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2012 Family Party Chairmen. Bottom row : Jessica Murphy, Melissa Hawks, Zibby Right, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Museum President Ellen V. Futter, Allison Mignone, Laura Whitman, Janet Boris, Robin Roberts, Kim Lippmann.
Top row: Shaiza Rizavi, Alexandra Mondre, Ursula Corgan, Beth Kojima, Joella Lykouretzos, Jessica Marinaccio, Hannah An, Rebekah Mercer, Benedetta Casamento.
Over 1,500 children and parents participated in an evening of adventure at the American Museum of Natural History's Nineteenth Annual Family Party, this past Wednesday, October 17, from 5–7:30 pm. The Family Party, one of the Museum's best-loved annual traditions, is a special opportunity for children and adults of all ages to experience the wonders and magic of the Museum. Proceeds from the evening support the Museum's educational and scientific programming.

Guests were treated to an evening of fun activities in the Museum's magnificent halls, including interactions with live animals, digging for dinosaur fossils, conducting fascinating experiments, meeting with scientists, and much more.
Bongor Biz stilt walker greets partygoers
Another Bongor Biz stilt walker amuses children
The 2012 Family Party Chairmen were Melissa and Carney Hawks, Kim and Greg Lippmann, Joella Lykouretzos, Rebekah Mercer, and Allison Mignone.

This year's Family Party was generously supported by Tiffany & Co. Additional support graciously provided by Lord & Taylor.
Vice-Chair Benedetta Casamento and Museum President Ellen Futter
Chairman Rebekah Mercer and children
Chairmen Carney and Melissa Hawks with children
Chairman Allison Mignone with husband Roberto and children
Vice Chair Zibby Right with husband Andrew and children
Dana Wallach Jones and children
Tiffany & Co. Gem dig
A ferocious Cozy's Cuts dinosaur do
Is this tail real?
Children meet Buddy from Jim Henson Company's Dinosaur Train
Children color Lord & Taylor Butterfly Placemats
Bongar Biz hula-hoops it up with kids in the Glow Zone
Children enjoy glowing tattoos
More fun in the Glow Zone
On October 14th, the 2012 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medalist recipients were honored at the 26th Annual Medal Ceremony and Benefit Luncheon at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal is given annually to individuals and organizations of high ideals and courageous actions in their fields. It recognizes those who have made significant contributions to humanitarian efforts in their communities and around the world in areas that were the focus of Eleanor Roosevelt's life's work such as education, advocacy, social justice and human rights.
Medalists Peter Buffett, Jennifer Buffett, Muriel Siebert, Tina Brown, Sheila Johnson,and Joel Miller
Peter Buffett, Jennifer Buffett, and Elizabeth Lesser
Hosted by Executive Director of Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center, Kathleen Durham, the 2012 Eleanor Roosevelt-Val Kill Medal Recipients were Tina Brown, the Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast, and the founder of Women in the World Summit, presented by Susan Mercandetti Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships for ABC News; Peter and Jennifer Buffett, noted philanthropists and founders of the NoVo Foundation, presented by Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder and senior advisor of the Omega Institute; Sheila Johnson, trustee of The New School and Chair of the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design and Global Ambassador for CARE presented by Della Britton Baeza, president and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation;First Woman of Finance” Muriel Siebert, ardent advocate for women in business and first woman Superintendent of Banks presented by David B. Roosevelt, grandson of Eleanor Roosevelt and author of, “Grand Mere”, along with New York State Assemblyman Joel Miller, presented by, Dr. Arthur Menken, outspoken advocate of women’s right and marriage equality will be in attendance.
Medalists and Presenters with Exec. Dir. Kathleen Durham and Board Member Mary Jane Von Allmen
This year's medalists joined a list of past-distinguished recipients of the Medal such as Hillary Clinton, Matilda Cuomo, Michael R. Bloomberg, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Richard Gere, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.

