In the spirit of giving
A special performance by a cast of the NFAA ARTS winners at The Baryshnikov Arts Center for Tuesday night's Gold and Silver NFAA Awards.

Last Saturday East Side House Settlement hosted the first ever Family Jam at Camp Jeep – an action packed morning of family fun and off-road adventure at the New York International Auto Show. Guests a.k.a “explorers,” “adventurers,” and “campers” enjoyed exclusive access to the 50,000 square foot private tent which included a hair-raising Trail-Rated Jeep driving course, a mini jeep course for kids, a 16’ rock climbing wall, video gaming stations, and much more. The highlight of the 7-minute long Jeep course was the white-knuckle 35º climb up and descent down Jeep Mountain. Mud, Sweat and Gears, they called this event.

Along with the tons of rocks, boulders, and gravel were balloon artists, face painters, temporary tattoo artists, a live Sirius DJ, and popcorn and ice-cream stands. For campers needing to re-fuel, there was a brunch served throughout the morning including fun hot chocolate and smoothie bars. Tickets to the event also included an exclusive one-hour private preview of the entire auto show before it opened to the general public. The premiere event was chaired by Faith Coolidge, Elizabeth Fuller, Juliette Janssens, and Joan Young.

The benefit committee included: Libby and Chris Abelt, Peggy and Keith Anderson, Drs. Darrick and Lisa Antell, Fern and Jim Babchack, Lucinda Ballard, Wendy and Vince Cebula, Andrea de Cholnoky and Scott Wilson, Mary DelMonico and William Washburn, Tana and Bill Dye, Louise and Alexander Dye, Katherine and William Elder, Dorothy and Richard G. Faux, Jr., Robert Fusco, Karen and Tom Glover, Blakely and Trey Griggs, Georgia Ford Griscom, Carolyn Hoogkamp, Cynthia and Stephen Ketchum, Richard and Debra Kolman, Valerie Krieger, John LaSorsa, Beamont and Ben Lett, Christine and Richard Mack, Andrea Markezin and Joel Press, Roxana Mehran and George Dangas, Jennifer and Mark C. Monaco, Michael and Betsy Moreno, Robert Pondiscio, Lindsey and Sam Pryor, Rosemary Ripley, Candida Romanelli, Dr. Laura Ross, Mark Schienberg, Peter and Lenore Standish, Tamara and Randal Stephenson, Matsie Walsh, and Philip and Maria Yang.

Proceeds from the East Side House Settlement Family Jam directly support college scholarships for under-served children at the Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School in the South Bronx, within the nation’s poorest congressional district.

Alex and Kristen Hohmann

Jennie Berlin
The Hoogkamp family

Ava Ford, Theo Griscom, Georgia Griscom, and Hadley Griscom

Caitlin, Cathy, and Parker Lorenz
Juliette and Cameron Janssens

Clockwise from above: Christian Anderson; Connie Connors with Charlie and Nick; Lindsay and Jack Pryor, Andre de Cholnoky, Miles Wilson, and Erik.

Beaumont Lett, Mary Scott-Lett, Peggy, Nikolas, and Greta

Edward and Edward Weld

Joan and Olivia Young

Laura, Matthew, Kate, and William Ross

Jack and Richard Hajdukiewicz

Luisand Coco Gruson with Teddy Gatsos

Peter Standish, Isis Roman, Bill and Will Vrattos, and Chris Fuller

The Fuller family

Mark and Penn Eichorn

Mieko and Hunter Willoughby
Patricia Ting with Aidan and Ryan Chuang

The Lorenz family

Spencer, Chris, and George McCormick

The Willoughby Family

Wendy Cebula and her daughter

Starting lines

The Elder family

The Dye family

Winnie Walker, Ping and Wayne McLamb, and Jamie and Yasmine Foster
The Yang family

Wade Griggs with his Grandmother Janita

Grace Coolidge and Olivia Young
Genevieve and Anika Krieger

Last Tuesday night at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, many of America’s most recognized artists presented Gold and Silver NFAA Awards to 37 young artists from across the nation. Chairs: Madeleine and Micky Arison, Kitty Carlisle Hart, and Ginny Mancini.

Guests included: Lin Arison, Sarah Arison, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anne Bass, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Kitty Carlisle Hart, John Guare, Jessica Lange, Ramsey Lewis, Ginny Mancini, Rachel Moore, Arnold Newman, Arthur Penn, Sam Shepard, Michael Tilson Thomas, Deborah Voigt, and Debra Winger.

A special performance by a cast of the NFAA ARTS winners was followed by a dinner in honor of the NFAA students.

Dedicated to empowering the arts for America’s future, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 by businessman and visionary Ted Arison. NFAA’s mission is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures with their educational and professional development; and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American society.

Christo and Jeanne Claude

Michael Tilson Thomas and Debra Voigt

L. to r.: Jessica Lange, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Sam Shepard; Kitty Carlisle Hart.

Linda Cooper and Christy Powell

Sarah Arison
Rachel Moore and Margaret Maruschak

Wendy MacGaw, Howard Bentre, and Arthur Penn

Janet and Ramsey Lewis

Arthur Penn and Lin Arison

Clare and Dr. William Banchs
Debra Winger and Arliss Howard

Ginny Mancini and Charles Burke

John Guare
Ramsey Lewis

The spirit of legendary college basketball coach and sports commentator, the late Jim Valvano, returned to New York for the 2nd annual Spirit of Jimmy V New York Gala last Friday at Pier Sixty, where they raised funds for essential cancer research in Valvano’s hometown.

The evening celebrated Valvano’s legacy and his famous “never give up” attitude, paying tribute to two collegiate basketball Hall of Fame coaches: Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim and Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun. Boeheim and Calhoun, both cancer survivors who boldly embody the spirit of The Foundation, are the 2006 Spirit of Jimmy V honorees.

Valvano’s friend and popular basketball commentator Dick Vitale delivered the evening’s keynote address. John Saunders, Valvano’s broadcast partner at ABC Sports and ESPN hosted the evening’s festivities which was attended by former Valvano coaching and broadcast colleagues, high profile supporters of The V Foundation, and many sports personalities.

Hollywood recording artist Josh Kelley provided the evening’s live entertainment, performing songs from his critically acclaimed album ALMOST HONEST. Presenting Sponsor was the Xerox Corporation. To learn more about the Jimmy V foundation, visit their website:

Dereck Whittenburg and Greg Anthony

Jim Bodenheimer

Josh Kelley

Jim and Pat Calhoun

Nick Valvano and Bob Lloyd
Pam Valvano Strasser and John Strasser
L. to r.: Lesley Visser and Jim Boeheim; Lorraine and Dick Vitale with John and Wanda Saunders.

Mrs. and Mr. Bob Lloyd

Nick Vitale, Dr. George Wong, and Jim Boeheim

Stephen A. Smith and friend

Harry Rhoads, Jr. with a friend

Karen Valvano, Nick Valvano, and Rosa Gatti

Lesley Visser and Jim Calhoun

Dick Vitale and John Saunders

Jim Calhoun, Nick Valvano, and Jim Boeheim

Photographs by Cutty McGill (Camp Jeep); Joe Schildhorn ©Patrick McMullan (Jimmy V); Eric Weiss and Patrick McMullan (Baryshnikov).


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