Bernard Baruch Dinner Raises Significant Funds for the College

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The honorees and President Waldron surrounded by current Baruch students, including the presidents of undergraduate student government, the Investment Banking Club, and the Bio-Med Society.

New York, NY May 9, 2007--The elegant Cipriani 42nd Street was the site of this year’s annual Bernard Baruch Dinner, the 18th in the history of Baruch College. The dinner, which attracted 500 guests, raised a record-setting $1.2 million. Besides 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 contemporary supporters.

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Former honoree Marvin Schwartz and Larry Zicklin ('57, LHD [Hon.] '99), president, The Baruch College Fund, and one of the hosts of the evening.

Larry Zicklin (’57, LHD [Hon.] ’99), the president of The Baruch College Fund, opened the program with greetings, followed by remarks from President Kathleen Waldron.

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Honoree Larry Simon ('65) with his wife, Sandy.

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 characterizes successful Baruch College alums.  Max W. Berger (’68), last year’s Distinguished Alumnus honoree and a Trustee of The Baruch College Fund, made introductory remarks before Mr. Simon addressed the attendees.

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Honoree Rich Corbin with his wife, Monica.

The Baruch Medal for Business and Civic Leadership celebrated the amazing 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 diverse employees. Richard Corbin and his company have valued our students and created opportunities for them to succeed. Dick Merians (’55), chairman of Baruch’s Executives On Campus program, offered introductory remarks before Mr. Corbin spoke to the crowd.

Diana Peters (’09) spoke on behalf of the current students of Baruch and said, “It’s a great inspiration to see some of Baruch’s alumni like me.  You once were a student and now you’re really successful, proof that the American dream works and that this is a place where dreams come true.” A number of students were guests of the College, including Maria Scognamiglio, chair of the CUNY-American Cancer Society Relay for Life; Adrienne Rayski, editor of The Ticker; and Mohammed Wann, founder of the Investment Banking Club.

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Baruch College Fund Trustee Martin Alonzo ('52, MBA '71) (back row, center) 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.

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President Waldron and U.S. Ambassador Shirley E. Barnes ('59). Barnes was U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar from 1998 to 2001.

All photos by Phil Gallo.

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