Annual Smith College Club of NYC Benefit

A cherished annual event, sponsored by the Smith College Club of NYC, is our way of giving back to the college and features a keynote speaker.

This distinguished Smith College Alum talks about their career, and journey through life after Smith.
The Club has been honored to present keynote speakers such as Shelley Lazarus, Charlotte Ford, Florence Fabricant, and Farah Pandith.

The Benefit raises money for a scholarship fund for New York City area eligible students.  One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Benefit go to the scholarship fund as the Club underwrites the cost. 

The money is paid directly to a scholarship endowment fund managed by the college, which continues to grow to meet today's costs of a college education thanks to the generosity of Smith Alumnae who gather at this event to celebrate their connection to the college and each other as alumnae.

What a wonderful way for the Smith community of New York City to give back to the college as well as to support current students. 





The Benefit Committee


Linda Smith Charles '74 Co-chair

Susan Cohen '62 Co-chair

Barbara Massey '63 Co-chair

Ellen Matzkin '69 Co-chair

Jacqueline Anderson '80

Erika Brewer '86

Kate Sonders Solomon '00

Jill Witten '69 

Anna Gannon - Advisor '85

If you would like to become involved in planning this annual event or have questions email


Keynote Speakers

2024 - Smith College President Emerita Ruth J. Simmons

2023 - S. Mona Sinha '88

2022 - Gillian Sorensen '63

2019Florence Fabricant '58

2018Farah Pandith '90

2017 - Trustee Emerita Shelly Lazarus ’68

2016President Emerita Dr. Ruth J. Simmons 

2015 - President Emerita Jill Kerr Conway

2014 - The Honorable Jane Lakes Harman ’66

2013Joan Lebold Cohen ’54

2012 Thelma Golden ’87

2012 - A panel of distinguished Smith alumnae: former New Jersey Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden '50, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin '84, and former senior aide to Nancy Pelosi, Stacy Kerr '99.

2011Janice Carlson Oresman, ‘55, Trustee Emerita

2011 - Joanne Halperin Siegmund '59

2010Annual Benefit at DC Moore Gallery

2009 - Evening of Cocktails, Art and Jazz