Connie Milstein attended the Vintners Dinner, which is one of the events included in the Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting & Auction.
Blue Star Families is an organization which was founded by military families in order to support, connect and empower military families. The influence of BSF is widespread, with a presence in over 70 military bases throughout the world. BSF is proud to have a dynamic National Leadership Team which is comprised of the spouses and other family members of the active duty, military personnel, including national guardsmen, reservists and veterans who are serving in all of the branches of the U.S. military.
Connie Milstein recently became a member of the board of directors of BSF- a natural extension of Mrs. Milstein’s long-term commitment to and concern for military families. Connie Milstein’s support has extended to donating, on more than one occasion, special confections from her baked goods shop, Connie’s Bakery, adding a sweet touch to the special programing BSF organized on behalf of their families. Whether it is brownies, cookies or cakes, treats from Connie Milstein’s bakery says, “We love you and support you!” in the sweetest way possible.
Spring is the season for blossoming flowers and trees, warming weather trends, and graduation events and commencements. This year, at the 2010 commencement for the prestigious New York University, Connie Milstein will be honored with the coveted “Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society” award. This honor is being bestowed upon Connie Milstein in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to society as a lawyer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, as well as an alumna of NYU.
This year’s Commencement Exercises will be held on May 12, at Yankee Stadium. The President of NYU, John Sexton and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Martin Lipton, announced in March the names of all those that will be honored at the event.
In addition to Connie Milstein, several other notable people are receiving honors from NYU. Among them is the actor Alec Baldwin, who was one of the co-hosts of this year’s Academy Awards, who will address the graduates and guests and receive a Doctor or Fine Arts degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony.
Wayne Shorter, the award-winning jazz musician and composer is a NYU Steinhardt alumnus. He will also receive a Doctor or Fine Arts degree, honoris causa.
Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents and NYU alumna will be receiving the “Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City” in recognition of her contribution to the improvement of the quality of life in New York.
In recent Blue Star Families news, Marie Matheson of Georgia decided to do something about a recent Blue Star Families survey. In a recent survey, 94% of military families surveyed felt that the larger community doesn’t understand or appreciate their sacrifices as part of the military.
Shocked by this statistic, Marie decided to take matters into her own hands. As the director of the Georgia chapter of BSF, she wrote letters to the governor of Georgia and the mayors of Georgia towns with military bases asking that they make April the “Month of the Military Child.” Seven mayors and city councils responded and Georgia’s Governor Sonny Perdue declared May “Military Families Month.” One mayor actually made the entire year of 2009 the “Year of the Military Family!”
Now, she has sent out a challenge to all other state directors to follow suit. This is an example of the amazing commitment that makes Blue Star Families, where Connie Milstein is a Board Member, stand out and make people proud.
The much-awaited Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has many incredible features and assets. As a driving force behind the project, Connie Milstein and her family helped to pave the way for this comprehensive inpatient and outpatient facility.
The new facility includes amazing specialists who bring expertise in coronary artery disease, electrophysiology and more to the center. It has 20 new cardiac ICU beds, offers non-surgical alternatives, features a dedicated Diabetes and Heart Education Center and a Preventive Cardiology Program, and includes an environmentally friendly and award-winning design. The building features recycled materials and is supposed to be 30% more energy efficient than a standard building. The new facility has already received the 2009 Award of Merit in Health Care from New York Construction Magazine.