Diane Coffey with Peter Vallone, Ashton Hawkins, and Eric Rudin where she was honored with the second annual Alliance for the Arts Prize.
Two weeks ago this past Tuesday at the Rainbow Room, The Alliance for the Arts honored Diane Mulcahy Coffey with its second annual Alliance for the Arts Prize for her most effective and committed support of the arts in New York City. Mrs. Coffey, a very popular New Yorker who served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Ed Koch, later worked for Howard Stein at the Dreyfus Fund and is now a managing director at the investment banking firm of Peter J. Solomon Company (Solomon served as Ed Koch’s deputy mayor), as well as serving as vice-chairman of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Mrs. Coffey is one of those people who “knows everybody” and usually has a good thing to say about everybody. She’s also known for her frankness which is dished out with a velvet glove. Mayor Bloomberg told the crowd that night how Donald Trump once made the mistake of calling her “honey.” “I’m not your honey,” she reprimanded in her direct yet bemused style. When asked what he could do to make her his “honey,” she replied: “Finish Wollman Rink on time and on budget.”
A graduate of Manhattanville, Mrs. Coffey is known for her formidable manner in raising money and getting the job done. She has an easy-going, almost casual manner which belies a will of steel. Mr. Koch recalled the time a woman introduced herself to him adding “I work for Diane Coffey.” “I thought you worked for me,” Mr. Koch responded, then suddenly realized that “We all worked for Diane Coffey.”
The Committee of Honor for the evening included Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Chuck Shumer, Governor George Pataki, former New York City mayor David Dinkins and Ed Koch. Honorary Vice-chairs were Patricia Harris, Diana Taylor, Peter F. Vallone, Mark di Suvero and Wynton Marsalis. Co-chairs were Gordon Davis, Ashton Hawkins and John Moore, Ronay and Richard Menschel, Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Susan and Jack Rudin, Edith and Martin Segal, and Susan and Peter Solomon. A good time was had by all. Mrs. Coffey wouldn’t have accepted it any other way.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor getting down
Judy Auchincloss and Randy Bourscheidt
Fiona Rudin and David Weprin
Justin Rockefeller and Indre Vengris
Linda Silverman and Milton Dresner
Paul Beirne and Susan Henschaw Jones
Stephanie French and Charles Cowles
L. to r.: The Tsais; Patti Harris, David Dinkins, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Ed Koch.
L. to r.: Susan Freedman, Nathan Leventhal, Erena Stennett, and Jonathan Capehart; Fiona Rudin and Kimberly Marshall.
Rick Bell, Edward Koch, Christine Nicholas, and friend
Tina Ramirez, Duane Hampton, and Deborah Krulewitch
Mark Lebow, Diane Coffey, Robert Tierney, and Carolyn Tierney
Brian Whitney, Eric Shiner, and Michael Cole
Two weeks ago on a Wednesday, Graham Windham hosted its Bicentennial Ball at Cipriani Wall Street, celebrating 200 years of service to the children and families of New York. Graham Windham is the oldest non-sectarian child welfare agency in the US. It was founded in 1806 by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton. They honored Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools with the Bicentennial Isabella Graham Award from Poul Jensen, President and CEO of Graham Windham.
Shamika Lee, a former foster child in Graham Windham’s care for more than ten years, and now a trustee and active volunteer in the organization gave an inspirational keynote address.
Among those attending: Georgia Wall and Donald J. Gogel, Poul and Denise Jensen, Melissa and Todd Thompson, Heather and Brian McVeigh, Tracy and Jim Rutherfurd, Michael and Anne Golden, Suzy and Carter Bales, Connie and John Sargent, Linda and Keith Winn, Jennifer Brorsen and Richard DeMartini, Hamid Biglari and Laya Khadjavi, John Cecil and Celia Feisher, David Hunt, Rita McLaughlin, Sydney Reynolds and James Raniere, Jill and Alan Rappaport, Nina and Ken Bryant, and Pam and Guy Minetti.
After the presentation and speeches, the crowd hit the dance floor to the music of DJ Tom Finn. They raised $1.2 million for Graham Windham’s child welfare programs which serve more than 6000 children and families in New York every year.
