Let the games begin
Randall’s Island Sport Foundation and Red Bull New York kicked off World Cup celebrations with the MasterCard Celebration of Soccer at Carl Icahn Stadium.

Last Monday night it was soccer mania on Randall’s Island at the island’s Premier Soccer Field in Randall’s Island Park when the Randall’s Island Sport Foundation and Red Bull New York kicked off World Cup celebrations with the MasterCard Celebration of Soccer in the USA. They honored soccer stars of the past, present and future. A high-profile crowd of sports stars and fans turned out for the event where they honored Don Garber, Commissioner, Major League Soccer, and Philip Anschutz, Chairman and CEO of the Anschutz Corporation, and raised $750,000. The proceeds will benefit the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation which provides essential free sports and recreation programming for the City’s under-resourced children.

Lawrence Flanagan, Chief Marketing Officer of MasterCard International was the gala’s General Chair. Co-chairs were Karen Cohen, Jane Hanson, Gail Icahn, and Alexi Lalas.

Also present were players from the New York Red Bulls, and future Olympians from the Eastern New York State and New Jersey Olympic Development teams. Among the guests were Adrian Benepe, City Parks Commissioner, Sunil Gulati, Caryn and Rodney Cohen, Richards Davis, Mara and Dean Landis, Nancy and Daniel Neff, Bonnie and Tom Strauss, Freddy Adu, Tony Meiola, John Harkes, Jon Conway, Chris Henderson, Tab Ramos, Steve Jolley, Mark Lisi, Lamar Hunt, Werner Roth, and Shep Messing.

Don Garber with Freddy Adu and his mother
Freddy Adu with RISF kids
Nancy Neff, Ruth Lazarus, Michael Lexton, and Sheryl Lexton
Gail Crystal and Gail Icahn
Lauren Cohen and Dr. Chris Star
Rodney Cohen and his daughter
Alexi Lalas with Gail and Carl Icahn
Chuck Blazer with Sunil Gulati and his wife
Dean Landis and family
Sunil Gulati and Don Garber
Tom and Bonnie Strauss, Karen Cohen, and the Klingensteins
Scott Stringer, Rich Davis, Karen Cohen, Tom Murphy, and Adrian Benepe
Rich Davis, Tom Murphy, Adrian Benepe, and Aimee Boden
Mark Lisi, Mo Johnston, Chris Henderson, Tony Meola, Jon Conway, and Steve Jolley
Inside the tent
Karen Cohen
Gail and Carl Icahn
Shep Messing and Jane Hanson

Last Wednesday night the New York City Ballet held its Spring Gala and featured two world premiere ballets as part of the Diamond Project (named for its benefactress the late Irene Diamond), which is the Company’s season-long festival of new work. Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins’ “The Red Violin” which is set to the score by John Corigliano was one of them. So was Resident Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s “Evenfall” set to Bela Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program also included the pas de deux from William Forsythe’s “Herman Scherman,” which was created by the 1992 Diamond Project.

Following the program, there was an elegant black-tie Supper Ball on the Promenade and Terrace of the New York State Theater. Chairs for the evening were Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky and Margo and Irwin Winkler. Corporate Chairs were Elizabeth and Jeff Peek of CIT and Richard D. Beckman of the Conde Nast Media Group.
Darci Kistler and Peter Martins
Walter Cronkite and Joanna Simon
Isabella Rossellini and Mikhail Baryshnikov
Ed Bradley, Agnes Gund, and Daniel Shapiro
Mr. Fowler and Maria Kowroski
Brian Fallon and Jennie Somogyi
Margo and Irwin Winkle and friend
Kate Betts and Chip Brown
Maria Kowroski and Charles Askegard
Richard and Kristen Beckman
Jonathan Steinberg and Maria Bartiromo
Judy and Sam Peabody
Doo Ri Chung
Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg
Miranda Weese
Tom and Patricia Shiah
The table settings on the Promenade of the New York State Theater
Fe Fendi arrives ...
... and gets down
Leonel Piraino and Nina Griscom arrive ...
... and get down

The Film Society of Lincoln Center honored two-time Academy Award winning actress Jessica Lange at its annual Gala Tribute. Each year since 1972, when the Film Society first organized the event with a presentation to Charles Chaplin, it has saluted a major figure in the film industry with a distinguished body of work. Last year’s guest was Dustin Hoffman.

Currently, Ms. Lange is starring in the independent film Don’t Come Knocking. The film, written and co-starring her longtime companion Sam Shepard, will mark their first collaboration in more than 15 years. Directed by Wim Wenders, Don’t Come Knocking tells the story of an aging movie star who has seen better days. One day he finds out he might have a child somewhere in the world and sets out on a journey to find the family he might have had.

She also just concluded production on Bonneville with fellow award winning actresses Joan Allen and Kathy Bates. The film is written by Daniel Davis and Christopher Rowley and directed by Rowley.

Lange will begin filming Grey Gardens, in the spring of 2006 with Drew Barrymore. The screenplay is based on the lives of “Big and Little Edie," cousins of the late Jacqueline Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill, raised as Park Avenue debutantes but who withdrew from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home, "Grey Gardens." Lange will star as Edith Bouvier Beale, Sr.

Ms. Lange’s tribute was directed and edited by Wendy Keys, and produced by Tony Impavido, the Film Society’s Director of Gala Tributes and Director of Special Events respectively.

The 2006 Gala Tribute is sponsored by The Bank of New York, Graff and Sisley.

L. to r.: Bruce Bryan, Shura Baryshnikov, Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Hannah Shepard, and Walker Shepard.
L. to r.: Christine Baranski, Joan Allen, Kathy Bates, Alan Cumming, Jessica Lange, Charles Grodin, Amy Madigan, Sam Shepard, and Ann Roth.
L. to r.: Seth Rogin, Susan Ferber, Jessica Lang, and Peter and Josephine Kairis. Carmen Rubio Photography.

HJ Development LLC launched the Parkwood at a party at the Old Time Speakeasy. The Parkwood is a custom-designed prewar loft residential condominium with 22 luxury residences and located at 31 East 28th Street. Complete with doorman and apartments of approximately 1,800-2,500 square feet, all residences have an expansive reception area, a fabulously large custom kitchen, two oversized baths and two fabulous light filled duplex penthouses with great views of the Empire State and the Chrysler Building.

Jacquelyn Sonenberg, Brenda Vemich, Stan Ponte, Elizabeth Stribling, Alan Tanksley, Henry and Heela Justin
Ken Scheff and Stan Ponte
L. to r.: Stan Ponte and Alan Tanksley; Cocktail hour.
Brenda Vemich, Stan Ponte, and Elizabeth Stribling
Stan Ponte, Henry Justin, Eran Evron, and Ian Fishkin
Stan Ponte, Elizabeth Stribling, Henry Justin, and Brenda Vemich
Heela and Henry Justin with Marcia Kaufman


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