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02.24.16

Laurie Tisch to be Honored with United Way NYC’s Award, The Power of Women to Make a Difference

Laurie Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, will be one of four honorees at this year’s United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council Award Luncheon. The Women’s Leadership Council’s annual luncheon honors the achievements of outstanding women leaders whose professional accomplishments are matched by their commitment to giving back to their community. This year’s event marks 10 years of impact made by exceptional women.

The event will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, March 9. Other honorees include: Monique L. Nelseon, CEO and Chairman of UniWorld Group, Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer of Macy’s, and Jennifer Warren, Managing Director & Head, U.S. Region, of CIBC.

For more information on the luncheon, please click here.


02.19.16

New Films Offer Unique Perspectives on Israel

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

In Search of Israeli Cuisine, directed by Roger Sherman, explores the vibrant and up-and-coming culinary scene in Israel, a country not typically known for its world-renowned cuisine. Throughout the film, Sherman discovers the surprisingly diverse and beautiful food traditions of Israeli people—Moroccan, Persian, Lebanese, French, Italian, and Russian—Jewish, Arab, Palestinian, Christian.

The film is being currently being screened at local film festivals, and will be released in theaters this summer. To view a list of screenings in your area, please click here.

Colliding Dreams

From award winning filmmakers Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky, Colliding Dreams delves into the intractable question of Zionism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Through interviews with Jews and Palestinians currently living in the Middle East, the film explores the history, thoughts, emotions, and ideas of the Jewish state, past and present.  Early reviews call is “Honest, searching, affectionate, respectful, critical” and “beautifully crafted; balanced incredibly informative.”

The film will premiere on March 4 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City. For more information, please click here.

Both films are funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund to support constructive expression, cultural exploration and communication.


01.28.16

First Cohort of Green City Force/NYCHA Urban Farm Fellows Graduates

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund congratulates Green City Force’s 10th Cohort – Urban Farm Corps for successfully completing their ten-month service on the Red Hook Farms. The Urban Corps members were officially recognized at a graduation ceremony held on Thursday, January 28th, at Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, located in the Pfizer building.

In attendance were NYCHA board members, Margarett Jolly, Director of Research & Development at Con Edison and Green City Force board member, and Dan Wiley, Community Coordinator for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who presented the graduates with Congressional Service Awards. Speakers at the ceremony included Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, Director of NYCHA’s Office of Public and Private Partnerships, David Buckel, Master Composter at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Rick Luftglass, Executive Director at the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

The program closed with remarks from Urban Farm Corps Member, Kevin Gonzalez, who was chosen as the graduation speaker for his team. Kevin touched on his background prior to Green City Force and the experiences and skills he acquired during his service term. He commended his fellow corps members on their team work while serving their community:

“A group of working young adults came together, a diffusion of cultures: West Indies, Puerto Rican, Panamanian and more, to an understanding of each other’s community and development. Us Harlem and Bronx guys went to the furthest parts of Brooklyn and Queens, and for what you may ask? To serve a community, not perform a menial task. We created the foundation on which public housing residents can cultivate and tend to the land for fresh and healthy alternatives. We went from apartment to apartment in these developments, informed and supplied residents with the means to more sustainable practices. We made a difference by serving our people!”

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is a core supporter of the city’s Building Healthy Communities initiative and NYCHA’s Urban Agriculture initiative


01.26.16

Hunter College Seeks Nominations for 6th Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize: 4/4 Deadline

Do you know an individual or organization doing outstanding public health work in the NYC region? Please nominate them!

Hunter College is seeking nominations for the 6th annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. This $10,000 award for distinguished accomplishment in urban public health will be presented to one individual and one nonprofit organization in spring 2016.  Submission of candidates will be accepted until April 4, 2016.

The selection committee includes prominent health policy experts drawn from Hunter faculty and the broader public health community. Nomination guidelines and forms as well as additional information can be found on Hunter College's Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute website.

Successful candidates will have pioneered creative approaches to tackle significant public health challenges and made valuable contributions to the health of New Yorkers. They will join a respected group of former recipients selected based on achievement, innovation and impact.  Past Joan H. Tisch Prize winners have included Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Turning Point for Women and Families, Independence Care System’s Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities, LegalHealth, Union Settlement Association, Ann-Marie Louison of CASES, Sandra Hagan of The Child Center of NY, Robert Cordero of CitiWide Harm Reduction, Mark Hannay of Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign, and Dr. Melony Samuels of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

The Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, a major, multidisciplinary initiative at Hunter College that addresses urban public health issues – from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, obesity, and diabetes to health disparities due to economic and environmental factors. The Project is funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund in honor of Laurie's mother, Joan.


12.08.15

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker Receives Preston Robert Tisch 2015 Award in Civic Leadership

On December 8th, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, received the Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership for his positive impact on the philanthropy community. Walker, a longtime foundation professional with extensive nonprofit experience, has been a tireless champion of urban renewal, first at Abyssinian Development Corporation, revitalizing Harlem; then at the Rockefeller Foundation, leading a post-Katrina recovery program in the south; and now at the Ford Foundation, leading a group of foundation leaders to invest in Detroit’s Grand Bargain.

