The 55th IESNYC Lumen Gala, held at Chelsea Piers last night, was inaugurated by IESNYC President Megan Carroll. She expressed gratitude to the dedicated volunteers who ensure the section’s thriving presence. With IESNYC celebrating its 117th year, Megan highlighted the exceptional programming offered by the section, referring to it as the new PBS. She emphasized the reach provided by their virtual programs, enabling them to connect with audiences across the country. Speaking about the section’s evolution, she emphasized a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, stating, “We will strive to lead change and not just follow, while respecting the legacy of 117 years. We will take risks and be more responsive to our times.”
The Lumen Gala coincided with the commencement of the new fiscal year, which begins 1 JUL and the introduction of new officers. Shoshanna Segal, the 10th woman to hold the position, is incoming IESNYC president. She expressed her dedication to expanding the section’s influence and scope, inviting others to join her on what she anticipates will be an exciting journey through the urban landscape of New York.
During the event, several awards were presented:
The Special Recognition Award was bestowed upon Linda Miller, who recently retired but remains actively engaged.
Melissa Goren, MG Engineering, received the IES Section Service Award, although it was noted that she missed one meeting of the award committee due to her own nomination, adding an interesting twist to the recognition.
Jordan Cohen of International Lights received the Special Recognition Award.
Domingo Gonzales of Domingo Gonzales Associates was honored with the Golden Achievement Award.
The Brilliance Award was presented to Michael Hennes of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting.
The IESNYC Golden Achievement Award recognized Caleb McKenzie, the longest-serving board member. Caleb remarked, “I was not the first gay president of IESNYC, and he won’t be the last. If you have an idea, go for it and see what happens.”
Additionally, the section paid tribute to the memory of Howard Brandston, John Rindell Apmann, and Michael Manicone.