Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Autumn Balls

Dancing in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria for Lenox Hill Hospital's Autumn Ball 2007.
The Waldorf=Astoria Grand Ballroom was the setting for the Lenox Hill Hospital Autumn Ball 2007 celebrating the hospital’s 150th anniversary which skipped its long tradition of honoring an individual to celebrate instead the hospital’s dedicated doctors, nurses, staff and benefactors who have made the healthcare facility what it is today.

For over a century, the Autumn Ball has been regarded as one of the seasons most glamorous events, and this year was no exception. Chaired by Judith and William Hiltz and Gudrunand Chitranjan S. Ranawat, MD, the gala drew more than 1100 guests, one of the largest crowds in its history. The Hospital’s single most important event of the year raised over $3.1 million for The Hospital’s medical services and community programs. 

An early photo of Lenox Hill Hospital on Park Avenue. Undated.
The ballroom was awash in a sea of red roses, spilling over enormous Waterford crystal vases atop black silk covered tables. Katherine McEnroe, mother of tennis great John McEnroe was particularly thrilled as she and fellow co-chairs Carolyn Davis and Jim McMullen  had spent much time with the designer to achieve the dramatic effect. Mrs. McEnroe had been a nurse there in her early years.

Following the tributes by William Hiltz, Board Chairman of The Hospital, President Gladys George and Dr. Ranawat, there was a wonderful video montage that chronicled The Hospital from its earliest days as German Hospital in the East Village before it moved to its Park Avenue home and the development of its international reputation and consequently, well known celebrity patients.

Indeed, as famed as Lenox Hill is as a pioneer in medical care, the hospital has long been the first choice for many celebrated figures going back to 1931 when Winston Churchill was treated there after having been hit by a car! Julie Andrews has her throat doctor there. Bette Midler, Deborah Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker had their babies at Lenox Hill.
Lenox Hill Hospital's first annual dinner at the original Waldorf Astoria where the Empire State Building now stands.
The video featured funny clips of Al Roker and wife Deborah Roberts, Alan Alda with stethoscope listening to his doctor’s heart and a segment featuring Honorary Chair Matthew Broderick with his and his wife’s son James Wilke. Broderick and Parker were unable to attend as she is filming late night scenes for the upcoming Sex and the City and he was – babysitting!

Vice-chairmen for the gala longtime supporters of The Hospital were Erika and Peter A. Aron, Jean and Ralph Baruch, Ann and Thomas E. Dewey, Jr., Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Ellen and Jim Marcus. Benefit Co-Chairmen were Susan and Richard Braddock, Jonathan Canno and Pierce Roberts, Jean and Walter Delafield, Nancy and Robert Downey, Catherine and Richard Foster, Margaret Duffy and Eugene F. Gaughan, Gladys George and Stuart Orsher, MD, Jane H. Goldman and Benjamin Lewis, MD, Diane and Paul Guenther, Elisabeth and Peter Haveles, Jane and Michael Hoffman, Barbara and Eugene H. Kummel, Karen and William Lauder, Francesca Stanfill and Richard Nye, Ann Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, Eleanor and Donald Taffner, Ann and Tony Wimpfheimer, Reva and Jon A. Wurtzburger, Douglas T. Yates.
Dara Sowell and Lee Mellis
Dr. and Mrs. John Won
Dr. and Mrs. Rogers
Dr. Leila Thanasoulis
Co-Chairs Dr. Chitranjan Ranawat and wife Gudrun with Judith and William Hiltz
Diane Ackroyd, Dr. Cerri Hadda, Dr. Jerome Kogan, Mrs. and Mr. John O'Grady
Dr. Nirav and Sulabha Patel
Ellen and James Marcus
Ellen and Maher Ahmed
Emile and Nancy Schoeffelen
Jasmine and Clifton Kea
Nancy and Doug Craig
Jeanine Dubison and Harold Hodge
James Marcus, Dr. Shereen Russell, and Dr.Stuart Orsher
Mrs. Kiki Nicholas, William Hiltz, and Gladys George
Gerard and Joanne Durney
Glenn Courounis and Catherine Kennedy
Jennifer and Howard Kessler
John Wegorzewski and Katherine McEnroe
Dr. Stuart Orsher, Joan Stout, Gladys George, Mrs. Gudrun and Dr. Chitranjan Ranawat, and James Marcus
Jonathan Canno and Pierce Roberts
Edward Callaghan, Ann Silverman, and John Wegorzewski
Jacques Blinbaum and Dr. Lauren Cassell
Dr. Diego Diaz and Dr. Nevber Cemlaetim
Marlene Hess
Kristen Cramer and Nina Miness
The dynamic Lenox Hill Hospital Autumn Ball Team
Jean and Ralph Baruch
Regina Poole and Dr. Stephen Machnicki
Karen and John Enwright
Lisa Colleran and Charles Machak
Preston Smith and Caroline Davis
Tanuja Damani and Paul Joshi
Vivian Leveille-Charles
Terri and John Hutsell
The Hiltz Family: William, Judith, Marilla, and Will
Dolores Swirin, Carmen Dubroc, The Honorable Christine C. Quinn, and Deborah Norville
The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York celebrated its 15th Anniversary Women of Distinction Breakfast on Wednesday, October 31, honoring seven remarkable women: Dale B. Bernstein Lisa I. Cuevas, Leslie A. Mays, The Honorable Christine C. Quinn, Davia B. Temin, and Linda Kaplan Thaler at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Deborah Norville served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Cheryl L. Swiatkowski was the Breakfast Chair. The Co-chairs were Marie T. Raperto and Kenneth Arroyo Roldan.

