Municipal Art Society Honors Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Pete Peterson, Joan Ganz Cooney
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Municipal Art Society of New York held its annual fundraising gala April 19. During the black tie soiree, Diane Sawyer and Michael Hoffman presented the 2012 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal to Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson. The two were lauded with this honor for their contributions to New York’s education and finance sectors, respectively, as well as contributions to the city’s cultural life by both. Hundreds of well-heeled philanthropists attended the fete, held at The New York Public Library. MAS Chair Eugenie Birch, MAS President Vin Cipolla, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered speeches to the fete’s attendees.

Cooney is one of the forces behind the creation of Sesame Workshop, while Peterson is the founder and chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and co-founder of The Blackstone Group.

President Bill Clinton was the 2012 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal honorary chair, and the honorary co-chairs were Caroline Kennedy and Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. Dinner co-chairs included Jane and Michael Hoffman, and Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols. The festivities continues with a gala after-party, during which 400 guests danced to music from TIimo + Alan.


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