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100 Women in Hedge Funds' London Gala and other UK fundraising efforts raise over £630,000 gross for SkillForce

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sandra Robertson
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds ("100WHF"), a leading non-profit organization for professionals in the Alternatives industry, today announced that the gross proceeds raised from its annual London Gala and other fundraising during the year in support of SkillForce, a leading education charity in the UK, has reached £630,000.

The London Gala, attended by 300 leaders from across the hedge fund industry, was held last night at St. James's Palace. At the event, 100WHF presented Sandra Robertson, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Oxford University Endowment Management Limited, with its 2012 European Industry Leadership Award in recognition of her professional talent and passion for investing.

100WHF was honoured to host HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG, who became a Patron of 100 Women in Hedge Funds' philanthropic initiatives in January 2010, at this year's London Gala. Over the three-year partnership he has had with the organization, 100WHF focused its philanthropic endeavours on three of The Duke of Cambridge's Patronages: Centrepoint in 2010; the Child Bereavement Charity in 2011; and SkillForce in 2012. During the evening, HRH The Duke of Cambridge presented ten young people with the inaugural SkillForce Prince's Award for their special contributions to their local community.

Since its formation in 2001, 100WHF has raised over $25 million globally to support charities in the fields of Women's and Family Health, Mentoring and Education. This year, 100WHF's efforts have supported Education-related initiatives. SkillForce works with 10,000 young people in 150 schools who are in danger of leaving school without skills or qualifications.

Peter Cross, CEO at SkillForce, said, "I am absolutely delighted that 100 Women in Hedge Funds, through the Royal Patronage of the Duke of Cambridge, have chosen SkillForce to be its 2012 beneficiary. This is an amazing opportunity for SkillForce to grow with the help of the huge generosity of these ladies, and also to create some long term relationships whereby we can access their considerable range of business skills. This is without a doubt Skillforce's most significant partnership for 2012."

"We are delighted to support SkillForce, whose admirable results-driven programmes enable more than 10,000 young people to develop skills, advance their education, strengthen their connections to the group and serve their community," said Mimi Drake, Chair of the Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. "We salute the remarkable commitment of the SkillForce organization, especially its ex-Services personnel, including wounded service men and women, who serve as outstanding role models for the youth, and we also congratulate the participants and alumni for their accomplishments."

She continued: "In addition, it is indeed a thrill to salute Sandra Robertson who, as the first professional Chief Investment Officer of the endowment in Oxford's 800-year history, has had a lasting impact on that distinguished institution and a significant influence among her peers in the industry. We congratulate Sandra on her many achievements as well as her 20-year commitment to the Alternatives industry."

To make a donation to SkillForce, 100WHF's UK beneficiary of the year, please contact Amanda Pullinger, Executive Director of 100 Women in Hedge Funds at executivedirector@100womeninhedgefunds.org.

(press release)

About 100 Women in Hedge Funds
100 Women in Hedge Funds is a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organization serving over 10,000 alternative investment management investors and professionals through educational, professional leverage and philanthropic initiatives. Formed in 2001, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has hosted more than 300 events globally, connected more than 250 senior women through Peer Advisory Groups and raised over $25 million for philanthropic causes in the areas of women's and family health, education and mentoring. Website: www.100womeninhedgefunds.org

About SkillForce
SkillForce is a dynamic youth education charity that has been delivering alternative learning to Britain's most 'in need' young people for the past decade. Using the skills of ex-Service men and women, our instructors deliver courses to rebuild the self-esteem and confidence in our pupils enabling them to learn the life skills needed to create a positive future for themselves and make a constructive contribution to their own communities and society as a whole. SkillForce works in partnership with over 150 schools across England and Scotland to help more than 10,000 young people build their self-belief and achieve their academic potential. The courses SkillForce deliver significantly reduces the number of young people becoming Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) at 16. With their diverse life experiences and specialist skills, these instructors are excellent role models, something often lacking in young people's lives. Having served their country, these extraordinary men and women are now serving their local communities with phenomenal results. Website: www.skillforce.org

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