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Issue #221
Spring 2009

Belinda Stronach photographed exclusively for Lifestyles Magazine by Taku Kumabe at the headquarters of The Belinda Stronach Foundation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Cover Story

Belinda Stronach: Being Belinda

By Elisa Birnbaum

She’s been a mogul, politician, victim, and winner. Now Belinda Stronach is ready for the (next) fight of her life.


Pete Peterson: Patriot Games

By Nancy A. Ruhling

After conquering the world of private equity and cashing out with billions in the bank, Pete Peterson did the unthinkable: he gave most of it away.

Alfred Mann: Mann kind

By Aliza Davidovit

Whether it’s giving sight to the blind or launching shuttles into space, Alfred Mann never backs down from a challenge.

Monica Seles: Getting a Grip

By Victoria Scrozzo

Monica Seles achieved more by 19 than most people do in a lifetime. But in her new book, the tennis legend is just searching for balance.

Julie Toskan-Casale: Making it up as she goes along

By Elisa Birnbaum

For Julie Toskan-Casale, selling cosmetics giant MAC was just the beginning.

Anthony Melman: The Good Life

By Erin Dym

Former Onex executive Anthony Melman manages to stay grounded—and healthy—as he follows a new dream.

Tomicah Tillemann: Generation Next

By Robert K. Epstein

Tomicah Tillemann’s accomplishments might read like a novel, but carrying on his grandfather’s legacy is the story he really wants told.

Ron & Ginetta Barbaro: Human Touch

By Sheila Dropkin

For philanthropists Ron & Ginetta Barbaro, they only slow down to find the next challenge to conquer.

Helen Diller: Time on Her Side

By Wendy Helfenbaum

For Bay Area mainstay Helen Diller, simply writing checks isn’t an option.

Jeff Farber: In a Good Place

By Debbie Cohen

Jeff Farber was on his way to retirement when San Francisco’s Koret Foundation came calling. Now the former Bank of America exec’s busy days start before dawn and stretch into the night—and he couldn’t be happier.

Moshe Hammer: Music Man

By Sheila Dropkin

Moshe Hammer may have played his violin for audiences around the world, but it’s his work with kids that has really struck a chord.

Meyer May: Reaching Out

By Adam Michael Segal

Rabbi Meyer H. May leads the kind of righteous life from which we can all draw inspiration: Rain or shine, he runs or walks three miles every day and maintains an impeccably healthy diet.

Justin Baer: Man About Town

By Julie Jacobs

For serial businessman Justin Baer, two invitations on the same night sparked his latest idea,


  • Triple play at Mount Sinai
  • Duty Free founder breaks $100 million barrier
  • First Lady cooks for homeless
  • Hospitals benefit from $50 million donations
  • France’s Bruni-Sarkozy offers help
  • Bikini model promotes water conservation
  • Sabans restore Beverly Hills landmark
  • Children give back
  • Composer’s heirs donate legacy


  • A Night at the Opera
  • CONTACT: Still Revolution
  • FIDF Raises $15 Million at Annual Gala
  • Performance for Polish Museum
  • Wendy & Bob Zinner Honored
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • Armani Donates $1 Million Grant
  • Lunch with Caryn Lerner
  • Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
  • Generations Against Genocide
  • AJC Honors Rupert Murdoch
  • Tower of Hope Awards
  • JUMP
  • The School of American Ballet
  • An Unforgettable Evening

The Index

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The economy may be temporarily floundering, but there is hope: family philanthropies are strong and their giving isn’t expected to slow down significantly.