Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pulling out all the stops

The dinner scene at Cipriani 42nd Street at Silver Hill Hospital's 80th Anniversary Gala.
Michael Cominotto and Dennis Basso co-chaired a very successful first time gala benefit last Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street for Silver Hill Hospital, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Silver Hill is a famous private, non-profit hospital located in New Canaan, which provides quality in-patient and out-patient care for people with a variety of mental health issues.

Their mission, in the words of Sigurd Acherman, President and Medical Director of Silver Hill, is "to provide the best treatment for mental illness and addiction." Cominotto and Basso pulled out all the stops and made a big glamorous event.
Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Dennis Basso
Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, and Dennis Basso
Dennis Basso, Lieba Sedaka, Michael Cominotto, Neil Sedaka
Dennis Basso, Liba Sedaka, Michael Cominotto, and Neil Sedaka
Michael Cominotto, Hoda Kotb, Dennis Basso
Michael Cominotto, Hoda Kotb, and Dennis Basso
Jack Cohen, Lynn Cohen
Jack and Lynn Cohen
Jay Diamond, Alexandra Lebenthal
Jay Diamond and Alexandra Lebenthal
Filipa Fino, Meredith Melling Burke
Filipa Fino and Meredith Melling Burke
Sue Chalom, Geoffrey Bradfield
Sue Chalom and Geoffrey Bradfield
Helen Lee Schifter
Helen Lee Schifter
Ashley McDermott, Rena Sindi, Caroline Bertatt, Muffy Potter Aston
Ashley McDermott, Rena Sindi, Caroline Bertatt, and Muffie Potter Aston
Eva Jeanbart Lorenzotti
Eva Jeanbart Lorenzotti
Dennis Basso, Rena Sindi, Tory Burch, Marcia Mishan, Caroline Dean, Michael Cominotto
Dennis Basso, Rena Sindi, Tory Burch, Marcia Mishan, Caroline Dean, and Michael Cominotto
Patricia Shiah, Lucia Hwong Gordon
Patricia Shiah and Lucia Hwong Gordon
Gigi Mortimer
Gigi Mortimer
?, Todd Meister, Jamie Tisch, Marjorie Gubelman
Guest, Todd Meister, Jamie Tisch, and Marjorie Gubelman
Valentin Hernandez, Yaz Hernandez
Valentin and Yaz Hernandez
Michael Pierson, Jeff Pfeifler
Michael Pierson and Jeff Pfeifle
John Stimmel, Michael Cominotto, Bruce Camay
John Stimmel, Michael Cominotto, and Bruce Camay
Derek Blasberg, Lyle Maltz
Derek Blasberg and Lyle Maltz
Derek Lloyd Saathoff, Guillaume Poupart
Derek Lloyd Saathoff and Guillaume Poupart
Michael Cominotto, Ann Curry, Natalie Cole, Dennis Basso
Michael Cominotto, Ann Curry, Natalie Cole, and Dennis Basso
Hunt Slonem, Douglas Hannant
Hunt Slonem and Douglas Hannant
Shafi Roepers
Shafi Roepers
Nina Griscom, Dennis Basso, Marcia Mishaan, Richard Mishaan
Nina Griscom, Dennis Basso, Marcia Mishaan, and Richard Mishaan
Jaime Gleicher
Jaime Gleicher
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
Malcom Kutner, Kari Talley, Christian Leone
Malcom Kutner, Kari Talley, and Christian Leone
Jamie Niven
Jamie Niven
Michael Cominotto, Pamela Fiori, Dennis Basso
Michael Cominotto, Pamela Fiori, and Dennis Basso
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes
Vanessa von Bosmarck, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Maximillian Wiener
Vanessa von Bosmarck, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, and Maximillian Wiener
Linda Dunn, Michael Cominotto, Elizabeth Gormezano
Linda Dunn, Michael Cominotto, and Elizabeth Gormezano
Jill Roosevelt, Alvin Valley
Jill Roosevelt and Alvin Valley
Ben Widdicombe
Ben Widdicombe
Douglas Friedman, Scott Currie
Douglas Friedman and Scott Currie
DJ Cassidy
DJ Cassidy
Alvin Valley, Tory Burch
Alvin Valley and Tory Burch
Dr Sig Ackerman, Jessica Shelton
Dr Sig Ackerman and Jessica Shelton
Dori Cooperman, Alvin Valley
Dori Cooperman and Alvin Valley
Muffy Potter Aston, Frederick Anderson
Muffie Potter Aston and Frederick Anderson
Patricia Shiah, Tom Shiah
Patricia and Tom Shiah
Alvin Valley, Rena Sindi
Alvin Valley and Rena Sindi
New York Yankees icon Bernie Williams, R&B singer CeCe Peniston, opera singer James Valenti and other surprise guests joined Ten O’Clock Classics as it held its Seventh Anniversary Gala Event in support of their musical education programs at The Union Square Ballroom, 29 Union Square West (at Broadway and E 16th Street) in Manhattan on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

