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