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Patricia Goldstein and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Seie Allabeen, Aaron Gershenberg, and Teddy Kennedy Jr.

Last Wednesday, Riverkeeper, the nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Hudson River and safeguarding New York’s drinking water supply, held their Annual Benefit on Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers and honored Veronique and Bob Pittman who “have spent countless hours raising funds and awareness for myriad social causes, most importantly those involving our environment.” They were recognized for “their dedication and energy to Riverkeeper.”

I was first introduced to Riverkeeper’s work when Anne Hearst invited me to their annual benefit a few years ago. Bobby Kennedy Jr. spoke explaining the details and mechanics of Riverkeeper work.  It is all about maintaining clean rivers and clean water supplies – an increasingly challenging task that only infrequently provokes activism on the part of politicians who always seem to have some “economic” priority that supersedes the health of our water systems (and therefore the health of us).  Kennedy is a highly motivating speaker, however, and as the clock ticks down, we are seeing more and more the wisdom of his interests – because they are the interest of everyone, all living creatures.

The fundraiser brought in a total of nearly $2 million, including ticket sales and the live auction. Darrell Hammond from Saturday Night Live hosted the event; other notable attendees who came out to support the organization included Riverkeeper's Chief Prosecuting Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd, William Baldwin, Edie Falco, Richard Belzer, Susie Essman, Moby, Mike Richter, Paul Schaffer, Joy Behar, Annie Leibovitz,  Ellen Barkin, Andre Balazs, and Anne Hearst. Entertainment was provided by Carly Simon and her children Ben and Sally Taylor.

Billy Baldwin, Caroline Bechtel, and Catherine Crier

Carole Radziwill and Rory Kennedy

Annie Leibovitz

Hadley Wiggins and Ben Taylor
Diane Kellogg and Mary Richardson Kennedy

Michael Douglas and Teddy Kennedy Jr.

Peter Boyle, Joy Behar, and Richard Belzer

Catherine Crier, Caroline Bechtel, and Gordon Pennington

Dan Aykroyd and Anne Hearst

Kim Taipale, Chris Brown, Karen Klopp, and John Klopp

Moby and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes

Susan Hess and Hamilton South

Zack Ripper and Kate Roberts

Patty Smyth McEnroe, Susan Hess, and Mary Richardson Kennedy

Sheryl Tishman, Peter Goldstein, and Patricia Goldstein

Andre Balazs and Rory Kennedy

Anne Colley and Michael Young
Catherine Crier, Caroline Bechtel, and Jill Brooke

Marshall Cohen and Wendy Goldberg

Edie Falco
Paul Schaffer

Mary Richardson Kennedy and Alex Matthiessen

Bob Pittman, Nicole Miller, and Kim Taipale
Ellen Barkin and Richard Belzer

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Michael Douglas

Veronique and Bob Pittman
Kenneth and Catherine Lerer

Tuesday, a week ago, the Union Settlement Association, one of the largest human service agencies in East Harlem, hosted its 5th Annual Sounds of East Harlem Benefit Dinner at The W Hotel, Union Square (at 17th Street).

Nicholas Lowry and Temple Kane

Net proceeds will be used to help fund the large array of essential social services that the 110-year-old agency provides to 13,000 community residents each year. This year’s honorees, New York Councilmember Robert Jackson and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce were acknowledged for their remarkable business and philanthropic achievements in support of New York City.

Councilmember Jackson is a proud alumnus of the Settlement College Readiness Program Inc.’s Upward Bound program and he was honored for his service to the Upper Manhattan community, particularly in the area of public education. He has spent nearly 25 years fighting to improve New York City’s public schools.

In 1993, while serving as a Community School Board President, Jackson and Community School Board 6 Attorney Michael Rebell founded the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a coalition of parent organizations, school boards, citizens and advocacy groups that successfully sued the State of New York for underfunding New York City’s public schools.

Also honored was the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC). Originally incorporated in 1886, GHCC is Upper Manhattan’s oldest continual business organization and has played a vital role in the revitalization of Harlem and Upper Manhattan, launching the enormously successful Harlem Week, Harlem Jazz & Music Festival and the National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame Gala. Union Settlement and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce are working together to bridge the space between Harlem and East Harlem, providing more opportunities across the areas to all residents.

Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by the students of the Mariachi Academy of New York. The evening also included an exciting live auction hosted by renowned auctioneer, Nicholas D. Lowry, a regular on the PBS television show, Antiques Roadshow, and President of Swann Auction GalleriesProceeds will help sponsor services such as childcare, youth development, adult education, mental health and senior programs as well as provide the unrestricted funding so essential to our ongoing operations.

Union Settlement Association is one of the largest and oldest settlement houses in New York City. Since its inception in 1895, Union Settlement has provided resources to the community of East Harlem, while advocating for social and economic justice and fostering local leadership. Each year we serve more than 13,000 people of all ages with effective programs in education, childcare, senior services, the arts, recreation, counseling and community development.

Matt Suddock and Steve Sehm

Marie Alejandro, Alison Shaw, Congressman Charles Rangle, and Constance Mensink

Paul T. Williams, Kira Watson, and Raymond Jones

Keira Ullrich, John Lombardo, Constance Mensink, Ed Ruffner, and Temple Kane

Congressman Charles Rangle and Councilmember Robert Jackson

Constance Mensink and Geoffrey Hess
Deborah Sztejnberg (right) with friends

Ellen Simon, Carmen Vasquez, and April Lasher

Stephanie Sowell and Kira Watson

Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, Congressman Charles Rangle, Ellen Simon, Councilmember Robert Jackson, and Raymond Jones

Alison and Randall Shaw
L. to r.: Deborah and Xavier Sztejnberg stand alone and seated with friends.

Don and Ellen Simon

Xander Arkin, Suzanne Arkin (center), and Nicholas Lowry with friends
A few weeks ago in Aspen, Colorado, Patricia Quick and François de Visscher hosted a champagne reception at their home in honor of Anthony Lee, General Manager of the The Connaught, one of London's most prestigious hotels in the heart of Mayfair. With mountain views as a backdrop, both Krug and conversation flowed.

Karen and Roger Werner

Paula and Jim Crown
Amthony Lee and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes

Eric Calderon, Karen and Roger Werner, and Anthony Lee

Françios de Visscher and Patricia Quick de Visscher with Roger Werner

The Rockies as backdrop

Patricia Quick de Visscher, Colleen Bell, and Françios de Visscher

Elizabeth McCaffrey and Guy Oliver

Kelly Gardner and Patty Mix

Paula Crown and Françios de Visscher

Danielle Ganek, Colleen Bell, and Patricia Quick de Visscher

Edward Lamson Henry's idealized renderings of America's past and vivid depictions of post-Civil War America were brought together for the first time in a new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society entitled, Historical Fictions: Edward Lamson Henry's Paintings of Past and Present.

Originally organized by curator Amy Kurtz Lansing for the Yale University Art Gallery, the exhibit includes Henry's documentary photographs, drawings, and preparatory studies, along with a selection from the N-YHS' collections of 18- and 19th-century decorative arts. The exhibit runs through August 6, 2006.

Jane Levin, Norma Thompson, Jack Reynolds, Linda Ferber, and Maria Rosa Menocal

Patricia Klingenstein

Nancy Newcomb, John Hargraves, and Jean Ashton

Richard Levin and Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing

Jack Reynolds, Norma Thompson, Linda Ferber, and Maria Rosa Menocal

Richard and Jane Levin

Helen Cooper and Jane Levin

Nancy Newcomb, David Jones, and Louise Mirrer

Photographs by Scott Rudd ©Patrick McMullan (Riverkeeper).



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