This audio recording is of the First Annual Fiorello La Guardia Awards Dinner held at the Plaza Hotel by the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School. The program begins with the Center's Chairman of the Board of Overseers Henry Loeb welcoming the audience, thanking various supporters and members of the Center, and introducing George Plimpton. Plimpton speaks at 7:54, acknowledging important figures on the dais, including Mrs. Marie La Guardia, and making humorous remarks before introducing former New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr, who speaks at 16:07, congratulating the honorees and the Center, and paying tribute to the memory of Mayor La Guardia. At 20:33, Plimpton introduces New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, who speaks at 21:27 on recollections of Mayor La Guardia, New York City, and the Center. At 31:28, Mayor Lindsay presents the Diamond Jubilee Medal of New York to Henry Loeb. Plimpton introduces each of the evening's honorees, Amyas Ames, Kenneth B. Clark, Gustave Levy, and Ellen Stewart starting at 34:28, however, the recording skips their acceptance speeches. At 48:33 New School President John Everett presents a surprise award to Jacob M. Kaplan, and the recording skips the acceptance speech. At 53:25, Plimpton presents the keynote speaker, Rockefeller Foundation President John Knowles, who speaks at 56:32 on pivotal social trends affecting New York City and America, both historical and current, and on the work of the Center for New York City Affairs. Henry Loeb thanks Dr. Knowles and concludes the event at 1:17:19.