2013 Gala

Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal set for The Municipal Art Society of New York's 2013 Gala

Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal set for The Municipal Art Society of New York’s 2013 Gala.

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 during its own centennial year. It brought together hundreds of civic-minded and charitable New Yorkers to honor The 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.

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 funding the development of pioneering medical advances to leading the international dialogue on urbanization and recognizing progressive civil-society leaders who are affecting positive, lasting change in cities around the world, The Rockefeller Foundation has served as a catalytic force for good for a century. Dr. Judith Rodin and David Rockefeller, Jr. are true visionaries. We are humbled to honor them with MAS’s highest award.

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.

Dr. Judith Rodin

As president of The Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Today, under her leadership, The Foundation supports and shapes innovations that strengthen resilience to risk, and ensures more equitable growth around the world. The Foundation accomplishes these goals through initiatives that address climate change in poor communities, strengthen global health systems, catalyze the field of impact investing, mobilize an agricultural revolution in Africa and shape smart, sustainable transportation policies in the United States. Dr. Rodin previously served as president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University.

David Rockefeller, Jr.

A member of The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees since 2006, David Rockefeller, Jr. has served as its board chair since December 2010. Mr. Rockefeller is a director and former chairman of Rockefeller & Co. and has been an active participant in the nonprofit arena, especially in the areas of environment, arts and public education. He is a Founder and the Chairman of Sailors for the Sea, an educational non-profit organization committed to engaging the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. In his former post as Citizen Chairman of the National Park Foundation, he reported directly to the Secretary of the Interior. He is the former chair of the North American Nominating Committee for the Praemium Imperiale, the Japanese prize for outstanding international achievement in the arts. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Cultural Council, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.