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L. to r.: Xaviera Simmons and Marc Andre Robinson; Kira Lynn Harris and Rodney McMillian; Dana Bethune.

The 2006 Contemporary Friends Spring Benefit for the Studio Museum of Harlem attracted a fabulous crowd of more than 450 friends and supporters. The event was held at the Manhattan hotspot Pacha, with actress Kerry Washington as honorary guest, and music impresario Steve Stoute’s Translation Marketing as underwriting host. Guests included acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson, designer Byron Lars, The New Yorker staff writer Hilton Als, designer Peter Som, and numerous young artists including Rodney McMillian, Xaviera Simmons, Marc Andre Robinson, and William Cordova, among others. With the help of the Contemporary Friends Steering Committee and the Host Committee, the Benefit raised more than $70,000 for the Museum’s educational programs.

The 2006 Host Committee included Andrew Alexis, M.D. and Ama Alexis, M.D., Answorth Allen, M.D. and Rae Wright, M.D., Corey Baylor and Racquel Chevremont Baylor, Jemina R. Bernard, Sharon L. Bryant, Leonard and Marsha Burnett, Susan E. Chapman, Marisha Clinton, Jocelyn Cooper, Sara Daniels, Stephen Dickson, Adrienne N. Edwards, Kianga M. Ellis, Charles F. Etuk, Lisa N. Farrow, Charisse K. Ford, Anthony Frempong-Boadu, M.D.and Gwendolyn Pehrson, Djena N. Graves, David Alan Grier, Angie Hancock, LaMarr Jones, Tina Kim, Shaun Massiah, D.M.D., Pamela A. Pickens, DeWayne A. Powell & Carsten Otto, Shari Sheffield, Tiana Webb-Evans.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally, as well as work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. Through an innovative exhibition program, its signature Artists-in-Residence program for emerging contemporary artists and an extensive schedule of enlightening education and public programs, SMH has become the preeminent museum for African-American art and culture in the country.

Hilton Als and Raymond McGuire

Isolde Brielmaier, Theodore Moran, Racquel Chevremont Baylor, and Corey Baylor

Adrienne N. Edwards, Lea K. Green, Sarah Irby, and her husband Derek

Ruthard C. Murphy and Michael John Downie

Byron Lars and George Chinsee

Corey Evans and Curtistine Waldenhoes

Ruthard C. Murphy, Lea K. Green, Raymond McGuire, Christine Y. Kim, Thelma Golden, and Hallie S. Hobson

DJ Reborn

William Cordova and Carmen Hammons

Kwabena Slaughter, Derrick Adams , and Clifford Owens

Marc Andre Robinson and Wayne Hodge

Lybra Clemons and Erika N. Faust, D.D.S.

Peter Som and Christine Y. Kim

Thelma Golden, Marcus Samuelsson, and Gate Haile

Neil Martin and Garfield Clunie, M.D.

Suki Larson and Todd Hutcheson

The Fisher Research Foundation is the charity that supports The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's, founded by Zachary Fisher and David Rockefeller. They have been working non-stop for over a decade and have raised enormous amounts of money (with 95 cents of of every dollar going directly to research) to help end this devastating disease.
The Fisher Center of Alzheimer’s Research Foundation held its annual fundraising gala at Le Cirque with a VIP reception in the Bloomberg Board Room, followed by dinner at Le Cirque.

Past foundation events have attracted names from the worlds of politics, entertainment, society and media, including Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Congressman Henry Hyde, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Benjamin Gillman, Cong ressman Bill Young, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Don King, Princesse Grazia Borghese, Stephen Baldwin, Steve Forbes, Evander Holyfield, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Bolton, Dick Cavett, Senator Mark Foley, Senator John Porter, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Liz Smith, James Nederlander, Cindy Adams, Donald Trump, Patty Berg, Rita Cosby, Geraldo Rivera, and many more ...

Patricia and Emmanuel Gantz

"Buffy" Waltrip, Michael Waltrip, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Michael Stern, and Mary Asta

Robert Johnston and Linda Conde

Keith Wetmore, Chris Walsh, and Gail Karr

Alison and Howard Lutnick

Le Cirque dessert

Clockwise from above: Mary Asta, Margo MacNabb, Michael Waltrip, and "Buffy" Waltrip; Keith Wetmore; Ursula von Rydingsvard, Dr. Paul Greengard, and Thomas Secunda; Hon. Antonio Bandini and Michael Stern.
Lila Prounis and Theodore Prounis

Lindsay Ornstein and Hadley Fisher

Wanda Murphy opened her solo art show at the Ezair Gallery in Southampton with a private reception. Hosts were Lydia, Gillian and Amanda Hearst, John Flanagan, Lauren and Jim Watkins, Ralph Destino Jr. and Annie Churchill.

Among those admiring the Murphy use of color and lines and sipping Cuvee Palmes d’Oer 1996 and Imperia Vodka cocktails included Jamee and Peter Gregory, Ann Dexter-Jones, Maggie Katz, Annie Churchill, jewelry designer Adria Haume, Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thomas, Marijana Bego, Michelle Herbert, Elaine Sargent, Alan Z. Feuer, Alice Judelson, Pamela Fielder, Liza and Anthony Punnett, Arnold Scaasi, Carole and Tim Reed, Dana and Dr. Patrick Stubgen, Gideon Lewin, Joanna Mastroianni, Michael Burrell, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Mark Gilbertson, David and Renee Sarner, Valeria Kissel and Sean Olnowich, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, and Samantha Cole.

After the show, Wanda hosted a dinner next door at Nello Summertimes. The restaurant served up its classic Northern Italian cuisine. After dinner David Sarner took the guests over to his club Pink Elephant Southampton at the Capri Hotel.

Wanda Murphy’s exhibition will be shown at the Ezair Gallery, 136 Main Street from 12 to 5 pm through June 30.

Maggie Katz, Wanda Murphy, Jamee Gregory, and Annie Churchill

Patrick and Dana Stubgen

Sam and Wanda Murphy

Renee and David Sarner

Carole and Tim Reed

Lisa, Tatianna and Anthony Punnett

Alice Judelson

Peter and Jamee Gregory

Emma Borg and Kaya Sokola

Ellen Cea and John Wegorzewski

Melissa Berkelhammer

Wanda Murphy and Frances Hayward

Marijana Bego and Jackie Rogers

Wanda Murphy and Lucia Hwong-Gordon

Samantha Cole, Sonya Gignac, and Valeria Kissel

Anne Dexter Jones, Sharon Sondes, Geoffrey Thomas, and Michele Herbert

Gideon Lewin and Joanna Mastroianni

Jonathan Cheban and Caroline D'Amore

Gillian and Sylvester Miniter

Photographs by Hannah Thomson (Studio Museum); James Edstom (Project A.L.S.); ©Christopher London (Wanda Murphy).


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