|More than 600 attended Americas Society’s annual Spring Party – its twenty-eighth – two Wednesdays ago at Cipriani Wall Street.
The Society awarded its Gold Medal to Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, founding chairman of the Fundación Cisneros; Carlos Fuentes, celebrated as one of the greatest writers in the Spanish-speaking world; and Peter Munk, founder and chairman of the board of Barrick Gold Corporation. The three were honored for their creative and philanthropic contributions to the arts, education, and social initiatives within the Americas. The event raised $2.7 million for Americas Society’s programs.
Americas Society chairman William Rhodes opened the evening which included a performance by the thirty-piece Mariachi Tapiato. David Rockefeller, founder of the Americas Society introduced the honorees and Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada. Mr. Fuentes reflected on the history of dialogue between Latin America and the United States and the important role played to that end by Americas Society.
|In addition to the honorees and awards presenters, guests included Mr. Gustavo A. Cisneros and members of the Cisneros family, Marquises de la Esperanza, Mr. and Mrs. J. Pepe Fanjul, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Ambassador and Mrs. Hans H. Hertell, Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Ibargüen, Mrs. Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Lauder, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Lauer, Ambassador and Mrs. William H. Luers, Mr. Richard Meier, Mr. and Mrs. James G. Niven, and Mr. and Mrs. James D. Wolfensohn.
Americas Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas wstablished by David Rockefeller in 1965. The Society’s mission is to foster an understanding of the political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.
Together with its affiliate, the Council of the Americas, a business group committed to encourage free trade, open markets, democracy, and the rule of law throughout the Americas, the Society has become the leading national organization in creating international awareness issues impacting the Western Hemisphere.
|The American Museum of Natural History held its 16th annual Corporate Dinner last Tuesday night and honored David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. The evening brought out some of the city’s most distinguished business leaders and philanthropists.
Cocktails were served outside on the Arthur Ross Terrace, followed dinner in the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing. Mr. Koch has become a big benefactor of the Museum in recent years and although I don’t know this for a fact, if I were a betting man I’d say that Mr. Koch’s contributions to the dinosaur wing were inspired by his children.
The Dinosaur Wing at the Museum of Natural History is a wonder not only for all of us but especially for small children who are compelled to learn from the curiosity the dinosaurs provoke in them. There are lots of kids, little ones even, who know the name of every specimen and feature in that wing.
The evening was chaired by Roger Altman, chairman of Evercore Partners, and Steven Denning, chairman of General Atlanti LLC; Victor F. Ganzi, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hearst Corporation, and Walter Shipley, Retired Chairman of the Board of The Chase Manhattan Corporation. Proceeds from the dinner support ongoing educational and scientific programs at the Museum.
|The American Ballet Theatre hosted its 3rd annual Noche Latina, a celebreation of the company’s Spanish and Latin American dancers last Tuesday night at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.
There was a 6 pm cocktails followed by an award dinner on the Grand Tier. At 8 o’clock the performance of Don Quixote began.
Honorees for the evening were Carolina Herrera and former ABT principal dancer Julio Bocca were honored with the inaugural Fernando Bujones Award.
Co-chairs for the evening were Emilia (Mrs. Pepe) Fanjul and Tara Milne. Vice chairs were Alberto Barral, Vivian Barral Chambers, Christian Cota, Jackie Weld Drake, Nina Garcia, Anne and Mario Grauso, Judith Hoffman, Madeline Eckett Oden, Manuel Puig, Narciso Rodriguez, and Angel Sanchez.
Superfund Asset Management, Inc. is the sponsor of ABT's 2008 Metropolitan Opera House Season. Saks Fifth Avenue is Leading Corporate Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre's Costume Fund. American Airlines is the official Airline of ABT. Major funding is also made possible with public funds from 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 please visit www.abt.org .
|Last Monday night, the New York world of film and media gathered together to honor the students of the Ghetto Film School at the 4th Annual Ghetto Film School (GFS) Benefit Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
The evening included cocktails, an intimate dinner and student Scholarship Awards presentations from The Creative Artists Agency, CNN, The Independent Film Channel, and Turner Entertainment.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City Film Commissioner Katherine Oliver and Damon Dash each presented scholarship awards to GFS student filmmakers. The evening generated more than$120,000 for Ghetto Film School and its upcoming annual student. Thesis Film Project which will take place this year in Kampala, Uganda.
Guests included the Beastie Boys, Delroy Lindo, Evan Shapiro, Executive Vice President of The Independent Film Channel, Greg D’Alba of CNN, Carol Radziwill, Rachael Horovitz, Actor Jonathan Tucker, and DJ Tommie Sunshine.
Members of the evening’s benefit committee included: Zac Posen, Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Sarah Jones, Tamara Davis, Lee Daniels, Bart Walker, Spike Jonze, Spike Lee, and Liz Garbus.
|Cinema Society razzle-dazzle. The Cinema Society and Piaget recently teamed up for an evening for the dazzling film Flawless
The film, from director Michael Radford (Il Postino, The Merchant of Venice), is a riveting diamond-heist thriller set in swinging 1960's London, starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine.
Both Demi Moore and Michael Radford joined Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir for the screening of the picture at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and the party which followed in the Penthouse of the Soho Grand Hotel.
Among the glitterati in attendance were ms. Moore’s former husband, Bruce Willis, their daughter, Tallulah Willis, Debbie Harry, Donna Karan, Zac Posen, Russell Simmons and Porschla Coleman, Anika Noni Rose, Joe Pantoliano, Zuleikha Robinson (“New Amsterdam”), Carson Kressley, Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, Andre Leon Talley, Glenda Bailey, Terry George, Marcus Schenkenberg, Amy Sacco, Daniel Benedict, Irina Pantaeva, Johannes Huebl, Olivia Palermo, Vanessa von Bismarck, Daniel Vosovic, Derek Blasberg, Jamee and Peter Gregory, and Larry Boland, Piaget President North America.
|Photographs by AMNH/D. Finnin; Mary Hilliard & John Calabrese (Americas); ©PatrickMcMullan.com (Flawless).|