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Family Party Chairmen Back row (left-right): Romy Coquillette, Katie Boes, Ashley Renshaw, Katie Hood, Michaela Clary, Erica Martini, Ellen V. Futter, Lyss Stern, Christine Bazylevsky, Joella Lykouretzos, Amy Griffin, Andrea Smith Domzal, Andre Koester	 Front row (left-right): Jessica Marinaccio, Zibby Right, J. Tracey Huff, Allison Mignone, Laura Whitman, Diana DiMenna, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Melissa Hawks, Ursula Corgan, Vivian Kuan Queen, Lara Oboler, Kim Lippmann, Wendy Leon, Janet Boris
Back row (left-right): Romy Coquillette, Katie Boes, Ashley Renshaw, Katie Hood, Michaela Clary, Erica Martini, Ellen V. Futter, Lyss Stern, Christine Bazylevsky, Joella Lykouretzos, Amy Griffin, Andrea Smith Domzal, Andre Koester . Front row (left-right): Jessica Marinaccio, Zibby Right, J. Tracey Huff, Allison Mignone, Laura Whitman, Diana DiMenna, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Melissa Hawks, Ursula Corgan, Vivian Kuan Queen, Lara Oboler, Kim Lippmann, Wendy Leon, Janet Boris.
Last Tuesday night from five to 7:30, the American Museum of Natural History hosted its 17th Annual Family Party. More than 2500 chidren and parents participated in an evening of adventure throughout the Museum.

It’s one of the most favorite annual traditions giving the kids (and the adults) the chance to experience the wonders and magic of the Museum.

Chairs of the evening were Hilary Addington, Diana Roesch, DiMenna, Melissa Hawks, Kim and Greg Lippman, Joella Lykouretzos, Allison Mignone, Laura Aryeh Murawczyk.

This year’s Family Party was generously supported by Tiffany & Company.
Attendees in the Dinosaur Dig
Attendees in the Dinosaur Dig
Children at the Dino Wood Coloring booth
Children at the Dino Wood Coloring booth
Magician “Magic Al” performs
Magician “Magic Al” performs
Tiffany & Co. Treasure box booth
Tiffany & Co. Treasure box booth
Attendees get up close to a giant squid tentacle with Museum Graduate Student Sebastian Kvist and Curator Mark Siddall
Attendees get up close to a giant squid tentacle with Museum Graduate Student Sebastian Kvist and Curator Mark Siddall
Attendees with Museum ornithologist Paul Sweet in the Science Center
Attendees with Museum ornithologist Paul Sweet in the Science Center
Visitors examine a scorpion at the Science Center
Visitors examine a scorpion at the Science Center
Donya Bommer and children
Donya Bommer and children
Chairman Diana Roesch DiMenna with husband Joe and daughters
Chairman Diana Roesch DiMenna with husband Joe and daughters
Chairman Allison Mignone and daughter get a close up look at scorpions
Chairman Allison Mignone and daughter get a close look at scorpions
Chairman Joella Lykouretzos with husband John and children
Chairman Joella Lykouretzos with husband John and children
Erica Martini with husband and child
Erica Martini with husband and child
Museum Trustee Connie Spahn in the Science Center
Museum Trustee Connie Spahn in the Science Center
Chairman Allison Mignone with husband Roberto and children
Chairman Allison Mignone with husband Roberto and children
Zibby Right with husband Andrew and children
Zibby Right with husband Andrew and children
Michelle-Marie Heinemann with husband Jon and child
Michelle-Marie Heinemann with husband Jon and child
Bonnie Comley and Steward Lane and children
Bonnie Comley and Steward Lane and children
Romy Coquillette and sons
Romy Coquillette and sons
J. Tracey Huff
J. Tracey Huff
Gary and Erica Matt with children
Gary and Erica Matt with children
More than 300 supporters gathered at New York City’s Plaza Hotel on Tuesday for CHILDREN’S RIGHTS Fifth Annual Benefit honoring philanthropist and hip-hop icon Darryl “DMC” McDaniels with its Champion Award. Among those attending: Jon Corzine and fiancé Sharon Elghanayan, Hugh Hildesley from Sotheby’s, Louise Hirschfeld, Marshall Watson, Lewis Cullman, co-founder of the Felix Organization and casting director Sheila Jaffe, Alex Kuczynski, Ruth Friendly, and Hon. Eve Preminger. Co-Chairs for this special evening were Richard D. Emery, Lawrence J. Fox, and Jordan Seaman, current members of the Board of Directors of CHILDREN’S RIGHTS. Young Leadership Committee Co-Chairs were Rachel Balaban, Rahil D. Briggs, Paul and Jessica Davis, Rebecca Kysar, Diane and Alejandro Longoria, and Sarah Rosenwald Varet.
Lewis Cullman and Darryl DMC McDaniels
Founded in 1995, CHILDREN’S RIGHTS is the leading nonprofit advocate for the welfare and rights of abused and neglected children in the United States. The organization has been instrumental in spurring the reform of more than a dozen failing child welfare systems nationwide, leading to dramatic improvements in the lives of tens of thousands of children and families. The organization selects an annual honoree who demonstrates, through public advocacy and action, a passionate commitment to the most vulnerable among our nation’s children.

