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Issue #249
New Year 2014


Cover Profile

Debra Black

By Menachem Kaiser

Underfunded and virtually ignored, melanoma research became Debra Black’s top priority.


Bill Zanker: Learning On the Job

By Nancy A. Ruhling

If life’s a classroom, then Bill Zanker’s pulling straight A’s.

Deborah Simon: Simon Does

By Kimberly Greene

Deborah Simon is using shopping malls to help kids hang on, not hang out.

Sandra Smeltzer: Teacher’s Pet

By Amy Soberano

Sandra Smeltzer has the best job in the world.

Jordan Kassalow: The Eyes Have It

By Darren Gluckman

Jordan Kassalow believes what he can’t even see.

Jeffrey Sachs: Doctor’s Orders

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Working non-stop, Jeffrey Sachs’s only patient is the world.


  • Li gives $130 million for education
  • TV mogul goes Public
  • Simon sings!
  • Rowling makes magic for charity
  • Rising stars get $60 million gift
  • Hilton Foundation gives $2 million
  • Arnolds make $10 million pledge for poorest
  • Golden Gate gets $25 million
  • Scream queen auctions masks
  • Record $65 million gift Down Under
  • Bloomberg wins “new Nobel” prize


  • Scholar-Statesman Award Dinner
  • Ambassadors for Humanity Gala
  • Partners for Democracy Awards Dinner
  • Angel Ball
  • The Blue Card Benefit
  • Lighthouse Grunwald Award Luncheon
  • Pencils of Promise Gala
  • The Carmelo Anthony Foundation Dinner
  • UJA-Federation of New York Campaign Kickoff Lands $46 Million
  • LACMA Art + Film Gala
  • Louis Vuitton Debuts Artwork at Bloor Maison

The Index

The Lifestyles 360°

The accumulated wealth represented in the following pages shows that, as markets fluctuate and the global economy rises and falls, one thing is certain: Charitable giving continues to be a top priority for many of the most fortunate.

Big Gift: Leonard Lauder

Giving the gift of art.

Five Questions: Aaron Feuer

Using a little data to make big changes in schools.

First Person: Israel Schachter

Making charity auctions more “social.”