May 2 – Civic Spirit Awards March 27th, 2012

The 2012 Civic Spirit Awards Dinner was held on May 2 at the New York Palace Hotel. We honored New York’s “Place Makers” – those who significantly impact our city structure, public spaces, arts and education.  The night began with a reception and silent auction and then moved on to a fabulous dinner and program.  Follow the link to view the invitation.  To view the evening’s program, click here.

New York Palace Hotel

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Reception at 6:30 pm;
Program & Dinner at 7:15 pm

New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Avenue

Marcy Syms and G. Angela Henry

Our Honorees:


Laurie Beckelman


Laurie Beckelman is a leading expert in the development of cultural and non-for-profit organizations and the field of landmarks preservation. Former Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1990 to 1994, Laurie also served as Director of the New Building Program for the Museum of Art & Design at Columbus Circle; Deputy Director for Special Projects for the Guggenheim Foundation; Vice President of the World Monuments Fund; and Executive Director of the Joseph Papp Public Theater. In 2005, she and James Capalino founded Beckelman+Capalino, a strategic advisory firm serving arts, cultural, educational and historic preservation clients.

John H. Alschuler, Jr. and Candace Damon

HR&A Advisors, Inc. is an integral part of some of the most complex mixed-use, neighborhood, downtown, campus, and regional development projects in the nation. New Yorkers can see the result of HR&A’s recent work at such landmark destinations as the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Times Square, and just across the Hudson River at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. HR&A Founder and Chairman John H. Alschuler, Jr. is Board Chair of Friends of the High Line.  He also led the award-winning development of the 4,500 acre Daniel Island for the Guggenheim Foundation, and was responsible for the planning and development of the Third Street Promenade as Santa Monica City Manager.  HR&A Vice-Chair Candace Damon has devoted her 25 year career to crafting sustainable urban redevelopment strategies for cities across North America. Among her achievements is the uniting of six independent nonprofit organizations in Brooklyn—the Botanic Gardens, Children’s Museum, Museum of Art, Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo—into the “Heart of Brooklyn”. John and Candace’s vision and leadership have reached far beyond the streets, tunnels and waterways of New York, enhancing urban landscapes and creating unique place-making nationwide.



Diana Vagelos

Diana Vagelos is an active trustee of Barnard College, Board member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and a former overseer of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Diana’s most recent contribution to imaginative place-making in New York City is The Diana Center at Barnard College, an architectural centrifuge of color and light that now serves as the campus center for the Barnard community and a cultural destination for visitors. Diana and her husband P. Roy Vagelos have made other significant contribu tions to campuses and institutions across the nation, including Barnard’s Alumnae Center and immigrant scholars program, as well as major scientific facilities and programs at the University of Pennsylvania. They are currently at the helm of creating a new medical and graduate education center at the Columbia University Medical Center. Diana and Roy have also been visionaries and major supporters of NJPAC from its inception, with Diana founding and leading programs expanding the artistic and educational reach of NJPAC within New Jersey and New York.

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  1. […] The 2012 Civic Spirit Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at the New York Palace Hotel. This year, we will be honoring New Yorks “Place Makers” – those who significantly impact our city structure, public spaces, arts and education. We will start the night with a reception and silent auction and then move on to a fabulous dinner and program. For more information click here. […]