“$2 Billion Woman” to Be Roasted by Leading Philanthropists At Launch of Campaign for NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life

Usually, fundraisers organize gala dinners to honor philanthropists. But the tables will turn on October 27th at 6:00 pm in the Rosenthal Pavilion of NYU’s Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South: some of the most prominent names in philanthropy will gather to honor Naomi Levine, who earned the nickname “The $2 Billion Woman” for her fundraising success as senior vice president of NYU.

The dinner will launch a $10 million capital campaign for NYU’s Edgar Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, which Mrs. Levine was instrumental in establishing with a lead gift from Mr. Bronfman in 1996. Among those who will “roast” Mrs. Levine - payback for the many times she importuned them over the years - will be Klara and Larry Silverstein, CEO of Silverstein Properties; Edgar M. Bronfman, Sr., president of the World Jewish Congress and founder of the NYU Center; NYU President John Sexton; and NYU President Emeritus L. Jay Oliva. The roast will also feature a short film about Mrs. Levine narrated by Tony-winning director Lynne Meadow and directed and produced by Elisa Guarino.

Other guests at the dinner will include: 
  • Philanthropist Michael Steinhardt, managing director, Steinhardt Partners
  • Alan “Ace” Greenberg, chair of the Executive Committee of Bear Stearns
  • Martin Lipton, chair of the NYU Board of Trustees; senior partner, Wachtell Lipton, and chair of the Partnership for New York City
  • Joseph Flom, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Philanthropist Joseph Steinberg, president, Leucadia National Corporation
  • Tom, Alice, Andrew, and Ann Tisch
  • Philanthropists Martin and Helen Kimmel

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