On Monday, November 12, 2007, The
Breukelein Institute once again
conferred its Gaudium Award upon a quartet of remarkable men and
women. Held during its annual fund raising dinner at the Yale Club,
this year’s honorees include:
Perhaps best known as the host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Bob
Edwards is currently the host of the Bob Edwards Show on XM Satellite Radio and
Bob Edwards Weekend on NPI.
He ended his nearly 25 year tenure at Morning Edition with a audience of more than 13 million listeners.
Mr. Edwards is a 2004 inductee in the national Radio Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Peabody Award.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair made her operatic debut in 1982. Since then she has appeared with almost every major American and European orchestra and opera company. With over 70 recordings, Miss McNair changed the focus of her singing career in the 1990s to the American Songbook to much acclaim. Holding two honorary doctorates, she is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Steve Ross was raised in Washington, D.C. He began as a “background piano player”. He re-opened the legendary Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel. He has appeared on and off Broadway in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter and in his tribute to Fred Astaire entitled I Won’t Dance. He performs internationally and in sold out cabaret venues across America. He hosts lecture- performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the American Composers’ Songbooks.
Tupper Thomas is the first Administrator of Prospect Park, the 580-acre flagship park of Brooklyn. Since 1980, she has been responsible for the ongoing operation of the Park and its multimillion-dollar restoration.
She also serves as the President of The Prospect Park Alliance Under her administration, the annual use of the Park has increased to over 8 million.
Ms. Thomas has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Fund for the City of New York Award.
Photo credits: Bob Edwards by Jay Clendenin Photography; Sylvia McNair by John Bragg; Steve Ross by Mike Martin; Tupper Thomas by Paul Martinka