Making Music in Manhattan
Guy Harley and Elisabeth Saint-Amand
Tatiana Papanicolaou and Philip Hillier

The Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic held their annual winter benefit “A Mid-Winter’s Eve,” last month. The evening began with a concert given by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jeffrey Kahane and featuring Mr. Kahane on the piano as well as violinist Michelle Kim and violist Rebecca Young as part of the “Magic of Mozart” festival.

200 Young New Yorkers attended and then 320 attended a dinner-dance afterwards at the Racquet and Tennis Club. The evening was made possible by generous support from Mikimoto. More than $90,000 was raised for the orchestra.

L. to r.: Kara Nesburg, Patrick Dennis, Holly Huffman, and Christian MacDonald; Elizabeth Belfer, Sean Sovak, Kimberly Donaldson, Blair Endresen Metrailler, and Paige Betz .

The Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic comprises people age 21 through 40 who appreciate and support the New York Philharmonic and symphonic music. Although from the looks of the numbers at the concert versus the numbers at the dinner dance, eating and dancing is the more popular priority with a large number of the contributors.

Founded in 1994, the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic has more than 3000 members. It is the hope of the committee who work to promote the cause of the New York Philharmonic that many of these 3000 will develop long-term relationships with the Philharmonic as subscribers, patrons and volunteers. A great city has great cultural institutions with great supporters. The New York Philharmonic is offering that golden opportunity.
James Collins, Ericka Pittman, and Emily and Richard Leonard
Tim Taft, Mark Gilbertson, and Guy Harley

Chris Cheever and Whitney Booth

Barnaby Hall and Alexis Levin

Adrian and Benner Ulrich

Julia Weidinger, Brittany Horn, Jack Weidinger, and Jamie Beller

Florence Peyrelongue and Jose Luis Guerra

Chandler and Oliver Evans

Lee Potter and Paige Betz

Paige and Tripp Hardy

Susan Rudsenske, Tatiana Papanicolaou, and Miller Gaffney
The Salvation Army annual luncheon held at River Oaks Country Club in Houston in early February was a sellout with over 500 supporters in attendance.

Chairs for this year’s luncheon were Phil Conway, President of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Linda D. McReynolds and Rob Mosbacher. Guest speaker Steven S. Reinemund, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, is an avid supporter of The Salvation Army, having served as Chairman of the National Salvation Army board in the late 1990’s.

Phil Conway, Steve Reinemund, and Linda McReynolds

Notables spotted at the elegant luncheon, included Joanie Schnitzer Levy, Judy and Bobby Shackouls, Stephanie and Gavin Smith, Lynn Wyatt, Bob Mosbacher, B.A. Bentsen, Ann and John Bookout, Rose Cullen, Janice McNair, Margaret Love, Dr. Walter McReynolds, and Lilly and Thurmon Andress.

The Salvation Army Advisory Board recognized $1.4 million in contributions given by Houston’s corporate and private sector that will aid in supporting programs and services throughout the year. That was in addition to the $3.5 million that was given by generous Houstonians toward the hurricane relief effort.

Also at the luncheon, six-year-old Houstonian Stephen F. Smith, II became the first youth to receive the Eliza Shirley award for his philanthropic efforts to help poor and homeless people through his annual Christmas party.

Lilly Andress, Jane Wise, and Joan Schnitzer Levy
Susie Conway and Dorothy Nicholson
Vicki West, Joyce Standish, and John and Ann Bookout
Margaret Love and Linda McReynolds
Janice McNair, Rose Cullen, and Dr. Walter McReynolds
Rob Mosbacher, Steve Reinemund, and Major John Jones

Elena Davis

Merritt McReynolds Marinelli
Lynn Wyatt

Judy Allen and B.A. Bentsen

Cynthia Allshouse

Thurmond and Lilly Andress

Pat Breen

Brenda Duncan

Bob Mosbacher and Jane Block

Stephen F. Smith, II with his parents Jeff and Kathryn Smith

Stephanie Smith

Virgil and June Waggoner

The Container Store really threw one great party for the Central Park Conservancy. Abigail Kirsch provided an abundant array of food from sushi to pizza, vegetable brulee to mini pumpkin pie triangles, and champagne with the apple martini's flowing. And there was live music that played Motown. The opening party kicks off a weekend of shopping where 10% of all sales proceeds went to the Central Park Conservancy's Playground Partners.

Gillian Miniter was there, as well as past Woman's Committee President Suzanne Cochran, and present President Nancy Paduano, and many of the Playground Partners.

Lauren Ezersky's closet on display in the Container Store window
The two level store was packed with people from all over. Most store openings can be a big bore, but word was, people had a really good time at this one. Furthermore the Container Store handed over an extra donation to the Conservancy of $25,000.
L. to r.: Robert Verdi and Audrey Priest; Gillian Miniter, Container Store Chairman Garrett Boone, and Lauren Ezersky.

Gillian Miniter, Lisa Eiegca, and Liz Eliot

Richie Rich and Travor Rains

Photographs by Linsley Lindekens (Philharmonic).


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