New York-Style Celebrations
Kristen Bell at the 9th annual ASPCA Bergh Ball.

Celebrating its 140th year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals held its 9th Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball — “Happy Paws for the ASPCA Cause” on the Thursday before last at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan. Among those who attended were: Lake Bell and “Miami Vice” co-star Colin Farrell; Kristin Bell; Kate and Andy Spade; Dylan Lauren; Somers and Jonathan Farkas, and more — including a surprise visit by Robin Williams and New York Knicks player Stephen Marbury.

The event included a live auction with artwork by William Wegman, Peter Beard and Eric Fischl. Enthusiastic bidding for these items brought the amount raised at the event to $1 million.

Chopard sponsored the evening, and also created an exclusive jewelry line of limited-edition watches and pendants with floating diamond paws, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the ASPCA. The line is available at Chopard’s Madison Avenue boutique.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in 1866. It was the the first humane organization established in the Western Hemisphere and today has one million supporters. The ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides national leadership in humane education, government affairs and public policy, shelter support, and animal poison control. The NYC headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital, animal behavior center, and adoption facility. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York's animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series Animal Precinct on Animal Planet. Visit for more information.

Howard and Angelika Ronson
Edwin Sayres, James Nederlander, and Margo MacNabb
Ellen and Chuck Scarborough with Oliver
George and Anne Baker II
Larry and Denise Wohl
Linda Lambert and Hoyle Jones
Mark Gilbertson and an ASPCA pooch
Pam Michaelcheck and Linda Lambert
Vicky Tam, Raina Miranda, Anja Vacca, and Catherine Bove
Kristen and Richard Thompson
Matthew and Nina Bershadker
Mr. and Mrs. John Fredericks
L. to r.: Robin Bell; Silvano and Marisa Marchetto; Hana Soukupovaand Drew Aaron.

Allison Aston, Richard Flintoft, and Lynn Chase

Ben Lambert with Marty and Cornelia Bregman

Michael, Jaimee, and Eileen Himmel

Jeanne Sorensen Leff

The Food Allergy Initiative held its 7th Annual Spring Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street. All proceeds benefited the Food Allergy Initiative’s research activities and educational programs aimed at finding a cure and effectively treating and raising awareness of food allergies.

Abbey Braverman and Roxanne Palin were this year’s Co-Chairs. The Guest of Honor was Dr. Scott Sicherer from The Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Lori Stokes, Anchor, WABC-TV, was the Mistress of Ceremonies. Harriette Rose Katz organized the luncheon gratis, and on a personal note, her granddaughter Lexi suffers from food allergies.

The Food Allergy Initiative is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies. Through research and clinical activities, FAI’s goal is to develop a cure by 2010. FAI supports public policy initiatives to create safer environments for those afflicted with food allergies. They have also created educational programs for schools, health and child care workers and members of the food service and hospitality industries to increase awareness about food allergies. 

Julie Leff, Roslyn Jaffe, and Donna Emma
Dr. Scott Sicherer, Mati Sicherer, and Todd Slotkin
Liana Silverstein Backal, Roxanne Palin, Todd Slotkin, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
The table settings
Harriette Rose Katz
Heather Brown and Elizabeth Ornstein Milgrim
Abbey and Steve Braverman
Roxanne Palin and Abbey Braverman Bensimon
Lori Stokes
Heather Mnuchin and Barbara Winston
Caryl Palin
Last Thursday night, Mr. Chow’s Tribeca opened their 12,000 square-foot restaurant with a gala champagne buffet that brought out the town. Among the guests were Arthur Altschul and Patricia Duff, Mark Badgely and James Mischka, Serena Altschul, Kelly Bensimon, Milly de Cabrol, Andre Balazs, Eddie Curry, Larry Gagosian, Gillian Hearst, LL Cool J, Sante D'Orazio, Marc Jacobs, Aerin Lauderm, Nanette Lepore, Curtis Martin, Ann Dexter Jones, Liya Kebedel, Kelly Klein, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Renee Rockefeller, Charlotte Ronsonl. Kate Moennig, Tommy Mottola, Julian and Olatz Schnabel, Stella, Lola, and Vito Schnabel, Mickey Rourke, Helen and Tim Schifter, Rita and Ian Schrager, Vivi Nevo, Victoria and Vanessa Traina, and Alvin Valley.
Eva Chow, Michael Chow, and Uma Thurman
Jamie Foxx and Russell Simmons
L. to r.: Jamee Gregory; Nicole Miller, Helen Lee Schifter, and Wendy Murdoch; Kelly Klein.
Kelly Bensimon
Theodora Richards
Michael Michele
Nanette Lepore and Alvin Valley
Eva Chow, Michael Chow, Uma Thurman, and Andre Balazs
Rachel Roy and Damon Dash
Allison Sarofim
Margherita Missoni
Meredith Ostrom and Nick Rhodes
Eric Zinterhofer and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer
Julian Schnabel and Eva Chow

The New York Philharmonic held its annual Spring Gala two weeks ago at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The evening’s concert, entitled Lights! Camera! Music!, featured a selection of the greatest film scores ever written, including some by the conductor of the concert, the multi-Academy Award-winning John Williams. The concert will be hosted from the stage by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
Gala Chairpersonsincluded Robert H. Benmosche, Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer, and Alan and Sandra Gerry.

Among the guests: Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Guenther (NY Philharmonic chairman), Mr. and Mrs. Williams Beinecke, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy M. George, Mr. Alan Gerry, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Mr. Gilbert Heatherwick, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Laskawy, Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. LeFrak, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W. Levin, Mr. and Mrs. Alan MacDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mercy, The Honorable Frank Newman and Mrs. Newman, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Petschek, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Leon Rennert, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Reyni, Dr. and Mrs. Leon Root, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen, Mrs. Frank Savage, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Soros.

Martin Scorsese, John Williams, and Steven Spielberg

Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Howard Shore

Paul B. Guenther, John Williams, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Zarin Mehta

Barbara and Donald Tober
Deborah Roberts and Al Roker
Steven Spielberg and Chris Martin
Daisy Soros
Suzanne Murphy
Joanne de Guardiola
Gala Co-Chair Katherine Farley
Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen
John Pomerantz
Karen LeFrak
Mr. and Mrs. Alan S. MacDonald
Marjorie and Gurnee F. Hart
Shahara Llewellyn and Grace Savage

Last Friday night CHANEL, the official sponsor of the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival hosted a dinner celebrating their collaboration at the new Mr. Chow’s in Tribeca at 121 Hudson Street (at North Moore). Also hosting were the Tribeca Film Festival’s co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and Jennifer Maguire Isham, President of the Tribeca Film Festival.

The evening honored the artists who have contributed original art work to the award-winning filmmakers as well as well as honoring the Festival’s 5th anniversary. This year’s contributing artists attending included Julian Schnabel, Ann Chernow, Jeff Koons, Sophie Matisse, Shirin Neshat and Lorna Simpson.

Alexis Bryan
Emmy Rossum and Mia Maestro
Eva Chow
Fabiola Beracasa and Jessica Joffe
Christopher Walken
Craig Hatkoff and Jane Rosenthal
Grace Hightower De Niro
Barbara Cirkva and Lyle Saunders
Ed Burns
Josh Lucas
Alex Katz and Ada Katz
Anne Grauso, Marisa Brown, and Eleanor Ylvisaker
Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne
Gayle King
Padma Lakshmi
Serena Boardman

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan & WireImage (Mr. Chow); ©Patrick McMullan (Food Allergy); Julie Skarratt (Philharharmonic).


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