Over 250 guests attended the medal ceremony and farm to table luncheon. Co-Chairs of the event were Matilda Cuomo and Eileen Fisher. The trip to Hyde Park was a unique opportunity to visit the Stone Cottage of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt where Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy, the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center, is now based.
ERLC Exec. Dir. Kathleen Durham
Doris Mack
Sheila Johnson and Della Britton Baeza
David and Manuela Roosevelt
Joel Miller, Zoe Miller, and Steve Miller
Tina Brown
Giovanni Marie-Roper
Last Monday evening a week ago, Michael Kors was the designer honored at the 6th annual Golden Heart Awards in New York in a celebrity-filled event.
Lance Lepere, Bette Midler, Michael Kors, Karolina Kurkova, and Archie Drury
John Mason, Neal Rosenberg, Gutavo Monroy, Frank Germany, Jerry Jacobson, and David Terbeen
Among those attending were Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower De Niro, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bette Midler.
Adam Lippes, Jessica Hart, and Derek Blasberg
Asia Baker, Claiborne Swanson Frank, and Vanessa Getty
Adam Stoeckel and Holly Wentzel
Erin Heatherton
Lauren Remington Platt
Bette Midler
Chloe Malle
Theodora Richards, Patti Hansen, Alexandra Richards, and Molly Madden
Vincente Wolf and Margaret Russell
Lori Oscher, Stephanie Reiner, and Eleanor Willets
Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer
Gwyneth Paltrow and Blaine Trump
RJ King, Dorian Grinspan, Elizabeth Von Thurn und Taxis, and Adam Lippes
Jeff Pfeifle and David Granville
Steve Simons, Blaine Trump, Lynda Carter, and Robert Altman
Amy Cappellazzo, Terry Lundgren, Tina Lundgren, and Paul Wilmot
Alan Rodgers, Curtis Bashaw, and Robby Browne
Holly Wentzel, Adam Stoeckel, and Jan Slifka
Chanel Iman
RJ King and Cory Bond
Claiborne Swanson Frank
Tyson Ballou and Barbara Fourneau
Karlie Kloss and Jessica Hart
Amanda Hearst
Cory Bond and Bekah Jenkins
Rebecca and Jon Bond
Calhoun Sumrall and Julie Einhorn
On October 11th, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra opened its 40th anniversary season at Carnegie Hall. Orpheus was joined by mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Nathan Gunn to give the world premiere of Earth Echoes by Augusta Read Thomas. The ensemble also performed Rossini's Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri, a favorite from the orchestra's large catalog of recordings. Opening night audiences and radio broadcast listeners were also treated to Orpheus' first-ever rendition of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, a performance that marks a historic expansion of the Orpheus repertoire.

A self-governing organization, the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1972 by a group of fellow musicians who aspired to perform diverse orchestral repertoire using chamber music ensemble techniques. Today, Orpheus continues to uphold this philosophy, performing without a conductor and rotating musical leadership roles for each work. Striving to empower its musicians by integrating them into virtually every facet of the organization, Orpheus is changing the way the world thinks about musicians, conductors, and orchestras.
Opening Night soloists Nathan Gunn, Sasha Cooke
Patrick and Lara Verdonck
Mary White, Katharine Leech, Tara Stack, Nancy Chaffetz, Connie Steensma
Lizabeth Newman
Orpheus bassist Jordan Frazier with Orpheus Board Chairman Marc Mayer and Meera Mayer
Nancy Brenner, Rachel Hoffheimer, Ashley Brenner
Laurie and Richard Brueckner
Paul Perlin, Julie Perlin, Susan Lindenauer, Art Lindenauer
Connie Steensma with composer Augusta Read Thomas
Kathy Sloane and Cynthia Friedman
Gillian Bleimann and Paige Crist
Jennifer Raiser reports from San Francisco: Earlier this month, Graff San Francisco hosted a reception in appreciation of the patrons of The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, which opens today, October 24th. Just past the door, patrons were greeted by the guests of honor, show Co-Chairs Michelle Goss, understatedly elegant in red and white polka dots, and Adrianna Pope Sullivan, in of-the-moment cobalt blue satin. Sullivan’s dress was set off by her ransom of family sapphires.

Phoebe Cowles' green eyes amplified her emerald earrings; Elizabeth Thieriot’s symphony of sapphires shone; Toni Wolfson topped out with turquoise. Others opted for the obverse; “I’m not even going to try to wear the real thing in this room,” quipped one of the fashionable females. “The jewels that look normal outside these walls suddenly shrink when they come in here.” Fortunately, the glittering focus was shared with the Antiques Show beneficiary, Enterprise for High School Students. Executive Director Tony de Stefano explained the 43-year-old organization’s mission of job readiness training and real-world experience.
Amy Millman, Rachel Sitz, Rosa Korhonen, and Nicole Grinsell
As the canapés and champenoise flowed, Enterprise Board members Mary Lou Castellanos and designer Jay Jeffers reiterated the immense popularity of the Fall Antiques Show. “Absolutely everyone is there,” enthused Jenna Hunt. “In this town, you wouldn’t dare to miss it!”  In honor of impending America’s Cup races in San Francisco Bay, this year’s show theme is “Sea Worthy: The Best of Nautical Art and Antiques.”

