Good causes abound
David Jorgenson and Rachel Lutzker
Dr. Harold Varmus and Constance Casey
Colie and Susan Burke

The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center presented their 2006 Awards For Excellence to three outstanding New Yorkers at a gala black-tie dinner dance held at The Rainbow Room last week. 240 guests, long dresses, black tie, including Laurie Carson, Arie and Coco Kopelman, Nicole and Derek Limbocker, Susan and Coleman Burke, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Jane, Rusty and Ashley Holzer, Peter and Leslie Jones, Daisy and Paul Soros, Hilary and Joe Califano, Muffie Potter and Sherrell Aston, Tom Guinzburg and Victoria Anstead, Henri and Marie Barguirdjian, Donald Rynne and Nanette Ross. More than $800,000 was raised to support The Society’s patient care, research and education programs at the Center.

24 tables surrounding the dance floor were covered in peach, pink and cream sheer chiffon with swirls of red and pink embroidery, centerpieces of salmon pink peonies paired with sprigs of deeper salmon-colored sweet peas and two and a half foot candelabras with dark pink candles, which gave the room the perfect light for you-know-who (everybody). There were 6-foot tall vases filled with white flowering dogwood on either side of the stage and that legendary view of the misty city below. Ron Wendt was responsible for the entire decorative touch, with the exception of the misty metropolis that provided the ultimate atmosphere.

The Society’s president Vera Safai introduced the Awards Ceremony. She introduced the evening’s two Co-Chairs Mary Davidson and Donna Rosen. Mary recognized some of the honorees from previous years that were in the room: Ben Rosen, Dr. Murray Brennan, Dr. George Bosl, Dr. Paul Marks, David Koch, and Jamie Niven.

Sandy Warner, The Chairman of MSK’s Boards of Overseers and Managers, presented The 2006 Award for Excellence in Corporate Leadership to James D. Robinson III, a General Partner and Co-Founder of RRE Ventures and Chairman of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, who joined MSKCC’s Board of Managers in 1970. He served as Vice Chairman of the Center’s Boards of Overseers and Chairman of Memorial Hospital from 1982 to 1989, when he was elected Chairman of the Board of Managers. In 1998, he was named to serve alongside the late Laurance S. Rockefeller as honorary Co-Chairman of the Boards.

“The term “Corporate Leadership” is synonymous with James D. Robinson,” Sandy said. After receiving his Silver Salver, James spoke of four special words that came to mind when he thought of the zeal and spirit put into the work of The Society and the 9,000 employees at The Center: passion, commitment, dedication and care. Mrs. Safai presented The 2006 Award for Excellence in Medicine to neurologist Dr. Kathleen M. Foley, who is the incumbent of The Society of MSKCC Chair and is former Chief of the Pain and Palliative Care Service. Dr. Foley is a world-renowned authority on pain and its management, especially as it relates to cancer. She also served as the director of the Project on Death in America, which funded research on improving the care of the dying. Dr. Foley thanked her family and especially talked about the bravery of her patients.

Donna Rosen introduced Dr. Harold Varmus, who has served as the President and CEO of MSKCC since January 2000. Dr. Varmus mentioned that he was recently in Europe where his colleagues look with incredible envy at his institution’s philanthropic success. He presented the 2006 Award for Excellence in Philanthropy to Maurice R. (Hank) Greenberg, citing the support he has provided—both personally and in his role as Chairman of The Starr Foundation—to hundreds of organizations and causes nationwide.

Leading the applause were members of the honoree’s families, including Charles, Fritz and David Foley with their cousin Corinne Maloney, Linda Robinson and Corinne Greenberg, as well as Honorary Co-Chair Constance Casey, Dr. Bijan Safai, Patsy Warner, Marvin Davidson, Lee Niven, Dr. Annette Rickel, Victor Rubino, Lisa Silverman, John Damonti, Joan Marks, William and Iffath Hoskins, Catherine and Richard Foster, Dr. Larry Norton, Rachel Lutzker, Andrea Ashford, Craig Eagle, Janet Willis, Pat Skarulis, Catherineand Fred Adler, Amy and Hartley Rogers, Peter Scardino, Ellen and Kenneth Roman, Beryl and Paul Schorr, Isabelle and John Tonelli, Barbara Yastine, Judith Kelman.

