Financial Innovators Honored at 2022 Gala , MoAF Founder Pledges $ 1 Million Endowment Gift
Message to Members
David J . Cowen | President and CEO
2022 is off to a productive start for the Museum , with new exhibits and events , two new educational series and a successful annual Gala .
We are very thankful for all of our supporters who sponsored and attended our second consecutive virtual Gala on March 7 . The stories of honorees Leo Melamed and Thomas Peterffy — both immigrants who rose to the top of their fields as innovators in electronic trading — are particularly remarkable ( see Gala Remarks , page 10 ). We are also very grateful to Museum founder John Herzog , honored at the Gala with a Special Recognition of Service , for announcing a $ 1 million gift to create an endowment fund for the Museum . This
generous donation will lay the groundwork for future growth , and we hope many of our supporters will join John in donating to this fund .
Our exhibit team has been hard at work this year turning some of our most popular past exhibits into full-scale virtual exhibits . The first of these , “ Women of Wall Street ,” launched on March 8 in celebration of International Women ’ s Day . For those interested in visiting some of the objects from our collection in person , RiseNY opened to the public in Times Square this month featuring our Hamilton statue and other objects of interest ( see article , page 8 ).
Another exciting development this Spring is the national expansion of our very popular Museum Finance Academy ( MFA ) high school program , thanks in part to outreach efforts by other Smithsonian Affiliate museums across the country . Registration for the national program will open soon , with two sessions of the five-week virtual class and four scholarships offered per session . Details will be available at www . moaf . org / mfa .
In the first quarter of 2022 , we also held our second financial education series in partnership with the New York Public Library ’ s Thomas Yoseloff Business Center . The eight-part “ Retirement A to Z ” series was held virtually from January 19 through March 9 and was a follow-up to the “ Investing A to Z ” series , which ran last summer and attracted more than 3,000 participants . We anticipate these financial education offerings for adults will become regular aspects of the Museum ’ s programming .
And , of course , none of this programming would be possible without the continued support of our members and friends . Thank you to all who have continued to support the Museum via our Gala , annual appeal and membership . We truly appreciate all of you .
Clockwise from top left : The Museum honored Steven Mnuchin , Leo Melamed , Thomas Peterffy and John Herzog at its 2022 Gala on March 7 .
4 FINANCIAL HISTORY | Winter 2022 | www . MoAF . org