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  • 01/24/13--07:34: New York and beyond
  • Budapest Festival Orchestra's Great Performers series dinner on the promenade of Avery Fisher Hall.
    On Sunday, January 20th the world renowned Budapest Festival Orchestra returned to Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall for a Great Performers series concert. The BFO have long been a highlight of the concert season, with the orchestra playing to sold out houses. The BFO performed Shostakovich: Jazz Suite; Bernstein: Serenade; Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 under the baton of Iván Fischer, Music Director, joined by Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman, who has entranced European audiences with her passionate, thoughtful playing.

    Following the concert, the Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra hosted a gala and toasted Maestro Fischer's birthday on the Promenade of Avery Fisher Hall. With her usual effervescence and glittering smile, Daisy M. Soros, Chairman of the Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra welcomed more than 100 guests to the Annual Winter Gala and led the group in wishing Maestro Fischer a Happy Birthday.
    Daisy Soros, Beth Jacobs, and Ivan Fischer blowing out his birthday candles
    Members of the Board include: Daisy M. Soros, Chairman, Beth Jacobs, Vice Chairman, Blaise Pasztory, Treasurer, Sylvia Hemingway, Secretary, Noreen Buckfire, Ambassador Károly Dán, Stephen Fuzesi, Jr.; Emese Green, Dr. William A. Haseltine, Aniko Gaal Schott, Suzanne von Liebig, Ludovica Rossi Purini, John C. Whitehead and Victoria Wyman.

    With the help of all its supporters, the FBFO supports music education programs in Hungary, "Cocoa Concerts" for children with the aim to engage children early to music, replaces and restores orchestral instruments to allow this wonderful orchestra to perform all around the world. For additional information about the FBFO, visit the website:
    Daisy Soros, Ivan Fischer, and Beth Jacobs
    Cathy Ranieri, Yves Gaden, John Wetzler, and Pat Wetzler
    Dr Richard Bockman, Christie Urlich, Rob Urlich, and Gail Hayman
    Gianluigi Vittadini and Adrienne Vittadini
    Dafna Schmerin, Noreen Buckfire, and Dr. Michael Schmerin
    Erno Hollo, Irene Hollo, and Blaise Pasztory
    Gianluigi Vittadini, Adrienne Vittadini, Sahra Lese, Ivan Fischer, and Daisy Soros
    Ken Roman and Irene Moscahlaidis
    Ellis Rubinstein and Joanna Rubinstein
    Andrew Saul, David Tobey, Julie Tobey, and Richard Feigen
    Kathy Megyeri, Susan Hutchison, and Leslie Megyeri
    Judi Sorensen Flom and Susan Hutchison
    Fruzsina Dan and Ambassador Karoly Dan
    Bill Cunningham and Sahra Lese
    Adam Gyorgy and Sylvia Hemingway
    Vera Blinken, Ambassador Gianluigi Vittadini, and Aniko Gaal Schott
    Larry Saper, Analiese Soros, and Ronald Ulrich
    Alexandra Huebner, John de Csepel, and Julie Tobey
    Maria Eugenia Haseltine and William Haseltine
    Joanna Rubinstein, Dr Michael Sheffery, and Beth Jacobs
    Jane Cafritz and Hilaire O'Malley
    Lady Va Maughan and Karlheinz Muhr
    Sebastian Baverstam and Ivan Fischer
    Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick celebrate his late mother Patricia Broderick at the opening of the "Paintings and Works on Paper" Exhibit at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery on January 21st.

    The 47-year-old actress brought along her son James for the evening to check out Patricia's work from throughout her career.
    Matthew Broderick, James Wilke Broderick, and Sarah Jessica Parker
    Michelle Jaffe, Ilse Murdock, and Joe Santore
    Zach Neumann, Matthew Broderick, and Martha Broderick
    Paul Calendrillo and Marian Calendrillo
    Andy Arnot, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and Eric Brown
    Kyle O'Donnell and Frank Selvaggi
    Matthew Broderick and Isaac Mizrahi
    Alex Merchant and Madeline Lagattuta
    Debbie Korb and Stephen McRae
    Rina Anoussis and Sarah Jessica Parker
    Billy DiMichele and Benjamin Stark
    Chris Sullivan and Zach Neumann
    Jane Freilicher, Eric Brown, and Elizabeth Hazan
    Janna Heiman, Lauren Leslie, and Jess Kimball
    Ash Ferlito and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
    Cord Marlowe and Kelly Marlowe
    Ash Ferlito, Ilse Murdock, and Jody Wood
    Hannah Kraft, Janet Broderick, James Kraft, Zach Neumann, Martha Broderick, Alexis Broderick, and Matthew Broderick
    Sarah Burns, Barbara Alton, and Juli Reddy
    Fran Porcaro and Peggy Marx
    Angie Schworer, Zach Neumann, and Richard Bird
    Elizabeth Grobel and Alexis Broderick
    Becky Sellinger and Jean-Jacques du Plessis
    Angie Schworer, Yloy Ybarra, Jimmy Borstelmann, Heather McVeigh, and Richard Bird
    On Tuesday, January 8th, over 75 friends and members of the Bermuda National Gallery gathered at Hawthorne Fine Art on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for a reception and private viewing of the American Art gallery's current exhibition, Isles of Tranquility: Paintings of Bermuda by Clark Greenwood Voorhees (1871-1933).

    Guests included His Excellency the Governor, The Hon. George Fergusson and Mrs. Fergusson and Premier, The Hon. Craig Cannonier, JP MP and Mrs. Cannonier as well as Bermuda National Gallery Executive Director, Lisa Howie, Founding Trustee, Dr. Charles Zuill and Tucker Hewes, President of the Bermuda Fine Arts Foundation.
    During the course of the evening, the Governor and The Premier both delivered speeches. Additional speeches were given by Jennifer C. Krieger, Managing Partner of Hawthorne Fine Art; Gary L. Phillips OBE JP, Chairman of the Bermuda National Gallery and Franklin Hill Perrell, Trustee of the Bermuda National Gallery. Also in attendance were Bermuda's Minister of Finance, The Hon. Everard 'Bob' Richards JP, MP and Minister of Economic Development, Dr. the Hon. E. Grant Gibbons JP, MP.
    Gary Phillips, Margaret Fergusson, George Fergusson, Helen Clark, Tricia Phillips, and Bob Richards
    Kate Brewster Duffy and Thea Smolinski
    Tyler Bradford, Wil Bradford, Jane Hewes, Jennifer Krieger, and Jay Nichols
    Gary Phillips, George Fergusson, Margy Hargraves, and Nina Muller
    Tucker Hewes, Hedda Nadler, Jane Hewes, and Franklin Perrell
    Rita Lascaro and Antonia Pocock
    Gary Phillips, Jennifer Krieger, and Alida Fish
    Margaret Furgusson
    Premier Craig Cannonier and Helen Clark
    Gary Phillips, The Hon. Craig Cannonier, Jennifer Krieger, and George Fergusson
    Chris Maiato, Theresa Uckotter, and Bill Bailey
    Jennifer Krieger, Ann Schutte, and Tricia Phillips
    Tyler Bradford, Deetsie Bradford, Tae Hattori, and Harry Bradford
    David Pursch, Margaret Fergusson, and Deborah and Samuel Pursch
    Peter Davis and Jan Joroff
    Peter and Marie Solange O'Driscoll, and Whit Clay
    Robert Raynor and Astrid Monfils
    Dan Christoffel and Lisa Chalif
    Peter Lapsley, Ann Shutte, and Amanda Peters
    Emily Perrell and George Fergusson
    Tucker Hewes, and Alex and Nancy Ward
    Phyllis Falino and Camille Casling
    Rita Lascaro and Robert Skingle
    Chris Maiato and Lisa Howie
    Elizabeth Glass and Havalock Hewes
    Eileen and James Toogood
    Marianne Camille Spraggins and Bob Richards
    Tatiana Vidus and Wil Bradford
    Carol and Joe Henry
    Daniel MacCarthy and Nicholas Bush
    Craig Cannonier and Lisa Howie
    Lynda Anderson and Sarah Reynolds
    Frank J. Olt and Franklin Hill Perrell
    Brian O'Gibney and Maureen Murphy
    Earlier this month, Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers celebrated their  Inaugural Gala Event at The Breakers. This benefit raises critical dollars for Lifesaver Scholarship Fund helping Florida patients receive treatment.

    From the initial invitation encouraging guests to come dressed in Palm Beach casual, to the deconstructed Caesar salad and comfort-style truffle mac ‘n cheese, to the very un-stuffy Marcia Mitchell Band setting a dance-till-you-drop tone from the moment Breakers staff opened the ballroom doors, to the heartfelt speeches by Gala co-chairs Liza Pulitzer and Nellie Benoit, the combined Caron and Hanley benefit made for a FUN night to remember raising funds for addiction treatment.

    “The evening was especially meaningful to us,” said Pulitzer. “The proceeds from our combined event will be used for the Lifesaver Scholarship Fund which supports people who want help, but need financial assistance. About 40 percent of Caron and Hanley patients receive assistance and thanks to our guests’ generosity, even more will be helped.”
    Nellie Benoit and Liza Pulitzer
    Dick and Sally Robinson
    As a finale, an hour-plus performance by former Foreigner rock-God, Lou Gramm, capped the evening as guests scooped up still-warm sweets from the Donut Divas, and snacked on sliders as they rummaged through swag bags overstuffed with goodies from Letarte, Alex and Ani, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Lilly Pulitzer, OPI and more.  Entire tables of the Mangrove Group – Hanley’s young friends’ organization – and guests in the after-party kept the dance floor moving past midnight.

    Seen at the sold-out event were Turner and Whitmore Benoit, Chris and Bobby Leidy, Dede Merck, Lou Hager, Alice and Chris Holbrook, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Judith and Jarrett Kling, Wendy and David Novack, Ali and Lee Hanley, Michael McCarty, Angela Culveyhouse and Michael Vecellio, Kim and Payson Coleman, Bill and Nancy Rollnick, Chris Cook, Julie and Howard Rudolph, Francis and Sarah Fabrizio, Joanie and Paul Van der Grift, Les Daniels, Dick and Sally Robinson, and Holly and Michael McClosky among others.
    Lesly Smith, Dr. James Walsh, and Danielle Hickox Moore
    “We wanted to create a setting where our guests could have a good time and learn about addiction,” said Benoit.  “It’s really the last taboo. People just don’t want to think about it. But the truth is that one in four Americans will be touched by an alcohol or drug problem at some point during their lifetime.  The good news is that addiction is preventable and treatable. And the earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome.”

    Sponsors for the Caron and Hanley event included Kim and Payson Coleman, Heidi Cox, Marvin H. Davidson Foundation, Florida Power & Light, Lydia and Robert Forbes, Gary and Dee-Dee Harris, Anne S. Keresey and Thomas Hazard Keresey, Donna Kress, Joan and Charles Lazarus, Kathy and Paul Leone, Mark Edward Partners, Sally M. Marks, Adele S. Merck, Catalina and Thomas A.N. Miller, Sean F. Conaboy - NSM Insurance Group, Margaret and Michael Picotte, Kitty and Hank Price, E. Burke Ross, Jr., Lesly Smith, Caroline and Bailey B. Sory, Louise H. Stephaich, Tom McCarthy, Ralph and Mary Gesualdo, and Duane Morris.
    Quinn Johnson and Whitmore Benoit
    Chris Leidy and Kendall Fabian
    Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers have joined forces. As a result of this alliance of industry leaders, Caron and Hanley together are the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit addiction treatment provider in the country, focused on a 12-Step recovery program with a powerful clinical component. Caron is well known for pioneering addiction treatment that is gender-specific and specialized for adolescents, young adults, families, as well as in instances of relapse. Hanley has forged new ground creating programs focused on baby boomers and senior citizens. Combined, these innovators will now offer the country’s most comprehensive continuum of treatment ranging from adolescence through older adulthood.  In South Florida, Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers operate lifesaving addiction treatment centers at Hanley Center, Caron Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance in Palm Beach County; and Gate Lodge in Vero Beach. 

    For more information on Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers, or future events, please call (561) 841-1048 or visit
    Mercedes Gotwald and Lou Hager
    Hilary and Peter Pulitzer
    Alice and Chris Holbrook
    Lou Gramm and Dr. Rachel Docekal
    Barbara Appleby, Clark Appleby and Susan Ford Bales
    Thomas Hazard Keresey and Anne Keresey
    Jimmy and Gloria Marcus
    Drew and Amy Rothermel
    Chris and Ann Quick
    Linda and Mike Hanley, and Sharon McGinley
    Ricky Grow and Amber Hopkins
    Julie and Howard Rudolph
    Marc Koch and Stacey Leuliette
    Ashley Cherowitzo and Bobby Leidy
    Judy and Jarrett Kling
    K.C. and John Pickett
    Chris Lawford and Mercedes Miller
    To welcome in the new year, more than 500 arts enthusiasts and Museum of Biblical Art supporters turned out for the third annual 8 x 8 Holiday Art Exhibition and Auction.

    Over 100 works of art measuring only 8 in. by 8 in., created by 92 artists, were displayed in a unique silent auction.  Bidders did not know who the artist was until placing the winning bid.  “Part of the mystery this evening is that you don’t know who the artist is – you have to fall in love with it,” said Scott Peck, MBA curator and co-director, in his welcome remarks to the crowd.  And fall in love they did. The auction was almost a complete sell-out.

    The intriguing theme of 8 x 8 came from Jeff Levine who explained to the audience, “It began as a small idea three years ago from a conversation I had with Rabbi Rvi Drizin of the Intown Chabad.  The number 8 is a symbol for the Hebrew word for life, which is Chai,” said Levine.  “So, 8 x 8 is a double portion of life or a doubly- blessed life.  We decided to keep going with this religious idea.  Last year we made it an interfaith experience by adding the theme of Christmas to Chanukah, and this year we are delighted to present the show at the Museum of Biblical Art.”
    Lorrie Smith and Jeff Levine
    Tim and Cheryl Reynolds
    Honorary co-chair Donna Weitzman began the evening’s remarks by underscoring the importance of the exhibition to increase “expressions of understanding and expressions of tolerance,” before handing the mike to her co-chair, Dr. Carolyn Farb, who is known, as Weitzman delightedly reminded the audience, as “The First Lady of Philanthropy in Houston.”   Farb, who first visited the museum to see the famous “Tapestry of the Centuries” painting by Vladimir Gorsky, related that it was a personal visit to Houston by 8 x 8 committee members Scott Peck, Bob Hopkins and Jeanette Korab, artist and widow of Gorsky, which convinced her that she had to participate.

    Scott Peck introduced the evening’s guest of honor, Edith Baker, who is well known in Dallas as an artist, collector and former gallery owner.
    Rini Andres, Edith Baker, Honored for her Support in Rebuilding the Museum, and Roger Lee
    Dr. Carolyn Farb and Donna Weitzman presented  Baker with a Jewish-themed heirloom piece of crystal. Accepting with modest appreciation, Baker thanked everyone for coming and added, “We are trying to promote this unusual museum and make a lot of friends of all religions.  Please come again and bring all your friends!” Peck also presented original artwork by Jeanette Korab to Carolyn Farb and Donna and Herb Weitzman in appreciation for their support of the museum.

    Other special guests were comedienne Ruth Buzzi of Laugh-in fame and her husband Kent Perkins who also happen to be excellent artists.  The 8 in. x 8 in. paintings they each contributed kicked off the spirited bidding for the live auction portion of the evening.
    Sam and Susanne Tyuluman
    Amy Petreikis and John Lynch
    Additional bronze, metal and acrylic sculptures by renowned artists Gib Singleton, George Tobolowsky, and Frederick Hart, and a bronze cast of the “Madonna” from Michelangelo’s Pieta in Rome, Italy – authorized by the Vatican and one of a limited number of casts – were also in the live auction. J. D. Miller, a contemporary artist with Samuel Lynne Galleries in Dallas, had been delighting the audience from the beginning of the evening with a live, on-site painting during the event, which he finished and presented for the conclusion of the live auction.

    Among the many guests in attendance were Katy andLawrence Bock; Patty Jo and John Turner; Zona and Barry Pidgeon; Christi Harris and M. L. Speer; Carol Seay; Judith Seay; Patricia Meadows; Charles Ward; Susan Rogers; Doris Jacobs, Myra and Stuart Prescott, James Prothro, Patricia and John Zale and Nikki McCuistion.

    Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Museum of Biblical Art and its educational programs. 
    Julia Stjernstrom and AraDonna
    Paulette Martsolf and Rick Martsolf
    Carol Seay and Judith Seay
    Becky Frey and Shelle Carig
    Hector Hinojosa and Clara Hinojosa
    Carmaleta Whiteley, Host Committee, Dr. Carolyn Farb, Honorary Co-Chair, and Donna Weitzman, Honorary Co-Chair
    Artist Kent Perkins, Scott Peck, Museum Curator and Co-Director, Comedienne and Artist Ruth Buzzi
    Christi Harris and ML Speer
    Lawrence Bock and Katy Bock, Host Committee
    Artist George Tobolowsky
    Patty Jo and John Turner, Host Committee
    Doris Jacobs and Terry Provencial
    Suzanne Boch and Michael Grishman
    Arthur Benjamin and Melina McKenna
    On Friday January 5th the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)held an intimate reception and luncheon in The Mirror Room at The Colony Hotel's pavilion for longtime Palm Beach resident HRH Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan to formally acknowledge a mutual accord for the benefit of international animal welfare between IFAW and the Princess Alia Foundation. Accompanied by her husband His Excellency Mohammed Al-Saleh, Princess Alia joined  IFAW President Azzedine Downes for the signing ceremony along with members of IFAW's international executive team and IFAW's Palm Beach patrons.
    The Colony Hotel, view from the Pavilion.
    Since The Middle East finds itself as a geographical nexus for Africa's illegal wildlife trade, the agreement is a significant step in curtailing the export of exotic animals as pets and the illicit traffic of animal products, especially protecting elephants from the ivory trade. In addition to focusing on concerns relating to animals in crisis and distress, IFAW also deals with wildlife and habitat protection, responding to oil spills, typhoons and earthquakes. President of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Foundation, Princess Alia has a spirited interest in the welfare and protection of animals with a lifelong passion for the safety and well-being of horses. She is the author of Royal Heritage – The Story of Jordan's Arab Horses. The mission of the Princess Alia Foundation is to show "compassion and respect for all creation."
    Princess Alia arrives for the reception at The Colony. During the 1970s, Princess Alia's father the late King Hussein of Jordan often visited Palm Beach as a guest of Jim Kimberly. The king's eldest daughter, Princess Alia maintains the family's presence in Palm Beach.
    Azzedine Downes was recently appointed president of IFAW, having previously served as the organization's executive vice president. Downes is credited with establishing IFAW's bureau in Dubai where he designed and implemented a Prevention of Wildlife Trade Program which has since trained more than 1,600 enforcement officers in 30 countries.
    Princess Alia and her husband Mohammed Al-Saleh. Princess Alia's half-brother is His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.
    Minou Palandjian
    Judy Schrafft
    Bob McCall
    Lesley MacGregor and Connie MacGregor.
    Philip Milburn, IFAW vice president for philanthropy, and Ian Robinson, IFAW director the Emergency Relief Program
    Princess Alia spoke eloquently about how important it is for the betterment of humanity to protect the world's wildlife.
    Princess Alia and Azzedine Downes formalize the agreement between Jordan and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

    Photographs; Augustus Mayhew (IFAW); LILA PHOTO (Caron and Hanley); Elaine Ubiña (Hawthorne)

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  • 01/28/13--05:38: Opening nights
  • The Opening Night of the 59th Annual Winter Antiques Show benefiting East Side House Settlement.
    The 59th Annual Winter Antique Show opened with its gala preview on Thursday night benefiting East Side House Settlement. The show runs at the Park Avenue Armory through next Sunday.
    Michael Lynch, Donald Ross, Kelly Coffey, Barry Sommers, Lucinda Ballard, Arie Kopelman, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churhill, Trudy Coxe, Peter Standish, Debra del Vecchio, and Claudio del Vecchio
    Trudy Coxe, Kevin Sharkey, and Martha Stewart
    John Sanchez and Caroline Kennedy
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor
    Peter Brant and Peter Brant Jr.
    Jonathan Tisch and Lizzie Tisch
    Jamee Gregory and Peter Gregory
    Lucinda Ballard, Jay Cantor, Ritchie Scaife, and Stiles Colwill
    Lenore and Peter Standish
    Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg
    Betsey Ruprecht, Mark Mason, and Erica Mason
    Susan Dunn and Arne Glimcher
    Amy Berkowitz, Tim Berkowitz, and Eaddo Kiernan
    Robert Turner and CeCe Cord
    Shane Inman and Jamie Drake
    Maurice Sonnenberg, Michael Lynch, Lucinda Ballard, Arie Kopelman, and Kelly Coffey
    Eula Johnson
    Mario Buatta and Andrew Clunn
    Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder
    Peter Brant Jr. and Peter Brant
    Donald Ross, Holly Bannister, and Douglas Newhouse
    Leonard Lauder
    Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross
    Lydia Tower and Molly De Ramel
    Coco Kopelman and Susan Baker
    David Dangremond, Trudy Coxe, and Lynn Roberts
    Lucinda Ballard and Ruth Smithers
    David Walentas and Jane Walentas
    Barbara Regna
    Karen Lerner and Jay Cantor
    Jean Shafiroff, Alison Minton, Daniel Colon, Dawne Marie Grannum, and Dr. Penny Grant
    Barbara Cirkva and John Schumacher
    Boo Grace and Somers Farkas
    Susan Magrino and Julie Loria
    Kamie Lightburn and Mary Van Pelt
    Barbara Chapman, Duncan Chapman, Donald Ross, and Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill
    Sadie Kargman and Jill Kargman
    Robert Woods and Olivia Wright
    Elizabeth Stribling, Elizabeth Scott, Stanley Scott, and CeCe Black
    Chappy and Melissa Morris
    Diane Carter and Norma McLeod
    Jasmine Espanol, Leigh Keno, Emily Keno, and Ed Becnel
    Deborah Royce and CeCe Black
    Margaret Russell and Carlos Mota
    The weather was chilly but the ambiance was warm at the Playground Partners of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy’s Annual Skating Party at Wollman Rink. Over 500 guests enjoyed an evening of skating, sipping hot chocolate, treats and sweets.  The event was chaired by Paige Hardy, Ellen Offutt, and Ashley Wotiz.