Carol and Nate Sleeper
Cheryl Donner and Pamela Minetti
Donald Gogel and Georgia Wall
Chanler Rutherfurd and Hillary Rappaport
Christina Frank and Jane Frank
Denise and Poul Jensen
John Cecil and Celia Felsher
Leah Gogel and TJ Slavin
Linda and Keith Winn
Melissa Thompson and Shamika Lee
Nina and Ken Bryant
Sarah Mitchell and Tom Richie
Ann Jackson, Jill Rappaport, and Jennifer Brorsen
Connie and John Sargent
Georgia Wall, Tracy Rutherfurd, Melissa Thompson, and friend
James Raniere and Sydney Reynolds
L. to r.: Jill Rappaport, Chanler Rappaport, Hillary Rutherfurd, Tracy Rutherfurd, Georgia Wall, and Leah Gogel; Joel Klein.
Lisa Murphy, Mary Pang, Melissa Thompson, and Scott Gregorchuk
Natalia Soler, Michael Golden, and Suzy Bales
Shamika Lee and Poul Jensen
Three weeks ago at the Pierre, The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, patient education and public advocacy, honored two outstanding figures in the Parkinson’s communityat its annual gala, Bal du Printemps. The honorees – Dr. Stanley Fahn, PDF Scientific Director and Lukas Foss, composer, conductor, pianist and educator who lives with Parkinson’s – represent PDF’s commitment to recognizing and involving all members of the Parkinson’s community in the fight to find the cause(s) of and a cure for the disease.
Bal du Printemps is PDF’s annual black tie gala event. Every year, philanthropic leaders join together to help raise funds to support PDF’s research programs, as well as to honor outstanding members of the community for their work in the fight against Parkinson’s. This year’s Gala Chairs were Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D. and Isobel Robins Konecky; Honorary Chairs were Page Morton Black and Judith Sulzberger, M.D.; Corporate Chairs were John and Marianne Castle, John and Margo Catsimatidis and Alan and Kathy Greenberg.
Dr. Fahn received the Page and William Black Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his service to the Parkinson’s community for more than three decades as Chief of Movement Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). He is the H. Houston Merritt Professor of Neurology and Director of CUMC’s Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders. In addition to publishing ground-breaking PD research (such as a recent landmark study showing that levodopa does not hasten the clinical progression of Parkinson’s and may actually slow it down), Dr. Fahn sees a full schedule of patients, runs conferences, participates in dozens of scientific panels and supervises a group of talented post-doctoral fellows, the future leaders of his field.
As PDF’s Scientific Director, Dr. Fahn plays an integral role in shaping our research and education programs. He was also Chair of the World Parkinson Congress 2006 in Washington, DC, which provided an international forum for the best scientific discoveries, medical practices and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Fahn received the award from Dr. Lewis Rowland, President of PDF's Board of Directors and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Columbia University.
Lukas Foss was presented with the Inaugural Isobel Robins Konecky Creativity Award for his distinguished music career and his strength and courage as a person who lives with Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Foss is the Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Milwaukee Symphony. He has taught composition at Tanglewood, and has been composer-in-residence at Harvard, the Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University and presently, Boston University. In 1983, he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, of which he is now a Vice Chancellor. The holder of eight honorary doctorates, he is in constant demand as a lecturer and in 1986 he delivered the prestigious Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.
Mr. Foss received the award from Dr. Oliver Sacks, noted neurologist and author of Awakenings.
About Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for or definitive cause of Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Lewis Rowland, Dr. Flint Beal, and Dr. Ira Shoulson
Dr. Timothy Pedley, Dr. Stanley Fahn, and Dr. Lewis Rowland
Howard and Ginger Morgan and friends
Isobel Robins Konecky and Ace Greenberg
Margo and John Catsimatidis
Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Fahn
Dr. Oliver Sacks
Karen Burke Goulandris
Nancy Ozelli Schiffman and Peter Dorn
Lukas and Cornelia Foss with Robin Elliott
Len Berman and Ron Konecky
Kitty Carlisle Hart and Emily Spiegel
Margo Catsimatidis, Isobel Robins Konecky, and Domna Stanton