Darryl McDaniels began advocating for adoptees and foster youth after learning late in life of his own adoption. McDaniels received the Champion Award for his tireless work on behalf of foster children through his FELIX ORGANIZATION/Adoptees for Children, a nonprofit organization that operates Camp Felix in upstate New York and provides leadership training for teenage youth, as well as other year-round opportunities for children in foster care. McDaniels was also awarded an Emmy in 2006 for his VH1 documentary, DMC: My Adoption Journey.
Bill Meezan, Jodi Miller, Sally Weissman, Olivia Sohmer, and Susan Lambiase
Daina Higgin, Kelly Stefanco, Ellen Wood, and Maria Padiloa
To raise support for CHILDREN’S RIGHTS during the evening, a live auction was conducted by Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President and Senior Auctioneer, Sotheby’s. Additionally, an online auction is being held by CharityBuzz.com live until November 4th, 2010.

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, protects the lives and legal rights of abused and neglected children by advocating the reform of failing child welfare systems across the United States. Over the past 15 years, CHILDREN’S RIGHTS has used legal action and policy initiatives to drive lasting reform in child protection, foster care, and adoption. The organization’s reform campaigns are broad-based, building partnerships with local advocates and national experts. and working closely with government officials to tackle the management and funding issues that prevent child welfare systems from providing adequate protection and care. The organization mandates benchmarks for ensuring children’s safety and well-being, with the goal of helping them make their way as quickly as possible to healthy, loving, permanent homes.
CHILDREN’S RIGHTS also engages in policy research and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels, conducting studies and periodically issuing major reports on topics ranging from the barriers that keep too many children stranded in foster care for long periods of time to inequalities in financial support for foster parents nationwide. CHILDREN’S RIGHTS’ advocacy on training improvements for child welfare workers helped to shape federal legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008

“It is possible to make government systems accountable for these kids,” says CHILDREN’S RIGHTS Founder and Executive Director, Marcia Robinson Lowry, who has led a long series of successful and precedent-setting legal campaigns to reform child welfare nationwide over the course of her career of more than 35 years. “These systems are fixable. That’s what we do.”

To learn more, please visit www.childrensrights.org [1].
Darryl DMC McDaniels
Winner Family
Arthur Eisenberg and Bill Goins
Michele and Rod Weber
Mirian Ingberg and Bill Kapell
Ellen Wood and Maria Padiloa
Susan Lam, Alan Myers, and Sarah Bartosz
Marshall Goldberg, Joanne Goldberg, and Lisa Grushkin
Jason Thompson and Lindsay Bayliss
Paul Davis and Andrew Hollod
Dana and John Lang
Liv and Emanuel Tchividjian
Julianne Jaffe, Peter Santoro, and Pam Fabricant
Maxamillian and Elana Olson
Kelly Stefanco and Daina Higgins
Anne Squadron, Melissa Salten, Heather Rostov, and Gene Rostov
Sharon Elghanayan and Jon Corzine
Peter Schweitzer and Janice Stanton
Sal and Maureen Bellino
Anne Squadron, Jon Corzine, Sharon Elghanayan, and Alan Myers
Mark Engel, Mary Fran Kirchner, Rohini Pragasam, and Leslie Spira Lopez
Ranelle Love and Levon Kennedy
Darryl DMC McDaniels, Nina Myers, and Alan Myers
Richard and Nan Davis
Margie and Candice Chachkin
Darryl DMC McDaniels and Deborah Gregory
Ashok Gangolori and Tim Cook
Danielle Rogers, Sara Maeder, and Laura Hahn
Matthew and Joan Siffert
Julianne Jaffe and Peter Santoro
Maria Olson and William Goins
Frank Tworecke and Gail Monroe Perry
Kwelina Thompson and Elizabeth Nicholas
Steven Cogle and Brenna Wallace
James and Amber Parrish
Wendy Williams and Roberta Green
Thereesa Petree and John Strybos
Lawrence Fox and Coppy Holzman
Lauren Berger and Jeffrey Beri
Lauren and Jeffrey Berger
The Parrish Brothers
Cori and Dan Galpern
Darryl DMC McDaniels
Jon Corzine and Dan Galpern
This past Monday the Museum of Arts and Design hosted its annual young patrons gala – THE METALBALL, a contemporary arts gala benefit celebrating the Museum of Arts & Design's Second Anniversary.

