New York based American Scandinavian Foundation held its annual Spring Gala at The Pierre on May 1. The Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson may have been announced as guest of honor but this is the event of the year where really every member and every volunteer of the organization is a guest of honor.

The ASF Gold Medal was presented to President Grímsson of Iceland as well as the Helsinki based Sibelius Academy for its efforts to further Finnish music culture and tradition.

The ASF Award for Distiguished Public Service was presented to Monica A. Heimbold, whose “passion for, and dedication to, the well-being and development of children has been a unifying theme in her professional and philantropic work.”

Suffice to say Mrs. Heimbold is among the people of the world who truly put their work where their hearts are. To once again paraphrase Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson, “If we can only all strive to do a little something every day to move the world from where it is to where it should be, our world would be a lot different.”
Mrs. Heimbold does just that. /UBM

Photography: Christine Butler/American-Scandinavian Foundation

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