Monday's Party Pictures

Denise Wohl, Debbie Bancroft, and Andrea Stark with the honoree Patrick J. Kennedy at The Fountain House Symposium & Luncheon, held last Monday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Last Thursday night at Doubles, the private club in the Sherry-Netherland, they celebrated its 30th anniversary. Doubles is run by Wendy Carduner whose father businessman and real estate developer Joe Norban, created it as a private club inspired by the great nightclubs of the 1930s, 40s and 50s in New York, like El Morocco and the Stork where people could go to dine and dance and entertain friends in small groups or large parties. It is a tribute to Wendy that she has not only sustained her father’s vision but has grown and transformed and prospered with the times.

Peter Duchin and his Orchestra played, his vocalist Roberta Fabiano sang and the dance floor was jumping. When I left at 11 o’clock, the dinner was over and the party was just getting under way.
Mario Buatta and Pat Patterson
Norma Dana
R. Couri Hay and Debbie Bancroft
Michael Cominotto and Felicia Taylor
Anka Palitz
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
Marjorie Reed Gordon
The descent to Doubles
Dancing at Doubles
Amb. Brenda Johnson and Ellery Gordon
Karen Clarke and Lee Black
David Schiff, Marlene Hess, and friend
Fernanda Gilligan and Kirk Henckels
Rosalie Brinton and Roric Tobin
Roger Webster and Darcy Leeds
Candace Beinecke, Dan Lufkin, and Wendy Carduner
Chris Meigher and Cynthia Lufkin
BIll Manger, Rachel Hovnanian, and Mark Gilbertson
Martha Glass and Robert Lindgren
Roberta Fabiano and Peter Duchin
Harry Platt with Thorunn and Berge Wathne
Brian Johnson and Donna Simonelli
Dancing at Doubles
Rob Rich and Roger Webster
Grace Meigher amongst friends
Thorne L. Perkin and Tatiana Papanicolaou
Daniel Cappello and Georgina Schaeffer
Marisa Noel Brown chatting up her dinner partner
Eric Javits and Sara Ayres
Bryan Colwell and Blair Husain
Jaime Figg
Cetie Ames and Hal Witt
L. to r.: Guy Robinson; Julius Kalcevich and Elizabeth Meigher and friends; Last dance at Doubles.

More than 500 attended On Your Mind: The Fountain House Symposium & Luncheon held last Monday, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City and they raised over $700,000 for Fountain House – the highest grossing event in the organization’s 58 year history.

Event Founder and Co-Chair Lorna Hyde Graev said “This annual event succeeded in raising awareness of the devastating impact of mental illness on our society, while educating our guests about the great work of Fountain House – a venerable New York City mental health organization with a unique rehabilitation model – one that really works."

The symposium entitled “Stressed Out: What You Need to Know About Anxiety Disorders” featured a panel discussion by three leading experts in the field of mental health research and treatment:

Eric Hollander, M.D.: Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Director of the compulsive, Impulsive, and Anxiety Disorders Program at Mount Sinai. He recently edited Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and The American Psychiatric Textbook on Anxiety Disorders.

Una McCann, M.D.: Associate Professor, Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins; formerly the Chief, Section on Anxiety and Affective Disorders, Biological Psychiatry Branch at NIMH.

Daniel Pine, M.D.: Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience; Chief, Child and Adolescent Research Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

The 2006 Fountain House Humanitarian Award recipient was Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, son of Senator Ted Kennedy, who has fought for health insurance parity for mental health disorders, and who has publicly shared his personal struggle with depression.

The event was Co-Chaired by Lorna Hyde Graev, Alexandra Herzan and Anne Mai. The symposium program was chaired by Lynn Nicholas, Psy.D.

Eli Lilly was a Golden Benefactor of the event. Organon USA is sponsored the symposium panel.

Fountain House is an award-winning, 60-year old non-profit organization that provides housing, employment, wellness and educational services to men, women and young adults with major mental illness. Through its holistic model of support, Fountain House helps some 1,300 people each year regain their dignity, independence and health. Fountain House is the model on which some 400 organizations worldwide is based, serving over 55,000 people. For more information or to make a donation:

Allen Adler, Larry Graev, and Deeda Blair

Amanda Haynes Dale, Frances Beatty Adler, and George Bunn

Rebecca de Kertanguy, Susan Warner, Katherine Bryan, Lorna Graev, and friends

Barbara Bancroft and Susan Fales Hill

Barbara de Portago and Denise Wohl

Ginny Knott and Kari Tiedemann
Judy Finneran and Stephanie Stokes

Carolyn MacKenzie, Annabelle Mariaca, and Ann Marie Myer

Emilia Saint-Amand, Lucy Lamphere, Missie Rennie Taylor, and Deeda Blair

Event co-chairs Anne Mai, Lorna Graev, Lynn Nicholas, and Alex Herzan

George Beane and Jill Blanchard

Ginny Knott, Lorna Graev, Jonathan Cott, and friend

Lee Link and Sydney Shuman

Guy de Chazal and Gil Lamphere

Guy de Chazal, Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, and George Beane

L. to r.: Patrick J. Kennedy, Kenneth J. Dudek, and Ted Kennedy, Jr.; Somers Farkas, Jeanne Lawrence, Audrey Gruss, and Lis Waterman.