Walker spoke at the award ceremony with Walter Isaacson, the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Their conversation touched upon one the most pressing issues affecting the nation, the region, and our city: inequality. Under Walker’s leadership, Ford announced that they would invest $1 billion over five years toward social justice organizations that reduce inequality. Isaacson commended this vision, noting that this would make great ripple effects. Walker explained,

“Our deciding factor to focus on inequality is in some ways a result of our focus on our mission and vision. The job of a leader in part is to craft a vision that people are motivated by and people find coherent. The vision of the Ford Foundation is a more just and fair and peaceful world. I believe that greatest threat to that vision is inequality.”

The event took place at the MoMA, and is an annual Aspen Institute Award in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.


09.10.15

Nicholas Kristof featured in Aspen Institute’s Conversations with Great Leaders

Nicholas Kristof is a tireless champion of human rights having risked his life numerous times to write about the world’s atrocities at The New York Times since November 2001. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, first having won in 1991 with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a New York Times journalist, for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement; and second in 2006 for his coverage on the genocide in Darfur. In addition, he and DuWunn have written four best-selling books.

On September 10th, Kristof joined Hari Sreenivasan, anchor of PBS NewsHour, in a conversation to discuss his and WuDunn’s most recent book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity for the Aspen Institute’s Conversations with Great Leaders in honor of Preston Robert Tisch. Kristof emphasized that impact doesn’t always come from solving big problems, but from making a marginal difference for individuals. He also discussed reforming the way we give and the way we think about giving by highlighting the importance of researching a charitable organization and also thinking about volunteering and advocating as alternate ways of supporting a cause.

The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.


07.28.15

Pitkin Verde Farmers Market Grand Opening

Understanding the residents need for healthy fruits and vegetables, the Illumination Fund teamed up with the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center to open a new farmers market in Cypress Hills. The Pitkin Verde Farmers Market launched on July 28, 2015 at HHC East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center complete with cooking demonstrations, face painting, and African drum and dance performances by Young Audiences.

All of the partners spoke at the event, with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams providing the closing remarks.

The farmers market will be open every Tuesday through November 24, from 9 AM to 5 PM at HHC East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center. The market accepts various payment options such as SNAP, Health Bucks, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and Women, Infants and Children coupons.


07.21.15

AIM: 35 Years

On July 21st, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund held an opening reception for its current office gallery exhibit AIM: 35 Years curated by the Bronx Museum. The exhibit brings together a selection of artworks by AIM alums. The Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, now in its 35th year, provides professional development opportunities to emerging artists residing in the New York metropolitan area. The program consists of a 13-week seminar that addresses practical concerns, and cultivates networking opportunities. Every two years, AIM introduces the work of 72 artists to a greater audience via exhibition and catalogue. Participating artists are encouraged to build their networks through the program's collaborative structure.

At the opening, Holly Block, Executive Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts spoke of the museum’s mission to reflect the borough's dynamic communities, and provide a crossroad where artists, local residents, national and international visitors meet. Many of the AIM alums were in attendance among them was Thomas Bangsted. An AIM alum featured in the exhibit, he shared that the AIM program was a pivotal experience in his career and provided him with vital tools and knowledge.

In conjunction with AIM: 35 Years the Bronx Museum is exhibiting at its location, Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial. It is curated by Bronx-based artists Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and Laura Napier, Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial features the work of seventy-two emerging artists engaged in the AIM Program (classes of 2014 and 2015). This exhibit will be at the Bronx Museum until September 20, 2015.


06.17.15

Marcus Samuelsson featured in Aspen Institute’s Conversations with Great Leaders

With multiple restaurants around the world, bestselling cookbooks and a memoir, and as the youngest chef to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times, Marcus Samuelsson is a leader in the culinary world. His rise from an apprentice in Switzerland and France to becoming executive chef of Aquavit at the age of 24 and now owner of Red Rooster and Streetbird Rotisserie is a reflection of his hard work, leadership, and innovative vision. On June 17, Marcus took time out of his busy schedule to converse with Corby Kummer, senior editor and food writer at The Atlantic, for the Aspen Institute’s Leadership series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch. Samuelsson discussed his aspirations of opening his own restaurant as a young apprentice in Europe, and how the events of 9/11 encouraged him to become an entrepreneur and open his first restaurant in Harlem.

The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.


06.16.15

Joan Tisch Community Health Prize Ceremony Winners

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the fifth annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize, an award that honors not-for-profit organizations and individuals for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health. The recipients were honored on June 9th at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in an event hosted by Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab. 

This year’s award recipients are:

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, which works to eliminate health inequities, improve health status, and expand access to the medically underserved in New York City, with a focus on Asian Americans. Its Comprehensive Hepatitis B Program is widely recognized as a national model of outreach, prevention, and care that addresses major health disparities for the Asian American community—chronic Hepatitis B infection and associated liver disease. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up less than 5% of the total United States population, but account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic Hepatitis B.

Ann-Marie Louison, Co-Director of Adult Behavioral Health at CASES, which works to increase public safety through innovative services that reduce crime and incarceration, improve behavioral health, promote recovery and rehabilitation, and create opportunities for success in the community. Ms. Louison is a New York City leader working at the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice. She co-founded the Nathaniel Project, the first alternative-to-incarceration program in Manhattan Supreme Court for adults with severe mental illness convicted of felony offenses. Ms. Louison has developed and implemented innovative and effective interventions for a high-risk population that addresses both public health and public safety.

The awards were presented by President Raab, Laurie Tisch, and Tom Farley, former NYC Commissioner of Health and current Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College. The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is made possible with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; the Prize is a tribute to Joan H. Tisch in recognition of her humanitarian activism in health care and social services in New York City.