The organization raised over $1 million to support students on their pathways to college.

Breakthrough New York honored Sonny Kalsi of BentallGreenOak at its 2023 Gala: Leading the Way on May 2nd. The event raised over $1 million for its educational programs that serve students from 7th grade through college graduation.

Sonny Kalsi is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of BentallGreenOak and has been a longtime supporter of Breakthrough New York. During his remarks, Sonny emphasized the reason that he values education.

“[Education] is a gift that we can give people that can never be taken away from them,” he says. “Education is the great equalizer. If we want to give people a real opportunity, education is the way to get there.”

Watch Sonny’s full speech on Breakthrough’s Youtube page.

Breakthrough New York welcomed over 300 guests at Guastavino’s in Manhattan. Funds raised from the benefit will go towards securing enrichment, access, and mentorship resources for its cohort of over 500 students.

About Breakthrough New York

Breakthrough New York is a ten-year academic and social enrichment program that prepares students from low-income backgrounds to succeed in competitive high schools, colleges, and careers. The non-profit organization serves over 500 students from grades seven through college. Over 90% of Breakthrough students graduate from college each year.

About Sonny Kalsi

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.

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