    The Annual Skating Party is the Conservancy’s way to thank all of their generous supporters.  The Women’s Committee has been instrumental in increasing awareness and garnering funds for many Park projects. This event also raises funds to support free after-school skating and hockey lessons for underserved children of New York City. 
    Guests included Douglas Blonsky, President and CEO of Central Park Conservancy, Playground Partners Chairmen, Nyssa Kourakos and Yesim Philip, Vicki Foley, Gillian Miniter, Amy Schrader, Jill Ross, and Adelina Wong Ettelson. 

    For more information on the Playground Partners, please visit
    Elizabeth Wilson, Cassandra Miller, Benita Wilson, and Sydney Torres
    Filipa Ammann, Pernilla Ammann, Jill Ross, Caroline Cole, and Yesim Philip
    Adelina Wong Ettelson and Nyssa Kourakos
    Charlotte Kaiser Weinberg and Clara Weinberg
    Gillian Miniter, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Yesim Philip, and Vicki Foley
    Jessica Tullman, Laura Hall, Christy Brega, and Wendy Van Raalte
    Jonathan Adelson, Henry Adelson, and Mary Beth Adelson
    Terri Coppersmith and Douglas Blonsky
    Kerry Shannon, Aliza Ameer, Elizabeth Garrett, and Wendy Van Raalte
    Madison Wotiz and Ashley Wotiz
    Serena Miniter, Gillian Miniter, R. Couri Hay, and Eugenia Bullock
    On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) held its Fourth Charity Wine Auction at Per Se. This year's event was co-chaired by Paul Gridley, Robert F. Hudson, Itzhak Perlman, Joanna S. Rose, George P. Sape, Esq., Michael Troise, Thomas Tuft, The Honorable Ronald N. Weiser, and William Lie Zeckendorf. Proceeds from the event benefitted the mission of PMP, founded 19 years ago by Toby Perlman, which offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent.

    Guests were greeted with champagne and canapés and then enjoyed a festive dinner, which consisted of a six-course seasonal tasting menu paired with exceptional wines, including bottles from Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Heitz Cellars and Chateau d'Yquem, and a 1996 Pichon Lalande, in the intimate private dining room at per se. Michael Troise, retired Auction Director for Christie's Fine and Rare Wines Department, auctioned rare and extraordinary vintages from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Napa Valley, and one-of-a-kind dining, travel and cultural experiences – including a private dinner with Maestros Itzhak Perlman and Alan Gilbert, both of whom were in attendance.
    Champagne reception
    Dinner in Per Se’s private dining room
    A standing ovation for PMP violinists
    A violin performance by PMP alumni of a rousing virtuoso rendition of 'The Stars and Stripes Forever' received a standing ovation.

    Auction items were generously donated by individuals and companies from around the world, with special thanks to Christie's, Acker Merrall & Condit, and Domaine Wine Storage.
    Auctioneer Michael Troise in action
    Bill Bakula with lucky Paddle No. 1
    Battling paddles during the live auction
    Guests included: Paolo Alberghini, Bill Bakula and Mariette Detotto, Florence Cathiard (owner of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte), Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Rodger DeRose and Alyce Halchak, Robert Deutsch, Claudia and Michael Feldenkrais, Alan Gilbert and Kajsa William-Olsson, Jennifer Gilbert, Bari and Neil Goldmacher, Marc Goldstein and Cathy Borzon, Andrew Greene, Linda and Paul Gridley, Bob Gutenstein, Edith and Robert Hudson, Kate and Patrick Hudson, Katherine and Peter Kend, Leslie and Omar Khan, Andrew Lawlor, Leora and Steven Levy, Nancy Lieberman and Mark Ellman, Robert Loeffler, David Miller, Ron Oehl, Toby and Itzhak Perlman, Ronald Pohl, Joanna S. and Daniel Rose, Jeri and George Sape, Roger Schagrin, Tom Siering, Jeff Silvershein, Hannele and Michael Troise, Diane and Tom Tuft, Svetlana and Herbert Wachtell, Batia and Howard Wiesenfeld, Eileen and Ron Weiser, Amy and Tedd Weisman, Rodger D. Young and Mariam Azarm, and Laura and Will Zeckendorf.
    Michael and Claudia Feldenkrais, Bill Bakula and Mariette Detotto, Thomas Tuft, and Robert Hudson
    Alyce Halchak, Itzhak Perlman, and Rodger DeRose
    Amy and Tedd Weisman
    Steven and Leora Levy
    Joanna and Daniel Rose
    Will and Laura Zeckendorf
    Bill Bakula and Mariette Detotto
    Patrick and Kate Hudson
    Paul Gridley and Ron Pohl
    Charles Antin and Katie Banser of Christie’s
    Bari Goldmacher withThomas and Diane Tuft
    Itzhak and Toby Perlman
    Kajsa William Olsson and Alan Gilbert
    Hannele and Michael Troise
    Mariam Azarm and Rodger Young
    Itzhak Perlman and Peter Kend
    Eileen and Ron Weiser
    Linda and Paul Gridley
    Marc Goldstein
    Neil and Bari Goldmacher
    Herbert and Svetlana Wachtell
    On Thursday, January 17th, 2013, over 200 guests came celebrate the ten year anniversary of ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation at the annual ArtWorks Art Auction Benefit at Dream Downtown in NYC. This event helps fund creative and performing art programs for children and young adults with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

    The evening featured music by DJ Chrissie Miller and a live auction conducted by Antiques Roadshow appraiser and auctioneer Nicholas D. Lowry, President of Swann Auction Galleries. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres catered by Dream Downtown’s Marble Lane and assorted mini cupcakes provided by the fabulous Baked by Melissa.
    Rena Fischler, Daniel Kaufthal, Sara Menkin, Laura Kaufthal, Adam Hirsch, Jessica Sylvester, and Todd Cooper
    The space showcased artwork created by ArtWorks’ inspiring children which were included in the live and silent auction. Additional auction items included select pieces from Charlotte Ronson, Helmut Lang, and Madison Harding; SoulCycle Spinning Series; classes with celebrity chefs and trainers; VIP tickets to the Mets and Giants; luxury items from Coach; VIP passes to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Broadway Shows and the US Open; and one-of-a-kind original artwork from contemporary artists Ed Heck, Aaron Young, and WhIsBe.

    Among the prestigious donors, ArtWorks was thrilled to have the support of: The Russell Berrie Foundation, Adam Hirsch,Henry and Myrtle Hirsch Foundation, The Kaufthal Family, Koyfman Family Foundation, Lisa and Richard Perry, Fred and Gertrude Perlberg Foundation, Lindsay and Brian Cooper, Little Wisco, Pamela and Roger Gold, and the Solomon Wilson Family Foundation. 
    Nicholas Lowry
    Leann Taylor
    The Art Auction Benefit is ArtWorks’ biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the event provide thousands of children with serious illnesses, and their siblings, access to creative and performing arts programs that encourage the use of the creative process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development. ArtWorks seeks to empower, validate, and honor these children by offering them the hands-on experience and materials with which to create, as well as the opportunity to publicly share their artistic accomplishments.

    For more information, please visit:
    Cory Baker, Daniela Mendelsohn, David Kaufthal, and Yael Baker
    Haley Ray, Lauren Krautmann, Liza Streiff, Rachel McKenny, Kate Cherry, and Matt Yelovich
    Haley Ray and Lauren Krautmann
    Asha Osman and Kate Baseman Lupo
    Irene Tien and Yosaif Cohain
    Jamie Bryant, Danette Ott, and Mea Sucato
    Jason Birke and Elan Ben Avi
    Rena Fischler and Josh Rachlin
    Jen Saviano, Josh Saviano, and Roger Gold
    Jennie Russo, Charlotte Ronson, Amanda Cavallacci, and Jamie Harman
    Lauren Goldberg, Nicholas Lowry, Brittney Ingarra, and Kristina Goodstadt
    Linda Koyfman, Hilary Koyfman, and Leib Koyfman
    Rachel McKenny, Daniela Mendelsohn, and Peter Bremberg
    Tennille Frank, David Benattar, and Tiffany Gaudio

    Photographs (Winter Antiques); BIlly Farrell (Skating Party); (Perlman)

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    Lillian Stern, Yliana Yepez, Nathalie Kaplan, Donya Bommer, David Fishman, (Abraham Lincoln), Diana DiMenna, Mary Snow, and Annabelle Snow at a "Passport Through American History" at the New-York Historical Society.
    This past Saturday, January 26, 2013, The DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical Society hosted its first-ever Family Benefit Party, Passport Through American History, for children, parents and grandparents. Children collected stamps in their historical passports by completing challenges and experiences, such as tasting food from New Amsterdam, discovering what a Civil War encampment looked like, and dressing up as a Newsie. Special thanks to the generosity and support of our event sponsor, designer Yliana Yepez, and Eleni's New York, for their cookie and activity donation.
    Gigi McFarland, Hannah McFarland, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Louise Mirrer, Yliana Yepez, Diana DiMenna, and Esra Munnell
    Nathalie Kaplan, Maya Farnos, Ayla Farnos, Reid Mandell, Karden Mandell, and Barbara Mandell
    Proceeds from the Family Benefit will help the institution continue to provide an interactive, entertaining experience for children and families as young visitors learn by making discoveries about our ancestors who shaped the nation. Your support helps the DiMenna Children's History Museum and the New-York Historical Society care for a priceless collection, made fully accessible to the public, and provides our education programs with the resources to serve over 200,000 New York City public school students in both on-site and in-school programming each year, and thousands of teacher Professional Development training we provide throughout the year.

    Event Chairs included Diana DiMenna, Lise Evans, Marie-Anne de Rosier Ewig, Mary Kathryn Navab, Betsy Pitts, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Mary Snow, Liz Stern, Kathryn Tucker, Yliana Yepez.
    Meagan Bonan, Kate Bonan, Alex Bonan, and Pierre Bonan
    Wendy Hoh, Audrey Hoh, Will Hoh, Caroline Hoh, and Sophia Hoh
    Jeff Lewis, Lisa Fields Lewis, Hayden Lewis, and Lucy Lewis
    Sherry Ostroff, Joshua Ostroff, Dr. Robert Ostroff, Sarah Ostroff, Jonathan Ostroff, and Owen Ostroff
    Event Co-Chairs were as follows: Michaela J. Clary, Michael T. Cohen, Chesley Maddox-Dorsey and Leon Lee Dorsey, Joyce Giuffra, Linda Greenberg, Sharon Hurowitz, Stacie Kiratsous, PhD, Rhona Kisch and Daniel Stamler, Nell Kleinschmidt, Tiffany Moller, Pauline Reyniak, Christine and Brett Rogers, Kimberly and Viqar Shariff, Anya Herz Shiva, Denise Spillane, Andrea Stern and Ken DiPaola.
    Esra Munnell, Gavin Munnell, and Clark Munnell
    Leo Clary, Natalia Clary, David Clary, Niko Clary, and Michaela Clary
    Yliana Yepez, Alexandra Gill, and Rafael Gill
    Will Ellis as GI Joe
    Craig Barnett, Caroline Schmidt Barnett. Jacob Barnett, and Max Barnett
    Viqar Shariff, and Kimberly Ayers Shariff
    Diana DiMenna, Isabelle Shiva, and Anya Shiva
    Max Hausman, Liz Cohen-Hausman, Miranda Hausman, Amanda Fraser Gajwani, and Leighton Gajwani
    Louisa McFarland, Theodora Ryan, Alexandra Ryan, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Hannah McFarland, and Gigi McFarland
    Harry Murphy, Annabella Murphy, and Freddy Murphy
    Jennifer Fleischer, Irwin Schwartz, and Alex Schwartz
    Carolyn Katz, Noah Goldstein, Anna Goldstein, and Michael Goldstein
    Alexander Georges and Heather Georges
    Josie Stern, Judy Stern Beck, and Liz Stern
    Andrew Bilezikian, Heidi Lanino Bilezikian, Barry Bilezikian, and Daniel Bilezikian
    Michelle Smith, Andy Oshrin, William Oshrin, and Sophia Oshrin
    Helena Inzerillo, Prudence Inzerillo, Alec Stern, Lillian Stern, and Tessa Stern
    Rebecca Shalam, Brooke Shalam, and Ari Shalam
    Stacy Baron as Cornelia Von Varick
    Elena Struzziery, Beth Carney, Claire Struzziery, and Josh Struzziery
    Amy Griffin, Gigi Griffin, Mary Snow, and Annabelle Snow
    Casey Schimel, Jeanine Schimel, and Alex Schimel
    Claire McDermott, Catherine McDermott, and Bridget McDermott
    Isabella Chiodi, Maria Chiodi, Frank Chiodi, and Giulia Chiodi
    Henry Sloss, Kathryn Tucker, and Loulou Sloss
    Benjamin Franklin and David Fishman, (Abraham Lincoln)
    Paul Sohn, Coco Sohn, and Sarah Sohn
    Mary Lovci and Olivia Lovci
    Caroline Schmidt Barnett and Lise Evans
    John Freeman, Cole Bessent Freeman, Sarah Sohn, and Coco Sohn
    Melody Rollins Downes and Kimberly Ayers Shariff
    Lucas Downes, Melody Rollins Downes, and Camille Downes
    Louise Mirrer, Emanuel Stern, and Simone Levinson
    Claire Sotkin and Suzann Sotkin
    Donna Navarro and Luis Navarro
    Olivia Frankel, Grace Murdoch, and Barrie Frankel
    Phoebe Lightburn, Kamie Lightburn, and Carter Lightburn
    Tommy Corsiglia, Jim Corsiglia, and Alex Corsiglia
    Lillian Dick and Stacy Dick
    Molly Monahan, Helen Williams, Michelle Pastor, and Steve Schiller
    Owen King, Sarah King, Alison King, and Peter King
    Rosa Tejada and Tyrone Dennis as James McEwan
    William Gianopulos, Eleni Gianopulos, and Sophia Gianopulos
    Christina de Marval, Ella de Marval, and Alexia Hamm Ryan
    This past Thursday night, designer Nicole Hanley Mellon hosted a cocktail party at her residence at The Pierre Hotel in honor of Ambassador Mary M. Ourisman, chairman of the upcoming 56th Annual International Red Cross Ball.  Ambassador Ourisman, the United States' last ambassador to Barbados, attended the private gathering of friends and supporters, many of whom divide their time between New York and Palm Beach. Nicole Hanley Mellon and her husband, Matthew T. Mellon II, serve as associate chairmen of the ball set to take place at The Breakers - Palm Beach on Friday, February 8th. The annual event welcomes ambassadors, dignitaries, government, civic officials and philanthropic leaders from around the world who support the American Red Cross.
    Ambassador Mary Ourisman, R. Couri Hay, Nicole Hanley Mellon, and Christine Schott
    Among supporters in attendance were Julie Macklowe, Zang Toi, Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel, Michele Gerber Klein, Jean Shafiroff, Alex Donner, Leesa Rowland, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Michelle Marie Heinemann, Catherine Todd, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Maggie Norris, Karen Klopp, Felicia Taylor, R. Couri Hay, Christine Schott, Mark Gilbertson, Elizabeth Meigher, and Dori Cooperman.

    The 56th Annual International Red Cross Ball will honor actress Dina Merrill Hartley, whose mother Marjorie Merriweather Post, founded the ball in 1957. The annual gala, considered to be a highlight of the social season in Palm Beach, has returned to The Breakers after taking place at Mar-a-Lago for the past seven years. Originally the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Mar-a-Lago, was purchased by Donald Trump in 1985 and converted into a private club.
    Ambassador Mary Ourisman
    Alex Donner, Nicole Noonan, and Steven Knobel
    Michelle Gerber Klein and Geoffrey Bradfield
    Nicole Hanley Mellon and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin
    Liliana Cavendish and Lisa Crosby
    Michelle Gerber Klein, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Nicole Hanley Mellon, and Jean Shafiroff
    Jean Shafiroff
    Felicia Taylor
    Maggie Norris and Lucia Hwong Gordon
    Jon Heinemann and Michelle-Marie Heinemann
    Leesa Rowland
    Mark Gilbertson and Christine Schott
    On Thursday, January 24, the annual BAM Theater Gala honored renowned director Peter Brook and the US premiere of his latest production, The Suit. Brook has a long history with BAM that began in 1971 when Harvey Lichtenstein presented his legendary production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1987, Brook brought The Mahabharata to BAM, a production that inspired the transformation of the Majestic
    Theater into what is now the BAM Harvey Theater. A favorite of directors and performers, the Harvey is currently playing host to this latest production as well.
    BAM’s Lepercq Space outfitted in décor by Fleurs Bella
    Guests including South African Consul General George Monyemangene and Louise Monyemangene, Harvey Lichtenstein, John Turturro and Katherine Borowitz, Alba and Francesco Clemente, Mark Morris, Dr. Oliver Sacks, Lynn Nottage, Adam Weinberg, Pat Schoenfeld, Leila Straus, Manhen Bonetti (Founder and Executive Director, African Film Festival), and Isaach De Bankolé joined hosts Alan Fishman, Karen Brooks Hopkins, and Joseph Melillo for cocktails and dinner in the Lepercq Space of the Peter Jay Sharp Building before taking in the performance. Amy W. Schulman served as the evening's chair. The cast joined the festivities at a dessert reception in the Campbell Lobby of the theater following the performance.
    Peter Brook and Harvey Lichtenstein
    Peter Brook and BAM Executive Producer Joseph Melillo
    BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Harvey Lichtenstein
    Dr. Oliver Sacks and Peter Brook
    Peter Brook and playwright Lynn Nottage
    Film actor Isaach De Bankolé
    Adam Weinberg
    Chuck Nathan, Alisa Levin, John Turturro and wife Katherine Borowitz
    Diane and BAM Vice Chairman of the Board Adam Max
    Leila Straus and Pat Schoenfeld
    Isaach De Bankolé, cast member William Nadylan, Mahen Bonetti, and Babs Olusanmokun
    Cast members Rikki Henry, Nonhlanhla Kheswa, and Jared McNeill
    Event Chairman Amy Schulman
    On Tuesday evening, January 15th, Joshua Bell, the Grammy Award winning virtuoso violinist, gave a private concert in his Flatiron penthouse for Education Through Music. The non-profit organization supports music curriculum in inner-city public schools in New York City. Bell performed a medley of pieces with pianist Sam Haywood accompanying him.
    Julianna Margulies and Joshua Bell
    Vanessa Lawrence and Kevin Krier
    Julie and Billy Macklowe
    Peter Cincotti and Carol Alt
    Amy Fine Collins
    Leonel Piraino and Nina Griscom
    Leslie Klotz and Debbie Bancroft
    Dr. Lisa Airan
    Lily Cowles, Joshua Bell, and Christine Baranski
    Marianne Garvey and Robert Shooter
    Robert Kraft and Carol Alt
    Ralph Lauren, Ricky Lauren, David Lauren, and Lauren Bush Lauren
    Kyle MacLachlan and Joshua Bell
    Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal
    Gayle King, Tommy Hilfiger, Dee Ocleppo, and Karen Karlsrud
    Desiree Gruber and Kyle MacLachlan
    Jerry Inzerillo and Kyle MacLachlan
    Dee Ocleppo and Carol Alt
    Lianna Pal and Mary-Louise Parker

    Photographs (Red Cross Ball kick off).

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  • 02/01/13--07:04: Landmark anniversaries
  • 2013 Family Benefit Co-Chairs Beth Kojima, Tina Samii, Katerina Alevizaki-Dracopoulos, Amanda Waldron, Andrea Olshan, and Daisy Prince with Library President Anthony W. Marx
    On Sunday, January 27, The New York Public Library welcomed guests to its medieval-themed 2013 Family Benefit, A Quest for Adventure! Library President Anthony W. Marx and the Benefit Co-Chairs Katerina Alevizaki-Dracopoulos, Beth Kojima, Andrea Olshan, Daisy Prince, Tina Samii, and Amanda Waldron oversaw the transformation of the Library's historic Astor Hall, in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, into a wonderland for knights, princesses, wizards, and jesters. Families enjoyed live performances by WonderSpark Puppets and musical duo Rowan and the Rose, as well as arts and crafts, festive food, and, of course, animated readings.

    The annual Family Benefit raises critical funds to support services and programs for children in the Library's 87 neighborhood branches, which serve millions of children and teens every year.
    Astor Hall
    Attendees enjoyed musical performances throughout the event
    A happy attendee
    Alexander, Lauren, and Julian Silverman
    One of the festive performers at the event
    The Library Shop was transformed into Booklandia, where children listened to stories
    The Shields of the Shire craft station
    The Hats in the Belfry craft station
    Attendees watched puppet shows in the DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room
    Shira Bressler and Rachel Blumenthal
    On Thursday, January 24, 2013, The New York Landmarks Conservancy held a reception to kick off its 40th Anniversary, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, located within the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, at Bowling Green.  Five hundred guests attended to honor the work of the Conservancy, which has helped to save thousands of homes, nonprofit and religious institutions throughout New York. 

