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Image courtesy of Fellow Chris Doyle, Drawings from Bright Canyon, 2014, Digital Animation, 3:00
Julie Heffernan (MF 2012), detail of Self Portrait as Great Acceleration, 2016

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The 2017 National Benefit
May 1, 2017
Capitale, NYC
130 Bowery, New York
Stay tuned for more details!

National Benefit 2016

cocktail reception - artwork by chris doyle
Guests enjoying cocktail hour beneath the animations of Fellow Chris Doyle
Photo by Brian Sargent

MacDowell’s National Benefit on May 18, 2016 was a joyful occasion! As our Chairman Michael Chabon said, "In order to evolve an organism needs exactly the right environment in which to grow. In addition to time it must have nourishment. You are here tonight helping to nourish MacDowell both spiritually and financially."
Together, we succeeded in raising more than $520,000 for the residency program, surpassing our goal. Our first mobile auction was a huge success, and we made so many new Friends who share our enthusiasm.

Thank you to all those who came out to celebrate MacDowell and for your continued support.

   
ethan hawke reading from Fellow Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies
Chairman of the Board Michael Chabon, Board and Benefit Committee member Carol Ostrow, Board President Susan Davenport Austin, Kenneth Austin, Viq Shariff, Kimberly Shariff
Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke reads from Fellow Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies
Photo by Brian Sargent
Chairman of the Board Michael Chabon, Board and Benefit Committee member Carol Ostrow, Board President Susan Davenport Austin, Kenneth Austin, Viq Shariff, Kimberly Shariff
Photo by Steven Tucker
Photo by Brian Sargent
Todd Fisher and Event Chair and Board member Christine Fisher
Todd Fisher and Event Chair and Board member Christine Fisher
Photo by Brian Sargent
Photo by Brian Sargent
Wyatt Williams and Fellow Kathryn Stockett
Wyatt Williams and Fellow Kathryn Stockett
Photo by Brian Sargent
Photo by Steven Tucker
Board member and Fellow Trevor Weston toasts MacDowell at dinner
Photo by Steven Tucker
Benefit Chair Anne Stark Locher with Michael Chabon
Board member and Fellow Trevor Weston toasts MacDowell at dinner
Photo by Steven Tucker
Benefit Chair Anne Stark Locher with Michael Chabon
Photo by Steven Tucker

Our 2016 Benefit was Hosted by Michael Chabon
With Emcee Lisa Kron

Honorary Chairs
Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Alice Walker

BENEFIT CO-CHAIRS

CHRISTINE FISHER              ANNE STARK LOCHER

BENEFIT COMMITTEE

CHRIS DOYLE
JULIA JACQUETTE
CAROL OSTROW
BARBARA SENCHAK

NATIONAL BENEFIT PATRONS

SUSAN DAVENPORT AUSTIN AND KENNETH AUSTIN
WILLIAM N. BANKS
ELEANOR BRIGGS
MARY AND ROBERT CARSWELL
MICHAEL CHABON AND AYELET WALDMAN
FRED CLARKE AND LAURA WEIR-CLARKE
EDMÉE AND NICHOLAS FIRTH
CHRISTINE AND TODD FISHER
GERALD AND TERESA GARTNER
ELIZABETH AND RUSSELL GAUDREAU
ADELE GRIFFIN AND ERICH MAUFF
JOHN HARGRAVES AND NANCY NEWCOMB
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS 
MICHAEL HOEH AND JOHN MCGOVERN
PETER C. AND EILEEN JACHYM
ANNE STARK LOCHER AND KURT LOCHER
ROBERT M. AND STEPHANIE L. OLMSTED
CAROL OSTROW AND MICHAEL GRAFF
TOM AND BABS PUTNAM
ANDREW AND BARBARA SENCHAK
CHARLES F. STONE III AND THERESA STONE
SZILVIA SZMUK-TANENBAUM
HELEN S. TUCKER

Special thanks to our corporate sponsors

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