New Yorkers Honored At Marymount Manhattan College
College (MMC) will present the 2003 President’s Medal to Dr. Stephen
B. Colvin, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York University
Medical Center and Kate McEnroe, President of AMC Networks. This
year’s celebration will feature the presentation of the first-ever
Lifetime Achievement Award to Kitty Carlisle Hart, legendary entertainer
and New York arts advocate.
Medal is awarded to outstanding individuals who have distinguished
records of excellence in their profession and who are dedicated
to the support of humanitarian concerns in the community and society
at large. This year’s honorees have championed child advocacy
and the arts.
Dr. Stephen B.
Colvin is internationally renowned for his work in mitral valve
reconstruction, a recognized expert in congenital heart surgery
and a pioneer in the use of state-of-the-art intraoperative video
photography. Dr. Colvin and his team have led the world in perfecting
minimally invasive heart surgery, performing complicated heart
surgery with remarkably accelerated recovery.
Dr. Colvin has
performed heart surgery on children from around the world in collaboration
with several international organizations. His vision and passion
to help young children with heart disease led him to co-found
Project Kids Worldwide, which provides life-saving heart surgery
and medical treatment for impoverished children with heart disease
from medically underserved countries. To date, children from India,
China, Guyana, Nigeria, Jordan, Kosovo and Jamaica have undergone
successful heart surgery and returned to their homelands with
President of AMC and WE (Women’s Entertainment) cable networks,
has been hailed as one of cable’s most powerful women. At the
helm of AMC, McEnroe was responsible for building the cable service,
now seen in 84 million homes. In 2001, WE was launched to fulfill
the need for inspirational programming for women. WE has become
one of the fastest growing cable networks, now in 52 million homes.
Kate’s greatest personal accomplishment is the adoption of her
two children from Romania, Christian and Caitlin. Kate is now
dedicated to the plight of children in orphanages overseas and
her personal passion is to assist families in navigating the difficult
political process of international adoption.
Hart’s career as an actress and singer spans over seven decades
and includes Hollywood movies, leading Broadway and opera roles
and work with such composers as Cole Porter, George Gershwin and
Irving Berlin. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in the
1984 revival of “On Your Toes.” In opera, she created the role
of Lucretia in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten’s “Rape
of Lucretia.” Mrs. Hart’s early roles include a starring role
in the classic “A Night at the Opera” with the Marx Brothers and
“She Loves Me Not” and “Here is My Heart,” both with Bing Crosby.
Later film appearances include “Radio Days” and “Six Degrees of
Separation.” In recent years Mrs. Hart has lectured extensively
throughout the United States, and was a regular panelist on the
long-running television show, “To Tell the Truth.” An active supporter
of arts & culture, she served for twenty years as Chairwoman
of the New York State Council on the Arts. In 1996, Governor George
E. Pataki named Mrs. Hart Chairwoman Emeritus and dedicated the
Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre in honor of her commitment to the
arts in New York State.
Mrs. Hart was
awarded the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush.
She has received appointments to the Visiting Committee of the
Board of Overseers of Harvard’s Music School and MIT. She penned
her own story, “Kitty: An Autobiography.”#
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