Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family, announced today the honorees and host for The Moving Families Forward Gala which will take place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel at 301 Park Avenue on Monday, October 20th in New York City.

This year’s Ackerman Award Honorees, all of whom will be attending the gala, are:

Linda Dishy, Ackerman Board Member:

· Ackerman Distinguished Service Award

Andrew Solomon, Award-winning Writer and Lecturer:

· Ackerman Partner Award

Tamsen Fadal, four-time Emmy-winning Pix 11 News Anchor, will host the evening to benefit the vital programs and ongoing services for children and families at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

“I support the Ackerman Institute for the Family because it helps conventional and unconventional families address and overcome deep and sometimes painful personal and societal issues,” says Tamsen Fadal. “Ackerman is a dynamic institution that is continuously evolving and keeping pace with today’s families in a society that is more complex every day. Family is important to me, and Ackerman believes that strong family bonds and communication are important to the strength of our communities. And I agree wholeheartedly.”

“We are excited to have Tamsen Fadal emcee our biggest fundraiser of the year: the Ackerman Institute’s Moving Families Forward gala,” says Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family. “By giving of her time and talent to help lead our event to success, she is speaking volumes about the importance of family in our society and in our lives. I am grateful to Tamsen for lending her support and celebrity in this way.”

Linda Dishy, Ackerman Board Member will be honored with the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award.

“Understanding, compassion, commitment to family, and leadership, are the words that come to mind when I think about Linda Dishy,” observes Lois Braverman. “As a member of the Ackerman family for nearly four decades, there is hardly anyone more deserving of recognition than Linda. She is a professional colleague, a business partner, and a leader on our Board of Directors, with extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the Ackerman Institute and the families who seek our help. We are fortunate to have her guidance and support, and delighted to have this opportunity to honor her dedication and generosity.”

Andrew Solomon, Award-winning Author and Lecturer, will be honored with the Ackerman Partner Award.

“As an organization, we are delighted with Andrew Solomon accepting our Ackerman Partner Award,” says Braverman. “His writings, lectures, and personal story parallel our work at Ackerman so perfectly. Andrew’s work represents all the families and all the challenging issues that we treat at the Ackerman Institute. We are delighted that his presence and participation at our Moving Families Forward event will further educate our friends, colleagues, and supporters about our belief that the challenging issues of children and their families are best resolved and treated in the context of the family.”

Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chairs are Martha Fling and Alice Netter. They are members of the Board of Directors of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and staunch supporters of its work on behalf of the well-being of children and families of our communities.

The entertainment for the Gala will bethe Chris Gillespie Quartet, from the renowned Carlyle Hotel in NYC.

The host of the auction will be C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s.

Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges. One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.

To purchase tickets to the Moving Families Forward Gala call 914-579-1000 or email: AckermanGala@BuckleyHallEvents.com.

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