Bloomberg News Social column June 26, 2012

Born to Rise’

Jonathan GrayBlackstone Group LP (BX) senior managing director, was at the IAC Building last night to fete Deborah Kenny, the founder and chief executive officer of Harlem Village Academies, on her new book “Born to Rise: A Story of Children and Teachers Reaching Their Highest Potential.”

“The idea of kids who live a mile north from my kids and have little educational opportunity feels wrong,” Gray said at the party hosted by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, with Donna KaranCalvin Klein and Katie Couric in attendance.

Help goes beyond financial. Gray’s wife, Mindy Gray, is a Homework Helper. Jane Och, the wife of Daniel Och, who runs Och- Ziff Capital Management Group LLC, teaches bridge to students.

Tis the season for charter-school books. On June 14, the night of his run in the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge in Central Park, Daniel Loeb, founder and CEO of Third Point LLC, co-hosted a party for Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, and Arin Lavinia, its director of literacy. They have written “Mission Possible: How the Secrets of the Success Academies Can Work in Any School.”

David Levinson, a real-estate developer, and Simone Levinson, vice chairwoman of the board of the nonprofit Turnaround for Children, opened their home for the event.

Michael Karsch, principal of Karsch Capital Management LP, attended both book fetes.