Bette Midler, founder of NYRP, to receive Rockefeller Foundation Award

Taken from Philanthropy News Digest 

Rockefeller Foundation Announces Winners of 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal, which is awarded annually to individuals whose work creates new ways of seeing and understanding New York City.

Entertainer Bette Midler, who in 1995 founded the New York Restoration Project, which works to restore parks, save community gardens, and beautify neighborhoods throughout the city, will receive the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership. Ian Marvy, founding director ofAdded Value, whose urban community farm provides educational opportunities and fresh produce in the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn, will receive the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism.

Midler plans to donate the $100,000 award that comes with the honor to NYRP, while Marvy will donate his $100,000 prize to Added Value in honor of his late mother.

"The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal recognizes New Yorkers who intervene in and use the urban environment to build a more equitable city for all of us," said Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin. "It is completely appropriate for us to honor Ms. Midler's work in light of her work to bring verdant recreational space to so many New Yorkers in so many different communities. It is also appropriate that we honor Mr. Marvy's work with community youth in bringing fresh produce to what had been a food desert."

Click here for the full press release from the Rockefeller Foundation