Wednesday's lineup

The Tree Trust Committee held its 2nd annual cocktail party.

The New-York Historical Society held a black-tie dinner in honor of their first annual Chairman's Council Weekend with History.

During cocktails, there were informal remarks by historians Eric Foner, Andrew Delbanco, Sean Wilentz, Simon Scama, and Henry Louise Gates, Jr. At dinner, Doris Kearns Goodwin was presesnted with the first annual New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize.

In addition to the noted historians, guests included Marsha Andrews, Robert and Helen Appel, Bill and Bunny Beekman, Norman Benzaquen, Ron Chernow, Arthur E. Imperatore, Richard Gilder, Susan and Roger Hertog, Cordelia and Carl B. Menges, Thomas R. Moore, Nancy Newcomb, Stephan Newhouse, Alexandra and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Rosalind Walter, Lulu C. Wang, Michael and Leah Weisberg, and David and Barbara Zalaznick.
Bunny Beekman and friend

Eric Foner and Joyce Appleby

David Blight and Sean Willentz

Howard Berkowitz, Martin Gross, and Judy Berkowtiz

L. to r.: Leah Weisberg; Susan and Roger Hertog with friends.

Lulu Wang and Leah Weisberg

Philip Buckner and Joyce Cowin

L. to r.: Nancy Newcomb, Louise Mirrer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Pam Schalfer; Marjorie and Gurnee Hart.
Richard Goodwin and Sir Thomas Moore

Steven Mintz, David Blight, and Sean Willentz

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company celebrated a successful year of touring with its annual gala benefit three weeks ago at Chanterelle on 2 Harrison Street.

The evening, entitled “Participating in the World of Ideas,” was a celebration of creative collaboration with visionary leaders in the world of the arts.  More than 75 guests attended including Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, Thelma Golden, Mort Zuckerman, Moby,  and Billie Tsien, will mingle with the gorgeous Company dancers, as well as with Bill T. Jones, himself.

The event is sponsored by Time Warner Inc., as well as by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Board Chairman Eric Anderson, Jack Taylor, Carol Tolan, Ric Wanetik, and David Hagans.
Kent Klineman and Jean Davidson

Tod Williams, Bjorn Amelan, and Billie Tsien

Bill T. Jones, Dina Richardson, Kweli Washington, and Charles Turner

Moby and Jack Taylor

Stephen Hendel, Laurie Anderson, Ruth Hendel, and Lou Reed

Kiki Smith and Bill T. Jones

Kara Walker, Kevin Moses, Hedy Klineman, and Thelma Golden

Jim DeMarse and Elisabeth DeMarse

Kara Walker

William Toner and Zoe Eskin

Asad Rahman and Kenna Baudin

Alexandra Corbin, Wen-Chung Lin, and Dona Lee Kelly

Lawrence Mondschein and Carol Tolan

Jack Lenor Larsen and Bjorn Amelan

Mort Zuckerman and Marcus Polanco

Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson

Byron Kim, Debbie Hellman, and Derek Brown

Asli Bulbul

Daniel Nissenbaum and Penelope Kim

Eric Anderson

William Traylor and Bill T. Jones

Bill Katz

The Food Allergy Initiative held its 7th Annual Spring Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street with all proceeds benefit the Food Allergy Initiative’s research activities and educational programs aimed at finding a cure and effectively treating and raising awareness of food allergies. 

Abbey Braverman and Roxanne Palin were this year’s Co-Chairs.  The Guest of Honor was Dr. Scott Sicherer from The Elliot & Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  Lori Stokes, Anchor, WABC-TV, was the Mistress of Ceremonies.  Harriette Rose Katz organized the luncheon gratis, and on a personal note, her granddaughter Lexi suffers from food allergies.

The Food Allergy Initiative is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies. Through research and clinical activities, FAI’s goal is to develop a cure by 2010.  FAI supports public policy initiatives to create safer environments for those afflicted with food allergies. They have also created educational programs for schools, health and child care workers and members of the food service and hospitality industries to increase awareness about food allergies.

Dean and Roxanne Palin
Heather Brown and Elizabeth Ornstein Milgrim

Abbey and Steve Braverman

Julie Leff, Roslyn Jaffe, and Donna Emma

Liana Silverstein Backal, Roxanne Palin, Todd Slotkin, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Roxanne Palin and Abbey Braverman
Lori Stokes
Heather Mnuchin and Barbara Winston
L. to r.: Caryl Palin; Dr. Scott Sicherer, Mati Sicherer, and Todd Slotkin; Harriette Rose Katz.

The Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee hosted two events to bring awareness and raise money for the Park’s trees and its 21 playgrounds. 

