Monday, October 20, 2014

Tamsen Fadal hosts 'Moving Families Forward Gala benefiting Ackerman Institute for the Family' in NYC at Waldorf~Astoria

"Raising a child with special needs puts the family in a category all of its own … The child’s needs become a powerful organizing force within the family and at the same time create intense challenges and strong emotions affecting family life and relationships ... Colin Farrell’s work with the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome reflects his deep understanding about the many challenges that families with special needs children face."
~~ Lois Braverman, LCSW , President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Quoted during the Moving Families Forward Gala 2013. This post will be updated with the 2014 event soon. Bookmark this post and visit frequently.

Photo above left of Lois Braverman, President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Photo right pictured L-R Host Tamsen Fadal & Honorees Andrew Solomon, and Linda Dishy​.

Photos courtesy of and James Grant PR.

On Monday, October 20, 2014, philanthropists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and TV personalities gathered for the eighth annual "Moving Families Forward Gala benefiting The Ackerman Institute for the Family." Tamsen Fadal, four-time Emmy-winning Pix 11 News Anchor hosted the Gala.

Besides Waldorf~Astoria signature dinner and Awards Ceremony the event featured a Silent Auction hosted by C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s and entertainment by renowned house band of the Carlyle Hotel, The Gillespie Quartet.

Photo below left of Moving Families Forward Gala 2014 information scanned from Web site.

The Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health.

Moving Families Forward Gala Benefiting the Ackerman Institute for the Family 2014 Honorees:

      ♦ Andrew Solomon, Author, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity; Ackerman Partner Award. After years of interviews with families and their special children, the book focuses on how families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and differences.

      ♦ Linda Dishy, Ackerman Board Member; Ackerman Distinguished Service Award. Linda Dishy joined the Ackerman Board of Trustees in 2000 and became Vice Chair of the Board in June 2008. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. She was honored for her decades of dedication in family therapy.

Attendees and Special Guests:
■Lois Braverman - President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family.
■Martha Fling - Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chair.
■Alice Netter - Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chair.
■C. Hugh Hildesley - Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s, and Host of the Moving Families Forward Gala Auction.
■The Chris Gillespie Quartet - renowned house band of the Carlyle Hotel.

VIP Guests:
■ Scott Stanford​ – ​Lead Sports Anchor, PIX 11 News & Host WWE​.
■ Tim Morehouse – Olympic Medal winning Fencer and Founder of Fencing in the Schools.
■ Rachael Kun Morehouse – Five time Emmy winning Producer, 60 Minutes.
■ Camilla Barungi – Model, Entrepreneur and Activist of Project Runway fame.
■ Javier Gomez - Noted Fine Art Photographer & Host.
■ Cheryl Wills – Award winning Anchor & Author, NY1 News Television.
■ Marie C. Wilson - Co-founder of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Founder & President Emerita The White House Project & Ms. Foundation for Women.
■ John Muller, Emmy winning Anchor, PIX 11 News
■ Mr. G, Four Time Emmy winning Weathercaster, PIX 11 News
■ Rich Graziano, General Manager, WPIX Television

The event, held at NYC's spectacular Waldorf Astoria, is the most luxurious and prestigious art deco landmark in NYC.

The Waldorf Astoria is recognized as a “Historic Hotel of America” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is also the first hotel to offer room service.

Photos above left, exterior Waldorf Astoria and below right crystal chandelier adorns the dining ballroom by Gloria Buono-Daly.

Photo below left of Ackerman's new downtown location, 936 Broadway, New York, NY taken from Ackerman News Blogspot.
Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges.

One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.

Here are event photos from the 2013 Moving Families Forward Gala on the Facebook photo album. Please share and visit frequently.

This article will also be updated regularly with 2014 photos and other related information including the "See What You Missed" video. Please visit frequently and subscribe to our RSS feed. Thanks.

Stay tuned for the exciting “See What You Missed” video of the event which will include special interviews from the President of Ackerman Family Institute as well as honorees and host.

Additional resources:

ABOUT ACKERMAN INSTITUTE: The Ackerman Institute for the Family is a training institute for family and couple therapy. The Institute was founded in 1960, in New York City, by Nathan Ackerman, who became its first president and from whom the Institute derives its name. It is located at 936 Broadway, New York City.

Ackerman Institute's mission is to provide:
• Couple and family therapy services through its on-site Clinic (licensed by the State of New York Office of Mental Health).
• Training programs for mental health and other professionals on-site, in community settings and internationally.
• Research initiatives that focus on the development of new treatment models and training techniques.

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