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October 2017 - NAE President C.D. Mote, Jr. and his wife Patsy hosted an intimate dinner to celebrate the NAE’s most generous members and friends at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). The NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. It was a fitting location for the dinner since the NAE is pursuing programs like EngineerGirl, the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, and others with the goal of preparing and enabling underrepresented groups to pursue careers in S.T.E.M. related fields and tackle Grand Challenge like issues.
This year Jim (’07) and Marci Truchard were welcomed as new Einstein Society members and presented with their statuette as a token of the NAE’s gratitude for their generous support. In addition, 4 new couples and members were welcomed into the Golden Bridge Society, including, Rob (’14) and Lenore Briskman, Diana and Michael (’03) King, Julia Phillips (’04) and her husband John Connor, and Buddy Ratner (’02) and his wife Cheryl Cromer. We were also joined by 9 members of our Loyalty Society, including, Tina Bueche, Virginia Bugliarello, Bob Loewy (‘71), Venky (’92) and Jaya Narayanamurti, Maxine Savitz (’92), Stan (’91) and Evelyn Settles, and Mavis White. The Loyalty Society recognizes those members and friends of the Academy that have given consistently for 20 years.
The night closed with Dr. Mote highlighting the tremendous success of the third Global Grand Challenges Summit held in Washington, DC, and how important philanthropy will be to the future success of the NAE in addressing Global Challenge issues. Thank you to all of our members for your generous support, and thank you especially to those who are members of our giving societies.
October 2015 - NAE President C.D. Mote, Jr. and his wife Patsy hosted an intimate dinner to celebrate the NAE’s most generous members and friends at the Organization of American States (OAS), a historic building just a few blocks away from the NAS building. This building serves as the headquarters of one of the world’s oldest regional organization, an association of nations formed by 35 countries from North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean. The history and the significance of the OAS is what inspired our South American themed dinner. The Elegant Hall of the America’s where dinner was held, is also where heads of state, including Pope John Paul II, have addressed the OAS and where the historic Panama Canal treaties were signed in 1977. To compliment this year’s theme, we also recruited two dancers who performed the Argentine Tango.
This year seven new members were welcomed into the Golden Bridge Society including, Alton (’03) and Julie Romig who were present at the dinner. Other new GBS members not in attendance include, Harry (’90) and Rosemary Conger, Evelyn Hu (’02) and David Clarke (’99), James Mikulski (’97), Ronald Schmidt (’94), and Elias Zerhouni (’13). Michael (’03) and Diana King were bestowed with the Heritage Society Medal.In addition, three new Einstein Society statuettes were presented as a token of NAE’s gratitude to Gordon England (’12), Robert (’89) and Marilyn Forney, and Ming (’15) and Eva Hsieh. Unfortunately, Bob and Marilyn Forney could not attend the dinner, so their granddaughter Anne Forney and her husband David Colman accepted the Einstein on their behalf.
The night ended with Dr. Mote announcing “The Ming and Eva Hsieh Challenge.” Newly inducted member Ming and his wife Eva have agreed to fund a quarter of a million dollar “giving challenge” to inspire and encourage others to increase their support of the NAE in 2015. The Hsieh’s own gift will provide resources to programs aligned with the new NAE Strategic Plan. Gifts or pledges from donors must be received by December 31, 2015 to be eligible for a match.