Guests included Mary Phipps, Nancy Glaser, Janice Reals Ellig, Diane Terman, Regina Peruggi, Jo Ivey Boufford, Patrice Tanaka, Kathy Cloninger, Robin Koval, Adrienne Germain, Warrie Price, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Patricia Lancaster, Nina McLemore and Trish McEvoy.
Carmen Dubroc and New York City Girl Scouts
Proceeds from the breakfast will help fund vital services and educational programs for thousands of Girl Scouts throughout the five boroughs.

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Deborah Norville and Trish McEvoy
Carmen Dubroc, Leslie Mays, Linda Kaplan Thaler, Mary Phipps, Dale Bernstein, Deborah Norville, Davia Temin, Lisa Cuevas, Kimberly Bishop, Melissa Juinzong Lin, Dolores Swirin, and Cheryl Swiatkowski
Lynn Shanahan, Kimberly Bishop, and Marilyn Chin
Linda Kaplan Thaler and Cheryl Swiatkowski
Clockwise from top left: Janice Reals Ellig with a friend; Lisa Cuevas and family; Tania Pawluk, Lisa Richardson, Kathy Cloninger, Syndey Streets, Melissa Medina, and Melissa Juinzong Lin; Cindy Lin, Mary Phipps, Ven Miaochu, Ven Yung Ku, and Melissa Juinzong Lin.
Melanie Mortimer, Brooke Dayton, Melissa Rice, and Alyssa Moeder
Dr. Betty Spence and Lisa Sivy
Davia B. Temin, Walter Kicinski, and Kathy Cloninger
Barbara Brodie, Dr. Luz Allende, and Barbara Ramirez Spencer
El Museo del Barrio’s Young International Committee celebrated the Dia de los Muertos with masked wrestlers and traditional altars decked with marigolds, skeletons, watermelons, and open bottles of tequila. Chairmen Jana Pasquel, Samantha Thompson, and Mayra Hernandez greeted guests under the beautiful vaulted ceilings of a 150-year-old gothic building by candlelight, and Museo Director Julian Zugazagoitia welcomed guests from inside the wrestling ring at the center of the party.

Guests including designers Zang Toi, Gemma Kahng, Maria Cornejo, and Christian Cota, leaned over the balcony to watch Zugazagoitia referee the authentic Mexican wrestling match between two luchadores. Guests sipped on margaritas and sangrita at the beautiful lower east side Angel Orensanz Foundation, and after the wrestling match was over, they took over the ring for dancing.
Los luchadores in action
Other guests of El Museo del Barrio’s Young International Circle include Yaz Hernandez, Adam Shapiro, Elizabeth Jacoby, Adriana De Las Nieves, model Ling Tan, Carla Paraz, Richard Turley, Fernando Diaz-Barroso, Nina and Alex Antevi, Paula Aboumrad, Yasmin Nemazee, Brian Poffel, Beyman Umai, Amalia Vicini, and many more. Many guests flew in from Central and South America specially for the event.
Model Ling Tan with designer Zang Toi
The El Museo Group
Jana Pasquel with fiancé Adam Shapiro, Bronson van Wycke, and Andrew Fry
Yahira Rodríguez, Mike McColley, and Dawn Dunning
Clockwise from above left: The Angel Orensanz Foundation; Museum Director Julian Zugazugoitia, Chairman Samantha Thompson, and Nico Kline; Sarah Grant, Fernando Diaz-Barroso, and Camilla Pitman.
The Young International Committee Group
Greg and Robin Hunt

Photographs by Joe Corrigan (Lenox Hill)

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