ACC HONORS JOSIE NATORI: The Asian Cultural Society capped off a year of celebration for its 50th anniversary with the annual ACC Benefit Gala on Tuesday night. The evening, co-chaired by Carol and Timothy Rattray, Wendy O’Neill and David Rayner, and David and Susan Rockefeller, honored artist Cai Guo-Qiang and designer Josie Natori. “It was very touching,” Natori said of receiving the honor. “It’s been such a gift to me to be part of this organization. It’s meant a lot to find something that combines my heritage and my love of art. I’m very shy with this stuff — I kept resisting [the honor] for many years, but when they asked me on the 50th year, it was kind of special.”

Coincidentally, this year also marks the 50th anniversary of when Natori left the Philippines to attend Manhattanville College. “One of the women being honored was Elizabeth McCormack, who was my dean in college 50 years ago, and was the first one who invited me to be a part of this foundation,” said Natori. “So I realized, ‘Oh my, God, I’ve been in this country for 50 years.’” Natori has been a board member of the ACC for 20 years. The ACC provides grants to artists, scholars, and arts and humanities professionals, as well as organizations and educational institutions from the United States and Asia for research, study, and creative work in the United States and Asia and within the countries of Asia.

This story first appeared in the November 20, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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