NAAR Honors Neiman Marcus President & CEO

More than 450 Guests Attend Gala Honoring Burton M. Tansky, President & CEO of the Neiman Marcus Group, at NAAR Benefit in Manhattan

Burton M. Tansky, President and CEO of the Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., was honored on Tuesday, June 3 at the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) 2003 Award Dinner, at the Waldorf - Astoria Hotel's Starlight Roof in Manhattan.

Richard Cohen, president & CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna


(From left) Burton M. Tansky, President & CEO of the Neiman Marcus Group, shares a laugh with Master of Ceremonies Richard Cohen, after receiving the 2003 NAAR Award.

North America, served as emcee of the event, which attracted more than 450 guests and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for autism research. Including the totals from the 2003 event, NAAR's Award Dinners have raised a collective total of nearly $2 million for autism research.

Noted guests of the 2003 NAAR Award Dinner included Jim Fassel, head coach of the New York Giants; Tiki Barber, running back of the New York Giants; and model Patti Hansen.

Mr. Cohen and dinner co-chairs Stephanie George, President of InStyle Magazine, and Steven Kornajcik, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services at Neiman Marcus, presented Mr. Tansky with the 2003 NAAR Award.

"We all know someone who deals with the challenges of autism everyday, whether it is a family member, friend or colleague." Mr. Tansky


(From left) NAAR President Prisca Chen Marvin with Neiman Marcus President & CEO Burton M. Tansky and his wife, Rita, at the 2003 Award Dinner.

said in his remarks after receiving the award. "The work of NAAR is so important. An estimated one million people are currently living with autism and the numbers are growing. But through research, advances are being made that are beginning to shed light on the darkness of this disorder."

Inspiring remarks were also made by NAAR Trustee Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, and NAAR Honor Board Member Nancy Lurie Marks.

Stirring entertainment for the evening was provided by Tony Award-nominated Broadway veteran Christine Andreas.


(From left) New York Giants Head Coach Jim Fassell and Giants Running Back Tiki Barber, talk with NAAR Trustee Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles.


(From left) Burton M. Tansky, honoree of the 2003 NAAR Award Dinner, with dinner chairs Steven Kornajcik, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Creative Services at Neiman Marcus, and Stephanie George, President of InStyle magazine.


(From left) New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber and Master of Ceremonies Richard Cohen, President & CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna North America, at the 2003 Award Dinner.


(From left) -- NAAR Honorary Board Member Nancy Lurie Marks and NAAR Trustee Jeffrey Lurie made moving remarks at the 2003 Award Dinner



Acclaimed Broadway singer Christine Andreas provides stirring entertainment at the 2003 Award Dinner.


(From left) Fashion model Patti Hansen, NAAR supporter Melena Sorena, NAAR Trustee Debbie Hilibrand and NAAR supporter Robin Morris at the 2003 Award Dinner.



(From left) 2003 Long Island Walk co-chair May Lynn Andresen, RN, Dr. Bernard Rosoff, corporate chair of the 2003 Long Island Walk, and NAAR Co-founder Karen London, at the 2003 Award Dinner.


(From left) NAAR supporter Josh Needleman talks with NAAR Trustee Mark Krinsky shortly before guests are seated at the 2003 NAAR Award Dinner.