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The City Tech Foundation held its 2016 Best of New York Award Dinner on Thursday, May 19 in the Trianon Ballroom at the New York Hilton Midtown, Avenue of the Americans at 53rd Street in Manhattan. The evening began with a Guest of Honor Reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the award presentations at 7:15 p.m. City Tech graduate Michael Lomonaco ’84, celebrity chef and managing partner of Porter House New York, served as Master of Ceremonies.
The theme of the 2016 dinner was “Building Bridges!” Honorees included Hon. Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and a City Tech graduate; Andrew H. Kimball, CEO, Industry City; and distinguished alumnus Jean-Michel Voltaire, City Tech’s 2000 valedictorian and a U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney who was awarded the Attorney General’s 2013 Community Service Award for his humanitarian work in Haiti.
Special recognition was accorded to City Tech graduate and former City Tech Foundation Chair Martin Jaffe, ’65, who has been identified by Worth magazine as one of America’s top 50 financial advisors. Also recognized was City Tech alumnus and Hospitality Management Professor Jean Franer Claude, a native of Haiti who was visiting family there when a disastrous earthquake leveled much of that country in 2010. In the ensuing years, Professor Claude has devoted much of his time to assisting the people of Haiti through his work with the Haitian Hospitality Management Program at the Université Publique du Nord au Cap-Haïtien.
The City Tech Foundation was chartered in 1981 to raise funds for the College. Proceeds from the annual dinner continue to help fund Foundation-sponsored scholarships and other student financial assistance and student/faculty professional development programs.