35th Anniversary Celebration

Sarah Jessica Parker with ArtsConnection Board Chair, Lisa Plelper and Lisa Garcia Quiroz of Time Warner Inc.

Sarah Jessica Parker with ArtsConnection Board Chair, Lisa Plelper and Lisa Garcia Quiroz of Time Warner Inc.

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, leaders from the arts, business, media, and philanthropy worlds raised $1M at ArtsConnection’s 35th anniversary celebration honoring Time Warner Inc. and internationally-renowned visual artist Vik Muniz.  Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Time Warner’s Senior VP of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the company. 

Emily & Harold Ford Jr., Linda & Mort Janklow, Lisa and Richard Plepler, Tracey & Robert Pruzan, and Paula and Fareed Zakaria served as event co-chairs. Award-winning CNN anchor Don Lemon entertained guests with his quick wit as Master of Ceremonies and was joined by Sarah Jessica Parker who made a special presentation to ArtsConnection Executive Director Steven Tennen.  Jeffrey Wright presented the award to Time Warner Inc., and ArtsConnection Board Member Andrea Glimcher presented the award for Vik Muniz. ArtsConnection granted the prestigious Janklow Award to Principal Jaynemarie Capetanakis of P.S. 69 in Brooklyn and Teaching Artist Jojo Gonzalez, for their commitment to arts education and exemplary work with ArtsConnection.

The celebration at 583 Park Avenue was elegantly styled in pink paper peonies by acclaimed designer and ArtsConnection Board Member David Monn. The evening ended on a high note, raising over $140,000 during a paddle raise auctioneered by Kathleen Guzman of Heritage Auctions. Guests included Brian and Jane Williams, Frank Rich and Alex Witchel, Emily Blavatnik, Caryn and Jeff Zucker, Jennifer Snell Klein and Jonathan Klein, Tim Van Patten and Wendy Rossmeyer, David and Denise Chase, Terence and Rachel Winter, Freddie and Myrna Gershon, Ellen Levine and Dr. Richard Levine, Serge Becker and Meriem Soliman, and Sean McPhearson and Rachelle Hruska.

Read more about ArtsConnection’s 35th Anniversary Celebration in the following publications:

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photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan and Brian Hatton


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