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When Landmarks Collide

Monday, November 7, 2016
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On Wednesday, November 2, The New York Landmarks Conservancy Hosted its 22nd Living Landmarks Celebration at The Plaza. This year’s honorees were acclaimed author and film producer Barbara Taylor Bradford & Robert Bradford, financier and philanthropist Larry Leeds, musician and composer Wynton Marsalis, physician and media executive Mary Lake Polan & Frank Bennack, and Zagat Co-Founders Nina & Tim Zagat. The evening was the Conservancy’s largest and most successful gala yet, welcoming over 370 guests and raising more than $970,000 for the nonprofit.

The host for the evening was Living Landmark Paul Binder, and music was provided by Living Landmark Peter Duchin and his Orchestra. Living Landmarks Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the evening. Like the buildings the Conservancy protects and celebrates, they managed not to bump into each other. The Conservancy chooses distinguished New Yorkers from all professions as “Living Landmarks” for their contributions to the city. Just like landmarks, these people are easily seen and recognized from a distance. It’s nice to stand out on the skyline, isn’t it?

The purpose of the New York Landmarks Conservancy is to celebrate, preserve and protect actual landmarks, meaning buildings, statues, etc. It is the only organization that provides both financial and technical support in this effort.

Since it was founded more than 40 years ago, it has loaned and granted over $40 million to help people save their homes and communities including cultural, religious and social institutions. These grants and loans have in turn mobilized more than $1 billion in 1,550 renovation projects throughout New York providing much-needed economic stimulus and supporting local jobs.

Guests in attendance for the evening included Christopher Forbes, Geoffrey Bradfield, Bernadette Castro, Gordon Davis, Carole Bailey French and John French III, Barbara and Peter Georgescu, Veronica and Ray Kelly, Janet C. Ross, Barbara and Frank Sciame, Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson, Barbara and Donald Tober, Lindsay Wagner, Sandra and Stan Warshawsky, Sue Ann Weinberg, E. John Rosenwald, Jr., Daryl and Steven Roth, Robert A.M. Stern, Susan and Robert Summer, Gioietta and Alberto Vitale.


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