Greenwich Historical Society to Honor Barbara & Ray Dalio for Exemplary Philanthropy

Barbara and Ray Dalio will be feted at the Historical Society’s eighth annual History in the Making Award benefit for their philanthropy and commitment to a future that makes the world a better place. The award will be presented at a dinner October 13 at the Belle Haven Club. 

Businessman, investor, philanthropist, and historian David Rubenstein will interview the Dalios in an intimate fireside chat.

Indra Nooyi, former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, and a previous honoree, will present the award.

Barbara and Ray Dalio courtesy of Greenwich Historical Society

In recognizing the Dalios’ leadership and commitment to community and education, the Historical Society acknowledges their important place in a long history of Greenwich philanthropists who have given of themselves to make a positive impact on the world. In addition to Indra Nooyi, former awardees include Derek Boothby, Thomas Foley, Curt Welling, Marie and Charlene Von Saher and Lewis Lehrman.

“What we do is a necessity and a pleasure,” says Barbara Dalio. “We look forward to our discussion.”

Dalio Philanthropies is an enterprise supporting the Dalio family’s social impact endeavors, with particular interest in public education in Connecticut and initiatives that enable students and educators to achieve their full potential.  The Dalios signed the Giving Pledge, vowing to donate more than half of their fortune to charitable causes within their lifetime.

“The Dalios’ generosity in contributing millions of dollars to public education initiatives has been a life- line in Connecticut, especially today when so many educators and students have been adversely impacted by the pandemic,” says Historical Society Executive Director and CEO Debra Mecky. “It is an honor to present this year’s award to them.”

“We also are extremely excited to have David Rubenstein interview the Dalios,” added Mecky. “He is a modern-day Renaissance man, considering his accomplishments in business, the arts and law, coupled with his leadership in Patriotic Philanthropy that has included contributions to the Library of Congress, National Archives and restoration of the Washington Monument.”

Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the Museum of Modern Art’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards from his support for the arts. Rubenstein is the author of The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians; How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers and the newly published The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream.

The History in the Making Award was established in 2003 to recognize individuals from the community who are the history makers of our own time. Proceeds from this year’s event will support the Greenwich Historical Society’s commitment to education, with a particular focus on expanding its partnership with Title 1 School programs.

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