And then the crowd danced -- almost til midnight -- to the sounds of Joe’s Jersey Jazz Jesters. Among those polishing the parquet were Heather and Thomas Leeds, Grace and Chris Meigher, Sheri and Larry Babbio, Bambi and Rafe de la Gueronniere, Karen and Anthony May, Helena and Roman Martinez, Robyn and Kenneth Joseph, Sheila and Randall Burkert, Ann and John Pyne, Carol and Peter McNierney, Stephen and Kitty Sherrill, Muffy and Donald Miller, Maria Theodoulou and Allan Haber, Anne and John McSweeney, George and Linda Jorgenson, Kathryn and Alex Martin, and many more.

Mary Davidson and Donna Rosen
Jamee and Peter Gregory
Daisy and Paul Soros
David Koch and Marvin Davidson
Henri and Marie Barguirdjian
Paul and Joan Marks
Jane Holzer with Rusty and Ashley Holzer
Benjamin Rosen, Ellen Roman, and Sheri and Larry Babbio
Heather and Thomas Leeds
Vera and Bijan Safai
Peter and Leslie Jones
The Foleys: Fritz, Dr. Kathleen, Charles, and David
Hilary and Joseph Califano
Andrea Ashford, Dr. Craig Eagle, and Janet Willis
The Winners: James Robinson, Kathleen Foley, and Hank Greenberg
Nicole and Derek Limbocker
Maurice ‘Hank’ and Corrine Greenberg
Sheila and Randall Burkert
Grace and Chris Meigher
Patsy Warner, Linda Robinson, and Sandy Warner
Robyn and Kenneth Joseph
Rafe and Bambi de la Gueronniere
Sandy and Patsy Warner
Roman and Helena Martinez
Donald Rynne and Nanette Ross
Karen and Anthony May
Arie and Coco Kopelman
Dr. Sherrell and Muffie Potter Aston
Joan and Paul Marks
Carol and Peter McNierney
Lee and Jamie Niven
James and Linda Robinson
Ann and John Pyne

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra held its 33rd Annual Patrons Gala at the Metropolitan Club, featuring special guest artist Zhang Oiang from Beijing. The evening honored the renowned, Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun and philanthropist, Edmund C. Duffy.

Edmund C. Duffy, was also honored for his extraordinary contribution to the arts and education, and for his visionary support of Orpheus’ unique education program including its groundbreaking initiative for talented conservatory students, The Orpheus Institute at The Juilliard School. A long time supporter of Orpheus, Mr. Duffy is a Trustee of the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and Partner at Skadden, Arps where he works extensively on international transactions and is a leader of the firm’s Asia practice.

Honorary Gala Chairs were Michael and Zena Wiener and Mary White and Chris Flowers, with Gala Co-Chairs Lizabeth and Frank Newman, Heidi Neuhoff, and Carol Ratrray.

This event is the orchestra’s major fundraiser for the year. Funds raised support the orchestra’s extensive educational programs, integrating classical music into the lives of the next generation.

The Grammy Award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is recognized internationally as one of the world’s great orchestras. It has been thrilling music lovers on four continents for 32 years. For the past twenty-six seasons, the centerpiece of each Orpheus season has been its celebrated concert series at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Accompanying the critical acclaim for Orpheus’ live appearances are numerous distinctions and awards, including a 2001 Grammy Award for “Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures,” a 1998 Grammy nomination for its recording of Mozart piano concerti with Richard Goode, and the 1998 “Ensemble of the Year” award by Musical America.

