The 2018 LiLy Legacies Gala was an exciting affair. Norm Lewis emceed and attendees enjoyed live performances of Lindy Hop dancers and Peter Yarrow. Dr. Linda P. Fried, leader in public health, medicine and science received the inaugural Dr. Herbet Pardes Inspire Award. Dr. Craig Smith, Surgeon-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center was honored with the LiLY Leadership Award.
The 2017 Legacies Gala celebrated the spirit of community felt in the neighborhoods where we serve. LiLY’s honorees, Dr. George Alexopolous and Deborah McManus graced the stage. At 97 years old, Fanny Steinhauser reminded us of the power of arts in connecting each generation to the other. Dr. Herbert Pardes (2016 Honoree) reminded us of the enormous role that our healthcare system and philanthropy play in society. After dining and the auction, Peter Yarrow brought all to their feet to express unity through song. Gala participants and contributors fully engaged in the organization’s mission, finding aspects of their own life stories among the honorees, performers, and speakers.
At our memorable Legacies 2016 gala on May 9th at Columbia University’s historic Low Library, we honored Dr. Herbert Pardes for his unprecedented career in healthcare and psychiatry and his generosity of spirit. And, we also honored centenarian Sandy Socolar for her career in early childhood education and her heart of gold. FOX journalist Maria Bartiromo, NY Public Radio host Brian Lehrer, former Legacies Award recipient David Amram, Howard McGillin (Broadway’s longest playing phantom) and pianist Larry Yurman were on hand to help make the evening most a memorable one.