Michael J. Gantcher '92, a member of the HWS board of trustees, was honored at The Doe Fund's 11th annual “What New York Needs” Gala, Thursday, Oct. 27 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.
Gantcher, chairman of the board of The Doe Fund, was honored along with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
“Mike Gantcher is a wonderful example of someone who takes civic engagement seriously,” said HWS President Mark D. Gearan.
“Despite his significant professional responsibilities and the demands of a young family, Mike manages to carve out time and effort in New York City with the Doe Fund. His service on the HWS Board of Trustees is yet another example of his giving back to the colleges. It should come as no surprise that the new Public Service Office in Trinity Hall was completed with his financial support. With Mike Gantcher, HWS students have a model of a recent alum who is making a real difference in the lives of people.”
George T. McDonald, president of The Doe Fund, noted that Gantcher has been chair for five years, “through our period of greatest growth, and with unstinting generosity in both his time and financial support.
“He has proven to be both an able chairman and a deeply compassionate human being. Mike represents the finest of New York's new generation of leaders and philanthropists. The Men in Blue (the formerly homeless men who now clean more than 150 miles of New York City streets and sidewalks every day — the largest street-cleaning project in the world) are fortunate to have an advocate as passionate and hopeful about their futures and committed to their success as they are themselves.”
Gantcher, managing director for Oppenheimer and Co., has sponsored students from the HWS' Two Cities course to visit The Doe Fund; he and fellow trustee Richard Abbe '92 have also endowed a scholarship for academic achievement. He chairs the trustees' Student Life Committee.
Among the vice chairs of The Doe Fund are Peter I. Resnick '94, executive managing director of Jack Resnick & Sons Inc. Among the sponsors of the gala was Charles H. Salisbury Jr. '63, chairman of the HWS trustees.
In the most recent edition of the Pulteney St. Survey, Gantcher was profiled with other alumni and alumnae who honored faculty and staff who influenced their lives. Read the complete story, http://www.hws.edu/alumni/keepintouch/pssurvey/sum05_aboveand.asp.