The Tree Trust Committee held its 2nd annual cocktail party at the base of the Obelisk or as it has become known “Cleopatra’s Needle” in Central Park, right behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Tree trust is charged with the duty of providing permanent care for the Park’s 26,000 trees.  The group works to have every tree in the Park endowed, and so far Barbara WaltersCarly Simon, and Brooke Astor are among the many New Yorkers who have endowed trees in their name or as a gift, or had a tree endowed for them.

Around this gracious needle, a group of nearly 100 gathered to admire the beauty of Central Park’s trees in the spring. Tree admirers included Tree Trust Committee Chairs Gail Hilson and Cathy Ingram. They were joined by Central Park Conservancy chairman Ian Smith and his wife Margaret Smith, a member of the Tree Trust and the Woman’s Committee, along with Woman’s Committee president Nancy Paduano, and other members including Eleanore Kennedy with husband Michael Kennedy in tow and Marjorie Fortgang. Other tree fans in attendance were Daisy Soros, Collette Kean, Christina Assael, Jean Clark, Bambi de la Gueronniere, Fran Poole, Lila Prounis, Sue Rotenstreich, Elizabeth Stribling, Mikel Witte with her husband weatherman Joe Witte … and the last minute sunshine.

Miniter family
Harry Kargman and Tinkerbell

Cricket and Manzi Burns

Another gorgeous afternoon in the Park and the women turned their attention to Central Park’s playgrounds. The Playground Partners and Patrons Committee chaired by Gillian Miniter hosted its annual Playground Party at the newly renovated Heckscher Playground. Located near the Columbus Circle entrance of Central Park, the one-acre playground, which is the oldest and largest in Central Park, was turned into a children’s fantasy play land. In addition to the playground’s plethora of slides, swings and climbing equipment, the kids loved getting their faces painted and getting tattoos, laughed at the antics of Magic Al, danced to the sounds of the Squeaky Clean Band and ate all the hot dogs, popcorn, macaroni and cheese, cotton candy and brownies in sight!! The kids buzzed about the water features that will be turned on next month. Rumor has it next year’s event might just be a wet one.


The parents loved it as much as the kids. Fashionable families came from the east and west side. Gillian brought her husband Sylvester Miniter and children Serena and Quint. Also in attendance were Women’s Committee members Karen LeFrak and Wendy Carduner, Tracy Pollan with her daughter, Teresa Teague with her boys Alexander and Nicholas, Christine Cachot Williams with daughter Allegra, Claudia Overstrom with daughter Taylor, Leslie Brille with baby Isabella, Yildiz Blackstone with son Joshua, Cricket Burns with girls Manzi and India, Veronique Pittman with daughter Lucy, Susan Fales-Hill with daughter Bristol, Liz Eliot with daughters Victoria and Caroline, and Jennifer Keil with husband BradenKeil and Kaitlin, Sallie Abelow with Campbell, Eva Dillon with Lily and Charlie and the list goes on and on.

It may seem like child’s play but the Playground Party attracted more than 1,200 guests and raised more than $130,000 for Central Park’s playgrounds. The money raised helps fund three full-time crews devoted to the maintenance of the playgrounds. In addition to fundraising, the committee also sponsors two community service projects every year for families in the Park.
Michael and Eleanora Kennedy with friends
Ian and Margaret Smith
The Loyola School, a private Jesuit high school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, hosted its 14th annual auction to benefit the school’s scholarship fund. The annual event, which serves as the principle fundraising event for the Parents’ Association, was themed “On the Beach at Bali Hai” and featured hundreds of live and silent auction items. The auction raised more than $250,000 towards Loyola’s mission and scholarship fund.

“On the Beach at Bali Hai” was held at Wallace Hall, on Park Avenue at 84th Street.  The event was attended by celebrities including actress Edie Falco and world-renowned chef Lidia Bastianich, and featured auction items such as stunning jewelry; dinner for four at Circo Restaurant with Sopranos’ stars Tony Sircio and Steve Shirripa; vacation getaways to Norway and Ireland; and two tickets for next year’s Super Bowl in Florida.
Founded in 1900, Loyola School is an independent, coeducational, Jesuit high school committed to academic excellence, where we challenge our students to become intellectually fulfilled, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.
Edie Falco
Student volunteers
Jose Suquet with Headmaster James Lyness
The Bastianich family with Fr. Steve Katsouros
Live auction bidding
Student volunteers
Silent auction bidding
Raquel and John Baker

Photographs by Clint Spaulding/©Patrick McMullan (Food Allergy); George Hirose (Bill T. Jones).


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