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NEW YORK — Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City recently hosted an Accountants and Bankers Reception here at the Harmonie Club at which Allan Ellinger and Neal Rosenberg were each presented with the Bob Berenson Leadership Award.

In opening remarks, Philip Bleser, managing director and chief executive officer for mid-corporate banking at J.P. Morgan Chase, noted that Big Brothers Big Sisters is an important organization because of the help it gives to households with two or three kids headed by a single parent. Entertainment was provided by the Big Brothers Big Sisters Chorus.

Ellinger, senior managing partner at New York-based MMG, an investment banking and strategic advisory practice firm, was introduced by MMG partner Andrew Postal. Postal described his partner as an individual who is a “doer,” citing Ellinger’s role in founding Fashion Delivers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction.

Ellinger said the “fashion business has [always] felt much more like a community than a business,” but a small community that works hard to support the industry. And he reminded attendees that they need to keep on supporting the industry.

Marc Heller, executive vice president and northeast regional manager at The CIT Group/Commercial Services, introduced Rosenberg, managing director at accounting firm RSM McGladrey Inc. Rosenberg, who said it was a privilege to spend time with the staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters, advised attendees that they should all find three or four business associates with whom they can grow over the years.

Attendees included Carol Lapidus of RSM McGladrey Inc., a 2003 honoree; Jonathan R. Tillem, partner at the law firm Phillips Nizer; Haresh Tharani, chairman of the Tharanco Group, and Erwin Isman of Marketing Management Group.

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