Do you love food?

Be a part of our second annual Foodtober, a month of food-related events and activities celebrating and examining our connections to what we eat.

We’re looking for foodies of all types to get involved, in a variety of ways:

Participate. We’re particularly looking for food entrepreneurs and professionals working in food-related activities to present and participate on our discussion panels.

Host. We’re looking for venues that hold 20 to 200 people. Working kitchens, small theaters, and large meeting rooms are particularly useful.

Donate. Food and drink for our events. Dining experiences for our silent auction.

Connect. Not just with Yalies.  We’re looking to work with food professionals and passionate advocates in all fields.

E-mail to let us know how you would like to be part of the team this year.

Stay tuned for more updates on this year’s Foodtober as we bring together numerous shared interest groups, alumni organizations, and community partners once again for a month of food for thought in October!

Before the Beatles told the world to “shake it up, baby” or the McCoys asked Sloopy to “hang on,” one man dreamed about being known. In the 1960s, Bert Berns was one of the most successful songwriters of his time, producing 51 hits in just 7 years. At the age of 38, Bert Berns died at the height of his career, leaving behind his children, his legend, and music that would live on forever.

Piece of My Heart tells Bert’s triumphant and tragic story through the eyes of Jessie, the daughter he never knew. Experience what Rolling Stone calls “one of the great untold stories of rock and roll.” This world premiere musical pulls you into a journey of discovery told through his chart-topping hits (and some rare gems) including “Twist and Shout,” “I Want Candy,” “Hang on Sloopy,” and the immortal title song, “Piece of My Heart.” Meet the man you never knew through the music you’ve known for years.

YAANY is offering its community members $39.50 for all preview performances until its opening on 7/21, and $49.50 post-opening from 7/23 and thereafter. This is over half off the box office price of $89.50.  Enter the code PMHFF1 to purchase discounted tickets.

Purchase your tickets via Ticket Central or by copying and pasting the following link:

Early development of Piece of My Heart began in 2009 at the New York Theatre Workshop.  In 2011, a month-long workshop was conducted at New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Season at Vassar College.

Bert Berns was one of the great originals of the golden age of rhythm and blues. He first flourished as a staff producer at Atlantic Records, but Berns quickly developed into one of the leading record men of his day. He produced historic rhythm and blues records such as “Cry to Me” by Solomon Burke, “Under the Boardwalk” by the Drifters, and “Twist and Shout” by the Isley Brothers. Songs of his such as “Twist and Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy,” or “Piece of My Heart” have become the bedrock of modern music, recorded by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Otis Redding, among many others. As head of his own record label, Bang Records, he signed and supervised the first solo records by Neil Diamond and Van Morrison. Born and raised in the Bronx, Berns suffered rheumatic fever as a teenager – an early death sentence in those pre-open heart surgery days. He died at age 38 on December 30, 1967 at the height of his career. But the music of Bert Berns never died. His songs have been consistently covered by the biggest names in the music business, featured in movie soundtracks, and have inspired many imitations and tributes.

More information can be found at the production’s website:

Visit the event post for more information on Piece of My Heart

Yale AIDS Memorial ProjectThe Yale AIDS Memorial Project (YAMP) is an alumni-led ini­tia­tive to honor and doc­u­ment the lives of hun­dreds of men and women from the uni­ver­sity who per­ished dur­ing the AIDS epi­demic.

Since its inception, YAANY has proudly supported YAMP and its allies through co-sponsoring of events and educational programming that continues to shed light on the history of Yale and those members of the community touched by HIV and AIDS. We continue our tradition of championing YAMP’s initiatives by helping promote its new call for profile coordinators. YAMP is looking for passionate members of the Yale community to produce new profiles for their expanding online memorial to students, alumni, staff, and faculty who have perished during the AIDS pandemic.

By collecting stories and photos from friends and family of the deceased and building these materials into a cohesive profile, you can help YAMP honor the lives that were lost, while making the epidemic palpable for a younger generation and help to stimulate an AIDS memory boom. Compensation will be provided; more details can be found here.

For more information about the project, please go to To apply, please E-mail us

Entrepreneur and Yale grad Michael Waxman is the founder of Grouper, a social club that hosts events in San Francisco and New York, as well as a few other cities.

While not explicitly a dating app, plenty of people have found new friends and dates from this innovative meet up service.

To join Grouper, you link your Facebook profile to your Grouper account when you apply and sign up, set up a few “preferences”, like age and bars, and Grouper does the rest. Grouper uses your Facebook profile to connect you with three other friends (men or women, depending on your selections) and you bring two friends of your own to meet for a drink. Grouper even provides the first round of drinks!

Support a fellow Yalie’s start-up, meet new friends, and have fun with Grouper!

