MAS Honors Dr. Judith Rodin and David Rockefeller, Jr.
June 25th, 2013, 1:36 pm
The 2013 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal honored Dr. Judith Rodin, President, and David Rockefeller, Jr., Board Chair, The Rockefeller Foundation, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its founding, for its outstanding contributions to New York City, and in recognition of its steadfast support of global and local innovations that address environmental, health, economic and urban challenges. The annual fundraising event took place on June 13th in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal. It brought together hundreds of civic-minded and charitable New Yorkers to honor The Rockefeller Foundation and to raise funds to support MAS in its mission to advocate for urban planning, preservation and design that makes New York more livable and resilient. (See great pictures on Flickr here and here.) President Bill Clinton was the 2013 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal honorary chair, and Caroline Kennedy served as the honorary co-chair. Dinner co-chairs included Genie and Bob Birch, Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault, Vin Cipolla and Celine McDonald, Peggy Dulany, Jane and Michael Hoffman, Frederick Iseman, Simone and David W. Levinson and Darren Walker. First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris presented the medal to David Rockefeller, Jr., while United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan presented the medal to Dr. Judith Rodin. The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal, MAS’s highest honor, is presented annually to an individual or institution whose work or deeds have made an outstanding contribution to New York City. The medal, launched in 1950, was renamed in 1994 to commemorate Mrs. Onassis’s efforts to champion and preserve New York’s great architectural treasures. For 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation has served as one of the world’s most influential philanthropic organizations. From investing in the development of pioneering medical advances to leading the international dialogue on urbanization and supporting progressive civil-society leaders who are affecting positive, lasting change in cities around the world, The Rockefeller Foundation continues to serve as a catalytic force for good as it enters its second century of progressive philanthropy. Dr. Judith Rodin and David Rockefeller, Jr. are true visionaries. It is fitting that we celebrate and honor The Foundation’s centennial year in Grand Central Terminal – one of the world’s greatest public spaces – also celebrating its 100th anniversary. Read some of the press from the big night: