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Arthur Ross, Kitty Carlisle Hart, and Janet Ross
Aimee Buccellato, Gilbert P.Schafer III, and Kevin Buccellato

On the first of May, 400 friends of the classical tradition in the arts and design from across the country gathered at the Charles McKim-designed University Club at Fifth Avenue and 54th Street to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Arthur Ross Awards benefiting the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.

Five winners are selected each year from 11 eligible categories.  This year’s silver anniversary tributes went to Warren Cox and George Hartman of the Washington firm of Hartman and Cox (for architecture); William Mitchell Jr., also the founder of the Southern Architecture Foundation for history and writing; to the Central Park Conservancy for stewardship, to New York muralist Leonard Porter for painting; and to The Mississippi Renewal Forum (which in October 2005 yielded a blueprint for redevelopment for the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina) for community design.

Betsy Barlow Rogers gave a keynote summarizing of Arthur Ross’ philanthropy across the five boroughs of the city and beyond, including his early help with the restoration and rebuilding of Central Park beginning at its historic nadir in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Rogers was joined by ICA&CA president Paul Gunther and its chairman Gil Schafer III, a New York architect, who narrated the awards presentation with an assist from the 2006 jury head Lizz Plater-Zyberk, Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Miami. 

Guests were greeting by institute board member and dinner co-chair Barbara Sallick, the co-founder of Waterworks, as well as Suzanne Santry whose concluding remarks included the presentation of the bound greetings and mementoes of all past winners presented to the award’s spirited namesake as he came to the podium.

Proceeds of the $600,000 raised will help sustain the Institute’s school with focus on a classical curriculum as well as a full range of public programming and advocacy.  Also advanced is the construction of several well-designed and affordable house prototypes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International leading to the publication of a construction pattern book for all of its chapters nationwide. The Institute will launch an art academy with focus on the allied arts of painting and drawing on the sky-lit sixth floor of its landmark headquarters at 20 West 44th Street.

Twenty-five past Ross Award winners were present at the gala including Robert A.M. Stern, Jaquelin Robertson, Lynden Miller and Deborah Nevins.

Warren Cox, Lizz Plater-Zyberk, and Paul Gunther
Bill Rayner, Betsy Gotbaum, and Kitty Carlisle Hart
Kathy Rayner, Arthur Ross, and Betsy Barlow-Rogers
Patsy Warner, Robert A.M. Stern, and Pauline Metcalf
Ian Smith, Margaret Smith, and Douglas Blonsky
Suzanne Santry, Marilyn Gindroz, and Ray Gindroz
Barbara Sallick
Maria Fuster, Arthur Ross, and Dr. Valentin Fuster
Laura Middleton, Leonard Porter, and Qian Yi
Robert A.M. Stern, Bunny Williams
Alexey Steele and Jamie Gibbs
Bessie Speed, Leland Speed, and Marianne Cusato
Joanna Kerns and Marc Appleton
Robin Bell, Luke Siegel, and Lake Bell
Helen S. Tucker and William H. Harrison

L. to r.: Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer; Evan Bennett, Sylvia Bennett, and Michael Bierut; Suzanne Santry.

Valerie Paley
Melissa DelVecchio and Khara Nemitz
David Morton and Anne Fairfax

Last Wednesday, a week, The stars were out, and the fur was flying at the first annual Bide-A-Wee Kibbe Awards, held at the Pierre.

The event, which was emceed by actor Peter Scolari, recognized local and national animals of distinction such as Morris® the cat and Lassieä who received “StarPet” awards from Celebrity Trainer Bash Dibra.  Mr. Dibra has trained many shelter animals who have gone on to become stars of stage and screen.  “All shelter animals can be shining stars in their own right with good training, patience and love,” he comments.  In fact, Dibra trained Morris, who was also rescued from a shelter, in his first movie, “Shamus, “ starring Burt Reynolds, which lead to his subsequent role as the 9Lives® spokescat. Morris has had a great career.

