PHOTOS: Stars Come Out to Preserve NY History

Star Jones, Pauletta Washington and Spelman president pick the Strawberry Festival fundraiser.

Star Jones and Pauletta Washington (N-Y Historical Society)

Looking remarkably well after recent heart surgery, Star Jones showed up at a recent benefit for the New-York Historical Society. Also in attendance was Pauletta Washington, the actress and philanthropist who is married to Denzel Washington.

On May 6, 226 guests, including Washington and Jones, attended the New-York Historical Society's (N-YHS) annual Strawberry Festival luncheon. Setting a new record for this event, more than $230,000 was raised, which will benefit the programs of the Historical Society, including major exhibitions and educational programs on American history. In addition, 10 percent of proceeds from jewelry sold at an exclusive Verdura trunk show featuring the stunning 70th anniversary collection, will also benefit N-YHS.

Kimberly B. Davis, president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, who oversees the firm's global philanthropic giving, employee volunteerism and strategic corporate programs, was the honoree at the event celebrating women in philanthropy. Ms. Davis is a graduate and trustee of Spelman College.

In a keynote address, Spelman College president Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum celebrated the women in philanthropy who are changing the world every day through their generosity.


 From left: Marva Smalls, Kimberly Davis and Star Jones.


 From left: Pauletta Washington, Marva Smalls and Star Jones.

From left: Dr. Beverly Tatum, Marcella Maxwell and Pauletta Washington.

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