Honorary Co-Chairs Joseph J. Grano, Jr., CEO of Centurion Holdings, and Mark B. Sutton, Chairman and CEO of Americas UBS, were joined by the evening's emcee, TV personality Consuelo Mack, host and managing editor of public television's WealthTrack.
The Dodge Award - presented annually by the YMCA of Greater New York as a memorial to the Dodge Family of New York City - is given to outstanding individuals who epitomize the 154-year-old tradition of humanitarian service represented by generations of the Dodge family, who have worked selflessly for numerous causes beneficial to all people.
"Bob Silver is one of the great community leaders of this generation, and we are proud to recognize him with this highest honor," said Jack Lund, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York. "While he has had enormous business success, Bob shows an equal passion and drive in his service to causes that are close to his heart, all with a sense of humor, humility and compassion."
Mr. Silver, Co-Founder of The Bravitas Group, a firm dedicated to investing in merging business enterprises and to supporting philanthropic activities that benefit underserved youth, was presented with the 2006 Dodge Award for recognition of his longstanding humanitarian service to the community. A longtime supporter of the YMCA's wide-range of programs, Mr. Silver currently serves as Vice Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors and chairs the YMCA Strategic Programs Committee. Mr. Silver has also served as the Corporate Recruit Chairman at the Mid-Jersey Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "Walk to Cure Diabetes" and has recently volunteered at PS 57 in Harlem to assist with the construction of a new state-of-the-art library.
Until July 2005, he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of UBS Financial Services, the registered broker dealer comprising the Wealth Management USA business unit of UBS AG, one of the world's leading financial service firms.
"I am humbled and honored to be the 32nd annual Dodge Dinner honoree," said Mr. Silver. "Through the efforts of my dear friends, family and the great YMCA organization, we have raised a record $2 million to help New York City kids. I would like to thank Joe Grano and Mark Sutton, the dinner co-chairs, who worked tirelessly to make this dinner the most successful yet.
"My biggest thrill of being the Dodge Dinner honoree was getting to work with the many teens who organized, emceed and hosted the event," added Mr. Silver. "A special highlight was spending a day with three great Y teens in the making of a YMCA tribute video."
Tiffany Younger, the 2006 YMCA Youth of the Year and a member of the Harlem YMCA was honored for her service on the YMCA's City-wide Board of Directors, her volunteerism and her active participation in numerous YMCA programs.
The YMCA of Greater New York also presented Newton Kwong of the Chinatown YMCA and Itohan Otasowie of the Vanderbilt YMCA, with Vasey Leadership Scholarships. These $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually to YMCA Leaders Club participants who have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and commitment to their communities by engaging in YMCA program activities, community service projects and volunteerism.
The YMCA of Greater New York is a community service organization that promotes positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body, welcoming all people with a focus on youth.
It is the largest youth-serving organization in New York City, encompasses 19 YMCA branches, over 180 program sites throughout the five boroughs, and three camps upstate. We serve more than 350,000 New Yorkers of all ages each year, including 175,000 children in a variety of educational, social, health and wellness, as well as recreational and child development programs, each of which reinforce the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Visit www.ymcanyc.org.