WNET.ORG Hosts 17th Annual Gala

June 21st, 2010

The Plaza was abuzz on June 16th with the sights, sounds and personalities of public media as WNET.ORG held its 17th annual gala salute. The festive affair was hosted by Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart, who transferred their roles as co-anchors of Need to Know to the Grand Ballroom of the storied hotel. From their anchor desk on the stage, Jon and Alison spoke with Neal Shapiro, WNET.ORG chairman James S. Tisch, and Gerald L. Hassell, president of BNY Mellon, which was honored for the company’s outstanding support of WNET.ORG.

Guests at the gala also had the opportunity to bid for a chance to dine with Judith and Bill Moyers, Charlie Rose or Niall Ferguson during a live auction.

We are delighted to report that the evening raised an outstanding $3 million for WNET.ORG, making it one of our most successful galas ever.

The evening’s program featured four videos – each offering a different perspective on the unique role of public television in the media landscape and the enduring value of all the WNET.ORG offers to our
community and our nation.

WNET.ORG President & CEO Neal Shapiro with BNY Mellon President Gerald L. Hassell, honoree at this year's 2010 Gala with James S. Tisch, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at WNET.ORG

WNET.ORG President & CEO Neal Shapiro with BNY Mellon President Gerald L. Hassell, honoree at this year's 2010 Gala with James S. Tisch, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at WNET.ORG

Need to Know co-anchors Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart with WNET.ORG President & CEO Neal Shapiro.

Need to Know co-anchors Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart with WNET.ORG President & CEO Neal Shapiro.

Christie's auctioneer George H. McNeely, during the lively auction at the Gala for the opportunity of attendees to bid on dinner with Niall Ferguson, Judith Davidson Moyers & Bill Moyers and Charlie Rose.

Christie’s auctioneer George H. McNeely, during the lively auction at the Gala for the opportunity of attendees to bid on dinner with Niall Ferguson, Judith Davidson Moyers & Bill Moyers and Charlie Rose.
WNET.ORG President & CEO Neal Shapiro with James S. Tisch, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at WNET.ORG

WNET.ORG President & CEO Neal Shapiro with James S. Tisch, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at WNET.ORG