<p>Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform the Bulldog Mambo, composed especially for the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala by Professor Arturo O’Farrill ’96, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.</p>

Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform the Bulldog Mambo, composed especially for the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala by Professor Arturo O’Farrill ’96, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.

<p>An image of the famed Coney Island Parachute Jump shines from the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Award.</p>

An image of the famed Coney Island Parachute Jump shines from the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Award.

<p>Brooklyn College Alumni Association President Jeffrey Sigler ’92, M.A. ’95 and new Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees member Doris Bien-Aime ‘13 prepare for their cohosting duties at the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.</p>

Brooklyn College Alumni Association President Jeffrey Sigler ’92, M.A. ’95 and new Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees member Doris Bien-Aime ‘13 prepare for their cohosting duties at the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.

<p>Edwin Cohen, ’62, Chair of the Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees and a longtime supporter of the college, accepts the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Award.</p>

Edwin Cohen, ’62, Chair of the Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees and a longtime supporter of the college, accepts the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Award.

<p>Brooklyn Arts Council President Ella Weiss ’62, M.S.Ed ’65 with Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams ’01, M.A. ’05.</p>

Brooklyn Arts Council President Ella Weiss ’62, M.S.Ed ’65 with Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams ’01, M.A. ’05.

<p>President Gould shares highlights of the college’s year at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.</p>

President Gould shares highlights of the college’s year at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.

<p>Edwin Cohen ’62, Chair of the Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees, accepts the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Award from President Gould.</p>

Edwin Cohen ’62, Chair of the Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees, accepts the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Award from President Gould.

<p>Best of Brooklyn attendees Marshall Kaplan ’49, who endowed the Marshall G. Kaplan Chair in Municipal Government at the Brooklyn College School of Business this year, and Lorraine Laighold ’64.</p>

Best of Brooklyn attendees Marshall Kaplan ’49, who endowed the Marshall G. Kaplan Chair in Municipal Government at the Brooklyn College School of Business this year, and Lorraine Laighold ’64.

<p>President Gould at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala, flanked by Murray Koppelman ’57 (left) and his friend and fellow alumnus, J. Morton Davis ‘57.</p>

President Gould at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala, flanked by Murray Koppelman ’57 (left) and his friend and fellow alumnus, J. Morton Davis ‘57.

<p>Grammy Award-winning artists Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.</p>

Grammy Award-winning artists Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.

<p>Grammy Award-winning artists Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.</p>

Grammy Award-winning artists Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.

<p>Students Rebecca Harmata ’18, Cassandra Peters ’15, Vanessa Blair ’16, Teanu Reid ’16 and graduate Chrystelle Henri '13 strike a pose at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.</p>

Students Rebecca Harmata ’18, Cassandra Peters ’15, Vanessa Blair ’16, Teanu Reid ’16 and graduate Chrystelle Henri '13 strike a pose at the Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.

<p>The elegant Tribeca Rooftop hosted the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.</p>

The elegant Tribeca Rooftop hosted the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.

<p>Brooklyn College Foundation Trustee Marge Magner ’69 offers a toast to celebrate a historic year at the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.</p>

Brooklyn College Foundation Trustee Marge Magner ’69 offers a toast to celebrate a historic year at the 2015 Best of Brooklyn Annual Gala.