President and CEO of Mercer to be honored for his advocacy on behalf of homeless youth
Julio A. Portalatin, the President and CEO of Mercer, a leading global consulting firm, will be honored by Covenant House at A Night of Broadway Stars on Monday, May 22nd at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City for his advocacy on behalf of young people.
Mr. Portalatin leads more than 21,000 employees at Mercer, a global consulting leader and wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), that supports clients in over 140 countries to advance the health, wealth, and careers of their people. Under his leadership, Vault.com has consistently ranked Mercer the #1 Human Resources consultancy while Forbes Magazine recently designated it as one of the Best Management Consulting Companies in America for 2017.
“Julio’s passion for our Covenant House movement and homeless youth is inspiring,” said Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “He is an incredible role model and voice for homeless youth. He takes the time to mentor our kids, he has slept out on the street to raise funds and awareness. He has traveled to Latin America to support our programs there. Julio continues to rally so many new friends to our cause, and the result is thousands of homeless and trafficked young people being saved. Covenant House is a place that builds bridges from despair to hope, and we are honored and grateful that Julio is a leader in our movement.”
“In a world where many worthy causes demand our attention, I am deeply proud to support Covenant House whose work so directly and meaningfully touches these at risk youth,” said Mr. Portalatin. “Our young people are our future and giving them every possible advantage to build a foundation of empowerment and self-determination will allow them to thrive. When they thrive, we all thrive and our collective future will be in good hands.”
A Night of Broadway Stars features artists from many of Broadway’s hottest musicals and is a benefit for Covenant House, the largest charity in North and Central America serving homeless and trafficked youth. The concert will be directed by veteran director, choreographer and Covenant House Board member Jeff Calhoun (Newsies) and hosted by Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Shuffle Along, Ragtime).
In addition to honoring Mr. Portalatin, Covenant House will present award-winning composer, vocalist and actress Sara Bareilles with the Beacon of Hope Award in recognition of her work inspiring millions of girls, young women and LGBTQ youth to be proud, strong, brave and resilient.
Covenant House has so far announced appearances by Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Beautiful), Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Gavin Creel (Hello Dolly), Capathia Jenkins (Newsies), Killian Donnelly (Kinky Boots), Ana Villafane (On Your Feet), Luca Padovan (School of Rock), Caissie Levy (Frozen), James Monroe Iglehart (Hamilton) and the ensemble casts of Kinky Boots, Beautiful and On Your Feet. More cast members will be announced next month.
Covenant House’s A Night of Broadway Stars will include a full revue of performances and will also include young people living at Covenant House programs in New York. For ticket information, contact Rachelle Albach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-727-4934. Tickets can be purchased here.
Monday May 22nd
6:00 PM – Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres Reception
8:00 PM – Showtime
9:30 PM – Dessert Reception with the Stars
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway and 60th Street, Manhattan
Founded in 1972, Covenant House is the largest primarily privately funded agency in the Americas helping homeless kids, providing 24/7 crisis care and ongoing support in 30 cities across six countries.