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Thomas W. Strauss, James C. Marlas, Anne Hathaway, Bonnie Strauss, and Marie Nugent-Head Marlas.

Anne Hathaway showed her support during a recent evening with The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation. The Bachmann-Strauss Foundation invited their generous supporters to join the actress over an intimate dinner at Il Postino, followed by a screening of her new film “Love & Other Drugs” at The Japan Society.

She introduced the film by speaking about her experience playing the character of Maggie, the importance of bringing awareness to both Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, and how proud she is to be involved with The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation.

For more information, visit www.dystonia-parkinson.org.
This past Saturday, from eleven to five at Cascades High School on the Lower East Side, Publicolor held one of its fund-raising/painting events and transformed yet another school around Manhattan.

Ruth Shuman started this organization about fifteen years ago. She had an idea, simple in concept, complex because it involves thousands and maybe someday even millions of young lives. Old lives too.

The kids who participate in Publicolor’s activities – which include painting interiors of public schools to give them life – experience pride in their work. Pride in work is a major reformer on the long and winding road. The outcome of this kind of activity is young people being introduced to themselves as functioning, capable, achieving, industrious individuals. We all know how good that feels if and when we achieve such “ideals.” These kids, being kids, can learn fast when the lesson sets in. That is basically the function of Publicolor.
Michael Shuman, Ruth Lande Shuman, Paul Rotando, Peter Stamberg, Deven Parekh, Tom Krizmanic
Michael Shuman, Ruth Lande Shuman, Paul Rotando, Peter Stamberg, Deven Parekh, and Tom Krizmanic
It’s a learning environment, something that escapes many of us of all ages in all walks of life. With kids, however, to infuse that is to give that young person a head start. A lot of these kids, most of these kids, are ordinary middle- and working-class kids, not to mention the large number of underserved and underprivileged in our community. Publicolor can touch them and even transform them from nothing into something in their own minds. The secret is the work, the working environment, the results achieved and the effect those results have on the community they live in. And pride in work.

These fundraisers are part participation, part fundraising. A lot of supporters of the organization get into the act too, along with family members. It’s a fun time and working together is always fun.
This is an undersung charity/non-profit organization. What Publicolor is doing for the community is tantamount to finding a cure for cancer. Yes it is different but it is as crucial to all our health and well-being. Just as crucial; and more so daily.

You could learn from it too, or help, or create one in your community. Visit: www.publicolor.org.
Caspia, George Thomas, Jasper, Nate, Sydney
Caspia, George Thomas, Jasper, Nate, and Sydney
Joshua, Christie, Jenee, Regine
Joshua, Christie, Jenee, and Regine
Clay Ezell, Rob Wilson, Lulu, Millie
Clay Ezell, Rob Wilson, Lulu, and Millie
Stephen Harris, Elodie Duphy, Deven Parekh, Ketan Parekh
Stephen Harris, Elodie Duphy, Deven Parekh, and Ketan Parekh
Stepha, Christina, Coneo
Stepha, Christina, and Coneo
Taryn
Taryn
George Thomas, Jasper
George Thomas and Jasper
James LaForce, Paul Afpirat, Peter Stamberg, Ruth Lande Shuman
James LaForce, Paul Afpirat, Peter Stamberg, and Ruth Lande Shuman
Jane, Georgia, Penelope
Jane, Georgia, and Penelope
Regina, Christine, Alicia
Regina, Christine, and Alicia
Ruth Lande Shuman, Jane
Ruth Lande Shuman and Jane
Serena, Brooke
Serena and Brooke
Georgia, Allie Jaffin
Georgia and Allie Jaffin
Philip Kelly
Philip Kelly
Javier Pena, Robert Ion
Javier Pena and Robert Ion
James LaForce
James LaForce
Kathryne Gould-Martin
Kathryne Gould-Martin
Tapio Vaskio
Tapio Vaskio
Paul Rotando
Paul Rotando
Rascal, Celerie Kembele-Curry, Zinnia
Rascal, Celerie Kembele-Curry, and Zinnia
Tom Krizmanic
Tom Krizmanic
Tamar
Tamar
Sophia
Sophia
Sasha
Sasha
Louisa
Louisa
Joseph, Sarah-Jane Garey
Joseph and Sarah-Jane Garey
Savannah Engel, Michael Mclaughlan
Savannah Engel and Michael McLaughlan
The New York Women’s Foundation®’s (NYWF) hosted its 23rd Annual Stepping Out and Stepping Up, honoring Agnes Gund as well as Grace Hightower De Niro and Robert De Niro at New York City’s Gotham Hall.

Good Morning America’s Juju Chang hosted the special evening, which began with an address by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to the nearly 300 guests in attendance, which included filmmaker Jane Rosenthal, Muffie Potter Aston, philanthropist Anne Bass, Mexico’s Deputy Consul General in New York Ismael Naveja Macias, as well as Gala Vice Chairs Jean Shafiroff, Susan R. Cullman, Carolyn Buck Luce and Gala Co-Chairs Hyatt Bass and Somers Farkas with husband Jonathan Farkas.

