L. to r.: Enchanting Angkor event decor and Enchanting Angkor musicians at the World Monuments Fund's annual gala.
A couple of Monday’s ago, the World Monuments Fund screened the film “Enchanting Angkor” followed by a dinner at Lincoln Center. WMF events are very glamorous, prestigious and very high-minded – they’re trying to save the civilization’s connections to its history. This isn’t easy.
The WMF is the foremost private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered architectural and cultural sites around the world. Since 1965, it has worked tirelessly to stem the loss of historic structures at more than 450 sites in over 80 countries. Its work spans a wide range of sites, including the vast temple complexes at Angkor, Cambodia; the historic center of Mexico City; Nicholas Hawksmoor's London masterpiece, St. George's, Bloomsbury; the iconic modernist A. Conger Goodyear house, Old Westbury, New York; and the extraordinary 18th-century Qianlong Garden complex in Beijing's Forbidden City. From its headquarters in New York City — and offices and affiliates in Paris, London, Madrid, and Lisbon — WMF works with local partners and communities to identify and save important heritage through innovative programs of project planning, fieldwork, advocacy, grant-making, education, and on-site training. Every two years, WMF issues its World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites, a global call to action on behalf of sites in need of immediate intervention.
WMF was founded in 1965 by a retired American army colonel, James A. Gray (1909-1994), a man with a keen interest in engineering problems and monuments. Gray formed the International Fund for Monuments (the name was changed to World Monuments Fund in 1985).
In 1966, when floodwaters inundated Venice, focusing an international spotlight on the plight of its celebrated buildings and monuments. Col. Gray led the American response to the disaster and began WMF’s involvement in Venice, an effort which continues to this day.
Joining WMF Chairman Marilyn Perry and WMF President Bonnie Burnham for the screening and dinner were Event chairs, Roger and Brook Berlind, Drs. Georges and Lois de Menil, The Honorable William and Ann Nitze, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky and H. Peter Stern, as well as Event vice-chairs, Anne Bass, Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II, Betty Wold Johnson and Douglas Bushnell, Jorie Kent, and Judy Taubman. Among the guests: Tom and Bunty Armstrong, Anne H. Bass, John Berendt, Roger and Brook Berlind, Olivier Bernier, Ivan and Jane Chermayeff, Joan Hardy Clark, Charles Cowles, Mary Sharp Cronson, Elizabeth de Cuevas, Sylvia de Cuevas, Catherine G. Curran, Frederick and Michele Oka Doner, Pamela Fiori, Barbara G. Fleischman, Elizabeth Fondaras, Marco and Chris Grassi, Ashton Hawkins, Sandy Hill, Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman, Mary McFadden, Samuel and Rosetta Miller, Mary Ellen Oldenburg, Samuel and Judy Peabody, Charles and Barbara Pierce, James and Ellyn Polshek, Katharine and William Rayner, Mrs. and Mrs. Samuel Sachs, Joel Siegel, Patricia P. Tang, Barbara and Frederick A. Terry, Jr., Joan Washburn, Bunny Williams and John Roselli, and Baroness Mariuccia and Marino Zerilli.
April Gow, Rosetta Miller, Roddy Gow, and Cetie Ames
Bunty and Tom Armstrong
Emily Frick, Hope Lapsley, and Bill Nitze
Jane Clark Chermayeff and Jill Gilmartin
Hope Lapsley, Bobby Whitney, and Bill and Ann Nitze
Gill Kinney, Cetie Ames, and Anne Kinney
Joan Hardy Clark and Peter Sichel
Mary McFadden and Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman
Bobby Whitney, Dana Scrymgeour, Ann Nitze, and friend
David Davies and friend
John and Severn Sandt and Bonnie Burnham
John Stubbs and John Sanday
Katharine Rayner and Nancy Collins
Joan Hardy Clark, Helen Fioratti, and Barbara Gimbel
Michele Oka Doner and Barbara Grodd with a friend
Missie Taylor, Murat Koprulu, and Rob Garrett
James Reginato, Henry Ng, and Bonnie Burnham
Sam Miller, John Sanday, Rosetta Miller, and John Stubbs
Pietro Cicognani with Murat and Nina Koprulu
Sarah Medford and Susan Kleinberg
Susan Kleinberg, John Stubbs, Les Guthman, and Ann Nitze
William Rayner and Nancy Collins
John Sanday and Leann Mella
Thomas Dittmer and Sandy Hill
Mary McFadden and Samuel Peabody
The American Theatre Wing held its Annual Spring Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street. It was a special evening of dinner and entertainment to honor CBS and Leslie Moonves, Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom and CBS, for their steadfast commitment to the Tony telecast and live theatre.
Broadway’s past and present legends lined up to salute Mr. Moonves and the network, including Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The evening raised funds to sustain American Theatre Wing’s programs in support of excellence and education in theatre.
Honorary chairs were CeCe Black and Chappy Morris.
Nathan Lane, Douglas Leeds, Sondra Gilman, and Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker with Phil Collins
Chappy Morris, Cece Black, Sonda Gilman, and Douglas Leeds
Matthew Broderick, Cece Black, and Sarah Jessica Parker
Jim Dale and Jed Bernstein
Matthew Broderick, Martin Short, and Sarah Jessica Parker
Dr. Ruth and Sondra Gilman
Michael Cerveris and Cece Black
Allyson Tucker and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Philip Smith and Tricia Walsh Smith
Jim Dale and Karen Akers
Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone, and Martin Short
Martin Short, Sondra Gilman, and Terrence McNally
Terry Johnson's 1720 Records held a label party at Hotel QT with Elvis White and his group.
Andrew Alexander, Rodney Alexander, and Collin Jackman
Cybell Martin, Keashea Dixon, and Shekera Wheatley
Sale Johnson and Rob Scott
Sale Johnson, Rod Michael, Marisa Bregman, and Nick Raynes
Kiki Spicer and Messiah McNair
Trevor Jackson and Rissi Palmer
L. to r.: Shekera Wheatley, Elvis White, Sale Johnson, Terry Johnson, Toro George, Rissi Palmer, and Rod Michael; Bernard Alexander and Rissi Palmer.
Courtney Randel, James Andrews, and Dana Bell
Keisha Vaughn, Charles Brewster, and Michelle Timmons