November 1, 2005: 


Common Cause/NY honored Former President Bill Clinton and other New Yorkers who are making a difference at the eighth annual I Love an Ethical NY Awards Reception at the Powerhouse at the American Museum of Natural History. The event was held on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 from 5:15pm to 8pm and included a celebratory cocktail reception and a silent auction.


More than 400 guests attended the glittering reception with live jazz, and then were rewarded with remarks from the exceptional honorees, presenters and special guests. Dominic Carter, senior political reporter from NY1 emceed the evening.


The award ceremony concluded with a champagne toast proposed by Carol Prendergast (NY Chair of Governing Board), Chellie Pingree (President), and Rachel Leon (Executive Director of NY) where they stressed the accomplishments of Common Cause in the last three decades and the long work ahead to continue to hold power accountable.


Lewis and Dorothy Cullman headed the event committee as Benefit Chairs. The event committee also included George Soros, Virginia Davies and Willard Taylor, Larry Rockefeller, Candice Bergen, Derek Bok,  Sally Engelhard Pingree, Thomas D. Thacher II, Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr and many more key New Yorkers.  



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2005 Honorees


President William J. Clinton

At the event, The Honorable President William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, was honored with the John Gardner Spirit Award for his extraordinary efforts together with President George H. W. Bush in raising funds and awareness in the wake of the South Asian tsunami disaster.  In these difficult times, with deep partisan divides at home and strain in our relationships abroad, we need more examples of collaborations like these that show the strength of our common cause. Mr. Lewis Cullman, Benefit Chair of the event presented his award.



Charlie Rose

The Seeking Truth In Democracy Award was presented to Charlie Rose for advancing the type of real political discourse and debate that is the lifeblood of our democracy.  "The Charlie Rose Show" on PBS is a premier source for enlightening and interesting discussion of the issues that we face as a country and should be celebrated. Calvin Trillin, deadline poet for the Nation and renowned humorist and journalist presented the award to Mr. Rose at the ceremony.






Seymour Hersh

The Holding Power Accountable Award was presented to Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author,  for his distinguished career most recently at The New Yorker. Mr. Hersh recently received the prestigious George Polk award for an unprecedented fifth time for his accounts of prisoner abuse in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. The award was accepted by Amy Davidson, Senior Editor for the New Yorker on his behalf. Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union presented the award to Ms. Davidson.





H. Dale Hemmerdinger & Diana Fortuna

H. Dale Hemmerdinger and Diana Fortuna, Chairman and President of the Citizens Budget Commission were honored with the Making Peoples' Voices Heard Award for their work in helping to advance the movement for reform of New York state government. Their presenters included: Robert Rubin, Citigroup Director and former Treasury Secretary, 106th Mayor of New York City David N. Dinkins.








  Thanks to all the Common Cause staff and volunteers who helped the day of the event and to everyone who supported the event!



Proceeds from this event benefited Common Cause/New York, a non-partisan citizen's organization working for open and accountable government and the Common Cause Education Fund, the research and education arm of Common Cause.