|Cynthia Lufkin, Margo McNabb Nederlander, Heather Randall, Rene Syler and Maria Cuomo Cole, chaired the American Cancer Society (ACS) NYC Youth Against Cancer Mother’s Day Brunch and Theater Party Benefit. The funds raised from this benefit support ACS’s lifesaving programs in research, education, advocacy and, services for patients and their families.
The fun started with a delicious brunch at Sardi’s, the legendary theater restaurant on West 44th Street. In keeping with a Sardi’s tradition, and since everyone there was a star, caricaturist Marlene Kryza was on hand to do portraits.
By 3pm, guests were in their center orchestra seats at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater for a matinee performance of the hilarious Broadway musical The Addams Family. The play starred Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello and Kevin Chamberlin, who were on their “worst” behavior. So bad that the SRO audience gave them a standing ovation.
|A good time was had by all, especially a group of twenty guests from Hope Lodge, who were provided tickets by anonymous donors. For several of them, it was their first time at a Broadway show.
Hope Lodge is a hotel facility the American Cancer Society runs in the middle of Manhattan free of any charge to cancer patients and their caregivers, who cannot afford the cost of living accommodations in the City while they are undergoing treatment. In addition to the attractively furnished bedrooms and suites, which include big screen televisions and Internet connections, there is a meditation room, library, terrace and popular hospitality lounge.
|Enjoying the special afternoon were: Jimmy Nederlander; Kenneth Cole with his and Maria’s three daughters; Joyce Ford and grandchildren Schuyler Hazard and Patrick Lufkin; Jefferson Randall; James, Casey and Cole Parham; Katie Kolb; Bob, Bonnie, Evan and Karen Mandell; Kevin Dwyer; Elizabeth Gil; Grace, Todd, Kelly and Ella Guenther; Lenore Schlossberg; Matt, Mary Lee, Matt Jr., Sean and Timmy Davis; Jane Rosier; Nicole Martin; Arlene Seagull; Heidi Sanchez; Margaret, Kip and Blythe Chase; Olam Tomforde; Amit and Melyska Vaidya; Eric Ramos; Kathy, Kate and Colleen Goldrick; Karina Banta; Suzanne and John Crowe; Pat Graham; Tiana Laine; Pat Hill; Rosemary Roark; Olga Yarce; Diana Castano; Emma Velasquez; Terrianne Zeifman and Luis Valero.|
|More than 300 guests attended the annual Gray Matters at Columbia Spring Benefit Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, May 11th. The event, which is underwritten by Charlotte Ford, Patricia Rosenwald, and Patricia Cayne, with corporate support provided by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, raises funds for brain research to help solve the mystery mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and autism.
Gray Matters at Columbia is a research fellowship launched in 2007 that was inspired by a mother who lost her son to suicide after a long and difficult struggle with schizophrenia.
|The guest speaker was Paula Zahn and the Mistress of Ceremonies was Donna Hanover. Keynote speaker Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, Chairman of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, said “the Gray Matters at Columbia fellows represent our hopes for the future of psychiatric medicine. We are fortunate and proud to have them on our team."
Each year the Gray Matters at Columbia Fellowship is awarded to young scientists exhibiting outstanding performance in the genetics of brain disorders. The chosen fellows benefit from the multidisciplinary expertise of a peerless team of clinicians and scientists that includes two Nobel laureates. Over fifteen postdoctoral fellows were in attendance at the event to speak with guests about their research.
|In her remarks, special guest speaker Ms. Zahn highlighted the needless stigma that still challenges individuals and families that live with mental illness, noting that education is the most important tool in changing public perception. Ms. Zahn spoke about the critical work being done at Columbia Psychiatry by its large and impressive team of physicians, scientists and researchers, and the hope it gives her for the future of mental health care.|
|The Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) hosted its third annual Celebrate Spring event at Slate in New York City. Nearly 300 supporters of Young New Yorkers and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation attended. Proceeds from the evening will help PDF continue its vital work of funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services.
The idea for Celebrate Spring was conceived by Penn, his sister Missy, and their close friend Georgina. The three, whose fathers both lived with Parkinson’s disease, joined together to create the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee – a group of nearly 100 New Yorkers dedicated to advancing a cure for Parkinson’s.
The benefit began at 8 pm with cocktails and dancing with music provided by DJ Brenda Black.
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. Created by William Black, the founder of Chock full o’Nuts, a successful New York coffee and restaurant business, PDF was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson’s disease. PDF is working for nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $80 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.
|The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York celebrated Smart Cookies Make a Difference in NYC at its 35th Annual Tribute Dinner by honoring six remarkable women for Abigail Disney, Fran Hauser, Catherine Keating, Barbara Novick, Judith Rodin and Luz Allende at 583 Park Avenue. Nina McLemore was the Dinner Chair. Deborah Norville served as the emcee. Mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz performed “God Bless America” at the event. Proceeds from the event help fund the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for the more than 22,000 Girl Scouts throughout the five boroughs. Visit www.girlscoutsnyc.org for additional information.|
|Guests included Ifeoma Okoronkwo Aitkenhead, Diane Aramony, Donna Blank, Jessica Bibliowicz, Kimberly Blanchard, Danielle Castaldi-Micca, Tamisha Chestnut, Michelle Clayman, Anisa and Len Costa, Lisa Cuevas, Steve Curley, Lynda Davey, Patricia and Rockwell Stensrud, Elaine DeAngelis, Marybeth DeFilipps, Janice Reals Ellig, Liz Forget, Lynn Foster, Patricia and Alex Farman-Farmaian, Lynn Foster, Joan Shapiro Green, Ted Grant, Celeste Guth, Vita Harris, Pierre Hauser, Janet Scardino, Heide Gardner, Stephanie George, Joan Shapiro Green, Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels, William Worth Hatch, Pamela Hogan, Amy Kule, Jaclyn Libowitz, Rose Littlejohn, David Lubell, Sherry Matays, Jo Ann McGrane, Alyssa Moeder, Janet Montag, Meredith Moore, Melissa and Chappy Morris, Susan and Peter Nitze, Karl Wellner, Janet Nettleton Otto, Robert Ouimette, Angelique Mamby Pannell, Marie Raperto, Melissa Rice, Barbara Roth, Dominique Saint Louis, Susan Stautberg, Cythnia Stivers, Cheryl L. Swiatkowski, Patrice Tanaka, Davia Temin, Barbara and Donald Tober, Sheri Wilson-Gray, and Paula Zirinsky.|
|On Monday, May 3, in New York, the ICA&CA celebrated the 29th Anniversary of the Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition at the University Club in New York.
More than people attended to recognize this year’s winners and to pay tribute to the ICA&CA’s late and beloved co-founder, Arthur Ross. His leadership, generosity and wise counsel set a guiding standard for the Institute for years to come.
Historical Concepts, Peachtree City, Georgia
Fondation de Coubertin/ Saint-Jacques Artisans Workshops, Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, France and Chicago, Illinois
Sanchez & Maddux, Palm Beach, Florida
Boyd Reath, New York, New York
Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville, Virginia
Board of Directors Honor
Calder Loth, Richmond, Virginia
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com & Roger Webster (ACS); Mia Matheson (ICA&CA); Eve Vagg (Gray Matters)|