2019 Stony Brook Gala Raises Record Amount

With more than 30 years of real estate development and management experience, Richard Nasti is the executive vice president of New York’s H.J. Kalikow & Company. A graduate of Stony Brook University, Richard Nasti supports the school through his role on the board of the Stony Brook Foundation.

The Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees hosted its 20th annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala this past April at New York City’s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. More than 850 people attended the event, which honored distinguished alumnus Marilyn Hawrys Simons, PhD, and raised a record-breaking $28.2 million, $25 million of which was personally donated by Dr. Simons to build a new Center for Applied Economics and Public Policy. The remaining $3.2 million will fund student scholarships.

Along with her husband Jim, Dr. Simons started the Simons Foundation in 1994. She has since become one of the country’s preeminent private funders of basic research. She is also chair of the board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which conducts research programs in cancer, genomics, quantitative biology, and neuroscience and is a staunch advocate for improved education programs in underserved communities.

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