New York to Houston and back
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted Houston’s second annual Designs of Hope gala (Clockwise from top left): Richard Sherman and Little Jewford; Mike and Ericka McClure; George H.W. Bush and Duni Hebron; Mike and Karen Mayell; R.O. and Carol Hutton; Willem Pleg and Carolyn Farb.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted Houston’s second annual Designs of Hope gala at the InterContinental Houston hotel.

The event, which raised $500,000, benefited UNICEF programs that provide care and support for orphans made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. UNICEF Ambassador Jane Curtin served as Mistress of Ceremonies and Broadway Star and GRAMMY Award winning songstress Michelle Williams entertained the loyal and dedicated crowd. Famed two-time Academy Award and GRAMMY Award winning composer/lyricist Richard Sherman was on hand to perform a medley of his most famous songs from such productions as Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Aristocats and Jungle Book. He ended his set with It's A Small World, a song he created in 1964 and dedicated to UNICEF.

Dr. Carolyn Farb served as the event’s chairperson. Former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush and Richard M. Sherman were the recipients of UNICEF/Houston’s Gold Medallion of Honor. Honorary Chairpersons were The Honorable Joanne King Herring and The Duke and the Duchess de Gramont. Youth Chairs were Ashley Bush and Leila Ladjevardian.

Akbar and Rishma Mohamed

Gary and Elizabeth Peterson

Jack and Ginger Blanton

Other notables seen in the elegant gathering included: Eileen and Kase Lawal, who head UNICEF’s HIV/Aids Campaign in Texas; John and Becca Cason Thrash, Ginger and Jack Blanton, Maria and Neil Bush, Michael and Ileanna Trevino, George and Annette Strake, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Sue Trammell Whitfield, and Larry Brookshire.

Launched in 2002 by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and InterContinental Hotels Group, the parent company of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Designs of Hope is a series of design- inspired fundraising events. Over the past four years, Designs of Hope events have raised over two million dollars.

“A generation of children and adolescents have never known a world free of HIV and AIDS. An increasing number of parents are dying of AIDS, leaving infected, affected and vulnerable children, including large numbers of orphans, behind,” said Chairwoman Dr. Carolyn Farb “It is important that we all do what we can to assist children who are traumatized as their parents, guardians and teachers die from this horrific pandemic. The Designs of Hope gala is the perfect opportunity for Houstonians to support this very important cause and have an enjoyable entertainment filled evening.”

Founded in 1946, UNICEF helps save, protect and improve the lives of children in 155 countries and territories through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority. For more information about UNICEF visit

Ashley Bush and Pres George H.W. Bush

Bob Devlin and Laura Ruppert

Celina Brener and Margaret Alkek Williams

Duchess de Gramont and Duke de Gramont

Eileen Lawal with Rufus snd Yvonne Cormier

Christine Mills and Monsour Taghdisi

Kellie Kickerillo and Todd Forrester

Maria Bush, Ashley Bush, and Neil Bush

Joanne King Herring, Jane Curtin, Carolyn Farb, and Michelle Williams

Tina Knowles, Michelle Williams, Matthew Knowles, and Carolyn Farb

American Ballet Theatre hosted its inaugural Noche Latina: A Celebration of ABT’s Spanish and Latin American Dancers at the Metropolitan Opera House. ABT’s Spanish and Latin American Principal Dancers appeared onstage together for the first time for a special performance of Le Corsaire. The evening also marked the great Angel Corella’s 10th anniversary as a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre. After the performance there was a Supper and Fiesta on the Grand Tier.

Honorary Chairs were Oscar de la Renta and Emilia Fanjul. Co-Chairs were Jacqueline Weld Drake and Lewis S. Ranieri. Vice-chairs were Arlene and Harvey Blau, S. Ranieri, Vivian Barral Chambers, Veronica Hearst, Carolina Herrera, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Michael McCadden, Madeline Eckett Oden, Ines Rivero, and Mark Wainger.

ABT’s Latin Principal Dancers were Julio Bocca, Jose Manuel Carreno, Angel Corella, Herman Cornejo, Paloma Herrera, and Xiomara Reyes.

