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Art & Soul Gala

  • Vassar College Alumnae House 161 College Ave Poughkeepsie, NY, 12604 USA (map)

Tickets $75/person
*Limited tickets available. Ticket price includes $50 credit towards art purchase.

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APRIL 25, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Vassar College Alumnae House, Poughkeepsie, NY

7th Annual


Please join us for the seventh annual Art and Soul Gala to benefit sustainable healthcare in Chermaitre, Haiti. Event proceeds fund the staffing, supply, and operation of a medical center in northwest Haiti that serves thousands of families from over 40 villages.

Art and Soul will feature beautiful, vibrant Haitian art, live entertainment from Vassar student musicians and Haitian singer Naika. 

This year we honor
Robert Morgenthau and Lucinda Franks for their extraordinary achievements in the fields of literature and international social justice. 



for their extraordinary achievements in the fields of literature and international social justice.

Robert Morgenthau

Robert Morgenthau


Robert M. Morgenthau was born in 1919 in NYC, graduated from Amherst College in 1941, and joined the Navy that same year. He served throughout World War II aboard destroyers and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Mr. Morgenthau was the Executive Officer and Navigator aboard the USS Lansdale and the USS Harry F. Bauer. His ship’s crew received a Presidential Unit Citation for its conduct during the Okinawa campaign.

After the war, Mr. Morgenthau attended Yale Law School. In 1961, he was appointed by President Kennedy to the position of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY and continued in that role until 1970.

Mr. Morgenthau was the District Attorney of NY County from 1975 to 2009, and is the longest serving incumbent of that position. In his nine terms in office, his staff conducted more than 3.5 million criminal prosecutions. During that period, homicides in Manhattan were reduced by over 90% and he prosecuted white-collar criminals as well.

Mr. Morgenthau serves as the chairman of New York City’s Police Athletic League and as Chairman Emeritus of the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Mr. Morgenthau is also on the Board of the Immigrant Justice Corps. Mr. Morgenthau is a fierce advocate for immigrants and the underserved and is published often in national newspapers.

Mr. Morgenthau currently serves as Counsel with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Lucinda Franks

Lucinda Franks

Lucinda Franks was born in Chicago, grew up in Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Vassar College. Franks subsequently became a staff writer for United Press International in London until 1974, where she covered the civil war in Northern Ireland, antiwar movements in Europe and radical terrorists in the U.S. Ms. Franks was appointed as staff writer at The New York Times from 1974-1977, writing profiles of public figures, covering local NY politics, the 1976 presidential campaign, trials such as the trial of Charles Manson disciple Squeaky Fromme for shooting at President Ford, and investigative reporting, including an exposé on red dye No. 2 which led to its being banned from the nation’s food supply.

Since 1977, Ms. Franks has been writing for several notable publications, including the NY Times Magazine, the NY Times and Atlantic Monthly as well as several cover stories in The Times Magazine. In 1971, Mrs. Franks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, for a five-part series entitled “The Making of a Revolutionary”, about Diana Oughton, the Weather Underground woman who blew herself up in a Greenwich Village house which radical terrorists had made into a bomb factory. Ms. Franks has taught at several universities including Princeton, Vassar and Yale.

Lucinda is the author of several prominent books including Wild Apples, My Father’s Secret War, which is a memoir about the discovery that her father was a spy for the OSS and the CIA during WWII and most recently, Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me, a memoir about her life with Bob and their family.

Featuring Naika


Naïka Richard is a singer/songwriter born in Miami, Florida, who developed an interest in music from an early age while living and traveling internationally with her family. Growing up with the influence of European, African and Caribbean cultures has shaped her both musically and individually, and resulted defining her multi-cultural sound she refers to as “World-pop”, reflecting a blend of pop, with a World Music influence.




Please join our sponsors for the 2019 Art & Soul Gala


Karen Davidson


Premier Medical Group

Vassar Anesthesia Group


Carla M. Burns

Eastdale Village Town Center

Hudson Highland Properties


Stefany Bergson and Simon Bergson

David Cho, MD and Sunhee Woo, MD

Anne de La Renta

Lawrence Ferolie

Marina Kaufman and Steve Kaufman, Esq.

Patti Kenner

In Memory of Henry Morgenthau

Hudson Valley Radiologists

Kristin Respass and John Respass, MD

Rutberg & Breslow Personal Injury Law

Anne Tenenbaum and Thomas Lee


Nancy Aronzon and Daniel Z. Aronzon, MD

Nancy Belok and Adam Belok

Geeta Gorwara and Simon Gorwara, MD

Elizabeth Gundeck and Ethan Gundeck, MD

Kim Heller, MD and Ira Hochman

Geraldine Jean, MD

Eleanor Katz

Molly Katz and Daniel Katz, MD

Gilbert Seligman

Sarah Levin and Joseph Tanski, MD

Toni Saychek, MD

Susan Levinson and David M. Schwartz

Gilbert Seligman and Arlene Seligman

Michael Solomon, Esq.

Patricia Taitt, MD

Vassar College


Shaheda Azher, MD

Renee LaBarge and Scott D. Bergin

Paula Brown, MD

Nicole Ceradini, MD

Diane Cicatello, MD

Jill Comins and Howard Stein

Ingrid Dodard, MD and Daryl Brown

Adele El-Karah, MD

Cecily and Michael Frazier

Kristy Grimes and Barry Pfeifer

Christine Herde, MD

Matthew Kim, MD

Reeva Liverman

Mackey, Butts and Wise, LLP

Gary Nathanson, MD

Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County

David Ping Group

Bobbie Renfroe and Elton Renfroe

Donna Salem and Azzam Salem

Amy Sherman, RN

Goldie Siffert and John Siffert, Esq.

See Medical Advisory Board

See highlights from last year’s event honoring: Dr. Paul Farmer