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Gala 2023

Breakthrough New York 2023 Gala: Leading the Way

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Guastavino’s | 409 E. 59th Street

Join us for our biggest event of the year!

We’re so excited to gather for our Breakthrough New York 2023 Gala: Leading the Way. Since 1999, Breakthrough New York has inspired, encouraged, and supported 500 bright and ambitious New York City students every year from low-income backgrounds on their paths to and through college. We are on a mission to propel even more students through college and into thriving careers.

The gala will be an inspirational evening and lively celebration of our students. This year’s gala will bring together our diverse community including donors, business leaders, educators, elected officials, sponsors, and our dynamic youth. We are thrilled to celebrate honoree Sonny Kalsi for his long-standing commitment to Breakthrough New York and our students. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, and our distinctive awards program.


Sonny Kalsi, BentallGreenOak

Sonny Kalsi is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of BentallGreenOak and is based in Miami, Florida. BGO is a leading global real estate investment management advisor and a globally recognized provider of real estate services with approximately $80 billion of assets under management. BGO has 28 offices worldwide and over 1,300 employees. BGO manages real estate debt and real estate assets on behalf of clients in primary, secondary and co-investment markets.

Sonny is a graduate of Georgetown University and continues to be very involved with the school in advancing academic initiatives. He has been cited by Private Equity Real Estate magazine as one of the “30 Most Influential” people in private equity real estate globally. Sonny is on the board of several organizations including Georgetown University, Teaching Matters, Room to Read, Asia Society and the Hirshhorn Museum. Sonny has been an avid supporter of Breakthrough New York and recently launched BGO as a Career Day site for our middle school students.

Contact Us

A portion of tickets, sponsorships, and digital journals are non-deductible, and therefore we cannot accept DAF contributions. For tickets or sponsorship questions, please contact Bertie Downs at [email protected]

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