The 9th Annual Tommy Awards

Since 2009, USC’s annual Tommy Awards have offered an evening of recognition, celebration, and performance in honor of the contributions made by alumni to the cultural, philanthropic, and business communities of New York / Tri-State area.  All proceeds benefit the USC Alumni Club of New York’s scholarship fund, enabling the club to award scholarships to current students from the greater New York area.

Event photos found on the official USC Alumni Association Flickr.

Event Details

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The 9th Annual Tommy Awards
Monday, June 17, 2019

Edison Ballroom
240 W 47th St,New York, NY 10036
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)

6:30 pm | VIP Reception
7:00 pm | Reception
7:45 | Dinner & Program

Business | Cocktail Attire
Online Registration closes June 14, 2019

VIP Admission – $250
VIP admission includes VIP reception, premium reserved seating, dinner with wine service and a Tommy Awards commemorative gift
VIP Admission must be purchased by June 1oth

General Admission – $150
General admission includes reception, reserved seating and dinner
General admission tickets increase to $200 on June 11th

Young Alumni* strong>(degreed alumni 35 years or younger) – $100
Young Alumni admission includes reception, reserved seating and dinnerYoung alumni admission tickets increase to $150 on June 11th*
Limited amount of young alumni tickets available

Sponsor a USC Alumni Club of New York Student Scholar – $75
Sponsorship covers the admission of one student scholar selected by the Alumni Club of New York

All proceeds support the USC Alumni Club of New York’s sponsorship program. Tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible less $75 per person.

If you are unable to attend the 9th Annual Tommy Awards and would like to make a gift to the USC Alumni Club of New York’s scholarship program, please click here.

2019 Honorees

Richard Bernstein 

BM, Performance Vocal Arts); 1989
Bass
The Metropolitan Opera

The 2019-20 season will mark bass (and USC graduate) Richard Bernstein’s 25th consecutive season with the Metropolitan Opera. Highlights of the upcoming year include singing in the Met premiere of Akhnaten by Philip Glass, and in William Kentridge’s new production of Wozzeck, both of which will be broadcast worldwide “Live in HD” — the 19th and 20th episodes of this prestigious series that he has participated in.

Following his successful 2018-19 season at the Met, which saw him make his role debut as Pistola in Falstaff, Bernstein heads to the Bravo!Vail festival where he sings Angelotti in Tosca with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Bernstein has performed leading roles around the country and abroad, and his repertoire boasts a number of contemporary American works, including two world premieres.

Additionally, Mr. Bernstein has collaborated with a host of major American symphony orchestras, from the New York Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony and has been a guest at many prestigious festivals, including the Lincoln Center, Spoleto, Ravinia, and Tanglewood Music Festivals. Bernstein enjoys teaching private voice students in New York and New Jersey, and regularly judges regional and district auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

David Penchoff

MPA, Public Administration; 1979
Chief Credit Officer – Retired
Assured Guaranty Corp.

Dave Penchoff received his MPA in 1977 from the USC School of Public Administration with a concentration in Intergovernmental Management. While at USC, he participated in a number of internships that provided a foundation that would serve him well throughout his career. Dave’s undergraduate degree in Sociology was earned at the University of Connecticut.

His professional activities began in local government, working for the Town of West Hartford, CT as a program planning manager in the Department of Finance. Dave was then recruited to become an investment analyst in the municipal finance sector and enjoyed a 35 year career as an analyst and senior executive in the world of public finance. Dave worked at Aetna Life and Casualty, Standard &Poor’s Ratings Group, MBIA and Assured Guaranty during his career. Dave retired from Assured Guaranty after having served as President of Assured’s Bermuda based reinsurance company and as Chief Credit Officer for Public Finance.

In addition to his professional duties, Dave served as a Chairman for the Board of Managers for the West Hartford YMCA and is currently a member of the Municipal Analysts Group of New York and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. Dave resides in New Fairfield, CT with his wife Debbie. They have two children, Sean and Caitlin.

Spirit of Troy Award Honoree

The Spirit of Troy award is bestowed on a USC Alumni Club of New York member whose leadership and dedication has helped to further the mission of the club and university.

Megan Kiddoo

BA, English: 2011
Production Editor, Macmillan Publishers
Megan Kiddoo is the current secretary of the USC Alumni Club of New York and a production editor at Macmillan Publishers. She has served on the USCNY board for six of the last seven years, volunteering at game watches, service events, happy hours, and more.

At USC, Megan was a member of the Trojan Marching Band, playing in the clarinet section. In those four years, she never missed a home football game, traveled to away games from Oregon to South Bend, marched in the Rose Parade, played at the NCAA Basketball Tournament, represented the United States at the World Expo in Shanghai, and performed on Dancing with the Stars, Glee, and The Tonight Show. The spirit and fellowship of the TMB meant so much to Megan at school, and when she moved to New York after graduation to work in publishing, she sought the same community here.

After arriving in New York in 2012, Megan was elected Game Watch Chair the next two years and attended nearly every game watch, selling T-shirts and raffle tickets to fund USCNY’s scholarships and acting as the club’s representative. Since then she has been elected Secretary several times (and, one memorable year, served in both positions). As she built her career in publishing, working on more than a hundred books at Macmillan, she also helped build and sustain the local alumni community.

