The Bondareff Award was conceptualized by Howard Epstein '57 and modeled after similar awards given by other clubs to honor long and distinguished service. The award was named for Esther Schiff Bondareff ’37 and her husband, Daniel Bondareff ’36, to honor their many years of service to the Club. The Cornell Club of Washington first presented the award in 1984 to Bob McKinless '48.
At the 2019 Annual dinner on May 14th, CCW awarded the 2019 Bondareff Award to Katherine Stifel ’87. She has served two terms as a director on the CCW Board and as Vice President for Programming for four years. She began serving as First Vice President in July 2017. Katherine has contributed substantially to numerous CCW events, including the April 2015 Silent Movies With Live Music at The Avalon Theatre and the May 2016 Tribute to Austin “Kip” Kiplinger to benefit the Scholarship Fund.
Katherine is a second-generation CCW Life Member, as her parents Gladys ’58 and Peter ’58 are also Life Members, along with brother Andrew ’91, all still living in the DC area. Members recall her as a teenager helping at the Annual Father’s Day Picnic at Kiplinger’s ‘Montevideo’ in Poolesville Maryland. Her service to CCW continues even while she establishes her own architectural practice. CCW and all its members are grateful for Katherine’s unwavering dedication and many years of service.