Antiques Show Director Lisa Podos agreed the races would, in theory, be fun to watch from the Antiques Show venue at Festival Pavilion, but “there is more than enough to see inside!” As a final cast-off, guests were each gifted a canvas boat bag elegantly embroidered in silver. With an unbeatable combination of cause, carats, and cocktails, this party was very easy to get on board.
Elisabeth Thieriot and Nune Worranuji
Some others on deck: Darren Bechtel and Samantha Duvall,  Jennifer Biederbeck, Christina de Limur, Brenda Mickel, Claudia Ross, Clara Shayevich, Emily and Ned Taylor. Paul Pelosi made a point to stop by on his way to a dinner; Barbara Brown did the same. Richard Goss and Bobby Sullivan, ever the swell escorts, stayed for the duration, as did Johnny and Malia Moseley, Amy S. Millman, Ken Paige, Nune Worranuji, Claudia Juestel, Antonio Martins, KC and Holland Lynch, Damion Matthews and Joel Goodrich, Antonia and Michael Cohen, Victoria Richardson, Michael Wais, Christine Suppes, Kendall Wilkinson, Shirley Robinson, Candace Barnes, Peter Callander, Michael Purdy, and more.
Antonia Cohen, Michael Cohen, and Victoria Richardson
Victoria Richardson and Leigh Wasson
Michele Goss and Paul Pelosi
Lisa Podos
Karen Caldwell
Paul Pelosi, Christina de Limur, and Adrianna Pope Sullivan
Jonny Moseley
On a Tuesday evening earlier this month, Health Advocates for Older People hosted a fundraising benefit to celebrate its 27th Anniversary at the Harvard Club.

For ten years Health Advocates has honored outstanding New Yorkers who have made and are continuing to make substantial contributions to the community and to the people of New York City.

Their 2012 New York Treasures recognized at this year’s Gala Benefit were Edward Cardinal Egan, Herbert Kurz and Gwendolen L. Wade
Rev. Jennifer Linman, Rev. Mark Collins, Jeri Sedlar, Honoree Edward Cardinal Egan, Nancy Houghton, Bishop Andrew St. John, Rev. Boniface Ramsey, and Rev. Brenda Husson
In 2001 Edward Cardinal Egan was elevated from Archbishop of New York to the College of Cardinals in the Catholic Church. 

Herbert Kurz served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Presidential Life Corporation until May, 2009.  He has been responsible for creating the Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center at NYU and a Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties Chair at his alma mater, Brooklyn College.  Mr. Kurz has also been actively interested in benefitting libraries, hospitals, schools and nursing. 

Gwendolen L. Wade has been an active member of St. James’ Church, NYC Parents in Action, the New York Junior League, the New York Urban League, the Legal Aid Society and the Garrison Forest School and currently serves on the Boards of Episcopal Charities and Health Advocates for Older People.
George Wade, Robert Livermore, Barbara Wade, Wendy Wade, Rev. Brenda Husson,and Pam Deane
Health Advocates for Older People, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization serving community seniors since 1985.  Its mission is to promote healthy aging through wellness programs and home safety visits that provide older adults with the tools, techniques and support to age with vitality and independence.  Their Healthy Aging Program is provided through free-of- charge Wellness, Home Safety and Exercise programs. 
Barbara Callahan and Steven Krohn, Board President
Jo and Leslie Garfield
Shain Schley, Mary Ball, and Vijay Anand
Patricia Keegan and Margot Slater
Ann Selden, Elizabeth Healy, and Kathrine Fleming
Marguerite Yates, Hugh Hildesley, and Natalie Cacciato
Danielle Dineen, Kristen La Valle, David La Valle, and Kelly Fitzgerald
Sheri and Allan Benton
Betsy and David Rowe
Brenda Neal and Honoree Leonard Kurz
Gala Co-chairs Nancy Carr and Jeri Sedlar
Sharee Stephens, Kate Prescott, Kiersten Page, and Emily Long
Photographs by AMNH/D. Finnin; PatrickMcMullan.com (God's Love).




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