Among the guests for the evening: Francisco Costa, Blaine Trump, Pepe Fanjul, Patricia Cisneros, Angel Sanchez, Susan Fales-Hill, Narciso Rodriguez and Paul Kanavos, as well as Ambassadors Juan Manuel Egea Ibáñez (Spanish Consul General) and Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo (Spanish Ambassador to the UN), Ministers Alejandro Bertolo (Deputy Consul General, Argentina), George Monteiro Prata (Deputy Consul General, Brazil), and Counselors Fernando Cervetto and Luis Pablo Maria Beltramino (Argentina).

Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the sponsor of ABT’s 2006 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House. Saks Fifth Avenue is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre’s Costume Fund. Major funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information visit

L. to r.: Angel Corella and Emilia Fanjul; Arlene and Harvey Blau.
Carmen Corella and Dr. June Schneider

Ines Rivero and Angel Sanchez

Susan Fales-Hill, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and Francisco Costa

ABT Principal Dancer Julio Bocca

Patricia Cisneros

Veronica Hearst

Paloma Herrera, Emilia Fanjul, Oscar de la Renta, Jose Manuel Carreno, and Julio Bocca

Paloma Herrera and Fernando Aldasabal

Pepe Fanjul and Carolina Herrera

Susan Fales-Hill, Jose Manuel Carreno, and Ana Carreno

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At the beginning of this month, Creative Time threw a benefit party in the East Village, a one-night only screening of 3 short films by artist/filmmaker Shirin Neshat. The evening featured a conversation with Shirin and Marina Abramovic, as well as a breathtaking live performance by Sussan Deyhim. There was also a silent auction featuring Rita Ackermann, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, among others.

The benefit raises money for Creative Time’s public art projects. They honored Steven M. Alden and Judith L. Church for their great support of the arts.

L. to r.: Phil Arons, Anne Casternick, Shelly Fox Arons, and friend; Lisa Anastos, Joanne Leonhardt Casullo, and Peggy Jacobs.
Clockwise from top left: Andrew Creps, Jane Holzer, and Max Falkenstein; Tracy Ryans and Debra Singer; David Bryne; Amanda Wyle snd Ryan McGuinness.

Two weeks ago Dominick Dunne took some time off from his focus on finishing his new novel to be the guest speaker at the Sanctuary for Families Zero Tolerance Benefit at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers at 23rd Street and the Hudson River. He was introduced by Karenna Gore Schiff. Dominick, as many know, lost his daughter Dominique at the hands of her ex-boyfriend who stalked her and murdered her. And later served a jail sentence shorter than if he’d stolen someone’s wallet.

The Sanctuary for Families Zero Tolerance Benefit honored Tracy and Stanley Shopkorn with the Zero Tolerance Award, Altria Group with Corporate Vision Award, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP with Law Firm Leadership Awards. Event chairs were Valerie Ford Jacob, Kenneth Langone, Courtney Wilson Monahon, and Michael Monahan.

Sanctuary for Families envisions a society in which freedom from domestic violence is a basic human right. It is also a human obligation. Sanctuary is the largest agency in New York State offering integrated legal, clinical, shelter, and economic stability services exclusively to domestic violence victims and their children. In addition to providing services for nearly 10,000 women and children each year, Sanctuary also works to end domestic violence and its far-reaching impact through outreach, education and advocacy; and to create a world where every woman, man and child lives with dignity.

Barry and Stephanie Schwartz with Stanley Shopkorn

Mark Rovesloot, Karenna Gore, and Courtney Monahan

L. to r.: Vespa sponsors; Francisco Costa, Cheryl Schwartz, and Boaz Mazor; Courtney Monahan and Leslie Perkins.
Leslie Perkins with Stanley and Tracy Shopkorn

Lyn Beller, Stephanie Schwartz, and Courtney Monahan

Loretta McCarthy, Michael and Courtney Monahan, and Laurel Eisner

Mark Green, Laurel Eisner, Jessica Lappin

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (ABT).


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