A Host Committee of young talent and legends in the architectural, contemporary art, and design community joined forces to help create this exciting Gala fundraiser with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Museum's acclaimed exhibitions and children's educational programs.
The Gala drew a record crowd of over 1000 guests and featured dancing, a cocktail reception and a one-of-a-kind art sale from contributing artists as well as gallery viewing of the Museum's permanent collection and current exhibition, Dead or Alive.

2010 MAD MetalBall co-chairs were Joe Manganiello, Richard Meier, Hannelore Knuts, Waris Aluwhalia, Julie Tagolia, and MAD Director Holly Hotchner.
Artists and guests included: Lazaro Hernandez, Lisa Edelstein, Chris Bauer, Pablo Schreiber, Michael Stipe, Moby, Dror Benshetrit, Louise Roe, Jen Brill, Kenzo Minami and Delfine Bafort, Lorenzo Martone, Irina Shayk, Kalup Linzy, Chris Benz, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, The Misshapes, Mick Rock, Jen Kao, Christian Joy, Bliss Lau, Jenne Lombardo, Casey Spooner and Adam Dugas, Tim Goossens, Nur Kahn, Slava Mogutin and Brian Kenny, Ryder Robinson, Andrew Levitas, Alex da Corte, Amit Greenberg, Susan Kirshbaum and more.
Jeff Halmos, Lisa Mayock, Sam Shipley
Jeff Halmos, Lisa Mayock, and Sam Shipley
Traxys Team with Alan K. Docter, Chairman
Traxys Team with Alan K. Docter
Jen Kao
Jen Kao
Michael Stife
Michael Stipe
Anna Sheffield
Anna Sheffield
Amy Lau, Rene Landegger, Katrina Plath
Amy Lau, Rene Landegger, Katrina Plath
The Misshapes
The Misshapes
Chris Bauer
Chris Bauer
Julie Rigolia
Julie Rigolia
Tim Goossens
Tim Goossens
Carlos Campos
Carlos Campos
Casey Spooner, Adam Dugas
Casey Spooner and Adam Dugas
Celsea Leyland, DJ
Chelsea Leyland
Michele Harper
Michelle Harper
Nina Roshenlova
Nina Roshenlova
Nicholas Brown
Nicholas Brown
Jeremy Lipkin, Alex Shafo, Timo Weiland
Jeremy Lipkin, Alex Shafo, and Timo Weiland
Dror Benshetrit, Alex Jenal
Dror Benshetrit and Alex Jenal
Nicki Jackson, Daniel Jackson
Nicki and Daniel Jackson
Neil, Nicholas Petrou, Geo
Neil, Nicholas Petrou, and Geo
Christian Joy, Hannelore Knuts
Christian Joy and Hannelore Knuts
Mrs. Doctor -Holly Hotchner, Director
Mrs. Doctor and Holly Hotchner
Audra Marie, Joe Manganiello
Audra Marie and Joe Manganiello
Michael Schmidt, Lisa Edelstein
Michael Schmidt and Lisa Edelstein
Sloan Mandell, Michael Spirito
Sloan Mandell and Michael Spirito
Andrew Levitas
Andrew Levitas
Kenzo Minami, Delfine Bafort
Kenzo Minami and Delfine Bafort
Elodie Boshez, Waris Ahluwalia, Alexandra Woroniecka
Elodie Boshez, Waris Ahluwalia, and Alexandra Woroniecka
Lisa Strausfeld, Brad Cloepfil
Lisa Strausfeld and Brad Cloepfil
Kristian Laliberte, Louise Roe
Louise Roe and Kristian Laliberte
Jen Brill, Lazaro Hernandez
Jen Brill and Lazaro Hernandez
Slava Mogutin, Brian Kenny
Slava Mogutin and Brian Kenny
Jay Schainholz-Flatcut
Jay Schainholz
Ryder Robison
Ryder Robison
Lorenzo Martone
Lorenzo Martone
Marcus Andrew
Marcus Andrew
Cator Sparks
Cator Sparks
Jocelyn - Joz- Burrell
Jocelyn - Joz- Burrell
Amit Greenberg
Amit Greenberg
Martin Cohen, Coco Mellors
Martin Cohen and Coco Mellors
Averell Satloff, Merisa Rieue, Mark Schwarz, Erica Faust
Averell Satloff, Merisa Rieue, Mark Schwarz, and Erica Faust
Chris Bauer, Joe Manganiello, Audra Marie
Chris Bauer, Joe Manganiello, and Audra Marie
David Victor Rose, Alexa Winner
David Victor Rose and Alexa Winner
Bliss Lau, Merideth Khan, Kristy Brandefine
Bliss Lau, Merideth Khan, and Kristy Brandefine
Niki Hall, Matthew Schneier
Niki Hall and Matthew Schneier
Dani Fass
Dani Fass
Maria Noe, Todd Shapiro
Maria Noe and Todd Shapiro
Waris Ahluwalia, Susan Kirschbaum, ____, Moby
Waris Ahluwalia, Susan Kirschbaum, and Moby
Peter O Hara, Steve Smigie
Peter O Hara and Steve Smigie
Dan Rubinstein, Surface Magazine, Sarah Natkins
Dan Rubinstein and Sarah Natkins
Mur Khan, jenne Lombardo
Mur Khan and Jenne Lombardo
Michele and Lawrence Herbert hosted a pre-gala kickoff cocktail reception at their Park Avenue apartment for the upcoming Rolex presents Career Transition For Dancers’ 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee – A Star-Studded Retrospective hosted by five time Tony Award winner and legendary Broadway musical star Angela Lansbury on November 8, at New York City Center followed by an Anniversary Supper with the Stars at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton New York.

