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Black Tie International: The Princess Grace Foundation-USA
Annual Princess Grace Awards

 HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

 HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
 Photo courtesy of the Archives of the Princely Palace of Monaco.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA Hosts the Annual PRINCESS GRACE AWARDS GALA

Announcing the 2009 Award Winners in Theater, Dance and Film

Dee and Tommy Hilfiger Are Gala Chairs; Hermès Is Presenting Sponsor

October 21, 2009 at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City


On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, the Princess Grace FoundationUSA (PGF-USA) will host the 26th annual Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City and present 22 Awards to emerging artists in theater, dance and film, as well as the Princess Grace Statue Award to two artists who have previously won Awards and have shown achievement and growth in their respective fields.  Every year, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA proudly awards these scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships at its annual Gala to support its mission of providing crucial support to emerging artists in America.  Since the Foundation’s inception, more than 650 Awards have been given to recipients, totaling more than $7 million.  The Gala will take place in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Additionally, PGF-USA will present the Prince Rainier III Award to a celebrated person in the arts in recognition of his or her outstanding career and contribution to the arts.  PGF-USA will announce this honoree in a later news release.  Past Prince Rainier III Award recipients include: Glenn Close (2008), George Lucas (2007), Twyla Tharp (2006) and Mikhail Baryshnikov (2005). 

Dee and husband Tommy Hilfiger, the fashion designer, will be this year’s Gala Chairs.  In 2007, released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Princess Grace's death, Mr. Hilfiger celebrated Her life in a book, "Grace Kelly: A Life in Pictures" (Pavilion Books, 2007), a series of 200 never-before-seen public and private images of the princess.



Time                                       6:30 p.m. – Reception, Silent Auction; 7:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony, Dinner, Dancing


Gala Chairs                       Dee and Tommy Hilfiger


Attendees                        HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Hon. John F. Lehman (Board Chairman, PGF-USA) and Barbara Lehman, Robert O. Marx (Vice-Chairman, PGF-USA), Dr. Jon Turk (Trustee, PGF-USA) and Carolyn Gussof, Lynn Wyatt (Board of Trustees, PGF-USA), Rachel Hovnanian, Toby Boshak (Executive Director, PGF-USA)


Sponsors                          Presenting Sponsor: Hermès             

                                               Crown Sponsors: Mrs. Lily Safra, Noelle and Dick Wolf, American Airlines 

                                                Other Notable Sponsors: William Doyle/Newbridge Silverware, 1-800-Flowers.


Entertainment                 Former Princess Grace Awards winners will perform an opening act of diverse dance styles in a piece created especially for the 2009 Awards Gala.          

                                                Post-dinner dancing to DJ Clockwork.


Attire                                     Black-tie


Beneficiary                       Princess Grace Awards, a program of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA


Gala Tickets                   Tables may be purchased for $15,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000

                                                Individual tickets may be purchased for $1,000 (Patron)$1,750 (Sponsor), $2,500 (Benefactor)

                                                Ticket contact - Tamara Leuchtenburg/Event Associates, 212-245-6570, x15,


About the Princess Grace Foundation - USA

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded more than 25 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace [Kelly].  The Foundation's mission, that mirrors Princess Grace's in Her lifetime, is to support emerging artists in theater, dance and film through the awarding of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Sinc the Foundation's einception, more than 650 Awards have been given to recipients, totaling more than $7 million. Notable Princess Grace Award recipients include: Anna D. Shapiro, winner of 2008 Tony® Award for Director of Broadway hit August: Osage County; Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants; Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright; Gillian Murphy, principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre; Eric Darnell, director of Madagascar 1 & 2; Greg Mottola, director of Superbad and Adventureland and Eric Simonson, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker. 



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