Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Moonlight in Marrakesh, and more

The New York Junior League's 2012 Winter Ball, Moonlight in Marrakesh.
Last Saturday at the Pierre, the New York Junior League held its black tie 2012 Winter Ball, "Moonlight in Marrakesh," for volunteers, family and friends.
Diann Rohde, Hadley McLoughlin, Nancy Ward, Emily Davis, Stacey Lawrence Lee, Barbara Paddock, and Molly McGrath
Caroline Williamson, Linda Fraser, Maureen Brady Atinsky, Megan Hodes, and Stacey Lawrence Lee
Gena Lovett, Lisa Hathaway Stella, Pat Kaufman, Diann Rohde, Melissa Bernstein, and Mary Beth Tully
Mary Cooper, Karen Grund, Gena Lovett, Sarah Hewitt, Melissa Bernstein, Kara van Norden, Pat Kaufman, Tricia Laird, Kim Pillari, Elizabeth Baggs, and Stacey Waggoner
The evening honored Outstanding Sustainers Linda Fraser and Caroline Williamson and Outstanding Volunteers Maureen Brady Atinsky, Megan Karessa Hodes, Stacey Lawrence Lee, Patricia T. Miranda, and Justine Varrichio Oddo, with ABC's Sade Baderinwa serving as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Chris and Renee Liddell
Lisa Hathaway Stella, Sade Baderinwa, and Pat Kaufman
Dayna and John Cassidy
Robert and Claire Mungiguerra
Linda Deany, Jim Martin, Emily Martin, and Lindsay Feinberg
Monika Plocienniczak and Michael Sareyani
Barbara Paxton
Elizabeth Finan
Karen Grund
Lindsay Bjelde
Anne-Marie Peterson McMahon and Cullen McMahon
Amy Phelan, Heidi Wlosek, and Melissa Richards
Benjamin Garrity and Dana Wolf
Gretchen and Chris Jeans
John Barrie and Betsy Smith
Yasmin Saeed and Mike Coffey
Emily Davis, Molly McGrath, and Hadley McLoughlin
John McLoughlin and Mary Stewart
Robert and Jennifer Fogle
Jayne and Garrett Johnston
Bridget and Scott Roose
Kevin and Stacy Kotler
Jeannie and Olivier Trouveroy
Tricia and David Moffitt
Laura Matiz and Maria Esposito
Amanda and Andrew Stone
Mary Cooper and Robert Scott
Suzanne and Chris Bentley
Kim and Tony Pillari
Bridget Duffy and Chloe Carmichael
Kathleen Cooney Clark, Betsy Smith, Caroline Williamson, and Tracy Huff
Nathan and Danielle Baldauff
Thomas Senecal and Christina Bott
Leigh and David Taub
James Small and Fiona Grant
Robyn and Peter Constanzo
Renee Benfari, Chad Gleason, and Diana Brady
Eric Taylor and Arielle Patrick
Mary and Ron Shelton
Barry K and Jennifer Kratz
Jeri Powell, Corrine Epperly, Monika Plocienniczak, and Michael Sareyani
Sarah Seacrest and Arnault Langloin
Nicole Noonan and Steven Knoble
Meghan Staffiera and Sebastian Williams
Sarah and Alex Elliott
Kendra Greenwich, Karen Just, Patrick McGettingan, and Christina Connor
Charlene Chuang and Caitlyn Behrenn
Bridget Duffy and Alison Black
Sharee Stephens
Anne-Marie Peterson McMahon and KoKo Lance
Pedro Valentin and Christine Trias
Brooks Noble and Abby Thurman
Paige Lemon and Dayna Cassidy
Emily and David Millen
Ashley Carlson
Jessica Anderson, Yasmin Saeed, Emily Martin, and Jayne Johnston
This past Monday night, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance, and Jeff Koons, Artist Chair, hosted Art for Water, an auction benefiting Waterkeeper Alliance, the foremost organization in protecting and preserving clean, drinkable, fishable, and swimmable waterways worldwide, and celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act on Monday, March 5th, 2012 at the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.

For 30 years Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has been protecting the Hudson in addition to now 200 waterways globally from polluters. Kennedy spoke passionately about our collective need to protect the environment's infrastructure and to preserve our right to clean water and clean air. And, that bringing art and the environment together is a natural combination, which ignited the benefit, Art for Water.
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The artist community  rallied around this event and collectively  represented more than 80 pieces featuring works by notable artists including Marina Abramovic, Dan Colen, Gregory Crewdson, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Donald Judd, Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Sarah Morris, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Laurie Simmons, Josh Smith and more.