Hosted by comedienne Cathy Ladman, Craig “muMs” Grant (Oz), The Roots (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) and singer/songwriter Ben Jelen, the seated dinner included much anticipated performances by CeCe Peniston, Bernie Williams and Questlove of The Roots singing and playing along to Peniston’s classic and one of the most successful dance hits, “Finally” – performed together with children from the Mount Carmel Holy Rosary School in East Harlem.
Joel Picket and Family
Mount Carmel Holy Rosary School Children
Additionally, works of art were on display by artist Nicole Hahne. TOC raised money through a silent auction going on throughout the event. Last year’s auction, which included items such as a Justin Timberlake autographed Steinway Model A piano, two Lou Reed autographed guitars, NY Giants tickets and field game passes and tickets to The Today Show with a behind-the-scenes tour, raised in excess of $200,000.

Hailed as "The Hip of Classical Music" by The New York Times, TOC has performed in venues throughout the world including New York's Carnegie Hall, Cortot Hall in Paris, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. TOC's outreach concerts include performances at Studio 54, Gotham Properties, Crunch Fitness, The Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, MAKOR, Le Cirque, Union Square Ballroom, and numerous other venues. Founded in 2000 by concert pianist Ronen Segev and led by Chairman of the Board, David Picket, TOC comprises the finest young concert artists in the world. TOC brings Classical Music to a broader audience by presenting top-quality performances in non-traditional venues. By having world-renowned musicians and celebrity hosts perform on young people's turf, the musical experience has much more meaning.

TOC's educational initiatives include providing weekly private music lessons and instruments free of charge to NYC school children, and performances and lectures at schools throughout the country.
Adam Degraff
Carrie Waibel
Bernie Williams performing
Cathy Ladman and David Picket
Billy Lerner and Alexandra Lerner
CeCe Peniston and Nicole Hahne
Black Thought, Richard Nichols, and Aziza Laziza
Ellen Lubman, David Picket, and Melissa Pianko
Bernie Williams
Craig muMs Grant and James Valenti
CeCe Peniston performing
James Valenti, Bernie Williams, and Ronen Segev
Steve La Forgia, Naydine Lopez, Douglas Giles, and Rania Rabie
David Picket
Tom Kearns, Michelle Suna, and Michele Kearns
Russell Fallstad
Ronen Segev, Bernie Williams, David Picket, and Steve Fortunato
Sean Carpenter, Laura Metcalf, and Steve Beck
Chris Thomas and Rhiannon Coles
Melissa Pianko and Ellen Lubman
Fern and Ben Jelen
On Sunday, November 7, the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City hosted the opening night celebration of 'The Merchant of Venice' starring Al Pacino as Shylock. The show was directed by Daniel Sullivan. Guests included Brooke Shields, Colin Quinn, Cheyenne Jackson, Eve Best, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew McCarthy, Tovah Feldshuh, Marian Seldes, and more.
Brooke Shields
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Alma Gonzales and Richard Thomas
Bobbty Cannavale and Annabella Sciorra
Dolores Rice and Andrew McCarthy
Carolyn McCormick
Lily and Michael Rabe
Celia Keenan Bolger and Alex Timbers
Eve Best
Sarah Paulson
Eric Bogosian
Dorien Makhloghi
Richard Topol
Al Pacino
Tovah Feldshuh
David Harbour
Byron Jennings and Carolyn McCormick
Matthew Rauch
Kelsey Kurz
Al Pacino and Lily Rabe
Jesse L. Martin
Luke Forbes and Baylen Thomas
Peter Francis James
Seth Numrich
Gerry Bamman
Heather Lind
Jade Hawk
Marsha Stephanie Blake
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley

Photographs by (Silver Hill Hospital); Jakes van der Watt (TOC); Rob Rich (Merchant of Venice).
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