On October 21st, The Ackerman Institute for the Family celebrated its rich history, life’s most important lessons, and a stunning new space in the Flatiron District at its Annual Moving Families Forward Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
|l-r, Martha Fling, Joseph Williams, Jeannie Ackerman Curhan,
Colin Farrell, Natalie Morales, Lois Braverman, Chris Spano, Valerie Spano
of the Ackerman Institute, ebulliently, “Our new, state-of-the-art facility in the
Flatiron District…it is a wonderful new home for Ackerman where we will continue
our mission to provide outstanding treatment to families, develop cutting edge
clinical research, and train the next generation of family therapists. We
celebrate our extraordinary faculty – who have been on the cutting edge of
treatment for our most troubling mental health and family issues for more than 50
With almost 300 guests, the evening was an astounding success. Among our guests were members of our board of directors, our colleagues, their families and their friends. The brilliant night was hosted by Natalie Morales, news anchor of NBC News’ TODAY for the third year in a row. C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, presided over our live auction, while the John Pizzarelli Quartet set the mood with its creative, hip signature jazz sound.
|C. Hugh Hildesley|
|Alice Netter & Martha Fling, co-chairs|
|Tamsen Fadal, Javier Gomez, Camilla Barungi|
Board Chair, John R. O’Neill, presented the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award to Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, longtime board member and daughter of founder, Dr. Nathan W. Ackerman, for her steadfast, tireless and distinguished support of the Institute. Read more about the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award….
|Jeannie Ackerman Curhan & John O’Neill|
Alice Netter, a committed board member for the past 27 years and honorary co-chair,
presented the Ackerman Corporate Partners Award to Christopher J. Spano. As the President of CJS Builders, Chris played a pivotal role in the development of the state-of-the-art Ackerman space. Read more about the Ackerman Corporate Partners Award….
|Alice Netter & Chris Spano|
Martha Fling presented The inaugural Moving Families Forward Award to actor Colin Farrell, for his efforts shining a light on what it means to be the parent of a child with special needs. The Ackerman Institute also named a one-year scholarship for family therapy to a family with a special needs child in Colin’s name. Read more about the inaugural Moving Families Forward Award…
|Martha Fling & Colin Farrell|