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Exotic Inspirations

Tina Swartz, Deborah Royce, Whitney Clay, Gregory Long, Fernanda Kellogg, Dara Caponigro, and Carolyn Englefield
Last Wednesday night, February 27th, The New York Botanical Garden held its annual Orchid Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental.  The Dinner is one of New York City’s premier winter social events. Each table was adorned by a dramatic centerpiece and table setting created and donated by more than 25 of New York’s top designers. 

This year’s theme, “Exotic Inspirations,” was the creative source for the imaginative centerpieces.  This stunning orchid display, along with the Mandarin Oriental’s glorious views overlooking Central Park, makes it one of the most beautiful events in New York City.
The evening also featured its annual sale of rare and exotic orchids carefully selected by the Garden’s curators. 

Gala Chairs were Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, and Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Swartz. Chairs were Dara Caponigro, Editor-in-Chief, VERANDA, and Fernanda M. Kellogg, Chair of the Board of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Carolyn Englefield, Director of Decoration and Special Projects, VERANDA, served as Decorations Chair.  Honorary Chairs were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Davidson and Mr. and Mrs. John M. Sullivan, Jr.  The evening’s sponsors were BNY Mellon, Tiffany & Co., Hearst Corporation, and VERANDA.
This evening raised nearly $600,000 to benefit the Garden’s world renowned and highly celebrated orchid collection and research program. The ongoing generosity of loyal friends is so crucial, and helps the Garden continue its mission of public education, scientific research, and the stewardship of our 250-acre site.

In addition, The New York Botanical Garden presents the 11th annual Orchid Show this year, the nation’s largest exhibition of its kind, running through April 22, 2013.   Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and texture. 
Gregory Long and Sigourney Weaver
Sharon Jacob and Leslie Weiss
Whitney Clay, Gregory Long, and Katie Ridder
DeWayne Phillips and Caroline Wamsler
R. Couri Hay and Jessica Clarke
Serniqua Dougherty, Geoffrey Bradfield, Jaime Jimenez, Roric Tobin, and Katharina Plath
Richard Mishaan, Stephen Elrod, and Joseph Merrill
Kate Kelly Smith and Charlotte Barnes
Marisa Marcantonio
Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson
Rick Kurnit, Patricia Fernandez, and Ricardo Fernandez
Linda Buckley, Craig Callen, and Fernanda Kellog
Lauren McGrath and Suzanne McGrath
Samantha Conlin, Terry Skoda, and Gale Brooks
Marisa Marcantonio and Peter Pennoyer
Claire Ratliff and Lee Cavanaugh
Coco Kopelman, Arie L. Kopelman, John Schumacher, and Barbara Schumacher
Kate Kelly Smith, John Knott, and Charlotte Barnes
Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff
Dawne Marie Grannum and James François-Pijuan
Alexandra Lebenthal, David Mishaan, and Gillian Miniter
On February 27, The Jewish Museum held its much-anticipated annual gala, Purim Ball 2013: Who Wears the Crown? at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

The evening of celebration honored Robert H. Benmosche, President and CEO of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), and renowned American artist James Rosenquist, whose iconic, career-defining painting F-111 made its museum debut at The Jewish Museum in 1965. Filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO's Golden Globe Award-winning series "Girls," headlined the gala's program as Purimspieler. The event set an exciting new record, raising over $1.8 million and attracting 1,312 guests including those who attended the After-Party.
The Park Avenue Armory during Purim Ball 2013: Who Wears the Crown? D├ęcor by David Stark Design and Production
Lena Dunham performing the Purimspiel
Yvonne Force Villareal, Kiki Smith, Lisa Yuskavage, and Izhar Patkin
Purim Ball 2013 Honoree James Rosenquist
Tracey Pruzan and Robert Pruzan
Ajit Jain, Brian Schreiber, Morris Offit, and Susan and Leonard Feinstein
Dakota Jackson and RoseLee Goldberg
Pattie Cronin and Deborah Kass
Mimi Thompson and James Rosenquist
Laurie Simmons and Lena Dunham
Yvonne Force Villareal
Gabi Asfour and Ange Donhauser
Steven and Debi Wisch
Jeff and Shari Aronson
Robert Pruzan, Robert H. Benmosche, and Morris Offit
Claudia Gould, Ben Schott, and Pavia Rosati
Lisa Perry
Hilarie Reinsberg, Stephanie Roach, Jared Effron, and Melanie Baevsky
Wes Gordon, Jody Arnhold, and Paul Arnhold
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) hosted its 12th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon Kickoff Reception at the home of Women Who Care Founder & Chair Loreen Arbus in New York City on Wednesday, February 20th.

