The New York City Police Foundation hosted its 2016 Gala on Thursday, April 7, at the Waldorf Astoria, where the Foundation, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton honored Brian Moynihan, Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America, and paid tribute to members of the NYPD who have served with distinction.
“Now, perhaps more than ever, it is imperative that the NYPD receives all of the resources it needs to keep New York City the safest big city in the world,” said Susan Birnbaum, President & CEO of the New York City Police Foundation. “We are only able to do the work that we do because of the generosity of our donors like Brian Moynihan and Bank of America who understand the true value of public-private partnerships.”
Matt Lauer hosted the event whose guests included Rikki Klieman & Police Commissioner William Bratton, Martha Stewart, Margo & John Catsimatidis, former Governor David Paterson, Merryl & James Tisch, Elizabeth & Dale Hemmerdinger, Robert Catell, Ann & Andrew Tisch, District Attorney Richard Brown, Caroline Hirsch & Andrew Fox, Mike Barnicle, Susan Birnbaum, Somers & Jonathan Farkas, Arnold Fisher, Bruce Mosler, Sharon & Ambassador John Loeb, Charles Phillips, John Mack, Eric Rudin, Thomas Lee, Kimberly Hatchett, Mitchell Rudin, and Benjamin Winter.
The Foundation and Commissioner Bratton presented the Chuck Barris Foundation “Cop of the Year” Awards to Police Officer Diara Cruz and Police Officer Patrick Espeut, of the 40th Precinct in the Bronx, both of whom were assigned to the Housing Bureau and sustained gunshot wounds while patrolling in February, 2016. The Hemmerdinger Award for Excellence for distinguished public service was presented to Detective John Reinbold, the NYPD’s International Liaison stationed in Paris, France.
Special thanks to our event Co-Chairs:
H. Dale Hemmerdinger, The Hemmerdinger Corporation
21st Century Fox
Keith Banks, US Trust
Frank Bisignano, First Data
Alastair Borthwick, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
John & Margo Catsimatidis Foundation
Beth Rudin DeWoody, May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Martin L. Edelman
Empire State Realty Trust
Laurence Fink, BlackRock
John Greed, Mutual of America
Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation
Thomas H. Lee
The Margaret and Daniel Loeb – Third Point Foundation
Gary Lynch, Bank of America
Stephen J. Meringoff, Meringoff Properties, Inc.
Edward D. Miller
Thomas J. Moran, Mutual of America
Ronald O. Perelman
Karen & Charles Phillips
Bob Pittman, iHeartMedia
The Edward John & Patricia Rosenwald Foundation
Mitchell E. Rudin, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Richard Silverman, US Trust
The Paul E. Singer Foundation
Ann & Andrew Tisch
Robert S. Tucker
Williams & Connolly LLP
Benjamin J. Winter, The Winter Organization
David S. Winter, 40 North Management