2021 Spring Gala: Music of the '80s

When: Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 6:00pm
Spring Gala: Music of the '80s

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

6:00 pm  ●  Cocktails
6:30 pm  ●  Dinner & Gotham Icon Award Presentation
8:30 pm  ●  Special Performances

Gotham Icon Award Presentation

2021 Spring Gala Honorees: Kevin Liles & Cyndi Lauper

The evening will also feature a sneak peek of the Museum’s new blockbuster exhibition, New York, New Music: 1980-1986

To keep everyone safe, this year's gala is reimagined as an intimate, outdoor dinner for up to 150 gala and exhibition donors of $25,000+. The following week, we will present a virtual experience featuring the evening’s award presentation, musical performances, and an exclusive virtual tour of New York, New Music.

Note: This is an outdoor event, and in the case of rain, the event will be moved to June 10th.


Event Co-Chairs
Lucinda H. Bhavsar ● John R. Heller ● Naml Lewis ● Doris P. Meister ● William C. Vrattos

Diamond Record
James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller ● Heather and William Vrattos

Platinum Record
Lucinda and Avanish Bhavsar ● Goldman Sachs ● Doris P. Meister

Gold Record
Citi ● Robert Finger/Fogarty Finger Architecture ● Deban and Tom Flexner ● Elizabeth Graziolo ● Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe ● Stanford G. and Sandra T. Ladner/Butler Snow ● M&T Bank ● Ronay and Richard L. Menschel ● Tracey and Ken Pontarelli ● Mitchell S. Steir/Savills

Top 10
Leslie and Mark Godridge ● Budd and Jane Goldman ● Daryl Brown Uber and Bruce Uber ● Peter and Sophia Volandes

Top 100
Mary Ann and Bruno A. Quinson ● Arthur J. Rosner ● Stine Welhaven and Nathan Romano

Andrea Henderson Fahnestock and George A. Hambrecht ● Lorna B. Goodman

Music Enthusiast 
Kurt and Angelique Cellar Michael and Alexa Chae Sergio Galvis and Lee White Galvis John and Amy Jacobsson ● Stewart Manger  Jane B. and Ralph A. O'Connell  Claudia Overstrom Will and Alison Pappas Martha and Alex Wallau  Laura Whitman and Thomas Danziger



This annual spring event raises funds to support the Museum's mission of fostering understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis by celebrating, documenting, and interpreting the city’s past, present, and future.

Any contribution you can give makes possible so much good work, from content-rich exhibitions that celebrate and interpret the city, to field trips and out-of-school time programs offered by our Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center, to the stewardship of our extraordinary collections.

Spring Gala Sponsor Levels & Benefits

Please note that donor benefits are subject to change based on NYS & NYC COVID-19 guidelines.



The Gotham Icon Award celebrates individuals who have paved the way for the next generation in their respective industry. The inaugural Gotham Icon Award was presented to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in February 2020.

Past Gotham Icon Award Recipients
Sharene Wood ● James Wesley ● Seth Rudetsky ● Leah Scondotto ● Dr. Elizabeth Awerbuch ● Dr. Michelle Ng Gong ● Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez ● Owen D. Thomas ● Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


For more information, please contact: Jackie Zirman ● Director of Special Events ● 917.492.3414 ● jzirman@mcny.org

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