The “Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society” will be presented to lawyer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and alumna Connie Milstein.
Connie’s Bakery and General Store has established a giving vehicle called Foundation Sweet Success. 100% of after-tax profits from Connie’s Bakery and General Store support charitable work. Each year, they select six non-profit organizations to designate as the recipients of their charitable funds.
The Breadwinners Foundation is one of these organizations that receive donations from Connie’s Bakery and General Store, owned by Connie Milstein. This non-profit organization offers short term financial assistance and resource information to families who are dealing with economic hardship after the tragic loss of the primary breadwinner. For nine years now, The Breadwinners Foundation has been offering financial support including medical expenses, mortgage payments, funeral costs and more.
The Breadwinners Foundation was started by Keith J. Ahlers when his brother died suddenly, leaving his family without sufficient resources. The organization is funded entirely by contributions from community members and organizations, such as Connie’s Bakery and General Store.
Founded by Paul Doty, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is a vital part of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Doty’s vision was to create an academic center in which serious global issues could be addressed through the integration of insights and research conducted by social scientists, natural scientists, technologists and those immersed in government, diplomacy, defense and business.
The Belfer Center is nourished by the extraordinary research community of over 150 scholars, utilizing the resources of the faculty of Harvard among them researchers and practioners, with new vitality added each year with research fellows who are involved on the international sphere with interdisciplinary expertise.
The Center is able to promote creative, innovative solutions to the modern challenges presented to the international community through publications, policy discussions, workshops, seminars, and conferences.
As an International Council Member of the Belfer Center, Connie Milstein had much to add to the ongoing dialogue, research and leadership found at the Center.
Refugees International is an organization which fights for the protection of people who have been displaced, offers them assistance, and advocates and promotes for the resolution of whatever conflicts were the initial cause of the displacement. Connie Milstein is an Emeritus Director for Refugees International. As such she is dedicated to respond the challenges caused by international crisis and conflicts, such as the following:
• If a refugee crisis is ignored or not dealt with properly this situation can have worldwide destabilizing effect. At the moment there are almost 42 million people around the globe with refugee status. An additional 12 million live in limbo as stateless without any citizenship rights. These people are among the world’s most vulnerable, each one with a heartbreaking personal story of loss, suffering and survival to tell.
• A conflict can spread across borders if it is not dealt with an immediate, appropriate way, threatening stability. Refugees International responds quickly with food, medicine and education. They look for ways to get the refugees home. Peacekeepers offer protection to the refugees and stateless individuals are helped to receive a useful legal status. Refugees International arose in 1979 as a grass roots citizen’s movement to offer assistance and protection to the refugees of Indochina. Today they have expanded to become the world’s premier organization which advocates for refugees and provokes appropriate action form world leaders to find solutions to global conflicts which cause refugees to flee. Refugees International is completely independent, not accepting money from governments or the United Nations, allowing the organization to maintain independence and non-partiality.
Connie Milstein represented her family at the ceremony celebrating the opening of the state-of-art Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center. As part of the already medically outstanding New York Presbyterian Hospital, the latest cardiac facility should prove to take cardiac care to new levels of excellence.
One of the cutting-edge high-tech machines the Milstein Center will have at its service is the Zeego 3-Dimensional Circular X-ray device. The Zeego, of which the Milstein Center will have three of the country’s eleven in total, is capable of giving doctors an unprecedented view of the internal structure and functioning of their patients with none of the invasiveness of previous procedures to obtain similar information.
“The Milstein Heart Center will allow New York-Presbyterian to continue on its path of advancing new treatments, a road that saw this Hospital perform the first successful pediatric heart transplant operation, the country’s first robotically assisted open-heart procedure to be completed with a totally closed chest, and the country’s first robotically assisted, totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery, along with many other breakthroughs in cardiovascular research and patient care,” says Dr. Craig R. Smith, surgeon-in-chief at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center.
The Milstein Family Heart Center, with the help of Connie Milstein, will lead the country into the future of excellent health care for healthier, more productive lives.