One of the premier universities in the world, Harvard University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all over the United States and the world. Its distinguished faculty currently has 2,100 members; 44 current and former professors have earned the Nobel Prize. One of the world’s largest, the university’s endowment is approximately $32 billion.
Harvard, the United States’ oldest institution of higher learning, was established by the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636, and takes its name from John Harvard, its first donor. The campus’ oldest buildings date to the 1700s, and after 200 years Harvard adopted its coat of arms containing the Latin motto “Veritas.” Its alumni have included some of the world’s most powerful people, including U.S. Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, medical innovators, and business leaders.
Bill Gray earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and later an MBA from the University of Virginia. Bill Gray is an experienced business professional and former Co-CEO of Oglivy Group North America.
By Bill Gray
Each year, the American Red Cross in Greater New York hosts the New York Red Cross Ball to honor businesses and individuals for their humanitarian efforts. In 2012, approximately 500 New York philanthropists, corporate leaders, celebrities, local officials, and other Red Cross supporters attended the event. The International Leadership and the Humanitarian awards were given to Simon Ruddick and Ann F. Kaplan, respectively. In part for its ongoing partnership with the Ready When The Time Comes program, JetBlue was bestowed with the Corporate Leadership Award.
Over the years, the New York Red Cross Ball has earned a reputation for providing great entertainment. The 2012 ball, which was held at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, featured multiple numbers performed by Dancing with the Stars personalities Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus.
About the Author: A former member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide board, Bill Gray attends the Red Cross New York Ball whenever possible. He was the 2008 recipient of the American Red Cross in Greater New York’s Humanitarian Award.