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 taught 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 1, 2017 LiLY Legacies Gala Program

Legacies Gala guests will enjoy a heartwarming and inspired night under the stunning rotunda of Low Library at Columbia University.

Dr. Herbert Pardes (2016 LiLY Legacies Honoree) will speak and Francisco J. Núñez will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Event highlights:

Reception: 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Followed by formal dinner.

Silent Auction

Live Performances featuring the unrivaled folk singer and activist, Peter Yarrow.

Presentation of LiLY Legacies Awards honoring Dr. George S. Alexopoulos, Founder & Director of Weill Cornell Geriatric Psychiatry Institute and Deborah McManus, SoHarmoniums Founder and philanthropist.

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    Toasting 2017 Gala
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    Performances 2017
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    Peter Yarrow and Irene Filo 2017
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    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.
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    Maria Bartiromo Television journalist, magazine columnist, and author introduces Dr. Pardes at 2016 Gala  
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    Low Memorial Library at Columbia University 2017 & 2016 Event Venue
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    Dick Cavett setting the stage for David Amram's LiLY Legacies 2015 Award. With MC, Adam Phillips.
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    S. Epatha Merkerson and Whoopi Goldberg present LiLY’s Legacies 2014 Award to Geoffrey Holder.
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    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.
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    Arthur McGee is presented with the Legacies 2010 Award by Cicely Tyson.