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The Light in East Harlem

Traders Magazine, April 2005

Gregory Bresiger

Libations can have many benefits. Indeed, great things can sometimes happen in bars. It happened about three years ago for Jeff Kaplan, the head trader in New York City at a hedge fund called Deerfield Partners. Kaplan was having a wee bit of liquid refreshment with friends. But he was puzzled. A fifth grader was failing in an East Harlem public school. The child needed special help, a public school teacher explained. But apparently no one could do anything. That's until the 38-year old Kaplan - along with trading executive Lisa Kelly of SG Cowen and the teacher offered a rescue plan.

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