Barbara Gimbel, Katherine Hughes Del Tufo, and Heidi Neuhoff
Connie Steensma, Vicki Rosen Solomon, Heidi Neuhoff, and Lizabeth Newman
L. to r.: Paul and Daisy Soros; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with guest artist, Zhang Qiang.
Tan Dun, Ronnie Bauch, and Zhang Qiang
Tan Dun and Ronnie Bauch
Tan Dun and friends
Mrs. and Mr. Richard Barovick
Carol Rattray, Shirley Young, Heidi Neuhoff, and Caroline Lee
Edmund C. Duffy and Connie Steensma

The United Hospital Fund presented Distinguished Trustee Awards to 31 New York City hospital trustees at a Friday luncheon at the Waldorf. The honorees, all volunteers, were recognized for their leadership, guidance, and extraordinary service to the city’s not-for-profit hospitals.

Commerce Bank was the underwriter of the 2006 Tribute to Hospital Trustees. Commerce founder and chairman Vernon W. Hill, II joined United Hospital Fund President James R. Tallon, Jr. and luncheon co-chairman Brooke Garber Neidich and Jamie. Niven in recognizing the 31 Distinguished Trustees who were honored at the event.

Brooke Neidich is the chair of the NYU Child Study Center and a trustee of NYU Medical Center. Mr. Niven, vice chairman of Sotheby’s, is a member of the Board of Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The trustees were nominated by their respective institutions—the Fund’s beneficiary not-for-profit hospitals—which include community hospitals as well as academic medical centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

“The commitment of these trustees to the hospitals they serve makes them a vital force in New York City’s rapidly changing health care system,” said Fund President James R. Tallon, Jr. “They provide unique perspective, combining sensitivity to local needs with a concern for quality and fiscal responsibility. Recognizing their invaluable role and supporting their efforts on behalf of New York City’s voluntary hospitals are central to the mission of the United Hospital Fund.”

Clockwise from left: Jeffrey W. Greenberg and Corrine Greenberg; Hope Bryce Preminger is recognized by the crowd; Pam Brier and Hyman Schoenblum.
Vernon W. Hill II, Greg Braca, and John C. Simons
Jamie Niven, Brooke Garber Neidich, and Jim Tallon
Howard Smith, Jean Smith, and J. Barclay Collins II
Ralph V. Johnson takes a bow
Archie Spigner is recognized by the crowd
Rev. Patrick J. Frawley and Most Reverend Joseph M. Sullivan

Sotheby's Auction House and Jamie Niven, along with Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass, William Rollnick and Joseph Volpe, hosted a reception and exhibition on Tuesday, May 23rd, to debut photographer Nancy Ellison's beautiful new book In Grand Style: The Glory of the Metropolitan Opera (Rizzoli New York, 2006). 

Many of the town’s most passionate Metropolitan Opera supporters were in attendance to view 40 of the Ellison photographs including Tosca (Luciano), Cyrano de Bergerac (Placido), and Turandot (Finale). All of the proceeds from the sale went to the Metropolitan Opera. Admirers included Dr. Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Anna Wintour, Dr. and Mrs. Sherrell Aston, Gustavo and Patty Cisneros. Mercedes Bass recently presented the Met with the largest single unrestricted gift paid at one time from an individual in the company's 123-year history. Mrs. Bass’ gift has a direct and positive impact on the financial health of the institution.
Ahmet and Mica Ertegun with Duane Hampton
Barbara Walters and Bill Rollnick
Carolina Herrera and Gil Shiva
David and Sherri Weston, Mercedes Bass, and Frank Richardson
Nancy Ellison and JP Pappis
William A. Frosch with Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros
Parker Ladd, Barbara Cates, and Arnold Scaasi
Sharon Hoge and Patricia Duff
Wendy Luers and Mike Wallace
Willa Sands, Socrates Nicholas, and Maria Koujman
Jill Spalding with Ambassador Donald and Vera Blinken
Lorna Graev and Lisa Birnbach
Jan and Charles Cowles with Ahmet Ertegun
Jeanne Volpe, Anka Palitz, and Kevin Kennedy

Photographs by Jack Miller (UHF).



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