And the Award Goes To… Yale Cohen

On October 25, 2019, Maya’s Hope, an NYC-based charity that supports children who are impoverished, orphaned, and/or have special needs in the Philippines and Ukraine, will host its 8th annual gala, the Maya’s Hope Lotus Ball at Landmark on the Park. We are pleased to announce that at the gala, the Michael T. Meltzer Award of Service will be presented to Yale Cohen for his 10 years of devotion to the children of Maya’s Hope.

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The Michael T. Meltzer Award is given to an individual who has exhibited outstanding service and commitment to children around the world. Yale Cohen is a perfect recipient. He is one of our longest-serving donors and child sponsors. Yale was among a very small group of individuals who believed in the mission of Maya’s Hope and donated to the organization even before we became an established 501(c)(3). Over the past ten years, Yale and his family have helped over a dozen Maya’s Hope children lead healthier, happier lives. He and his brother currently sponsor two children with cerebral palsy in the Philippines, Prince and Princess, and helps provide for their housing.

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Yale is not only an outstanding supporter of Maya’s Hope, he is also a leader in his chosen field. He serves as the EVP, Global Activation Standards at PMX, where he works to build strategic partnerships and foster a culture of trust and innovation. In 2018, Yale was named to “AdWeek’s Young Influential” for Media, Marketing and Tech Talents, alongside 30 others including: Tiffany Haddish (Actress), Joel Embiid (76er), and Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians)

Maya’s Hope is not Yale’s only charitable endeavor. As Chairman of Publicis’s Movember, Yale leads the company’s fundraising efforts for prostate cancer research. In this role, Yale has the opportunity to mentor younger professionals interested in the kind of charitable work that has been such a significant part of his life.

In both his professional and charitable work, Yale continues to work to cultivate individual potential and develop supportive communities. His dedication and generosity are unmatched, and we at Maya’s Hope are truly grateful for his tireless commitment. We are pleased to name him the 2019 recipient of The Michael T. Meltzer Award of Service.

Prince and Princess (and their mom!) made a video just for him.

“Good day Ma’am Maya, good day too Sir Yale, thank you very much for your unwavering help and support to my two children Prince and Princess. I’m looking at it with gratitude to you. Thank you very, very much.”

Prince and Princess were living in the slums/garbage dump known as HappyLand. Thanks to Yale’s sponsorship, Prince and Princess have a clean apartment with electricity, food, therapy and access to medical care.

We hope that you will join us at the Maya’s Hope Lotus Ball and celebrate Yale and the children of Maya’s Hope. Visit for details.