Anne Bass
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert De Niro
Mayor Bloomberg praised Agnes as having “singlehandedly changed our city’s cultural landscape,” and the De Niros, saying “these two New Yorkers really couldn’t be more deserving ... they care deeply about this city.”

City Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Kate Levin presented The Stepping Up Award to Agnes Gund. Accepting her award, Agnes expressed her gratitude and emphasized her belief that “funding the arts is funding the well-being of children ... to clarify who they are ... to communicate who they are,” praising the hard work of her organization, Studio in a School.

Before the presentation of their award, iconic film director Martin Scorsese wished to say a few word about the De Niros but was unable to attend, as he was filming in Italy; a special pre-recorded video message from him played for guests, in which Martin congratulated the couple of their honor, saying “Grace, I applaud the exceptional work you’ve done ... Bob, I’ve seen you give so much to the city.”

Following the video, Gala Vice Chair & NYWF Board Chair Diana L. Taylor presented the award to Grace Hightower De Niro and Robert De Niro. Accepting the award, Robert remarked “I have the feeling I’m receiving this honor not for anything I’ve done, but for what Grace has contributed.” Following Robert, Grace encouraged guests, saying “let us give praise to those women ... in sink or swim situations everyday ... who choose to better their lives.”
Gotham Hall
The scene at Gotham Hall
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
As NYWF President & CEO Ana L. Oliveira explained, the Foundation is “not a traditional foundation ... it is a public foundation [producing] community-based authored solutions;” Ana also reinforced the message that “when we invest in mothers, we invest in children ... when we invest in children, we invest in our future.”

As guests departed, they were treated to exciting gift bags, filled with exclusive goodies such as a gift certificate from celebrity-favorite Angelo David Salon, a lipstick by Estee Lauder, a Lower Eastside Girls Club chocolate bar, the Madame Paulette® Professional Stain Removal Kit, a gift certificate from hotspot Philippe by Philippe Chow, the latest book by Hatherleigh Press Thank You: 101 Ways to Practice Effortless Gratitude, new books The Gate House and The Recessionistas, a cosmetic kit from Tata Harper, and a special poem by Voices Ink.
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, and Hyatt Bass
Cynthia Lufkin, Dan Lufkin
Cynthia and Dan Lufkin
Antoinette La Belle
Jean Shafiroff
Patricia Shiah
Agnes Gund and Bill Cunningham
Anne Bass
Carolyn Buck Luce and Ana Oliveira
John Kirby, Susan Cullman, Carolyn Buck Luce
John Kirby, Susan Cullman, Carolyn Buck Luce
Diana L Taylor, Alejandra Naranjo
Diana Taylor and Alejandra Naranjo
Dawne Marie Grannum, Patrick Cole
Dawne Marie Grannum and Patrick Cole
Muffie Potter Aston, Debbie Bancroft, Somers Farkas, Diana L. Taylor
Muffie Potter Aston, Debbie Bancroft, Somers Farkas, and Diana Taylor
Antoinette La Belle
Antoinette La Belle
Patricia Shiah
Patricia Shiah
Anne Bass
Anne Bass
Cynthia Lufkin, Dan Lufkin
Diana Taylor and Michael Bloomberg
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower De Niro
Barbara Tober, Donald Tober
Barbara and Donald Tober
Darren Walker, Agnes Gund, Albert Togut
Darren Walker, Agnes Gund, and Albert Togut
Arnold and Ann Jurdem, Martin Shafiroff
Arnold and Ann Jurdem with Martin Shafiroff
Sue Cote, Rick Cote
Muffie Potter Aston and Dr. Sherrell Aston
Tia Walker, Grace Hightower De Niro
Tia Walker and Grace Hightower De Niro
Donald Tober, Juju Chang
Donald Tober and Juju Chang
Yvonne Quinn, Diana Taylor, Ana Oliviera
Yvonne Quinn, Diana Taylor, and Ana Oliviera
Muffie Potter Aston, Sherrell Aston
Sue and Rick Cote
Stuart Lane, Bonnie Comley
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley
Ann Rapp, Roy Kean
Ann Rapp and Roy Kean
Last Tuesday at the Ainsworth on 122 West 26th Street, New Yorkers for Children and Keith Bulluck, the New York Giants All-Pro Linebacker, hosted the 8th annual “Wrap to Rap” holiday gift wrapping event to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Selita Ebanks co-hosted.

The NYFC Board and Friends Committee were joined by more than 100 teens living in foster care to wrap more than 2000 gifts for younger children in care. While they were doing this D-Nice was spinning hip hop and holiday classics. Jay Sean and Red Cafe performed. Walmart donated 2000 gifts.