Past Recipients

Tommy Award Winners

David Bach – Annenberg ’90 – Financial Author (The Automatic Millionaire, Debt Free for Life, Smart Women Finish Rich)Thomas Bahler – Thornton ’67 – Composer
Brandon Baylock – Viterbi ’79, MS ’83 – President & CEO, Airmall USA, Inc.; Partner, Faros Infrastructure Partners, LLC
John Blair – Dornsife ’77, Marshall MBA ’82 – Director, Credit Suisse (retired)
Steven Cantor – Cinematic Arts MFA ’95 – Filmmaker, CEO, Stick Figure Productions
Timothy Coleman – Marshall ’79 – Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Heather Cruz – Viterbi ’89 – Partner, Investment Management, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Tom Deierlein – Viterbi ’93 – Co-founder & CEO, ThunderCat Technology
Brennan Diaz – Marshall ’06 – Portfolio Manager, Juno Capital
Sadie Diaz – Marshall ’06 – Attorney, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services
Jonie Fu – School of Architecture ’85 – Partner, Cooper, Robertson & Partners, Architects
Marilyn Horne – Thornton ’53 – Opera Singer
Stephen Ligouri – Marshall ’81 – Executive Director of Global Innovation and New Models, GE
Kevin McCollum – School of Cinematic Arts  MFA ’89 – Broadway Producer (Avenue Q, In the Heights, Rent)
Peter Plagens – Roski ’62 – Art Critic, Painter, Novelist
Quentin Schaffer – Annenberg ’76 – Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, HBO
Callie Schweitzer – Annenberg ’11 – Director of Digital Innovation, TIME
Steve Smith – Price ’06 – New York Giants Wide Receiver
Sheryl Staples – Thornton ’89 – Violinist & Principal Associate Concertmaster, New York Philharmonic
Helaine Steden – Marshall ’86 – Managing Director, Merrill Lynch
Danny Strong – School of Dramatic Arts ’96 – Writer/Producer (The Butler, Empire, Game Change)
Paul Suchman – Marshall ’90 – Global Chief Marketing Officer for CBRE
Andy Tennant – School of Dramatic Arts ’77 – Writer/Director (Ever After, Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama)
Mark Thompson – Price ’79 – Executive Vice President, Capalino & Company
Donald Webber – School of Dramatic Arts ’08 – Hamilton, The Wiz Live!, Motown
Frank Wildhorn – Dornsife ’81 – Composer/Producer (The Civil War, Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel)
Jason Wong – Dornsife ’03 – Federal Prosecutor, US Attorney’s Office; Assistant Chief Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security

Spirit of Troy Award Winners

Amir Akhavan – Marshall ’02 – Managing Director, JEGI
Leigh Bass, Esq – Annenberg ’90 – Partner, Loeb Block & Partners LLP
Adam Blumenthal – School of Dramatic Arts ’07 – Owner, Adam Blumenthal Theatrical Designs and Tannen’s Magic Shop
Julie Boardman – Thornton ’04 – Founder/CEO, Boardman Productions
Kate Cannova – Dramatic Arts ’03 – Associate Director, TBWA\WorldHealth
Dawn Frojen – Dornsife ’97 – Real Estate, Halstead Property
Abe Garver – Marshall ’90 – Managing Director, Focus Investment Banking
Sean Kearns – Annenberg ’97 – Real Estate, Cushman & Wakefield

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Gold Sponsor – $15,000  

-Premier seating for 12 guests
-Access to an exclusive meet and greet with Tommy Awards performers at VIP reception for 12 guests
-Exclusive 9th Annual Tommy Awards commemorative gift
-Logo on the Edison Ballroom Tommy Awards Marquee
-Logo on Honoree Exterior Wall Board
-Logo included on prominent event signage
-Logo on website with hyperlink to company website
-Digital program ad
-Podium recognition during program

Cardinal Sponsor – $10,000

-Premier seating for 8 guests
-Access to an exclusive meet and greet with Tommy Awards performers at VIP reception for 8 guests
-Exclusive 9th Annual Tommy Awards commemorative gift
-Logo on website with hyperlink to company website
-Logo on and select event signage
-Logo recognition on Honoree Exterior Wall Board
-Digital program ad
-Podium recognition during program

Trojan Sponsor – $5,000

-Premium seating for 4 guests
-Access to an exclusive meet and greet with Tommy Awards performers at the VIP reception for 4 guests
-Exclusive 9th Annual Tommy Awards commemorative gift
-Logo on website
-Name recognition on Honoree Exterior Wall Board
-Name on select event signage
-Digital program ad
-Podium recognition during program

Tribute to Trojan Honoree Sponsor – $2,500

-Preferred seating for 2 guests
-Access to the meet and greet with Tommy Awards performers at VIP reception for 2 guests
-Name recognition on Honoree Exterior Wall Board

Sponsor a USC Alumni Club of New York Student Scholar – $75

-Cover the admission of a student scholar selected by the USC Alumni Club of NY

Additional sponsorship level tickets may be purchased for $250 per person.

Digital Program Ads* – $500
*Upon purchase, you will be contacted with specs required for digital program

All proceeds support the USC Alumni Club of New York’s sponsorship program. Tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible less $75 per person.

If you are unable to attend the 9th Annual Tommy Awards and would like to make a gift to the USC Alumni Club of New York’s scholarship program, please click here.

Meet Our Student Scholars

Through your support of the Tommy Awards and the USC Alumni Club of New York, we are able to recognize many outstanding students from the tristate area with scholarships each year. Every gift, no matter the amount, is greatly appreciated and helps leave a lasting impact on students whose dreams are to attend the University of Southern California.

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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­About the Alumni Club of New York

The USC Alumni Club of New York is the embodiment of Trojan Spirit—collegial, collaborative and community-oriented. The club provides opportunities for members of the Trojan Family to engage in a wide variety of rewarding activities from volunteer charity events, career networking, educational lectures, and faculty receptions to cultural outings, recreational sports, Trojan Football viewing and happy hours.

If you’re new to the city or a seasoned New Yorker, join us to meet new people, reconnect with fellow alumni or attend one of our many exciting events throughout the New York Metro region.

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