Anka Palitz announced the honorees this year: The 2010 Rolex Dance Award will be presented to Twyla Tharp. The Career Transition For Dancers’ Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance will be presented to the organization’s four union founders: Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Musical Artists, Screen Actors Guild – Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund; as well as an award each to The Barth Family and to the CTFD President Cynthia G. Fischer. Also at the gala the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation will present Trisha Brown with the 59th annual Capezio Dance Award.
Anka Palitz, Michele Herbert, Alexander Dube
Anka Palitz, Michele Herbert, and Alexander Dube
Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD), with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, has helped over 4,600 professional dancers in 47 states identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option. Since its founding in 1985, the organization has provided more than 46,000 hours (equivalent to over $4 million) of one-on-one career counseling and program services, at no cost, and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for education, entrepreneurial grants, and certification programs. CTFD also provides dancers with specialized services that include transition seminars and workshops, peer support groups, resource centers, a toll-free national career counseling hotline, a website, and a National Career Network. For more information, go to www.careertransition.org [2].
Michele Herbert, Alexander Dube, Anka Palitz
Michele Herbert, Alexander Dube, and Anka Palitz
Helene Kaplan, Dr. Georgia Witkin, Denise Rich, Michele Herbert, Nurit Kahn Haase
Helene Kaplan, Dr. Georgia Witkin, Denise Rich, Michele Herbert, and Nurit Kahn Haase
Van Seelow, Jerry Ruotolo, John Wegorzewski, Michael Salem
Van Seelow, Jerry Ruotolo, John Wegorzewski, and Michael Salem
Peter Martins, Janice Becker
Peter Martins and Janice Becker
Will & Laura Zeckendorf
Will and Laura Zeckendorf
Barbara & Ted Bartwink
Barbara and Ted Bartwink
Marjorie Horne, Louise Foisy, Davia Westphal, Christina Rose
Marjorie Horne, Louise Foisy, Davia Westphal, and Christina Rose
Barbara Tober
Barbara Tober
Melinda Bush
Melinda Bush
Victoria Herbert, Loren Herbert, Michele Herbert, Robbie Winter, Lisa Herbert Winter
Victoria Herbert, Loren Herbert, Michele Herbert, Robbie Winter, and Lisa Herbert Winter
Gregory and Sandra Kriser
Gregory and Sandra Kriser
Lauren Morris, Cindy Farkas-Glanzrock
Lauren Morris and Cindy Farkas-Glanzrock
Lauren Morris, Anka Palitz, Donna Soloway, Lucia Hwong-Gordon
Lauren Morris, Anka Palitz, Donna Soloway, and Lucia Hwong-Gordon
Michele Herbert, Nicole Sexton, Anka Palitz
Michele Herbert, Nicole Sexton, and Anka Palitz
Peter Martins, Helene Alexopoulos Warrick
Peter Martins and Helene Alexopoulos Warrick
Lisa Herbert Winter, Robert Winter
Lisa Herbert and Robert Winter
Anka Palitz, Jean Shafiroff
Anka Palitz and Jean Shafiroff
Edward Callaghan, Marilyn Michaels, Playwright Mark Wilk
Edward Callaghan, Marilyn Michaels, and Mark Wilk
Helene Alexopoulos Warrick, Ann Van Ness
Helene Alexopoulos Warrick and Ann Van Ness
Douglas Hannant, Michele Herbert, Frederick Anderson
Douglas Hannant, Michele Herbert, and Frederick Anderson
Dr. Alfred Kaltman, Ricelle Grossinger
Dr. Alfred Kaltman and Ricelle Grossinger
Anka Palitz, Michele Herbert, Ann Marie DeAngelo
Anka Palitz, Michele Herbert, and Ann Marie DeAngelo
Michele Herbert, Cynthia Fischer
Michele Herbert and Cynthia Fischer
 
Photographs by Ann Watt (Metal Ball, Children's Rights, Career Transition for Dancers); D. Finnin & R. Mickens (AMNH)
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