NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation, a scholarship program that has provided $2.3 million in college scholarships to 96 children of firefighters and victims of the September 11 attacks as well as other U.S. disasters, today announced that Henry S. Miller, chairman of Marblegate Asset Management and founder of restructuring advisory firm Miller Buckfire & Co., has been named Honorary Chairperson of the Foundation's tenth annual dinner. The event is scheduled to be held on Monday, March 26, 2012 at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation began in response to a terrible tragedy – the loss of Michael Lynch, a son, brother, fiance, uncle and New York City firefighter who sacrificed his own life on September 11 in an effort to save others. Facing the ultimate loss, the Lynch family saw an opportunity to help finance the education of young people as a living tribute to the human spirit and the family's collective resolve to respond to adversity with courage, strength, compassion and hope. The goal of the Foundation is to provide the means to help change the world, one person at a time, by helping the students of today become tomorrow's stewards of peace and freedom.
"I am very pleased to have this opportunity to serve as chair of this year's annual dinner for the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation," Mr. Miller said. "This is an admirable and outstanding scholarship program that truly changes the lives of the children of firefighters, victims of the September 11th attacks and other disasters by giving them enhanced access to higher education. It is an honor to be able to help raise awareness and funds for this worthwhile organization."
Mr. Miller has served as chairman of Marblegate Asset Management since its formation in 2009. He cofounded Miller Buckfire & Co. in 2002, where he was CEO until 2009 and chairman and a managing director until his retirement in 2011. Over the course of his career, Mr. Miller has represented debtors, creditors, and other constituents in numerous out-of-court and Chapter 11 matters. These have included complex reorganizations where the services provided involved raising "rescue" financing, strategic assignments, and divestiture of substantial assets or businesses of the affected enterprises. Prior to founding Miller Buckfire, Mr. Miller was vice chairman and a managing director at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, where he served as the global head of the firm's financial restructuring group. He has also held senior roles at Salomon Brothers, Prudential Securities, Eichner Properties and Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Miller is a trustee of Save the Children, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Fordham University, as well as a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School and the board of directors of AIG. He is a former trustee of the Turnaround Management Association and was recently inducted into the TMA Hall of Fame.
"By serving as chairperson of the 2012 annual dinner, Henry Miller will further strengthen the bond between the business community and the Michael Lynch Foundation," said Jonathan Henes, a restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis who serves as one of two non-family members of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "Henry not only is a legend for his many accomplishments throughout his business career, but he also has an outstanding reputation for his enthusiastic support of charitable and civic causes."
"My family and I want to thank Henry Miller for agreeing to serve as Honorary Chairperson of this year's dinner," John Lynch said. "Henry has already demonstrated tremendous support for our activities and we know that his contributions will be instrumental in helping the Foundation continue to flourish."
Details about the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation and the Annual Dinner on March 26, 2012 are available online at www.mlynch.org.
SOURCE Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation