18th Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner Raises Record Amount
The elegant Cipriani 42nd Street was the site of this year's annual Bernard Baruch Dinner, the 18th in the history of the College. The dinner, which attracted 430 guests, raised a record-setting $1.2 million. Besides serving as an occasion to pay tribute to the College's namesake—Bernard M. Baruch (class of 1889), statesman, financier, and devoted alumnus—the dinner honors some of the College's more contemporary supporters. The Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Larry Simon ('65), co-founder, vice chairman, and former president and chief executive officer of Ivy Asset Management. He was selected for his remarkable business acumen, his achievements, and his unfailing support of Baruch and its students. Larry Simon exemplifies the kind of intelligence, talent, and drive that characterize successful Baruch College alumni. The Baruch Medal for Business and Civic Leadership celebrated the partnership between Abbott Laboratories and Baruch College and honored the architect of that partnership, Richard Corbin, controller for corporate administration at Abbott Labs. With a corporate objective of embracing diversity, Abbott Labs singled out Baruch College 10 years ago as a source for educated, savvy, and ethnically diverse employees. Corbin and his company have valued Baruch students and created opportunities for them to succeed.
The honorees and President Waldron (center) surrounded by current Baruch students, including the presidents of the Undergraduate Student Government, the Investment Banking Club, and the Bio-Med Society.
Honoree Rich Corbin with his wife, Monica.Honoree Larry Simon ('65) with his wife, Sandy.
Baruch College Fund Trustee Martin V. Alonzo ('52, MBA '71) (back row, center) was joined at his table by Baruch's Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Ben Corpus (back row, right) and six current Baruch students.
Former Honoree Marvin Schwartz ('62, LHD [Hon.] '02) (left) and Larry Zicklin ('57, LHD [Hon.] '99), president of The Baruch College Fund and one of the hosts of the evening.
President Kathleen Waldron (left) and U.S. Ambassador Shirley E. Barnes ('59). Barnes was U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar from 1998 to 2001.
Photos by Phil Gallo