More than 500 Barnard College alumnae and friends gathered Tuesday, May 3, at the College’s Annual Gala at New York City’s historic Plaza Hotel.
The gala raised more than $3.1 million—of which 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to student financial aid. Nina Rennert Davidson ’95 and Merryl H. Tisch ’77 co-chaired the event and the co-hosts for the event were journalist Maria Hinojosa ’84 and actress Cynthia Nixon ’88.
Kicking off this very special evening, President Debora Spar announced the formal launch of a $400 million capital campaign that will enhance the difference the College can make for its students. Speaking about The Bold Standard: A Campaign for Barnard, President Debora Spar said, “The Bold Standard is the perfect name for our campaign. Not only does it speak to the spirit of Barnard women, but it’s a direct reflection of the audacity and power of this effort, far and away the largest, most ambitious campaign that Barnard has ever undertaken.”
A highlight of the gala was special recognition of honorees Cheryl Glicker Milstein ’82, her husband, Columbia University alumnus Philip Milstein ’71, and daughter Toby Milstein ’14, for their ongoing support and historic gift for the construction of a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. The recognition of the family featured daughter Toby joining Tony Award-winning musical theatre composer and arranger Jeanine Tesori ’83 in a musical tribute to Cheryl and Philip Milstein, which was commissioned especially for the evening.
After the auction, which raised over $1 million for financial aid, the evening concluded with a festive celebratory reception in the ballroom foyer that featured Barnard alumna DJ Karen Ruttner, Sharing Box photos, a dessert buffet, and a champagne bar.