Join us, as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner
on June 12th, 2017 at the Tribeca Rooftop
This Year’s Honorees include:
Preet Bharara served as US Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2009-2017. In 2012, Mr. Bharara was featured on the cover of Time magazine for his office’s prosecutions of insider trading and other financial fraud on Wall Street. He took important steps to restore the public trust in US financial systems by prosecuting almost 100 individuals who prioritized personal gain over the public good and broke insider trading laws in doing so. Mr. Bharara brought to accountability some of the most powerful New York politicians from both political parties and investigations have helped re-establish confidence in government for all of New York’s diverse communities. In 2011, Mr. Bharara’s office mounted a coordinated effort against organized crime in Brooklyn, Newark, and Providence, Rhode Island that, according to the FBI, was the largest single-day operation against the Mafia in U.S. history. Finally, under his watch, hate crimes that target too many faith communities in New York were justly investigated and prosecuted. As someone from a Sikh and Hindu background in a family that also embraces Muslim and Jewish heritage, Mr. Bharara exemplifies the promise of an interfaith approach to public service and justice.
The Community of Sant’Egidio is a Roman Catholic religious order and worldwide movement of 60,000 lay people, based on prayer, solidarity, ecumenism, and dialogue. The Community was founded in 1968 after Vatican II and is known for its peacemaking and humanitarian service. Living out the Gospels’ message of love, peace and friendship with the poor, the Community of Sant’Egidio’s track two diplomacy efforts in the 1990s in Mozambique, Algeria and many other sites of conflict have been recognized internationally. The Community works with the homeless, HIV/AIDS survivors, and the mentally disabled in Europe and Central Africa and advocate against human trafficking. Beginning in 2016, the Community of Sant’Egidio, in collaboration with the Federation of Evangelical Churches, the Waldensians, the Methodist Churches and the Italian Government created humanitarian corridors helping over 700 Syrian refuges escape conflict and settle safely in Italy. The Community is an inspiring example of the importance of inter-religious dialogue as intrinsic to the pursuit of peace and love of neighbor.
Ann Rockefeller Roberts has devoted a lifetime to the rights and welfare of Native Americans, with a deep understanding of their traditions and worldviews and also of the immense challenges facing Indigenous peoples today. Founder and President of the Fund of the Four Directions, in Indian country she worked for the revitalization of the lifeways and cultures of Native Americans of North America with an emphasis on language restoration and intergenerational collaboration as well as social justice and sovereignty. She has strong, enduring ties with traditional Elders and gives focused support to their activities and concerns as well as to the development of grassroots Indigenous communities.
She was a founding Member of the National Museum of the American Indian and supported its establishment on the Mall.
She co-chaired the Annual Native American Thanksgiving Ceremony along with Chief Oren Lyons at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
She has been a devoted supporter of the American Indian Institute (AII) and continues to be a member of their Advisory Board.
She has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia and is the author of several books including Mr. Rockefeller’s Roads: The Untold Story of Acadia’s Carriage Roads and Their Creator. Ann Roberts has served on the boards of the National Museum of the American Indian, the Philanthropic Collaborative and the Ms. Foundation for Women and is a leader in women’s activism and an eloquent spokesperson for women’s spirituality.