Annual Luncheon Benefits Educational Programs for NYC School Children

Acclaimed writer Tina Brown will be honored with the Women in Public Life Award at New-York Historical Society’s 2022 Strawberry Festival benefit luncheon, an annual event that traces its roots to 1856. The luncheon will take place on May 23 at New-York Historical (170 Central Park West at 77th Street) and feature Ms. Brown in conversation with John Avlon, senior political analyst and anchor at CNN. Event check-in begins at 11:30 am with the luncheon and program to follow at noon.

“Tina Brown is the Samuel Pepys of our time,” said Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, chair of New-York Historical’s Board of Trustees. “With a brilliant eye for details and human relations, Ms. Brown captures in her writings the zeitgeist of contemporary society. In the course of her remarkable career in journalism, she has forged the way for women in leadership positions. New-York Historical is honored to recognize her achievements and trailblazing leadership.”

Tina Brown is an award-winning writer, the former editor-in-chief of TatlerVanity Fair, and the New Yorker, and the founder of the Daily Beast and the live event platform Women in the World summits. In 2017, she published The Vanity Fair Diaries, chosen as one of the best books of the year by TimePeople, the Guardian, the EconomistEntertainment Weekly, and Vogue. Her new book is The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor―The Truth and the Turmoil. She lives in New York City.

Tina Brown joins a remarkable list of people celebrated at the Strawberry Festival in past years. Previous honorees include Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Stuart Weitzman, Loretta Lynch, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mika Brzezinski, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Christine Quinn, Cokie Roberts, Lesley Stahl, Pat Klingenstein, and Sue Ann Weinberg.

Proceeds from this event support New-York Historical’s family and education programs, which provide dynamic programming and curriculum resources for more than 250,000 local students, teachers, and families and countless more remotely through the education department and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Funds will also support New-York Historical’s new expansion housing its Academy for American Democracy, a civics-learning residency, which aims to serve a third of all sixth graders across the city each year, helping students understand that they have the power and agency to expand the embrace of democracy.

Tickets for the 2022 Strawberry Festival begin at $500, and table prices begin at $5,000. For tickets or more information, please call Barbi Zakin at (212) 744-0799 or e-mail

*Media RSVP is required. To RSVP, please contact Marybeth Ihle (212) 873-3400 x326,*

About the New-York Historical Society
Experience 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibitions, immersive films, and thought-provoking conversations among renowned historians and public figures at the New-York Historical Society, New York’s first museum. A great destination for history since 1804, the Museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library convey the stories of the city and nation’s diverse populations, expanding our understanding of who we are as Americans and how we came to be. Ever-rising to the challenge of bringing little or unknown histories to light, New-York Historical will soon inaugurate a new annex housing its Academy for American Democracy as well as the American LGBTQ+ Museum. These latest efforts to help forge the future by documenting the past join New-York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum and Center for Women’s History. Digital exhibitions, apps, and our For the Ages podcast make it possible for visitors everywhere to dive more deeply into history. Connect with us at or at @nyhistory on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, and Tumblr.

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