Annual Gala

What a fantastic night! On Thursday, May 23rd, The Tenement Museum hosted its 2019 Gala and the evening was a resounding success, raising over $1 million for Museum projects and causes.

The 36th floor of the Mandarin Oriental was buzzing with people as over 400 people – a mix of guests, honorees (Henry Louis Gates Jr., Vartan Gregorian, and Stephen B. Siegel) and Museum staff- sipped on cocktails, nibbled on foods from Lower East Side vendors and mingled together in a ballroom offering stunning views of Central Park and midtown Manhattan.



Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

University Professor, Filmmaker, Public Intellectual

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-four books and created twenty documentary films and Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series now in its fifth season on PBS.

Vartan Gregorian

President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Vartan Gregorian has served as president of Carnegie Corporation of New York since 1997. The Corporation is a philanthropic institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Founder’s Award


Stephen B. Siegel

Chairman, Global Brokerage, CBRE

In his role at CBRE, Stephen Siegel advises major corporations and property owners on a broad range of real estate strategies. Renowned for his philanthropy, Mr. Siegel has been called by The Wall Street Journal “the most generous person in the industry.”



Nina Totenberg

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent

Nina Totenberg is NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Ticketing Information

You can purchase tickets online or download our ticketing form here:

Gala Supporters


Event Chairs

Merryl Snow Zegar
Paul Massey


Gerald and Lisa Donini
Gary and Kathleen Handel
Phil Kleweno and Alain Verscheure
Scott Metzner and Judy Gallent
Michele Mirman
Ron Moelis and Kerry Sperling
Cindy and Thomas Secunda
Tatiana and Igor Segal
Elaine and Alan Weiler
Merryl Snow Zegar and Charles Zegar

Host Committee

Ahsia and Mohammed Badi
Kathy and Andrew Berkman
Mark Costello
Thomas Donofrio and Sara Langbert
Judy and David Fleischer
Alice and Bruce Geismar
Dan and Ellen Kramer
Helene Liss
Paul and Gretchen Massey
Julie and Bruce Menin
Judy and David Fleischer
Ray and Chong Ok O’Keefe
Eleanor Pelta
Shimon Shkury and Ruby Gelman
Stephen B. Siegel
Jill Totenberg and Brian Foreman
Christopher P Willcox
Alice Yurke and Robert H. Davis

Corporate Sponsors

American Express
Ariel Property Advisors
B6 Real Estate Advisors
Carnegie Corporation of New York
CBRE NY Consulting & Agency Groups
Delancey Street Associates
Ernst & Young
Geller & Company
Handel Architects
International Integrated Solutions
IDB Bank
Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Taste of the Lower East Side Participants

Essex Pearl
Grey Lady
Nom Wah
Pickle Guys
Russ & Daughters

2018 Tenement Museum Gala Recap

What a night! The Tenement Museum’s 2018 Gala exceeded expectations, celebrating 30 years of the Tenement Museum and raising close to $1 million, which will be used to support the Museum’s ambitious new strategic direction.