On April 18, alumnae and friends of Barnard College gathered at New York’s historic Plaza Hotel for the Annual Gala, a dinner and auction to benefit the College’s financial aid program. The event honored recipients of the Frederick A.P. Barnard Award: Connie ’53 and Harvey Krueger and the Krueger Family, and Claire and Leonard Tow, Emily Tow Jackson ’88 and the Tow Foundation. Benjamin Doller of Sotheby’s served as auctioneer. The event raised close to $2.3 million for scholarship aid.
“Scholarship aid is tremendously important to Barnard, and a wonderful example of how generations of alumnae, families, and friends show their support for today’s young women and the future of the College,” said Barnard President Debora L. Spar.
“Barnard has shaped me in countless ways. From the rigorous academic curriculum to the network of extraordinary women, the College brought out in me the desire to develop critical thinking and heighten social consciousness,” said scholarship recipient Carmen Romero ’13. “I hope that someday I'll be able to help other young women have this experience, because the support I've received has been invaluable."
“The Annual Gala is instrumental in upholding Barnard’s commitment to educating talented young women regardless of their financial means,” said Nanette M. DiLauro, Barnard’s director of financial aid. “In this academic year alone, more than $35 million in scholarship aid was offered to Barnard students.”
Following the Annual Gala, the evening continued with the second annual Gala Nights, an initiative founded and spearheaded by a committee of socially engaged young alumnae. Also in support of scholarships, the goal of this soiree is to encourage young professionals to support current students, give back to their college and community, and participate in the New York philanthropic scene.