Transitioning into the new week

Host Allen Brill with Committee Chairs at a summer luncheon at Sardi’s for the committee chairs of the Career Transition for Dancers 21st Annual Jubilee fund-raiser.

Amidst the colorful caricatures of Broadway stars lining the walls at the venerable theatrical watering hole Sardi’s, Allen Brill, President and CEO of Rolex Watch USA Inc hosted a summer luncheon at Sardi’s restaurant on West 44th Street for the committee chairs of the Career Transition for Dancers 21st Annual Jubilee fund-raiser that will be held at New York City Center October 23.

Anka Palitz and Allen Brill

The gala evening will honor Tony Award winner Chita Rivera and the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation. Entitled “One World, A Spectacular Celebration”, the Jubilee will once again have Rolex as presenting sponsor honoring a commitment to serve as presenter throughout the year 2010, CTFD’s 25th Anniversary.

Patricia Kennedy, who is serving as 21st Anniversary Chair with good friend, Anka Palitz, flew in especially from her La Villa Paradiso mansion in Beverly Hills to represent the West Coast. Ms. Kennedy, often referred to as “The First Lady of the Joffrey” made a stop in Chicago to congratulate Joffrey co-founder Gerald Arpino on the kickoff of the troupes 50th Anniversary season. The tireless fundraiser asked the CTFD committee chairs to “up their support by 10%” and quickly inspired Mr. Brill to raise Rolex’s already considerable funding!

Noting Rolex’s long involvement with the performing arts, Brill pointed to the large Rolex clocks above the caricatures of famous faces that line the wall of the legendary theatricl restaurant, and recounted how over 40 years ago the first President of Rolex in America Rene Dantan dined regularly at Sardi’s- always keeping an eye on the time.

At the tables surrounded by theatrical posters were Honorary Chair movie musical legend Jane Powell. Gala Co-chair Yolanda Santos Garza who’ll share duties with Denise Cobb, Vice Chairs Helene Alexopoulos, Mercedes Ellington, Victoria Herbert, Peg Ranieri and Laura Zeckendorf, Dinner Chair Janice Becker, Auction Chair Ann Van Ness, CTFD’s President Cynthia Fischer, Executive Director Alexander J. Dube andDirectorof Development William Dale.

Artistic Chair Anne Marie De Angelo who produced and directed last year’s critically acclaimed SRO gala “That’s Entertainment” is looking to out do her last success with special performances by and from artists of over a dozen companies including; ABT, The Joffrey, Ballet de Monterrey; the world premiere of “Puerto Rico” a new work set to music of the brilliant young composer/pianist Eric Lewis and appearances by Broadway lights Sutton Foster, James Earl Jones and Rosie O’Donnell.

With offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Career Transition for Dancers has helped over 3000 professional dancers identify their unique talents for establishing careers when dance is no longer an option, in professions from A-Z from advertising to Zoology.

In addition to presenting sponsor Rolex, underwriters of the Gala are Conde Nast Publications & The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation.

Anka Palitz and Patricia Kennedy

Helene Alexopoulos and Mercedes Ellington

Yolanda Santos Garza and Jane Powell

Anniversary Jubilee Committe Chairs

Victoria Herbert

Cynthia Fischer and Janice Becker

Laura Zeckendorf and Ann Van Ness

Alexander Dube and Mercedes Ellington

Jane Powell

Yolanda Santos Garza, Alexander Dube, and Anka Palitz

Allen Brill, Patricia Kennedy, and Jerry

Niko Elameh, Alexander Dube, Allen Brill, and friend

Monday night before the Fourth of July The Ross School in East Hampton held a fundraiser for its Steven J. Ross Scholarship Fund with more than 400 guests attending the $1500 a ticket affair, raising more than $600,000 for the Scholarship Fund. The hot ticket’s secret was a well-known and open one: Miss Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, was making a special appearance with her 25-piece orchestra.

The evening included a cocktail party on the grounds of the school. Then for dinner they moved into the building where a room was decorated in red, white and blue. Menu included a salad of local organic green, grilled striped bass and a mille-feuille cake.

Then came the piece de resistance, the icing on the cake, the best dessert of all. Surrounded by six elegantly turned out men, wearing a turquoise satin gown and shawl, with her nod, she was escorted by her cadre of bodyguards to the steps of the stage where she was met by another assistant who escorted her to center stage where she took the mike and broke into “Chain, Chain, Chain,” and the evening lifted off, the crowd, all standing, went wild.