    In 1973, after the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House was left vacant, the New York Landmarks Conservancy worked with U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to move the Museum of the American Indian into the building.  The Conservancy began with large, single projects like the Custom House--the first building the Conservancy saved--and preventing the demolition of the historic Fraunces Tavern Block in Lower Manhattan.
    Conservancy President, Peg Breen, Landmarks Commission Chair, Robert Tierney, Conservancy Chair, Stuart Siegel, and Living Landmark, Liz Smith
    Elizabeth Stribling, Guy Robinson, and Peg Breen
    Throughout its 40 years, the Conservancy has grown and built an experienced technical staff, focused on financial assistance programs with a total of $40 million in loans and grants to more than 1,500 restoration projects totaling $1 billion.  The Conservancy was created to go beyond advocacy and actually help restore historic buildings, and it’s the only group in New York that offers a range of assistance to achieve this restoration.

    Most recently it has given emergency grants to landmark non-profits and religious institutions damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
    Councilmember Gale Brewer, Kate Daly, Robert Tierney, and Mark Silberman
    The Conservancy is a respected advocate for preservation at all levels of government. It helped initiate the stabilization of buildings on the south side of Ellis Island; landmark the great public rooms of The Plaza, and serves as a leading proponent of Moynihan Station. Most recently, the Conservancy is fighting to protect landmark quality buildings near Grand Central that are threatened by the Midtown East Rezoning proposal.  

    By saving homes, cultural, social and religious sites, and preserving neighborhoods, the Conservancy provides local jobs, promotes tourism and enhances New York’s quality of life.  Hailed as a national model of enlightened and effective preservation, the Conservancy goes beyond the expected and sets new standards for the conservation of treasured landmarks, revitalizing architecturally significant structures and contributing to a “greener” City. 

    For more information, visit
    Margery Flannigan, Peg Breen, and Anne VanIngen
    Liz Smith and Alexa Hampton
    Otis Pearsall, Nancy Pearsall, Tom Chittenden, Alex Herrera, and Jane McGroarty
    Andrew Dolkart and Carol Willis
    Carol Clark, William Bardel, and Susan Henshaw Jones
    Bruce Knecht, Ronne Fisher, and George Brandt
    Cristabel Gough and Frannie Eberhart
    Kathryn Berry and Walter Deane
    The Parkinson's Disease Foundation held its annual CARNAVAL at Slate (54 West 21st Stret) this past Wednesday evening. There was live entertainment by DJ Brenda Black, as well as Samba dancing and a silent and live auction and buffet dinner.

    They honored Peter Dorn, a longtime member of PDF's board and a creator of CARNAVAL. Co-chairs were Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Sharon Klein, Amy Sole, Doug Stern and Jeffrey Zygler. The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson's Disease. It was founded by William Black, founder of Chock Full O'Nuts.
    Samba dancing ...
    Mark Thompson, Barry Schmitt, Dianne Oplinger, and Travis Sittig
    Lori Durakis, Kathy Titakin, Nick Titakin, Tom Durakis, and Joe Fontana
    Samantha Pittel, Justin Pittel, Lisa Meyers, and Stephanie Pittel
    DJ Brenda Black
    PDF works for nearly 1 million people in the US who live with Parkinson's, by funding scientific research while supporting people who live with Parkinson's by providing educational programs and services.
    Debbie Janoff, Peter Dorn, and Allan Janoff
    Margaux Minutolo and Alexis Cortese
    Stacey Schmitt, Robyn Hempel, and Cindy Kavrik
    Mary Goldschlager, Ted Goldschlager, and Nancy Ozelli
    Doug Stern, Russell Stern, and Jennifer Stern
    Jack and Doreen Barry
    Eddi Pelto, Alexandra Garreno, and Jeff Zygler
    Carole and Al Goldberg
    David Blomquist, Christiana Thurton, and James Beck
    Shonelle Collins, Sanida Lukovic, and Christiana Thurton
    Lauren Hayes and Beth Kroncke
    Zac Stern and Doug Stern
    Jen and Stephen Cummings
    Amy Sawransky and David Weingarten
    Jack Borenstein and Dawn Guzzetta
    Meaghan Looram, James Looram, and Mary Looram
    Mardi Schecter, Amy Sole, and Kathy Younkins
    Amy Kos, Jay Kos, and Carole Goldberg
    Tina Swierad and Anna Jurgowski
    Russell and Jennifer Presgraves
    Nancy Ozelli and Vanessa Fontana
    On Tuesday January 29th over 40 environmentally-concerned New Yorkers gathered for the dinner launch of Urbangreenwalk, an organization dedicated to educating and inspiring the public on what they can do to have a less harmful impact on the environment. The dinner, at LOI restaurant, was hosted by Jessica Mezzacappa and Ellie Libby. Urbangreenwalk, the brainchild of founder Steven McClure, will create a museum-style video installation in the windows of such high-end fashion retailers such as Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Marc Jacobs and will highlight local not-for-profits making a difference in Green initiatives such as urban farming, solar power, and cleaning our waterways.

    Amongst those enjoying the delicious Green and Greek treats from Chef Mary Loi, who has cooked at the White House and won many awards for her fare were: Steven McClure, Jessica Mezzacappa and John Zieman, Melinda Hackett, Cricket Burns, Leslie Stevens, Ellie and Jim Libby, Leslie Barrett , Don Evans, Gene Norden, Susan Singer, Michael Stern, and Joyce Green.

    Urbangreenwalk's main event will start on Earth Day, April 20,2013 and be open to the public for the full week. For more information visit
    Steven McClure, Lelsey Schultz, and Michael Stern
    Paige Zelinsky, Christine Evans, and Katie Manko
    Jessica Mezzacappa
    Carmen Rodriguez, Christine Main, Jill Labert, and Sue Orchant
    John Zieman and Dana Lowey
    Nicole Caltum, Sam Naimiarfa, and Michela Pontin
    Jessica Mezzacappa and Ellie Libby
    Jim Libby
    Leslie Stevens and John Zieman
    Dana Lowey and Cricket Burns
    Beth Ann Bonanno and Ganon Brosseau
    Steve Diamond and Susan Towers
    This past Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall they held the premiere of "House of Cards," a new series especially produced for Netflix customers. The series which is about the behind-the-scenes in Washington social/poltical life, is Netflix's venture into original programming. The series stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Gill and Mahershala Ali.
    Samantha Mathis
    Natasha Lyonne
    Sakina Jaffrey
    Nathan Darrow
    Carla Gugino
    Sandrine Holt
    Sebastian Arcelus
    Victor Garber
    Tanner Williams
    Joel Schumacher
    Michael Dobbs
    Kate and Rooney Mara
    Carrie MacLemore
    Boris McGiver
    Michael and Karen Kelly
    Beau Willimon
    Kevin Kilner
    George Stephanopoulos
    Mahershala Ali
    Constance Zimmer
    Wass Stevens
    Francie Swift
    Josh Lucas
    Peter Cincotti
    Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey
    Brian Zitka
    Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner
    Soledad O'Brien
    Taylor Schilling
    Jane Atkinson

    Photographs;Chris Jorda (The New York Public Library); David Dupuy/ (urbangreenwalk); Susan Scovill (The Academy of Notre Dame).

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    Matthew Owens, Kipton Cronkite, Elizabeth Kneiling, Rebecca Regan, Clay Floren, and Melanie Lazenby
    Last Thursday night at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory, they held the Young Collectors Night, hosted by Wendy Goodman and benefiting the East Side House Settlement.
    Elizabeth Kurpis and Lily Hoagland
    Meaghan Gefaell, Eiseley Tauginas, and Elizabeth Bishop
    Jeremiah Brent, Kelly Dehun, Nate Berkus, and Wendy Goodman
    Amy Fine Collins and Michael Leva
    Becca Bull, Alisa Richter, Mollie Ruprecht, and Kristen Crophy
    Todd Henderson, Deborah Canavos, Ryan Lally, and Lindsay Lally
    Rachael Robison, Adam Robison, and Valaer Van Roijen
    Michael Arguello and David Griffin
    Nicole Davis, Michael Davis, Jill Goldberg, and Eddie Ross
    Lana Smith and Polina Proshkina
    David Usborne, Tony Ingrao, and Juan Carretero
    Eyal Arad, Kipton Cronkite, Matthew Owens, and Clay Floren
    Emily Israel Pluhar, John Sanchez, and Courtney Booth
    Whitney Larkin and Sam Wathen
    Beth Holman, Jay Lohmann, Lindsey Harper, Chris Kerr, and Elissa Coughlin
    Liliana Cavendish and Courtney Booth
    John Call and Jill Goldberg
    Stephen Wein and Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz
    Lisa Yom, Jesper Lannung, and Karen Moreau
    Whitney Wolfe, Monica Ferguson, Clay Floren, and Sharon Sharma
    Barbara Bispham, Lucinda Ballard, and Morgan Breck
    Kate Frank and Norman Rau
    Shannon Hale, Dawne Marie Grannum, and Courtney Booth
    Tara Tunney and Melissa Epperly
    Elena Frampton, Kate Verner, and Carolyn Sollis
    Stephanie Pistilli
    Mili Narayen
    Micaela English and Kate Erickson
    Meaghan Gefaell, Jason Gefaell, Nick Kotchoubey, and Eiseley Tauginas
    Georgina Schaeffer and Jason Oliver Nixon
    Christopher Wolf and Alexandra Pethtel
    Rebecca Regan, Clay Floren, and Melanie Lazenby
    Victoria Tolembiovskiya, Cameron Shay, and Anastasiya Siro
    Lizzy Fraser and Mollie Ruprecht
    Montana Timchula, Alisa Wood, Alastair Wood, Monica Ferguson, and Sharon Patel
    The Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Third Annual Plates for Pediatrics dinner raised nearly $600,000 to support the center’s children’s programs.  The sold-out event, hosted by Max Mara, drew over 300 attendees to the St. Regis Hotel New York on January 31, 2013.

    The event, hosted by Dr.Gerald Loughlin, Pediatrician-in-Chief at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, along with the Pediatric Support Committee and the Children’s Advisory Council, raised funds for several children’s programs: Child Life Services, a program that helps alleviate children’s fears surrounding the hospital experience; Pediatric Simulation Center, a multidisciplinary approach to clinical education, research, and patient safety initiatives; and The Perinatal Center, which provides a multidisciplinary approach to fetal diagnoses, counseling and care.
    Ammara Yaqub, Travis Acquavella, Candice Postel, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Mary Alice Stephenson, Erica Samuels, Thayer Fox, Amie Nuttall, and Maria Giulia Maramotti
    In addition to enjoying dinner and cocktails, guests also participated in a silent auction of a series of unique dinner plates curated by Art & Advisory, LLC. The plates weredesigned and painted by artists Luke Stettner, David Shrigley and Matthew Brannon.  Two plates painted by patients of the Komansky Center for Children’s Health were also on display.  

    Guests included Honorary Chair Mary Alice Stephenson; Maria Giulia Maramotti, Max Mara Retail Director for North America; Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Laura Forese, Chief Operating Officer and Group Senior Vice President at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; Lisa Perry, Patricia Herrera Lansing, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Alexis Bryan Morgan, Jill Kargman, Allison Aston and event co-chairs Ammara Yaqub and Hussein Malik, Erica and Joseph Samuels, Travis and Nicholas Acquavella, Thayer and Daniel Fox, Amie and Scott Nuttall, Camille Orme and Marc Trevino, and Candice and Geoff Postel.
    Camille Orme, Erica Samuels, Travis Acquavella, Candice Postel, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Ammara Yaqub, Thayer Fox, and Amie Nuttall
    Dr. Steven Corwin, Dr. Laura Forese, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Mary Alice Stephenson, and Maria Giulia Maramotti
    Dr. Dix Poppas, Lucas Hyman, Preethi Davis, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, and Dr. Robbyn Sockolow
    Blair Clarke and Gretchen Gunlocke
    Blair Clarke and Maria Giulia Maramotti
    Mary Alice Stephenson and Dr. Gerald Loughlin
    Dr. Barry Kosofsky, Dr. Robbyn Sockolow, and Dr. Mark Souweidane
    Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Dr. Laura Forese, Barbara Loughlin, and Dr. Steven Corwin
    Lydia Marshall, Dolly Bross Geary, Travis Acquavella, and Celia Nichols
    Shawna and Preethi Davis
    Thayer Fox
    Mindy Webster and Valerie Aston
    Thomas Ciecierega, Dr. Robbyn Sockolow, Bruce Greenwald, and Dr. Vesta Salehi
    Catherine McGuinn, Christine Joyce, Elisa Hampton, and Nicole Kucine
    Kate Pickett and Angela Clofine
    Celia Nichols and Whitney Chatterjee
    Masa Yamado, Masako Yamada, Ammara Yaqub, and Hussein Malik
    Sol Kumin, Joyce Cooney, Lois Goodner, and Elizabeth Kumin
    Tiffany Moller and Jennifer Pinkos
    Travis Acquavella and Carrie Wessel
    Dr. Laura Forese, Dr. Jonathan Chen, and Barbara Loughlin
    Paul Williams, Leslie Williams, and Andrew Thomas
    Kathy Burns and Julie Silbermann
    Evette Ferguson and Karen Amen
    Sara Dipasquale, Celia Richard, Lydia Marshall, and Dolly Bross Geary
    Allison Aston, Harry Kargman, and Jill Kargman
    Tara Ryan and Darol Ryan
    Spencer and Alexis Bryan Morgan
    The Reis Hyman Family, Dr. Vesta Salehi, and the Davis Family
    Dr. Vesta Salehi, Dr. Robbyn Sockolow, Kevin Hyman, Lucas Hyman, Pamela Reis, and Chloe Reis
    Marcie Pantzer and Jill Kargman
    Masako Yamada and Masa Yamado
    Heather Sargent and Lisa Perry
    Betsy Pick and Shyanne Roeloffs
    Dr. Steven Corwin and Dr. Nena Osorio
    Dr. Gerald Loughlin and Heather Sargent
    Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Jonathan Chen
    Noel Monsen, Angela Clofine, and Andrea Ranawat
    Allison Aston and Camille Orme
    Mary Alice Stephenson and Ammara Yaqub
    The Ambassadors River View at the United Nations was a hub of activity on January 25 as philanthropists, fashion designers, artists, musicians, fashionistas and other well-heeled guests braved near zero temperatures to celebrate the launch of VERA and the SAVE.LOVE.GIVE campaign, with Validas co-founders Tom Pepe and Todd Dunphy.

    A free mobile phone application developed by Validas, VERA is a tool that allows everyone to be a micro-philanthropist by repurposing Wireless Waste (value of the difference between what you pay for on your mobile plan and how much of it you actually use) for philanthropic causes.
    Designers and Models at VERA and Save Love Give Launch
    Validas has partnered with Seven Bar Foundation, which leverages the power of the fashion industry, to achieve a critical mass of social consciousness and empower women out of poverty and into business through microfinance. Therefore, iconic fashion designers and artists were challenged to “reimagine” the corset form as an expression of empowerment, rather than confinement – creating a paradigm shift in the way we view the world. The Foundation’s leader, Renata Mutis Black, remarked, “the SAVE. LOVE. GIVE. campaign encourages everyone to think about SAVING money on their mobile phone bills, LOVING the VERA app solution and then GIVING those savings or at least, a part of them, to empower a woman through microfinance."
    Miguelina Gambaccini, Stacy Engman, and Tana Chung
    Hosted by Fabiola Beracasa, Hannah Bronfman (in Vivienne Tam), Jennifer Creel, Jennifer Gilbert, Kelly Rutherford (in Erin Fetherston), Julie Macklowe (in Zang Toi), Susan Shin, Tennessee Thomas and Arden Wohl (in Erin Fetherston), with Mary Alice Stephenson as Master of Ceremonies, the evening featured:

    • Two Runway Fashion Presentations styled by Warren-Tricomi, showcasing Agent Provocateur’s “Violet for Vera” silver lace corset, Erin Fetherston’s romantic white corset with chiffon bow, Guy Laroche’s hand-cut crystal “Brilliance” corset, Zang Toi’s “LOVE” corset inspired by Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, eyewear artist Moss Lipow’s futuristic “Looking Further” armored headpiece and artist Mickalene Thomas’ quilted corset-dress inspired by her acclaimed show at the Brooklyn museum.

    • An original performance by actress-designer-artist Tara Subkoff who choreographed and co-composed a mini-opera, sung by MET soprano Eve Gigliotti, lamenting mobile phone bills wearing an origami corset dress made entirely of recycled phone bills – an allegory for the death of wireless waste and hope – represented by a flying dove (safely tethered) that delighted the audience.

    • Live performance by French pop sensation, YELLE, whose newly released single, L’amour Parfait, was the perfect backdrop to the evening’s theme while models walked to her Safari Disco Club.
    Mickalene Thomas. Hannah Bronfman, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Stacey Engman, and Stephanie Newhouse
    In addition to all the hosts, guests included: artists Moss Lipow, Mickalene Thomas and Tara Subkoff, fashion designers Erin Fetherston, Marcel Marongiu of Guy Laroche and Zang Toi, and other designers Gemma Kahng, Miguelina Gambaccini, Jake Mueser, and Vivienne Tam, Ungaro’s Asim Abdullah, Derek Anderson, Phillip Bloch, Geoffrey Bradfield, Stefania Bortolami, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Selita Ebanks, curator Stacy Engman, Lise Evans, Gigi Grimstad, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Cory Kennedy, Victor Kubicek, Fern Mallis, artist Jessica Craig-Martin, Darsi Monaco, Stephanie and Jesse Newhouse and Tracy Stern and Edward Tricomi of Warren-Tricomi.
    Hannah Brontman and Marcel Moronglu
    Tennessee Thomas
    Julie Macklowe, Gigi Grimstad, and Countess Luann De Lesseps
    Mary Alice Stephenson and Kelly Rutherford
    Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Frederick Anderson
    Liliana Cavendish
    Lucia Hwong Gordon
    Susan Shin and Cynthia Ott
    Arden Wohl and friends
    Jennifer Gilbert and Julie Macklowe
    Kimberly Guilfoyle
    Down in Philadelphia, the 156th Anniversary Concert and Ball ''Celebrating New Beginnings'' took place on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The evening began with the President's Open House Reception at the Academy of Music, followed by the anniversary concert. This spectacular evening of music, dinner and dancing featured special guest artist Hugh Jackman, internationally acclaimed actor of both stage and screen, who just wrapped production on the much-anticipated film adaptation of Les Misérables, as well as The Philadelphia Orchestra's own dynamic new music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

    As a nod to the very first Academy Anniversary concert during which Eugene Ormandy shared his podium with Danny Kaye, the evening was the ultimate in popular and classical programming which was as dazzling as its guests, with everything from sweeping orchestral works to Broadway favorites. The evening continued at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia Hotel with dinner and dancing. Music for dancing was provided by six musical groups throughout the hotel.
    Craig Morgenstern, Brooke Huttner, Nick Krayer, Michelle Dale, Nikki Beden, John Oates, Delia Fransen, and Brad Tatman
    Leslie Anne Miller, Binny and Bruce Wietlisbach, and Angela Hudson
    Daniel Hilferty and Sarah Coulson greeted guests with the Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore and The Academy of Music President and CEO, Joanna Lewis
    Representing Wells Fargo were Senior Vice-President, Maria Trafton, with her husband Jack and daughter Elisa, Darrell Cronk, Jacqueline Liuzzi, Lisa and Tom Flynn, and Wells Fargo Regional President Vince Liuzzi
    G-N Kang, Tina Wells, and Cole and Heidi Hamels
    Bob and Terese Casey, and Jacqueline and Vince Liuzzi
    Bill and Patricia Riley Mills, and Charles Croce with wife Anne Callahan
    Mark Sparrow, Linda Carlozzi, Patrick Baccariello, Matthew DiDomenico, his wife Dolores and Dr. George Avetian and his wife Veronica
    Lesley Coulson and her husband Frank Coulson III
    Christie Honigman and Brian Johnson
    Kevin and Pam Mahoney, Larry and Michele Jameson, Trish Wellenbach, and Larry McMichael
    Bob and Carolyn Slota, Sean Rempel, and Kelly Slota
    Brian Lipstein, Teresa C. Nino, Chelsea Irwin, and Sam Hamilton
    Kelly Lawson, Joe Culley, Samantha Ohrem, and Crawford Hamilton
    Suzanne and Charles Valutas, and Bridget and Jay Devine
    Jeff Larsen and Natalie Mackey
    Dr. Richard Pestell and his wife, Nataliia
    Kimmel Center President and CEO, Anne Ewers, attended with Fred Hagen
    Rob and Leanne McMenamin, and Topper and Carrie Ray

    Photographs;Susan Scovill (The Academy of Notre Dame).

