We Are Family. New 42 Gala. Monday, June 5, 2023.

New 42 Gala

Monday, June 5, 2023
The Plaza, 768 Fifth Avenue, NYC

A celebratory evening with performances and special guests that highlights the power of theater to build connection across generations.

6pm – Cocktail Reception
7pm – Dinner & Program

Festive Attire


Julie Andrews and
Emma Walton Hamilton

A photo of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton side by side in a green square frame

2023 New Victory Arts Award

Sesame Workshop and Steve Youngwood, Chief Executive Officer

A portrait of Steve Youngwood with Elmo and Cookie Monster in a red square frame
A portrait of the cast of Sesame Street in a yellow square frame

2023 Marian Heiskell Award

Josh Groban

A portrait of Josh Groban in a teal rectangular frame

2023 New Victory Arts Award

About the Event

New 42’s annual gala celebrates the vital importance of making theater and art accessible to all kids from the earliest ages onward. It is an exciting moment to recognize the accomplishments of our artists and staff over the past year, to share our dreams for future work and to pay tribute to our donors and leaders in our community. And it is our biggest opportunity to raise vital unrestricted funding for our arts education and engagement programs, artist development initiatives and extraordinary performances.

Co-Hosted By

Rachel Dratch
Tony-nominated actress, comedian & writer
Julianne Hough
Emmy Award-winning dancer, actress & singer

Performances & Appearances By

Jordan Donica
2023 Tony nominee for Camelot
Samara Joy
2023 Grammy winner for Best New Artist & Best Jazz Vocal Album

Annaleigh Ashford
2023 Tony nominee for Sweeney Todd

Hope Hamilton
Actress & singer; daughter of Emma Walton Hamilton and granddaughter of Julie Andrews

Gala Leadership


Emily and Len Blavatnik
Fiona and Eric Rudin
Diane and Marc Spilker


Jody and John Arnhold


Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn
Kitty Patterson Kempner and Tom Kempner
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
Sarah Long and David Solomon
Gerri and Andy Sommers

Vice Chairs

Caryn Seidman-Becker and Marc Becker
Leigh Bishop
Tiffany and Sean Gardner
Dr. Edward Kwak and Ms. Ji Park Kwak
Kate and Brad Peck
Suzanne Peck and Brian Friedman

Henry Tisch


Yemi Benedict-Vatel and Patrick Vatel
Herman Berliner and Annette Schrader
Lynne Biggar
Ray and Ross Hammerman
Cheryl Henson and Ed Finn
Kasirer, LLC
Simone and David Levinson
Kim and Greg Lippmann
Margaret and Daniel Loeb
Isaac Mizrahi
Isabel Rose and Jeffrey Fagen
Stefanie Katz Rothman and James Rothman
Meredith and Eliot Rubenzahl
Susan Rudin
Christina Zagarino and Tyler Horan
Lucinda Zilkha and Andrew Francis

Donor list as of May 23, 2023

Lead Sponsor

Tiffany & Co.

Major Sponsors

Ambassador Theatre Group logo
Hilton New York Times Square logo
Voya Financial logo

Support the Gala

All proceeds raised for this event will benefit the innovative artistic, arts education and engagement programs of New 42 and New Victory. You can support by purchasing a table or tickets to attend the evening, placing a digital tribute message on the screens at the event or by making a contribution of any amount toward the success of the evening. Learn more about the options to support and the benefits associated with each level.

Angel Table | $100,000

Host Table | $50,000

Chair Table | $25,000

Vice Chair Table | $15,000

Patron Ticket | $2,500

Supporter Ticket | $1,000

More Information

To request accessibility accommodations, inquire on supporting by check, wire or stock transfer, or for any general Gala questions, please contact Lily Lovinger at LLovinger@New42.org or 646.223.3082.

Donor Advised Funds

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) may only be used when making an exclusively charitable contribution in support of this event. DAFs cannot be applied toward any part of ticket or table purchases, including the tax-deductible portion of those costs. Please consult your DAF manager or tax adviser for more legal information.

Health & Safety

The health and well-being of our guests are of the utmost importance to New 42. New 42 will adhere to the latest CDC and local government health and safety protocols and those in place at the event venue.