On Monday, May 18, 2015, join more than 600 friends, colleagues, and leaders from the business, civic, and cultural sectors for The Downtown Dinner 2015 at Conrad New York.

This year we celebrate the changing face of Lower Manhattan and those who do the inspiring work of bringing us together to enjoy and reflect on our lives here. Increasingly recognized for its innovative architecture and varied and deep artistic heritage, downtown is growing, attracting new residents and new tenants from the tech, advertising, and creative/media sectors. The growth is thanks, in part, to the diversity of cultural offerings and visionary investments in our everyday experience of the neighborhoods that make up the district.

LMCC’s Board of Directors has chosen to present the Liberty Award for Corporate Leadership to visionary restaurateur Peter Poulakakos and the Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership to transcendent contemporary artist Xu Bing in honor of their contributions to the transformation of our cultural landscape.

The Downtown Dinner is one of LMCC’s most significant fundraising tools. All table/ticket sales and donations raised as part of the event provide essential funds for LMCC to provide artists from across New York City with much needed networks, resources, and support.

Reservations made before April 27 will guarantee inclusion in the printed program.

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Monday, May 18 6:00–10:30pm
Conrad New York
102 North End Avenue


Contact Ariel Phillips aphillips@lmcc.net / 212-291-9401 x.121 for tickets or more information

Kevin Hoo, Chair
Mike Ashworth
Kim Blacklow
Jay Berman
Timur Galen
Linda Genereux
John Genovese
Karen Holm
Erik Horvat
Greg James
Robin Klehr Avia
James Law
Cherrie Nanninga
Kevin Richer
Kyle Schoppmann

Diamond Committee
The Durst Organization
Kyle Schoppmann
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Titanium Committee
Blank Rome LLP
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Platinum Committee
American Express
Ameriprise Financial
Michael & Elizabeth Ashworth
Kim & Ken Blacklow
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Douglas Elliman Real Estate /
The Anderson-Ehrmann Team
EMC | VMware
Fosun Property Holdings
Anne Goldrach / Greystone Management Corp.
Havas Media
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Meredith J. Kane, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Cherrie Nanninga
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP
Sciame Construction LLC
Structure Tone Inc.
Tishman Speyer
WB Wood
World Wide Technology

Silver Supporters
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Peter & Jill Kraus
Silverstein Properties

Bronze Supporters
ABM Industries, Inc.
Alliance for Downtown New York
Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A.
Ned & Danielle Ginty
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Copper Supporters
Battery Park City Authority
Marcia & Noel Caban
Vineyard Brands
Thomas H. Engelhardt, Marks Paneth & Shron LLP
Blair & Constance Fensterstock
Flushing Bank
Hillary Gal & William Kiley
Agnes Gund
Tom & Addie Jones
ames Kaplan, Tai Ping Carpets
Alan W. Kornberg
Jon Krasner
L&L Holding Company, LLC / Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management /
JPMorgan Chase
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
North End Grill
Pace University
Stan Perelman
Dr. Antonio Pérez, Borough of Manhattan Community College / CUNY
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Time Equities, Inc.
Waters, McPherson, McNeill, P.C.

Event highlights
Master of Ceremonies COLUM McCANN, National Book Award Winner

Cocktails & Awards at 6:00pm
With pop up performances by A CANARY TORSI, MICHELLE BOULÉ,

CARL WEISBROD presenting the Liberty Award for Corporate Leadership to visionary restaurateur PETER POULAKAKOS 

As one of the early investors in Lower Manhattan and a pioneer in envisioning downtown’s present 7-day community, the Poulakakos family has played a catalyzing role in the recovery and redevelopment of the area. Beginning with the first restaurant in the 1970s in Hanover Square, today the family owns almost a dozen restaurants south of Chambers. All of the Poulakakos’ efforts at fostering community and reinvigorating downtown treasures through food and dining in the neighborhood have made Lower Manhattan a place where people can find high quality, unique meeting places and culinary options day or night including the recently opened, Le District and Pier A Harbor House.

BARBARA LONDON presenting the Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership to
transcendent contemporary artist

Since completing his Bachelor’s degree in 1981 and moving to the United States in 1990, Xu Bing has had a prolific and well-recognized career. Projects including Where does the Dust Itself Collect?, Phoenix, and his work with Yin Mei and Tony Prabowo on Empty Tradition/City of Peonies exemplify a creative practice that weaves social concerns and aesthetic traditions into enduring art that inspires audiences around the world. In Bing’s 60th year of life, LMCC is honored to celebrate his distinctive body of work utilizing language, calligraphy, printmaking and large-scale installation. 

Dinner at 7:30pm in several intimate dining rooms giving you a chance to network with Lower Manhattan stakeholders and fellow LMCC supporters


LMCC President’s Awards presented to
SARAH DOHRMANN (Sarah Verdone Award for Writing)
AYA OGAWA (President’s Award for Performing Arts)
MARY MATTINGLY (Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts) 

Dessert & an Artist After Party from 9:00–10:30pm
featuring performance artists CAN-D and DRELLA