Celebrity guests, including Cheryl Hines and John McEnroe, viewed the artwork during the silent auction and mingled as guests enjoyed glasses of the Dreaming Tree wines 2010 Central Coast Chardonnay.
River Viperi, Allie Grant, Cheryl Hines, Braeden Baade
River Viiperi, Allie Grant, Cheryl Hines, and Braeden Baade
Bill Bell, Maria Bell, Jeff Koons
Bill Bell, Maria Bell, and Jeff Koons
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Nicole Miller and friends
Wendy Abrams
Emily Glasser
Yeohlee Teng
Yeohlee Teng
Barry Kieselstein Cord
Barry Kieselstein Cord
Beth Rudin De Woody
Beth Rudin De Woody
Braeden Baade, Joanna Bennett, River Viperi
Braeden Baade, Joanna Benett, and River Viiperi
Jeff Koons, Cheryl Hines, Chuck CLose, Robert F Kennedy Jr
Jeff Koons, Cheryl Hines, Chuck Close, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Dorothy Lichtestein, Robert F Kennedy Jr, Agnes Gund
Dorothy Lichtestein, Robert F Kennedy Jr., and Agnes Gund
Juan Pablo Esposito, John McEnroe
Giancarlo Esposito and John McEnroe
River Viperi, Todd Eberle, Braeden Baade
River Viiperi, Todd Eberle, and Braeden Baade
Mark Friedman, Roger Friedman
Mark Friedman and Roger Friedman
Deborah Harry
Deborah Harry
Jill Brooke, Ann Lawlor
Jill Brooke and Ann Lawlor
Clarissa Dalrymple
Clarissa Dalrymple
Deborah Harry, Robert F Kennedy Jr
Deborah Harry and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Leslie Stevens
Leslie Stevens and friends
Jean Shafiroff
Jean Shafiroff
Lisa Anastos
Lisa Anastos
Last Thursday, Jill Dienst, a trustee of the New York School of Interior Design, hosted a kick off-reception for the New York School of Interior Design’s Annual Spring Benefit, at her stunning new Lafayette Street gallery, Dienst+Dotter. This year’s benefit, on April 18 at the Metropolitan Club, will honor Jack Lenor Larsen with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Thomas Woltz with the first Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design. The late Mr. Armstrong, was a trustee of the school, and a devoted garden enthusiast.
Jack Lenor Larsen, Jill Dienst, Thomas Woltz, and Pat Sovern
Jack Lenor Larsen, Zoe Settle, and Miry Park
Jack Lenor Larsen, the iconic internationally acclaimed textile designer, known for innovative hand-woven fabrics and wallpapers, available through Cowtan & Tout,  is also recognized for LongHouse, his spectacular 13,000 square-foot four-level home,  located on 16 acres in East Hampton, New York. The building is raised on stilts and the spaces are divided by fabric sliding panels, which showcase Larsen's fabrics and his collection of historical and contemporary crafts, including works by Lucie Rie, Wharton Esherick, Edward Wormley, and a glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly. The gardens present the designed landscape as an art form and offer a diversity of sites for the sculpture installations by such luminaries as Yoko Ono, Sol LeWitt, and Willem de Kooning.