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  • 02/06/13--07:22: Many feted
  • Carol Sutton Lewis, Jacqueline Bradley, Amelia Ogunlesi, Joyce Haupt, Kathryn Chenault, Teri Trotter, and Joyce Haupt
    Monday night the Studio Museum in Harlem held its annual gala. Many feted Thelma Golden, the museum's director and chief curator for how brilliantly she has raised the museum's fundraising as well as the public consciousness of its artists. They honored Agnes Gund, the art collector.
    The cocktail reception at Cipriani Wall Street
    Thelma Golden, Jennie C. Jones, George Wein, Glory Van Scott, and Duro Olowu
    Susan Farber, Diane Moss, Lisa Orlan, and Randi Salinger
    Antuan Cannon, Kathleen Adams, Brittany Wunsch, and Calvin Otis
    Amelia Ogunlesi, Corice Arman, Teri Trotter, and Carol Sutton Lewis
    Clarence Otis, Darrell Gay, Marsha Simms, George Van Amson, and Ken Bacon
    Susan Toliver, Stephen Perry, Earl Toliver, and Evelyn Shockley
    Dan Bythewood, Sharon Bowen, Andrea DuBois, Alicia Bythewood, and Khephra Burns
    Thomas Harris, Darren Walker, Reggie van Lee, Alvin Adell, and Lyle Ashton Harris
    Philip Milstein, Cheryl Milstein, Jonathan Bram, and Susan Bram
    Gayle King, Nina Cooper, Patricia Price, and Jennifer Baltimore
    Adrienne Everett, Eddie Keith, and Erin Williams
    Rik Willard, Lauren Haynes, and Thomas Lax
    Muna El Fituri, Jason Moran, and Alicia Hall-Moran
    Corice Arman, Joyce Haupt, and Jason Wright
    Don Bransford, Pat Bransford, and Lloyd Trotter
    Rose Kirk and Cheryl Williamson
    Megan Abell, Cullen Washington Jr., and Dr. Debra Abell
    Agnes Gund and Chuck Close
    Stephanie Phillipps, Marilyn Booker, and Debra Chase
    Ken Smaltz and Erich Williams
    Carol Sutton Lewis, Kathryn Chenault, and Joyce Haupt
    Muna El Fituri and Julie Mehretu
    Michael Brathwaite and Charlene Nixon
    Nina Cooper and Judia Black
    Candice Haupt and Michael Haupt
    Katrina Dewees and Erin Hylton
    Kim Powell and Ava Jaulin
    Nina Cooper, George Chinsee, and Hariette Cole
    Nina Cooper and Jennifer Baltimore
    Victor Jones and Rick Wade
    Debbie Eisenberg, Suzanne Eisenberg, and Dana Eisenberg
    Lisa Anastos and Marcy McCall
    Corynne Corbett and Vicky Free
    Janice Williams and Darren Walker
    Jessica Kreps and Joey Kuhn
    Ondine Abramson, Deborah Ross, and Seth Abramson
    Stephanie Phillipps, Joy Simmons, and Rena Wheaton
    Chris Williams and Fred Terell
    Lise Evans, Gillian Miniter, and Michael Evans
    Raymond McGuire and Shanda Gibson
    Susan Fales-Hill, Susan Akkad, and Farai Chideya
    Jean Shafiroff and B. Michael
    Dr. Holly Phillips, Jerry Inzerillo, and Prudence Inzerillo
    Gigi Guerra and Eddie Volchko
    Amelia Ogunlesi, Carl Ogunlesi, and Sharon Buckley
    Keisha Dixon and Troy Dixon
    Amsale Aberra, Kathryn Chenault, and Saundra Parks
    Kim Hastreiter, Noria Morales, and Glyn Northington
    Erana Stennett and Thelma Golden
    Michelle Miller, Chloe Drew, and Godfrey Gill
    Jeffrey Scruggs and Robbin Mitchell
    American Ballet Theatre, officially America’s National Ballet Company, is looking toward the future. On Wednesday night, the company launched its Friends of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Initiative with a party held at the Vault at Pfaff’s, at 643 Broadway. The JKO School is ABT’s pre-professional ballet training program for students ages 12–20. Under the direction of Franco De Vita, students thrive in an elite atmosphere dedicated to the whole well-being and success of each student. The new Initiative, meant to foster targeted support for the JKO School, is being spearheaded by co-chairs Leslie Ziff and ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg, himself a onetime student of the School.
    The scene at The Vault at Pfaffs
    As the School continues to grow, additional resources are essential. Increased financial support is needed for programming, certified teachers, tuition and living expenses, transportation, tutoring, physical therapy, rehearsal tutus, pointe shoes, uniforms, and emergency funding. Support garnered through the Friends of the JKO School Initiative will help to ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach his or her highest potential. For more information about the Friends of JKO Initiative, you can visit ABT’s website at or call 212-477-3030.
    Donald Kramer and JKO Student
    Andrew Martin
    Ann Hicks and Weston Hicks
    Catherine Hurlin and Sterling Baca
    Kevin McKenzie, Julie Kent, and Franco DeVita
    Catherine Hurlin and Katerina Eng
    Fred Shen, Irene Shen, and Rachel Moore
    Christian Keesee and Misty Copeland
    David Hallberg and Leslie Ziff
    Sterling Baca, Gabe Stone Shayer, Calvin Royal III, Roddy Doble, and Sean Stewart
    Day Bowidas and JKO Student
    Sharon Patrick, Mary Jo Ziesel, and Franco DeVita
    Dan Strone and Carol Strone
    James Whiteside and Carmer Barth
    Harold Newman, Ann Hicks, and Ruth Newman
    Don Cugini, Kim Cugini, and JKO student
    Jean Zolpe and Teresa Khawly
    Donald Kramer, Sharon Patrick, Franco DeVita, and Leslie Ziff
    Judith Hoffman and Leslie Ziff
    Christian Siriano and Rachel Moore
    Heidi Guenther, Franco DeVita, and Mary Jo Ziesel
    Julian Donahue and David Hallberg
    Katerina Eng and Roslyn Eng
    Julie Kent and Leslie Ziff
    Ray Hagg and JKO Students
    Students from the JKO School
    Leslie Ziff and David Hallberg
    Marcelo Gomes and Daniel Cappello
    Last Saturday night at The Out, Beth Rudin DeWoody and Bob Colacello hosted the opening reception of "R'evolution: The New Beginning," paintings by Kevin Baker.
    Bob Colacello, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Kevin Baker, and Patrick Duffy
    Patrick Murphy, Zach McMillan, Chris Kittrell, and Robert Phillips
    Baby Alpaca
    Behati Prinsloo
    Patrick Murphy, Zach McMillan, Chris Kittrell, and Robert Phillips
    Leilani Ching, Bill Cunningham, and Julia Dunstall
    Zach McMillan and Kevin Baker
    Francisco Torres and Carmine DeSena
    Jessica Trujillo, Ashley Cole, and Michelle Banzer
    Gerry Visco and Johnny Sagan
    Jason Bartnett and Alex Ghinger
    Ted Loos and Eric Aho
    Jillian Mercado and Patrick Murphy
    Baby Alpaca
    Ricky Clifton and Chris Kittrell
    Christos Mountzouros and Amy Ashford
    Kenny Sullivan, Patrick Duffy, and Kristen Boyce
    Mitch Baker and Jonathan Black
    Rajan Mamtani and Ross Bleckner
    Jarrett Edwards and Zac Weiss
    Colin Shanley and Bob Colacello
    Sandra Gilman, Elizabeth Stribling, and Guy Robinson
    Beth Rudin DeWoody, Lisa Ryder, and Randy Polumbo
    Yael Greenberg
    Will Cotton and Rose Dergan
    Karline Moeller and Bernadette Murray
    Lucy Stamper, Eva Fakatselis, and Michael Fiorvanti
    Kate Sewart and Christina Green
    Alcibiades Languasco
    Judson Harmon
    Colette and Gerry Visco
    Steven Grimler and Joe Coppolo
    Stephen Boyd and Shannon Durrette
    Two pieces by Kevin Baker

    Photographs;Joe Schildhorn/ (JKO Launch Party)

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    The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 5th Annual Associates Luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue.
    On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, Saks Fifth Avenue and The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hosted the 5th Annual Associates Luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York flagship, Café SFA on Eight. The event was co-chaired by Veronica Swanson Beard, Kate Doerge, Shabnam Henry and Bara Tisch. The Associates Committee Chairman is Shoshanna Gruss, with Kate Allen, Dara O’Hara and Eleanor Ylvisaker as Vice Chairmen.

    Over 140 guests attended, with over $110,000 raised from the lunch to benefit the Pediatric Family Housing Endowment, which The Associates Committee has pledged to raise $2 million for over five years. This fund pays for overnight stays when children and their families come from out of town for treatment at MSKCC’s renowned Pediatric Department and are unable to afford this expense themselves.
    The luncheon guests
    In continuation of this charitable partnership, Saks Fifth Avenue will be donating 5% of all SaksFirst Card purchases in February to one of three charities of the shopper’s choice, including The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

    Guests Included: Ivanka Trump, Suzanne Johnson, Rebecca Jobo, Kate Doerge, Shabnam Henry, Bara Tisch, Dr. Annette U. Rickel, Shoshanna Gruss, Maria Giulia Maramotti, Arriana Boardman, Kate Allen, Allison Aston, Annelise Peterson, Amy Griffin, Veronica Swanson Beard, Eugenie Niven Goodman, Veronica Miele Beard, Kimberly Kravis Schulhof, Dara O’Hara, Marcie Pantzer, Charlotte Ronson, Lauren Santo Domingo, Ferebee Taube, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, and many more.
    Suzy Johnson, Bara Tisch, Kate Doerge, Shoshanna Gruss, Veronica Swanson Beard, and Shabnam Henry
    Ivanka Trump
    Allison Aston and Arianna Boardman
    Dr. Annette Rickel, Suzy Johnson, and Rebecca Jobo
    Christina Potter and Meriel Lari
    Lesley Schulhof and Ferebee Taube
    Leslie Coleman, Maria Giulia Maramotti, Celia Nichols, and Katie Colgate
    Kate Allen, Eleanor Ylvisaker, and Dara O'Hara
    Shoshanna Gruss
    Shabnam Henry and Emily Boshart
    Kate Allen and Angela Clofine
    Dr. Annette Rickel
    Jenny Galluzzo, Jennifer Oken, and Courtney Corleto
    Lisa Blau, Melissa Meister, and Erica Silverman
    Elizabeth Kurpis and Melanie Lazenby
    Eleanor Ylvisaker and Charlotte Ronson
    Nina Davidson and Lauren Santo Domingo
    Suzie Aijala, Angela Clofine, and Shannon Henderson
    Lauren Santo Domingo
    On the first Friday in February, in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf, guests were transported back to Vienna’s imperial heyday at the 58th Annual Viennese Opera Ball – which benefits Carnegie Hall.

    The beautiful evening celebrated those days of grandeur and tradition, complete with a prancing horse and carriage along with a procession of Diplomats, Dignitaries, and white-gloved Debutantes. Guests indulged in Austria’s culinary delights and the music of Peter Duchin’s 22-piece Orchestra.  
    Deb and Escort dancing formation
    This year’s theme revolved around Joseph Haydn's marionette opera, "Die Feuersbrunst" ("The Burning House"). For the first time, wooden marionettes (courtesy of the New York Parks Foundation's Swedish Marionette Theatre) descended from the second tier to perform as "Cat" and "Ghost" during the opera, dissolving seamlessly from view and emerging on the dance floor as identical-looking ballet dancers from the Vienna State Ballet.

    Swedish Marionette Theatre's master puppeteer, Bruce Cannon and Vienna City Ballet's choreographer, Heinz Heidenreich, spent weeks "rehearsing" via e-mails until dress rehearsal the night before the Ball.
    Dignitary procession led by Renate Brauner and Hans Peter Manz
    Soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra's clever adaptation of Haydn's opera gave baritone Jeff Mattsey and tenors Scott Scully and Mark Showalter (all courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera) a light-hearted "singspiel" that engaged the audience. 

    Nearly 700 guests – including the celebrated baritone, Sherrill Milnes and ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” Tony Dovolani, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy– participated in the famed Midnight Quadrille.
    Midnight Quadrille
    Post-midnight dancing
    When the clock chimed 1 a.m., guests filed out of the Grand Ballroom and continued the festivities at the Tanz Bar across the hall. There, guests could choose their music: enjoy a buffet supper and wines with a DJ in the Astor room or Jazz Band in the Jade room; and the Vienna Coffee House with crepe chefs and sweets in Basildon.

    As the last notes were being played at 4 a.m., the 2013 Viennese Opera Ball officially came to an end and the promise of "next year at the Viennese Opera Ball" was heard echoing down the corridor.
    Heinz Heidenreich, Choreographer and Artistic Director of the Vienna City Ballet
    Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves
    Ambassador of Belgium to the UN and Mrs. Jan Grauls with Ms. Chiu Ti Jansen
    Tony and Lina Dovolani, Val Chmerkovskiy, Logan West, and Maks Chmerkovskiy
    Chiu Ti Jansen, EU Head of Delegation to the UN, Thomas Mayr-Harting, Dr. and Mrs. Miklos Toth, Debbi Hardik
    Dr. and Mrs. Melvin J. Sturman
    Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes
    Dr. Omar and Cheryl Almallah
    Gregory and Margaret Hedberg, Head of the International Ball
    Ludmila Komissarova with friend
    Howard Horowitz, Barbara Duerrer, and Ambassador Hans Peter Manz
    Austrian Ambasador to the UN, Martin Sajdik
    Jane and John Sullivan
    Logan West and escort
    Marquelon Ingram with her escort, Tony Hernandez
    Michele Heidt
    Sherrill Milnes, Maria Zouves, Penny and Clive Gillinson
    Miss Teen USA, Logan West
    Val and Maks Chmerkovskiy
    Stephanie Nass and Cassius Clay
    Two weeks ago in Palm Beach, on the evening of January 18th, they celebrated the importance of wildlife conservation and education and the Palm Beach Zoo which drew a capacity crowd to its “Wild Thing” Blacktie Dinner Dance at Mar-a-Lago. They also raised $1.2 million for the Zoo.

    The annual gala, one of the most anticipated events of the season, was chaired this year by Michele Kessler, and co-chaired by Jennifer Kessler. Honorary Chairs were Lillian Fernandez,Karin Luter, and Carol Mack, who were joined by Event Committee Chairmen, Whitney Bylin and Thomas C. Quick.

    The evening began with a poolside cocktail reception that featured live zoo animals such as New Guinea Singing Dogs, a Hoffman’s two-toed sloth, and an African crested porcupine, to name a few.
    Guests enjoyed up close encounters and photographs with the special creatures. Entertainment provided by the popular dance band, Soul Survivors, kept a constant crowd on the dance floor. Among the evening’s highlights was the live auction, chaired by Samantha Storkerson and conducted by Jamie Niven, Chairman of Sotheby’s America.

    Panthers, cougars, tigers and the like inspired the event’s visual components from the invitation to the ballroom walls – stunning reproductions and images of wildlife paintings by well-know Palm Beach-based artist, Helmut Koller
    The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc. exists to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat, and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world. They advance their conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education, health and wellness, field research, and conservation medicine.  They promote sustainable and responsible business practices and foster local, national and global partnerships which enable the Palm Beach Zoo to support national and international conservation, species survival, and habitat preservation.  The Zoo houses over 1,400 animals within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat. Its mission is to provide an open-air classroom of living creatures to foster awareness, appreciation and respect for the natural world. For more information, visit
    Frank Laversin, Helga Wagner, and Helmut Koller
    William and Candy Hamm
    Chris and Kim Havlicek
    Frances Scaife and Tom McCarter
    Kate McCoy, Kelly Rooney, and Tracy Smith
    Patrick Park and Lois Pope
    Ray Dech, Tiffany Raborn, JoAnna Ballarini, and Steve Myers
    Donald and Melania Trump, and Wilbur Ross
    Pat and Sandy Rooney
    Sam Storkerson and Whitney Bylin
    Maura Ziska and Eric Cristu
    Jamie Niven, and Lillian and Luis Fernandez
    Pauline Pitt and Gerry Seay
    Nancy Brinker and Howard Bernick
    Kate Khosrovani, Tom Quick, Hashem Khosrovani, and Eddy Taylor
    William Condie and Kim Campbell
    Don Burns, Karin Luter, and Greg Connors
    Kim Campbell and Lavina Baker
    Dan Ponton and Darlene Jordan
    Marietta and Dale McNulty
    Mark and Mary Freitas
    Julie and Michael Connors
    James Berwind and Kevin Clark
    Wyatt Koch and Liz Davoll
    Kristi and Tim Gannon
    Zac Potter and Bettina Anderson
    Carol Mack and Hillary Ross
    Michele and Howard Kessler
    Jennifer and Brian Kessler
    Khooshe and Andrew Aiken
    The Tycher Family Foundation hosted a real estate industry reception benefiting UJA-Federation of New York on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at The Plaza Hotel. The Tycher Family Foundation is dedicated to inspiring action and giving through raising awareness of the needs of the global community.
    More than 200 real estate industry professionals joined special guest speaker Richard J. Mack, CEO of AREA Property Partners, Marshall Tycher, Co-President of Roseland, A Mack-Cali Company, and Tycher’s family, to celebrate the meaningful work of UJA-Federation of New York. The reception included a silent auction. Each year, the Tycher Family hosts an exciting and memorable evening in which all contributions go directly to benefit UJA-Federation of New York.
    Sally Tycher, Richard J. Mack, and Marshall Tycher
    Edmond Levy, David Milgram, David Robinov, Gabriel F. Wasserman, and Jonathan More
    Cindy Feinberg and Laura Greenfield
    Emanuel Stern and Marshall Tycher
    Michael Schonbraun and Alfonso Kimche
    Mitchell Moinian and Joseph Moinian
    Michael Vickers and Marc Fells
    Dana Tycher (center) and friends
    Stanley Oppenheim, Matthew Kasindorf, and Daniel Oppenheim
    Robert Arzanipour, Bram D. Weber, Vladimir Shneyder, and Shane Neuringer

    Photographs;Lucien Capehart Photography (Zoo Ball); Michael Priest (UJA).

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  • 02/14/13--08:36: Creating the Dance ...
  • Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi at "Creating the Dance with Marcelo Gomes.”
    American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer Marcelo Gomes gave a rare look into how choreography is created with the help of ABT dancers Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, on Monday February 4th in the studios of City Center at an evening called “Creating the Dance with Marcelo Gomes”, a benefit for Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).

    Over 200 guests, including Lisa Airan, Connor Whitney, Jennifer Chaitman, Arlene Cooper, Stephanie Foster, Heather Georges, Judith Hoffman, Karen Lefrak, Peter Lyden, Kamie Lightburn, and Libba Stribling, were among the delighted audience.  This rare and fascinating peak into the collaborative process was moderated by Barbara Brandt and including composer Ian Ng, and musicians Dimitri Dover and Charles Yang.  A spirited informal cocktail party with all the performers followed. 
    Alexa Wolman, Judith M. Hoffman, Heather Georges, and Kamie Lightburn
    Marcelo Gomes will soon be premiering a new piece of his choreography with music by Karen LeFrak art The Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in March.  This will have it’s American premier at the Youth America Grand Prix’s 2013 “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.  The gala co-chairs of that evening are Heather Georges, Kamie Lightburn, Jennifer Chaitman, and Stephanie Foster. 

    Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala is always sold-out and highly acclaimed by critics worldwide.  YAGP Galas featuring the world’s most promising young dance students and the stars of today’s leading international dance companies have been thrilling New York City audiences since the inception of YAGP in 1999.
    Sheldon Hirshon, Jutta Sayles, Alexa Wolman, Irene Shen, and Robert Schulman
    YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition, awarding over $250,000 annually to leading dance schools worldwide. Since being founded in 1999 by two former Bolshoi Ballet dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, YAGP has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide.  The competition is conducted annually throughout the U.S. and abroad (Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and Italy). YAGP is the “internet of the dance world,” a global network of opportunity connecting dancers, teachers, schools and companies all over the globe. Over 25,000 dancers worldwide have participated in YAGP’s international workshops, competitions, and audition classes. Over 300 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 50 companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, among others. For more information, visit
    Alexandre Hammoudi, Dr. Jennifer Chaitman, and Charles Chaitman
    Stephanie and John Foster
    Evelyn Tompkins
    Heather Georges
    Marcelo Gomes and Karen LeFrak
    Guy Robinson and Elizabeth Stribling
    Marcelo Gomes and Ian Ng
    Sue Chalom, Whitney Connor, and Stephanie Foster
    On Saturday, February 2nd, over 300 guests – children and their parents – attended The Horticultural Society of New York's 1st annual Green Bean Bash at Temple Israel. The festive educational activities included Jack and the Beanstalk pumpkin seed planting, terracotta pot decorating, wind chime and pinecone bird feeder making, and exploring worm bins. And every child got to take home their very own Venus Flytrap to care for and feed!

    Kamie Lightburn and Mary Van Pelt co-chaired the event in support of the organization's educational programs.
    Kamie Lightburn and Mary Van Pelt
    Christina and Alejandra Gill
    Morganne and Alger Boyer
    Kingsley Koch
    Miles and Rebekah McCabe
    Alden and Stephen Worth
    450 guests dressed in white tie and tails, including ambassadors representing Iceland, Indonesia, Morocco, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Singapore, packed the Venetian Ballroom of The Breakers in Palm Beach on Friday night for the 56th Annual International Red Cross Ball.

    The event honored the iconic American actress Dina Merrill for her many years of dedication to the ball which supports the American Red Cross. Merrill's mother, the late Marjorie Merriweather Post, whose legendary home Mar-a-Lago is now a private club, founded the ball in 1956, and was fondly remembered for having sent 2,000 hospital beds and tents to France via the Red Cross, and when the cargo ship sank, she just sent another 2,000 more!
    The U.S. Marine Corps color guard
    Ambassador Mary Ourisman, chairman of the ball, invited Dina Merrill's 22-year-old grandson, Cole Rumbough (pronounced rum-bow), to perform a special tribute to her with the Peter Duchin Band. Among those gathered to hear the up and coming jazz singer's selection from the "Great American Song Book" were both Dina's current husband, Ted Hartley, and former husband, Stan Rumbough, Jr.; Stan's current wife, Janna; Dina and Stan's son Stanley Hutton Rumbough and his beautiful wife, Leah; and their daughters Allegra, Siena and Kiera (Cole's sisters), all fashionably dressed in Zang Toi.
    Dr. Rosa Rai Djalal and Ambassador Dr. Dino Patti Djalal
    Gail McGovern
    Rhonda Wilkins
    Other New Yorkers who braved the winter storm to attend the festive gala included Felicia Taylor, Elizabeth Meigher, Kate Pickett; Tatiana and Campion Platt; Mai Harrison; Jean and Martin Shafiroff; Joan and Amir Cohen; Michele-Marie and Jon Heinemann; PierPaolo Seguso (who donated lovely red Murano glass paperweights for the gift bags); and Audrey and Martin Gruss (who hosted the Ambassador from Singapore and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. Ashok Mirpuri, for the weekend at their exquisitely decorated home).

