On Monday, October 20, 2014, philanthropists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and TV personalities gathered for the eighth annual “Moving Families Forward Gala benefiting The Ackerman Institute for the Family.” Tamsen Fadal, four-time Emmy-winning Pix 11 News Anchor hosted the Gala.
Besides Waldorf~Astoria signature dinner and Awards Ceremony the event featured a Silent Auction hosted by C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s and entertainment by renowned house band of the Carlyle Hotel, The Gillespie Quartet.
The Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health. Moving Families Forward Gala Benefiting the Ackerman Institute for the Family 2014 Honorees:
♦ Andrew Solomon, Author, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity with the Ackerman Partner Award. After years of interviews with families and their special children, the book focuses on how families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and differences.
♦ Linda Dishy, Ackerman Board Member, with Ackerman Distinguished Service Award. Linda Dishy joined the Ackerman Board of Trustees in 2000 and became Vice Chair of the Board in June 2008. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. She was honored for her decades of dedication in family therapy.
The event, held at NYC’s spectacular Waldorf Astoria, is the most luxurious and prestigious art deco landmark in NYC.
The Waldorf Astoria is recognized as a “Historic Hotel of America” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is also the first hotel to offer room service.
“Raising a child with special needs puts the family in a category all of its own … The child’s needs become a powerful organizing force within the family and at the same time create intense challenges and strong emotions affecting family life and relationships …” ~~ Lois Braverman, LCSW , President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Quoted during the Moving Families Forward Gala 2013. This post will be updated with an excerpt from the 2014 event soon. Bookmark this post and visit frequently.
Attendees and Special Guests:
■Lois Braverman – President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family.
■Martha Fling – Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chair.
■Alice Netter – Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chair.
■C. Hugh Hildesley – Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s, and Host of the Moving Families Forward Gala Auction.
■The Chris Gillespie Quartet – renowned house band of the Carlyle Hotel.
■ Scott Stanford – Lead Sports Anchor, PIX 11 News & Host WWE.
■ Tim Morehouse – Olympic Medal winning Fencer and Founder of Fencing in the Schools.
■ Rachael Kun Morehouse – Five time Emmy winning Producer, 60 Minutes.
■ Camilla Barungi – Model, Entrepreneur and Activist of Project Runway fame.
■ Javier Gomez – Noted Fine Art Photographer & Host.
■ Marie C. Wilson – Co-founder of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Founder & President Emerita The White House Project & Ms. Foundation for Women.
■ John Muller, Emmy winning Anchor, PIX 11 News.
■ Mr. G, Four Time Emmy winning Weathercaster, PIX 11 News.
■ Rich Graziano, General Manager, WPIX Television.
Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges.
One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.
This article will also be updated regularly with 2014 photos and other related information including the “See What You Missed” video. Please visit frequently and subscribe to our RSS feed. Thanks.
Stay tuned for the exciting “See What You Missed” video of the event which will include interviews from the President of Ackerman Family Institute and host.
Photos to be posted soon. In the meantime, here’s photos on Moving Families Forward Gala 2013 Facebook photo album benefiting the Ackerman Institute for the Family
Moving Families Forward Gala 2014 information on Ackerman Web site
Ackerman Institute News Blog
Ackerman Institute on Wikipedia
Ackerman Web site
James Grant Public Relations
Event information, reservations, donations for Moving Families Forward Gala
Tamsen Fadal Charity Work and Causes on Look to the Stars
ABOUT ACKERMAN INSTITUTE: The Ackerman Institute for the Family is a training institute for family and couple therapy. The Institute was founded in 1960, in New York City, by Nathan Ackerman, who became its first president and from whom the Institute derives its name. It is located at 936 Broadway, New York City.
Ackerman Institute’s mission is to provide:
• Couple and family therapy services through its on-site Clinic (licensed by the State of New York Office of Mental Health).
• Training programs for mental health and other professionals on-site, in community settings and internationally.
• Research initiatives that focus on the development of new treatment models and training techniques.