Fund because of the organization’s ties to his home town area. Greg currently works at Magnitude Capital as a Vice President after starting his career at Credit Suisse. Greg was a four-year monogram winner for the University of Notre Dame baseball team. He graduated with a B.S. in finance from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in 2011.
Manav Sarkaria joined The Valerie Fund Junior Board in 2021. He first became involved with The Valerie Fund during his time at Morgan Stanley helping to coordinate the firm’s annual Valerie Fund campaign. As a member of the Junior Board, Manav is excited to continue to work in support of such a tremendous and impactful cause. Manav graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Finance and currently works as a private equity associate at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
Saturday September 17, 8:30 am
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