Baruch College Honors Women Leaders in Real Estate at 21st Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner

Event on April 27 Will Benefit Baruch College Fund

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(New York, NY, March 31, 2010) Baruch College will welcome friends, colleagues, alumni and honorees to its 21st annual Bernard Baruch Dinner on April 27 at Cipriani 42nd Street to benefit the Baruch College Fund. The College, a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, was named for its benefactor, Bernard Baruch—financier, statesman and advisor to presidents.

This year, for the first time in the College’s history, all of the evening’s honorees are women—Suzanne Sunshine, President, S. Sunshine & Associates; Louise M. Sunshine; CEO, Domineum Global Real Estate Solutions; Dolly Lenz, Vice Chairman, Prudential Douglas Elliman; Doris W. Koo, President & CEO, Enterprise Community Partners; and Sylvia J. Smith, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE.

All five honorees are also prominent leaders in New York City’s real estate industry. The Trustees of the Baruch College Fund chose this year’s honorees for their outstanding success in business and commitment to their communities. Four of the honorees will receive the Bernard Baruch Medal for Business and Civic Leadership. The fifth honoree, Dolly Lenz, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The College will also pay homage to the women of the class of 1940. These women, who had to meet more stringent academic requirements than their male counterparts, were the first class of female students admitted to Baruch after a 1933 ban on female students was lifted in 1936. They paved the way for generations of women who followed them, including the five honorees that will be recognized this year.

Appropriately, for an evening celebrating female achievement, Donna Shalala—President of the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services—will serve as a presenter.

“It is fully in keeping with the mission of Baruch College that we use the occasion of the Bernard Baruch Dinner to honor these exceptional women: our five honorees, trailblazers in New York’s real estate industry, and the women who graduated from the College in 1940, pioneers in the quest for equal opportunity,” said President Stan Altman. “The mission of Baruch College is to level the playing field, to ensure that anyone with ambition and ability and the determination to succeed gets the chance to do so—and it is as true today as it was in 1940.”

President Altman also praised the College’s many supporters, saying “Even in these challenging economic times, Baruch College donors have enabled us to reach more than two-thirds of our fundraising goal for the Baruch Means Business: Reaching New Heights of Excellence campaign just one year after it was announced.”

This year’s Bernard Baruch Dinner caps a year full of recognition for the College. Baruch College was identified by the Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Forbes as being among the best colleges in the nation and Entrepreneur magazine ranked Baruch College #9 in its list of the country’s 25 most entrepreneurial colleges and universities.

For more information about Baruch College’s fundraising campaign, please visit: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/campaign/index.htm.

About the Baruch College Fund:

The Baruch College Fund was founded in 1970 as a nonprofit organization the purpose of which is to promote the educational welfare of the students of Baruch College. Gifts to The Baruch College Fund bridge the gap between the actual cost of educating students and the funds provided by tuition and by New York State. The Baruch College Fund helps the school to recruit and retain outstanding faculty; promote new and ongoing research; support scholarship, career placement services, improved facilities and technology; and create new academic initiatives and programs.


CONTACT: Jennifer Pauly;
                646-660-6129;
                Jennifer.pauly@baruch.cuny.edu

                Zane Berzins
                646-660-6113;
                Zane.Berzins@baruch.cuny.edu