Annual Benefit 2011 -Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration

On March 3, 2011 CIVITAS celebrated its 30th Anniversary Benefit at the historic Americas Society.  The August Heckscher Awards for Community Service was presented to two institutions who have made significant contributions to quality of life on the Upper East Side and in East Harlem:

Tony Bechara, Chair, and El Museo del Barrio: As the longtime chair, Tony has overseen the development of El Museo into a standout cultural institution in East Harlem and in New York City. El Museo strikes a balance in cultural programming for diverse ages in its surrounding community and avant-garde art installations.

Paul Buckhurst, Frank Fish and Georges Jacquemart and BFJ Planning: The land use planning and transportation consulting firm is well-respected for its work in New York City and around the world. CIVITAS has worked with principals of BFJ on studies and recommendations related to streetscape improvements to the 96th and 125th Street corridors and to the Second Avenue subway station entrances and mechanical structures.

Previous August Heckscher honorees Bruce Fowle, Founding Principal of FXFOWLE and Susan Henshaw Jones, Director of The Museum of the City of New York presented the 2011 awards.  Honorable Pete and Ainslie Grannis were the event’s honorary chairs.

Benefit Co-Chairs were David Beer, Janis Eltz, Jamie Gibbs, Jeanne McAnaney, Steven Narker, Genie Rice, and Sava Thomas.

Click here to view a video slideshow of CIVITAS friends, events, and accomplishments over the past 30 years.


New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito proclaimed March 3, 2011 CIVITAS Day in honor of CIVITAS’  “30 years of distinguished service to New Yorkers throughout the Upper East Side and El Barrio/East Harlem”

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Thanks to our small business supporters:

Apple Bank for Savings
The Benjamin Companies
Carnegie Hill Neighbors
Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects, PC
East Midtown Partnership
Fratelli Brick Oven Pizza
FXFOWLE Architects
Foa & Son Corporation
Gabriel Associates
HK Hotels
Holland Court Meat Market
Hope Community, Inc.
JDM Real Estate Company
K&D Wines & Spirits
Kings’ Carriage House
Kinsale Tavern
Kitchen Arts & Letters
Kurzman Karelsen & Frank
Lex Restaurant
M. Swenson Monogram
m2 Asset Management
Madison Avenue BID
Manhattan House
Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Museum of the City of New York
Ottomanelli Bros Market Basket
Paola’s Restaurant
Perkins Eastman
R.H. Bluestein & Company
S. Feldman Housewares
SpaHa Café El Barrio
Southampton Inn
Tamarind Authentic Indian Cuisine
Warburg Realty

Agata & Valentina
Corner Cafe & Bakery
D’Agostino Supermarkets
Eli’s Vinegar Factory
Glaser Bake Shop
Orwasher’s Bakery