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12th Annual Moving Families Forward Gala
Gala Host Tamsen Fadal, Ackerman President & CEO Gisselle Acevedo, honorees Cynthia McFadden, Arnold Syrop, Lois Braverman and Ackerman Board Chair Martha Fling.  Photo by:  Tricia Baron

Gala Host Tamsen Fadal, Ackerman President & CEO Gisselle Acevedo, honorees Cynthia McFadden, Arnold Syrop, Lois Braverman and Ackerman Board Chair Martha Fling
Photo by:  Tricia Baron

Over 30 faculty members of the Ackerman Institute
 for the Family attend gala

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (October 23rd, 2018) - The 12th Annual Moving Families Forward gala took place at the JW Marriott Essex House on Monday, October 22nd in New York City. Tamsen Fadal, eleven-time Emmy award -winning PIX 11 News Anchor, returned to host the evening for the fifth consecutive year. Gisselle Acevedo, the new President & CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, presided over the gala for the first time. The event benefited the vital programs and ongoing services for children and families at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

The Ackerman Institute for the Family honored:

       Cynthia McFadden, Senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News, with the Ackerman Family Advocate Award.

       Lois Braverman, President Emeritus of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, with the Ackerman Innovative Leadership Award.

       Arnold Syrop, Principal and creative director of Arnold Syrop Architects, with the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award.

2018 Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chairs were: Leslie Roberts, and Deborah Werner. Honorary Co-Chairs were: Martha Fling, Ackerman Board Chair, and Alice K. Netter. The Gala Planning Committee was: Vicky Kahn, Gisella Lemos, Jeanette Monninger, Emilie Dubois Poteat, and Nicole Poteat. 

VIPs in attendance included: Cynthia McFadden; Lois Braverman; Arnold Syrop; Gisselle Acevedo; PIX 11ís Tamsen Fadal, Kori Chambers, Scott Stanford and Mr. G. Among the VIPS, several members of the Ackerman Board of Directors that attended included: Ira Sallen; Leslie Roberts; Deborah Werner; Martha Fling; Alice K. Netter; Vicky Kahn; Gisella Lemos; Jeanette Monninger; Emilie Dubois Poteat; Nicole Poteat; Alfred Feliu; Robert Ruckh; Mary Bijur; Jeannine Ackerman Curhan; Linda Dishy; Harriet Habert; Dayan Kazi; Dorris Kempner; Arthur Maslow; Imke Oster; Daniel Rocker; Greg Rogers; Stephen Sokoloff; Nina Taselaar; and Janine Weisenbeck. Over 30 faculty members of the Ackerman Institute for the Family attended gala.

About Ackerman Institute for the Family

Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.

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