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Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson To Receive 2012 JKO Medal

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Join MAS as we celebrate Joan Ganz Cooney and Peter G. Peterson at our annual gala on April 19, at The New York Public Library. Married since 1980, Mrs. Cooney and Mr. Peterson will be awarded the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal for their enormous contributions to the quality of arts and culture in New York City, to the celebration of urban life and to making New York a global capital of finance and education.

Mrs. Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Workshop, is the originator of the beloved television program Sesame Street—a whimsical, yet hugely impactful, reflection of the New York City experience: an urban environment where a diverse array of people (and Muppets!) could interact and learn together.  Her philanthropic work in the arts, education, healthcare and other sectors is extensive.

Mr. Peterson has had a significant impact on our city by contributing his leadership and considerable resources to institutions that define New York as a global city, including the Council on Foreign Relations, The Museum of Modern Art, The Japan Society and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. He has been a visionary and advocate for securing America’s future and devotes much of his time to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation – which he founded and is the chairman of–tackling critical issues challenging the nation.  Among his many roles over the years, he is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of The Blackstone Group, was the CEO of Lehman Brothers and chaired the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The highest honor awarded by MAS, the Medal was named for Mrs. Onassis in 1994 to commemorate her tireless efforts to preserve and protect New York’s great architecture. The Medal is presented annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life in New York City.

The annual Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal gala is the Municipal Art Society’s central fundraising effort. The financial support garnered from the evening helps sustain MAS and advances our work as a voice for the future of our city.