L. to r.: Kate Allen, Sarah Goldstein, Lil Phillips, Lorna Graev, and friend; Holly and Andy Russell.

Lorna Graev, Carmen dell'Orifice, Anne Mai, Alex Herzan, and Lynn Nicholas

Jim Torrey and Podie Lynch

Marisa Brown Noel, Yaz Hernandez, Jeanne Lawrence, and Mai Harrison

Sharon Handler, Lorna Graev, and Ann Rapp

The American Museum of Natural History held its 16th annual Environmental Lecture and Luncheon at the museum Wednesday, April 26. This is one of the great daytime events of the year in New York and I regret that I missed it for the first time in several years.

Lynn Sherr, correspondent for ABC-TV’s 20/20 was moderator. This year the program explored how environmental exposures affect our health at every age and stage of life from childhood to maturity, as well as the wider biological implications of those exposures – from the food we eat, to the aire we breathe, to the products that we use to clean our homes. 

Environmentally friendly desserts

A friend of mine attended and reported the following (which appeared first on Thursday, April 27 on the NYSD:

I went today for the first time, I had never been. Very interesting. Scary too. They took some kind of test on one of the doctor’s daughters, on her trip to school, all day, and then her trip home. They found that there were more toxins in the school bus than in the closed up school. Apparently, we spend 85% of our time indoors. There are more harmful pathogens indoors than out, particularly harmful to children, (children, which includes embryos and fetuses, are the most at risk of environmental toxins.) Environmental problems account for asthma, which is on the rise, as well as heart disease.

Obesity is a problem as well: 30% of three year olds are obese, or at risk of being so. The panel doctors told us it was possibly due to low birth weight, and then the child has to play "catch up" and becomes overweight. I wanted to ask more about that, but there were so many questions, they never got to me.

Someone asked about the relationship to autism and mercury. The doctors are very careful here, as they made sure to tell us that all the mercury is currently out of the vaccines, and we, as parents, should not worry. But doctors do not like discussing autism it seems. I have a good friend with an autistic son. She is of the school, and even has a research center in Austin Texas that is dedicated to the research and treatment of autism and ADHD. She, as well as the doctors at her center Thoughtful House  are of the opinion that autism is not only caused genetically, but that environmental factors are to blame, as well as to many of these multiple vaccines. Most mainstream doctors do not want to get into that because of the controversy. They did tell us that people are living 26 years longer. We should eat fruits and vegetables in season (less pesticides) , eat low on the food chain (veg, fruits, avoid animal fats, and saturated fats, eat small fish like shrimp and scallops, as larger fish have higher toxin levels), eat less calories. Things look bleak, yet we are living 26 years longer, I wonder why?

Panelists were Philip Landrigan, Chairman of the Department of Community and Preventative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Children’s Health and the Environment; Frederica P. Perera, Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Division of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health; and John Wargo, Professor of Political Science and Director of Yale University’s Environment and Health Initiative
Chairmen for the luncheon event were  Suzanne Cochran, Mary C. Solomon, and Constance Spahn. Founding chairmen were Helen C. Evarts, Jacqueline M. Garrett, Mrs. Henry B. Middleton, and Charlotte and Ottavio Serena di Lapigio.

Co-chairs were Raluca Allison, Peggy Brim Bewkes, Melinda Blinken, Donya Archer Bommer, Patricia A. Chambers, Kathryn Collins, Ann Colley, Caroline Dean, Roberta Denning, Vivian H. Donnelley, Bonnie C. Ford, Nancy A. Garvey, Sibyl R. Golden, Jane D. Hartley, Kathryn Hearst, Lynette Massey Jaffe, Ann F. Kaplan, Erica Karsch, Karen K. Klopp, Stacey R. Lane, Maureen G. Leness, Ethel Evans Lipsitz, Gillian Miniter, Marcia Mishaan, Sarah O‚Hagan, Valerie S. Peltier, Veronique Pittman, Bonnie Pope, Connie Roosevelt, Susan Rudin, Anne Sidamon-Eristoff, Catherine Sidamon-Eristoff, Laura Baudo Sillerman, Louisa Troubh, and Judy H. Weston.

