Annual Smith College Club of NYC Benefit

A cherished annual event, sponsored by the Smith College Club of NYC, the Annual Benefit is our way of giving back to the college and features a keynote honoree. The evening is subsidized by the club and 100% of the income raised goes directly to the NYC endowed scholarship fund for NYC area eligible students. 

Generally a distinguished Smith College Alum, the honoree talks about her career and journey through life after Smith. The Club has been honored to present keynote speakers such as Shelley Lazarus, Charlotte Ford, Florence Fabricant, Farah Pandith and Mona Sinha.


Our program this year featured Ruth Simmons, President Emerita of Smith College in conversation with Deborah Archer '93, and was held at the New York Yale Club on April 2. The event was sold out and broke previous fund-raising efforts, reaching a total of over $65,000 for the Club’s scholarship fund. 


Thanks to the Benefit Committee, and, especially, to the generous donors who made this such a success! A special thank you to Ruth Simmons! As introductory remarks were concluded, Ruth spoke about the importance of financial aid, and donated $10,000 to the Fund! We are forever grateful for her support and generosity.


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

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Keynote Speakers

2024 - Ruth J. Simmons, President Emerita Smith College 

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