Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Dancing Under the Stars

Diana Feldman and Topsy Taylor
Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson
Barbara and Donald Tober
Last Tuesday was a starry night at the St. Regis Roof when the American Cancer Society, New York branch held its annual major fundraiser aptly titled "Dancing Under the Stars." They raised a total of more than $600,000.

The evening honored community leader and leading New York real estate broker Elizabeth "Libba" Stribling. CeCe and Lee Black and Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels were the Benefit Chairs. Bill Boggs emceed for the fourth year in a row, and Lynn Redgrave served as the award presenter.

After cocktails and dinner Mrs. Stribling and her husband Guy Robinson, led friends and guests in dancing to the music of Bob Hardwick. On the dance floor: Diana and Richard Feldman, Coke Anne and Jarvis Wilcox, Barbara and Donald Tober, Mary Beth and Mark Stevenson, Ursula and Paul Lowerre, Pat and Irv Salem, Frances Shelton and Bill Bruder, Susan and Al Drewes, Jacqueline and Al Togut, Grace and Chris Meigher, Suzette de Marigny Smith and Dennis Smith, and many more. Those whose partners were not dance aficionados were not found wanting: there were lovely professional dancing couples provided by Pierre Dulaine.

One of this event's highlights was the traditional Balloon Auction. This year the balloons ranged in price from the Gold "Stars of Hope" at $50,000 to a $500 "pear of hope." Within 20 minutes, the ballroom ceiling was a constellation of "Stars of Hope" dotted with pears, a visual representation of the $182,000 raised for the Hope Lodge.

Scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2007, Hope Lodge will welcome patients and caregivers with free lodging, extensive support, and hospitality. It will significantly impact the chance of a cure for out-of-town patients who will gain access to treatment in our city's premier cancer centers.
Linda and Steven Levy with Marilena Greig
Timmy, Matt, and Sean Davis
Cece Black and Fernanda Henckels
Kik Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robsinson, and Cece and Lee Black
Elizabeth Stribling, Grace and Chris Meigher, and Guy Robinson
Ay-Whang and Sven Hsia
April Gow, John Punnettt, and Jeanne Lawrence
Gerold and Jana Klauer with Guy Robinson
Lynn Redgrave, Michael Milton, and Diana Feldman
Veronique Lee, Bill Ford, and friend
Gigi Benson and Susan Lloyd
Lynn Redgrave and Richard Feldman
Frances Shelton and William Bruder
Marjorie Andrade and Richard Kandel
Jacqueline and Al Togut
Mary Beth and Mark Stevenson
Al and Susan Drewes

Best Leopard?
1. Benette Chen
2. Lisa Stewart Jacobs
3. Betty Sherrill
4. Joan Collins
5. Ellen Niven
6. Dana Hammond Stubgen
7. Libby Langdon
8. Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
9. Pilar Crespi

Last Wednesday evening The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), in partnership with Sotheby’s, hosted it’s first-ever Connoisseur’s Dinner: An Evening of Wine and Art. 250 invited guests mingled for cocktails in Sotheby’s 10th floor galleries and previewed extraordinary contemporary art works by artists such as Francis Bacon, Warhol, Rothko,and Lichtenstein as well as a collection of Sotheby’s magnificent diamonds. Then guests moved into the main galleries for the dinner and auction portion of the evening where they dined amidst Impressionist art. A special spring menu was created especially for the evening by Chef Daniel Boulud.

