New-York Historical Society Announces Information on 2019 History Makers Gala

Andrew Roberts, John Monsky, Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation to be Honored at New-York Historical Society’s Annual History Makers Gala Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The New-York Historical Society will present the 2019 History Makers Award to historian Andrew Roberts, author of the acclaimed book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny. The gala will take place on October 29, 2019, at Cipriani 42nd Street. New-York Historical Trustee John Monsky will receive the New-York Historical Society Distinguished Service Award, and the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation will receive the New-York Historical Society Medal of Merit for Public Engagement.

D-Day was the pivotal moment of World War II and arguably the single most important morning of the 20th century,” said Pam Schafler, chair of New-York Historical’s Board of Trustees. “This year’s honorees have each played a crucial role in illuminating that moment in history, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Andrew Roberts’ book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, makes it clear that there likely would never have been a D-Day without Churchill’s fierce, and often solitary, obstinacy. Bob Hope was the personification of the American ‘good heart’ and ‘good friendship’ that kept soldiers in the fight and home front audiences confident and supportive. John Monsky, through his singular D-Day multi-media program, has brought that fateful day, and the weeks and months that followed, to life.

The funds raised at the History Makers Gala benefit education programs at New-York Historical that annually serve more than 200,000 New York City public school students. Past recipients of the History Makers Award include Jim Dale (2018), William J. Bratton and Rikki Klieman (2017), Ken Burns and Ric Burns (2016), Ron Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda (2015), Hillary Clinton (2014), David Petraeus (2013), Wynton Marsalis and Walter Isaacson (2012), and Henry Kissinger (2011), among others.

2019 Honorees

Andrew Roberts has written or edited 12 books, which have been translated into 18 languages, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world. His biography of Sir Winston Churchill, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, was published fall 2018 and entered the New York Times bestseller list after being described by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and several British papers as the best biography of Churchill ever written. Based in London, he is an accomplished public speaker. He is presently a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London; the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society; and the Founder-President of the Cliveden Literary Festival.

John Monsky is a historian, writer, producer, lecturer, and lawyer. A trustee of the New-York Historical Society, he is the creator, writer, executive producer, and narrator of the American History Unbound series. He is also known for his collection of American flags—one of the finest in the United States. His day job is at Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm founded by Robert M. Bass, where he serves as partner, General Counsel, and Chairman of the Social, Environmental, and Governance Committee.

The Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation was established to provide for and to assure the continuation of the philanthropic ideals of Bob and Dolores Hope by supporting organizations that feed, clothe, and shelter America’s underprivileged. It also honors and preserves the “spirit of Bob Hope” and his legacy as an entertainer, comedian, patriot, humanitarian, and supporter of U.S. military service members.

Gala chairs include Helen and Robert Appel, Diana and Joe DiMenna, Leonard and Judy Lauder, Jennifer Weis Monsky, Pam and Scott Schafler, Denise and Bernard L. Schwartz, and Leah and Michael Weisberg. Co-chairs include Nancy and Barry C. Barnett; Norman S. Benzaquen; Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder; Elizabeth B. Dater; Buzzy Geduld; Ahuva and Martin J. Gross; Susan and Roger Hertog; Patricia D. Klingenstein; Barbara K. and Ira A. Lipman; Paula and Tom McInerney; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Suzanne Peck and Brian Friedman; Jean Margo Reid; Richard Reiss; Leslie and Alan Shuch; Michelle Smith; Gillian and Robert Steel; Laurie and Sy Sternberg; Ann and Andrew Tisch; Sue Ann Weinberg; Anita and Byron Wien; and Barbara and David Zalaznick. Vice chairs include Victoria and Travis Anderson; Judy and Howard Berkowitz; Franci Blassberg and Joseph Rice; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Ruth and Sid Lapidus; Louise and Lewis Lehrman; Joseph C. McNay; Abby and Jonathan Moses; Oak Hill Capital; Joan and Joel I. Picket; Donna and Marvin Schwartz; Paul E. Singer; Daria and Eric J. Wallach; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

What : Annual History Makers Gala

When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Cocktails: 6 pm | Dinner and Program: 7 pm

Where: Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street New York City

Tickets: $1,500 Chartwell Ticket

$2,500 Ally Ticket$5,000 Victory Ticket

$15,000 Churchill Table

$25,000 Vice Chair Table

$50,000 Co-Chair Table

$100,000 Chairman’s Table

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact: 212-744-0799 or

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City, state, and the country, as well as to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nueva York; Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion; Superheroes in Gotham; Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes; Harry Potter: A History of Magic; and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York. New-York Historical is also home to one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

The All-New Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok At Chao Phraya River Is Now Accepting Reservations In Anticipation Of 2020 Opening

Jean-Michel Gathy’s Visionary Design Comes To Life

With its grand opening just a few months away, the all-new urban resort of Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning February 1, 2020.

