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72nd Annual Dinner and Entertainment Gala

Financial Follies of 2014

Friday, the twenty-first of November
Two thousand fourteen

At 7:30 PM
Cocktails at 6:30 PM
New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
Broadway Ballroom
Times Square, New York City

Table of Ten: $3,750
Individual Seats: $400
*Early Bird Option: Tables of Ten purchased before Oct. 1st are $3,500

Contact: Britt Erica Tunick     201-612-0100   contact@nyfwa.org

Financial Follies of 2013 Click here for photos
Photos and story by Steve Govoni
In an increasingly digitized, scandalized and polarized world, there's nothing like rocking the Friday night before Thanksgiving with old friends, colleagues and business contacts at the Financial Follies.
For 71 years, reporters, editors, PR and industry execs have followed the New York Financial Writers Association's tradition of satirizing the past year's biggest stories, schmoozing about countless other narratives and networking all night. This year's event drew more than 1,100 revelers to the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis, and Vapor Corp.'s after-party in the hotel's duplex penthouse evoked memories of a similarly swinging soiree in the late 1980's sponsored by Phillip Morris. This time, though, there were a few leather-clad hostesses and plenty of smokeless electronic cigars, cigarettes, and hookah sticks to go around. 
As for the show, the 2013 Follies targeted: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos; municipal bankruptcies; fracking; Senator Ted Cruz; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and disgraced hedge fund SAC Capital.
Between musical numbers, retired New York Times business writer and former NYFWA president Len Sloane was honored for his 50 years in the cast of the Follies, which included a poignant video of his many performances.
Video components of the show were made possible by Al Jazeera America, CNN, CNNMoney.com, Fox Business News, TheStreet.com, and Thomson Reuters. Particularly memorable: Simon Constable's acerbic riffs on how the economy still sucks and follies flow freely, and Debra Borchardt's cleverly crafted "Breaking Bad News." 
Kudos to: Follies director Laura Josepher, musical director Jill Brunelle; book and lyrics chair Bill Egbert (with ample wit from Peter Coy, Josh Friedlander, Peter Phelan, Larry Carrel, and Sheila Mullan); video co-chairs Peter Phelan and Myron Kandel (with Steve Gelsi); and NYFWA executive manager Britt Erica Tunick.

Coverage of the 2013 Follies by O'Dwyers

Financial Follies of 2012Click here for photos
Photos and story by Steve Govoni
Considering the fragile global economy, Mideast turmoil, and political divisiveness, it's no wonder the Financial Follies has reputedly held the record for the largest bar bill at the Marriott Marquis. While audited statements were not available at press time, more than 900 journalists, PR pros, and corporate executives made the New York Financial Writers Association's 70th annual Follies another memorable soiree. This year's targets: Goldman Sachs (to the tune of The Muppett Show Theme Song) Washington gridlock; the bungled Facebook IPO; Mitt Romney wailing about the election to the tune of "Sandy"; sex-crazed book publishers; and giant banks like JPMorgan Chase, whose CEO Jamie Dimon inspired a parody of "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend." Hats off to producer Pierre Paulden; director Laura Josepher; musical director Jill Brunelle; the book and lyrics committee; the video team; and of course NYFWA executive manager Jane Reilly. Special thanks to CNN, CNNMoney.com, News Hub/Wall Street Journal Digital Network, and The Street for all the work that went into the video component of the show.

Financial Follies of 2011 Click here for photos
Photos and story by Steve Govoni
With the worst economic malaise since the Great Depression entering its fifth year, 1,000 journalists, PR pros, and corporate executives occupied Broadway for a liquidity-driven stimulus program better known as the Financial Follies. This year's targets: rampant market volatility; crushing debt burdens; the News of the World hacking scandal; the caricaturish 2012 Presidential campaign; Internet IPOs and social networking; the Euro crisis; and the Fed's quantitative easing. Special thanks to producer Rich Wilner; director Laura Josepher; musical director Jill Brunelle; the book and lyrics committee (Josh Friedlander and Imogen Rose-Smith, co chairs; Peter Coy, Mark Fogarty, and Pierre Paulden) ; the video team (Myron Kandel, Peter Phelan, Simon Constable, Steve Gelsi, and Jake Novak); and last but by no means least, New York Financial Writers Association Executive Manager Jane Reilly.

2010 Financial Follies - November 19, 2010
Photos and story by Steve Govoni
No matter how much things change, one constant is the Friday before Thanksgiving when the financial press and its many sources gather to celebrate the year's headlines in song and dance. This year's Financial Follies drew more Follies castthan 1,100 partiers to the sold-out Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis, fulfilling its long tradition as the solid rocket booster of the holiday season. Kudos to producer Imogen Rose-Smith, who also spearheaded the book and lyrics with co-chair Josh Friedlander; Myron Kandel and Peter Phelan on videos; director Laura Josepher; musical director Jill Brunelle; and of course NYFWA executive manager Jane Reilly, the linchpin of this gala event. Among those celebrated on stage were Goldman Sachs (“Bad Finance,” ala Lady Gaga), BP (“Never, Never Slick at Sea,” from Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore), unfunded pensions (Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever”) and the economies of Japan (“It’s Raining Yen”) and the U.S. (“Don’t Stop Deceiving”).  CNN, Fortune, and the News Hub/Wall Street Journal Digital Network contributed videos.  Weber Shandwick and Blumberg Capital Investments hosted after-parties where Follies attendees continued the party long into the night. Click here for a complete wrap-up in pictures.

Wall Street Journal article - November 21, 2010
Photos from the Blumberg Capital Partners After-Party

2009 Financial Follies - November 20, 2009
More than 1,000 journalists, communicators, and corporate executives gathered in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square to lampoon major newsmakers at the 67th Financial Follies on November 20, 2009. Considered by many to be the financial media's premier event, the Follies took aim at Ponzi King Bernie Madoff and his sexual shortcomings (as previewed by the New York Post in September); California's disastrous finances; Detroit automakers; Goldman Sachs; and the beleaguered Federal Reserve Bank. Other highlights of the evening included videos produced by CNBC, CNN, Forbes, Fox Business News and News Hub/Wall Street Journal Digital Network. The revelers partied late into the night, and like the Governator in "California Bills", left promising, "I'll be back."

Click here for photos by NYFWA board member Steve Govoni.

Talking News Biz

Highlights from 2008

Steve Gelsi/MarketWatch video

"The Winner Takes It All"

Click here for photos by NYFWA board member Steve Govoni.
Click here
to see Mediabistro report and video.
See New York Times and Reuters.


Highlights from the 2007 Follies:
The Bloomberg Tour
Merrill Lynch's New Owners
For photos, see Follies 2007.

George's 55 Years on Broadway