An independent trustee for Century Capital, Bill Gray previously sat on the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide board and served as co-CEO of Ogilvy Group North America. Throughout his career, Bill Gray has remained devoted to giving back, and he supports a wide range of organizations, including the Fresh Air Fund. This nonprofit organization provides New York City children with unforgettable summer opportunities that allow them to engage them with the community and experience life outside of the city. The organization also offers various programs during the school year to encourage academic success and career planning.
Like any nonprofit, the Fresh Air Fund thrives on the assistance of volunteers. A number of volunteers tutor middle school students or mentor high school students as they prepare for the transition to college. Other volunteers allow students to shadow them in their careers or lead workshops on various career options.
For individuals with managerial skills, various special events committees always need assistance with planning for upcoming occasions, such as the Fall Benefit or the Spring Fling. Volunteers also staff various community outreach events.
Individuals can learn more about these opportunities at FreshAir.org/Volunteer.
A senior advisor of Blackstone Portfolio Operations Group at The Blackstone Group, Private Equity Group, Bill Gray formerly fulfilled responsibilities as co-CEO of Ogilvy Group North America and as a member of the board of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Bill Gray’s interests include diverse community involvements; among these, he supports the American Red Cross in New York. For his contributions to this organization, he earned the 2008 Humanitarian of the Year Award.
In an effort to bring American Red Cross initiatives and disaster response activities into public awareness, the organization developed the National Celebrity Cabinet in 2002. Personalities including musicians, athletes, actors, and other public figures commit to a one-year term, during which they help the Red Cross spread its messages to encourage citizens to help in urgent situations.
When country music star and contestant on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Trace Adkins joined the National Celebrity Cabinet in 2012, he experienced firsthand the value of the American Red Cross. After he lost his home to fire, Red Cross volunteers came to the site with assistance for Mr. Adkins and his family. Today, Trace Adkins helps the American Red Cross reach his significant audience of fans. To learn more about the National Celebrity Cabinet and the work of the Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org/supporters/celebrities.