The Chao Phraya River embodies the spirit of Bangkok, with life on its banks and waters reflecting the kaleidoscopic nature of this intriguing city. Experience the pulse of the river for yourself at Four Seasons, with the Hotel’s cascading design and open spaces affording an array of views – from the glimpse of a fisherman’s sampan in the early morning light to sweeping panoramas of the sublime, beautiful spectacle of river life.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (PRNewsfoto/Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts)

Set along 200 metres (650 feet) of uncluttered riverfront, architect and designer Jean-Michel Gathy has conceived a fresh landscape that integrates successive indoor and outdoor spaces through a series of cascading buildings, courtyards, terraces and water features across 3.6 hectares (9 acres) along Charoenkrung Road.

Sometimes dramatic. Sometimes intimate. But always charismatic,” says Gathy of Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, where he’s placed new surprises at every turn.

The All-New Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok At Chao Phraya River Is Now Accepting Reservations In Anticipation Of 2020 Opening

High ceilings and glass walls provide breathing space, while pools and flowing water echo the constant movement of the Chao Phraya River. Thailand’s natural beauty and the city’s urbane charms come together in every aspect of the interiors, punctuated by a serious art collection amassed by Gathy himself. Celebrating the country’s legendary craftsmanship and artistry, a dedicated Art Space will showcase contemporary Thai artists.

Architect and designer Jean-Michel Gathy has conceived a fresh landscape that integrates successive indoor and outdoor spaces

Jean-Michel Gathy has truly set the stage for a Four Seasons experience like no other,” says General Manager Lubosh Barta, who has been carefully assembling a team of more than 600 staff dedicated to personalising every stay and every visit to the Hotel, its restaurants and lounges, resort-style spa, and event spaces, all led by an all-star team of leaders from all over the world. “The opening of Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will be nothing short of spectacular in every respect.”

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will offer 299 guest rooms and suites

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will offer 299 guest rooms including suites with garden terraces and an extraordinary, two-storey Presidential Suite; an urban spa with a focus on mind, body and soul; two infinity pools overlooking the river; thoughtful amenities for families including a fully-supervised complimentary kids club; a private boat dock; extensive event spaces highlighted by a waterfront ballroom and terrace; and world class culinary offerings.

A New Destination for Dining and Drinking in Bangkok

The BKK Social Club at the heart of the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is where the world comes together.
The Hotel offers indoor-outdoor event spaces including a dramatic Grand Ballroom for extraordinary occasions

Beginning with a  welcome drink offered by world-renowned mixologist Philip Bischoff and his bar team, the BKK Social Club at the heart Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is where the world comes together – travellers and locals, cuisines and cocktails, past, present and future. Located on the Hotel’s central courtyard in a dramatic tropical space flanked by outdoor terraces, including one reserved for the enjoyment of fine cigars, BKK Social Club promises to herald a new era in Asia’s high energy bar scene. Think Buenos Aires a century ago with a Bossa Nova beat, innovative cocktails featuring fresh Thai produce, bar dishes that unify comforting local and Latin flavours, rare spirits and shared punch bowls, modern glamour with hints of Art Nouveau, and champagne toasts on the terrace.

Throughout the hotel, pools and flowing water echo the constant movement of the Chao Phraya River
The small streets and alleys nearby offer exceptional access to explore Bamgkok’s cultural renaissance.

Additional new dining concepts being introduced for the first time at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River include Yu Ting Yuan, a high style Cantonese restaurant with a show kitchen led by Michelin-starred Chef Qui Xiaogui; Riva del Fiume, where Executive Chef Andrea Accordi’s creativity takes centre stage both indoors and al fresco on three terraces; Brasserie Palmier for tropical French cuisine in a lively setting; The Lounge for the Hotel’s signature afternoon tea as well as casual dining and drinks; and Café Madeleine, a neighbourhood-style pastry shop for sweet treats, classic French bread and brewed beverages; as well as chairside refreshments between the Hotel’s two infinity pools, and 24/7 in-room dining.

Be Among the First to Experience the New Four Seasons: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning February 1, 2020. An introductory offer that includes USD 100 credit toward dining or spa with a minimum two nights booked is available. To reserve, book online or call +66 (0)2-032-0888.

Meeting planners and weddings couples may contact for further information about the Hotel’s 3,823 square metres (41,152 square feet) of flexible indoor-outdoor event spaces or to arrange site tours.

Good News for Holiday Shoppers: The Toy Insider Experts Unveil Hot Holiday Toy Lists

The Hottest Toys of 2019 Won’t Break the Bank!

Hatchimals WOW, PJ Masks, L.O.L Surprise, and Budget-Friendly Collectibles Top the Toy Insider’s Hot 20, STEM 10, and Brand-New 12 Under $12 Lists

The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, today unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and gifts in its 14th annual holiday gift guide. The hottest and most coveted items for 2019 are broken out into three lists: the Hot 20 (the most wished-for items of the year), the STEM 10 (science, technology, engineering and math toys that make learning fun), and the brand-new 12 Under $12 (affordable toys packed with play value and unboxing experiences).