The star-studded 12th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon Benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City will take place on Monday, May 6th at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The luncheon celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and philanthropists.
Mark Klebanov, Lauren Carpenter, Loreen Arus, David Carpenter, and Sean Carpenter
It was announced that for the first time, Natalie Morales, News Anchor & Co-Host of the Third Hour on NBC’S TODAY Show will Host the luncheon. Ellen Levine, Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines, will be Honorary Chair, Donna Hanover, former first Lady of New York City, will be Honorary Co-Chair. Robin Givens, star of “90210,” and Paula Zahn will return as Co-Chairs of the luncheon. In addition, a new Women Who Care Co-Chair was announced, Ali Stroker, star of "The Glee Project" and "Glee."

This year’s dynamic honorees include multi-award winning Cyndi Lauper, beloved music icon and current composer for this spring’s much-anticipated Kinky Boots on Broadway, Sharon Greenberger, Senior Vice President, Facilities Development and Engineering for New York Presbyterian Hospital and New York City leader in urban planning and development, design, construction and operations management, and Maysoon Zayid, multi-talented writer, actor, comedian, humanitarian and co-founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.

Previous Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lauren Bush Lauren, Susan Lucci, singer Amy Lee, and Ms. Morales’ former colleague Ann Curry.
Peter Thomas Roth, Noreen Roth, Timothy Morehouse, Rachael Kun Morehouse, and Wendy Diamond
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the fifth largest U.S. health organization. In New York City, we are a leading provider of programs, services, information, and care to over 14,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families. The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

VIPS in attendance for the Kick Off reception included Loreen Arbus, Founder/Chair of Women Who Care; new Women Who Care Co-Chair Ali Stroker, star of "The Glee Project" and "Glee;" Donna Hanover, Honorary Co-Chair and former First Lady of New York City; 2013 Women Who Care honoree Maysoon Zayid; former Women Who Care Honoree Terrie Williams, President, Terrie Williams Agency; Tamsen Fadal, Anchor, WPIX News; Mike Woods of "Good Day New York;" Wendy Diamond, Publisher, AnimalFair Media; Maurice DuBois, Anchor, KCBS News; Megan Meany, television personality and lifestyles expert; Margot Bingham, star of "In Between Men;" Jennifer Gelfer, director & Co-Executive Producer of "In Between Men;" U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist and E! News Correspondent Tim Morehouse and Rachael Kun Morehouse of "60 Minutes;" Diana Hoadley, Managing Director J.P. Morgan Chase; Lori Sokol, Founder of Sokol Media; Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, media commentator & disability rights advocate; Camilla Barungi, model/entrepreneur of “Project Runway” fame; television star Isiah Whitlock Jr. of “The Wire” and “Cedar Rapids” fame; actress Lauren LoGiudice; Sheila Lennon, Senior Vice President of Development & Marketing, UCP of NYC; Peter and Noreen Roth; and Nicole Sexton, Director of Administration, Central Park Conservancy.
Danielle Sheypuk, Jennifer Gelfer, and Donna Hanover
Past Women Who Care celebrity presenters include: Cynthia McFadden, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Deborah Norville, Dr. Oz, CBS News Anchor Maurice DuBois, “Mad Men” star Cara Buono, Good Day New York’s Mike Woods, Regis Philbin, Martha Stewart, Maria Cuomo Cole, Alan Rickman, Diane Sawyer, and CEO of the Hearst Corporation Frank Bennack, Jr.

