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  Louise Mirrer, Robert Appel, Wynton Marsalis,Walter Isaacson. Photo  courtesy of Don Pollard for the New-York Historical Society

  Louise Mirrer, Robert Appel, Wynton Marsalis,
Walter Isaacson.
Photo  courtesy of Don Pollard for the New-York Historical Society.

New-York Historical Society’s History Makers Gala Honoring Walter Isaacson and Wynton Marsalis Raises $2.4 million
on November 20, 2012

On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, the New-York Historical Society presented Walter Isaacson and Wynton Marsalis with the distinguished 2012 History Makers Award at The Pierre during its annual History Makers Gala. The theme of the evening was An American Story in Music and Words featuring a musical performance by Wynton Marsalis and Jonathan Batiste Trio with vocals by Cécile McLorin Salvant.

The money raised will benefit the programs of the New-York Historical Society, including major exhibitions and educational programs on American history. 


Event:                         History Makers Gala

                           Tuesday, November 20, 2012

                    The Pierre


Guests:                      Notable guests included Mercedes Bass, Lewis Cullman, Andy and Betsy Lack, Robert Steel, Laurie Tisch, Joan and Sandy Weill.


Dinner Chairs:


Helen Appel, Diana and Joe DiMenna, and Bernard L. Schwartz.



Norman Benzaquen, James S. Chanos, Ravenel Curry III, Elizabeth B. Dater, Buzzy Geduld, Richard Gilder, Martin J. Gross, Roger Hertog, Patricia Klingenstein, Charles Phillips, Michelle Smith, Sue Ann Weinberg, and Michael Weisberg.


Honorees: Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He is the chairman of the board of Teach for America, and has been on the boards of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Partners for a New Beginning, United Airlines, Tulane University, the Overseers of Harvard University, and the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator, and a leading advocate of American culture. He is a winner of nine Grammy Awards®, and in 1983 he became the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards® for both jazz and classical records. In 1987, Wynton Marsalis co-founded, and became Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Under his leadership, Jazz at Lincoln Center has developed an international agenda presenting rich and diverse programming that includes concerts, debates, film forums, dances, television and radio broadcasts, and educational activities


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