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.