Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Goings on Around town

The Orchestra of St. Luke's plays waltzes for the 2010 "Gift of Music Gala" at the Plaza.
Madison Avenue hosted the 3rd Annual Madison Avenue Art Gallery Walk on May 15. Over 1000 families and art enthusiasts spent the day viewing current exhibitions and taking advantage of free and scheduled events occurring throughout the day, such as talks by famous artists.
Victor Matthews and students from P.S. 138 and The High School of Art and Design
Free hourly guided gallery tours were conducted by art faculty from the New York City’s Public Schools. There were free gallery talks throughout the day by artists and curators. There was a special art exhibition of “Tomorrow’s Artists” by New York City school children in the lobby of the HSBC Bank at 1002 Madison Avenue, and in participating galleries.

For families and their children, a highlight was an art scavenger hunt. The Whitney Museum was a partner in the event, providing two for one admission for the day for those completing the Madison Avenue Gallery Walk Scavenger Hunt.
John Sheehan and Kathy Springhorn
Elizabeth Oustinoff and Alan Safani
Ed Schlossberg and Wendy Goodman
Nina Judson, Frank Rudin, Gail Winston, and Bill Judson
Caroline Kennedy and Matthew A. Bauer
Sarrah Candy and Spencer Wadama
Amy Roth and Emily Hanna
Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner and Stephanie Dua
The National Academy  Foundation (NAF) held is annual Gala Event two weeks ago in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf. Sandy Weill, Founder and Chairman of the organization was there with his wife Joan. Also in attendance were Ken Chenault, Chairman of American Express, Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox and Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca Cola.
For 28 years NAF has refined an educational model that now connects 50,000 young people a year with meaningful opportunities to chart their own career paths. Many of the students who enroll in NAF Academies of Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, and Engineering will be the first in their families to attend college. Their education and access to paid internships position them to succeed long after high school graduation.
Susie Hannon, Sandy Weill (Chairman Emeritus, Citigroup), Joan Weill, Bill Hannon, Executive Vice President, Travelers.
Linda Huber, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Moody's Corporation, Vikram Atal, Executive Vice President, Citi Inc., Faith Massingale of Citi Inc.
Mike Conway with alum Jackie Burgos and Nandita Atal.
Bill Barke, Chief Executive Officer, Pearson Arts & Sciences and JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation.
Sheryle Gaston, Patrick Gaston, President of the Verizon Foundation, Susan McAdam, Lowell McAdam, President and CEO, Verizon Wireless.
Nandita Atal, Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox Corporation, Sandy Weill (Chairman Emeritus, Citigroup), Joan Weill, and JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation.
Susie Hannon and Bill Hannon, Executive Vice President, Travelers, with a student.
Ken Chenault, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Express Company with his wife Kathryn.
Andrew Rothstein, Senior Director, Curriculum and Assessments, National Academy Foundation, Kathie Hurley, and Peter Weinstein (both of Pearson).
Students from Patterson High School’s Academy of Finance in Baltimore, Maryland explain their work-based learning projects to Sandy Weill, Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup, his wife Joan, and Ken Chenault, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Express Company, and his wife, Kathryn.
Dr. Sara Ogger, Executive Director of the New York Council for the Humanities gives a business card to a student.
Students and Principal Terrell Hill from Hill School Inc., in Hartford Connecticut chat with a representative from Travelers.
Monica Amadio, Information Technology Instructor at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, in New Jersey talk with business professionals.
A student shows her project to Jay Fishman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Travelers.
Seline Kent, Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola, Joan Weill, Sandy Weill, Chairman Emeritus, Citigroup, Jim Robinson, General Partner and Co-Founder, RRE Investors.
Chris Chametsky, New Utrecht High School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.
Audra McDonald.
Students from the Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Long Island City, with Audra McDonald.
Students from the Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Long Island City chat with Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox Corporation.
Nana Beecham, Audra McDonald, Joe Cahalan, president of the Xerox Foundation, Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox Corporation, and Carolyn Perla.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum honored asset manager and philanthropist Howard L. Ganek on the occasion of his 80th birthday and in recognition of his long-time leadership and support of the Museum. More than 600 people attended the event, which took place on May 4, 2010, at The Pierre Hotel. Many distinguished members of New York society attended the dinner, including fashion designers Vera Wang, Judith Ripka and Dennis Basso.
More than 600 people honored Howard L. Ganek at The Pierre Hotel.
Harold Strauss, Marlene Strauss, Howard L. Ganek, Judie Ganek, and friends
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen was the featured speaker at the tribute dinner, which raised $2.3 million in support of the Museum. Mr. Ganek’s son and daughter-in-law, David and Danielle Ganek, donated $500,000 to the USHMM in honor of his father’s birthday. This was the first major gala event to be hosted in New York by the Museum, which is located on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and which has been educating the public about the Holocaust and inspiring people to confront hatred and prevent genocide since it opened its doors in 1993.
Edward Minskoff, Julie Minskoff, Vera Wang, and Arthur Becker
Leonard Boxer and Sara J. Bloomfield
Edward and Julie Minskoff
Lynn and Ed Streim with Secretary William Cohen
David Ganek, Howard L. Ganek, and Danielle Ganek
Arthur Becker and Vera Wang
Howard and Ben Winter
Howard L. Ganek, Sandra, and Stanford Warshawsky
Diane Felenstein, Judie Ganek, and Mady Harman
Stanford and Sandra Warshawsky
Dennis Basso and Judith Ripka Berk
Jay Stein, Deanie Stein, and Joseph Brodecki
Sara J. Bloomfield, Judie Ganek, and Howard L. Ganek
Vera Wang and Frayda Lindemann
On Wednesday, May 12th, the Orchestra of St. Luke's honored Virginia James and Jonathan P. Rose and their support of the St. Luke's Arts Education Program and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, at the 2010 "Gift of Music Gala" at the Plaza.
Sarah Chang performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke's
The event raised close to $600,000 for the Orchestra of St. Luke's chamber, education and orchestral programs as well as the DiMenna Center. The gala's special guest artist was violinist Sarah Chang who performed "Summer" from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, with the Orchestra.
Janet Prindle Seidler with Charles Seid
OSL chairman Norman Benzaquen, OSL DCA Commissioner Kate
Lesley Nelson, Joe Flom, and OSL board member Judi Flom
Helen and Robert Appel
Gala honoree Jonathan F. P. Rose
Allen Greenberg and Cheryl Katz
Violinist Sarah Chang and conductor Rossen Milanov
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Erik Lamont
David Hirsch with Mary and Michael Gellert
OSL Board member Barbara Feldon
Gala honoree Virginia James accepts award from OSL Presi
OSL Chairman Norman Benzaquen and OSL Board Member Victor
Fred Stein and Frances Kazan
OSL Board member Joe DiMenna and Diana DiMenna
OSL Board member Georgia Frasch and Ron Frasch
OSL Board member Josie Natori, Ken & Anika Natori
Ellen and Pierre De Vegh and Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff
OSL Board Member Kristin Barbato and Carl Leggio

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