Il Piacere dell’Amore
|On Friday, April 10th, Save Venice hosted their annual Un Ballo in Maschera themed Il Piacere dell’Amore (The Pleasure of Love) at the Pierre Hotel in New York, with the generous support of Buccellati, Dolce & Gabbana and Dolce & Gabbana Beauty and raised over $1 million to preserve the artistic and cultural heritage of Venice.
Since the organization’s founding in response to the devastating floods of 1966, Save Venice has funded the restoration of over 450 works of art and architecture by masters such as Carpaccio, Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, as well as local treasures that imbue the city with its singular character.
|The proceeds from the masked ball will support the restoration of world-renowned art including Vittore Carpaccio's nine monumental canvases that comprise the Saint Ursula cycle at the Accademia Galleries and the historic restoration campaign at the church of San Sebastiano. "The Masked Ball in New York is one of Save Venice's major fundraisers in 2015. Save Venice will also host a four-day Gala in Venice from June 14 – 17 with the theme, Contemporary Art Meets the Old Masters."
Guests included Lauren Santo Domingo (co-chair), Coco Brandolini D’Adda (co-chair), Jessica Hart (co-chair), Tabitha Simmons (co-chair), Allison Williams, Bee Schaffer, Catherine McNeil, Crystal Renn, Derek Blasberg, Emmy Rossum, Indre Rockefeller, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Karolina Kurkova, and Lily Donaldson.
|Derek Blasberg and Elisabeth Von Thurn und Taxis were the judges for this year’s best masks.
Chloe Malle won Best Lady's Mask award and a Dolce & Gabbana handbag and Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Products. Maxwell Osborn and Eric Mars won Best Gentleman's Mask award and a Dolce & Gabbana briefcase.
Dr. Susan Krysiewicz & Mr. Thomas Bell won Best Couple's Mask award and a Buccellati silver rose frame.
DJ Nick Cohen performed. Décor was co-designed by Dolce & Gabbana and Aramat Events.
|Co-Chairs included Coco Brandolini D’Adda, Jessica Hart & Stavros Niarchos, Devon & Philip Radziwill, Alexandra Lind Rose, Mollie Ruprecht & Alexander Acquavella, Lauren & Andrés Santo Domingo, Tabitha Simmons, Charlotte Wellesley, and Alejandro Santo Domingo.
Vice-Chairs included Dana Auslander, Bianca Brandolini, Harry Brant, Peter Brant Jr., Lucrezia Buccellati & David Wildenstein, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Camilla Al Fayed, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Elizabeth Kurpis, Nazee & Joseph Moinian, Mary Kathryn Navab, Sally & Michel Perrin, Natalya Poniatowski, Suzanne Rogers, Susan C. Shin, Alexander Soros, Luigi Tadini, Teresa Teague, Bara & Alexander Tisch, Elizabeth de Trindade-Asher, Annelise Peterson Winter & David Winter, and Martha Wright.
Dance Chairs included Peter Brant Jr., Martin Dawson, Claire Distenfeld, Karolina Kurkova, Maxwell Osborne, Indré Rockefeller, and Jackie Swerz.
|YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX (YAGP) – the largest international dance network and student ballet scholarship audition – presented its annual signature “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala, at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, on April 16, 2015 at 6:30PM. The Gala, sponsored by Bulgari, featured the finalists of the international ballet scholarship auditions (stars of tomorrow) performing alongside today’s most celebrated ballet dancers (stars of today) – many of whom are YAGP alumni.|
|Following the performance, dancers and guests, enjoyed dinner and dancing on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. Veronica Bulgari, who was in attendance with her son, said "Bulgari is thrilled to support Youth America Grand Prix and, through them, so many talented young artists. I love ballet and I loved bringing my son tonight. Hailey Baldwin and Bella Thorne looked stunning in Bulgari's Bzero, Diva and Spiga collections."
The emcees for the performance were Julie Kent and Jared Angle with the program featuring Anton Pimonov, Alexei Kremnev, Emery LeCrone, Melissa Hamilton (Royal Ballet), Kimin Kim (Mariinsky Ballet), Wayne McGregor, Mauricio Wainrot and Paloma Herrera (American Ballet Theatre). Fashion designer B Michael designed costumes, and Karen LeFrak composed an original score for the world premiere of ‘Windy Sand.’
|Following the performance, Amy Astley, editor of Teen Vogue, chaired dinner on the Promenade. Astley, Baldwin, David Hallberg and Thorne were donned in Bulgari jewelry for the evening. Astley noted "I am so honored and proud to have been part of the important work of YAGP in nurturing and supporting the next generation of dance talent.”