Aretha Franklin has been bringing down the house for four decades and in that time she has not lost one watt of power. On this night she played the grand piano and sang for two hours – a heavy gig for a charity appearance on a hot and humid night on Long Island. But Aretha was doing it for a higher motive – her performance was making possible the Aretha Scholar Award, part of the Steven J. Ross Scholarship Fund. The audience stood spellbound for the entire two hour performance. When she was finished she thanked the guests for coming and applauded the students for their efforts. Afterwards the crowd danced late into the night.

To learn more about the Ross School visit their web site:

Sheila Walker and Sultana

CeCe Gehrig, Sarah Crocker, and Elizabeth Durand

CeCe Gehrig, Sarah Crocker, and Elizabeth Durand

Robert Verdi and Patricia Field

Courtney Ross
Gina Glickman

Jill Nevins and Debra McCall

Laurie Fetter and Arthur Altschul Jr.

Ellen Liman and Doug Liman
Beth Shipman and Nicola Brewer

Linda Knightley and Dianne Lekometros

Joanne Meringoff, Scott Handler, and Lesley Himmel
Nicole Ross, Megan Sinclair, Lauren Wingate, and Mark Rozeboom
Carl Spielvogel and Lakshmi Pratury

Mark Barry, John Healy, and Isabelle de Kooning

Adam Lindemann and Amalia Dayan

Bill Grady, Kiara Trento, and Grant King

Bernard Kiembock, Sara Kiembock, Rebecca Kiembock, and Jonathan Kiembock

Alaya Brown, Courtney Ross, Alec Baldwin, and Nicole Seidel

Connie Landis and Ellen Liman

Courtney Ross, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Alaya Brown, and Pedro Noguera

Francesco and Marina Galesi

Mark Olman and Susan Soros

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Tom Lekometros, and Tom Knightley

Taking it all in

Lauren Wingate, Raphaela Alimamestianu, Megan Sinclair, Brooke Gleason, Alexa Enthoven, Nicole Ross, and friends

Alec Baldwin and Nicole Seidel

Harvey Anderson, Annie Zahren, and Hugh McGuiness

Jim Signorelli and Mary Ellen Matthews

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Carola Suarez-Orozco with Francesco and Marina Galesi

Amalia Dayan and Peggy Siegal

Steven J. Ross Scholarship Fund Children

Roy Scheider, Kelly Bresnan, and Brenda Siemer

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This past Saturday afternoon in Shubert Alley across the street from Sardi’s restaurant in the Broadway district, Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore hosted Broadway Barks 8 (the eighth annual gathering) for the presentation of pets from New York City animal shelters.

Peters and Moore created this event to find homes for so many lovable pets. Among those scheduled to present animals during the annual dog and cat adopt-a-thon were Lucie Arnaz, Maxwell Caulfield, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Georgia Engel, Eden Espinosa, David Garrison, Shuler Hensley, Christian Hoff, Cheyenne Jackson, Cherry Jones, Carol Kane, Dan Lauria, Wendie Malick, Bob Martin, Sarah Paulson, Daniel Reichard, Bobby Spencer and John Lloyd Young, among many others as well as the cast from Tails: the Musical.

Produced by Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS, the event featured pets from numerous Manhattan animal shelters and adoption agencies, including A Cause for Paws, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, Angelical Cat, Animal Haven, ASPCA, AC&C, BARC, Bid-A-Wee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York, Husky House, Kitty Kind, Long Island Greyhound Rescue, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue, NYC Siamese Rescue, Pet-I-Care, PLUTO, Russell Refuge, Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare, Stray from the Heart and Tigger Foundation. The event was sponsored by the ASPCA, Loew’s Hotels, Donna Karan, Sherpa.

“Broadway Barks 8” helps many of the city’s shelter animals find permanent homes by informing New Yorkers about the plight of the thousands of “homeless” cats and dogs in the metropolitan area. Several thousand people turn out.

Peters’ two dogs, Kramer and Stella came from the ASPCA and the CACC. NYSD’s dogs, Missy and Buster and Oliver Dog Hirsch are all bright and inspiring stories of animal rescue and adoption too.

Bob Martin, Georgia Engel, and Beth Leavel

Bebe Neuwirth

Bobby Spencer, Daniel Reichard, and Christian Hoff

Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore

John Treacy Egan, Gary Beach, and Angie Schworer

Gary Beach and Jacob Young

Jenn Gambatese

Skyler Hensley, Shuler Hensley, Paula Hensley, and Grayson Hensley

Christine Ebersol

Crystal Hunt

Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick

Jenn Gambatese and Josh Strickland

Carol Kane

Shoshana Bean

L. to r.: Russell Tovey and Jacob Young; Domhnall Gleeson, Dashiell Eaves, David Wilson Barnes, Andrew Connolly, and Brian Avers.

