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Roger Hertog and David Petraeus to be Honored at the New-York Historical Society’s Annual History Makers Gala, Monday, December 2, 2013

On Monday, December 2, 2013, the New-York Historical Society will present Roger Hertog and General David Petraeus with the distinguished 2013 History Makers Award at The Pierre during its annual History Makers Gala. The theme of the evening will be Strategic Leadership and Vision.

Commented Dr. Louise Mirrer: “We are pleased to present Roger Hertog with our History Makers Award. Mr. Hertog’s dedication to the power of ideas and the telling of the American story has left its mark on every nook and cranny of our institution. We are grateful that he has agreed to accept this honor. We are also pleased to recognize General Petraeus for his groundbreaking work in Iraq, his dynamic approach to counterinsurgency, his advocacy of a comprehensive civil-military approach, and his encouragement of strategies that resolve problems through political processes rather than violence.”

The money raised will benefit programs of the New-York Historical Society, including major exhibitions and American History education for more than 200,000 New York City public school students.

Event: History Makers Gala

When: Monday, December 2, 2013

Location: The Pierre
2 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10021

Time: 6 pm Cocktails
7 pm Dinner

Dinner Chairs:

Helen and Robert Appel
Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder
Diana and Joe DiMenna
The Lauder Foundation
Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz

Gala Co-Chairs:

Norman Benzaquen
Franci J. Blassberg and Joseph L. Rice III
Len Blavatnik
Beth and Ravenel B. Curry III
Elizabeth B. Dater and Wm. Mitchell Jennings, Jr.
Barbara and Richard Debs
Ahuva and Martin J. Gross
Helen and Edward Hintz
Patricia and John Klingenstein
Paula and Tom McInerney
Jennifer and John Monsky
Karen and Charles Phillips
Bonnie and Richard Reiss, Jr.
Pam and Scott Schafler
Paul Singer
Sue Ann Weinberg
Leah and Michael Weisberg
Anita and Byron Wien


$1,000 Gallatin Ticket
$2,500 Knox Ticket
$5,000 Madison Ticket
$10,000 Adams’s Table
$25,000 Jefferson’s Table
$50,000 Hamilton’s Table
$100,000 Washington’s Table

RSVP: For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Barbi Zakin, (212) 744-0799, barbizakinevents@gmail.com.

Honorees: Roger Hertog is president of the Hertog Foundation and chairman of the Tikvah Fund. One of the founding partners of the investment research and management firm Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., which he joined in 1968, Mr. Hertog served as the firm’s president before its merger with Alliance Capital Management in 2000. In 2006 he retired from the successor company, AllianceBernstein, and is currently vice-chairman emeritus. In 2007 Mr. Hertog was awarded the Medal of the National Endowment for the Humanities in recognition of his philanthropic efforts. In 2010 he received the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Roger Hertog became a Trustee of the New-York Historical Society in 2003 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2007 to September 2013. He developed the idea of the Chairman’s Council and chaired the planning committee that resulted in the adoption of New-York Historical’s ambitious long-term Strategic Plan. His leadership is reflected in New-York Historical’s $100 million capital campaign and the $70 million renovation of its building, its groundbreaking exhibitions, thought-provoking speaker programs, publications and events. He donated the Constitutional Convention notebooks of John Lansing, Jr., a New York delegate to the 1787 Philadelphia Convention, to the New-York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, offering researchers and the public an eyewitness report of the creation of the U.S. Constitution. The Roger and Susan Hertog Charitable Fund, with Jan and Warren Adelson, donated a John Singer Sargent portrait of Mrs. Jacob Wendell to the New-York Historical Society Museum in 2013. Also in 2013, he funded the Roger Hertog Fellowship, a two-year residency aimed at furthering the work of an eminent scholar through research in the New-York Historical Society’s Library and Museum.

General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired) is the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, and a member of the advisory boards of several veterans organizations. General Petraeus served 37 years in the U.S. military, including as commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as commander of the U.S. Central Command. During his military career, General Petraeus served in Cold War Europe, the United States, Central America, Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In the decade that followed the 9/11 attacks, he was deployed for nearly 7 years, culminating his career with six straight commands, five of which were in combat. General Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations awards and decorations. He also has been decorated by 12 foreign countries. Following retirement from the military in August 2011, he served for 14 months as the Director of the CIA.

About the New-York Historical Society:

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
New York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society; Nueva York; Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn; and WWII & NYC. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world's greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

From October 11, 2013 through February 23, 2014, New-York Historical is presenting The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show on its 100th anniversary by bringing together over 100 works from the original show.

Press Contacts:

Laura Washington, (212) 485-9263, laura.washington@nyhistory.org
Sarah Buffum, (212) 583-2795, buffums@finnpartners.com

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