The Breukelein Institute
The Breukelein Institute
Gaudium Award 2004
On Monday November 8, 2004, The Breukelein Institute conferred its Gaudium Award upon a quartet of remarkable men and women.
Held during its annual fundraising dinner in the intimate and elegant Lotos Club, the honorees are listed below.

Thomas Cahill is the author of four volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills and Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter. They have been best-sellers, not only in the United States, but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. Mr. Cahill was invited to address the U.S. Congress on the Judeo-Christian roots of moral responsibility in American politics. He is also the author of the short biography of Pope John XXIII in the Penguin Lives Series. He and his wife, Susan, also a writer, divide their time between New York and Rome.

Jeffrey Horowitz, the founder and artistic director of Theatre for a New Audience. Since 1979, under Mr. Horowitz’s directorship, the TFANA has developed and vitalized the performance and study of Shakespeare and the classic drama. Awarded with and nominated for Drama Desk, Obie And Drama League awards, Mr. Horowitz’s company has the largest program in New York City Schools for the introduction of children to Shakespeare.

Alice McDermott, the 1998 National Book Award winner for her novel Charming Billy. Ms Mc Dermott is the multi-nominated author of At Weddings and Wakes, That Night, A Bigamist’s Daughter and Child of My Heart. She has twice been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes. The Los Angeles Times wrote of her: Like Jane Austen, Mc Dermott (is) one of our finest novelists writing today.

Margaret Whiting has had a career in music spanning sixty years. Daughter of the famous composer Richard Whiting (Too Marvelous for Words, Hooray for Hollywood), Ms. Whiting’s singing ability was noticed at an early age. At seven, she sang for the legendary lyricists-producer Johnny Mercer who eventually became her mentor. Mr. Mercer founded Capitol Records and signed a young Margaret to a contract. Ms. Whiting scored with hit songs which eventually become her signatures: Moonlight in Vermont and It Might as Well be Spring. She has appeared Off-Broadway, in Clubs and Cabarets virtually all over the world. Having worked with and known well some of America’s greatest composers and singers, Margaret Whiting’s talent and endurance place her as one of our country’s vocal legends.


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Photo credits: Thomas Cahill by Deborah Feingold; Alice McDermott by Jerry Bauer

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