From the President
By Norm Silverstein ~ Posted Mon, 11/16/2015 - 9:19am
On November 14th, WXXI hosted our annual Associates Event at Monroe Golf Club and brought in NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley as our guest speaker. Scott shared a behind-the-scenes look at the White House and what it’s like reporting on the policy and politics of the Obama Administration.
During the evening we also honored the late Jacques Lipson, MD and his wife Dr. Dawn Lipson by naming the couple WXXI’s Associates of the Year. The award is presented to an individual whose commitment to WXXI has helped the station fulfill its mission – to provide exceptional programming and services that improve the quality of life in our community.
Jacques loved this community and together with his wife Dawn, made significant contribution in support of it. A well-respected physician, who remained in practice until just a few years ago, Jacques had a great love for music. He was a faithful listener to Classical 91.5 and when he was in the hospital, we brought him a radio and it was always tuned to our station. For Jacques, PBS NewsHour was must-see TV. He and Dawn met Gwen Ifill when she came to the station a few years ago and we had Jim Lehrer sign a book for Jacques for his 80th birthday.
When Jacques passed away in May, I was honored to be among those who spoke at his funeral. He is greatly missed, but his name lives on at the many institutions he and Dawn have supported including the Lipson Cancer Center.
Dawn has been a member of the WXXI Board of Trustees since 2008. When we were in the quiet phase of our $17 million Go Public Campaign, Dawn’s input was instrumental to our success. Dawn and Jacques were among the lead givers to the Campaign, establishing The Dawn and Jacques Lipson Programing Fund.
To commemorate the award, a tree will be planted in Highland Park in their honor and their names will be inscribed on WXXI’s Associate of the Year plaque.