This premier event honors women who have attained the ultimate distinction in their careers and who personify the essence and vitality of our city and our country.  It has been presented to women in business, politics, entertainment and philanthropy. 



Andrea Catsimatidis serves as an executive of the Red Apple Group. In addition to contributing to the leadership of the company as a whole, she has specific responsibilities as a Principal of Red Apple Real Estate, a member of Red Apple Group’s investment committee, Vice President of First Federal Guarantee Insurance Company, and Managing Director of Gristedes Supermarkets.

In September 2017, Andrea was elected Chair and CEO of the Manhattan Republican Party and was subsequently elected as a Vice Chair of the New York State Republican Party, in charge of representing all of New York City. A member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Andrea also serves on the board of the Dough Main Financial Literacy Foundation to promote children’s financial literacy. She is also actively involved in many other charities.

Andrea graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2012, with a B.S. in Business Management and double minors in Political Science and Communications.

Headshot-websiteSomers Farkas, a former model and advertising executive, today consults with non-profit and profit organizations, initiating development partnerships, advising on new business and impact investing. She also initiated the formation of an international beverage company. Her company, SW FARKAS produces brand-enhancing events and cross-marketing opportunities.

Actively involved in local and national politics, she was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships in 2017, and serves as a Vice President of the Manhattan Republican Party. A committed philanthropist, she has raised millions for organizations including: ASPCA, The Alzheimer’s Association, Lighthouse Guild, and The New York Women’s Foundation, of which she is a former member of the board.

A Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation, Somers serves on the Nominating Committee and Crime Stoppers Committee and is an Honorary Battalion Chief of New York City’s Fire Department and co-producer of the documentary “FDNY: 150 Years.”

Born in Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay, her family has a centuries old dedication to the Tidewater peninsula. They supported passage of a wetlands protection bill, the formation of The Barrier Islands Center, capital improvements in the Eastern Shore Community College and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital and were instrumental in building the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Somers received her BA in Communications from the University of Virginia.

Headshot-websiteLucida Plummer is the Executive Director, Global Head of Diversity, Asset & Wealth Management, at J.P. Morgan. She is responsible for working with senior leaders to drive accountability and engagement around attracting and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Previously, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion for Wyndham Worldwide, she created and executed key initiatives. She led the Global Diversity Council, chaired by the CEO, and led an initiative to identify diverse high growth consumer segments across Wyndham’s lines of business. Lucida worked across the enterprise to identify strategic opportunities and partnerships with key leaders, diverse populations, and external organizations to enhance Wyndham's reputation as an employer of choice.

Prior to that role, Lucida was the Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, for MetLife, accountable for restructuring 30 US diversity networks with over 5,000 members and launching global women’s business networks in over 20 countries in alignment with MetLife’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Before moving into Diversity & Inclusion, she leveraged her human resources experience across a wide range of industries with a particular focus on employee relations and employee engagement.

Lucida obtained a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY and her undergraduate in Psychology from the State University at Albany, Albany, NY.


The Honorable Barbara S. Jones (ret.)

Amelia Bernstein

Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE
Margo Catsimatidis
Joan Ganz Cooney
Lisa M. Friel
Rikki J. Klieman
Pamela J. Newman
Yoko Ono
Dame Donna Anne Soloway
Julie Myers Wood
Ellen Zimiles



Margo & John a. Catsimatidis



Amelia & Richard A. Bernstein 

$15,000 - SuperStar

 $10,000 - celebrity


Bradford enterprises 

Hon. Barbara S. Jones (ret.)


Brunch for Two - Tribeca Grill
Four St. Honoree Watches
$200 Gift Certificate – Carolines on Broadway
Conair Gift Basket
$150 Gift Certificate - Porsena Restaurant
Overnight weekday stay for two, with continental breakfast – Oheka Castle
$250 Gift Certificate – Wolford Boutique
Examination, Spinal Adjustment & 15 Minute Mechanical Massage - Cucci Chiropractic
Eric Javits Regime Bronze Handbag
Two orchestra seats to one concert – New York Philharmonic
$5,000 Gift Certificate – Bradford Portraits
Longchamp Le Pliage Heritage Zip Wallet
$1,655 La Suite Skincare Gift Package
Lunch for 8 – Paola’s Restaurant
Gift Certificate – Amaranth Restaurant
Four Historic Tour Tickets - Apollo Theater
$100 Gift Certificate – Lexington Club
Dinner for Two – Gramercy Tavern
Clarins Gift Basket
NBA Collection Gift Bag
$100 Gift Certificate – Da Umberto
Medical and Cosmetic Consultation with Radiofrequency Skin-tightening - Dr. Karen Burke
$100 Gift Certificate – Porsena Restaurant
Dinner for Two with Wine Pairings – Ristorante Morini
MLB Ladies Golf Jacket & Hat
Gift Certificate for two blowouts – Drybar
Two tickets to a performance – Paper Mill Playhouse
Sothy’s – Gift Basket
$150 Gift Certificate – Porsena Restaurant
$3,000 Gift Certificate – Bradford Portraits
Dinner for Two – JoJo Restaurant
Dinner for Two – ABC Kitchen
Three Month Gym Membership – Equinox
Gift Certificate – Michael's Restaurant

$25 per ticket / 6 tickets for $100

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