Among the guests attending with Museum President Ellen V. Futter and the Luncheon Chairs were: Serena Boardman, Celeste Boele, Meredith Brokaw, Clarissa Bronfman, Marina Rust Connor, Norma Dana, Mary Darling, Elisabeth De Picciotto, Mrs. Vincent de Roulet, Hilary Dick, Eva Dillon, Fiona Druckenmiller, Princess Firyal, Olivia Flatto, Meera Gandhi, Barbara Georgescu, Pamela Gross, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Ritchey Howe, Robin Joseph, Natalie Kaplan, June Larkin, Elizabeth Lindemann, Mary Lindsay, Phyllis Mailman, Ashley McDermott, Patricia McEnroe, Susan Patricof, Ann Mestres, Alice Michaels, Irma Milstein, Gigi Mortimer, Millie Myers, Elena Patterson, Liz Peek, Lynn Povich, Josie Robertson, Renee Rockefeller, Jonathan and Diana Rose, Fiona Rudin, Nancy Sambuco, Leslie Stahl, Leila Straus, Alice Tisch, Diane Tuft, Maria Villalba, Claude Wasserstein, Maureen White, and Bettina Zilkha.
All proceeds from the Environmental Lecture and Luncheon support the scientific and educational mission of the American Museum of Natural History.

Panelists Dr. John Wargo, Dr. Frederica P. Perera, Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, and Lynn Sherr

LeFrak IMAX Theater

Connie Roosevelt

L. to r.: Mary Solomon, Suzanne Cochran, Connie Spahn, Ellen V. Futter; Ellen V. Futter and Judi Dimon.

Moderator Lynn Sherr and Lois Dubin

Irma Milstein and friends

Caroline Dean and Mary Darling with a friend

Maureen White and Ellen V. Futter

Ottavio and Charlotte Serena di Lapigio with Mrs. Henry B. Middleton

Valerie Peltier (right) and friend

Mary Solomon and Pari Harrison

Abby Milstein, Nancy Offit, and Irma Milstein

The We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating individuals of all ages about diversity, understanding and multiculturalism, held its fourth annual gala celebration two weeks ago at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Sir Elton John

Founded in 2002 by songwriter/producer Nile Rodgers, WAFF strives to educate and promote the vision of a global family. The gala event was hosted by television personality and member of the We Are Family Foundation Board of Directors, Montel Williams, and included a star-studded VIP reception, dinner, awards ceremony and a monumental concert featuring Sir Elton John (who also received the Foundation’s Humanitarian Award), the 70s supergroup CHIC, Taylor Dane, and Martha Wash.

Sir Elton dazzled the audience with rousing performances of “Philadelphia Freedom” and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”; Dane sang “Tell It to My Heart” and “Prove Your Love”; Wash performed her legendary hits “Everybody Dance Now” and “It’s Raining Men”; and CHIC played into the night with a string of their most popular songs, including “Le Freak”, “Good Times”, and “I Want Your Love”. The finale, fittingly enough, was “We Are Family,” which Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards originally wrote for Sister Sledge in 1979.

In addition to the award presented to Sir Elton John, who was recognized for the extraordinary accomplishments of his Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Mattie J. T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award was presented to legendary producer and music impresario Quincy Jones, in honor of his lifetime of philanthropic achievements. The Foundation’s 2006 Visionary Award was presented to designer and fashion innovator Tommy Hilfiger, in recognition of his work to promote educational opportunities for diverse populations in the U.S.A. through the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, and, the Corporate Visionary Award was presented to The Comcast Family of Companies, recognizing its strong commitment to diversity. A special recognition award was also given to the band Creation, made up of six 12 and 13 year-old students, for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of WAFF by donating all proceeds from their debut album, World Without Windows to WAFF.

The We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2002 by Nile Rodgers in response to the tragic events of September 11th. To commence the healing process of this unprecedented tragedy, Nile gathered over 200 celebrities together to re-record his world-renowned hit song “We Are Family”, which proved the song's power to give hope and allow people to feel better through an uplifting beat and a message of unity. In collaboration with his old friend and fellow WAFF Board member, Christopher Cerf, Rodgers also produced a new chlldren’s music video version of “We Are Family,” in which characters from Sesame Street, Arthur, Barney, The Muppet Show, Between the Lions, SpongeBob SquarePants and over 100 other popular kids’ TV shows all appeared together for the first time in an “interspecies” celebration of friendship, tolerance and cooperation. The video premiered on March 11, 2002 – six months after 9/11 -- simultaneously on PBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney Channel, and was distributed free of charge, in 2005, to over 60,000 public schools across the nation.

