2014 Gala

The dining room at The Municipal Art Society of New York's 2014 Gala

The dining room at The Municipal Art Society of New York’s 2014 Gala.

On the evening of June 11, 2014, 300 civic and philanthropic leaders gathered at the Upper East Side landmark 583 Park Avenue to celebrate the 2014 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal honorees, Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman, and MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO, of Forest City Ratner Companies. Recognizing their commitment to design excellence, architectural innovation, public art and to the essential academic, business, cultural and charitable organizations and partnerships that make New York City so vibrant and competitive, the event raised more than $1 million for the Municipal Art Society’s core work.

The gala dinner and awards presentation was followed by the fourth annual After Dark Party hosted by the MAS Urbanists, early- to mid-career professionals with a passion for New York and a commitment to civic involvement.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal

The Municipal Art Society’s highest honor is presented annually to individuals and institutions whose work or deeds have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life in New York City.

In 1975, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis brought to MAS her commitment to New York’s great architecture and urban spaces and sparked a collaboration for which New Yorkers have been grateful ever since—the winning fight to save Grand Central Terminal.

MAS is the only organization to award a medal in Mrs. Onassis’ honor, named for her in 1994 to recognize her tireless efforts to champion and preserve New York’s great treasures.

Bruce Ratner

Bruce Ratner is the Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, a New York-based real estate development company which he started in 1985. As one of the largest urban real estate developers in the country, Mr. Ratner has developed 44 ground-up projects in the New York City area over nearly 30 years.

As the majority owner and developer of Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, Mr. Ratner is recognized for bringing the first major professional sports team to Brooklyn since the Dodgers left in 1957. The arena is part of Mr. Ratner’s $4.9 billion, 22-acre mixed-use Atlantic Yards development, which will include 6,400 residential units. The first residential building, under construction now, is being built using a pioneering method of modular construction.

Mr. Ratner’s commitment to New York City is exemplified by his service on the boards of Weill Cornell Medical College; the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, where he serves as Chairman-Elect; and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Maryanne Gilmartin

MaryAnne Gilmartin is President and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies, where she has led the development of some of the most high profile real estate projects in New York City, including New York by Gehry, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, designed by architect Frank Gehry, and The New York Times Building, designed by architect Renzo Piano. She is also leading the effort to build Atlantic Yards.

Ms. Gilmartin has been recognized as a top professional in her field by New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX) as its 2007 “Woman of the Year,” by Crain’s in 2007 as one of New York’s Most Influential Women and again, in 2011 and 2013, by Crain’s as one of New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women.

As a Trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a Member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York (RE BNY ), Co-Chair of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and a Member of the Industry Advisory Board of the MS Real Estate Development Program at Columbia University, Ms. Gilmartin’s personal and professional commitment to New York City is deep.