There’s a lot going on in all of this. Besides providing the much needed gifts for kids in need, “Wrap to Rap” is also a reminder to teens in foster care of the importance of volunteerism and giving back to their communities.
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Big turnout: Kanye West, Jay Sean, Selita Ebanks, Keith Bulluck, Zac Posen, Red Café, AJ Calloway, Elsa Benitez, Nicholas Scoppetta who started this whole movement, Susan Magazine, who runs it, Lauran Tuck, Tinsley Mortimer, Alina Cho, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, who has been one of the moving forces in its development, Susan Shin, Daniel Benedict, Julie Macklowe, Marisa Brown, Allison Aston, Euan Rellie, Zani Gugelmann.

A huge success. Have look, see what you can do. www.newyorkersforchildren.org.
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
AJ Calloway
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Archer Bommer, Donya Bommer, and Josephine Bommer
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Brian Mazza and Amy McFarland
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Allison Aston, Zani Guglemann, and Marisa Brown
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Amy McFarland and Zac Posen
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Alina Cho
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Elsa Benitez
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Lauran Tuck
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Clare McKeon, Marisa Brown, and Vanessa Cornell
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Jay Sean
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Red Cafe
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
D-Nice
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Daniel Benedict
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Euan Rellie
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Keith Bullock and raffle winner
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Kanye West
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Lesley Schulhof and Marisa Brown
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Keith Bulluck, Susan Magazine, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and Nicholas Scoppetta
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Maggie Cordish and Tinsley Mortimer
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Nicole Esposito and Selita Ebanks
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Marisa Brown, Natalia Echavarria, Tyrese Stuart, and Zani Guglemann
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Jessica and Peterson
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Susan Shin and Andrew
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Tinsley Mortimer, Marisa Brown, and Tyrese Stuart
Ana Oliveira, Grace Hightower De Niro, Agnus Gund, Luce, Hyatt Bass
Selita Ebanks and AJ Calloway
We’re late on this one. Although also better late than never: Last October 28th, on a Thursday, at the Plaza there was a benefit gala for EcoHealth Alliance: Five Ideas for Our Fifth Decade. I’d never heard of EcoHealth Alliance. Local Conservation. Global Health are their bywords.

EcoHealth is an international organization dedicated to local conservation and global health. Its mission includes protecting endangered wildlife species as well as examining the pathways of emerging zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans such as West Nile virus, SARS, HiNi, Avian flu and Nipah virus.
Its dedicated group of scientists, veterinarians, field teams and international partners approach conservation with a “One Health” focus by examining all aspects affecting human, wildlife and environmental health from shrinking habitats, species migration, climate change and failing ecosystems.

It’s easy to see what will be the leading charities in the next decade. And easy to see why. Visit: www.EcoHealthAlliance.org.
Fred Newman, Katie Day, and William Karesh
Kevin Olival, Heather Varian, and Cindy Taylor
Fred and Mary Newman
Alonso Aguierre
Adrianna Cohen and Amanda Young
Janice Daszak, Harvey Kasdan, and Shari Sampson
Frank Noto, Anizia Karmazyn, and Sam Stebbins
Renke Thye, Pamela Thye, and William Karesh
Eiizabeth Loh, Carlos Danvrana, and Mindy Rostal
Mary Lee Sachs, Lori Robinson, and Meredith Kish
Peter Daszak, Tammy Jersey, and Matthieu Grosclaude
John Magzalcioglu and Amy Britt
Kolina Nouhan and Caroline Kobylarz
Harry Phinney and Jaimie Mayer Phinney
Lee Graham and Joanne Mazurki
Janice and Peter Daszak
Kevin Olival, Abelardo Burdumi, Isabell Rodriguez, and Shari Sampson
Bjorn Figenschou, Constance Hoguet Neel, Robert Houget, and Patricia Moehlman
Damian Cavaleri
Jim Geary, Denise Geary, Lisa Williams, and Brian Williams
Cynthia Stebbins, Joanne Mazurki, Nels Lippert, and Hugh Hildesley
Janice Taylor and Jude Lastrapes
William Karesh and Juan Corradi
Stephen Hoffman and Paula Smith
Joanne Mazurki, Scott Perrin, and Frances Frawley
Regina Faust, Peter Molnar, and Claire Standley
Hugh Hildesley and Robert Hoguet
Ellen Shedlarz, John Epstein, James Gadsden, and Tammy Jersey
Sylvia Cooper, Malcolm Beadling, Melinda Fishman, and Daniel Cooper
Cynthia Stebbens and Marty Kaplan
Stacey Dimonrlli, Lisa Curiale, and Gina Brander
Lee Graham, Hysell Oviedo, and Noah Gray
Joanne Mazurki and Robert Hoguet
Juan Corradi and Elizabeth Loh
Anne and Nels Lippert
Dr.Amy Attas, Stephen Shapiro, and Jan Kalina
Randi Veller, Ellen Shedlarz, and Jeanne Molino
Jessica Feingold and John Frederick Thye
Ivan Horak and Catalina Samper Horak
Dahlia Bradley Kingsley and Andrea Arden
Carol Timmis, Kimio Honda, and Akiko Honda
Amanda Young, Oliver Engert, and Adrianna Cohen

Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (Publicolor); Ann Watt (NY Women's Foundation); Rob Rich (EcoHealth)
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