Peter Herman and Montel Williams

Alexandra Peterson, Sarah Bray, Steven van Zandt, Peter Cary Peterson, and Francesca Aborn

Paige Peterson, Joan Jakobson, Joe Armstrong, and Peggy and Henry Schleiff

Nile Rodgers, Quincy Jones, Gayle King, and Debra DiMaggio

Debra DiMaggio, Tommy Hilfiger, Dee Ocleppo, and Quincy Jones

Nancy Hunt, Henry Schleiff, and Silver Logan Sharpe

Jeni Stepanek

Martha Wash

Tim and Tina Keane

Paige Peterson and Christopher Cerf

Francessca Aborn, Nile Rodgers, and Peter Cary Peterson

Nile Rodgers performing with Taylor Dayne

The 65th annual Bal des Berceaux was given by French-American Aid for Children at Cipriani 42nd Street, under the High Patronage of H.E. The Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, Mr. Jean-Marc de La Sablière, and of H.E. The Ambassador of France to the United States, Mr. Jean-David Levitteand Mrs. Levitte, and The Consul-General of France, Mr. François Delattre and Mrs. Sophie L'Hélias-Delattre. Co-Chaired by Elizabeth Stribling and Odile de Schietère-Longchampt, the Ball honored Dr. John Sexton, President of NYU, with Felicia Taylor as MC.

Ambassador Jean-David Levitte spoke about the current regeneration of the long-standing ties between France and the United States, and Dr. Sexton mentioned new exchange programs with French universities for students at NYU.

Nine débutantes were presented, including Emilie Jackson, Amanda Wachtel, Emma Allen, Caroline Solomon, Kristin Herrold, Alexandra Somnolet, Caroline Ross, Claire Karoubi, and Amanda Williams from New Orleans, whose plans for coming out at the Original Illinois Club Ball had been cancelled as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Presentation no. 1

Pascal Rioult choreographed the presentation. The Star-Spangled Banner and La Marseillaise were sung to start off the evening's proceedings. Designer Anika Houle created a décor based on hopscotch as a universal feature of childhood, and blue skies for spring (the French for hopscotch is marelle, which ends in the sky), combined with delight in the discovery of small things, so that one found turtles and frogs and such lurking on tabletops and inside tealights, even as Arthur King's photographs of urban children were projected on a screen in front of a wash of blue light falling over the stone walls and arches. The first DJ After Party for Juniors given in conjunction with the Ball followed, also at Cipriani.

Over $400,000 was raised for vetted organizations that assist children in need. The new exchange program FAAFC developed for teens with Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and Le Centre Français de Protection de L'Enfance will be launched this summer.

Corporate Supporters included Société Générale, Rhodia, Altria, Calyon, Bic, Interaudi Bank, Christie's Lotz & Carr, Novotel. Lancöme, Logfret, American Airlines, Deloitte, Moët Hennessy USA, BNP Paribas, Stribling, Air France, Stark,  Brunschwig & Fils, and Louis Vuitton.

Emma Allen and Justin Krasner

Alexandra Somnolet and Stefan Botarelli
Amanda Christian Williams and Marco Sabater

Caroline Ross and Adam Zivcovic

Claire de La Mothe Karoubi and Phillipe Miller
Amanda Wachtel and Laurent Altier

The debs

Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson

L. to r.: Post debs Eve Karoubi and Anne-France Karoubi, débutante Claire Karoubi, Michelle de La Mothe Karoubi, and Jean Karoubi; Caroline Solomon and Ryland Hilbert.

Marguerite Mangin, Charles-Henri Mangin, and Beatrice Guthrie

Madeleine Douglas, Catherine Chappell, and John Chappell

Ball Co-Chairs Odile de Schietère Longchampt and Elizabeth Stribling

Michel Berty and Honoree Dr. John Sexton
Dame Livia Sylva andf friend

Anjali Gianchandani and friend

Marc and Margarita Somnolet
Deborah and Al Jackson

Stanley Weisman, Martine Capdevielle, Celine Wislin,
and friend

Desirée George, Willie Wlliams, Amanda Williams, Annik de Lacaze

Mr. Edward Westlow and Countess Dagmar de Brantes

Catherine Moriani and Olivia Flatto
Michael Figlioglia and Francesca Dricot
L. to r.: Barthelemy and Quitterie Caille; Joel Powell, Jean Solomon, Elizabeth Solomon, and Nina Magowan; Pearl Gow.

Diane Ackerman, Véronique Monier, and Jean-Hughes Monier

Jane Ross and Janet Ross
Elizabeth Lundquist and Stanley Warshawsky

Shari Markbreiter and Charles-Henri Mangin

Nicole Montalette
Carla Somnolet and Michel Somnolet

Photographs by D. Finnin & C. Chesek/AMNH (AMNH); Virginie Blachère (Bal).


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