On April 6, alumnae and friends of Barnard College gathered at New York’s historic Plaza Hotel for Shaping the Future, the school’s annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction. The event honored recipients of the Frederick A.P. Barnard Award— Ellen V. Futter ’71, president of the American Museum of Natural History and Barnard president from 1980 to 1993 and Barbara Novak ’50, renowned art historian and Barnard professor emerita. Arthur Actress Greta Gerwig ’06 served as Mistress of Ceremonies
This year’s dinner and auction raised a record-breaking $2.1 million. In previous years, organizers auctioned off glamorous prizes but this year, in a sign of the times, participants bid on actual scholarships. The change brings the focus back to education and the exceptional young women directly aided by the auction.