Honoring: Andrea Catsimatidis, Somers Farkas and Lucida Plummer


Date:      Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time:     11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / Reception

Place:     The Pierre / Fifth Avenue at 61st Street

Chair:    The Honorable Barbara S. Jones Honorary Chair: Amelia Bernstein


Special Guests Include: Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau, PAL Chairman; James P. O’Neill, PAL Honorary President, NYC Police Commissioner; John A. Catsimatidis, PAL Vice-Chairman; David J. Arena, PAL President; Frederick J. Watts, PAL Executive Director and more.


Andrea Catsimatidis serves as an executive of the Red Apple Group. She is a Principal of Red Apple Real Estate, a member of Red Apple Group’s investment committee, Vice President of First Federal Guarantee Insurance Company and Managing Director of Gristedes Supermarkets. Ms. Catsimatidis is Chair and CEO of the Manhattan Republican Party and a Vice Chair of the New York State Republican Party. A member of the Young President’s Organization, she also serves on the board of the Dough Main Financial Literacy Foundation to promote children’s financial literacy.  She graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Business Management.


Somers Farkas, a former model and advertising executive, is a consultant who initiates development partnerships and advises on new business and impact investing. Her international beverage company SW FARKAS  produces brand-enhancing events and cross-marketing opportunities. She was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and serves as a Vice President of the Manhattan Republican Party. A Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation, Ms. Somers is also an Honorary Battalion Chief of New York City’s Fire Department.  She received her BA in Communications from the University of Virginia.


Lucida Plummer is the Executive Director, Global Head of Diversity, Asset & Wealth Management, at J.P. Morgan.  She is responsible for working with senior leaders to drive accountability and engagement around attracting and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. She was previously Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion for Wyndham Worldwide and led the Global Diversity Council, chaired by the CEO.  Prior to that role, Ms. Plummer was the Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, for MetLife.  She received a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, NY and her undergraduate degree  in Psychology from the State University at Albany, NY.


New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country providing academic, athletic and artistic programs to inner city boys and girls that they otherwise would never have.  As the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization, PAL serves 30,000 children annually.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

CONTACTS:  Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

                      Jami Landi/Police Athletic League/(212) 477-9450