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The 2023 Claire Shulman Awards

Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

This May, we inaugurate a special event honoring business innovators and leaders in Queens.

The evening is dedicated to Claire Shulman, who served as Queens Borough President from 1986 to 2002, and during her tenure, was instrumental in the establishment and development of Museum of the Moving Image. Shulman was a driving force in the transformation of various issues, including land use, economic development and revitalization, health care, infrastructure, and increased funding for public and arts programs. Shulman also continued to support the Museum after its opening, advocating for its expansion and development; helping to secure additional funding for the construction of its new building, which opened in 2011; and serving on its board of trustees for many years. We recall her work with this award and look to the future as we honor those who extend her legacy. 

The 2023 Awardees:


K. Bain, Founder and Executive Director,  Community Capacity Development

An activist, public speaker, and a leading expert in the field of public safety, K. Bain is an essential figure in New York political and social life. And as both the founder and principle of Global Bain consulting practice and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Community Capacity Development (CCD), Bain has proven an inspiration to all those who remain dedicated to uplifting marginalized communities and fighting for grass-roots-driven economic and social development, and as an architect of the Crisis Management System, has led the charge for the city’s community-led public safety. As director of the Build Queensbridge project, Bain heads one of NYC’s most successful gun violence prevention programs.


Thomas J. Grech, President and CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce  

The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Grech has proven your deep commitment to the economic and financial well-being of Queens and of the more than 1,300 Queens-based companies he represents. By implementing growth programs and strengthening our borough’s local economy, Grech’s efforts have seen opportunities rise throughout Queens and have helped shepherd local business workers out of a crushing pandemic period.


Melva Miller, CEO, Association for a Better New York  

Miller boasts a proven track record of economic development leadership and a long-standing commitment to Queens. The Chief Executive Officer of the Association for a Better New York, Miller is at the forefront of numerous initiatives that tackle difficult solutions to social issues across our city. And as the Deputy Borough President of Queens, she helped move Queens forward in a variety of tangible ways, including increasing employment, economic diversity, and financial security in Jamaica with the Jamaica NOW Action Plan.


Hal Rosenbluth, President, Kaufman Astoria Studios 

In addition to helping renovate Kaufman Astoria Studios, ensuring the expansion of the facility’s physical footprint, Rosenbluth’s work has shown a deep commitment to the revitalization of the neighborhood, including not only MoMI but also the Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts and the Regal Cinemas. And with the community-driven Innovation Queens project on the horizon, Rosenbluth is poised to continue reactivating and making vibrant parts of our borough that have long lay dormant. Rosenbluth also devotes his indelible guidance and engagement to MoMI in his position on the Museum’s Board of Directors.

With additional special guests 

Proceeds from the event will allow us to support our education initiatives, exhibitions, screenings, and community engagement programs, serving both youth and adults. Through tours, screenings, discussion programs, and workshops, our student visitors (over 50% of whom are from public title 1 schools) gain 21st-century literacy skills and learn about careers in the media industry, and our digital media and learning programs serve as a national model. And we remain as devoted as ever to continuing our work with immigrant communities, residents of public housing, and people with disabilities. 

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5:00 p.m. Reception 

6:30 p.m. Program in the Redstone Theater followed by celebratory cocktails 

$20,000 Queens Sponsor 
10 event tickets. Preferred reserved seating in Redstone Theater. Sponsor listing on all event materials. Recognition on stage during the event. Prominent recognition on event webpage and on-screen during the event. Recognition on social media. Dedicated section in MoMI local newsletter. Full-slide journal ad. 

$10,000 Presenting Sponsor 
10 event tickets. Preferred reserved seating in Redstone Theater. Sponsor listing on all event materials. Prominent recognition on event webpage and on-screen during the event. Recognition on social media. Full-slide journal ad.  
$5,000 Premier Sponsor 
10 event tickets. Reserved seating in Redstone Theater. Sponsor listing on all event materials. Recognition on event webpage and on-screen during the event. Half-slide journal ad.  
$2,500 Leadership Sponsor 
5 event tickets. Reserved seating in Redstone Theater. Sponsor listing on all event materials. Recognition on event webpage. Quarter-slide journal ad.  
$1,000 Supporting Sponsor 
3 event tickets. Reserved seating in Redstone Theater. Sponsor listing on all event materials. Recognition on event webpage. Journal listing.  
$600 Contributor Ticket 
One event ticket with reserved seating in Redstone Theater. 
$350 Single Ticket 
One event ticket.  

Sponsored by

Kaufman Astoria Studios
Hal and Madalyn Rosenbluth Family Charitable Fund
The MBS Group
Silvercup Studios
Point 72
Olshan From Wolosky LLP
The Herbst Group
Lenoble Lumber
Melva Miller
TriState Capital Bank
Ichor Strategies
Sesame Workshop