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3rd Annual Lulu & Leo Fund Fall Benefit

The Art of Healing


Hosted by Hoda Kotb

Photo Credit: Heidi Green Photography

The Lulu & Leo Fund Benefit was as magical as ever! Thank you to all who contributed to the beautiful energy of the evening — we are still buzzing from it!!! We couldn’t be more proud of the inspiration sparked in so many by our two angels, Lulu and Leo!


 Marina and Kevin's speeches shared personal stories, accomplishments from the past year and the passion behind our new major initiative CHOOSE CREATIVITY!


Click here to view Marina & Kevin's Speeches



We are excited to announce a special musical performance by singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson & the PS 22 Chorus! Eric, who's currently on tour with Kelly Clarkson, has had a number of popular singles including "Rock & Roll" and "Tell the World" and was named a VH1 You Oughta Know Artist on the Rise. We're thrilled to have such a fantastic combo this year.


Materials for the Arts

Materials for the Arts (MFTA) collects surplus materials from businesses and individuals and redistributes them, free of charge, to nonprofits with ongoing arts programming and New York City public schools. The Lulu & Leo Fund supports the Creative Reuse in the Classroom program at P.S. 5 in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.


Michael Miller

Michael Miller, born in Glasgow, Scotland, trained in academic drawing at the Liceo Artistico Leon Battista Alberti in Florence, Italy, and subsequently in oil painting with the Laborarte Group in the same city.  In May 2012, he was awarded the League's Henri Matisse Estate Merit Scholarship. Since moving to New York, Miller has become increasingly involved in community-based public art projects.


Stephanie Mitten

Stephanie Mitten graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Art History and coursework in Studio Art and Early Childhood Education. She has worked in multiple galleries and museums in New York and California, but her true passion is teaching. Stephanie currently teaches Pre-K at A Learning Odyssey Daycare in Astoria, where she regularly shares her love of art with her students.


Museum of the City of New York

Maggie Bordonaro & Laura Lima

The L&L Fund supports MCNY’s Family Programs, which enable family audiences from all walks of life, including those from at-risk communities, to explore NYC’s multi-cultural history and to employ their creative energies. Maggie is the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center Courses for Kids Coordinator.  aura is MCNY’s current Coordinator of Family Programs.


Laura Ricciardi

Laura Ricciardi's work explores individual identity vs. shared humanity, speech/meaning in flux, language and expression, self-worth, collective memory, and the boldness of sincerity. She is a graduate of Yale University and New York University.



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Everybody has a CHOOSE CREATIVITY story! 

Visit choosecreativity.org today and commit to creativity with us. We will officially be launching the full site in 2016.

Learn more

Click here to see photos from our Choose Creativity Celebration on June 18th! 




Janet Abrams-Piechota
Jenna Baum

Vanessa Benjamin
Putney Cloos
Brian Fox

Joel Friedman



Bernard Gershon

Chad Harbach
Cassandra Kelley-Gershon
Katie Krim
Kevin Krim

Marina Krim




Heather Lefcourt

Jennifer Lazar Schiamberg
Sonali Das Theisen
Susan Vobejd



SuperArtist Supporters


Putney, Brian, Eliot & Robinson Fox

Himan Brown Charitable Trust 

Marina & Kevin Krim

Lisa Detwiler & Jim Cramer

Master Artist Supporters

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Heather & Jeffrey Lefcourt

NBC News







Budding Artist Supporters

Friends of Lulu & Leo

Vanessa & Tyler Benjamin

Davis & Gilbert

Dustin J. DeNunzio

Cassandra Kelley-Gershon & Bernard Gershon

Terri McCullough & Howard Wolfson

Orkila Capital

Michelle O'Sullivan & Jay Bergesen 

Jennifer & Jeff Schiamberg

Kent & Michelle Schoen

Sonali & Derek Theisen


Heather Ursu & Marcel Kasumovich

Janet Yueh & Solomon Liou

Caroline Keene


In-Kind Supporters

A special thank you to the Museum of the City of New York for their on-going generosity.

The Lulu & Leo Fund is fiscally sponsored by FJC, a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Public Charity and a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds. As such, all gifts and donations are therefore fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. FJC’s EIN is 13-3848582.