Annual Benefit 2015
(Honorees: Charles Bergman, Stephanie French, Nasa)
We celebrated CITYarts’ 47th Anniversary Gala: “Making a Difference Through the Arts”on May 19th, 2015 at the Allianz Building, Windows on the Hudson, New York City. This year we honored two passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in society: Charles Bergman and Stephanie French.
Charles Bergman, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
As Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, which is the largest private foundation exclusively giving grants internationally to visual artists, Mr. Bergman, over the past 30 years, has helped award 4,000 grants totaling over 62 million dollars to artists in 76 countries. In addition to many other philanthropic engagements, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers (the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards) and the Children’s Radio Foundation and has been a Trustee of the Rubin Museum of Art and Chairman of the Leadership Council for the New York Foundation for the Arts. Most recently, Mr. Bergman has joined the Philanthropy Committee of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and is a Trustee of the Harpo Foundation. He has served on the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as the New York City Cultural Commission.
Stephanie French, ArtTable Member and Pioneering Corporate Philanthropist and Leader in the Arts
As head of Philip Morris Companies’ global philanthropy program, Ms. French awarded seed money to CITYarts 25 years ago when Tsipi Ben-Haim refounded the organization in 1989. This was the first of many grants to CITYarts. During her 20 years at Philip Morris Ms. French gave away over $1billion, making more than 3,000 grants annually in all fields of philanthropy. Ms. French also served as Director of the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation, and today advises artists, arts organizations, and other non-profits. Ms. French has served on over 30 boards, currently including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Performa, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, and others. Ms. French was named by Crain’s New York Business as one of the “New York’s 75 Most Influential Women in Business.”
We also had a special dedication to NASA, our partners, in honor of Lewis Peach, Rocket Scientist.