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Founder Michael Simon Cited For Philanthropy At USEC Black-Tie Gala

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 15, 2015) -- SBR founder and managing partner Michael E. Simon was recognized over the weekend by the United States Equestrian Club for his contributions to assisting with the rehabilitation of injured and elderly competition horses.

During a black-tie fundraiser at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, the USEC presented Simon with its annual "Philanthropist Of The Year" honor.

USEC President J.J. Marshall said during his remarks introducing Simon that the USEC was especially grateful for the generous $400,000 gift it received from Michael and Shelly Simon earlier this year, the entirety of which was used to provide food and temporary housing for the two dozen horses who suffered burns after the barn fire at Sherwood Stables in Livingston, N.J., this past spring.

"Mike is perhaps the most compassionate and zealous benefactor the USEC has ever know," Marshall said before a packed ballroom of 1,300 attendees. "His tireless efforts to ensure the well-being of all animals is truly remarkable. It is an honor to call Mike a friend."

Simon was the SBR partner who personally created the firm's in-house charitable foundation as well as its Bronx-based scholarship fund for at-risk youth in underserved neighborhoods.

He also serves on the board of directors for the Gotham Transportation Line's Haitian Mentoring Program and is the immediate Past President of the Upper West Side Synagogue Men's Club.

It was just two months ago when the Humane Society of Greater Central New Jersey bestowed upon Simon its honor as "Most Outstanding Community Leader" for his work to further that organization's goals. The entire Simon family was responsible for placing in new homes each and every puppy that was rescued in the police raid on a suburban Toms River house that was being used as a methamphetamine lab.

"My only hope is that there were more members of our community who are as selfless as Mike," continued Marshall. "I continually point to Mike as a mentor and leader who my own children should aspire to emulate as they become young adults."

Simon and the other SBR name partners are expected to announce the firm's fourth-quarter fundraising goal later this month.


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