Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weylin, 175 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York

 

6:30 pm Cocktail Reception

8:00 pm Seated Dinner & Program

9:30 pm Dessert & Dancing

 

Menu by Union Square Events, the catering business

of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.

 

 

For tickets and information, please email us at bplgala@bklynlibrary.org or call us at 718-230-2738.

 

Tickets to the after party are available here.

 

 

 

 

Co-Chairs Nina Collins, Nicholas A. Gravante, Jr., Michael

Liburd, Susan Marcinek, Kim-Thu Posnett, Robin Shanus and

Jed Walentas request the pleasure of your company at

Brooklyn Public Library’s 20th Annual Gala

celebrating this year’s honorees:

 

PETER ASCHKENASY

Brooklyn Public Library trustee, accomplished restaurateur
and leader in the cultural and community life of New York City

 

ANNA DEAVERE SMITH

Groundbreaking actress, playwright and author


Ms. Smith will be joined by New York Times columnist Charles Blow
for an in-depth conversation on how libraries have been essential to their writing careers

 

 


 

Co-Chairs


  • Nina Collins
  • Nicholas A. Gravante, Jr.
  • Michael Liburd
  • Susan Marcinek
  • Kim-Thu Posnett
  • Robin Shanus
  • Jed Walentas

 

Gala Committee


  • Jill & Paul Aschkenasy
  • Martine Beamon & Eddie Joyce
  • Jenny & Michael Best
  • Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
  • Mary Dixie Carter & Stephen Kempf
  • Cathy Cramer & Kenneth D. Gibbs
  • Simon Critchley
  • Anthony W. Crowell & David D. Rohde
  • Jennifer Egan
  • Eliza & Jason Factor
  • Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman
  • Lizanne Fontaine & Robert Buckholz
  • Blake & Andrew Foote
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Karoly & Hank Gutman
  • Stephanie & Tim Ingrassia
  • Mira Jacob
  • Katya Jestin & Kit Roane
  • Magda Jimenez Train & Patrick A. Train-Gutiérrez
  • Maira Kalman
  • Miriam Katowitz & Arthur Radin
  • Stacy Kramer & David Kramer
  • Christine McMahon
  • Anne Welsh McNulty
  • Audrey & Danny Meyer
  • David Nachman & Amy Schulman
  • Idra Novey
  • Michael O’Keeffe
  • Suratchada & Brian O’Neil
  • Lee Perlman
  • Lisa & Gordon Price
  • Francine Prose
  • Erminia Rivera
  • Jennifer & Sean Rodgers
  • Sandra & Peter Schubert
  • Akhil Sharma
  • Gary Shteyngart
  • Gillian & Robert Steel
  • Dr. Lucille C. Thomas
  • Laurie M. Tisch
  • Amelia & James Wilson
  • Joanne Witty & Eugene Keilin
  • Joni Yoswein
  • Elisa Zuritsky & Jordan Barowitz

 


 

Visionary Sponsors


  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
  • Kate Engelbrecht and Jed Walentas
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Stephanie & Tim Ingrassia
  • The John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation
  • The Starr Foundation

 

Benefactors


  • Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners
  • The Durst Organization
  • Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
  • Susan & David Marcinek
  • Robin Shanus & Stephen Merkel

 

Contributors


  • BET Networks
  • Nina Collins & Cliff Perlman
  • Blake & Andrew Foote
  • Karoly & Hank Gutman
  • Miriam Katowitz & Arthur Radin
  • Karen A. and Kevin W. Kennedy Foundation
  • Jeanine & Michael Liburd
  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • David Nachman & Amy Schulman
  • NSP Enterprises Inc.
  • Kim-Thu Posnett & Michael Pastor

 

Supporters


  • Peter Aschkenasy & Pam Brier
  • Martine Beamon & Eddie Joyce
  • Capalino & Co.
  • Mary Dixie Carter & Stephen Kempf
  • Con Edison
  • Anthony W. Crowell & David D. Rohde
  • Crystal & Company
  • Eliza & Jason Factor
  • Lizanne Fontaine & Robert Buckholz
  • Forest City Ratner Companies
  • Gilbert Rivera Charitable Foundation
  • GNYHA Ventures, Inc.
  • Hudson Companies
  • Industry City
  • Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Jenner & Block, LLP
  • Carol Kellerman & Mark O’Donoghue
  • Marvel Architects
  • Cassandra & Lloyd Metz
  • Michael O’Keeffe
  • Suratchada & Brian O’Neil
  • Penguin Random House
  • Pharos Systems International Inc.
  • Rockefeller & Co., Inc.
  • Jennifer & Sean Rodgers
  • Sandra & Peter Schubert
  • Phoebe Taubman & Craig Nerenberg
  • Dr. Lucille C. Thomas
  • Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC
  • Venable LLP
  • Amelia & James Wilson
  • Joanne Witty & Eugene Keilin
  • Yoswein New York

 

List in formation



Board of Trustees


  • Nicholas A. Gravante, Jr., Chair
  • Jordan Barowitz, Vice Chair
  • Miriam Katowitz, Vice Chair
  • Robin Shanus, Vice Chair
  • Nina Collins, Secretary
  • Peter Aschkenasy, Treasurer
  • Michael Best
  • Anthony W. Crowell
  • Joseph I. Douek
  • Blake W. Foote
  • Abe George
  • Hank Gutman
  • Timothy J. Ingrassia
  • Kyle Kimball
  • Cindi Leive
  • Michael Liburd
  • Susan Marcinek
  • Gino P. Menchini
  • Cassandra Metz
  • Brian O’Neil
  • Roseann Paradiso Fodera
  • Kim-Thu Posnett
  • Lisa Price
  • Lisa Puleo
  • Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin
  • Sandra Schubert
  • Christina Tettonis
  • Dr. Lucille C. Thomas
  • Patrick A. Train-Gutiérrez
  • Antonia Yuille Williams
  • Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO

 

Ex-Officio Members


  • Hon. Bill de Blasio
    Mayor of the City of New York
    Represented by Rachel Lauter
  • Hon Eric L. Adams
    President of the Borough of Brooklyn
    Represented by Ingrid Lewis-Martin
  • Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito
    Speaker of the New York City Council
    Represented by Reginald D. Shell
  • Hon. Scott M. Stringer
    Comptroller of the City of New York
    Represented by Gregory Davidzon