Rebuilding Our Foundations

Tenement Museum Gala | May 2023

This year’s Gala revisited the Museum’s founding in 1988, celebrated the addition of a new apartment exhibit that will tell the story of a Black tenement family, and highlighted the once-in-a-lifetime preservation of our historic landmark tenement.

All were invited to an evening of festivities welcoming everyone back to 97 Orchard Street, with two different ways to be a part of our biggest fundraising event of the year.

Whether you joined us through our livestream program or joined us at our in-person celebration at City Winery, we’re grateful for your support.

Special Gala Program
Rebuilding Our Foundations

In case you missed it, watch this year’s livestream Gala program, Rebuilding Our Foundations — broadcasted from City Winery!

Revisit the Museum at its founding in 1988, explore its evolution in the years since, see the progress on our 97 Orchard Street preservation project, and learn more about our upcoming new apartment exhibit!

Featuring exclusive shorts, a live conversation with Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, remarks from Tenement Museum Co-Founder Anita Jacobson, and more, Rebuilding Our Foundations explores the very beginnings of the Museum, the people who continue to help us evolve and grow, and the historic building at the center of it all.

Behind the Gala

Check out some special bonus content related to our Gala program featuring Gala Honorees Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and Tenement Museum Co-Founder Anita Jacobson.

Meet our Gala Honorees

Lonnie G. Bunch III

Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian and the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture…

Anita Jacobson

Tenement Museum Co-founder, Curator, Artist

Anita Jacobson has a long-ranging background in the fields of art and historic preservation. As the Museum’s first curator, she discovered and cataloged hundreds of artifacts…

Gary Handel

President, Handel Architects and Tenement Museum Trustee

Gary Handel is the founder and Managing Partner of Handel Architects who has made significant pro bono contributions to local urbanism, including supporting non-profits and community-serving organizations…

Scott Metzner

President, The Janus Property Company and Tenement Museum Trustee

Scott Metzner founded Janus in 1989 and since then has been deeply involved as a developer in Harlem’s public policy and community development goals…

Evan Wagowski

Partner, Greenberg Trager & Herbst, LLP and Tenement Museum Trustee

Evan Wagowski advises property owners and developers on a broad range of design, construction and development matters across the country…

Gala Co-Chairs

Merryl Snow Zegar

Executive Director, Zegar Family Foundation

Tenement Museum Trustee

Michele Mirman

Senior Partner, Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C.

Tenement Museum Trustee

Gala Host Committee

Ahsia and Mohammed Badi

Kathy and Andy Berkman

Tom Dye and Candace Baseden

Alice and Bruce Geismar

Suk Han and Andrea Vittorelli

Gary and Kathleen Handel

Anita and Bob Jacobson

Phil Kleweno and Alain Verscheure

Helene Liss

Suzette Brooks Masters and Seth Masters

Julie and Bruce Menin

Scott Metzner and Judy Gallent

Michele Mirman and Joseph Sprung

Ron Moelis and Kerry Sperling

Nancy and Stuart Nachmias

Sandra Panem and Dale Jenkins

Eleanor Pelta

Jill Totenberg and Brian Foreman

Evan and Shara Wagowski

Christopher P. Willcox

Alice Yurke and Robert H. Davis

Merryl Snow Zegar and Charles Zegar

American Express


Con Edison

Handel Architects