The 2022 Lilac Ball, held Tuesday, June 14 at the New York Marriott Marquis, celebrated the Class of 2022 and Honoree Eric Rothfeld, CEO of REI Capital, LLC and longtime Prep for Prep Board member. Together, we raised $4.2 million to support educational and leadership development opportunities for New York City’s most promising students of color. 

We covered the highlights of the gala on our News page. Lilac Ball speeches can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Details about the 2023 Lilac Ball will be available in the spring.  


Since 1978, the Lilac Ball has served as Prep for Prep’s signature annual event to celebrate the achievements of Prep’s graduating high school class. The event also pays tribute to an honoree who has demonstrated a strong commitment to education and leadership development. Prep is privately funded with half its $13 million operating budget coming from its Trustees. All funds raised through the Lilac Ball go directly to Prep programming; event-related expenses are underwritten by the Board. The extraordinary generosity of our donors enables Prep to continue to foster our nation’s next generation of leaders.

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