The addition of the first-ever 12 Under $12 list reflects a shift in the toy industry toward toys that, while small in size, offer layers of fun and interactivity at a price that’s affordable for most families. These tiny and collectible toys gained popularity on YouTube and have showed great staying power over the last few years with no sign of slowing down.

Our team of experts is always keeping an eye on the latest and greatest trends. We know that kids are obsessed with watching unboxing videos and all the surprise reveals that come with these collectible toys. Our 12 Under $12 list offers the best of the best so kids can take part in the experience, too!” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider. “More importantly, who says you need to splurge to find the perfect gift? Everything on this list is affordable, perfect for any budget, and even small enough to gift as a stocking stuffer!”

The Toy Insider’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide will appear in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, on newsstands on Oct. 4. An extended guide appears online at starting today. This year’s print guide features nearly 200 toys from 85 different manufacturers, and an additional 150 toys can be found online, representing more than 120 toy companies in total.

This year’s holiday gift guide includes hand-picked selections representing an extensive variety of must-have craft and DIY activity sets, interactive tech toys, screen-free traditional playthings, and active play products to get kids up and moving, among many more categories that are sure to make kids of all ages holly and jolly this holiday season.

The Toy Insider’s Hot 20

0-2 years

  • Fisher-Price Bounce & Spin Puppy (Mattel)
  • LeapBuilders ABC Smart House (LeapFrog)
Mattel FisherPrice Bounce & Spin Puppy

3-4 years

  • Fisher Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Transforming Batmobile R/C (Mattel)
  • FurReal Cubby, The Curious Bear (Hasbro)
  • Kindi Kids (Moose Toys)
  • Myla the Magical Unicorn (VTech)
  • PJ Masks PJ Seeker (Just Play)
  • Rizmo (TOMY)
  • Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe (Just Play)
  • Scruff-A-Luvs Real Rescue (Moose Toys)

5-7 years

  • Blume (Skyrocket)
  • FGTeeV Giant Mystery TeeV (Bonkers)
  • Hatchimals WOW (Spin Master)
  • L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Fashion Doll (MGA Entertainment)
  • Lucky Fortune (WowWee)
  • Mega Grave Digger RC Truck (Spin Master)
  • Power Rangers Beast Morphers Beast-X Ultrazord Figure (Hasbro)
  • Tic Tac Toy XOXO Friends (Blip Toys)

8+ years

  • Blinger Diamond Collection (Wicked Cool Toys)
  • Jumbo Loot Llama Pinata (Jazwares)

The Toy Insider’s STEM 10 

Artie 3000 (Educational Insights)
  • Air-Walker (Thames & Kosmos)
  • Amazing Rescue 50-Piece Set (Magformers)
  • Artie 3000 (Educational Insights)
  • LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander (LEGO)
  • Coding Critters (Learning Resources)
  • Discovery Prehistoric Slimygloop Dig (Horizon Group)
  • K’NEX Dragon Revenge Coaster Building Set (Basic Fun!)
  • Music Kit: Electro Guitar Kit and Record & Remix Kit (Tech Will Save Us)
  • My Robotic Pet – Tumbling Hedgehog (Thames & Kosmos)
  • Vex Robotics Build Blitz by HEXBUG (HEXBUG)

The Toy Insider’s 12 Under $12

Cutetitos Series 3 and Cutetitos Babitos Series 1 (Basic Fun!)
  • 5 Surprise Mini Brands Series 2 (Zuru)
  • Cry Babies Magic Tears (IMC Toys)
  • Cutetitos Series 3 and Cutetitos Babitos Series 1 (Basic Fun!)
  • Fluffy Cloudz (WeCool Toys)
  • Foodie Surprise (Redwood Ventures)
  • Jixelz (Fat Brain Toys)
  • Orb Odditeez Morphimals (Orb)
  • Müshmeez (Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co.)
  • Nanables (Jazwares)
  • Piñata Fiesta (Jakks Pacific)
  • Pop Pop Hair Surprise (MGA Entertainment)
  • Unbox Me Girls (Jay@Play)

Parents and gift-givers can easily search by a child’s age (broken out into 0-2, 3-4, 5-7 and 8+ age groups). They can also view the guide online with their children, making holiday shopping easy for friends and family.

The Toy Insider is an independent organization. Its team of experts attends major toy industry trade shows and events, and conducts briefings with manufacturers, retailers and analysts throughout the year. The Toy Insider hot list submission is open to all toy companies, of all sizes. Toys must be new for 2019 and available to consumers for purchase for the holiday season, either on the company’s website or widely available through any retail partner. When evaluating toys, the team considers play value, originality, skill building, product integrity and, of course, fun factor.

The Toy Insider is the go-to source for product information about children’s toys, tech and entertainment. It publishes two annual gift guides—one for summer and one for holiday—and reviews toys 365 days a year on, a trusted resource for parents. The Toy Insider’s content is produced by an editorial team with more than 75 years of combined experience covering the toy industry. The Toy Insider is published by Adventure Publishing Group, publisher of The Pop Insider, a daily pop culture news and review site that fuels fandoms, as well as leading trade publication The Toy Book. For more information, visit