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Goldman Sachs was honored at a gala dinner for Room to Read, a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa, at the High Line Hotel on May 11.

David Solomon, president and co-chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs was an honoree on the night. He told Business Insider he was picking up the award on behalf of CEO Lloyd Blankfein, co-COO Harvey Schwartz, and the more than 120 current and former partners who have contributed to the charity.

A number of top Goldman Sachs executives making generous contributions on the night. Greg Lemkau, who had just been promoted to cohead of the investment bank , made a donation, as did his cohead John Waldron. FX de Mallmann, chairman of investment banking, and Dan Dees, head of tech, media and telecoms banking, also made big contributions.

The level of their generosity was only challenged by PIMCO, with a number of executives at the bond giant, including Andrew Balls and Marc Seidner, making large contributions. In all, the event raised $2.8 million .

Sean 'Diddy' Combs was presented with the Superhero Award for his commitment to education. The rapper and entrepreneur is the cofounder of Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School. At one point, Combs raised the stakes in a bidding war during a charity auction, offering to personally produce a track for the winner. Someone on PIMCO's table weighed in with a $50,000 bid to bag the prize.

Take a look at the event:

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It was quite the party atmosphere.

It was quite the party atmosphere.

Joey Bada$$ was also in demand with the young Wall Street crowd.

Joey Bada$$ was also in demand with the young Wall Street crowd.

Faith Evans was a popular performer.

Faith Evans was a popular performer.

Scott Kapnick hit the dancefloor.

Scott Kapnick hit the dancefloor.

Faith Evans then performed some of her biggest hits.

Faith Evans then performed some of her biggest hits.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs accepted a plaudit.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs accepted a plaudit.

Scott Kapnick, David Solomon, Faith Evans and Sean 'Diddy' Combs shared the stage.

Scott Kapnick, David Solomon, Faith Evans and Sean 'Diddy' Combs shared the stage.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs then gave a short speech.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs then gave a short speech.

Ben Happ (Myriad) was among those to make a contribution.

Ben Happ (Myriad) was among those to make a contribution.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs and John Wood courted donations.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs and John Wood courted donations.

Roshanara told the guests her story.

Roshanara told the guests her story.

Sonny Kalsi, founder of real estate investor GreenOak, was the event chair.

Sonny Kalsi, founder of real estate investor GreenOak, was the event chair.

Penn Masala provided entertainment.

Penn Masala provided entertainment.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs livened up proceedings, promising to produce a track for the winning bidder in the charity auction.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs livened up proceedings, promising to produce a track for the winning bidder in the charity auction.

Marc Seidner, the CIO of non-traditional strategies, at PIMCO, bid in the auction.

Marc Seidner, the CIO of non-traditional strategies, at PIMCO, bid in the auction.

The charity auction was something else.

The charity auction was something else.

That's Frank van Veenendaal, the former vice chairman of Salesforce, on the right.

That's Frank van Veenendaal, the former vice chairman of Salesforce, on the right.

Ben Happ, ‎head of marketing and investor relations at hedge fund Myriad Asset Management, chatted to model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova

Ben Happ, ‎head of marketing and investor relations at hedge fund Myriad Asset Management, chatted to model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova

Howard Schiller (left) mixed with Teri Volpert, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Barry Volpert (furthest right)

Howard Schiller (left) mixed with Teri Volpert, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Barry Volpert (furthest right)

Scott Kapnick, the chief executive of HPS Investment Partners, paid a visit to Faith Evan's table.

Scott Kapnick, the chief executive of HPS Investment Partners, paid a visit to Faith Evan's table.

Gillian Tett, the US managing editor at The Financial Times, was there.

Gillian Tett, the US managing editor at The Financial Times, was there.

Guests enjoyed fine food and wine.

Guests enjoyed fine food and wine.

Sara Eisen was CNBC was the master of ceremonies

Sara Eisen was CNBC was the master of ceremonies

Here's Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Roshanara, a graduate from the Girls’ Education Program

Here's Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Roshanara, a graduate from the Girls’ Education Program

It was a packed house.

It was a packed house.

Andrew Balls, the co-chief investment officer for fixed income at PIMCO, was generous with his donations.

Andrew Balls, the co-chief investment officer for fixed income at PIMCO, was generous with his donations.

Rapper and actor Joey Bada$$ was sat next to Sean Combs.

Rapper and actor Joey Bada$$ was sat next to Sean Combs.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs was there to collect a Superhero Award for his commitment to world change through educating children.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs was there to collect a Superhero Award for his commitment to world change through educating children.

The guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn before heading in to the banquet hall.

The guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn before heading in to the banquet hall.

Here's Business Insider's Matt Turner catching up with David Solomon, president and co-chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs.

Here's Business Insider's Matt Turner catching up with David Solomon, president and co-chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs.

There was a red carpet for big name guests.

There was a red carpet for big name guests.

Edith Cooper, global head of human capital management at Goldman Sachs, was there.

Edith Cooper, global head of human capital management at Goldman Sachs, was there.

Howard Schiller, the former CFO of drug company Valeant, mingled with the crowd.

Howard Schiller, the former CFO of drug company Valeant, mingled with the crowd.

John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, welcomed guests to the gala dinner.

John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, welcomed guests to the gala dinner.
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