Party Pics Galore

The American Museum of Natural history held its 14th annual Corporate Dinner on May 9th, honoring Charles Prince, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup. The museum’s president, Ellen Futter, presented Mr. Prince with the Distinguished Service to Science and Education Award, in recognition of his commitment and contributions to science education and cultural programs.

The black-tie evening began with a cocktail reception outside on the Arthur Ross Terrace. The dinner and award presentation took place in the stunning Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

Some of the city’s most distinguished business leaders and philanthropists join the American Museum of Natural History at its Corporate Dinners. Dinner chairmen were Museum trustee Victor F. Ganzi, President and CEO, the Hearst Corporation; Museum trustee Richard D. Parsons, Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Inc.; Jeffery Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE; Stephen R. Volk, Vice Chairman, Citigroup; and William Weldon, Chairman and CEO, Johnson and Johnson.

Among the 500 guests attending the evening were Lewis Bernard, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Martin J. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer, American International Group, Inc.; Martin Lipton, Senior Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Jeffrey M. Peek, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CIT Group Inc.; Kevin Burke, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Consolidated Edison, Inc.; George Irish, President, Hearst Newspapers, Senior Vice President, The Hearst Corporation; Helen Gurley Brown, former editor, Cosmopolitan magazine; Ted Roosevelt, Managing Director, Lehman Brothers; Barbara Byrne, Vice Chairman, Lehman Brothers; John Utendahl, President and Chief Executive Officer, Utendahl Capital Partners, L.P.; Tom and Meredith Brokaw. This is a very important fund-raising evening for the museum. Proceeds from the dinner support ongoing educational and scientific programs at the Museum.
Barbara Byrne and Ted Roosevelt IV
Cathie Black and Lewis Bernard
Lewis Bernard and Richard D. Parsons
Susan and Martin Lipton with Ellen V. Futter
Sallie Krawcheck, Richard D. Parsons, and Peggy Wolff
Peggy Wolff and Chuck Prince
Ellen V. Futter, Christine Poon, Honoree Chuck Prince, and Peggy Wolff
Ellen V. Futter and Chuck Prince
Sallie Krawcheck and John Utendahl
Bill Weldon, Diane Volk, Ellen V. Futter, and Lewis Bernard
Liz and Jeff Peek
Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown
Beth Barrett, Victoria Ganzi, Jeannie Wetherill, Patricia Ganzi, and Helen Gurley Brown
L. to r.: Dinner in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life; Baked Alaska Whale for dessert.

It was called the Black Slipper Ball and it benefited the Ballet Hispanico. Mayor Bloomberg was there. And Liza Minnelli. And Kitty Carlisle Hart. They honored Lois Betts whose husband Roland has been the President’s chum since their days at Yale. Mr. Betts developed something called the Chelsea Piers here in New York. He’s a textbook case of the entrepreneurial: vision, imagination, risk-taker.

Mayor Bloomberg presented the award to Mrs. Betts. There was a silent auction of one-of-a-kind black ballet slippers designed by Holly Dunlap for Swarovski, Elizabeth Taylor, Carolina Herrera, and Alan Cumming. The proceeds from that auction go to provide scholarships for young dancers. Miss Taylor’s shoe was dyed Pantone #2725 and it was immediately known as Elizabeth Taylor Lavendar.

Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez to reflect the rich heritage and cultural achievements of Hispanic-Americans through professional dance performance, training, and education. Ms. Ramirez envisioned a ballet company in which classical ballet and modern dance techniques were infused with Hispanic themes, music and movement. Ballet Hispanico also has a prestigious dance academy that has been attended by Leelee Sobieski, Jennifer Lopez, and Rachel Ticontin. The school is dedicated to enrolling children who wish to study dance, regardless of their ability to pay. Ballet Hispanico subsidizes tuition and provides more than $100,000 a year in scholarships.

What began as a small dance troupe performing at local community events has evolved into an ensemble at home in the world’s major concert halls. The Ballet Hispanico Company has performed for more than two million people in 46 states, Europe, and South America. They have been seen at the John F. Kennedy Cente, the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Houston’s Wortham Center, the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, Boston’s Celebrity Series, Wolf Trap and Jacob’s Pillow.

Angela Saralegy and Tina Ramirez
Saul Zabar and Kitty Carlisle Hart
Mayor Bloomberg and Susana de la Puenta
Eduardo Xol, Tina Ramirez, Richard Perez-Feria, Maria Celeste Arraras, and Shlim
Lois Phifer Betts and Jody Arnhold
Gigi Perez and Desmond Child
Lois Phifer Betts and Ronald Betts with their daughter
Tina Ramirez, Liza Minnelli, and Jody Arnhold
Liza and Mayor Bloomberg

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Last Tuesday night Ann Tisch hosted a special reception for the Benefit Committee of the 10th Anniversary Celebration for the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. The actual Anniversary Celebration will occur with an “Inaugural (Em)Power Breakfast” on September 27th honoring Nancy Peretsman, Managing Director of Allen & Company, Thelma Golden, Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Starr Foundation.

The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem was New York City’s first all-girls’ public school. In its first ten years, the Young Women’s Leadership School has graduated every one of its seniors, sent 100% to college and forever changed the landscape of public education. The school, known as TYWLS, has been a catalyst for single-sex public school programs across the nation.

Mrs. Tisch is the Founder of the school and also founder and President of the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation which was established in 1998 by her and her husband Andrew Tisch to support the work of TYWLS, CollegeBound and the development of a network of all-girls’ public schools. The Foundation is at the forefront of the nation’s reform movement and is one of the most important forces in creating choice for disadvantaged students in urban public school systems. 
Abby Ellin, Kim Bishop, and Diane Felenstein
Ann Shoket, Sarah Wendt, Thelma Golden, and Cathleen Black
AnnTisch, Sue Webb, and Cathleen Black
Bara Tisch with David and Sheila Cornstein
Betty Rollin, Maureen Grogan, and Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem students
Billie Tisch, Merryl Tisch, and Sy Fliegel
Fleur Harlan, Ann Tisch, and Ellen Levine
Gerry Laybourne, Suzanne Wright, and Lawrence Otis Graham
Gladys Thomas, Alexandra Lebenthal, Nina Koprulu, and Jay Diamond
Jon Roure, Chris Farmer, and Sy Fliegel
Jonathan Capehart with Ann and Billie Tisch
Judith Aidoo and Sarah Wendt
Karen and Jim McDonald with Richard Cohen
Mary Schmidt Campbell, Thelma Golden, and Sheena Wright
L. to r.: Muriel Siebert with Ann and Donovan Moore; Maury Povitch, Connie Chung, and Andrew Tisch; Matilda Raffa Cuomo.
Tony Gooch, Florence Davis, and Principal Kathleen Ponze
Students Kimberly Tavarez and Veronica Vazques with Gladys Thomas and Nina Koprulu
Meredith Wagner and Richard Levine
Seniors from TYWLS: Stephanie Zambrano, Deisy Ortiz, Kimberly Tavarez, and Veronica Vazques

Two weeks ago Wednesday, New York’s premier Latin American museum, El Museo del Barrio, celebrated its 13th annual gala with 450 guests for dinner and dancing at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The gala was a celebration of many things including artistic contributions from Ruben and Isabel Toledo, the honorary chairs who designed the invitation, as well as a guest appearance from French singer-actress Arielle Dombasle. The décor evoked an Old World Latin theme of bamboo, elephant leaves, warm candlelight, leopard orchids and colors of orange and yellow. Guests included Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera, Narciso Rodriguez, Francisco Costa, Angel Sanchez, Edmundo Castillo, Carlos Miele, Candy Pratts Price, Simon Doonan, Kate D. Levin, Sarah Wolfe, Iris Cantor, Tony and Olga Duke, Julian Zugazagoitia.

The junior set arrived to pitchers of mojitos and saucy Latin tunes that kept the guests dancing beyond midnight. They raised more than $700,000 from ticket sales and an after-dinner silent auction of Ruben Toledo’s portraits.
Edmundo Castillo, Candy Pratts Price, and Narciso Rodriguez
Ruben with his gals
Toni Colon Neveres
Jana Pascquel and Yaz Hernandez
Karina Correa Maury
Olivia Palermo
Arielle Dombasle and Julian Zugazagoitia
Francisco Costa
Isabel and Ruben Toledo
Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera
Carlos Miele and Vanessa von Bismarck
Yaz Hernandez and Angel Sanchez
The Women in the Know Awards, hosted by Vanity Fair and Fortunoff, honored the contributions of three outstanding females: Petra Nemcova (the Happy Hearts Fund), Lesley Stahl (the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund), and Carolina Herrera (AIDS Community Research Initiave of America). The Women in the Know Awards honor those women who have selflessly made a profound contribution to their community. Among the guests that evening at the Fortunoff boutique on Fifth Avenue: Tinsley Mortimer, Fabian Basabe, Bobby Zaren, Alexis Bryan, Robert Verdi, Bob Collacello who came with Carolina Herrera, and Esther Fortunoff.
Carolina Herrera and Bob Colacello
Tinsley Mortimer and Fabian Basabe
Tara Halper and Beth Kaltman
Joel Kier and Petra Nemcova
Robert Verdi
Petra Nemcova and Lesley Stahl
L. to r.: Alexis Bryan; Ruth Fortunoff, Petra Nemcova, and Esther Fortunoff; Arlene Cutterman.

