See videos and photos from the event below.
WRI celebrated its 30th Anniversary on May 23, with the “Courage to Lead” dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. At the dinner, WRI recognized the contributions of its special guest, philanthropist and Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and honored Stephen Ross, chairman, CEO and founder of Related Companies; and Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College and WRI’s former president.
The dinner emcees were Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Andrew Steer, president-elect of WRI and current special envoy for climate change at the World Bank, gave remarks.
The dinner raised more than $1 million to help the organization fulfill its mission and respond to new and emerging challenges. Around 350 people, from a mix of government, business, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations, attended the dinner.
PHOTOS: Event Photos
VIDEO: Courage to Lead 2012 | Event Highlights |(2:59)
VIDEO: Courage to Lead 2012 | “Making Big Ideas Happen” | (5:00)
Since 1982, the World Resources Institute has been making big ideas happen at the intersection of people and the environment. Here are three WRI success stories that give only a glimpse into the richly diverse work that we do.
VIDEO: Courage to Lead 2012 | “The Passionate Pragmatist,” a video tribute to former WRI President Jonathan Lash | (4:04)
VIDEO: Courage to Lead 2012 | “A Champion for Sustainable, Livable Cities,” a tribute video to Related Chairman and CEO Stephen M. Ross| (5:15)
Thanks to our donors for helping us make big ideas happen!
Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation
Greenberg Traurig LLP
James A. Harmon
The Olayan Group
Shell Oil Company
Afsaneh and Michael Beschloss
Robert J. Alexander / CBRE
Frances Beinecke and Natural Resources Defense Council
Dow Chemical Company
William B. Finneran and Nathan Gantcher
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Coleman Fung Foundation
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Liberty Lane Partners
Preston R. Miller, Jr.
Sebonack Golf Club
Lee and Dorothy Thomas
Todd and Melissa Thomson
Tishman Construction Corporation
Jimmy Buffett/John Cohlan/Margaritaville Holdings
Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation
Stephen L. Green
Charles O. Holliday
Invenergy LLC and Michael Polsky
Ismael Leyva Architects
L&L Holding Company
Mr. and Mrs. Richard LeFrak
Mandarin Oriental, New York
The Litwin Foundation
Garry Munson/Whitney Capital Company, LLC
Raffiq and Michele Nathoo
William D. Ruckelshaus
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
Vornado Realty Trust
Roy Zuckerberg and Tara Kelleher