Kenneth G. Bartels, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the real estate investment firm Paxton Properties, Inc. and an active leader of nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, was the honoree at NESC’s 10th Annual Gala Dinner celebration, held at The Yale Club of New York City on October 28, 2014.
The comedian Jane F. Condon, Mr. Bartel’s wife, was master of ceremonies. Guests were entertained by the Young Peoples’ Chorus of New York City, an NESC client.
In his remarks Mr. Bartels paid tribute to the inspiration and example of his father, and discussed the fulfillment he now gets from now spending almost all of his time in the nonprofit world. He detailed some of the transformational changes accomplished by two organizations of which he is former Chair, Sabre Foundation and Youth Services America.
“We Americans have an obligation to ensure that our nonprofit sector remains robust,” said Mr. Bartels. “This can be done through charitable giving–but it also can be done through volunteering–which Americans do in extraordinary numbers. But it doesn’t just happen,” he said. “You have to make it happen. So give, yes, but also volunteer. Use your expertise, your knowledge of how to get things done, your energy, and your time. You will enjoy it. I have!” shared Mr. Bartels.
Mr. Bartels had been introduced by each of the five Gala Co-Chairs: Richard Adler, Marvin Berenblum, Steven Culbertson, Tania Vitvitsky, and Adam Weinberg. Special guest Laurie Miller spoke of how remarkable Mr. Bartels has been in helping her and her family following 9/11.
Kenneth Bartels is currently Vice Chair of the Classic Stage Company, New York, National Chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a member of the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee, a Charter Trustee of the Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, and a Trustee of Wellesley College. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
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