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New York Women’s Foundation Hosts 2016 Gala

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Sean Zanni/PMC
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

On Thursday, October 13, the New York Women’s Foundation honored three of the City’s most socially conscious ladies at their 2016 fall gala held at The Plaza. The honorees included Saru Jayaraman, co-founder & co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Dina Habib Powell, head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and president of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, and Laurie M. Tisch, the president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Jayaraman was recognized for advocacy work at Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization organizing on behalf of low-wage restaurant workers. Ted Bunch of A Call To Men and 2014 Fall Gala award recipient presented her award.

Habib Powell was recognized for leadership in supporting female entrepreneurs at Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women, a global program offering business education and access to capital to women entrepreneurs. Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice presented the award to her via video.

Tisch was recognized for her innovative philanthropy and dedication to public service through the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) presented her award.

Bunch also served as the master of ceremonies. Three hundred guests attended the celebration, which raised nearly 600,000 dollars to support The Foundation’s mission to achieve sustained economic security and justice for for New York’s underserved women and girls. The Foundation holds the distinction of being the largest women’s grant making fund in the nation.

Ana Oliveira, president and CEO of The Foundation, said, “The New York Women’s Foundation is privileged to honor Saru Jayaraman, Dina Habib Powell and Laurie Tisch for their accomplishments as advocates and agents of change. They are among the most dynamic and inspiring women that we know. We are grateful for their achievements and their longstanding support of New York City’s women, girls and families.”

The event was co-chaired by Anne E. Delaney and Jean and Martin Shafiroff, with Grainne McNamara and Yvonne Quinn serving as vice-chairs.

Other notable attendees included Tory Burch, Leah Bromberg, Connie Chen, Tony Bowles, Humeri Afridi, Cathy and Walter Isaacson and Beth Finkel.

A major highlight of the night included a performance by Molly Jobe from the Broadway show Waitress.

Corporate Sponsors of the event included Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, Latham & Watkins LLP, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.

For additional information, visit the New York Women’s Foundation website at nywf.org.



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