For Just Cavalli’s first-ever New York event, celebrities and New York’s young social crowd were out in full force to celebrate with Designer Roberto Cavalli and Teen Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley, including Zoe Saldana, Jason Lewis, Kellie Pickler and Constantine of American Idol, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Lydia Hearst-Shaw, Victoria and Vanessa Traina, and Genevieve Jones. Young designers Zac Posen, Thakoon Panichgul and Esteban Cortezar also came out to support Just Cavalli.

The just-opened downtown hot spot, The Manor, was transformed into a Just Cavalli paradise inspired by the Spring/Summer 2006 collection. Guests admired the décor so much that many people took the custom-made Just Cavalli pillows in the signature “Bora Bora” print with them! Guests enjoyed Roberto Cavalli Vodka and lots of dancing to DJ Sky Nellor’s soundtrack. The goody bags included a Just Cavalli beach towel, scarf, Just Cavalli fragrance, and the latest issue of Teen Vogue.

Hayden Panettiere
Victoria and Vanessa Traina
Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Genevieve Jones
Nicole Pace, America Next Top Model
L. to r.: The Manor; Amy Astley.
Roberto Cavalli and Lydia Hearst-Shaw
Zoe Saldana
DJ Sky Nellor
Lydia Hearst-Shaw
Margherita Missoni
Leigh Lezark, Geordon Nicol, and Greg K of MisShapes
Jason Lewis

Vanessa Minnillo

Kellie Pickler

Alison Minton hosted a very unusual birthday party on Sunday, May 21, to benefit The Humane Society of New York. Alison hosted a birthday party for her Umbrella Cockatoo, Chris, and her White Capped Pionus, Holly, at Giovanni Ristorante on West 55th Street. In lieu of gifts for the pampered parrots, Minton requested that donations be made to The Humane Society of New York, which raised more than $2,000 with the help of guests and supporters including Manhattan’s Sutton Aviary.

When entering the quaint Italian restaurant, Chris and Holly flew overhead and greeted everyone with a “hello” including Alison’s mother Barbara, Frederick Afif, Ed Brown, Jennifer Bowden, Anne D’Inncenzio, Lisa Forman, Michele Gerber Klein, Kathleen Giordano, and Linda Gras, the former Deputy Commissioner for Mayor Bloomberg’s Office.

Special cocka-tails served in parrot-shaped cups were enjoyed by guests including The Humane Society of New York’s Susan Richmond and Anne-Marie Karash. The restaurant was adorned with Birds-of-Paradise and peacock feather floral arrangements, provided by Marian Kelly Fine Flowers. Chris Lukas, Dennis and Gail Karr, Elizabeth Nicolossi, Lawrence Roberts, Peter Sallese, Andrew Shore, David Steiner, Helena Kim, and Mark Zuckerman were all on hand enjoying the Italian, bird-friendly, vegetarian hors d’oeuvres a delicious buffet including mini pizzettes and mushroom risotto.

Everyone was impressed with Holly and Chris’ good manners. Guests’ favorite activities included feeding Chris and Holly their birthday carrot cake with forks and posing for photographs with the feathered guests of honor. No one left empty handed, as Alison provided each guest with something to bring home to their own nest including safari-themed bandanas and a parrot-shaped mug.
Alison and Chris Minton with Lisa Forman

Frederick Afif and Alison Minton

Barbara Minton and Linda Gras
Kathleen Giordano with Chris and Holly Minton

Alison with Susan Richmond and Anne-Marie Karash

Andrew Shore, Jennifer Bowdon, and Ed Brown

Michele Gerber Klein with Alison and Chris Minton

Clockwise from top left: Chris Minton soars; A floral arrangement and goody bags; Holly Minton; The birthday cake.

Photographs by ©D. Finnin (AMNH); Vanessa Leng (Ballet Hispanico); Joe Schildhorn/©Patrick McMullan (Museo).


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