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The 32nd Annual Spirit of the City Award Gala

The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral, event honorees Ellen and James Marcus

The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral, event honorees Ellen and James Marcus.
Photo by Helena Kubicka de Braganca



RAISES OVER $375,000



Celebrated Philanthropists Honored for their Dedication
to New York City


New York, NY (June 1, 2012) – More than 350 guests helped raise over $375,000 at the 32nd annual Spirit of the City Award Gala on Wednesday, May 30 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (At 112th Street) in Manhattan.  The event honored Ellen and James Marcus, Prema and Wallace Mathai-Davis and Zarin Mehta, for their cultural and philanthropic dedication to New York City.

Each year Spirit of the City honors celebrated New York City philanthropists whose work has impacted the city despite harsh economic times.  The dedication of the 2012 honorees has been felt by countless city residents.  

Ellen and James Marcus have supported many New York City arts and cultural programs including The Metropolitan Opera, The Collegiate Chorale and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  The couple also founded the Julliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, one of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers

Dr. Wallace Mathai-Davis has a long-standing commitment to educational efforts and was a founder of one of the first alternative schools in New York City.  In addition, working in collaboration with Daytop Village, he helped found a major outpatient drug rehabilitation center in Central Harlem.  He has also been very active with the National Alliance for Homelessness. 

Dr. Prema Mathai-Davis has long been an advocate for New York City and its residents. She developed the Mount Sinai School of Medicine-Hunter College Gerontology Center, one of the first of its kind in the United States.  During her time as Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging she led efforts to improve service levels for the elderly.  She currently serves on the board of a number of civic and cultural institutions including The New School, Covenant House, The New York Hall of Science and the Asian American Women’s Leadership Institute.

Zarin Mehta has made the New York Philharmonic, where he serves as President and Executive Director, a magnet for the world’s great artists, bringing both rising and seasoned performers to the Orchestra’s stage.  He has brought joy to thousands of music lovers with the free Annual Memorial Day Concerts at the Cathedral and has made outreach to young people a priority with the famed Young People’s Concerts.  Actor Alec Baldwin presented Mehta with the evening’s Artistic Honoree Award, an award given each year to an individual who has contributed significantly to the City’s cultural depth. 

“There is a sense of community among New Yorkers that is unique to the residents of this city, said The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral.  “As New Yorkers we are very fortunate to have people like tonight’s honorees among us who give back and help strengthen that community.  Likewise, we in the Cathedral family could not be more blessed to have such a strong base of supporters who make it possible for us to keep our doors open and our community programs running.” 

Celebrated singer and actress, KT Sullivan provided a musical interlude by singing hits by Cole Porter.

The Spirit of the City gala was first held 36 years ago, during an era that uncannily echoes our own. In the mid 1970’s, the country was in a fierce recession, with an unemployment rate over 10 %. New York City faced a devastating fiscal crisis, and many thought bankruptcy inevitable. A few people, most notably Felix Rohatyn, investment banker turned chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC), came together to manage the crisis, restructure the city’s debt and generally brought a sense of renewal to the city. In that period of ferment, great need and civic action, the Cathedral inaugurated the Spirit of the City gala to honor those who serve and inspire New York City.  Proceeds from the event will fund the Cathedral’s outreach programs, civic forums and cultural events, and the care and maintenance of the Cathedral itself. 


About The Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. People from many faiths and communities worship together in services held more than 30 times a week; the soup kitchen serves roughly 23,000 meals annually; social service outreach has an increasingly varied roster of programs; the distinguished Cathedral School prepares young students to be future leaders; the renowned after school and summer program offers nurturing activities; the outstanding Textile Conservation Lab preserves world treasures; concerts, exhibitions, performances and civic gatherings allow conversation, celebration, reflection and remembrance—such is the joyfully busy life of this beloved and venerated Cathedral.

The Cathedral is open 7 days a week from 7:00AM – 6:00 PM. There is a suggested admission of $10.00 per person for more information and a schedule of public programs.


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