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Gala Event: A Celebration of Superheroes

Pension Rights Center 35th anniversary celebration

On March 30, 2011, the Pension Rights Center held a gala event to celebrate its 35th anniversary.  A slideshow of photos and event details are below. Were you unable to attend the celebration? Watch video here.

All photos taken by Kristian Whipple.

Reception and Awards Presentation

The Robert M. Ball – Lisle C. Carter Superhero Awards for outstanding contributions to retirement security 
  • The Honorable Charles Grassley, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Tom Harkin, United States Senate
  • The Honorable George Miller, United States House of Representatives
  • Marilyn Hennessy, Trustee and former President and CEO of The Retirement Research Foundation
Launch of the Michael S. Gordon Fellows Program
  • A cadre of retired pension professionals committed to working with the Pension Rights Center on projects within their areas of expertise.
    • Dianne Bennett
    • Frank Cummings
    • Carol Gold
    • Daniel Halperin
    • Robert Nagle
    • Henry Rose
Recognition of Conversation on Coverage Participants
  • Martha Hutzelman, chair, Steering Committee
  • Melissa Kahn, co-chair, Working Group I
  • Norman Stein, co-chair, Working Group I
  • Michael Calabrese, co-chair, Working Group II
  • John Kimpel, co-chair, Working Group II
  • Christopher Bone, co-chair, Working Group III
  • Maria Freese, co-chair, Working Group III
  • Cathy Heron, co-chair, Working Group III
  • Ian Lanoff, co-chair, Working Group Iii
2011 Helen Quirini Activist Awards
  • Ewa Bielski, former chair of the Citizens Commission on Pension Policy
  • Paul Edwards, former chair of the Coalition for Retirement Security and the Citizens Commission on Pension Policy
  • C. William Jones, president and CEO of the Association of BellTel Retirees, Inc., and chairman of the board of ProtectSeniors.Org
  • Janice Winston, spokesperson for the Ad Hoc Coalition to Restore Retirement Security and the Bell Atlantic Coalition for Retirement Security
Special Guest Presenters
  • David Certner, Legislative Counsel and Director of Legislative Policy for Government Relations and Advocacy, AARP 
  • Lynn D. Dudley, Senior Vice President, Policy, American Benefits Council
  • Maria Freese, Director of Government Relations and Policy, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • Regina Jefferson, Pension Rights Center Board Member and Professor, Columbus School of Law at Catholic University
  • Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate 


The Pension Rights Center's board and staff thank all who generously donated to our 35th Anniversary Gala.

Super Sustainer 


Powerful Patron

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Dynamic Donors


Association of BellTel Retirees Inc.

Center for Economic Organizing

Korein Tillery, LLC


Ralph Nader

Prudential Financial

Sandals & Associates, P.C. 

Service Employees International Union

Cosmic Contributors

American Academy of Actuaries

American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries


Steven R. Bruce

Conference on Consulting Actuaries

Congress Asset Management 

Gray Plant Mooty

Groom Law Group, Chartered 

Ian Lanoff

Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.

Marco Consulting Group

Peter Orszag

Pensions & Investments

Fred Reish and Bruce Ashton, DrinkerBiddle

Society of Actuaries

Norman Stein

United Food & Commercial Workers International Union 

Spectacular Supporters

American Benefits Institute

American Council of Consumer Interests

American Council of Life Insurers

John H. Biggs

Steven M. Champlin

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Fidelity Investments 

Norman P. Goldberg

Regina T. Jefferson

Olena Berg Lacy

The Law Office of Denise M. Clark, PLLC

Lebau & Neuworth LLC

Judy Mazo & Mike Seidman

Marion and Harvey Mudd

Lucia and John Mudd

Susan Mudd & John Norquist

Alicia H. Munnell

National Retiree Legislative Network


Trucker Huss

Fantastic Friends


The Aspen Institute 

Alan A. Cleveland

Ronald Dean: A Law Corp.

Economic Policy Institute

Gerontology Institute

Mrs. Michael Gordon & Elizabeth Gordon Jonckheer 

Michael A. Haberman

Daniel Halperin 

Keller Rohrback LLP

Ruth Taylor Kidd

Monique Morrissey & Mike Duffy

Moukawsher & Walsh, LLC

Robert E. Nagle

National Consumers League

National Partnership for Women and Families

Tom & Ruth Reeder

Heddy & Trip Reid

Donald Ross

Steven Sacher

Howard Shapiro

John Turner, Pension Policy Center

Robert J. Walker

Event Committee

  • Olena Berg, Pension Rights Center Board, Event Committee Chair
  • Alane Allman Dent, American Council of Life Insurers
  • Denise Clark, Law Office of Denise Clark
  • Ranny Cooper, Weber Shandwick
  • Maria Freese, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • Sally Greenberg, National Consumers League
  • Regina Jefferson, Catholic University Law School, Pension Rights Center Board
  • Bill Jones, Association of BellTel Retirees
  • Melissa Kahn, MetLife
  • Joan Kuriansky, Wider Opportunities for Women
  • Ian Lanoff, Groom Law Group, Pension Rights Center Board
  • Judy Mazo, The Segal Group
  • Marion Mudd, Pension Rights Center Board
  • John Nichols, Gray Plant Mooty
  • Fred Reish, DrinkerBiddle
  • Howard Shapiro, Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Tom Terry, T. Terry Consulting