The 2012 Minyanville Festivus to Benefit The Ruby Peck Foundation for Children's Education

By Todd Harrison  DEC 10, 2012 9:35 AM

Aspire to inspire.

 


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The holiday season has arrived and with it an annual self-reflection has begun.

For many, 2012 will be measured by a bottom line that dictates whether we've invested our time wisely.  Wall Street, for all its vices and virtues, is a place where self-worth is often measured by net worth.  Win, lose, or draw, we know where we stand; make money and it was time well spent; lose money and it was a lesson learned.

This column isn't about the next five percent, secular headwinds, or geopolitical interpretation. We’ve spent countless hours writing about that and we will continue to do so as we edge ahead.  No, this missive is about a different kind of profitability, one that isn’t measured by the size of a house or the speed of a car.
 
It's about the important stuff; giving back and staying true to the person you are; as my grandfather Ruby used to say, “All you have is your name and your word.”

Inspiration, move me brightly…

Throughout the era of conspicuous consumption and immediate gratification, giving back took a back seat to getting ahead.  Since the Age of Austerity arrived like a clap of thunder, many continue to struggle as we adapt to the new economic reality and the attendant social mood.  There’s no denying times are tough and things are changing.  We can point fingers and wallow in the “why” or we can try to be part of the solution to leave the world a better for our children.
 
My grandfather Ruby told me that what goes around comes around, that time is the most precious commodity, and to always think positive. Psychic income may not pay immediate or tangible dividends but it enriches our soul in a way that can’t be measured by a bottom line. It doesn’t have to be money; it could be volunteering our time or a random act of kindness.

Each year we do our part to effect positive change for the leaders, healers, dreamers, and visionaries of tomorrow.  This past Friday, December 7—Ruby Peck’s birthday—we rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange and hosted our Seventh Annual Festivus on behalf of The Ruby Peck Foundation for Children’s Education. 100% of the net proceeds will benefit Junior Achievement of New York’s efforts to help local area children affected by Hurricane Sandy.
 
A dream is only as powerful as those who believe in it, and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the sponsors and individuals who helped make this year’s event one of the best yet.  A special shout out to the fine folks at TD Ameritrade (NYSE:AMTD), NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX), Interactive Data, CAC Industries, Lincoln Land Services, E*Trade (NASDAQ:ETFC), T3Live, Lightspeed, Heiberger & Associates, PC, PwC, The Bennet Sedacca Memorial Scholorship, Himan Brown Charitable Trust, Pension Partners, Buy & Hedge, Real Deal Decoration, Investing Channel, Entermedia Growth Partners, Platinum Maintenance, Maxim Group, HiTouch, Triangle Services, Dalan Management, Jordan Cooper & Associates, Popcorn Indiana, All-Star Security, and Barterhouse.
 
I would also like to personally thank the RP Foundation Board of Directors, the Minyanville staff, our professors and contributors, our partners and affiliates, Yahoo Finance (NASDAQ:YHOO) (stay tuned for a slew of media segments), and our friends at The New York Stock Exchange for the privilege and honor of “ringing in” Festivus with some swagger!
 
As a picture is worth 1,000 words, here are a few to chew through.  Thanks for your continued support! 

Festivus 2012

The straws that stir the drink.

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Charlie Gasparino, Barry Ritholtz, and the Savvy Soothsayin’ Sommelier, Jeff Saut

     
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Michael Santoli of Yahoo and Ivan Zinn of Atalaya Capital

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Adam Warner and Downtown Josh Brown having a horrible time!

     
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Minyans mingle as Old School Gamma Zetes hold court.

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Good at what they do; better at who they are!

     
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Michael Sedacca with a fine pair of Brokaws.

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Warning! This picture contains 15 calories!

     
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See some old friends; good for the soul.

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The MV family; thanks for what you do and how you do it!

     
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Still crazy after all these years.

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(You had to hear the speech to understand the smiles.)

     
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Here’s to the first responders!

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Hug a Sedacca!

     
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That’s some smart market commentary!

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Human capital.

     
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We get by with a little help from our friends.

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Good at what they do; better at who they are.

     
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YPO in the house!

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New York’s Finest! (World’s Best Police Tribute)

     
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Voyage! (World’s Best Journey Tribute)

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Unforgettable Fire! (World’s Best U2 Tribute)

     
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Let’s keep our day jobs!

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Minyan karaoke!

     
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Silver Angels

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My personal two-minute warning.


Please note that all photographs are © by Allan Tannenbaum and available by clicking here.
 
Thank you for your continued support, and from our family to yours, have a healthy and safe holiday season and a prosperous new year!

R.P.

Twitter: @todd_harrison

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