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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Louise Mirrer
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Louise Mirrer.

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On Monday, May 18, 2009, the New-York Historical Society honored Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at its annual Strawberry Festival Luncheon. The event was attended by 175 guests and raised over $150,000.

Senator Gillibrand is the latest in a line of outstanding women honored at the Strawberry Festival, including her predecessor in the Senate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was the keynote speaker in 2005. Other recent honorees include Michelle Obama (2007), Betsy Gotbaum, Nancy Newcomb, Anna Quindlen, Leslie Stahl, Christine Quinn and Wendy Wasserstein.

Tiffany & Co. presented an array of jewelry at the 2009 Strawberry Festival luncheon. Included were jewels inspired by the legendary creations of Louis Comfort Tiffany and other historic designs from the Tiffany & Co. Archives, as well as iconic jewelry by world-renowned Tiffany designers Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picassso and Frank Gehry.

The annual Strawberry Festival is a spring tradition of the New-York Historical Society, first celebrated with a picnic in 1856 in Washington Square Park. Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival support the major exhibitions and educational programs of the New-York Historical Society. Current and upcoming N-YHS exhibitions include Abraham Lincoln In His Own Words: An Intimate View of Our Greatest President; Harlem 1970-2009: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara; Landmarks of New York; New York Painting Begins: Eighteenth-Century Portraits; and this fall's Lincoln and New York.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Joan Davidson
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Joan Davidson.

Lois Chiles, Louise Mirrer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Lois Chiles, Louise Mirrer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Alexandra Lebenthal and Michelle Smith
Alexandra Lebenthal and Michelle Smith.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Louise Mirrer and Pam Schafler
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Louise Mirrer and Pam Schafler.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Corinne Greenberg
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Corinne Greenberg.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Louise Mirrer and Bernard Schwartz
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Louise Mirrer and Bernard Schwartz.

Tarky Lombardi and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Tarky Lombardi and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Sara Moss, Louise Mirrer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Sara Moss, Louise Mirrer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Alexandra Lebenthal and Michelle Smith
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Alexandra Lebenthal and Michelle Smith.

Tiffany jewelry
Tiffany jewelry on display.

Photos: Don Pollard
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