Blackstone Blog

Mar 01, 2011

Blackstone honored at the 2011 inMotion Commitment to Justice Awards

The Blackstone Group received a special honor as the top fundraising team for inMotion’s Story by Story—Climbing to End Domestic Violence! event. A gala ceremony was held on February 8th for inMotion’s Commitment to Justice Awards at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

inMotion, a New York City non-profit organization that provides pro-bono legal services for indigent women and children, held the inaugural Story by Story event at 1411 Broadway, an Equity Office Properties (EOP) building that is part of Blackstone’s real estate portfolio. Participants climbed the 42-story skyscraper in the heart of Manhattan’s Fashion District and Times Square to raise financial support and awareness for inMotion.  The event included over 900 climbers with more than 3,700 individual donors raising over $449,000 to bring crucial legal protections to the women and children that inMotion serves.

Through their months of planning and fundraising efforts as well as a generous contribution from The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, the Blackstone team raised more than $66,000 for inMotion. The team, captained by Erik Lisher (inMotion Junior Advisory Board member) and Lauren Buxbaum, and assisted by head cheerleader Tim Coleman (inMotion board member), consisted of over 40 climbers. Along with the support of dozens of 1411 Broadway staff members and EOP building management—including Adam Goldenberg, Roxanne Osborne, Mary Pietropolo and Neal Troiano—they helped to make this inaugural event a huge success!

Founded in 1993, inMotion provides free legal services to low-income, underserved women to help them free themselves from abusive relationships, stay in their homes and win financial support for them and their children. Last year, inMotion assisted nearly 4,700 women and children, and its volunteer attorneys donated over 74,000 hours valued at more than $24 million.