The Lab NYC’s Arthur Kade was on the red carpet of The Women’s Forum of New York presentation of The 3rd Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of The Women’s Forum on Tuesday, June 25 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for The Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, honors outstanding women leaders. The Elly Award Recipients were: Maria Cuomo Cole, advocate, activist and filmmaker Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media Presenters. Glenn Close, Emmy, Tony & Golden-Globe winner & six-time Academy Award nominee, presented the Elly Award to Pat Mitchell Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Former First Lady of New York State, presented the Elly Award to Maria Cuomo Cole. Eve Ensler, Tony award-winning playwright, activist, and author of Emotional Creature and The Vagina Monologues, led a conversation with the honorees following the presentation of the awards.

The Women’s Forum of New York is New York’s premier organization of women leaders comprised of the highest women achievers across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts. They advance women’s leadership three ways: Through core programing which provides personal and professional enrichment to their members Through the Education Fund which provides education awards to high potential women whose careers have been derailed by adversity Through their Board Initiative which expands and extends the contribution of women leaders through participation on corporate and civic boards. The Fund has helped mature women pursue educational goals and enhance their capacities to provide productive and supportive service to their communities. The Award recognizes extraordinary and often heroic effort in overcoming adversity and the most daunting of odds in restructuring lives for success. Grants are awarded to women over the age of 35 who, after suffering great adversity and an interruption in their education, are now pursuing undergraduate college degrees. Students in this population are often single parents, economically disadvantaged and struggling with the rising costs of a college education.

Glenn Close:

Governor Mario Cuomo:

Maria Cuomo Cole:

First Lady Matilda Raffa Cuomo:

Pat Mitchell: