Monday, April 30, 2012

Ladies luncheons, the art of packaging, and alumnae aid

Dr. Margaret Cuomo, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Maria Cuomo Cole, Governor Mario Cuomo, and Matilda Raffa Cuomo
Hundreds of New York's leading "bag ladies" gathered at the fourth annual S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's New York Bag Ladies Luncheon to raise $250,000 for those struggling with the devastating disease lupus.

The event included a silent auction of donated designer and celebrity handbags and a sumptuous luncheon at 583 Park Avenue in Manhattan.

Two outstanding women were honored for their long-time support of the work of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation: Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Former First Lady of New York State, Founder and Chair of Mentoring USA National/International and author of the new book The Person Who Changed My Life, and Mary E. Belle, President, Licensing at The Jones Group which includes iconic lifestyle brands such as Anne Klein, Jones New York and Nine West. Serving as Mistress of Ceremonies, opera legend and S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Board member Jessye Norman honored Mary Belle while Governor Mario Cuomo had the special privilege of presenting his wife with her award.
Jessye Norman, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Susan Golick, Mary Belle, and Margaret Dowd
In addition to Governor Cuomo, several members of their family including Dr. Margaret Cuomo, Maria Cuomo Cole and Cristina Greeven Cuomo were among the audience recognizing Matilda's contributions. Additional S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Board members in attendance include Founder and Vice President Susan Golick; Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, wife of Senator Frank Lautenberg and Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Credit Suisse. Also from the Foundation's Board were Fern Tessler; Betsey Selkowitz; Carol Weisman and Kate Kelly.

Mary Belle and Jessye Norman
The event turned generously donated designer and celebrity handbags into pocket-books full of miracles; a silent auction raised funding for the science needed to find a cure for lupus as well as the necessary services to help patients live with the disease day-to-day.

"The funds raised today literally work miracles for those faced with lupus," said Margaret Dowd, Executive Director, S.L.E. Lupus Foundation. "We are able to offer direct support services to patients, send children with lupus to summer camp and provide families with emergency assistance. And on the science side, many discoveries in lupus have been made possible by research grants funded by the Foundation."

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, is a chronic, complex and serious autoimmune disease affecting more than 1.5 million Americans. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that attack the body's own tissues and organs -- the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints. Lupus is difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, and a leading cause of premature cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women.

Formed over 40 years ago, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation leads the nation in providing direct patient services, education, public awareness, as well as funding for innovative lupus research on the national level. The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is a member of the Lupus Research Institute National Coalition of patient groups throughout the country.
Anne Keating, Dorothy Roberts, and Mary E. Belle
Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg and Jessye Norman
Anne Keating, Fern Tessler, and Carol Weisman
Jennie DeScherer, Phyllis Mack, and Richard DeScherer
Peggy Schleiff, Jane Dresner Sadaka, and Fern Tessler
Callie Schweitzer, Elizabeth Schweitzer Miller, and Kate Kelly
Carol Weisman, Susan Golick, and Jennie DeScherer
Kate Kelly, Betsy Selkowitz, and Patty Becker
Barbara Tracey and Anne Keating
Governor Mario Cuomo, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Jennie DeScherer, and Richard DeScherer
Carol Weisman and Brett Heyman
Joanne P. Heyman and Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg
Mary Belle and Matilda Raffa Cuomo
Susan Golick and Matilda Raffa Cuomo
More than 250 guests attended the annual Pratt Institute and Luxe Pack Art of Packaging Award Gala at a private club in Manhattan on April 17. The gala, which supports the Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design and raises funds for scholarships for graduating package design students at Pratt, raised $300,000 at the event and has brought in more than $3.5 million dollars over the last 23 years. The glamorous black-tie fundraiser honored Shiseido for its outstanding commitment to package design and was hosted by Carol Alt, supermodel, actress, and best-selling author and skin care entrepreneur.
The Art of Packaging Award is presented each year to a beauty/cosmetics company that has excelled in the art form and was awarded to Shiseido. Heidi Manheimer, CEO, Shiseido Cosmetics America, and Katsuhiko Shibuya, creative director, Shiseido Co., Ltd from the headquarters in Tokyo, accepted the award.

This year, 2012, marks the celebration of Shiseido's 140th anniversary, which coincidentally marks Pratt Institute's 125th anniversary.
Aaron Mickelson showing Mike Pratt and Concetta Stewart his packaging design, which was on display at The Art of Packaging Award Gala
Packaging design by Scholarship Recipient Renato Martins Cerqueira
Special guests included Pratt President Thomas F. Schutte and his wife, Tess; Mike Pratt, chair of Pratt Institute's Board of Trustees; Concetta Stewart, dean of Pratt's School of Art and Design; Peter Barna, provost of Pratt Institute; Nathalie Grosdidier, executive director, Luxe Pack; Donald Stannard, jewelry designer; Elisabeth Thieriot, philanthropist; and Barbara Gyde, senior vice president, Lighthouse International.

Special guests from the cosmetics and package design industry included Cosimo Policastro, executive vice president, Givaudan; Jerry Vittoria, president of fragrances, Firmenich; Theo Spilka, vice president, Firmenich; Henry Renella, senior vice president, global packaging development, Estée Lauder; John Downey, vice president tech driven supplier innovation, Estée Lauder; Peter Acerra, president/CEO, SGD North America; and Francois Sabate, sales and market general manager, Pochet du Courval.
Packaging design by Scholarship Recipient Wei-Hsin Lin
Packaging design by Scholarship Recipient Aaron Mickelson
Packaging design by Scholarship Recipient Maija Rozenfelde
This year's scholarship winners were Renato Martins Cerqueira (M.S. '13) of Brazil; Wei-Hsin Lin (M.S. '12) of Taiwan; Aaron Mickelson (M.S. '13) of New York City; and Maija Rozenfelde (M.S. '13) of Latvia. Each winner's fragrance package design work was on display in the lobby of the event venue.
The Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design is the only scholarship in the world available to college students looking to pursue careers in cosmetics and package design. Each year the scholarship is supported by the cosmetics industry at The Art of Packaging Award Gala, an event that attracts the top-tier of New York City's multi-billion dollar cosmetics industry. At Pratt, Rosen teaches a course on cosmetic and fragrance package design, which is the only one of its kind in the world.
Marc Rosen and student scholarship winners Maija Rozenfelde, Aaron Mickelson, Wei-Hsin Lin, and Renato Martins Cerqueira
Barbara Gyde and Kevin Marshall
Josh Horowitz and Elisabeth Thieriot
Hong Mahe, Annik Klein, and Nathalie Grosdidier
Peter Accerra (center) and guests
Cosimo Policastro and Heidi Manheimer
Marc Rosen, Heidi Manheimer, and Katsuhiko Shibuya
Stephen Spilka, Francois Sabate, and Theo Spilka
Jeff Bellantoni, Concetta Stewart, Aaron Mickelson, Wei-Hsin Lin, Thomas F. Scutte, Maija Rozenfelde, and Renato Martins Cerqueira
Kaajia Cassin, Makiko Hagio, Gisela Ballard, Jennifer Vafile, and Nicole Carcillo
Constance Howlett, Sara Calsen, and Sushil Raghupathy
Elisabeth Thieriot and Carol Alt
Hilary Ernsberger, Frank Voelkl, Birgit Benayoun, and Carole Dumont
Marc Gobe, Mariannick Davy, and Ilias Ermenidis
Katsuhiko Shibuya (second from right) with guests
Tara Weedfalc, Andrea Fazio, Nessi Erkmenoglu, and Danielle Henderson
Ward Landrigan and Nico Landrigan, Chairman and President of Verdura, hosted an invitation-only party to honor FIT's Couture Council members and their tireless support of The Museum at FIT, Manhattan's premiere museum of fashion. Joining the Landrigan's at their jewelry-box salon overlooking Central Park was co-host Eleanora Kennedy, Couture Council Board member, and Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at FIT.
Ward Landrigan, Antoinette Denisof, and Lee Ballinger
Melissa Morris, Barbara Regna, Bonnie Cantor, and Alyson Cafiero
Ward and Judith Landrigan with Jon Fondas
Sipping cocktails, guests perused the Spring 2012 Verdura collection and recent additions to the company's Museum Collection of vintage Verdura. Mrs. Kennedy wore one of these, a 1967 Lily of the Valley Brooch of gold, platinum, emeralds, diamonds and pearls which was commissioned in the 1940s by Baroness Liliane de Rothschild and crafted from the baby teeth of her children (now replaced by pearls).

Dr. Steele wore the "Comedy and Tragedy Mask" brooch of gold emeralds, sapphires, pearls and diamonds created for Claire Booth Luce. When she won a Tony award for "The Women" in 1940, Luce was disappointed to learn that her beloved Tony was too heavy to be converted into a brooch so her good friends Jock and Betsy Whitney commissioned this as a Christmas present in 1941.
Michael and Eleanora Kennedy
Sarah Wolfe and Jeff Peek
Barbara Regna and Yaz Hernandez
Valerie Steele and Liz Peek
Kim Landrigan, Colleen Caslin, and James Haag
Michael and Bonnie Koblenz
Montague and Mayme Hackett
Geoffrey Bradfield, Melissa Berkelhammer, and Roric Tobin
Robyn Joseph, Karen Karlsrud, and Catherine Carey
Caroline Stetson and Jeff Goldstein
James Haag and Brenda Levin
James Andrew and Jon Fondas
Alison Minton and Adele Bove
Kamie Lightburn and Rema Parchini
Alexandra Lebenthal and Sharon Hoge
Robert Strawbridge and Bambi Putman
Clint and Susan Rodenberg
Liliana Cavendish, Susan Calhoun, and Anna Safir
Maggie Norris and Valerie Steele
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
Dr. Annette Rickel and Dr. Dan Ahlberg
Jawan Young and Silvana Suarez
Janice and Lindsay Moore
Rosemary Ponzo
Susan Gutfreund and Louisa Beccaria
Mary Hilliard
Michael and Anna Safir
Angela Rothfeld
Nico and Ward Landrigan, and Eleanora and Michael Kennedy
Anna Safir, Chloe Malle, and Michael and Eleanora Kennedy
Geoffrey Thomas and Sharon Sondes
Carole and Bruce Harding
On April 24, alumnae and friends of Barnard College gathered at New York's historic Plaza Hotel for the Annual Gala, a dinner and auction to benefit the College's financial aid program. The event honored recipients of the Frederick A.P. Barnard Award—Patricia Harrigan Nadosy '68, botanist, former foreign exchange options trader, and trustee emerita, and Elizabeth S. Boylan, professor of biology, provost, and dean of the faculty emerita. Taline Aynilian '03 served as auctioneer.  The event raised $2.3 million for scholarship aid.
Honorees Patricia Harrigan Nadosy and Elizabeth Boylan
 "Scholarships are key to the future of Barnard and the lives of our students—students who will always be grateful for the financial aid they received, and who, I'm sure, will ultimately offer their own support to future generations of deserving Barnard women," said President Debora Spar.
Scholarship recipient Jade Bonacolta '15 added, "Many things in life are uncertain, but there is one thing I know. Barnard College will have the greatest influence on my life and will lead me to move mountains."
Barnard President Debora Spar
Scholarship student Tess Gannaway
"More than $30 million of scholarship support was offered to Barnard students in the 2011–12 school year," said Nanette M. DiLauro, Barnard's director of financial aid. "The proceeds from the Annual Gala directly underwrite this expense, and help Barnard maintain one of its hallmarks—educating exceptional women regardless of their financial means."
Later in the evening, the College introduced Gala Nights, which gathered young professionals for cocktails, desserts and dancing. This initiative, founded and spearheaded by a committee of socially engaged young alumnae, aimed to encourage young professionals to support current students, give back to their college and community, and participate in the New York philanthropic scene.  Gala Nights, which also took place at the Plaza, featured DJ Jason Fioto of Generation Events and proceeds will benefit Barnard's financial aid program, as well. 
Ellen Futter and Binta Niambi Brown
Gala Nights Chair Caroline Bliss Spencer and Ashley Walker Bush
Nancy Garvey, Diana Vagelos, and Ellen Futter
The gala dinner ..
On Wednesday, April 11, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) hosted its annual spring fundraising event at the Harborside Financial Center Atrium. The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m. Music Director Jacques Lacombe then led the Orchestra in a concert program featuring Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus Overture, The Blue Danube and Thunder and Lightning Polka. Special guest Greater Newark Youth Orchestra concertmaster Janice Cheon—the winner of the youth orchestra’s concerto competition—performed the first movement of Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3. The performance was followed by dinner.

The evening’s honorees were A. Michael Lipper and NJSO Board Co-Chair Ruth C. Lipper, recognized for their extraordinary support of and dedication to both the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the arts in New Jersey.

All proceeds from the gala event supported the NJSO as it enriches lives through outstanding artistic, music education and community engagement programs.
Janice Cheon violin, Jacques Lacombe conducts
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra comprises some of the country’s finest musicians. To best serve the people of New Jersey, the orchestra brings its programs to seven outstanding venues throughout the state. Education and community engagement programs enrich the listening experience for children and adults alike. Select performances of the NJSO are broadcast regionally and throughout North America. United is the official airline of the NJSO.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra continues its major fundraising initiative—the NJSO Comprehensive Campaign. To date, more than $30 million towards a $32 million goal has been raised in support of the Orchestra.
Jacques and Janet Lacombe, Ginette Gremillet, Antoinette Cooper, and Andre Gremillet
Gay Doherty, Robert Doherty, Linda Bowden, and Kathy Regan
Bea Daggett, Kate Tomlinson, and Josh Weston
Honorable Claude Coleman, Barbara Bell Coleman, ShanÇ Harris, and Stefon Harris
Robert and Mary Ellen Waggoner, and Ruth and A. Michael Lipper
John Schreiber and Ruth Lipper
Ellen and David Huber
A. Michael and Ruth C. Lipper, and Janet and Jacques Lacombe
A. Michael Lipper, John Strangfeld, and Ruth Lipper
Mary Ellen Brook and Gerald Applestein
Baruch College honored three members of its outstanding alumni during the 23rd Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner, Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at New York City's Gotham Hall. Friends, colleagues and alumni paid tribute to Joseph Macnow '67, Francis Greenburger '74, and William M. Newman '47, Hon., LLD '97 for their professional leadership and continued support for the College.

Francis Greenburger
'74, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Time Equities, Inc.; and Joseph Macnow '67, Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Vornado Realty Trust were presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Honoree Francis Greenburger '74, Baruch College President Mitchel Wallestein, Honoree William M. Newman '47, Hon., LLD '97, Alumni Speaker Catherine Kuo '11, and Honoree Joseph Macnow '67
City University of New York Chancellor Matthew Goldstein
Alumni Speaker Catherine Kuo '11
President of the Baruch College Fund Joel Cohen (YEAR) (at right) presents the Distinguished Alumni Award to Francis Greenburger '74
Joe Schenker presents the Distinguished Alumni Award to Joseph Macnow '67
Baruch President Mitchel B. Wallerstein (at right) presents the President's Medal to 2012 Honoree William M. Newman '47, Hon., LLD '97
Samantha Bernstein, Beverly Salty, William M. Newman, Matthew Bernstein, and Debbie Bernstein
Photographs by (Verdura); Asiya Khaki (Barnard College).
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