By Stephen O'Connell
On October 25, Community Impact at Columbia University held its annual Gala Benefit Auction, which celebrates the friends, supporters, special honorees, and volunteers who make it possible for program participants to realize a brighter future. Two GS alumni, Susan Feagin ’74 and Donna Satow ’65, along with Phillip Satow ’63CC, were honored at this year’s event in recognition of the powerful impact they have had through their service to others.
Feagin received the Making a Difference Service Award in recognition of the dedication she has shown over the course of her career to advancing the work of Community Impact and enriching the lives of community members. Over the years, she has helped develop funding and resources to create and support a strong community service program at the University, and has served on Community Impact’s Gala Committee. Feagin also has a long history of working in higher education, including serving as Executive Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Columbia University from 2002-2010.
“It was wonderful to see Susan recognized for all of the work she has done. Her impact on the School of General Studies, and the University, has been enormous,” Peter J. Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies, said.
In 2014, Feagin received the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors an individual for their impact on the field of institutional advancement. She has also made significant contributions as an alumna, which were recognized by her receipt of the 2011 Alumni Medal, and with the dedication of the Susan K. Feagin Welcome Center at the Columbia Alumni Center.
Donna and Philip Satow were honored with the Outstanding Community Service Award in recognition of their lifetime commitment to service. In 2000, they co-founded the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit that works to promote emotional health among teens and young adults.
“The Satows have really been agents of transformation in terms of student wellness, and in particular, suicide prevention. The Foundation has made an extraordinary difference on college campuses nationwide,” Awn said.
Mrs. Satow is also a founding and active member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. In 2012, she and Mr. Satow were honored with the HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation.
There are currently over 900 student volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to making the vision of Community Impact a reality. To learn more or get involved, visit the Community Impact at Columbia University website.
Community Impact is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to serving disadvantaged people in the Morningside Heights, Harlem, and Washington Heights communities. Community Impact strives to advance the public good by fostering meaningful opportunities for students, staff, and faculty of Columbia University in order to provide high-quality programs and instill the importance of life-long service.