For more information about Women Who Care or the important ongoing programs of UCP of NYC, which helps thousands of people annually, go to: www.ucpnyc.org.
Lori Sokol, Amy Bittinger, Diana Hoadley, and Lauren LoGiudice
Donna Hanover, Maysoon Zayid, Loreen Arbus, and Ali Stroker
Loreen Arbus, Maurice DuBois, Megan Meaney, and James Grant
Margot Bingham and Tamsen Fadal
Lauren LoGiudice, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., and Camilla Barungi
Loreen Arbus, Megan Meaney, Sheila Lennon, and Nicole Sexton
David Hryrck, Tami Kesselman, and Lori Sokol
Roderick Allen, Lori Sokol, Camilla Barungi, and Niiamar Felder
Danielle Sheypuk, Haley Lesavoy, Xiam Horn, and Amy Bittinger
Danielle Sheypuk and Ali Stroker
Terrie Williams, Loreen Arbus, Mike Woods, and Tamsen Fadal
Jean Shafiroff and Loreen Arbus
Matt Flynn and Haley Lesavoy
Analisa Balares and Tami Kesselman
The American Cancer Society, Island of Palm Beach Unit hosted the 45th Annual 19th Hole Club Reception and Golf Event at The Breakers Ocean Golf Course on Monday, February 25, 2013.

More than 75 attendees enjoyed dinner by the bite, cocktails, and a presentation by Guest of Honor Golf Professional Davis Love III, and one lucky couple won the live auction trip to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National, with private jet service provided by NetJets, Inc. James D. Zahringer served as Chairman of the event.
The Breakers practice green laid out with the five hole putting contest
The event began at 4:30, on the practice green just off the Flagler Steakhouse veranda, where guests were served dinner by the bite and cocktails, and mingled with Davis Love III. Those who wanted to also participated in a five-hole putting contest laid out on the practice green. There was a silent auction for guests to browse as well, which featured golf memorabilia such as a 2005 Masters pin flag signed by Tiger Woods, a 1986 Masters Anniversary Edition putter autographed by Jack Nicklaus, and a Paloma Picasso Amazonite Bead Necklace from Tiffany & Co.
Davis Love, Sam Lehrman and Katherine Wood
Davis Love, III is one of the greatest players of his generation. Recently awarded the 2013 Bob Jones Award, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) highest honor, Love has won 20 PGA TOUR events over the span of his nearly thirty year professional golf career.  Love captained the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team and has played in six Ryder Cups and six Presidents Cups. Love also received the USGA International Book Award for Every Shot I Take, a tribute to his late father, in 1997. A resident of Sea Island, Georgia, Love began hosting the McGladrey Classic, an official PGA TOUR golf tournament, at the Sea Island Golf Club in 2010, which raises funds for the Davis Love Foundation. Love and his wife Robin have a daughter Alexia and a son Davis IV; Davis and his son recently beat Jack Nicklaus and son Gary in the Father-Son Challenge in Orlando, Florida.
Mac Zahringer, Kress Zahringer, Davis Love III, and Jamie Zahringer
Committee members for the 19th Hole Club Luncheon and Golf Event include:  Roy Apple, Reid Boren, Ray Celedinas, Vince Cerone, Richard Connaughton, Mark Cook, Tim Hanlon, Chris Hubman, Ken Kennerly, Chris Larmoyeux, Robert Leidy, Homer Marshman, Buddy Marucci, Kevin McCluskey, Dani Moore, Rob Reveley, Josh Skivington and George Weston.

Proceeds of the American Cancer Society’s 19th Hole Club Event, and the support of generous donors, further the organization’s mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.
John Daniello and Joe Marchese
Mark Cook and Jack Flag
Danielle Moore with Wally and Betsy Turner
Richard and Penny Fierstein
Robert and Carol Garvy
Michel Cox Witmer and Tom Quick
Diana and Cory Valentine
Arlette Gordon and Donald Scott
Sean Bresnan and Reid Boren

Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (Orchid); Matthew Carasella (The Jewish Museum).




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