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The Annual Scholarship Benefit will be held April 27, 2017, at the American Museum of Natural History

The Annual Scholarship Benefit is Marymount Manhattan College’s largest fundraising event of the year. This year we’ll be honoring Scott and Debby Rechler P’17.

Each year, this event raises need-based scholarship funds to help students afford the Marymount Manhattan College education they desire. As in years past, this elegant evening will include a sit-down dinner with esteemed guests and performances by MMC students. Check out a list of previous honorees.


Scott and Debby Rechler, P’17

Scott is the CEO and Chairman of RXR Realty, one of the tristate region’s leading real estate companies, which was formed subsequent to the sale of Reckson Associates Realty in January 2007. In that time, RXR has accumulated a $15 billion dollar, 25 million square foot portfolio spanning New York City and the New York Metro Region.

Among his many civic roles, Scott represented Governor Cuomo as Vice Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2011 through 2016. Scott also serves on the Board of The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Regional Plan Association, which provides leadership on transportation, environmental, and economic development issues. One of Scott’s priorities is enhancing the community. As such, he serves as Co-Chairman of the Tribeca Film Institute and the Centre for Social Innovation, and as a board member of The Feinstein Research Institute, the Real Estate Board of New York, Association for a Better New York, and the Hofstra Honors College Advisory Committee.

Debby is an Arizona native who has embraced life in New York. She is deeply involved in a variety of charitable causes, most notably the Rift Valley Children’s Village, which provides a permanent home for orphaned children in northern Tanzania. Debby has traveled to Tanzania several times and has spoken of the life-changing experience these trips have been. She is instrumental in raising funds to purchase necessary medical and educational supplies, as well as clothing for the children in Tanzania, where she serves as a teacher and “mommy” to more than 90 children. She has been recognized for her work with the Association for Children with Down Syndrome, the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, and the National Eating Disorder Association.

Scott and Debby truly embody the essence of giving back. Their love of children is best exhibited through their co-founding of the Long Island Children’s Museum, where Scott served as Co-chair of the Museum’s board of trustees. Their philanthropic spirit has not gone unnoticed by other organizations, where they have been honored at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Salute to Freedom Gala, Hofstra Celebration of Suburban Diversity Banquet, Canine Companions for Independence and Long Island Children’s Museum.

Debby and Scott met at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. They have three children, Elijah, Tyrone, and Gabrielle, who will graduate from Marymount Manhattan College this May.