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Young Friends of Save Venice's enchanting Soiree.

Two weeks ago in Central Park the Young Friends of Save Venice hosted an enchanting Soiree entertaining more than 200 dancing, swinging and swaying guests – some even took a ride around the lake on the Gondola. The evening celebrated festa del Redentore, a high-spirited holiday highlighting the Venetian summer season. The evening was co-chaired by Olivia Chantecaille, Coralie Charriol, Blair Clarke, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Marguerite Krikhaar, Alexandra Linda Rose, Lottie Oakley, George Rudenauer, and Christian Salvati. Proceeds from the event will go towards the restoration of the Doge’s Private Chapel in Palazzo Ducale, situated along Venice’s renowned Grand Canal.

“The beauty of Central Park is dotted with bridges, a labyrinth of walkways, lakes, and even a lagoon with a gondola,” said Adelina Wong Ettelson, Chairman of the Young Friends of Save Venice. “What better place is there in New York to spend an evening imagining you are in Venice?”

La festa del Redentore, or the Feast of the Redeemer, is a Venetian holiday celebrated on the third Sunday of July.  The eve of the holiday is celebrated as boats of all types parade the Grand Canal, under a tremendous fireworks display, making their way into the Venetian Lagoon.  From 1575-1577 a terrible plague devastated Venice, claiming a third of the population, including the artist Titian. The Venetian Senate showed its thanks for the plague’s end by commissioning a church dedicated to Christ the Redeemer (Redentore). Soon after, this feast of gratitude was born.  

The mission of Young Friends of Save Venice is to introduce supporters in their 20s and 30s to the artistic patrimony of Venice and to instill in them the desire to help to preserve her timeless treasures. Save Venice Inc. is an American non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the art and architecture of Venice, Italy, and to safe-guarding the cultural heritage of this unique and fragile city. Founded in 1971, Save Venice has provided funding for the restoration of more than three hundred important works of art and buildings in Venice.

Jacqueline Gigantes, Irene Grassi, and Arianna Packard

Melissa Berkelhammer, Pablo Jendretzki, Guadalupe Patron Costas, and Ana Cuervo

Brandt Hooker, Philip Gorrivan, Alexa Stephenson, and George Rudenauer

Wilson Henley, Lisa Rossi-Gorrivan, Bruce Glickman, and Philip Gorrivan

Clockwise from above: Glenn Schwarzkopf and Tiffin Jernstedt; Brian Strong, Michelle Hughes, Deborah Tauber, and Taylor Materne; Lottie Oakley, Lulu de Kwiatkowski, and Adelina Wong Ettelson.
Tinsley Mortimer

The scene at the boathouse

Roberto Masiero and Laura Miranda-Browne

Swinging and swaying

Clockwise from top left: Olivia Chantecaille, Philip Gorrivan, Blair Clarke, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Christian Salvati, Lottie Oakley, Susan Shin, George Rudenauer, and Beatrice Rossi-Landi; Peter Masso and Susan Popper; On the dancefloor.

Adelina Wong Ettelson and Beatrice Rossi-Landi

Michelle Hughes and Lottie Oakley

Marianna Olzewski and George Rudenauer

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The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) hosted its 20th Annual Awards Dinner at The Rainbow Room honoring Julian H. Robertson. Dr. Ian Frazier of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, the chief contributor to Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil received the 2006 William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology for his development of non-infectious virus like particles (VLPs), on which the Merck cervical cancer vaccine is based. Dr. Frazer, whose studies of the vaccine have been supported by CRI since 1999, also gave the evening’s keynote address.

There were more than 300 guests attending, and they netted $1 million for CRI’s research programs. Bryant Gumbel, who is a member of the board of Trustees of CRI, emceed the evening. This anniversary event celebrated scientists and laypersons who have made significant contributions to the fight against cancer and highlighted CRI’s accomplishments over the past two decades.

Julian Robertson is the founder and chairman of Tiger Management Corporation, one of the largest and most successful hedge fund groups ever created, and is well known for his philanthropic activities. The plaza at Lincoln Center, is named for his wife Josie Robertson. Mr. Robertson received the 2006 Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research. He is also a trustee, and former president of the Cancer Research Institute, and was honored for his many years of dedication to and support of the Institute, as well as his commitment to encouraging and sustaining informed philanthropy, particularly in the areas of health research and education.

Current CRI Co-Chairman Donald J. Gogel, President and CEO of Clayton Dubilier & Rice, a leading private equity and investment firm, spoke of the outstanding cutting-edge research CRI supports, and also speaking was Christine Sable, an ovarian cancer survivor and recipient of an investigational CRI cancer vaccine she credits with keeping her alive.

Harald zur Hausen, M.D., Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., Lloyd J. Old, M.D., and Caroline and Ian Frazer, Ph.D.

Patrick and Patricia McGrath with Margaret McGrath

The Cancer Research Institute is the world’s only non-profit, private organization dedicated exclusively to the development of immune-based therapies for the prevention and control of cancer.

Guided by a world-renowned Scientific Advisory Council that includes five Nobel Prize winners and twenty-eight members of the esteemed National Academy of Sciences, CRI supports the finest cutting-edge cancer research at top medical centers and universities throughout the world.

On average, nearly 90 cents of every dollar CRI raises goes directly to the support of science, medical, and research programs. This has consistently earned CRI an A grade or higher for fiscal disclosure and efficiency from the American Institute of Philanthropy and top marks from other charity watchdog organizations. www.cancerresearch.org.

Lloyd J. Old, M.D., Abigail Smith, Caroline Frazer, and Ian Frazer, Ph.D.

Linda and Rick Gesoff with Joan Henle

Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., Alec Rutherford, and Mrs. Oliver R. Grace

Wyndham Robertson, Charles Whittingham, and Caroline and Robert Williamson

James P. Allison, Ph.D., Lloyd J. Old, M.D., Eliza Nordeman, and Jacques C. Nordeman

Patrick J. McGrath, Donald J. Gogel, and Bryant Gumbel

Christen and Edward A. McDermott, Jr., with Ellen Puré, Ph.D.

Bryant Gumbel, Abigail G. Smith, Ian Frazer, and Andrew M. Paul

Jacques C. Nordeman wth family and friends
Jenson and Juhee Ko
Harald zur Hausen with Margaret and Andrew M. Paul
Bryant Gumbel, Wyndham Robertson, Donald Gogel, Lloyd J. Old, and Robert Schreiber

Stephanie Coleman, Amanda Frederic, and Sarah Robertson

Heidi Ueberroth and Jim Hauslein

Elena Kuchinskaya and Scott Schleifer

Rick Gesoff with Doris and Charlie Michaels

Jeff Goldenberg and Holly Anderson, M.D.

Ian Frazer, Ph.D.

Feroz and Erica Dewan

Eliza Nordeman and Sam Goldworm

Lloyd J. Old, M.D., and Mrs. Oliver R. Grace

Julian H. Robertson, Jr., and Josie Robertson

Julian H. Robertson, Jr., and Thomas E. Tuft

Sarah McLane and Danielle Williams

Lara and Remy Trafelet

Michael Higgins, Jessica Merwin, and Campbell Bethwaite

Suzy Bales and Donald J. Gogel

Andrew M. Paul and Margaret Paul, Anna-Maria Kellen, Constance Old, and Lloyd J. Old, M.D.

Julie Olsen and Australian Consul General John Olsen


Photographs by Mia Matheson (Save Venice).



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