    "We were heartened to see so many community leaders coming together from across the nation with a shared goal; helping the American Red Cross fulfill its vital humanitarian mission in Palm Beach County and beyond " said Red Cross Regional Executive Rob Levine.
    Peter Duchin and Cole Rumbough
    Nash Schott, Aniko Gaal Schott, and Cole Rumbough
    Rumbough family
    Dina Merrill Hartley and Rumbough family
    Stanley Rumbough and Dina Merrill
    Audrey Gruss, Ambassador from Singapore, and Ashok Mirpuri
    Wilbur Ross and Martin Gruss
    Stuart Bernstein, Mary Ourisman and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, and Gail McGovern
    Bess Ames and Dean Gamanos
    Howard Barry Vernick and Nancy Bricker
    Tom Shaffer and Christine Schott
    Dan Hall, Nancy Reynolds, Madame Gouri and Ashok Mirpuri
    Jon and Michele Marie Heinemann
    Mai Harrison and Giosetta Capriati
    Regine and Commissioner William J. Diamond
    Tweed McElveen Bogache, Madeline McElveen, and Rob Levine
    Ambassador Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Dr. Rosa Rai Djalal, Marie Royce, and US Rep Ed Royce
    Lois Pope and Dr. Robert Mackler
    Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff
    Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross
    Jean Shafiroff and Stanley Rumbough
    Felicia Taylor and Tom D'Agostino
    Elizabeth Meigher, Tom Shaffer, and Kate Pickett
    The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) hosted its tenth annual Hot Pink Luncheon and Symposium in Palm Beach at The Breakers on February 5, 2013. Approximately 240 guests attended the event that raised over $500,000. Each year, BCRF—founded by the late Palm Beach resident and passionate champion in the fight against breast cancer, Evelyn Lauder—brings together a panel of world-renowned BCRF grantees to Palm Beach.

    At the heart of this year's Symposium, titled Preventing Cancer, was a dynamic discussion by BCRF experts on the latest advances in breast cancer research and treatment.
    Drs. Larry Norton, Robert Weinberg, Myra Biblowit, Walter Willett, Peg Mastrianni, Susan Domchek, and Clifford Hudis
    Panel participants included BCRF-funded researchers Susan M. Domchek, MD (Abramson Cancer Center/University of Pennsylvania, Robert A. Weinberg, PhD (Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research), and Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH (Harvard School of Public Health). Leading the discussion were BCRF Scientific Director Larry Norton, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) and BCRF Scientific Advisory Board Chairman Clifford Hudis, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center). Discussion topics included the importance of mammograms as a diagnostic tool and the roles that health and nutrition can play in preventing breast cancer.

    At the onset of the Luncheon, event Honorary Chair and Acting Chairman of the Foundation, Leonard Lauder, welcomed guests and was followed by remarks by BCRF President, Myra Biblowit, who thanked a number of the prominent supporters present, including BCRF Hot Pink Luncheon co-chairs Donna Acquavella, Louise Lambert Braver, Betsy Green, Joanne de Guardiola, Sandra Krakoff, Hillie Mahoney, Pauline Pitt, Tricia Quick, Hilary Geary Ross, Frances Scaife, and Judith Schlager.
    Many of the dedicated attendees sported the signature color of breast cancer awareness, creating a veritable sea of pink amidst the sunlit Circle Ballroom. In his closing remarks, Leonard Lauder took the opportunity to announce that Palm Beach resident Judith Schlager will receive the Foundation's Unsung Hero Award at their upcoming New York Hot Pink Party on April 17, 2013 (tickets can be purchased online at: In addition to the engaging panel discussion, the event featured an informal fashion presentation and preview of Neiman Marcus's Spring 2013 Collections.
    Judie Schlager, Sandy Krakoff, and Myra Biblowit
    Sally Phelps and Cynthia Gibbons
    Jackie Duberstein and Carol Mack
    Leonard Lauder and Raysa Fanjul
    Ronnie Heyman, Mickey Beyer, and Ginger Feuer
    Gina Borman and John Reid
    Nancy Shaw and Beth Pine
    Joyce Sterling, Frances Scaife, Candy Hamm, and Suzanne Elson
    Andi Stark and Mary Boykin
    Jean Sharf and Judie Schlager
    Wendy Holmes, Tony DeChellis, Erin McGould, and Richard Ziegelasch
    Isabel Furlaud, Hillie Mahoney, and Mary Alice Pappas
    Joanne de Guardiola
    Louise Braver and Sheila Lambert
    Allie Hanley and Emilia Fanjul
    Sydell Miller, Leonard Lauder, and Frances Scaife
    Neiman Marcus fashion show models

    Photographs by (Red Cross).

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    The Drama League's Board at its 2013 Musical Celebration of Broadway.
    Last Monday night, the Drama League's 2013 Musical Celebration of Broadway was held at The Pierre. This year's honoree was five time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.

    The Drama League’s annual black tie Benefit Gala is a night where the greatest stars of Broadway and Hollywood come together for a unique, one-time-only musical revue celebrating the career of the Honoree.

    Funds raised are for the vital education programs of The Drama League Directors Project. Since 1984, the Benefit Gala has honored exceptional artists whose talent and passion have served as a benchmark for others. Each year, an audience of several hundred theatre lovers come out to support the Drama League Directors Project.
    Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Lauren Pizza, Joseph Pizza, Airelle Pizza, and Gabrielle Shanks
    The leads of Priscilla Queen on the Desert, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and Nick Adams announced the new Drama League Theater Center, a new, state-of-the-art facility that will bring world-class theater artists, emerging talents, and New York theatergoers together under one roof. The Center, located on the lobby level of the historic former AT&T Building at 32 Avenue of the Americas, in the heart of TriBeCa’s arts district, is scheduled to open in April 2013 and will be named in honor of Tony Award Winning producers, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley.

    Among the evening's guests and performers and were: Zoe Caldwell, Patti Lupone, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tyne Daly, Victor Garber, Norm Lewis, Mary Testa, Anthony Crivello, Seth Rudetsky, Tony Sheldon, Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Judith Light, Julie White, and Senator Tom Duane, Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Judith Light, Julie White and Senator Tom Duane.
    Grace Capeless
    Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, and Leah Lane
    Marcia Milgrom Dodge
    Eddie Korbich
    Anthony Crivello
    Phillip Boykin
    Steve Rosen
    Audra McDonald and Zoe Caldwell
    Rocco Dispirito
    Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson, and Nick Adams
    Stewart Lane
    Shakina Mayfack
    Nick Adams
    Tyne Daly
    Norm Lewis
    Mary Testa
    Brian Stokes Mitchell
    Julie White
    Bonnie Comley
    Caissie Levy
    On Monday February 11, 2013, Chef Andre Soltner & Chef Jacques Torres hosted a champagne reception to announce plans for University Settlement's 9th Annual Fine Wine Dinner & Auction. The soirée was held at the home of board member on the Upper East Side.  

    University Settlement's 9th Annual Fine Wine Dinner & Auction, an evening at Lutece with Chef Andre Soltner, will be held on Tuesday, April 16 at 82Mercer. A Champagne Henroit Reception will start at 6PM with the dinner and auction following at 7PM. The benefit’s co chairs are Gary J. Baumann, Sharon R. Egilinsky, and James K. Finkel. For one night only, celebrated Master Chef André Soltner will re-create the legendary menu and incomparable dining experience that was Lutèce. Savor an unforgettable selection of wines expertly paired with his award-winning cuisine, and enjoy dessert by Master Pastry Chef Jacques Torres and a live auction conducted by Lydia Fenet of Christie’s.
    James Finkel, Scott Carney, Marco Maccioni, Sharon Egilin, Sirio Maccioni, Andre Soltner, Jacques Torres, and Gary J. Baumann
    Guests included: Marjorie and Ellery Gordon, Judith and Laura Hoffman, Sharon Hoge, Sirio Maccioni, Mario Maccioni, Arlene Feltman and Alain Sailhac, Andre Soltner, and Jacques Torres. 

    Since 1886, University Settlement has helped low-income families and immigrants improve their lives through quality education, decent housing, physical and emotional well being, and opportunities to prosper economically in pursuing the American dream. Every year, the organization supports over 25,000 New Yorkers with programs at 21 locations throughout New York City. University Settlement is among New York’s most highly regarded non-profits, with programs that are nationally-recognized and set industry and city-wide standards.
    Andre Soltner, Marjorie R. Gordon, and Jacques Torres
    Ellery Gordon and Marjorie R. Gordon
    Judith Hoffman and Laura Hoffman
    James Finkel and Andre Soltner
    Gary J. Baumann
    Sirio Maccioni
    Hether Goldman and Sharon Egilin
    Master Sommelier Scott Carney with Jacques Torres
    On Wednesday evening Lost and Found: The Pinajian Discovery, an exhibition of 50 paintings by the late abstract artist Arthur Pinajian had its New York debut with a benefit preview for the Fund for Armenian Relief at the Antiquorum Gallery.

    The genesis of this exhibition is a fascinating one, and starts when Lawrence E. Joseph, the best-selling author of “Apocolypse 2012” and Thomas Schultz, were looking for house in Bellport, Long Island, and came upon a charming cottage where Pinajian’s once resided with his sister. While walking the property he entered the garage and lo and behold there were thousands of paintings, sketches, drawings, tucked into every nook and cranny and piled from floor to ceiling.
    Overlook Mountain Woodstock, 1954
    Pinajiian had instructed his sister to destroy everything, but a cousin intervened and halted the dump truck as it was pulling into the driveway. Mr. Joseph contacted Professor William Innes Homer, then dean of American art historians, who in turn reached out to Peter Hastings Falk, another prominent art historian, whose website is devoted to the work of late-career and deceased artists whose work may have been overlooked. He and his team came to the conclusion that Pinajian is indeed an important artist on the caliber of some of the great abstract expressionists of our time. The exhibitions runs through March 10.
    Overlook Mountain Woodstock, 1961
    Among the guests: Gary Moomjian, Lawrence E. Joseph, Peter Hastings Falk and Laurie Rosenfield Falk, Vicki and Dr. Raffy Hovanesian, Sahun Arzuni, Arto Vorperian, Sirouhi Mushegian, Gail Wernick, Charles Theofan, Taleen and Robert Setrakian, Jeanie Amerkanian, Richard Goulian, Antraniq Gharibian, Geoffrey Moss, Christine Mayer, Sirouhi Mushigian, Betsy Berg, Dana Conroy, Mary Schultz, Tim Hoffman, Lisa Keim, Diana Arakelyan, Yelena Nersesyan, Joan Thorne, Larry Kaye, Joseph Basralian, Denise Darmanian, Katya Griveva, Frances Lawrence, Dick McEvoy, Ben Blatt, Meg Wendy, Carol Ardman, Vyna St. Phard, Amy Hertz, Rose Hartman, Gary Steele, Tamar Gasparian, and Raffy Hovsepian. 
    Gail Wernick, Charles Theofan, Katya Grineva, Lawrence E. Joseph, Amy Hertz, and Carol Ardman
    Meg Wendy and Peter Hastings Falk
    Dana Conroy, Gary Steele, Laurie Rosenfield Falk, and Betsy Berg
    Lawrence E. Joseph, Arto Vorperian, and Peter Hastings Falk
    John Perrault, Thomas Schultz, Lawrence E. Joseph, and Peter Hastings Falk
    Devon Mehring and Karen Hayward
    Joseph Basralian and Denise Darmanian
    Mary Schultz, Tim Hoffman, and Lisa Keim
    Peter Hastings Falk, Tamar Gasparian, and Rafi Hovsepian
    Diana Arakelyan, Gary Moomjian, Lawrence E. Joseph, and Yelena Nersesyan
    Sharon Hoge
    John Meade
    Peter Hastings Falk and Larry Kaye
    Vicki Hovanessian and Dr. Raffy Hovanessian
    Louise Levin and Terri Thielen
    Taleen and Robert Setrakian
    Jeanie Amerkanian and Richard Goulian
    Katya Griveva and Frances Lawrence
    Geoffrey Moss and Peter Hastings Falk
    Joan Thorne
    Vyna St. Phard and Rose Hartman
    Sahan Arzuni
    Antraniq Gharibian and Christine Mayer
    The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation’s Eighth Annual Dinner Dance, “An Evening of Palm Beach Casual,” held at Club Colette on Sunday, January 27, 2012, drew a Palm Beach-casually dressed, capacity crowd comprised of stalwart supporters and friends of the Foundation. Liza PulitzerCalhoun and Sheila Fine were the Honorary Chairmen of the Dinner Dance, and were joined by Junior Chairmen Micah and Rob Ford, Bobby Leidy and Kristen and Brian Ray. The inaugural Shining Star Award honorees were Lori Gendelman and Denise Hanley.

    The annual fundraiser began with a moonlit cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dancing to music played by the band Street Talk. The Palm Beach Casual theme was reflected throughout from the colorful, whimsical décor by Tom Mathieu to the Pucci and Lily Pulitzer prints worn by some of the guests to the Palm Beach Casual and Palm Beach Breeze cocktails created especially for the occasion by Club Colette. Loro Piano supported the event with a raffle prize donation of four $1,000 gift certificates. 
    Dusty and Joyce Sang
    Liza Pulitzer Calhoun and Sheila Fine
    During dinner, Dusty Sang, Ryan’s father, thanked the Foundation’s friends and supporters and spoke about the Foundation’s progress over the past eight years. He recounted how the Foundation’s funding of three important scientific or educational projects had blossomed into larger Federal support grants. He also announced that this Bipolar Dinner Dance would be the Foundation’s last one and that a Medical Briefing Luncheon on Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder, presented by world-renown clinicians and researchers and chaired by Frances Fisher and Sally Soter, would take its place in early 2014.

    The podium was then turned over to Joyce Sang who presented Lori Gendelman and Denise Hanley with Foundation’s Shining Star Award, its highest honor, in recognition of their unwavering support, leadership and commitment to the Foundation’s mission and goals. Each recipient gave an acceptance speech that expressed their feelings about the Foundation, its work and the cause.
    Gary Lickle and Michelle Henry
    Kristen and Brian Ray
    The Sangs also recounted that because of the support of the Palm Beach community and the Young Friends events, the Foundation has been able to underwrite the costs of bringing the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) from Johns Hopkins to Palm Beach County public and private high schools for two successive years. The most recent program was hosted by the Benjamin School, whose Head of School, Robert Goldberg, was in attendance at the Dinner Dance. The ADAP program trains high school faculty, parents and students how to recognize Bipolar Disorder and depression.

    The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) public charitable organization whose mission is to foster awareness, understanding and research for early-onset Bipolar Disorder. The Foundation is a member of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Alliance for Research Progress and a National Partner of the NIMH Outreach Program.

    Proceeds from the Eight Annual Dinner Dance will help fund the Foundation’s mission. For further information, visit the Foundation’s informative website at:
    Bobby Leidy and Ashley Cherowitzo, Chris Leidy and Kendall Fabian
    Lori Gendelman and Denise Hanley
    Cobey Rapaport and Tina Bilotti
    Chad Renfro, Ross Meltzer and Beau Breckenridge
    Micah and Rob Ford
    Jane Cummings and Sandy Heine
    Sidney and Dorothy Kohl
    Frances Fisher and Sally Soter

    Photographs by Rob Rich (Drama League); David Dupuy/ (Fund for Armenia); Lucien Capehart Photography (Bipolar Foundation).

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  • 02/20/13--05:45: Mayors and Museums
  • The Egyptian Wing, Penn Museum at CommonBond's launch gala to benefit KIPP Philadelphia Schools.
    The Women’s Board of The Boys’ Club of New York hosted its fourth annual Winter Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Metropolitan Club. This year, the Women’s Board was thrilled to welcome special guest Mayor of Newark Cory Booker.  Mayor Booker was interviewed by John Griffin, founder and president of Blue Ridge Capital and founder of iMentor, which uses technology to create a new, powerful mentoring model.

    The conversation between Mayor Booker and Mr. Griffin touched on issues such as education, voter responsibility, and the political challenges he has faced, as well as the importance of what Mayor Booker calls "the Conspiracy of Love," the caring and compassion that enables children to grow up safe, strong, and ennobled.  He closed the conversation with the lines of the Langston Hughes poem Let America be America Again:"O, let America be America again— / The land that never has been yet— / And yet must be—the land where every man is free."
    John Griffin, Mayor Cory Booker, and Amy Griffin
    John Griffin and Mayor Cory Booker
    Now serving his second term, Mayor Booker has declared his commitment to urban transformation within Newark, and has proven himself several times over: his administration has more than doubled the rate of affordable housing production, brought over $1 billion of new economic development to Newark, expanded high quality public education options, created a support system for those leaving the prison system, and embraced technology as a crime-fighting tool. His passion for his citizens and their city has earned him great recognition, including selection in 2011 as one of the TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    The Winter Luncheon raised support for and awareness of the Boys’ Club’s many recreational, educational and cultural programs that give all boys, no matter their circumstances, opportunities for enrichment and success.
    Mayor Cory Booker, Amy Griffin, and John Griffin
    Chairing the luncheon were Kristin Allen, Amy Griffin, Celerie Kemble, and Alexandra Robertson. Guests included Women’s Board President Sara Ayres, BCNY Board of Trustees President Edward Rappa, Karen Klopp, Claudia Overstrom, Anjali Melwani, Elizabeth Krimendahl, Stephanie Coleman, Jamee Gregory, Cynthia van Eck, Merrill Curtis, Betsy Pitts, Brooke Harlow, Tiffany Moller, Shabnam Henry, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Ritchey Howe, Diane van Amerongen, Travis Acquavella, Ali Edwards, Moira Forbes, Eugenie Goodman, Eliza Nordeman, Elizabeth Pyne, Sarah Saint-Amand, Carter Simonds, Caroline Curry, Carol Mack, Marcia Mishaan, Gigi Mortimer, Emilia Pfeifler, Renee Rockefeller, Claude Wasserstein, Liz Anderson, Claire Capello, Mary Carlisle Gambill, Lisa Manice, Nicole Mellon, Lesley Schulhof, Ferebee Taube, Lilly Weekes, Muffie Potter Aston, Audrey Gruss, Mariana Kaufman, Linda Lambert, Karen LeFrak, Kitty McKnight, Hilary Geary Ross, Adrienne Vittadini, Rachel Cook, Eleanor Dejoux, Debbie Druker, Nathalie Kaplan, Dara O'Hara, Tim O'Hara, KK Schulhof, Maryellen Cundey, Lisa Elson, Lauren Holden, Kathy Irwin, Stephanie Sirota, Mary Van Pelt, Isobel Coleman, Ide Dangoor, Catherine De Barros, Libby Fitzgerald, Sallie Giordano, Serena Lese, Lisa McCarthy, Elizabeth Bonner, Lindsey Coleman, Catherine Fraise, Camilla Loveid, Sarah Robertson, Tyler Schiff, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Serena Boardman, Caroline Dean, Lisa Errico, Tania Higgins, Mary Kathryn Navab, Mary Snow, Maria Villalba, Silvia Zoullas, Patricia Brett, Hope Eiseman, Karen Shaffer, Nancy Phelan, Calvert Moore, Cosby George, Sonnet McKinnon, and many others.
    Suzanne Cochran, Jamee Gregory, Alexia Hamm Ryan, and Sara Ayres
    The Boys’ Club of New York is committed to nurturing, mentoring, and guiding boys and young men to prepare them to reach their fullest potential.

    Throughout its 137-year history of youth development, The Boys’ Club of New York has combined a single-minded focus on boys and young men with a unique, multi-disciplinary approach that prepares them for a fulfilling and meaningful adulthood.  The Boys’ Club of New York accomplishes this through an approach that includes music and arts programs, social and recreational activities, academic support and athletics. 

    By introducing boys to new ideas, expanding their interests, developing their hobbies, providing a safe and nurturing environment and offering ongoing counseling and mentorship, The Boys’ Club of New York helps shape boys and young men into the best adults they can be.
    Alexia Hamm Ryan, Richie Howe, and Anjali Melwani
    Betsy Pitts, Karen Klopp, and Claudia Overstrom
    Karen Klopp, Andrea de Cholnoky, and Gabrielle Bacon
    Kalliope Karella and Christine Schwarzman
    Jamee Gregory, Adrienne Vittadini, and Karen LeFrak
    Patricia Brett, Cynthia van Eck, Hope Eisman, and Jo Merlau
    Dara O'Hara and Jackie Williams
    Carol Mack and Deborah Norville
    On February 6th, at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, in the Edna Barnes Solomon Gallery, Jo Carole Lauder, Eden Rafshoon, and Darren Walker hosted a reception in honor of David Rubenstein, the 2013 recipient of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies’ (FAPE) Lenore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts. Afterwards there was a Conversation with David Rubenstein and author/historian Jon Meacham
    David Rubenstein and Jon Meacham
    Jon Meacham, David Rubenstein, FAPE President Eden Rafshoon, and FAPE Chairman Jo Carole Lauder.
    FAPE Chairman Jo Carole Lauder, Sandi Pei, and FAPE President Eden Rafshoon.
    FAPE Chairman Jo Carole Lauder with Carmel and Babette Cohen
    Laura and Dick Parsons, member of FAPE's Annenberg Award Jury, with Dylan Glen
    Gwen and Peter Norton, FAPE Board member
    Lally Weymouth and The Honorable Boyden Gray
    FAPE Vice President Darren Walker and FAPE Board member Agnes Gund
    Commissioner Kate Levin and artist Ursula von Rydingsvard
    The Honorable Bill Luers and Wendy W. Luers, FAPE Founder and President Emerita
    Jill Sackler and artist Joel Shapiro
    Renée Flemming, Heather Watts, and Damian Woetzel
    Art Wynwood, Miami’s international contemporary art fair during President’s Day Weekend brought a crowd of 6,200 into the Wynwood Arts District - 1,100 more guests than last year. The VIP Preview honored the late Tony Goldman, a major force in the development of the Wynwood Arts District and the inaugural edition of Art Wynwood. An intimate gathering including Art Wynwood director Nick Korniloff and members of the Goldman family participated in a dove-releasing ceremony in Goldman’s honor just before teems of prominent art collectors, designers, curators and art enthusiasts from around the world lined up outside the Art Miami Pavilion to get the first look and acquire new contemporary works.

