Meet the Honorees

  • Judith Saltzman

    Judith Saltzman is a founding principal of Li/Saltzman Architects, an architectural firm committed to restoring and enriching the built environment. With more than 30 years of professional experience as an architect and preservationist, Ms. Saltzman’s career has been marked by a commitment to improving our civic life. Specializing in the preservation, restoration, and adaptive use of historic properties in the New York metropolitan region, her projects have ranged from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, whose mission focuses on the profound role immigration plays in shaping American identity, to restoring and adapting High Bridge, the oldest bridge in New York City, as a pedestrian and bicycle path linking parks in Manhattan and the Bronx. Judith is a long-standing member of the Municipal Art Society’s Preservation Committee.

    Judith has a strong connection to the arts, having extensive experience with performing arts venues in New York City, including working with the 42nd Street Development Project for two decades on the restoration and adaptive use of historic theaters in Times Square; preparation of a planning document for the redevelopment of Lincoln Center; and development of a feasibility study for the adaptive use of the Loew’s Kings Theater as an arts complex in Brooklyn. Ms. Saltzman’s public service work includes working with the Center Against Domestic Violence for over 30 years, assisting in creating and maintaining shelters for survivors of abuse. She has worked on the restoration of buildings for the Landmark Conservancy’s Historic Properties Fund, the Museum of the City of New York, City Center, Grand Central Terminal, the Henry Street Settlement, the Colony Club, The Hudson River Park Trust, and the West Point Foundry Preserve.

    Judith’s early career included working with the Corpus of Mosaics in Tunisia documenting the archaeological site of a Roman city, and serving as a consultant to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. She has participated in local and international symposia on architecture, historic preservation, and sustainable development. Ms. Saltzman’s projects have received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Municipal Art Society, the Victorian Society, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, among others. A native New Yorker, Judith attended Pratt Institute and Columbia University. She resides in Manhattan and summers in Lonelyville, Fire Island.

  • Mark Goldberg

    Mark Goldberg is President and CEO of MG & Company, which he founded in 2004. MG and Company has a deep resume in the hospitality industry and counts amongst their clients Claus Meyer, Tom Colicchio, Bobby Flay and Daniel Boulud. A native New Yorker, Mark began his career in 1983 working for the New York Land Company to oversee the mechanical and lobby renovations of the Crown Building on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. From 1985 – 1989 Mark worked for National Restaurants building chain restaurants in the NY market including Pizza Hut, El Torito, Houlihans and TGI Friday’s. Starting in 1989 and in the 15 years that followed Mark partnered with Rick Weisfeld to grow Bronx Builders, a construction company founded in 1915.

    Mark is a trustee at The Windward School, in Harrison, New York where he serves on the Real Estate and Buildings and Grounds committees. He is also a board member of Footsteps, an organization devoted to supporting young adults from ultra-orthodox communities who are seeking to explore the world outside of the communities in which they were raised. For a ten year period in the 80’s and early 90’s Mark served on the board of Goddard Riverside Community Center.

    Mark lives on the upper west side and has two sons, Nathan a freshman at SUNY Binghamton and Julian a sophomore at the Forman School in Litchfield Connecticut.

  • Jack Callahan

    For 20 years, J. Callahan Consulting Inc. has been a provider of code-compliance, zoning, and legal consulting to architects, attorneys, and developers in New York City and an expediter of municipal project approvals, including with the NYC Department of Buildings and other agencies. Jack’s experience in this peculiar and complex part of New York development, and with Judith Saltzman and Li/Saltzman Architects, goes back years further starting with her design of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

    Jack has been and continues to be part of the NYC Department of Buildings Code Development process, as a committee member for Fire Protection and for Administration of the 2008 and 2014 NYC Construction Codes.

    Jack resides in suburban Larchmont with his wife and two college-age children, where he has for years served as a member of the Village of Larchmont Zoning Variance Board and Board of Architectural Review. He also serves on the school board of the Charter School for Law and Social Justice, a school in its infancy located in University Heights in the Bronx.

    Jack earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stern School at NYU. His creative bent goes no further than occasionally executing his recipe for theatrical blood in large batches for local high school Shakespeare productions.

  • Christopher Buckley

    Owner of P&PFC,Inc., currently consulting on several design and construction projects including the American Dance Institute, Newport Opera House, Hudson Opera House, Gibney Dance Company, the Saint David’s School, Apollo Theater expansion and others.

