It's always an incredible event, and award winners are often some of the most famous folks in technology, entrepreneurship, & finance. This year was no exception, with recipients Terry Semel from Yahoo, Vint Cerf from Google, Lou Gerstner from IBM, and John Hennessy from Stanford University... all giants in their own right. Here are some pictures from the evening, but they hardly do justice to the real thing.
The event was held at Heidi Roizen's place in Atherton, which is an experience unto itself, especially for fans of Moroccan aesthetic. (note: beyond being a very fun & generous host, Heidi is also a well-known VC in the valley, and was a rather prolific software entrepreneur in her day).
Even more cool: Michael Milken was at the event to help introduce Terry Semel. Milken is a personal hero of mine, both for financial innovation and the great work he does through his foundation, the Milken Institute. If you've never been to the Milken Global Conference, you're missing out.
(other small note -- highlight of the evening was John Gage describing Vint Cerf's self-quote on his work making TCP/IP an Internet standard, and a foundation for other Internet-based services: "IP on everything" ;)