Other Kibbe Awards were presented to Pi, the Boston Terrier who performs in the New York City Ballet along with Dancer Tom Gold in a piece choreographed by Susan Stroman.  Pi’s owner and trainer, Bill Berloni, explained that Pi was rescued from an animal shelter, too.  Tom Gold and Pi performed a piece at the gala, showcasing Gold’s graceful dance abilities and Pi’s comic timing.  Mr. Gold has pets at home too: shih-tzus.

An award in the category of Public Service was presented to Compass, the service dog for Matt Sapolin, Mayor Bloomberg’s executive director of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.  The award was presented by New York City Deputy Mayor Carol Robles.

Animal award recipients were given medallions on ribbons as well as custom-designed sculptures created for the event by artist Jonathan Adler.

Following the awards, guests enjoyed a parade of Bide-A-Wee currently-adoptable animals narrated by David Frei, the “Voice” of the Westminster Dog Show.

Guests were able to bid in a silent auction to win an original photograph donated by William Wegman, entitled “Greenarium.”

The Kibbe Awards were named for Flora Jenkins Kibbe, who founded Bide-A-Wee in 1903 as a humane organization providing shelter care and compassion to homeless animals.  A not-for-profit 501 © 3, one hundred percent of Bide-A-Wee’s funding comes from private sources.   Bide-A-Wee has three Adoption Centers and veterinary clinics, located in Manhattan, Wantagh and Westhampton, as well as pet cemeteries in both Long Island locations.  Bide-A-Wee also offers numerous pet therapy programs, bereavement counseling, animal training, and an animal retirement home.

You can help those loving little ones too, visit their site:

Ann Cohen, Donna Schwarz, and Jane Englebardt
Carson Kressley, Lassie, and Jane Englebardt
Morris gets an award from Bash
Emcee Peter Scolari
David Frei and Debbye Turner
Dr. Werber, Lassie, and Bash
Larry Kimmel with Jane and Leland Englebardt
Peter Scolari, Matt Sapolin, and Compass
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City held its fifth annual Women Who Care luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street. They honored Sheila Johnson, President and Principle of The Washington Mystics; Susan Lucci, Emmy Award Winning Actress, Broadway Star, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist; Meredith Wagner, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Lifetime Entertainment Services; Terrie Williams, President and Founder of The Terrie Williams Agency and Founder of The Stay Strong Foundation. Richard and Dr. Lora Ellenson were the recipients of the Karen Hansen Caregiver Award and Suzanne Wright was honored with the Luella Bennack Volunteer Award.

The Women Who Care Luncheon is a celebration of women who have blazed new paths, broken glass ceilings, and inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors.
Suzanne Wright and Katie Wright
Tom Arnold and Eric Gores
Elly Hammerman with a painting she won in a silent auction that was created by a UCP/NYC consumer

Tom Arnold, Eric Gores, Rochelle Gores, Richard Ellenson, and Dr. Lora Ellenson

Regis Philbin and Susan Lucci

Jamie Hector, Terrie Williams, and Chad Coleman

Susan Lucci, Meredith Wagner, and Kim Gandy

Terrie Williams, Pat Ganzi, Victoria Ganzi, Loreen Arbus, Susan Lucci, Donna Hanover, and Suzanne Wright

Sheila Johnson and Tim Gunn

Gonzalo Cabrera, Loreen Arbus, and Roxana Andrea Suarez

Donna Hanover, Helen Reddy, Suzanne Wright, Loreen Arbus, and Stacey Tisdale

Kim Gandy, Sheila Johnson, and Tim Gunn

Linda Miller, Pat Ganzi, Victoria Ganzi, Donna Hanover, and Bonnie Cohen

Pat Ganzi, Terrie Williams, Danny Glover, Sheila Johnson, and Loreen Arbus

Richard Ellenson, Lisa Belkin, and Lora Ellenson

Mike Conomikes, Pat Ganzi, Bob Wright, and Victor Ganzi

Linda Laul presents “Girl in Mirror” by to Stacy Morrison while Ed Matthews looks on

Photographs by Mia Matheson (ICA).


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