Award Ceremony Monday, April 23, 2012 | 7 PM

Medal of Excellence Gala

Honoring Bill Cunningham

The Waldorf=Astoria
Carnegie Hall honors Bill Cunningham for his extraordinary devotion to chronicling fashion for nearly 50 years, as well as inspiring philanthropy and recognizing the important place that arts, culture, and non-profit causes hold in the life of New York City.

This tribute supports the music education and community programs of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.


  • Vittorio Grigolo, Tenor
  • DJ Cassidy

Gala Details

Gala Leadership

 Honorary Gala Chairs

Joan and Sanford I. Weill  


Gala Chairs  

Annette and Oscar de la Renta  

Sarah Jessica Parker  


Gala Co-Chairs  

Mercedes T. Bass  

Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller  

Tina and Terry J. Lundgren  

Elizabeth and Henry T. Segerstrom




7 PM  
Cocktail Reception
Rotunda at Park Avenue Entrance
7:45 PM  
Dinner and Ceremony / Entertainment
Featuring Vittorio Grigolo
Empire Ballroom
9 PM  
Junior Committee After-Dinner Dancing
Featuring DJ Cassidy
Vanderbilt Ballroom

Location: The Waldorf=Astoria  

Black Tie


Gala Benefit Tickets

Gala Dinner Tables (10 seats each) are $50,000, $25,000, or $15,000.

Individual Gala tickets are $2,500 or $1,500.

After Party -Only tickets are $250.

All gala tickets include a partially tax-deductible donation. There is no tax-deductible amount for after party-only tickets.


Ticket availability is limited. For further information please contact the Gala Office at 212-903-9679.


Gala Lead Sponsor:
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