Notable guests included Mr. and Mrs. William Acquavella, Mr. and Mrs. Woody Allen, Jared Angle, Maria-Cristina Anzola and John Heimann, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Hamish Bowles, Irina Dvovorenko, Sergei Filin, Heather H. Georges, Mr. and Mrs. Mason Granger, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gregory, Allegra Kent, David Koch, Mr. and Mrs. Richard LeFrak, Henry Leutwyler, Kamie Lightburn, Christina Lyon, B. Michael, Elyse Newhouse, Stan O’Neal, Mr. and Mrs. John Paulson, and Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas.
|YAGP Board of Directors Chair, Linda K. Morse was also in attendance alongside YAGP Founder Larissa Saveliev and board members Cheryl Bergenfeld, Barbara and Gary Brandt, Linda Fell, Sergey Gordeev, Judith Hoffman, Susan Jaffe, Margot London, Irene Minkoff, Richard Osterweil, Howard Paley, Elizabeth Papadoupolos, Joy Sabella, Irene Shen, John Sills, and Terry Zucker.
Guests enjoyed a menu of chilled asparagus soup with columns of avocado, tomato, hearts of palm and brioche toast, followed by an entrée of chianti-braised short ribs, polenta, poached figs and shallots gastrique. Dessert was a delicious chocolate santo, which included chocolate cake, milk chocolate custard & dark chocolate glaze.
|YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX (YAGP) is a global dance network, connecting dance students, teachers, schools, companies, choreographers, professional dancers and audiences all over the world. YAGP annually conducts the world's largest student ballet scholarship audition, giving promising young dance students over $300,000 in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide. Since its founding in 1999, over 70,000 young dancers ages 9 to 19 of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds have participated in YAGP's international workshops, audition classes, and dance awareness events. Gifted dancers have earned over $3 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools. More than 300 YAGP alumni currently dance with 80 companies around the world including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, and many others. For more information, call 646-791-9500 or visit WWW.YAGP.ORG.
YAGP’s 2015 season is sponsored by Aleksandra/Russian Pointe, Bloch, Capezio, Dance Europe, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, Discount Dance-Supply, Grishko, Harlequin, Konica Minolta, Pointe Magazine, The Quin, Sansha, and Sylvia Co.
|On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Maccioni Restaurants in partnership with The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, New York, hosted Central Park Conservancy's Taste of Summer Kickoff Party at Sirio Ristorante in midtown Manhattan. The event introduced the upcoming Taste of Summer, sponsored by Macquarie, which will take place June 10 at Bethesda Terrace.
The event will feature tastings from celebrated New York restaurants including Kappo Masa, The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, SD-26, and many others. Maccioni Restaurants including Sirio, Le Cirque, Le Cirque Café, and Circo will host the Taste Café. Guests will have the chance to bid on a luxury-filled silent auction and will dance the night away under the stars. Proceeds from Taste of Summer support Central Park Conservancy's mission of restoring and maintaining Central Park.
|Notable attendees included Event Chairmen Laurie & Jay Mandelbaum, and Gillian & Sylvester Miniter, President & CEO of Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator Douglas Blonsky, Deborah Roberts, Susan Fales-Hill, Nicole Hanley Mellon, Alexis Clark, and many others.
Tickets for Taste of Summer tickets and tables can be purchased here.
The mission of Central Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. Central Park Conservancy raises 75% of the annual budget essential to keeping Central Park beautiful.
|On April 15, 2015, Let's Get Ready hosted its 9th Annual Gala raising $1,500,000 to benefit low-income high school and college students. The event was held at Chelsea Piers with 600 guests attending. The evening's honoree was Michael J. Cavanagh, Co-President & Co-Chief Operating Officer, The Carlyle Group. WNBC Reporter Lynda Baquero was Emcee for the festivities.|
|Founded in 1998, Let's Get Ready has grown from a pilot summer program in Mount Vernon, NY to a thriving nonprofit organization serving high school and college students from Maine to Pennsylvania. With headquarters in New York City and offices in Boston, Let's Get Ready is a leader in delivering cost-effective programming to urban and rural low-income college applicants as well as college students, many of whom are first in their families to go to college. The organization plays a key role in addressing access to higher education, and college graduation rates for socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Since 1998, Let's Get Ready has served over 25,000 students with the help of over 8,000 volunteer Coaches.|
|Programs are run in collaboration with nearly 40 colleges, universities and multiple community-based organizations. Volunteer college students are trained as role models and mentors, providing assistance with college selection, essays and financial aid. They learn about community service and communication/teaching skills while working with their students in small classes no larger than five, during nine-week sessions. Many work or volunteer with Let's Get Ready after graduation, creating a broad support network for both undergraduate coaches and their high school students.
For more information, visit www.letsgetready.org.
|Photographs by Matteo Prandoni/David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com & Julie Skarratt (Save Venice)|