From the Central Park Conservancy, New-York Historical Society, Alzheimer Association, the Flagler Museum, to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

New York City Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Central Park Conservancy President Doug Blonsky joined nearly 200 of New York’s well-heeled ladies including Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Gillian Miniter, Woman’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy president Nancy Paduano, Doubles owner Wendy Carduner, Patti Silver, Yati Swanson, Donna Rosen, Liz Finkel Eliot, Robin Bell-Stevens, Lee McCallum, Jane Frank, Rebecca Alston, Susan Lek and CeCe Black at a Mardi Gras Jazz Luncheon to benefit New Orleans City Park at Doubles.

J. Brian Sawyer

Organized by the Children’s Education Committee of the Central Park Conservancy’s co-chairs Bonnie Pope and Robyn Joseph, the event raised nearly $27,000 to purchase live oak trees for New Orleans City Park. City Park lost over 1,000 southern oaks in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans City Park is near and dear to Bonnie Pope’s heart because she is from New Orleans.  Commissioner Benepe, who recently returned from a visit to New Orleans with NYC & CO. spoke about the Park and the city’s devastation and urged guests to make a trip to New Orleans soon.  J. Brian Sawyer, the landscape architect who designed the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans City Park, gave a presentation on the Sculpture Garden and spoke about the importance of City Park to the city and people of New Orleans.

The Central Park Conservancy was one of the first organizations to reach out to New Orleans City Park after Hurricane Katrina. The Conservancy has already donated equipment and $25,000 to City Park with the generous help of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Cheryl Bodian and Bonnie Pope
Patti Silver and Yati Swanson
Ruth Fleischmann and Kathryn Berry
KK Streator and Lisa McCarthy
Kamie Lightburn and Lis
Gillian Miniter and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Warrie Price and Betty Daniels
Jane Frank and Suzanne Lieboldt

A few weeks ago, New-York Historical Society President Louise Mirrer joined board of trustees cochairs Richard Gilder and Nancy Newcomb, as well as honorary trustee Leila Hadley Luce, for the installation of a bronze plaque (above) in memory of Henry Luce III.

Albert Maysles and Tom Armstrong
Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Andrew Schlesinger, and Tom Armstrong
Betsy Gotbaum and Leila Hadley Luce
Albert Maysles, Leila Hadley Luce, and Bill Cunningham
Tarky Lombardi Jr. and Nancy Newcomb
Jean Ashton and Pat Klingenstein
Kit Luce, Leila Hadley Luce, and Michael Gilligan
Louise Mirrer and Leila Hadley Luce
Linda Ferber with plaque
Nancy Newcomb and Richard Gilder
Tarky Lombardi Jr. and Richard Gilder
Tina Luce and Winnie Feng

Alzheimer’s Association's (New York City Chapter) Women in Action held its first event last month and took their guests to the sold out Tony-Award winning musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot. Thanks to the generosity of the show’s lead star, David Hyde Pierce, the guests had the best seats in the house. Following the show, many of the cast members joined the gang at the after-party at Carmine’s Restaurant.

David Hyde Pierce and Kate Mulgrew
David Hyde Pierce, Lou-Ellen Barkan, Olympia Dukakis, and Simon Russell Beale
Hank Azaria
Jed Levine, Claudia Waite, and Lou-Ellen Barkan
Olympia Dukakis and David Hyde Pierce
Tami Schneider, Simon Russell Beale, and Olympia Dukakis

Any of those old roaringly inaccurate misconceptions that Palm Beach "has no hip, young scene" have most definitely been put to rest by last Friday's "Dancing After Dark" to benefit the Flagler Museum. Indeed, the event had all the de rigueur elements of similar evenings in New York or Hamptons — the throbbing disco soundtrack (loud enough to rattle the windows of the great Mizner mansions on South Ocean Boulevard), the flashing strobes, an eerie video installation (a giant animatronic talking Henry Flagler head) even a vodka sponsor (Grey Goose). And then there all those hundreds of  pretty young things in skimpy dresses and Manolo Blahniks. Whoda' thunk it?

There: co-chairmen Kelly Hopkins and Patrick Killian, Jack and Talbott Maxey, Betsy Matthews and Christina Matthews (both descendants of Henry Flagler), John and KC Pickett, Beau and Jackie Breckenridge, Steven Stolman and Jack Young, Michael and Lori Bernstein, Ross Meltzer, Alex Snyder, Heather Harris, Ryan Meehan, Megan Rundy, Cater and Alice Randolph, Lily Holt Dillon, Celerie Kemble, Chris and Binkie Orthwein, Piper Quinn, Sara Groff, Mike Slocum, Betsy Titcomb, Joe Davis, Burt Minkoff, and Jason and Wilder Regalbutto.

Betsy Titcomb and Patrick Killian
Jill McPherson, Diane Simon, and Susan Mayes
Heather Harris and Susie Boren
Alex Snyder, Patrick Killian, and Felicia Taylor

Mussy and Todd Savage

Ryan Meehan

Heather Harris and Bill Keelan
April and Steve Finch
Kelly Hopkins and Patrick Killian
L. to r.: Susie Boren and Lee Kellogg; Steven Stolman and Felicia Taylor; Norberto Azqueta.
St. Joseph Hill Academy Cheerleaders

A few weeks ago at the Waldorf Astoria, they held the 70th CYO Annual Club of Champions Dinner. His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan, and President and CEO of Mutual of America Thomas J. Moran joined the Catholic Youth Organization ("CYO") in association with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York to present their annual awards in recognition of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to youth services in New York and to the ideals of good sportsmanship.

This year's honorees included President & CEO of the Omnicom Group, John D. Wren, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and New York Giants star Tiki Barber. There was also a tribute to former Giants owner Wellington Mara.

Proceeds from the event went to support CYO local sports programs, cultural activities, summer camps, community centers, and youth ministry programs.

Donald Kelly, Ann Mara, and Ray Kelly
Henry Humphreys, Edward Cardinal Egan, John D. Wren, and Thomas J. Moran
Wren Family with Cardinal Egan
Henry Humphreys, Edward Cardinal Egan, Ray Kelly, John Wren, and Thomas J. Moran
Patrick Grace and Siobhan Walsh
Susan Mara McDonnell and Wellington portrait
Nick Mastronardi and Susan Mara McDonnell
Ray Kelly, Edward Cardinal Egan, Henry Humphreys, and Thomas J. Moran

Photographs by Ronald L. Glassman (Spamalot); Lucien Capehart (Flagler).


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