    The opening of the fair featuring 70 international galleries presenting emerging and cutting-edge works had exhibitors buzzing about the outstanding turnout, strong interest in their programs and considerable sales. Art Wynwood has proven to be a marketplace to collect important contemporary art.
    VIP lounge
    “There was incredible energy at the VIP opening, a great turnout with serious collectors. The timing with the Yacht & Brokerage Show and Valentine’s Day couldn’t have been better,” said Carole Hochman, director of New York-based Barry Friedman Ltd.

    With models strutting the aisles wearing world-renowned designer Luis Valenzuela’s “Queen of Hearts” collection, a luxury EcoArtFashion line themed especially for Valentine’s Day; and with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails sponsored by Le Grand Saint Sparkling Vodka, SHELLBACK Rum and Heineken beer bustling in of the VIP Lounge and throughout the fair; the ambiance was certainly an energetic one that encouraged collectors to quickly acquire important works on the opening night.  
    Retna Gallery
    Cynthia Corbett Gallery
    Hollis Taggart Galleries
    Art Wynwood’s opening was highlighted by two special projects commissioned by Jessica Goldman, CEO of Goldman Properties. The highlights include a stunning wraparound installation suspended above the VIP Lounge by famed artist Jesse Geller. Additionally Wynwood Walls commissioned a curated exhibit by Meghan Coleman featuring specially commissioned lenticulars with original paintings by selected artists installed in the pass-through areas of the fair. Artists participating include: Retna, Aiko, Ron English, Logan Hicks, Futura, Swoon, Kenny Scharf and How & Nosm.

    The natural overlay of fine art and luxury real estate was on display as Christie’s International Real Estate (CIRE) showcased as the “Official Luxury Real Estate Partner” of Art Wynwood. CIRE welcomed a select group of international collectors, art patrons and members of their annual global conference for a private reception in the VIP Lounge.
    VIP lounge area wtih commissioned artwork by Jesse Geller
    Mark Borghi Fine Art, Inc
    Gathering of Queens of Hearts
    Black and White Gallery
    Little boy and sculpture
    Galerie Mark Hachem
    Among the guests of honor, host committee members and esteemed collectors were sculptor John Henry, street artist Jesse Geller, Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne Bon Haes, street artist Jona Cerwinske, chairman and CEO of Verizon Lowell McAdam, the Pocas, Susie and Walid Wahab, Marcella and Daniel Novela, the Buttermans, artist Shimon Okshteyn, President of Espíritu Santo Bank Jorge Espíritu Santo, photographer Cheryl Maeder, Leann Standish and Timothy Walker of Miami Art Museum, director of The Frost Museum Carol Damian and representatives of Tate Modern in London among others.

    Art Wynwood was generously sponsored by its Official Luxury Real Estate Partner Christie’s International Real Estate as well as, JW Marriott Marquis Miami, Hotel Beaux Arts Miami, Turon Travel, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; and supported by Miami Art Dealers Association, Wynwood Art Dealers Association, Goldman Properties, The Wynwood Walls, db Bistro Moderne, Joey’s, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, Bakehouse Art Complex, Le Grand Saint Sparkling Vodka, SHELLBACK Rum, Heineken, The Miami Herald,, Hyperallergic, WLRN, IRREVERSIBLE, Balthazar, Art Circuits, Haute Living, Art Nexus, The Art Newspaper, Artinfo, Arte Al Dia and Midtown Miami.
    Ricardo J Gonzales III and Joyce Lowry
    Artist Jona Cerwinske
    Hector Garcia Rojas and Catherine Smithers
    Federico Uribe
    Ritch Holben and Ken Deloreto
    Designer Luis Valenzuela, curator Bernice Steinbaum, and the Queens of Hearts
    Artist Victoria Kovalenchikova
    Mary Rife, Gabrielle Hatchuel Becker Abada, Pamela Cohen, and Wulf Treu
    Daniella Alvarez, Sherry Porter, Jackie Correa, and Kristin Brophe
    Justin Rubin and Catalina Martinez
    Teddy Willoughby and Christine Hinson
    Federico Uribe, Andrea Gill, and Powel Borzym
    Tina Tollefson, and Raiza and Brian Perrault
    Nick Korniloff, Pamela Cohen, and Bernice Steinbaum
    Cony La Greca, Daniel Bottero, and Liliana Pensavalle
    Alan and Sharon Koslow
    Pamela Cohen, Jennifer, Sophie and MikeTansey, and Nick Korniloff
    Christine Cooper, Monica Ampiscka, Emanolo Lopez, and Eric Ilastonza
    Wulf Treu and Mary Rife
    Rene Delaplaine, Charles McCaffrey, and Sophie Delaplaine
    Marcelo Del Posso and Ensully Engelhart
    On Thursday, January 31, CommonBond celebrated the launch of its student loan financing platform at Wharton Business School with a gala at The Penn Museum in Philadelphia benefiting KIPP Philadelphia Schools. The company, founded in 2011 by David Klein, Michael Taormina and Jessup Shean, has disbursed $2.5 million in lower-cost student loans to MBAs for the current semester and plans to lend up to $100 million to MBAs at 20 schools by the end of 2013. 

    More than 400 guests from the Wharton community attended the event. In addition to enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment, guests participated in a silent auction featuring specially-donated products and experiences from a mix of Wharton start-ups including Dagne Dover, Adornia, Stone & Strand, White + Wong, and ZenKars as well as other young start-ups, including Uber, Jack Robie, and Tuckernuck. 
    Ramiro Del Valle, Michael Taormina (Co-Founder & CFO, CommonBond), Camila Penazzo, David Klein (Co-Founder & CEO, CommonBond), and Alia Avidan
    Nanki Marwah, Mayuri Shah, Will Morel, Ashley Marie Bittner, and Stephanie Wu
    Carter Leggett and Meghan Perley Leggett
    Pablo Pedrejón García, Margaret Davidson, Roxana Canales, Alberto Alcaraz, Diego Mariño, Christopher Porras, Neha Singhania, Shruti Malik, Paula Martinelli and Deepa Gandhi
    Katie Goldsmith and Moran Amir
    Ian Martinez and Ana Lucia Morales
    Amy Daschle and Mike Daschle
    Kush Patel
    Jenny X. Zhang and George Xian Zeng
    KIPP Philadelphia friends, Lydia Alice, Kendra-Lee Rosatim Lindsey Pittas, and Reina Wilkes Prowler
    Stefanie Williams, Etzerson Philitas, Kizzy Maitland, and Don Makumbe
    Molly Dince, Jeremy Cook, Nathan Howard, Etzerson Philitas, Natasha Ketabchi, Mariana Lever, and Ramiro Del Valle
    Sarah Gomez
    Christopher Porras, Kizzy Maitland, Andrew Towne, George Xiang Zeng and Kenny X. Zhang
    Derek Kleinow, Grace Song, Valdis Lenss, Amy Peppers, Ashley Beckner, Katherine Healy, and Kimberly J. Wong
    Toby Clarence-Smith and Thomas Baldwin
    Ashley Beckner, Chuck Nouras, Pia Kristina Schafer, and Fernando Gomez Arriola
    Rahim Kurji

    Photographs by (BCNY); Mary Hilliard (FAPE); Annie Watt (Art Wynwood)

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  • 02/22/13--07:44: Generosity events
  • Cocktails at the Museum of the City of New York's annual Winter Ball at the Pierre.
    This past Wednesday night (2/20) the Director’s Council of the Museum of the City of New York held its annual Winter Ball at the Pierre. The black tie benefit gala brought out a crowd of almost 500. Under the aegis of Mark Gilbertson who, with a lot of devoted committee members, has been running this annual event for several years, said they raised $500,000 for the museum programs to benefit New York City schoolchildren.

    This is a dinner dance that possesses some of the qualities of a club dance. Many guests know each other and have been coming to this party annually for years. They’ve grown up with it and it’s grown up with them. Now the core crowd is in its prime in New York. Along with them come their newer friends, so there are people who know each other and others who are meeting for the first time. An ideal mix. After the briefest of speeches, guests wined and dined and then danced to the music of DJ David Chang. A little after eleven, the crowd dispersed. A work night. A good party.
    On Tuesday, February 12, the New York Philharmonic held its second annual Chinese New Year Gala. Over 300 guests attended and approximately $850,000 was raised for the Philharmonic.

    The celebratory evening ushered in the Year of the Snake with a Gala concert that highlighted the contrasts and connections between Chinese and Western music. The concert, conducted by Long Yu, featured performances by Grammy Award–winning jazz pianist Herbie Hancock; Peking Opera star Yan Wang; the Snow Lotus Trio, a folk ensemble from the mountains of China; mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano; soprano Ying Huang; and Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu, who recited selected readings of poems that inspired works on the program.
    Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Dragon Dance on Josie Robetson Plaza
    Long Yu conducts the Snow Lotus Trio with the NY Philharmonic
    For the second consecutive year, a traditional Dragon Dance was performed by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza preceding the concert and inside Avery Fisher Hall throughout the evening. This year's dance featured a special appearance by Lady White from the Legend of the White Serpent.

    Guests of the Chinese New Year Gala arrived at Avery Fisher Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. for an hour-long cocktail reception on the Grand Promenade. The concert began at 7:30 p.m., followed by a traditional Chinese attire/black-tie dinner, also on the Grand Promenade.

    The evening's event was catered by Restaurant Associates, and the décor was provided by Van Vliet & Trap.
    Herbie Hancock and the NY Philharmonic
    Honorary Chairmen for the Gala were Mr. and Mrs. Maurice R. Greenberg, and H.E. Ambassador Sun Guoxiang and Madam Wang Min. The Gala Co-Chairmen were Angela Chen, Guoqing Chen and Ming Liu, Gary W. Parr, Oscar L. Tang, and Shirley Young. Among those in attendance were Music Director Alan Gilbert and Kajsa William-Olsson, Executive Director Matthew VanBesien and Rosie Jowitt, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Kenneth and Noreen Buckfire, Christian and Heidi Lange, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Lizabeth Newman, John and Jenny Paulson, and Barbara and Donald Tober.
    Angela Chen (Gala Co-chair), Karen LeFrak (Board Member and Chair, Special Events Committee), Ghislaine Maxwell, and Gillian Miniter
    Audrey Gruss, Richard LeFrak, and Christine Schwarzman
    Cathy Wu, H.E. Ambassador SUN Guoxiang (Honorary Gala Chairman), and Curtis Kohlhaas
    Charles Niemeth (Board Member), Anne Niemeth, Ronald Ulrich (Board Member), and Christian Samper
    Daria Foster (Board Member)
    Guoqing Chen and Ming Liu (Gala Co-chairs)
    Donald Tober, Barbara Tober, Shirley Young (Gala Co-chair), and Sandra Warshawsky (Board Member)
    Gary Parr (Chairman and Gala Co-chair) and Long Yu (conductor)
    Helen Levy, Sharon Hite, Stan Warshawsky, and Sandra Warshawsky (Board Member)
    Hilary Ross, Wilbur Ross, Karen LeFrak (Board Member and Chair, Special Events Committee), Richard LeFrak, and Gary Parr (Chairman and Gala Co-chair)
    Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu (speaker), Younghee Kim-Wait, Karen LeFrak (Board Member and Chair, Special Events Committee), and Shirley Young (Gala Co-chair)
    Huari LI, Christina MacDonald, and Madam Sujuan HE
    Kathy Mele and Music Director Alan Gilbert
    Kathy Mele, Ying Huang (soprano) and Shirley Young (Gala Co-chair)
    Li Jing, Jason Hirsch, and Jeanne Lawrence
    Lizabeth Newman (Board Member)
    WEN Na, H.E. Ambassador SUN Guoxiang (Honorary Gala Chairman)
    Mark Baumgartner and Bei Saville
    Noel Patton and Beatrice Pei
    Matthew VanBesien (Exectuive Director), Rosie Jowitt, Madam WEN Na, and Angela Chen (Gala Co-chair)
    New York Philharmonic leadership and philanthropists behind the Chinese New Year Gala, with their families and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
    Noreen Buckfire
    Shirley Young (Gala Co-chair), Matthew VanBesien (Executive Director), and Rosie Jowitt
    Oscar Tang (Gala Co-chair), Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu (speaker), and Gary Parr (Chairman and Gala Co-chair)
    Roy Keen, Guy Fiennes, Lady Susannah Fiennes, Yue-Sai Kan, Angela Chen (Gala Co-chair), and Ghislaine Maxwell
    Roy Keen, Ida Liu, Jason Hirsch, Li Jing, Jeanne Lawrence, Patricia Shiah, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Robert Willis, and Angela Chen (Gala Co-Chair)
    Shirley Young (Gala Co-chair), Matthew VanBesien (Executive Director), Rosie Jowitt, LI Zi Jiang, Mrs. LI Zi Jiang, and Lizzy Li
    Snow Lotus Trio and H.E. Ambassador SUN Guoxiang (Honorary Gala Chairman)
    Snow Lotus Trio with Sanford Prater and Shirley Bacot Shamel (Board Member)
    Wilson Ling, Angela Chen (Gala Co-chair), and Gary Parr (Chairman and Gala Co-chair)
    Yue-Sai Kan, H.E. Ambassador SUN Guoxiang (Honorary Gala Chairman), Madam WANG Min (Honorary Gala Chairman), and SUN Hao
    UJA-Federation of New York’s annual Generosity Signature Event brought together more than 700 philanthropists in their 20s and 30s for an evening of philanthropy, dancing, and fundraising through Text-to-Pledge technology, on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Ajna Bar in New York City. The event raised nearly $220,000, garnering $80,000 in donations via text message.

    UJA-Federation’s Generosity division, chaired by Lee Brodsky and Kyle Koeppel and vice chaired by Jackie Friedman, engages New York’s community-involved, socially conscious young leaders in their 20s and 30s. Through exclusive events, programs, and trips, Generosity inspires future philanthropists who will create positive, meaningful, and lasting changes in the lives of those most in need.
    Generosity Leadership Board and Host Committee
    Grace Bronstein, Jon Jesselson, and Tammy Schlosberg
    The event featured Text-to-Pledge, a donor pledge technology that enables attendees to text message their gifts from their cell phones or PDAs and broadcast the results in real time on multiple screens in the event space. The technology is also designed to reach beyond the event space. Attendees’ friends and families and those unable to attend can also e-mail, phone, or text their gift during the event.

    Grace Bronstein, Jonathan Jesselson, and Tammy Schlosberg chaired the Generosity Signature Event.

    Funds raised support UJA-Federation of New York’s annual campaign, which sustains the activity of nearly 100 health, human-service, educational, and community-building agencies.
    Peter Stern, Kyle Koeppel, Lee Brodsky, Jackie Friedman, and Aaron Zises
    Jonathan Glass, Ben Okin, and David Nathan
    Erica Sutton and Joshua Friedman
    Jenny Halis and Erica Seidel
    Courtney Grabel, Zachary Garber, and Melanie Baevsky
    Blake Kohn Sonnenshein, Samantha Elfland, and Jaclyn Elfland
    Jeff Stern, Amanda Schwartz, and Peter Stern
    Lisa Richenstein
    The candy table
    Raising funds earmarked for Hanley Center's research-based prevention programs in local schools, the 18th Annual Family Picnic was held on February 10 during Wellington's Winter Equestrian Festival. The afternoon treated nearly 250 guests to world-class horse jumping competition, animal encounters, a magic show, kids' crafts and a silent auction geared just for children.
    Sheriff Ric and Dorothy Bradshaw, Noah, Kelly, and Dr. Peter LoFaso
    Located in West Palm Beach for more than 25 years, Hanley Center recently joined the Caron Treatment Centers network. As a result of this alliance of industry leaders, Caron and Hanley Center together became the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit addiction treatment provider in the country, focused on a 12-Step recovery program with a powerful clinical component.

    Hanley Center's Prevention efforts aim to spare individuals the pain, loneliness and despair of alcoholism and chemical dependency. Prevention works – and our Substance Abuse Prevention efforts are another way for Hanley Center to help the people and communities that have embraced us since the day we opened our doors."
    Nancy Hooker and Dr. Rachel Docekal
    Led by event chairmen Lisa and Dan Thomas and son Jack, along with honorary chairmen, Dorothy and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and grandson, Noah LoFaso; the Family Picnic event committee included: Lyanne Azqueta, Robin Wheeler Azqueta and Norberto Azqueta, Krista Basore, Sally D. Chester, R.N., Kimmie and Steve Cury, Lindsay Del Campo, Lauren and Brett Elam, E. Mike Gelin, Suzanne Holmes, Monte Lambert, Lauren and Daniel Lieberman, Fran Marcone, Jennifer Marcone, Cinde and Craig Martin, Michelle McGovern, Mary Katherine Morales, Elizabeth Parker, Esq.; Kelly Ring, John Riordan, Esq.; Kellen Smith, Linda and Jared Soper, Cassidy and Jim Sullivan, and Ian B. Zinn.
    Molly Rooney Smith and Scott Smith
    Robin, Teo, Noberto, and Bertie Azqueta
    Alexandra and Danielle Moore, and Betsy Turner
    Dr. Rachel Docekal and Tom Quick
    Krista and Juliet Basore
    Lesly Smith, Lesly Gray Moore, Danielle Moore, Alexandra Moore, and Dr. James Walsh
    Avery Keller and Kim Coleman with Reese, Coleman, and Jack
    Avery, Cassidy, Evan, and Jim Sullivan
    Clark Appleby and Yardley Manfuso
    Aime Dunstan and Lauren Lieberman
    Laura and Barbara Creech
    Nellie Benoit, and Drew and Amy Rothermel
    Suzanne Holmes and Darian Ozment
    Mike and Shaheewa Gelin
    Piper Cook, Jan Marie Coniglio Cook, Chris Cook, Calvitt Cook, and Topher Cook
    Michelle, Victoria, John, and Emilia McGovern
    Lyanna and Lian Azqueta

    Photographs by DPC (MCNY); Michael Priest (UJA)

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    William Randolph Hearst, Winston Churchill and Louis B. Mayer on the MGM studio lot in 1930.
    After the Oscars are over, the stars and their friends – agents, producers, director, other stars who weren’t nominated, their wives, husbands, lovers, friends, shrinks, hairdressers – go to a party.

    This isn’t news. Elton John has one every year now that begins when the ceremonies begin. The most famous one is the Vanity Fair party that was held this year at Sunset Tower Hotel, although for years and years, it was held at Morton’s.

    The Academy Awards was the creation of Louis B. Mayer and his associates in the late 1920s when Mayer’s studio – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – was new. Indeed the entire American film industry was barely a couple decades old. The intention was political and motivational, and ultimately economic. They weren’t called moguls for nothing.

    In the early days, it was like a family banquet. The first was held in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. They sold tickets to it – five bucks per.  The studios sent their people – stars, directors, executives, etc. – everyone had their tables. The actual awards were handed out in fifteen minutes. No entertainment, just the cheerleaders (the budding moguls).
    Louis B. Mayer presenting Helen Hayes her 1932 Oscar for Best Actress in The Sin of Madelon Claudet. Irving Thalberg and his wife Norma Shearer and Louis B. Mayer on the MGM lot in Culver City.
    The following year, 1930, it was broadcast for an hour on the radio. I’m not sure if that was “coast-to-coast” because that was also a new phenomenon. Attendance was becoming de rigueur. This was in the days of the studios when the stars were owned by the studios and did as they were told, at least when it came to business. Radio and the newspapers gave the Academy its first real public recognition. The film industry was off to the races.

    In 1930, almost 80 million Americans – 65% of the population, went to the movies every week. A much much greater percentage than today. By the 1940s, the Oscars show was famous and broadcast coast-to-coast. The ceremonies grew in length and production and was held in the Pantages Theater. There was still an Academy dinner afterwards. Black tie. Attendance expected.
    Swifty with Elizabeth Taylor at his party.
    In 1964, an little tyke of an impeccably dressed – bespoke suit, shirt, tie and shoes – agent named Irving Lazar, with a little round bald head and great big black horned rimmed specs, had his own party, which he hosted with his beautiful young wife Mary (he married her because she looked like Audrey Wilder).

    Their first venue was the Bistro restaurant in Beverly Hills – owned by Kurt Niklaus and a bevy of Hollywood names who backed him.
    Clockwise from left: Lazar with Joan Collins; Diana Ross; and Candice and Frances Bergen.
    Lazar, Taylor, and Nicholson.
    I don’t know where Irving Lazar got the idea to give this party but it was very good for business. His business as well as the business of others. It was also known to be a lot of fun – not something that can be said about a lot of “famous parties.”

    Known far and wide as “Swifty” – a name given to him by Humphrey Bogart after he quickly put together a three picture deal for the star – Lazar decided to use the night as a social source. It was a natural for him and his pursuits but it was also brilliant. Rich, famous, important people made up the guestlist. Titled Euros, tycoons, New York society people, New York fashion people and no press.

    Michael Jackson and Madonna arriving.
    No press except Aileen Mehle as “Suzy” and someone from John Fairchild’sWomen’s Wear Daily.

    Those last two names made the most important contribution to the success of Irving and Mary Lazar’s Oscar party. That was the official stamp of approval. All media picked up on it. Everybody who was anybody in the whole wide world wanted to be there.  Knowing everybody who was anybody was Irving Lazar’s ultimate destination. He had arrived. The party became famous but more importantly, famous among the famous.

    Invitations were hard to get. The restaurant held only a few hundred, and there were fire laws. That gave the party more heft. And there had to be room for the really big stars who just might show up when they felt like it. The Lazars became social arbiters, too.