    Recent projects include the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Historical Society, Rosie’s Broadway Kids, Park Ave Armory, Cedar Lake Ensemble Space, NY State Theater, and others.

    In addition to theatrical consulting projects, Mr. Buckley remains involved in selected theatrical productions, including the production management of this year’s US tours of Peter Brook’s “Battlefield” and Theatre de la Ville’s “Etat de Siege”. Past productions including Peter Brook’s ”Tierno Bokar” and “The Suit” , Theatre de la Ville, and Martha Clarke’s “Cheri”, M. Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen dance, and various projects for Lincoln Center Festival.

    Mr. Buckley spent 7 years at the New 42nd St, Inc. where as V.P. of Production and Construction he oversaw the New Victory and New 42nd St. Studios projects; prior to that he served as Production Manager at BAM and the Rosas Dance Company in Brussels, as well as project manager of the renovation of the BAM Majestic (Harvey) Theatre for Peter Brook’s ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Cherry Orchard’.

    He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Liz Sharp, and daughter Alison.


  • Purchase single tickets for $25 each or five tickets for $100 for the chance to win two exclusive prizes:

    Dinner for 8 at Chefs Club

    Chefs Club is a restaurant in New York City’s NoLiTa where guests can experience the spectacular signature dishes of chefs from around the country and the world, paired with fabulous wines. Value: $1,000

    3 Mixed Cases of Wine Hand-Selected by James Beard Award-Winning Sommelier Daniel Johnnes

    Burgundy is one of the world’s great wine regions and boasts an impressive diversity of wines. The whites range from Chablis’ lean, mineral expression of the Chardonnay grape to the richer, yet still balanced wines of the Côte de Beaune and Mâcon, while red wine lovers can enjoy the exuberantly juicy gamays of Beaujolais and the cool, elegant Pinot Noirs of the Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Nuits.

    This is a mixed lot of 36 different Burgundy wines. Two highlights include:

    Yohan Lardy, Moulin-à-Vent “Les Michelons” 2014 – one of the more structured of Beaujolais’ Crus (viticultural areas singled out for their unique expressions of terroir), this Moulin-à-Vent boasts elegant aromas, bright cherry and kirsch fruit, and supple tannins.
    Samuel Billaud, Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2015 – this Chardonnay comes from one of Chablis’ most famous vineyard sites and has expressive citrus notes with a racy saline core throughout. Value: 650

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  • Three-Month Equinox Membership

    Enjoy a three-month Select Membership at Equinox, with access to world-class personal trainers, group fitness classes, spas, and more.

  • Four Tickets to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Attend the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with three friends!

  • Nibbles & Spirits for ten at Terroir Tribeca

    Enjoy an evening of wine tasting with James Beard Award-Winning sommelier, Paul Grieco, and nibbles prepared by Food Network Chopped winner Andrew Riccatelli.

  • Two Tickets to 'Come From Away'

    Win two tickets to a special Actor’s Fund performance of Broadway’s Come From Away on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.

    Host Committee

  • Jody Gottfried Arnhold
    Carol J. Bryce-Buchanan*
    Cora Cahan
    Sara Ciarelli Walsh*
    Anna* & Jeremiah Connolly
    Anika Davis Pratt* & Eliot F. Pratt
    Ralph DeCesare*
    Lauren DiPaolo*
    Dani Effron Kline* & David Kline
    Chris Foster
    Frederica Gamble
    Gina Gibney* & Pamela van Zandt
    Lynn* & Marc Gitlitz
    Karen Goldfeder
    Jane* & Jean-Marie Grenier
    Sarah Haga
    Joan Hutton-Mills*
    Daniel Johnnes
    Michelle Kaminsky
    Kathryn Karipides
    Amy Lane & Barbara Rothberg
    Nancy Lashine*
    Janice Lee & Stuart Shapiro
    Hsing Hsing Li*
    Roz Li
    Jessica A. Marshall* & Jerry Tepper
    Patricia A. Martone & Barbara Rosen
    Bethany* & Euan Menzies
    Virginia A. Millhiser
    Carol Morgan & Robin Magid
    Jenny Morgenthau
    Robert Morgenthau
    David Parker
    John Rossant
    Gus Solomons jr
    Alair Townsend*
    Ariana Smart Truman
    Katherine Wickham*
    Marcia Worthing*

    * Denotes Gibney Dance Board Member.