Legacies: A Celebration Across Generations

The Lifeforce in Later Years (LiLY) Legacies Gala celebrates the connections between generations and features the LiLY Legacies Award – an honor given to individuals who have made a profound impact on our culture. Today’s generations reap the benefits of the endless contributions to their lives made by the oldest of us. Our elders teach us to use a fork and knife, play piano, speak a language, and of course the core values that shape “humanity.”  We recognize that each and every elder offers our culture their legacy; and it is these legacies combined that secure the continuation of civilization…and hopefully improve upon it.

May 9, 2016 LiLY Legacies Gala Program

Join us this year, on Monday, May 9, 2016 , when beginning at 7:00 pm Legacies Gala guests will enjoy a heartwarming and inspired night under the stunning Rotunda of Low Library at Columbia University. Event highlights include a formal dinner, live music, silent auction, and a star-studded award ceremony honoring Dr. Herbert Pardes and Sandy Socolar.



  • Location: Low Library, Columbia University – enter University gates at 116th Street and Broadway.
  • Accommodations: Wheelchair accessibility. Vegetarian option served.
  • Amenities: Coat check. Credit Card checkout for winning auction items.
  • Wine bar, including signature cocktail, the LiLIAN.
  • Silent Auction.
  • Live Performances. Featuring Brian Lehrer of WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show.
  • Presentation of LiLY Legacies Awards.


  • 6:30pm VIP Reception with Honorees and Special Guests
  • 7:00pm Silent Auction and Seating
  • 7:30pm Dinner and Performances
  • 8:00pm Awards Program
  • 9:00pm Silent Auction Closes
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    Norm Lewis Emcee, 2018
    Gabriella Cook and Bobby White, 2018 Gala Performance
    Dr. Craig Smith, 2018 LiLY Legacies Leadership Award Honoree
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    John Rowe (l) and Gala Attendees, 2018
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    Dr. Herbert Pardes Inspire Award Recipient, Dr. Linda Fried and Andrew Jenkins, LiLY Board President (2018)
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    Bernard Dove, Irene Zola, Norm Lewis, Quinn Lemley, 2018
    Maria Bartiromo Television journalist, magazine columnist, and author introduces Dr. Pardes, 2016
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    Peter Yarrow Performance, 2017
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    Toasting to the Night, 2017
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    Peter Yarrow and Irene Filo, 2017
    Dr. Herbert Pardes, 2018 LiLY Legacies Awards
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    Marc Freedman with Silent Auction Win (2018)
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    Dr. Herbert Pardes and Brian Lehrer, 2016
    Low Memorial Library at Columbia University 2018, 2017 & 2016 Event Venue
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    Dick Cavett, 2015
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    S. Epatha Merkerson and Whoopi Goldberg, 2014
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    Phyllicia Rashad, Geoffrey Holder, Nancy Perry Graham, Irene Zola, 2013
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    Arthur McGee is presented with the Legacies 2010 Award by Cicely Tyson.