    It became the most sought after destination for people going to the Oscars and their friends. The Lazars’ guests came from far and wide for the big night at Spago. Paparazzi appeared. Real royalty, Hollywood royalty, huckster royalty, rock stars, European aristos, bankers, fashion designers and tycoons rubbing elbows and blowing air kisses (and god knows what else) while dining on Wolfgang Puck’s then newest-hippest California cuisine.
    Wolfgang Puck in his restaurant with some of the menu for the Lazar party.
    Irving Lazar died in 1993 at the age of 86. His beautiful young wife Mary had died the same year tragically of spinal meningitis at 61. Their deaths marked a sudden transition in Hollywood life. The newly self-annointed had arrived overnight. Hooray for Hollywood.

    Vanity Fair picked up the torch of celebrity, 21st Century American style, retaining some of the “social prestige” of the Lazar party, and in a popular upscale hip restaurant. But under Graydon Carter’s aegis, it retains a kind of exclusivity – you have to be invited – but media is everywhere, because, after all, media is everywhere, and for some people everything. They all came out. And the indefatigable Patrick McMullan captured them all.

    I wasn’t there, have never been, but I am certain it was a great party, if for no other reason than people never get tired of people watching; and if you wanna people-watch Hollywood, this is most definitely the last word and the best chance of the year. And that’s fun. — DPC
    Irina Shayk
    Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez
    Emmy Rossum
    Livia Firth
    Carol Scwartz and Scott Glenn
    Jeremy Renner
    Molly Sims
    Juliette Lewis
    Rosemary DeWitt and Ron Livingston
    Brad Grey and Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey
    Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway
    Maria Sharapova
    Karolina Kurkova
    Allyson Felix
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead
    Malik Bendjelloul
    Adrian Brody
    Daniel Day-Lewis
    Dennis Haysbert
    Dame Shirley Bassey
    Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
    Julie Yaeger and Paul Rudd
    Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
    Amanda Seyfried and Samantha Barks
    Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict
    Tom Hooper
    Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg
    Sally Field and Samuel Greisman
    Jon Voight and Tommy Lee Jones
    Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum
    Stephen Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
    Haley Bennett
    Jessica Lowndes
    Juno Temple
    Portia Rebecca and Peter Fonda
    Steven Tyler
    Josh Hartnett
    Fan Bing Bing
    Lily Rabe
    Li Bing Bing
    Donna Karen
    Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck
    John Travolta and Kelly Preston
    Olivia Munn
    Paz Vega
    Carolyn Murphy
    Ginnifer Goodwin
    Jacki Weaver
    Jean Dujardin
    Ben Affleck
    Cristoph Waltz
    Jane Lynch
    Gabby Douglas
    Sandra Bullock
    Kristin Chenowith
    Corrine Bishop and Jamie Foxx
    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
    Len Weisman and Kate Beckinsale
    Marisa Tomei
    Kerry Washington
    Chanel Iman
    Mamie Gummer
    Alessandra Ambrosio
    Halle Berry
    Bo Derek
    Naomi Campbell
    Bradley Cooper and Gloria Cooper
    Sunrise Coigney and Mark Ruffalo
    Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Zoe Saldana
    Minnie Driver
    Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne
    Vera Wang and Hilary Swank
    Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy
    Franois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek
    Nancy O'Dell
    Chelsea Handler
    Jennifer Hudson
    Amy Adams
    Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Lucila Sola and Eli Roth
    Martin Landau and Barbara Bain
    Miranda Kerr
    Greta Gerwig
    Amy Poehler
    Rashida Jones
    Zooey Deschanel and Jamie Linden
    Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom
    Jerry Jones and Gene Jones
    Julie Bowen
    Rupert and Wendi Murdoch
    Rose Byrne
    Jennifer Garner
    Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller
    George Hamilton
    David Steinberg and Robyn Steinberg
    Leslie Mann
    Kelly Lynch
    Patricia Clarkson
    Joan Collins
    Robert Daly and Carole Bayer Sager
    Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson
    Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves
    Mavis Leno and Jay Leno
    Judd Apatow
    George Schlatter and Jolene Schlatter
    Tom Ford
    Martin Short
    Catherine O'Hara
    Fran Lebowitz
    Lauren Miller and Seth Rogen
    Danna Ruscha and Edward Ruscha
    Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams
    Jackie Collins
    Tory Burch
    Anna Carter
    Reese Witherspoon
    Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt
    Kirk Douglas and Anne Douglas
    Cheryl Howard and Ron Howard
    Jimmy Buffett and Janie Buffett
    Brett Ratner, Bruce Weber, and Nan Bush
    Amanda Santos and Rick Ruben
    Lily Collins
    Isla Fisher
    Alina Cho
    Elizabeth Banks
    Lydia Andrich and Robbie Robertson
    Alison Hewson and Bono
    Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka
    Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola
    Courtney Crangi and Jenna Lyons
    Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
    Allison Williams
    Jane Fonda
    Danny Huston
    Rosamund Pike
    Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson
    John Leguizamo and Justine Maurer
    Paula Patton and Robin Thicke

    Photographs by Patrick McMullan.

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    Post-concert at the Russian Team Room for Carnegie Hall's Golden Ticket event.
    The Host Committee of Central Park Conservancy's Central to Spring– Cocktails on the Park event gathered at Le Cirque last Wednesday night for festive cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to plan the inaugural spring celebration on April 10. On this special evening in April, more than 100 residents of buildings surrounding Central Park will simultaneously host cocktail parties in their homes to toast the Park's gorgeous blooms and green meadows, highlighting the important work of the Conservancy. The event will culminate with a fireworks presentation in Central Park and The Empire State Building lighting up in green.

    Only 15 percent of households in buildings along the Park are current donors to the Conservancy. Central to Spring will encourage friends in buildings on all sides of the Park to increase annual support to at least 50% among the Park's neighbors.
    Le Cirque's Stella Room
    Le Cirque's Central to Spring Cake
    With a current annual budget of $45.8 million required for the Conservancy's care of the Park's 843 acres – 85 percent of which is raised from private sources – the Conservancy's continued success in maintaining this historic, green treasure will depend upon galvanizing those who benefit from the Park every day.

    Among the attendees at Le Cirque were Central Park Conservancy President & CEO Douglas Blonsky, New York City Parks Commissioner Veronica White, Suzie Aijala, Susan Calhoun, Conservancy Trustees Judy Hart Angelo, Jay Mandelbaum, Didi Schafer, Donna Schwartz, and Suzanne Cochran, who is also serving as Chairman of Central to Spring. Central to Spring event partners and sponsors include Le Cirque and the Empire State Building.
    Carmen Rodriguez, Donna Daniels, Veronica White, and Nina Chertoff
    Didi Schafer, Linda Silverman, Suzanne Cochran, and Judy Hart Angelo
    Marco Maccioni, Suzanne Cochran, Veronica White, Douglas Blonsky, and Terri Coppersmith
    Marco Maccioni, Laurie Mandelbaum, and Jay Mandelbaum
    Richard and Pam Scurry
    Steve Bensinger and Carol Staab
    Susan Calhoun and Melanie Shorin
    Suzie Aijala and Lynn Wright
    On Saturday, February 16, Rob Shmalo, recipient of Carnegie Hall's Golden Ticket, hosted 150 guests to a gala at Carnegie Hall to hear Grammy winning star Dianne Reeves, widely regarded as the foremost female jazz vocalist in the world today, perform alongside other jazz legends, including Esperanza Spalding.

    Following the performance in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, all guests, each encouraged to wear bow-ties and rhinestones, attended an after-party fete' at the Russian Tea Room and danced the night away to the sounds of DJ JonJon Battles.
    Lauren Shmalo and Matt Anctil
    Guests included Broadway star Daniel Reichard, Village People Cowboy Randy Jones, Carson Griffith, David Lipke, Darren Bettencourt, Arquisite Perfumer Carlos Huber, and Olympic figure skating champions Nicole Bobek, Tim Goebel, Sarah Hughes and Jeremy Abbott.
    Tania Bass, Mary Lynn Gelderman, Inese Bucevica, and Marlene Shmalo
    Nicole Bobek, Tim Goebel, Sarah Hughes, Jeremy Abbott, and Michael Solonoski
    Deborah DiIorio, Ken Silva, Rosalie Joseph, and Patsy Polatchek
    Bob Thorson, Jameson Bui, Adrien Henriet, Paul Winkler, and Joshua Bankhead
    Ken Silva, Dario Timotic, Linda Penoyer, and Matt Anctil
    Rob Shmalo and Victor Rodrigues
    Jon Jon Battles
    Bobby Cooper and Mylik Ganey
    Adrien Henriet, Josh Machiz, Brian Chen, Eric Shoemaker, Cameron Steward, and Daniel Kempton
    Randy Jones and Rob Shmalo
    Randy Jones and Christopher Spaulding
    Anthony Nehra and Eric Morriss
    Joey Dudding, Ben Becton, and Victor Rodrigues
    Andrew Brandt and Bob Tortora
    Kristian Laliberte, Emerson Barth, and Justin Belmont
    Will Grega, Randy Jones, and Ben Gettinger
    Robbyne Kaamil, Andrews Balduino, Kristin Balduino, Dario Timotic, Joshua Bankhead, Mark MacKillop, and John Stevens
    Michael SanGiovanni and Jason Shaw
    Ken Silva and Robbyne Kaamil
    Rick Slusher, Breanne Heldman, Marlene Shmalo, Albert Shmalo, and Lauren Shmalo
    Bill Haberthur, B.J. Foreman, and Patrick Sheldon
    Inese Bucevica, Sophie Bensamou, and Mary Lynn Gelderman
    Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Quest magazine with a reception and retrospective.
    Ashton de Peyster, Jean Van Sinderen-Law, Margo de Peyster, Talbott Maxey, and Mr. Ruddy
    Moira Benjamin, Jeremy Wiesen, and Cindi Witter
    Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma, Moira Benjamin, Leslie Smith, and Grace Meigher
    Elizabeth Meigher, Chris Meigher, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, and Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma
    John Terwilliger and Charlie Krusen
    Ali Hanley, Matthew Mellon, and Nicole Hanley Mellon
    Bill Bartholomay and Mai Hallingby Harrison
    Adolfo Zaralegui, Crystal Totterman, and Lars Totterman
    Bob Hardwick and Ali Hanley
    Suebelle Robbins, Kim Dryer, Geoffrey Thomas, and Countess Sharon Sondes
    Christopher Walling and Judy Schrafft
    Marquesa de San Damian and Joanna Kendall
    Page Kjellstrom
    Douglas Jencks, Leslie Slatkin, and Larry Laslow
    Pamela Tombari, Erik Walden, and Kari Talley
    Caroline Freney, Jim Freney, and Pamela O'Connor
    Maurice Amiel and Cynthia Van Buren
    Judith Murat Grubman, Grace Meigher, and Candy Hamm
    Fred Clark, Jim Apostolakis, and Bob Hardwick
    Laura Codman and Christopher Castro Viejo
    Evelyn Harrison and Jenny Garrigues
    Stephanie Clark, Fred Clark, and friend
    Cindi Witter and Jeremy Wiesen
    Gregory Dryer and Kim Dryer
    Lauriston Segerson, Chase Dreyfous, Rachel K. Ward, and Daniela Gross
    The Child Mind Institute joined author and journalist Stephanie LaCava to host the launch party for its Creativity Workshops February 19 at 7pm at The Journal Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Designed and led by established artists with guidance from experts from the Child Mind Institute's Center for Learning and Development, Creativity Workshops provide teens with an opportunity to use art to test their strengths and explore their feelings in a lively and encouraging environment.

    "The arts encourage children and teens to express their point of view and examine issues and experiences," said Child Mind Institute president Harold S. Koplewicz, MD. "We are thrilled to partner with Stephanie in launching Creativity Workshops because the arts are integral to child development and foster positive growth."
    Harold Koplewcz and Stephanie LaCava
    The evening features "The Art of Possibility," twenty-five works of written art by participants in the inaugural Workshop, where teens from local New York City high schools joined LaCava in the creative process. The 2-hour workshop began with each participant authoring a fictional story about transformation inspired by the prompt: Write about a situation that seemed to be the end of the world, where things turned out good in the end. Building on the theme of transformation, the teens then choose two sentences or 10 words to illustrate using colored pencils, charcoals, markers, and oil pastels.

    "Transformation really means a change in the way you see the world – and a shift in how you see yourself. It is not simply a change in your point of view, but rather a whole different perception of what is possible," said LaCava. "Through the workshops we use art to shift teens' awareness to encompass more possibilities."
    The Feb 19th Opening Reception for Creativity Workshops, a new program that invites teens to engage in a creative project designed with an artist showcased 25 local students art designed at this month's premier 2 hour workshop at the Child Mind Institute.
    Guests of the Child Mind Institute gathered at the Journal Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the Feb 19th Opening Reception for Creativity Workshops, a new program that invites teens to engage in a creative project designed with an artist. 
    Goodie bags were provided by Marc Jacobs. LaCava collaborated with Marc Jacobs on an accessories line inspired by her book with proceeds benefiting the Child Mind Institute.

    Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Quest); Michael Dubin (Child Mind); Sarah Cedar Miller (CPC).

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    Over 100 garden lovers came to look at the Jay Estate to learn how they can help at its 1st Annual Hort Lunch.
    On Thursday, February 7, just 1 day before historic blizzard Nemo hit New York, almost 120 landscape lovers attended the 1st Annual Hort Lunch at the historic Jay Estate in Rye. Bundled in scarves and many wearing gardening "wellies," they braved temperatures in the low 30s to take a good look at New York State's oldest man managed meadow and imagine its future.
    After sips of hot chocolate outside on the Jay veranda, the crowd walked back to the 1907 Carriage House for a cozy box lunch and iced tea in mason jars. They heard opening remarks by Charles Birnbaum, Founder and President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation who commended the Jay Heritage Center and local garden clubs for their vision to preserve the landmark park.
    John Jay wellies!
    Wellies decorated by Luncheon Co-Organizer Chris Duncan
    We love our new Hort Lunch logo created by Pete Thomas
    Next, well recognized meadow expert and landscape designer, Larry Weaner described his own ideology about fitting the right plants to a site's natural soil conditions over force-fitting the wrong species. Among the guests who came out from Manhattan to lend their expertise were landscape historian and author Mac Griswold whose latest book "The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island" will be out this summer; Warrie Price, President of the Battery Conservancy; Barbara Dixon, Vice Chairman of New Yorkers for Parks and landscape architect Mark Streiter, of Nelson Byrd Woltz.
    Brilliant additions to the pre-blizzard program included a display of boots decorated with everything from faux fur to ladybugs and filled with bunches of calla lilies, daisies etc. as well as a bike raffle and 3 prizes for most creative wellies worn by a guest. One of the winners? A pair of tan hunter boots with NY Founding Father John Jay's portrait emblazoned on them! After signing up for upcoming volunteer days at Jay, everyone went home with a notebook full of midwinter garden dreams and rustic wood pencils to record them!
    Cynthia McClintock, Warrie Price, Suzanne Clary, Shaun Duncan, and Barbara Dixon
    Mac Griswold, Suzanne Clary, and Charles Birnbaum
    Meghan Kelly, Elisabeth Casey, and Liz Garrett
    Michael Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou
    Stephanie Hoover, Rita Schubert, and Elisabeth Moyer
    Mark Streiter, Sascha Greenberg, Kathleen Kirschgaessner, and Shaun Duncan
    Jane Canning, Melanie Smith, and Jannie Gerrish
    Karen Thomas talks with Mark Streiter, Charles Birnbaum and Shaun Duncan on the Jay veranda
    Shaun Duncan and Larry Weaner
    Elisabeth Casey
    Karen Thomas with her brother Jim Kelsey
    Suzanne Clary and landscape designer Larry Weaner
    GiGi's Playhouse, an organization consisting of local awareness and educational centers which provide resources and support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families, hosted a cocktail fundraiser on February 23rd 2013 at 48 Lounge. This annual event, themed "I Have a Voice," took place in 15 cities nationwide. New York City is the newest location to join the network and one that serves families throughout New York City and the tri-state area.

    "Our organization has really had a positive impact on so many lives", says Debbie Morris, President of the board of managers for GiGi's Playhouse NYC. "To see all of our efforts appreciated and the community come together at our fundraiser is incredibly rewarding."

    Guests Included: Tom and Jo Ann Fogarty, Tracy Nixon, Benno and Evelyn Ansbacher, Andrew and Debbie Morris, Heather and Gaurang Trivedi, Jean Sullivan and Richard Crane, Matthew and Lauren Fogarty, Eric and Becky Fogarty, Kevin and Sarah Brakstad, Amber Collins, Josh and Laura Blau, Tim Driscoll, Lisa Denby and Rob Orland, Gretchen Hayes, Julie and Tucker Siler and Marc and Sue Caruso.
    Board Member Lauren Fogarty with June Price and Julie and Tucker Siler
    Executive Director Britt Sady and Playhouse Volunteer and Physical Therapist Lisa Yoon
    Richard Reilly, Richard Cane, and Jean Sullivan
    Tracy Nixon and Debbie Morris
    Evelyn and Benno Ansbacher
    Josh Blau, Laura Blau, and Jennifer Patterson
    John Ansbacher and Andrew Morris
    Nicki Pombier Berger and Jed Berger
    Gaurang Trividi, Heather Trividi, and Kate Gibbs
    Kirsten DeBear, Stacey Calcano, and Alison Nixon
    Rich and Gina Chute
    Michael Kulma and Luella Adan
    Lou Craco Sr., Betty Craco, and Lou Craco Jr.
    Holly Horn and Alex Lamis
    Duncan Montero, Amber Collins, and Amanda Mason
    Sarah and Aaron Steinberg
    Melanie and John Romolo
    Kristen Jensen and Mina Valtas
    Playhouse Volunteer Liza Tichenor and Zack Galler
    Adam Arthurs and Siran Cao
    Eva Douglas
    Playhouse Volunteers Alyssa, Kiri and Karolina
    Darya Cheban-Katz, Michael Hornbuckle, and David Mazzullo
    Frank Sawyer, Sandra Sena, Peter Loftis, and Britt Sady
    Kevin Brakstad and Becky Fogarty
    Michael Johnson and Kenya Johnson
    I Have A Voice at 48 Lounge
    Down in Palm Beach: Lighthouse International held its sixth annual dinner dance at Club Colette on February 20th, honoring the POSH Palm Beach chairs and committee.

    Arlene Dahl served as the Honorary Chairwoman of the sixth annual POSH Palm Beach Gala and Sale, and was joined by co-Chairwomen Iris Apfel, Kathy Bleznak, Kim Campbell, Trisha Cole, Jackie Weld Drake, Katherine Ford, Linda Hickox, Michele Kessler, Carla Mann, Grace Meigher, Lucia N. Musso, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Kit Pannill, Nancy Paul and Norma Tiefel. Elisabeth Munder and Tara Vecellio were the Junior Co-chairmen.
    Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl
    Fern Tailer and Tracy Hritz
    The sold out evening honored Kit Pannill and Talbot Maxey, and included a special presentation by artist Sacha Newley, who presented a beautiful mother/daughter pastel portrait.

    Those attending the black-tie event were treated to an exclusive preview of POSH Palm Beach, a highly anticipated clothing and accessories sales event featuring gently worn and even brand new items donated by socialites, celebrities, designers and fashionable retailers. The highly anticipate sale opened to the public on February 21 and 22.
    Kit Pannill, Mark Ackerman, and Talbott Maxey
    Guests included Lighthouse CEO Mark Ackermann, Arlene Dahl, Marc Rosen, Talbot Maxey, Kit Pannill, Mary Lou Whitney, Kim Campbell, Bill Condi, Grace Meigher, Beth de Woody and Firooz Zahedi, Carla and George Mann, Sasha Newley, Somers Farkas, Tom Quick, Lore Dodge, Tara and Christopher Vecellio, Francine LeFrak, Rick Friedberg, Travis Howe, Grace Meigher, Adam and Elizabeth Munder and Fern Tailer.

    Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is dedicated to preserving vision and providing critically needed health care services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss and blindness and enjoy safe, independent lives.
    Barbara Rogoff and Bob Hoak
    Somers Farkas and Sacha Newley
    Lucy Musso, Tom Quick, and Grace Meigher
    Carla and George Mann
    Harvey and Myrna Daniels
    Julie and Mike Connors, and Lore Dodge
    Sally Ann Howes and Douglas Rae
    Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thomas
    Sacha Newley, Kit Pannill, Mark Ackerman, and Talbott Maxey
    Jimmy Tigani and Else Gillet
    Marylou Whitney and John Henderickson
    Marc Rosen and Marylou Whitney
    Tara and Chris Vecellio
    Susan Malloy and Eva Bodnar
    Ann Downey and Mona De Sayve
    Sacha Newley and Susie Elson
    Elisabeth and Adam Munder
    Beth Rudin DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi
    Else Gillet and Arlene Dahl
    Kim Campbell and Bill Condie
    More baubles from Palm Beach:Quest hosted the annual luncheon for its coveted A-list of Palm Beach ladies. Club Colette was again the venue, serving up their classic cheese souffles for 50 of PB's top women. Also on table were some stunning gems and baubles from the Geneva jeweler, de Grisogono. The buzz around the room was especially upbeat, with several pals toasting the birthday of their fellow Aquarian, Grace Meigher.
    Sabrina Forsyth, Grace Meigher, and Emilia Saint Amand
    Emilia Fanjul and Susie Elson
    Britty Bardes, Emilia Saint-Amand, and Sabrina Forsyth
    Joyce Sterling, Frances Scaife and Kit Pannill
    Sabrina Forsyth and Dan Ponton
    Annette Tapert and Kate Khosrovani
    Chris Meigher, Hillie Mahoney and Britty Bardes, Kate Khosrovani
    Gracie Meigher, Muffy Miller and Pauline Pitt
    Lore Dodge and Kit Pannill
    Mila Mulroney and Linda Olson
    Denise De Luca and Paulette Koch
    Kate Khosrovani and Muffy Miller
    Kate Khosrovani, Hillie Mahoney and Michele Heary from de Grisogono
    Lore Dodge and Kit Pannill
    Mila Mulroney and Kate Khosrovani
    Emilia Saint-Amand and Sabrina Forsyth
    Candy Hamm and Jessie Araskog
    Frances Scaife, Emilia Saint-Amand, and Jackie Drake
    Margo dePeyster, Mai Harrison
    Karin Luter and Britty Bardes
    Mai Harrison and Margo dePeyster
    Margo dePeyster and Inge Anderson
    Lesly Smith, Mila Mulroney, and Jackie Drake
    Mai Harrison and Maria Pia Savoia
    Kate Khosrovani and Eileen Burns
    Paulette Koch and Anka Palitz
    Hillie Mahoney and Margo dePeyster
    Joyce Sterling
    Giovanni Mattera and Mai Harrison
    Kit Pannill and Helena Martinez
    Anka Palitz and Frances Scaife

    Photographs by Cutty McGill (Jay Estate); (GiGi's Playhouse); Lucien Capehart Photography (Posh & Quest).

