Top US Business Execs join Loida Nicolas Lewis at Tribute to Late Husband’s Billion-Dollar Acquisition of Beatrice International at the Exclusive Harvard Club in New York
The first bid for the lunch came from the Philippines via text for the lunch with Leon Black from Manuel V. Pangilinan, the chairman of PLDT, Metro Pacific and First Pacific in Hong Kong.
All proceeds from the special event benefited the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. A Smithsonian affiliate, The Lewis Museum is the largest African American museum in the East Cost, occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility.
The evening’s guests were entertained with performances by Broadway stars Ali Ewoldt, who played Maria in West Side Story’s National Tour, and Adam Jacobs, who starred as Simba in The Lion King on Broadway. The Harvard Club’s ambiance was amped by the creations of the celebrated NY-based Filipino-Chinese event designer, Jerry Sibal.
As the dinner came to an end, the evening’s host, Loida Nicolas Lewis, who lost her husband at the age of 50 in 1993 and continues to carry out his legacy, shared a ringing piece of advice, "Love fiercely, because life is too short."
Commemorative Edition of his Best-selling Bio and other books
In Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Birth of the Billion Dollar Empire as well as Mr. Lewis’ 70th Birthday Anniversary, a Special Commemorative Issue of Reginald F. Lewis’ Autobiography “Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun” is being reissued with an introduction from his daughter , Christina Lewis Halpern, a commemorative DVD on Mr. Lewis’ legacy, and essays about RFL’s impact from today’s African American Founders and CEOs including American Express head Kenneth Chenault and R. Donahue Peebles and billionaire Robert L. Johnson.
Other related books that were released at the event are Mr. Lewis’ daughter, Christina Lewis Halpern’s, “Lonely At the Top, ” which talks about his days at Harvard and his influences on her life; his high school and college classmate Lin Hart’s book, “Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice,” and a set of interviews with individuals who knew Mr. Lewis or were inspired by him by TV journalist Ponchitta Pierce, “Keep Going, No Matter What; The Reginald F. Lewis Legacy: 20 Years Later.”
For more information on books by and about Reginald F. Lewis, click here.
To view our List of Donors during this event, click here.