Go Public!

The Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to inspiring a new generation to serve and transform the way government works held its 2nd annual GO PUBLIC! Fundraiser two Thursdays ago at Cipriani 23rd Street.

Jennifer Millstone and Elizabeth Winter
The GO PUBLIC! benefit was the brainchild of the children of Samuel Heyman, the Founder of the Partnership for Public Service. This fundraiser not only raises money for the organization, but aids in bringing awareness of the importance of public service to a younger generation.

Honorary co-chair was Andrew Cuomo. Co-chairs were Kim and Larry Heyman, Eleanor and Rodney Propp, Jennifer and David Millstone, and Elizabeth and David Winter.

About 375 people attended and they raised more than $70,000 for the partnership. In the crowd: Vanessa and Donald Trump, Jr., Reed and Delphine Krakoff, Alexander and Bara Tisch, Jessica and Lacey Tisch, Sam and Ronnie Heyman, Christian Leone, Andrew Black, Jordan Roth, Richie Jackson, Todd Meister, Samantha Gregory, Shauna Brook, Fiona Thomas, Michelle Stein, and Sarah Rothman.

The Partnership is working to build a modernized federal government that inspires America’s best and brightest to public service and is a model of effectiveness and innovation.
The federal government is a workforce of 1.9 million men and women responsible for carrying out essential services to American citizens. But the federal government is facing a brain drain, as 43% of its employees will be eligible to retire within the next five years -- including 60% of senior managers with years of institutional knowledge, skills, and experience.

On the other side of the employment pipeline, the picture is troubling: although 91% of Americans feel that the jobs, duties and functions of federal government workers are important to their daily lives, 72% of recent college graduates express little to no interest in working for the federal government. To learn more go to: http://www.ourpublicservice.org/
Andrew Cuomo and Max Stier
Beena Seelochan and Giancarlo Valerio
David Bernstein and Jolie Goldring
Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon Trump
Jennifer Millstone, Doug Propp, and Dina Propp
Keri Millstein, Jennifer Millstone, and Carrie Gross
Michael Englander and Jennifer Millstone
Jennifer Millstone, Kim Heyman, and Elizabeth Winter
Larry Heyman and Max Stier
L. to r.: Kate Meckler and Ronnie Heyman; Kira Winter, Elizabeth Winter, Ali Winter, and Kano Mitchell; Jaimey Mergoer and Amy Jellinger.
Hedge Funds Care’s 8th Annual “Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit” was held last Thursday at the Marriott Marquis.

Established in 1998, Hedge Funds Care (HFC) is an alliance of hedge fund industry professional committed to protecting children from abuse and neglect. A group of money managers, investors, prime brokers, attorneys, accountants and information providers, raise funds through annual Open Your Heart to Children Benefits in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Toronto, London and the Cayman Islands. The funds they raise are distributed locally to community based nonprofit organizations which provide prevention services to children and families who are at-risk for abuse and/or neglect, and treatment to children who have been victims of abuse. It is the only business group solely devoted to combating child abuse, and in seven years has made a powerful contribution to saving children.

Kathalynn and Rob Davis
Because of the shame associated with child abuse, it is a dramatically under-resourced and rarely discussed problem. However, the maltreatment of children is a national tragedy. It comes with staggering financial and social costs that extend far beyond broken bones and damaged psyches. The children most at risk for abuse are under the age of three, but the trauma continues throughout adulthood.

Children who are abused and neglected are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as teenagers and adults, suffer from mental illness, and become involved with the criminal justice system. The price tag for this suffering costs the United States upward of $24 billion each year.

Every years there were over three million investigations of reported incidents of abuse involving five and a half million children. More than 900,000 of those cases were indicated or confirmed.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the actual number of children who experience some form of abuse each year is several times higher! Family members and victims are generally not strong advocates, so financial support of specialized programs is primarily left to shrinking government grants. They need your help!
Alyson Loria and Jennifer Ancker
Eli Manning and Mitch Lieberman
Kathalynn Davis, John Budryna, and Doris Schwartz
Robert Schultz and Eli Manning
Rob Davis and John Budryna
Kurt Eichenwald and Eli Manning
Edward Cox and Rob Davis
Heidi Press, Joel Press, and Neil Press
Andrea Markezin-Press, Joel Press, and David Sung
David Sung, Kathalynn Davis, and Karen Sung

On Saturday, the 4th of February, The Norton Museum of Art’s Bal des Arts “An Evening at La Vie En Rose” feted a capacity crowd of 400 at the museum. The evening generated gifts totaling approximately $1 million in support of the Norton Museum’s education programs and special exhibitions.

The evening got started with cocktails in the Museum Theatre and West Courtyard, while guests placed their bids for exceptional items at the silent auction. Then the elegant crowd adjourned to the dinner tent which was beautifully decorated in the theme of a 1930’s Parisian nightclub.

The guests were served a sumptuous three course French menu – the first course of Citrus Cured Salmon Rose and Endive Petals with traditional accompaniments was followed by the second course of Grilled Double Lamb Chops with Rosemary Lamb au jus, and Provencal Vegetable Gratin. The third course included a dessert trio of Strawberry Tart, Dark Chocolate Mousse in a Fluted Cup, and Key Lime Marquis. The fourth course included a beautifully designed chocolate Eiffel tower with assorted French truffles.

Sandy Krakoff and Nancy Raquet were Gala Chairmen, Grand Jewelry Benefactor was Graff, Corporate Benefactor was Northern Trust. Corporate Sponsor was Corcoran Real Estate Group, and Spirits Sponsor was DEWAR'S 12 Finest Scotch Whisky.

Bal des Arts benefactors were Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Jaffe, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Maurer, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Raquet, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Friedland, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith.

Trish Schneider and Craig Miller

Gift bags contained items from the Weingeroff family and Jay Strongwater, and the Estee Lauder Companies.

Minister-turned-auctioneer Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s conducted a bidding war for a stunning 18K white gold watch with sparkling pave diamond case by Graff; a luxury cruise aboard one of the world’s top luxury ships, the 295-passenger Silver Wind, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience with four-star chef Daniel Boulud, with a sumptuous five-course lunch or dinner for twelve guests. The event was designed by Michael Ereshena and City Lights provided an evening of wonderful dance music.

Other guests included Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, Christine and William Aylward, Dawn and Jeffrey Prosser, Frances and Jeffrey Fisher, Heidi and John Niblack, Shirley (Mrs. Miles) Fiterman, Lord and Lady Jacobs, Marie and Henri Barguirdjian (he’s President of Graff US); Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nederlander, and Susie and Fred Weingeroff.

Ryan and Heather Ross
Leo and Katie Vecellio
Darcy and Nicholas Bailey
Bob and Mia Matthews
Bill and Christine Aylward
Heidi and John Niblack
Christina Orr-Cahall, Susie Weingeroff, Katie Vecellio, Nancy Raquet, and Sandy Krakoff
Harold and Ann Smith, Deborah Atwood, and Robert Hyman
Frances and Jeffery Fisher
Robin and Norberto Azqueta
Annie and Michael Falk

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan (Go Public & Hedge Funds Care); Lucien Capehart (Norton).


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