Marshall Foundation Awards Gala

New York, New YorkJune 7, 2017

The George C. Marshall Foundation honored two distinguished Americans at a gala reception and dinner at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on June 7 in New York City. Henry Kissinger received the George C. Marshall Foundation Award for a lifetime dedicated to supporting free enterprise and democracy throughout the globe and for his skilled statesmanship in solving tough problems.  Michael R. Bloomberg received the inaugural George C. Marshall Foundation Humanitarian Award for his extraordinary philanthropy and the effects of his generosity on the lives of countless individuals and numerous organizations that have benefitted from his largess. Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, served as master of ceremonies during the dinner. The event occurred on the 70th anniversary of Marshall’s speech at Harvard in 1947 setting forth his vision to restore the economies of western Europe leading to the Marshall Plan. German ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig delivered remarks regarding the significance of the Marshall Plan on the stability of western Europe. Retired career diplomat Thomas R. Pickering delivered a tribute to Dr. Kissinger, and Carnegie Corporation of New York President Dr. Vartan Gregorian delivered remarks in praise of Mayor Bloomberg.

The event was attended by 360 guests who enjoyed a patriotic opening and welcoming remarks from Dr. Rob Havers, President of the George C. Marshall Foundation, located in Lexington, Virginia where General George C. Marshall’s legacy is promoted through its research library, museum, educational programs and outreach such as the Marshall Foundation Awards dinner. General Marshall served as U.S. Army Chief of Staff during World War II during which he developed strategies leading to allied victory, Secretary of State for which he is well known for the Marshall Plan, and Secretary of Defense during the Korean War.

Clifford Miller Yonce and Kurt A. Polk, members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, served as Co-chairs for the event. For more information go to


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