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  • 03/04/13--06:04: Gaming for a Cause
  • The ninth annual Adults in Toyland: Casino Gaming for a Cause at The Plaza Hotel.
    The ninth annual Adults in Toyland Casino Night: Casino Gaming for a Cause attracted over 600 philanthropically minded New York City professionals from finance, fashion, entertainment and real estate, among other leading industries. This festive and worthy night out featured casino games, a DJ, an exclusive silent auction, and cocktails and buffet, all while raising important funds for the Hassenfeld Center at the NYU Cancer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center.

    Since its founding in 1856 as the nation's first pediatric service, NYU Langone has been a leader in advancing children's health through patient care, research and education. Its pediatric specialties– including hematology-oncology, neonatology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery – are world renowned for the skilled and compassionate care they provide.
    The Hassenfeld Center is a national leader in outpatient treatment of childhood cancers and blood disorders. It offers a unique approach to treatment for life-threatening diseases, combining world-class medical care in a state-of-the-art facility, with critical psychosocial support services for young patients and their families. These services greatly reduce stress and anxiety in patients and families and help address and mitigate the long-term impact of these illnesses. While these services are not covered by health insurance, at the Hassenfeld Center they are offered to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

    Proceeds from the 2013 Adults in Toyland Casino Night event will raise vital funds to support the unique programs at the Hassenfeld Center and in the Department of Pediatrics. These programs include interim patient/family housing, bilingual child life therapy, and music and recreational therapy. Funds for the Department of Pediatrics will also be used to help support staff recruitment and the creation of child-friendly facilities.
    Morgan Hertzan, Susie Block Casdin, Kelly Kennedy Mack, Harlan Fabrikant Saroken, Patti Kim, Kimberly Goodwin, and Steven Jaffe
    Jill Kargman, Susie Block Casdin, and Karen McLaughlin
    Patti Kim, Catherine Manno, Susie Block Casdin, and David Schulhof
    Kerry Kennedy, Sarah Bupp, and Brian Kennedy
    Dasha Varbarina and Marie Macshane
    Carol Alt
    Robin Dolch, Liz Stern, and Amy Palmer
    Daniel Flax and Lindsey Kupferman
    Catherine Manno and Kelly Mack
    Brian Kennedy, Jenna Jaffe, Stephen Jeffe, and Mike Weaver
    Tally Russell and Andy Russell
    Patti Kim and Noah Sanders
    Chandra Darice, Micha Hughes, and Betty Leu
    Jamie Tisch and Patti Kim
    Justin Quaglia and Brigette Barlett
    Melissa Meister, Kat Cohen, and Abigail Klem
    Craig Hayman and Kelly Mack
    Nana Wolf and Robert Wolf
    Harlan Fabrikant Saroken and Catherine Manno
    John Borell, Emily Borell, and Josh Beckerman
    Susi Wunsch, Peter Wunsch, Eric Wunsch, and Roisin McElroy
    Jennifer Rosenthal and Adam Bailey
    Samantha Daniels and Karin Klein
    Rochelle Jacobs
    Jesse Spain and Craig Spain
    Jay Galluzzo and Jennny Galluzzo
    Katherine Arbuckle, Kimberly Goodwyn, Stephanie Sladkus, and Stephen Sladkus
    Kathy Lewis and Melissa Longo
    Holly Croft and Vanessa Cornell
    Chandra Darice and Micha Hughes
    Emily Trafford and Blake Vasquez
    Andy Russell and Karin Klein
    Eric Wunsch, Susi Wunsch, Peter Wunsch, and Roisin McElroy
    Samantha Daniels and Caroline Greenwald
    Abigail Scheuer and Susie Block Casdin
    The Children's Storefront, an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem hosted An Evening of Cocktails and Dance on Thursday, January 31. The event was held at The Ailey Studios/The Joan Weill Center for Dance to benefit the Storefront, and featured a special performance by the Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers.

    The benefit was chaired by Anne-Marie Embiricos, Amanda Low and Maria Vecchiotti. Morrison and Forrester, LLP generously supported the event as well.

    The Children's Storefront is located at 70 E. 129th Street. Founded in 1966, the school is committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from preschool through eighth grade. Core to their mission is the belief that all children deserve a quality education regardless of academic ability or financial means. Key to their success is the strong belief in teaching the whole child – empowering every student to reach his or her potential. More than a tuition-free school, the Storefront is a community, a safe haven and a leader in the field of urban education.
    Event Co-chairs Anne-Marie Embiricos and Amanda Low with friends
    The Moore family
    Storefront Teacher Candace Cardwell, Head of School Wendy Reynoso, and Assistant Head of School Michael Williams
    Jan Berger and Dorian Brown
    Michael and Lauren Marrus
    Steve Logan and John Forbes
    Ray Cameron, Molly Paul, and Toni Cameron
    Holly Peterson, daughter Eliza Kimball and friend
    Co-chair Amanda Low and Ann Rivers
    Crown, the elegant Upper East Side restaurant at 24 East 81st Street hosted a royal luncheon on Thursday, February 21 in honor of Muffie Potter Aston, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Gillian Miniter, the ladies who give so much of their time and effort to New York's philanthropic community. Crown owners Sean Largotta, Mark Amadei and proprietor-chef John DeLucie feted 34 of the honored ladies' equally dedicated friends in celebration of the upcoming spring charity galas.

    Among those joining the festivities were: Coco Kopelman, Lady Lilliana Cavendish, Alexandra Lebenthal, Daisy Soros, Anne Hearst Mc Innerney, Claudia Overstrom, Betsey Pitts, Charlotte Assaf, Fay Wattleton, Dana Hammond, Elyse Newhouse and Lydia Fenet.

    John DeLucie debuted two new Crown signature salads for the occasion: Lobster and King Crab and Roasted Organic Chicken with a tempting Tart Au Citron. The two-story windowed atelier designed by Meg Sharpe was filled with a cacophony of friendly conversation and champagne prior to the seated luncheon.
    Honorees Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, MuffiePotter Aston, and Gillian Miniter
    Liz Peek and Noreen Buckfire
    Dana Hammond
    Coco Kopelman and Gillian Miniter
    Charlotte Assaf
    Lady Lilliana Cavendish and Anne Hearst McInerney
    Mary Snow, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Muffie Potter Aston, Becca Zilkha Halpin, and Tea Previn
    Alexis Clark, Lydia Fenet, and Elyse Newhouse
    Crown Royal Luncheon
    The 24th Annual Gala of Heart & Soul Charitable Fund was held on Thursday February 21st at Christie's Auction House in Rockefeller Center. The mission of Heat & Soul is to provide aid to segments of the New York City community who are living in marginalized situations. The Fund acts as the principal source of funding, support and advice for its selected grantees, including such programs as Girl Scout Troops in East Harlem, Health Advocates for Older People, Everybody Wins! and Fast Break Mobile Mental Health Clinic for Children.
    Carolyn Buck Luce and Gail McGovern
    Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross was presented with the Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service by Carolyn Buck Luce in honor of her late husband, Rev. Dr. Forrest Church. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates a capacity for moral courage and selflessness while working towards the betterment of our world. Former recipients include Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of the international health and social justice organization Partners In Health; former U.S. President Bill Clinton; Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; and the Hon. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York.
    Lydia Fenet starts the auction with a Red Cross Backpack
    Judy Chang, Jordan Coughtry, Nisi Sturgis, Marilynn Scott Murphy, and George Dorsey
    In the spirit of having fun while doing good work, the event featured great food and drinks from Sant Ambroeus Special Events, and raised money through both Live and Silent Auctions featuring Judith Ripka Jewelry, with an online auction managed by

    The Live auction was led by Lydia Fenet of Christie's and featured unique items and experiences mixed with Paddle Raises, encouraging guests to make donations to specific outreach services. It was an entertaining and inspiring evening, benefiting over a dozen community-based programs in New York City.
    Carolyn Buck Luce, Don McGovern, Rob Evans, and Gail McGovern
    Jeff Friedlander, Board Treasurer and Bill Bechman, Board President
    Dalia and Sharon Brodian
    Michele Jawin, Heather Floyd, Renee Berliner Rush, and Francesca Thompson
    Kirkley Strand, Steven Richardson, and April Griswold
    Stuart Hillman and Elizabeth Brown, Executive Director
    Erica Yount and David Yount
    Stephen Lash, David Andrews, and Mimi Andrews
    Al Jackson, Deborah Jackson, and Elizabeth Brown
    Jason Rivera and Josh Lockwood
    Rev. Galen Guengerich, Jo Champa, Susan Rockefeller, and David Rockefeller, Jr
    Miles Chapin and Victor Fidel
    Lisa Yeh and Warren Yeh
    Jo Champa, Victor Fidel, and David Rockefeller, Jr
    Maria and Larry Reina
    Heli Blum with her winning bid for Judith Ripka necklace
    Miles Chapin, Dennis Cusack, Robin Bossert, George Dorsey, Shilpa Iyengar, Victor Fidel, and Maryah Converse

    Photographs by (Heart & Soul); Andrew Werner (Crown).

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  • 03/06/13--07:22: Exotic Inspirations
  • Tina Swartz, Deborah Royce, Whitney Clay, Gregory Long, Fernanda Kellogg, Dara Caponigro, and Carolyn Englefield
    Last Wednesday night, February 27th, The New York Botanical Garden held its annual Orchid Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental.  The Dinner is one of New York City’s premier winter social events. Each table was adorned by a dramatic centerpiece and table setting created and donated by more than 25 of New York’s top designers. 

    This year’s theme, “Exotic Inspirations,” was the creative source for the imaginative centerpieces.  This stunning orchid display, along with the Mandarin Oriental’s glorious views overlooking Central Park, makes it one of the most beautiful events in New York City.
    The evening also featured its annual sale of rare and exotic orchids carefully selected by the Garden’s curators. 

    Gala Chairs were Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, and Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Swartz. Chairs were Dara Caponigro, Editor-in-Chief, VERANDA, and Fernanda M. Kellogg, Chair of the Board of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Carolyn Englefield, Director of Decoration and Special Projects, VERANDA, served as Decorations Chair.  Honorary Chairs were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Davidson and Mr. and Mrs. John M. Sullivan, Jr.  The evening’s sponsors were BNY Mellon, Tiffany & Co., Hearst Corporation, and VERANDA.
    This evening raised nearly $600,000 to benefit the Garden’s world renowned and highly celebrated orchid collection and research program. The ongoing generosity of loyal friends is so crucial, and helps the Garden continue its mission of public education, scientific research, and the stewardship of our 250-acre site.

    In addition, The New York Botanical Garden presents the 11th annual Orchid Show this year, the nation’s largest exhibition of its kind, running through April 22, 2013.   Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and texture. 
    Gregory Long and Sigourney Weaver
    Sharon Jacob and Leslie Weiss
    Whitney Clay, Gregory Long, and Katie Ridder
    DeWayne Phillips and Caroline Wamsler
    R. Couri Hay and Jessica Clarke
    Serniqua Dougherty, Geoffrey Bradfield, Jaime Jimenez, Roric Tobin, and Katharina Plath
    Richard Mishaan, Stephen Elrod, and Joseph Merrill
    Kate Kelly Smith and Charlotte Barnes
    Marisa Marcantonio
    Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson
    Rick Kurnit, Patricia Fernandez, and Ricardo Fernandez
    Linda Buckley, Craig Callen, and Fernanda Kellog
    Lauren McGrath and Suzanne McGrath
    Samantha Conlin, Terry Skoda, and Gale Brooks
    Marisa Marcantonio and Peter Pennoyer
    Claire Ratliff and Lee Cavanaugh
    Coco Kopelman, Arie L. Kopelman, John Schumacher, and Barbara Schumacher
    Kate Kelly Smith, John Knott, and Charlotte Barnes
    Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff
    Dawne Marie Grannum and James François-Pijuan
    Alexandra Lebenthal, David Mishaan, and Gillian Miniter
    On February 27, The Jewish Museum held its much-anticipated annual gala, Purim Ball 2013: Who Wears the Crown? at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

    The evening of celebration honored Robert H. Benmosche, President and CEO of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), and renowned American artist James Rosenquist, whose iconic, career-defining painting F-111 made its museum debut at The Jewish Museum in 1965. Filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO's Golden Globe Award-winning series "Girls," headlined the gala's program as Purimspieler. The event set an exciting new record, raising over $1.8 million and attracting 1,312 guests including those who attended the After-Party.
    The Park Avenue Armory during Purim Ball 2013: Who Wears the Crown? Décor by David Stark Design and Production
    Lena Dunham performing the Purimspiel
    Yvonne Force Villareal, Kiki Smith, Lisa Yuskavage, and Izhar Patkin
    Purim Ball 2013 Honoree James Rosenquist
    Tracey Pruzan and Robert Pruzan
    Ajit Jain, Brian Schreiber, Morris Offit, and Susan and Leonard Feinstein
    Dakota Jackson and RoseLee Goldberg
    Pattie Cronin and Deborah Kass
    Mimi Thompson and James Rosenquist
    Laurie Simmons and Lena Dunham
    Yvonne Force Villareal
    Gabi Asfour and Ange Donhauser
    Steven and Debi Wisch
    Jeff and Shari Aronson
    Robert Pruzan, Robert H. Benmosche, and Morris Offit
    Claudia Gould, Ben Schott, and Pavia Rosati
    Lisa Perry
    Hilarie Reinsberg, Stephanie Roach, Jared Effron, and Melanie Baevsky
    Wes Gordon, Jody Arnhold, and Paul Arnhold
    United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) hosted its 12th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon Kickoff Reception at the home of Women Who Care Founder & Chair Loreen Arbus in New York City on Wednesday, February 20th.

    The star-studded 12th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon Benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City will take place on Monday, May 6th at Cipriani 42nd Street.

    The luncheon celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and philanthropists.
    Mark Klebanov, Lauren Carpenter, Loreen Arus, David Carpenter, and Sean Carpenter
    It was announced that for the first time, Natalie Morales, News Anchor & Co-Host of the Third Hour on NBC’S TODAY Show will Host the luncheon. Ellen Levine, Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines, will be Honorary Chair, Donna Hanover, former first Lady of New York City, will be Honorary Co-Chair. Robin Givens, star of “90210,” and Paula Zahn will return as Co-Chairs of the luncheon. In addition, a new Women Who Care Co-Chair was announced, Ali Stroker, star of "The Glee Project" and "Glee."

    This year’s dynamic honorees include multi-award winning Cyndi Lauper, beloved music icon and current composer for this spring’s much-anticipated Kinky Bootson Broadway, Sharon Greenberger, Senior Vice President, Facilities Development and Engineering for New York Presbyterian Hospital and New York City leader in urban planning and development, design, construction and operations management, and Maysoon Zayid, multi-talented writer, actor, comedian,humanitarian andco-founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.

    Previous Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lauren Bush Lauren, Susan Lucci, singer Amy Lee, and Ms. Morales’ former colleague Ann Curry.
    Peter Thomas Roth, Noreen Roth, Timothy Morehouse, Rachael Kun Morehouse, and Wendy Diamond
    United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the fifth largest U.S. health organization. In New York City, we are a leading provider of programs, services, information, and care to over 14,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families. The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

    VIPS in attendance for the Kick Off reception included Loreen Arbus, Founder/Chair of Women Who Care; new Women Who Care Co-Chair Ali Stroker, star of "The Glee Project" and "Glee;" Donna Hanover, Honorary Co-Chair and former First Lady of New York City; 2013 Women Who Care honoree Maysoon Zayid; former Women Who Care Honoree Terrie Williams, President, Terrie Williams Agency; Tamsen Fadal, Anchor, WPIX News; Mike Woods of "Good Day New York;" Wendy Diamond, Publisher, AnimalFair Media; Maurice DuBois, Anchor, KCBS News; Megan Meany, television personality and lifestyles expert; Margot Bingham, star of "In Between Men;" Jennifer Gelfer, director & Co-Executive Producer of "In Between Men;" U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist and E! News Correspondent Tim Morehouse and Rachael Kun Morehouse of "60 Minutes;" Diana Hoadley, Managing Director J.P. Morgan Chase; Lori Sokol, Founder of Sokol Media; Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, media commentator & disability rights advocate; Camilla Barungi, model/entrepreneur of “Project Runway” fame; television star Isiah Whitlock Jr. of “The Wire” and “Cedar Rapids” fame; actress Lauren LoGiudice; Sheila Lennon, Senior Vice President of Development & Marketing, UCP of NYC; Peter and Noreen Roth; and Nicole Sexton, Director of Administration, Central Park Conservancy.
    Danielle Sheypuk, Jennifer Gelfer, and Donna Hanover
    Past Women Who Care celebrity presenters include: Cynthia McFadden, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Deborah Norville, Dr. Oz, CBS News Anchor Maurice DuBois,“Mad Men” star Cara Buono, Good Day New York’s Mike Woods, Regis Philbin, Martha Stewart, Maria Cuomo Cole, Alan Rickman, Diane Sawyer, and CEO of the Hearst Corporation Frank Bennack, Jr.

    For more information about Women Who Care or the important ongoing programs of UCP of NYC, which helps thousands of people annually, go to:
    Lori Sokol, Amy Bittinger, Diana Hoadley, and Lauren LoGiudice
    Donna Hanover, Maysoon Zayid, Loreen Arbus, and Ali Stroker
    Loreen Arbus, Maurice DuBois, Megan Meaney, and James Grant
    Margot Bingham and Tamsen Fadal
    Lauren LoGiudice, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., and Camilla Barungi
    Loreen Arbus, Megan Meaney, Sheila Lennon, and Nicole Sexton
    David Hryrck, Tami Kesselman, and Lori Sokol
    Roderick Allen, Lori Sokol, Camilla Barungi, and Niiamar Felder
    Danielle Sheypuk, Haley Lesavoy, Xiam Horn, and Amy Bittinger
    Danielle Sheypuk and Ali Stroker
    Terrie Williams, Loreen Arbus, Mike Woods, and Tamsen Fadal
    Jean Shafiroff and Loreen Arbus
    Matt Flynn and Haley Lesavoy
    Analisa Balares and Tami Kesselman
    The American Cancer Society, Island of Palm Beach Unit hosted the 45th Annual 19th Hole Club Reception and Golf Event at The Breakers Ocean Golf Course on Monday, February 25, 2013.

    More than 75 attendees enjoyed dinner by the bite, cocktails, and a presentation by Guest of Honor Golf Professional Davis Love III, and one lucky couple won the live auction trip to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National, with private jet service provided by NetJets, Inc. James D. Zahringer served as Chairman of the event.
    The Breakers practice green laid out with the five hole putting contest
    The event began at 4:30, on the practice green just off the Flagler Steakhouse veranda, where guests were served dinner by the bite and cocktails, and mingled with Davis Love III. Those who wanted to also participated in a five-hole putting contest laid out on the practice green. There was a silent auction for guests to browse as well, which featured golf memorabilia such as a 2005 Masters pin flag signed by Tiger Woods, a 1986 Masters Anniversary Edition putter autographed by Jack Nicklaus, and a Paloma Picasso Amazonite Bead Necklace from Tiffany & Co.
    Davis Love, Sam Lehrman and Katherine Wood
    Davis Love, III is one of the greatest players of his generation. Recently awarded the 2013 Bob Jones Award, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) highest honor, Love has won 20 PGA TOUR events over the span of his nearly thirty year professional golf career.  Love captained the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team and has played in six Ryder Cups and six Presidents Cups. Love also received the USGA International Book Award for Every Shot I Take, a tribute to his late father, in 1997. A resident of Sea Island, Georgia, Love began hosting the McGladrey Classic, an official PGA TOUR golf tournament, at the Sea Island Golf Club in 2010, which raises funds for the Davis Love Foundation. Love and his wife Robin have a daughter Alexia and a son Davis IV; Davis and his son recently beat Jack Nicklaus and son Gary in the Father-Son Challenge in Orlando, Florida.
    Mac Zahringer, Kress Zahringer, Davis Love III, and Jamie Zahringer
    Committee members for the 19th Hole Club Luncheon and Golf Event include:  Roy Apple, Reid Boren, Ray Celedinas, Vince Cerone, Richard Connaughton, Mark Cook, Tim Hanlon, Chris Hubman, Ken Kennerly, Chris Larmoyeux, Robert Leidy, Homer Marshman, Buddy Marucci, Kevin McCluskey, Dani Moore, Rob Reveley, Josh Skivington and George Weston.

    Proceeds of the American Cancer Society’s 19th Hole Club Event, and the support of generous donors, further the organization’s mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.
    John Daniello and Joe Marchese
    Mark Cook and Jack Flag
    Danielle Moore with Wally and Bet