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Cornell Hillel awards 2010 Tanner Prize to mother-daughter alumnae Irene and Allison Rosenfeld

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Blaine Friedlander

Cornell Hillel's board of trustees has awarded the 2010 Tanner Prize to Irene B. Rosenfeld '75, M.S. '77, Ph.D. '80, and Allison Rosenfeld '08 for their family's contributions to the Jewish people and to Cornell.

The prize will be presented June 4 in New York City.

Cornell Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus Harold Tanner '52 will present the prize bearing his name, and Cornell President David Skorton will pay tribute to the Rosenfelds, as well.

"I am enormously proud to take part in this recognition of Irene and Allison Rosenfeld," said Skorton. "We greatly appreciate Irene's leadership as a trustee as well as Allison's active involvement in Hillel during her student years. My heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to both."

The Tanner Prize, established by Cornell Hillel's board of trustees in 2004, is awarded annually to a person, couple or family making significant contributions to Jewish life and to Cornell, including, but not necessarily limited to, Cornell Hillel.

"In selecting the Rosenfelds, we are reminded of the Hebrew phrase, Dor Va'Dor, which means generation to generation. From parent to student, Irene and Allison Rosenfeld demonstrate the commitment we strive to instill in our student, alumni and parent leaders," said Seth "Yossi" M. Siegel '74, J.D. '78, chair of the event and past chair of the Cornell Hillel board.

"We are honored that Cornell Hillel has chosen to honor us for such a prestigious award," said the Rosenfelds in a statement. "Being involved in Jewish life has always been extremely important to both of us, and we are excited to experience this occasion together."

Irene Rosenfeld was appointed chief executive officer of Kraft Foods in 2006, assuming the additional post of chairman in 2007, following Altria Group's spinoff of Kraft. A 29-year veteran of the food and beverage industry, she is active in a number of industry and community organizations, including The Economic Club of Chicago, and was a trustee of her synagogue in Glencoe, Ill. She holds a Ph.D. in marketing and statistics, M.S. in business and B.A. in psychology, all from Cornell, and serves on the Cornell Board of Trustees; she was honored by Cornell in 2005 with the Masters of Excellence Award commemorating 350 years of Jewish history in America. She is married to Richard Illgen.

Allison Rosenfeld, a graduate of the College of Human Ecology, served as president of Kesher, the Reform student group, where she led Shabbat and High Holy Day services and events while she was a student. She was also a member of Hearsay A Cappella and continues to sing with her cantor at her home synagogue where she serves as a rabbinic assistant. She is a member of Cornell Hillel's Jewish Student Life Advisory Council and served on the host committee of the Anti Defamation League of Chicago's regional young leadership fundraiser.

Tanner, who joined the Cornell Board of Trustees in 1982 and served as its chairman from 1997 to 2002, is a Foremost Benefactor of Cornell and is active with national Jewish organizations. He is president of Tanner & Co., an investment banking firm.


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