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New York Awards 2003

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Caroline Kennedy
It’s a family tradition: Her uncle Bobby was a New York senator, all too briefly. Her mother’s shining civic legacy includes saving Grand Central. But Caroline Kennedy has been a more elusive New Yorker—until now. Raising three kids of her own, she began this year to lift a million more. Kennedy answered the call of Mayor Bloomberg and schools chancellor Joel Klein to connect New York’s wealth and talent with its impoverished public schools. So far, she’s helped raise $150 million while forging partnerships with everything from the History Channel to the Dave Matthews Band. She’s also added an indelible New York image to a family scrapbook stuffed with scenes from Hyannisport and Washington: Caroline, in the hallway of a Harlem elementary school, hugging an awestruck sixth-grader. And then, quietly, encouraging the girl to study harder. —CHRIS SMITH


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