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
    Toasting 2017 Gala
    Performances 2017
    Peter Yarrow and Irene Filo 2017
    Dr. Herbert Pardes and Brian Lehrer In addition to musicial celebrations, the 2016 Gala included an in-depth interview of its honoree by Brian Lehrer.
    Maria Bartiromo Television journalist, magazine columnist, and author introduces Dr. Pardes at 2016 Gala  
    Low Memorial Library at Columbia University 2017 & 2016 Event Venue
    Dick Cavett setting the stage for David Amram's LiLY Legacies 2015 Award. With MC, Adam Phillips.
    S. Epatha Merkerson and Whoopi Goldberg present LiLY’s Legacies 2014 Award to Geoffrey Holder.
    Phyllicia Rashad, Geoffrey Holder, Editor in Chief of AARP’s Magazine Nancy Perry Graham, and LiLY founder Irene Zola, all share a moment at the 2013 Legacies Gala.
    Arthur McGee is presented with the Legacies 2010 Award by Cicely Tyson.