Monday, November 4, 2013

Ackerman Celebrates 7th Annual Moving Families Forward Gala
On October 21st, The Ackerman Institute for the Family celebrated its rich history, life’s most important lessons, and a stunning new space in the Flatiron District at its Annual Moving Families Forward Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  

l-r, Martha Fling, Joseph Williams, Jeannie Ackerman Curhan,
Colin Farrell, Natalie Morales, Lois Braverman, Chris Spano, Valerie Spano
“We have much to celebrate tonight!” declared Lois Braverman, President and CEO
of the Ackerman Institute, ebulliently, “Our new, state-of-the-art facility in the
Flatiron District…it is a wonderful new home for Ackerman where we will continue
our mission to provide outstanding treatment to families, develop cutting edge
clinical research, and train the next generation of family therapists. We
celebrate our extraordinary faculty – who have been on the cutting edge of
treatment for our most troubling mental health and family issues for more than 50

With almost 300 guests, the evening was an astounding success.  Among our guests were members of our board of directors, our colleagues, their families and their friends. The brilliant night was hosted by Natalie Morales, news anchor of NBC News’ TODAY for the third year in a row. C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, presided over our live auction, while the John Pizzarelli Quartet set the mood with its creative, hip signature jazz sound.
C. Hugh Hildesley

Each year, we dedicate an evening to benefit, celebrate and highlight the vital services and ongoing programs the Ackerman Institute offers to countless children and families. This year marked a very important milestone for us—a move from our traditional brownstone home on the Upper East Side to a modern, state-of-the-art facility in the Flatiron District designed by exceptional architect and board member, Arnold Syrop.

Alice Netter and Martha Fling served as the evening’s co-chairs for the second year and stamped the evening with their special imprint.
Alice Netter & Martha Fling, co-chairs
Several members of the press, celebrities, and major media outlets took an outstanding interest in our event this year: Above, l-r, Tamsen Fadal, Emmy-winning News Anchor for WPIX 11, photojournalist, Javier Gomez, and Project Runway model, entrepreneur, and activist Camilla Barungi.  Others included, Lori Sokol of the Huffington Post, Lois Zenkel (photographer), CBS News, NY Social Diary, GQ, Getty Images, and NY Social Status.  
Tamsen Fadal, Javier Gomez, Camilla Barungi

Board Chair, John R. O’Neill, presented the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award to Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, longtime board member and daughter of founder, Dr. Nathan W. Ackerman, for her steadfast, tireless and distinguished support of the Institute.  Read more about the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award….
Jeannie Ackerman Curhan & John O'Neill

Alice Netter, a committed board member for the past 27 years and honorary co-chair,
presented the Ackerman Corporate Partners Award  to Christopher J. Spano. As the President of CJS Builders, Chris played a pivotal role in the development of the state-of-the-art Ackerman space.  Read more about the Ackerman Corporate Partners Award….

Alice Netter & Chris Spano

Martha Fling presented The inaugural Moving Families Forward Award to actor Colin Farrell, for his efforts shining a light on what it means to be the parent of a child with special needs. The Ackerman Institute also named a one-year scholarship for family therapy to a family with a special needs child in Colin’s name. Read more about the inaugural Moving Families Forward Award...

Martha Fling & Colin Farrell
We are so grateful to our family of friends and supporters for coming together to celebrate the work of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Our 2013 Moving Families Forward Gala was an enormous amount of fun and an outstanding success! We look forward to seeing everyone next year! 


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