NEW YORK, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New-York Historical Society will present Chelsea Clinton with the History Makers Medal on Tuesday, May 8, as it holds its annual Strawberry Festival benefit luncheon. The event, celebrating women in philanthropy, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street.
Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes News Correspondent, will make special introductory remarks and Dolley Madison biographer Catherine Allgor will make keynote remarks in commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Ms. Clinton joins a list of outstanding women who have been honored at the Strawberry Festival. Past recipients of the distinguished service award include Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Lesley Stahl, Christine Quinn and Wendy Wasserstein.
Chelsea Clinton has worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital and studied at Stanford, Oxford and Columbia universities. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford, working at New York University and working with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. Her recent professional and academic work, including her publications, has focused on questions of how to improve access around the world to relatively low-cost, high-quality health care services for both acute and chronic needs, and on more holistic questions of empowerment and equal rights (in areas including health and the arts), particularly with concern to children. Chelsea Clinton currently serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She and her husband Marc live in New York City.
The first recorded gathering of the New-York Historical Society's Strawberry Festival was on June 15, 1856, in Washington Square Park, where guests enjoyed a stimulating lecture and a strawberry feast. Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival support the major exhibitions and education programs of the New-York Historical Society. Strawberry Festival tickets range from $500 for a Friend ticket to $25,000 for luncheon Co-Chairs, which includes seating for ten guests at the "History Maker" table. For tickets or more information, please call Barbi Zakin at 212-744-0799 or e-mail [email protected]. Media RSVP is required.
SOURCE New-York Historical Society