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Minyanville Festivus 2011: An Unforgettable Fire!

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Giving back to the future leaders and dreamers.

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"Inspiration, move me brightly. Light the song with sense and color, hold away despair."
--Grateful Dead

I've learned many things over the course my life; some were rewarding experiences and others were necessary lessons.

When I launched The Ruby Peck Foundation for Children's Education, the premise was simple; I wanted to honor my grandfather and effect positive change for future generations.

Through the years, the mission has evolved; our philanthropic efforts have been an extension of a Minyanville community, which has grown in scope and size throughout the last decade.

We helped rebuild libraries on the Gulf Coast following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

We distributed musical instruments to inner-city children in an effort to channel their talents through a positive release.

There were after-school programs, welfare agencies, art programs, gene-therapy research efforts, memorial scholarships, tutorial programs and mentoring initiatives. While the vehicles varied, the theme was constant: to prepare the leaders, dreamers and visionaries of tomorrow.

Our first charity event was The Critter's Choice Awards in 2006, a stunning affair with a magical touch and one that brought a dream to life while establishing precedent for future efforts.

That energy dovetailed into Festivus in 2007, which has grown into our signature soiree every year since. Hill Country BBQ is the venue for a variety of reasons; the staff is phenomenal, the space perfect and the food absolutely delicious.

2011 has been a difficult stretch for most folks as a chasm of discord divided the political and social spheres. Business is tough, for those lucky enough to have a job, and giving back has taken a back seat to getting ahead.

Enter Festivus; an opportunity to take a step back and a stride forward. The following frames are a small sampling of the smiles that permeated our snazzy Friday night.

(All photos © Allan Tannenbaum)


Snaps to the supporting cast!


Allan Millstein and #9 Don McPherson


Television's Jeff Macke, Toddo, and President Fish


Yahoo Finance out in force!


Hostess with the mostess!

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