On June 2, 220 guests attended the
New-York Historical Society’s (N-YHS)
annual Strawberry Festival luncheon.
More than $450,000 was raised, which
will benefit the programs of the N-YHS,
including major exhibitions and
educational programs on American
In addition, a portion of proceeds from
jewelry sold at an exclusive Baccarat
trunk show featuring the stunning summer
2008 collection, will also benefit N-YHS.
Baccarat also donated a signature
necklace from its Psydelic collection
that retails for $500, which was reaped
in a raffle by a very delighted
Financial executive Nancy Newcomb, in
recognition of her eight years of
committed service on the N-YHS Board and
her role as co-chair of its Executive
Committee, received the Distinguished
Service Award from former N-YHS
president Betsy Gotbaum, herself a
previous Strawberry Luncheon honoree.
In a keynote address, former Manhattan
prosecutor and best-selling author Linda
Fairstein lauded the abundant holdings
of N-YHS’s Library, which she draws upon
to enrich her thrillers with vibrant
details of New York City’s past. Ms.
Fairstein noted that the title of her
2003 novel, The Deadhouse,
was inspired by information gained from
reviewing original documents at the N-YHS