United Cerebral Palsy, The Opportunity Network, 92nd Street Y, The Animal Medical Center, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, and Bachmann-Strauss
|175 guests attended the annual Bal du Printemps Gala presented by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 for an intimate and important evening. Willie Geist, co-anchor of NBC News' "Today" and co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Proceeds from the event, totaling at $460,000, will benefit PDF's research programs.
The evening honored members of The Platinum Society, generous donors whose lifetime contributions exceed $250,000. Jill Taub Drury, Judith Egbert, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., Isobel Robins Konecky and Arlene Levine were the Gala Co-Chairs.
|Every year, philanthropic leaders join together at Bal du Printemps to help raise funds to support PDF's research programs as well as to honor outstanding members of the community for their work against Parkinson's.
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson's. Founded in 1957 by William Black, creator of Chock full o'Nuts, a successful New York coffee and restaurant business, PDF was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson's disease. His widow Page Morton Black served as PDF's Chairman for than 20 years. Since its founding, PDF has invested $105 million in the research of leading scientists around the world and has committed an additional $44 million to support education and advocacy programs.
|The 14th Annual Women Who Care Awards benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) was held on May 7th at Cipriani 42nd Street. The sold-out luncheon celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers, and philanthropists raised nearly $600,000 to fund programs and services offered by UCP of NYC to over 14,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City.
Lynda Carter was presented the Luella Bennack Philanthropy Award by Judith Light, 2014 Women Who Care Honoree. Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt were presented the Karen Hansen Caregiver Award by Charlie Rose. Joan Hornig was presented the Women Who Care Award by Deborah Roberts. Ernst & Young was presented the Corporate Commitment to Caring Award by Luke Visconti – CEO and Founder of DiversityInc. The award was accepted by David O'Brien – partner in charge of the Americas, Director of Communications and Marketing group at Ernst & Young.
|VIP Guests attending the 2015 Women Who Care Awards included: Co-Hosts Susan Lucci & Thomas Roberts; Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City; Loreen Arbus – Producer, Disability Rights Activist, and Founder/Chair of Women Who Care; Susan Spencer – Honorary Chair of Women Who Care and Editor-in-Chief, Woman's Day Magazine; Donna Hanover, Honorary Co-Chair of Women Who Care; Women Who Care Co-Chairs Robin Givens, Ali Stroker, Tamsen Fadal and Paula Zahn. Also attending were: Blaine Trump, Laura Dreyfuss, Herb Hamsher, Mike Woods, Alex Witt, Tim Morehouse, Rachael Kun Morehouse, Liza Huber, Ines Rosales, Javier Gomez, Camilla Barungi, Sheila Lennon, Senior Vice President, UCP of NYC; Carl Galioto, Managing Principal, HOK; Christopher Laul, Senior Principal, HOK. Former Women Who Care Honorees who attended included: Susan Lucci, Judith Light, Dr. Pamela Gallin, Terrie Williams, Joan Jedell, and Maysoon Zayid.
Hearst Corporation, a long-time major sponsor for UCP of NYC, and the Loreen Arbus Foundation, were the Presenting Sponsors of this year's luncheon. Knoll and HOK were the event's premier Grab-A-Bag gift in-kind sponsors.
|Women Who Care was created to honor female role models representing various segments of the community. It is a celebration of women who have deep concern for others and are passionately committed to giving back. Their extraordinary accomplishments and great character have inspired women around the world to achieve their full potential. The Women Who Care Awards Luncheon is a New York tradition.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the fifth largest U.S. health organization. In New York City, UCP of NYC is a leading nonprofit provider of direct services, technology, and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. UCP of NYC offers a breadth of more than 75 comprehensive programs including medical, clinical, educational, technological, residential, and rehabilitative services to over 14,000 individuals and families annually. The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives. www.ucpnyc.org
|The Animal Medical Center (AMC) honored three beautiful companion animals — Molly, the Ganaraskan, Max the cat and Cookie the Cocker Spaniel — at its Seventh Annual Living Legends Luncheon held at the Harmonie Club on Tuesday, May 12th. Nearly 200 guests attended the event, which was co-chaired by Susan Lazarus, Alison Minton, Kane Nussbaum, Joanne Ronson, Helene Stein, Eva Usdan and Janet York.
Thanks to generosity of AMC's dedicated donors and supporters, the event raised $50,000. Since its inception 7 years ago, The Living Legends has raised nearly $300,000 to benefit The Animal Medical Center, a non-profit hospital whose veterinarians provide the highest level of compassionate care for companion animals. An iconic NYC institution since 1910, The AMC is also a world-renowned facility for veterinary education and research.
|On Wednesday, May 13th, the Bachman-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research hosted a dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Pierre celebrating the alliance that has just been forged between the two foundations. The room was packed with guests who were friends of Bonnie Strauss and of Michael J. Fox including former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Dystonia, like Parkinson's, is a neurological condition that Bonnie Strauss has lived with most of her adult life. She contracted during her second pregnancy (she has three children). In the years that she has been afflicted with the condition, she has worked diligently and tirelessly to raise the public awareness of the disease as well as to improve her own situation, and setting a good example. She started the foundation more than 20 years ago. The alliance with Michael J. Fox's Foundation is a long held objective.
The evening's host was Willie Geist. They honored the Silverman Family — Nancy and Jeff — whose son Jake was diagnosed when he was ten. Young Jake is now at American University. He spoke about his condition to the guests, explaining how he was finally diagnosed and had deep brain stimulation surgery at Mass General that restored the quality of his young life.
It was a wonderful evening of hope and victory and love.
|92nd Street Y's annual Spring Gala on Monday, May 18th welcomed 500 guests and raised $4.4 million to support 92Y's programming. The success of this year's Gala was a result of co-chairs Lori and Marc Kasowitz, Jennifer and Marc Lipschultz (he is the new 92Y Board President), and Howard M. Lorber as well as the generosity of the Gala's Leadership Chairs.
The annual Spring Gala supports 92Y's extraordinary programming, which serves people of all ages and backgrounds, enriching lives and creating communities both locally and globally, including educational outreach programs, which bring the arts to 10,000 NYC public school children, and scholarships that enable children, adults and seniors with limited means to participate in 92Y's summer camps, seniors' activities, classes and more. The Gala also helps 92Y to continue bringing today's best thinkers, writers, artists and leaders to a broader audience than ever before, through free live webcasts, a digital archive, and social-media driven initiatives like #Giving Tuesday and the Social Good Summit.
|The Opportunity Network, a New York City nonprofit that puts high-achieving, low-income students on the road to top colleges and successful careers, hosted their eighth annual Night of Opportunity at Cipriani Wall Street in New York (55 Wall Street). The gala, which aimed to raise over $1.7 million for the organization, exceeded this number raising over $2.3 million.
|Guests included Deloitte LLP Chief Executive Officer Cathy Engelbert; Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners Robert F. Smith; New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez; founder and CEO of The Opportunity Network Jessica Pliska; APAX Partners' Jason Wright; Co-Founder of OppNet and Creative Artists Agency Brian Weinstein; Deloitte Vice President and Managing Partner Chet Wood; Jana Partners LLC Partner and Co-Portfolio Manager Scott Ostfeld and wife Jennifer Maxfield Ostfeld; Zero+Maria Cornejo designer Maria Cornejo; Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether.|
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (PDF & 92Y); Michael Simon, Startraks (The Opportunity Network)|