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Mika Brzezinski to be Honored at the New-York Historical Society’s Annual Strawberry Festival

New York, NY, April 15, 2013 – Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, will be presented with the New-York Historical Society’s Women in Public Life Award by Diana DiMenna at the annual Strawberry Festival benefit luncheon on Tuesday, May 14. Patricia D. Klingenstein, respected library and education advocate, will be presented with the Public Service Award. The luncheon will take place from noon to 1:30 pm at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street.

“This annual event provides a platform for exploring the opportunities and challenges women face in our country today—an important issue that has recently become a much-discussed topic, as female professionals contemplate what it means to ‘have it all,’” said Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “Ms. Brzezinski’s book Knowing your Value touches on these issues by examining the role of women in the workplace, why the gender wage gap still exists, and what can be done to close it.”

Ms. Brzezinski joins a list of outstanding women who have been honored at the Strawberry Festival. Past recipients of the distinguished service award include Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Lesley Stahl, Christine Quinn, and Wendy Wasserstein.

Mika Brzezinski’s memoir, All Things At Once, became a New York Times bestseller in January 2010. Brzezinski's second book, Knowing Your Value, which examines the role of women in the workplace, was published in May 2011 and also became a New York Times bestseller, topping the Hardcover Business Best Sellers List during its debut month. Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the CBS Evening News Weekend Edition and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes. She reported live from Lower Manhattan for CBS News during the September 11, 2001 attacks. A native of New York City, Mika Brzezinski is the daughter of Foreign Policy Expert and Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. She attended Williams College, where she received a degree in English, and currently lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.

The first recorded gathering of the New-York Historical Society's Strawberry Festival was on June 15, 1856, in Washington Square Park, where guests enjoyed a stimulating lecture and a strawberry feast. Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival support the major exhibitions and education programs of the New-York Historical Society. Strawberry Festival tickets range from $500 to $1,000; tables are $25,000 for luncheon Co-Chairs, which includes seating for ten guests. For tickets or more information, please call Barbi Zakin at (212) 744-0799 or e-mail barbiz@aol.com. Media RSVP is required.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

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Monday, April 15, 2013
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