Issue 249: New Year 2014

In This Issue


Big Gift: Leonard Lauder

Giving the gift of art.

Five Questions: Aaron Feuer

Using a little data to make big changes in schools.

First Person: Israel Schachter

Making charity auctions more “social.”


The Lifestyles 360°

The accumulated wealth represented in the following pages shows that, as markets fluctuate and the global economy rises and falls, one thing is certain: Charitable giving continues to be a top priority for many of the most fortunate.


Cover Profile

Debra Black

By Menachem Kaiser

Underfunded and virtually ignored, melanoma research became Debra Black’s top priority.

Bill Zanker

By Nancy A. Ruhling

If life’s a classroom, then Bill Zanker’s pulling straight A’s.

Deborah Simon

By Kimberly Greene

Deborah Simon is using shopping malls to help kids hang on, not hang out.

Sandra Smeltzer

By Amy Soberano

Sandra Smeltzer has the best job in the world.

Jordan Kassalow

By Darren Gluckman

Jordan Kassalow believes what he can’t even see.

Jeffrey Sachs

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Working non-stop, Jeffrey Sachs’s only patient is the world.


  • Scholar-Statesman Award Dinner
  • Ambassadors for Humanity Gala
  • Partners for Democracy Awards Dinner
  • Angel Ball
  • The Blue Card Benefit
  • Lighthouse Grunwald Award Luncheon
  • Pencils of Promise Gala
  • The Carmelo Anthony Foundation Dinner
  • UJA-Federation of New York Campaign Kickoff Lands $46 Million
  • LACMA Art + Film Gala
  • Louis Vuitton Debuts Artwork at Bloor Maison

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