Wendie Malick

Victoria Clark

Sandy and Melissa O'Donnell

The Southampton Fresh Home’s 19th annual American Picnic with Grucci Fireworks producing a spectacular over Shinnecock Bay was held last Friday at a private home on Meadow Lane from 7 until 10.

Festivities for children of all ages included a picnic buffet by Robbins-Wolfe, carts filled with popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs and other all-American treats. Entertainment included face painting, carnival games and booths with prizes, caricature artists, a photo booth, a jumping castle and lots more. All proceeds will benefit the Southampton Fresh Air Home, a residential camp which has brought specialized care to physically challenged youths without regard to their ability to pay for over 100 years. Most of the campers receive scholarships to enjoy a unique and caring summer camping experience filled with laughter and friendship. This picnic raises over 40% of the Home’s summer operating expenses and allows the campers to play sports and participate in other summer activities that every child dreams of.

Charlotte Stubgen, Dana Stubgen, and Dr. Patrick Stubgen

VHeather Mnuchin, Emma Mnuchin, Steven Mnuchin, Kate Baldt, and Ashton Crosby

Jeffrey Slonim, Fiona Moore, Finbar Slonim, Declan Slonim, and Eiara Smith

Just a few of the many committee members were Debbie Bancroft, Emma Becker, Peri Bogert, Mildred Brinn, Pamela Rollins Camacho, Susan Nappa Cocke, Kathryn Cowles, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Julie Dannenberg, Fran Dalessandro, Catherine di Montezemolo, Pamela Gross, Sheila O’Malley Fuchs, Kirsten Solsvig Galef, Danielle Ganek, Ann Grimm, Ashley Leeds Harland, Anne Hearst, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller, Heather Leeds, Cynthia Lufkin, Julie Minskoff, Marion Mulé, Claire Mulholland, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Catherine Kuehn Price, Patty Raynes, Perri Peltz Ruttenberg, Sarah Senbahar, Lavinia Snyder, Dana Stubgen, Debra Schuster Tanger and Denise Wohl.

Generous underwriters of this year’s family party are William Marco Birch, The Rollins/Camacho Family, Deutsche Bank, The Einhorn Family Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Langone, Lehman Brothers, Mr. Michael D. Melnick, Mr. and Mrs. William Michaelcheck, Moore Charitable Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Shopkorn, Mrs. Kim White and Mr. Kurt Wolfgrüber. Event chairmen were Ros and Fran L’Esperance, Christl and Ken Meszkat, Pam and Bill Michaelcheck, Heather and Steven Mnuchin, and Kim White and Kurt Wolfgrüber

David Ganek, Danielle Ganek, Helen Lee Schifter, and Tim Schifter

Anthony Addison, Carolina Addison, Christina Addison, and Anabelle Addison

Dr. Robert DiPilla, Kelly Shepard, and Austin Shepard

Audrey Markey, Erin Markey, Tom Markey, India Burns, Richard Burns, Manzi Burns, and Cricket Burns

Kirsten Solsvig Galef, James Galef, Lily Galef, Charlotte Galef, Richard Wooster, and Annabelle Galef

Rachel Schaffer and Alexa Little

Serena Bancroft and Story Schifter

Sean and Leslie Goodrich

Somer Wecker, Serena Wecker, Celeste Wecker, and Jeff Wecker

Andrew Williams, Lloyd Baskerville, Evan Baskerville, Joyce Baskerville, and Ann-Marie Carr

Jay Snyder, Kim Schienberg, and Jamie Anderson

Kurt Wolfgruber, Kim White, Trudie Borchardt, and Bob Borchardt

Matti Anttila, David Ganek, and Ashton Crosby

Michael Foulkrod and Leila Heller

Michaela Keszler, Pam Michaelcheck, Kim White, Danielle Ganek, and Heather Mnuchin

Olivia Kronemeyer, Tom Leeds, and Christine Leeds

The Hamptons Swingtet: Phil Hadland, Bob Beck, Carol Bill, and Bill Remmer

Tim Schifter, Ros L'Esperance, Helen Lee Schifter, and Fran L'Esperance

Lara Forstmann, Katrina Forstmann, Tony Forstmann, and Michael Foulkrod

Jackie Hochberg, Harrison Hochberg, Robert Hochberg, and Kim White

Kiddies all lit up

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan (Broadway Barks & Steven J. Ross).


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