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Philadelphia Fund Alliance Announces 2017 Gala Keynote Speaker and Featured Charity

July 24, 2017
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PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Fund Alliance, a group of Philadelphia-based asset management industry professionals, has announced that New York Times investigative reporter and author Diana Henriques will be the keynote speaker for the group’s 2017 gala, to be held on Nov. 2 at The Logan Philadelphia from 6-9 p.m. Henriques is the author of “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust,” which was the basis for a recent HBO drama. Henriques’ new book, “A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History,” is scheduled for publication September 2017.

PFA also announced that the featured charity for this year’s gala is Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization that provides children living in homeless or low-income situations with the basic essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. Cradles to Crayons mitigates the effects of poverty on local children and families by providing basic items such as clothing, shoes, books and school supplies free of charge.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Diana as our keynote speaker,” said Bruce Leto, PFA steering committee member and chair of Stradley Ronon’s Investment Management Group. “We’re hopeful that other Philadelphia-based companies in the asset management industry will want to hear her speak, which in turn, will help us raise money for the great people at Cradles to Crayons.”

Formed in 2016, PFA was created to hold an annual fundraiser to benefit a charity in the greater Philadelphia area and to celebrate Philadelphia’s deep roots and influence in the registered funds, asset management and alternatives space. Over 200 Philadelphia-area asset management professionals raised more than $40,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at the inaugural PFA gala last year.

Sponsors for 2017 are Aberdeen Asset Management; BBD, LLP; Drinker Biddle; EY; FS Investments; KPMG LLP; Macquarie Investment Management; Morgan Lewis; Pepper Hamilton LLP; PwC; SEI Investments Company; Stradley Ronon; and Tait Weller.

For more information on the Philadelphia Fund Alliance and how to support its annual gala, please visit philafundalliance.com.

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