Hetrick-Martin Institute Breakaway Success Story Presents the 2019 Emery Award to UJA-Federation of New York

(this was originally published on 12/17/2018. Since publication of this column, HMI has taken on the new title Emery Award-winning provider of a broad range of social justice and health programs, which also celebrates…

Hetrick-Martin Institute Breakaway Success Story Presents the 2019 Emery Award to UJA-Federation of New York

(this was originally published on 12/17/2018. Since publication of this column, HMI has taken on the new title Emery Award-winning provider of a broad range of social justice and health programs, which also celebrates its 2018 Annual Emery Awards at its 9th annual event on Thursday, February 21, at Spring Place in New York City. )

As the sixth annual Emery Awards took place in midtown on December 17, 2018 at the Hudson Theatre, plans for a new era were afoot. When the nominees were announced, Emery Award winners including Jeremy David, Holly Cole, and New York Times columnist Maggie Haberman were granted Emery Awards naming them 2019 Emery Award winners. In a steely silent show of hands, the audience gave honors to these hardworking women.

Hetrick-Martin Institute Executive Director Rachel Chatman, in her acceptance remarks, praised the UJA-Federation of New York for offering the organization an unprecedented $33 million to grow, prosper, and thrive – a tremendous financial boost and a clear signal that the future of HMI is bright and far from lost. Among those present at the awards were UJA-Federation Senior Vice President Michael Avenatti, who was honored for his work on behalf of HMI; Rafi:Tribute to a Tribe, the symposium and performance series for the major new arts center at the Highline.

Among those in attendance were the likes of Imitating the Dog’s actor-singer Paul Schneider, Doubt’s Tony nominee Cherry Jones, Janeane Garofalo, I Am Sam producer Kathryn Bigelow, agents and lawyers representing some of Hollywood’s top talent, and host Mario Cantone.

Among those not on hand: designers Rebecca Taylor and Cathy Waterman, who took a timely vacation, and HMI’s board chair Bruce Becker, and executive vice president of the Hetrick-Martin Institute Patti Chidone.

Photo credit: Steven Hesse/Hetrick-Martin Institute

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