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Michael Waxman Grouper

Michael Waxman (Yale College ’10, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute ’09)

Jacquie Berger HeadshotJacquie Berger is the executive director of Just Food, a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and supporting community-led projects that increase access to locally and sustainably grown food, especially in underserved NYC neighborhoods.

Since 2006, Jacquie has led the nearly 20-year-old organization through both expansion—diversifying programs and increasing community representation and reach—and concentration—bringing increased focus and cohesiveness to programs and services. (more…)

The Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY) is proud to announce a new initiative: the YAANY Benefit Partners program.

We are committed to assisting charitable organizations and will extend our community outreach by supplementing our public service and social justice programs to help raise awareness and funds for partner organizations and their causes. YAANY will publicize a benefit event or dinner hosted by select partner organizations to affirm our support for their contribution to the city and greater New York area and to bring together Yalies who share an interest in those causes. Join Yalies, meet new friends, and raise funds at the same YAANY table as you celebrate that organization’s great work and future promise.

Our launch of the program features two stellar organizations and events. The first is the Passport to Possibilities GALA for Upwardly Global on June 3rd. Upwardly Global offers many programs for educated and skilled immigrants, refugees, and asylees to help them overcome the numerous barriers to professional employment in the United States. Our second is the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC) Summer Soiree at the New York Botanical Garden. KHCC is a settlement house that serves the northwest Bronx with programs that range from early childhood to adult and senior services. Its mission is to build on the strengths of residents in its diverse community. Both these events are in early June. Be sure to visit their event pages for more information, including information on how to reserve your ticket(s) for these special events!

Do you have Facebook open in another tab or on your phone while reading this blog post? Are you interested in contributing your love of social media to an award-winning Yale alumni organization? We look forward to empowering the next stellar alumni volunteer(s) on our Communications Committee.

Apply to join the Communications team by emailing us at to let us know what you will add to YAANY’s social media and the #YaleAlumni conversation and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

Aaron Shipp, PCC, President/Executive Director of Y-Apply, Inc.

Aaron Shipp, Y-Apply, Inc.

Aaron Shipp, PCC, is the president and executive director of Y-Apply, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating high-achieving public school students from diverse backgrounds and their families about financial aid options and the application process to top-tier colleges and universities.

Aaron became the chair of Y-Apply in 2011, when it was still a small group of Yale alumni volunteers doing outreach in New York City to encourage students of color to apply to Yale. He led the group’s expansion to cities in different areas of the country, and the process of turning Y-Apply into a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation.

Aaron received a BA in English literature and theater studies at Yale, and is actively involved in the NYC Yale community. He has served on the board of the Yale Black Alumni Association—which was named Outstanding Shared Interest Group by the AYA Board of Governors in 2012—and was chair of the New York City chapter. He is also a former vice president of YAANY.

In addition to his work with Y-Apply and the Yale Black Alumni Association, Aaron is a certified personal and executive coach, and runs an independent practice called Get Yourself Ripped: Executive and Professional Coaching Services.

Mark Your Calendars for the Yale Day of Service, Saturday, May 10th, 2014!
Grace Hsieh ’07, Anne Riney ’74, and Amanda Taffy ’01 MPH will be spearheading the Yale Day of Service for 2014 in New York City and they have begun to gather information for projects taking place on or around May 10th.
If you are interested in serving as a Site Coordinator for the Yale Day of Service, check out the Organizers’ Toolbox on the new version of the Yale Day of Service website. There you will find planning tips as well as a link for submitting information for your site.  If you would like to lead a site, please be in touch with Grace, Anne, and Amanda at

We look forward to another great Yale Day of Service in New York!

Happy New Year to All
New York Yalies, 
Friends, and Family!

As we start off in 2014, we look forward to another wonderful year of connecting New York-area alumni to one another, to local organizations, and to cultural resources to give back to the greater community.

The past year saw more than 90 successful programs: the inaugural Foodtober; an extension of our community to Long Island, including a family-friendly picnic at a local vineyard; educational enrichment programs from YAANY’s award-winning Company of Scholars; career and entrepreneurship panels; meaningful public service volunteer opportunities and Yale Day of Service events; and a myriad of varied initiatives in collaboration with fellow Yale alumni and shared interest groups.

YAANY was recognized by the Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors with an Excellence Award for Emerging Leaders in 2013, in commendation of YAANY’s successful efforts to engage new talent on our board and among our volunteers.

As a 501c(3) nonprofit, YAANY operates with a very lean budget, so to help us start the new year on a good foot, we ask that you consider supporting us—and the impact that Yalies in New York make on the local community—through a tax-deductible contribution.

Your generosity and support are very much appreciated!

We look forward to seeing you this year. In the meantime, remember to take advantage of our website and our social media sites to keep up to date with YAANY and connect with other Yalies.

Warm wishes,
The Yale Alumni Association of New York