Thomas Woltz, is the owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. He has led designs of a broad range of institutional projects in the United States and abroad including The Peggy Guggenheim Sculpture Garden in Venice, Italy, The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, Round Hill, Jamaica, the National Arboretum of New Zealand and a Master Plan for the conservation of 42,000 acres of Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles.  He has also led design work on private gardens and farmland in a dozen states and New Zealand. Contemporary design applied to restoration ecology is at the heart of the Conservation Agriculture Studio and has yielded hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforestation, native meadow establishment, soil and water conservation and flourishing wildlife habitat.
Laurie and Jeff Schwartz
Michael Sovern, Janet Greene, Pat Sovern, Elliot Greene, and Mario Buatta
Seen in the crowd were Jack Lenor Larsen, Thomas Woltz, Martha Stewart, Mario Buatta, Campion Platt, Ellie Cullman, Philip Gorrivan, Paul Siskin, Steven Gambrel and James Anderson, Juan Montoya, Donna Hoffer-Landsman, Daniel Dienst, David Matlin, Wendy Moonan, Carolyn Rowan, Eric Pike and Stephan Steil, Kevin Sharkey, Barbara Dixon,  Dennis Rolland, Nancy and Jim Druckman, Miry Park, Amory Armstrong, Whitney Armstrong, Michael and Patricia Sovern, Elliot and Janet Greene, Ross Francis, Anne Korman, Betsey Ruprecht, Charlotte Barnes, Stephanie Odegard, Chris Jussel, Mary Ellen and Richard Oldenburg,  Scott Sanders,  Jennifer Rock, David Scott,  Jen Watty, Michael Valente, Lori and Jeff Schwartz, David Sprouls,  Ellen Hamilton, Susan Zises Green, Michael Boodro, John Danzer,  Judith Gura, Donna Hoffer-Landsman and Eleanor and Arthur Hoffer. Visit
Ronald Bricke, Monica Cheslak, and Michael Hill
Scott Sanders and Jennifer Rock
David Sprouls, Valerie Mead, and Brent Peterson
Dennis Rolland
Vanessa Imrie and Jen Watty
Thomas Woltz, Jill Dienst, and David Matlin
Daniel Dienst, Emma Dienst, Martha Stewart, Jill Dienst, Kevin Sharkey, and Eric Pike
David Scott and Lindsey Taylor
Jill Dienst and Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart and Steven Gambrel
Whitney Armstrong and Thomas Woltz
Mia Lopez, Lisa Kleger, and David Rogal
Richard and Mary Ellen Oldenburg
Michael Hill, Judith Gura, Ronald Bricke, and David Barrich
Michael Boodro, Barbara Dixon, Wendy Moonan, and Mario Buatta
Jill Dienst, Eric Pike, and Carolyn Rowan
On Saturday, March 3rd, New York Times Bestselling author and attorney Mark W. Smith and his partners Tim Valliere and Noelle Kowalczyk hosted their 5th annual toast to the Humane Society of New York at District 36. CNBC Anchor Mandy Drury and her husband Tim Drury, James Taranto and Anne Jolis of the Wall Street Journal, former Lieutenant Governor Betsy MacCaughey, the New York Post's Robert George, fashion designers Douglas Hannant and Maggie Norris, Sharon Bush, CeCe Cord, and Gene Brissie, literary agent to the late Andrew Breitbart, celebrated the cause with their cuddly pets.
Tim Valliere, Mandy and Tim Drury, and Mark Smith
Jane and Joe Pontarelli, Leesa Rowland, and Larry Wohl
The eclectic group of Wall Streeters, lawyers, fashionistas, journalists and philanthropists rocked to music videos and dined on food by Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs. Guests including Janna Bullock, Robin Cofer, Leesa Rowland, Nancy Silberkleit, Michele Gerber Klein, Dr. Laura Torrado, Dr. Shawn Sadri, Cindy Guyer, Elaine Sargent, Matt Sandy and Tim Goldburt enjoyed posing for photos in The Digital PhotoBooth-an elegant update to the traditional photo booth.

A highlight of the evening was the inspirational remarks by CNBC’s Mandy Drury who spoke about how the party had inspired her to adopt a dog.  All of the dogs available for adoption found homes including the canine star of the night, Wilbur the Pomeranian from the HSNY.

After his introduction by Ms. Drury, Mr. Smith joked about how “being introduced as a New York Times bestselling author” required him to apologize to his guests from the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board.
Noelle Kowalczyk commented: “Every year we try to raise awareness about one of the most deserving organizations in the City. We are proud to support the Humane Society, and even more pleased when our efforts result in the placement of an abandoned or abused animal.”

Tim Valliere said “we look forward to bringing our friends together each year for such a fun event. That we can bring greater awareness to the Humane Society of New York just makes the evening even more special. It is a great organization and we proudly support them.”
R. Couri Hay and Janna Bullock
Cece Cord and Mark Smith
Sharon Bush
Sandra Defeo, Anne Marie Karash, and Wilbur
Nancy Silberkleit
Cindy Guyer with Rosie
Julie Hayek with Wilbur
Robin Cofer
Michele Gerber Klein
Douglas Hannan, Maggie Norris, and R. Couri Hay
Shawn Sadri and Dr. Laura Torrado
Matt Sandy
Julie Barrett, Irina Shea, Mark Smith, and Christa Zamel
Elaine Sargent

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