Lifetime Achievement Award
National Co-Founder Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Shelby Modell received her B.A. from Brooklyn College and her M.A. from Columbia University. She has had a distinguished career in philanthropy, benefiting the fields of health, mental health, education and the arts.
Modell is the national co-founder of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and is the founder of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Long Island Chapter. She is the founding member of the American Digestive Disease Society and a founder of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation for immunological research. Modell is a founder of the Gilda Radner Foundation, “Gilda’s Club,” and serves as secretary on its board of trustees. She is also a founder of Hewlett House, a breast cancer resource center.
Modell has served as president of the Long Island League of the Metropolitan Geriatric Center; chairman of the Five Towns Development Fund for Lincoln Center and is a founding patron of the Metropolitan Opera.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the negotiating committee of the U.S. Panama Canal Treaty. In 1979, Mayor Abraham Beame appointed her as a commissioner on the New York City Youth Board. In 1987, Governor Mario Cuomo appointed her to the New York State Council of the Arts. Modell serves on the prestigious National Health Council of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and is responsible for raising $150 million to build their new Psychiatric Institute. Subsequently, she received a special Presidential Commendation for her efforts in promoting research in mental health.