New York, NY James Lenox House and Carnegie East House, New York City’s affordable not-for-profit independent and enriched living communities for older adults, honored Peter Riguardi, chairman and president of JLL’s New York Tri-state Region, and Beatrice Broadwater, board member and former Carnegie House president, at its Spring Blossoms Gala on April 21, 2021. The live-streamed virtual gala, featured ABC Eyewitness News’ Sandy Kenyon as master of ceremonies.
The gala raises funds to support safe, affordable living at James Lenox House and its sister residence, Carnegie East House, which date back to the Civil War. Programs include nursing care, social work counselors, exercise and yoga programs, health and wellness seminars, robust libraries, as well as a variety of cultural opportunities, including musical performances, dance programs, and opportunities to socialize, which is critical to the prevention of social isolation among older adults.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to honor two extraordinary New Yorkers who have consistently supported the city and our ongoing mission to provide older adult residents with a vibrant and fulfilling experience,” said Joseph Girven, executive director. “While we now approach our 155th anniversary, the COVID-19 crisis has proven our ability to swiftly adapt to, and address, new circumstances.”
Mary Lenox Sheafe Award Honoree Peter Riguardi leads all operations for JLL in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut regions. He is responsible for broadening the company’s New York platform by developing key client relationships, leading major projects, and maintaining senior real estate industry contacts and political relationships. He oversees a team of approximately 2,300 professionals in seven offices throughout the tri-state.
Under Mr. Riguardi’s leadership, JLL’s New York City market share has increased substantially while JLL has positioned itself as a market leader. As a member of the JLL Americas Executive Committee Riguardi helps to develop the national business strategy for the company. He is also on The Board of Directors of The Real Estate Board of New York and is an active member of the organization’s senior leadership and is a member of The Partnership for the City of New York.
“James Lenox House and Carnegie East House have been a critical part of this city, providing superior services to seniors in our community for more than a century and a half,” Riguardi said. “It is an honor to join all those in New York, and in the real estate community, to support this extraordinary organization.”
Honoree Beatrice Broadwater, will receive the organization’s Lifetime Service Award. A board member for 10 years, Broadwater previously served as Carnegie East House’s president. Broadwater is also a professional singer for Six of Clubs — a group of six musicians who perform songs from The Great American Songbook.
“My association with James Lenox House and Carnegie East House has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Broadwater said. “I am honored to receive this recognition and to work alongside the team of dedicated and caring professionals who support and run this remarkable organization.”
While the COVID-19 pandemic has tested the organization, the response from its leaders has been remarkable. In March, 2020 fearful that he would infect the residents through exposure on his Metro North commute, Girven moved into Carnegie House full time. Thereafter, he tackled the innumerable problems created by COVID-19, from sanitation regimens and meal distribution issues to health screenings and visitor restrictions. But, due to his commitment, he decreased the risk of exposing the vulnerable residents to the virus.