NEW YORK — He ranks with the outstanding immigrants of America who have risen to great heights in designing the intellectual landscape of this country. Especially noteworthy is his special commitment to the arts, education and humanity through philanthropy.
On Monday evening, June 10, former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented Dr. Vartan Gregorian with the coveted Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence for his many accomplishments and his inspiring story. The event commemorated both New York City’s festival of migration as well as the 100th anniversary of the passing of another legendary immigrant, Andrew Carnegie.
More than 230 people braved all-day thunderstorms to attend this gala presentation at the elegant Grand Ballroom of New York’s Plaza Hotel. This extraordinary event raised $1.9 million for Carnegie Hall’s program of music education and social impact projects.
Every year more than 600,000 students, teachers and individuals are served through these programs every year.
Among the prominent guests present were top officials of Carnegie Hall, the Carnegie Corporation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Starr Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Stephen Kellen Foundation, as well as former New York Governor George Pataki, former New Jersey Governor Tom McKean, PBS television news anchor Judy Woodruff, and Caroline Kennedy.
Also, attending were several well-known Armenian dignitaries, including Armenia’s Ambassador to the United States Varuzhan Nersesyan, Ambassador to the United Nations Mher Margaryan, and Ambassador to the Vatican Garen Nazarian, as well as philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan, Noubar Afeyan, Aso Tavitian, Garo Armen, Edward Avedisian and Sarkis Jebejian.