Sotheby’s Auctioneer Hugh Hildesley led the auction which included rare wines, a Lifetime Membership to The Napa Valley Reserve, an Art Basel Miami Beach VIP package, South Beach provided by NetJets, and a French winery tour and tasting at Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Between ticket sales, generous donations and auction sales ADDF raised more than $800,000. Proceeds will go towards drug discoveries and research.
Ron Berk and Judith Ripka
Robert Burke and Connie Anne Phillips with friends
Leonard Lauder (ADDF Chairmen) and Nancy Corzine (ADDF President of the Board) served as dinner chairs. Honorary Chairs included Cece Cord and Dr. John Baldwin, Francine LeFrak and Rick Friedberg, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, James and Lee Niven and Bill and Betsey Ruprecht.   Guests included Ronald Lauder, Evelyn Lauder Roberto and Joanne DeGuardiola, Hilary Gearyand Wilbur Ross, Dana Hammond and Dr. Patrick Stubgen, Mark Locks, Dennis Basso and Marjorie Gubelmann, Robert Burke, Harriet and  Ronald Weintraub, Michelle and Larry Herbert, John and Liz Cooney, Carol and Phillip Norfleet, Cyrus Vance Jr., Carl Bernstein, Dominique Browning, Jill Swig, Kate Furman Pasik and Richard Pasik,  Liz and Randall Sandler, Judith Ripka and Ronald Berk, Amy Treitel, Connie Anne Phillips and ADDF’s very own Dr. Howard Filit and his wife Dr. Janet Werkmeister.
Leonard Lauder, Nancy Corzine, and John Cooney
Dana Hammond Stubgen, Evelyn Lauder, and Nancy Corzine
The dinner scene
Leonard Lauder and Jerome LeWine
Tom Quick with Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross
Maurice Sonnenberg, Christine Bernstein, and Carl Bernstein
Cece Cord and Hilary Geary Ross
Dana Hammond Stubgen
Joanne de Guardiola
Betsey Ruprecht and Jamie Niven
Kate and Tim Pasik
Chapin Carson and Hugh Hildesney
Nancy Corzine and Carl Bernstein
Cy Vance and Jamie Niven
Mark Locks and Nancy Corzine
Alan and Maureen Maguire
Carol and Voscain Boulanger
Dennis Basso and Marjorie Gubelmann
Ronald Lauder
Leonard Lauder and Nancy Seltzer
Dr. Howard Fillit and Mark Germano
Harriet and Ron Weintraub
Founders of The Jeffrey Modell Foundation, Vicki and Fred Modell, honored Philip Altheim and raised $1.4 million to benefit Immunology research. Their Spring Ahead  07 black tie gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street with music and performances by Starlight Experience.

In 1987 Vicki and Fred Modell established The Jeffery Modell Foundation (JMF), in memory of their son Jeffery who died from complications of Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) at the age 15. The foundation raises funds for awareness, research, and understanding of PI, a genetic defect in the immune system. More the 500,000 American children and adults suffer from one of the one hundred know frequent, often hard to cure or fatal infections classified as PI diseases.

To date, there are 35 JMF Research and Diagnostic Centers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, and Asia which all focus on the diagnosis, treatments, and cure of PI. Recently they have collaborated with the NIH and Affymetrix to develop a Gene Chip to do Newborn Screening of Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. The Modells have raised more than $40 million for research and education since starting the Foundation in 1987.

Honored guests included gala chairs Lucy and Pat Donnelly, Madaleine Berley and Arnold Penner, and Wendy and Steve Siegel; Journal Chairs Paulette and Paul Angerame, Joan and Joe Coppotelli, Gala Committee members William Cohen, James Emden, Michael Fuchs, David R. Greenbaum, Mitchell Konsker, Jonathan L. Mechanic, Bruce Mosler, Aby Rosen, Philip M Waterman III, and Steven C. Witkoff. Guests included Ella Krasner, Yan Trokel, Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs, Dr. Sobel, Sal Strazzullo, Jodie Fanelli, Michelle Marie and Jon Heinemann.
Dr. Howard Sobel, Ella Krasner, Michelle Marie, and Jon L. Heinemann
Sara Mennona and Jen Marks
Brad Gerla and Julie Bake
Lauren Larkin and Renee Lucas
Fred Modell and Wendy Siegel
Jack Irushaomi, Oliver Catcher, Susan Cunningham, and Walt Rfrzimni
Kathy Weinberg and Barbara Altheim
Nancy and Howard Elman
Jodie Fanelli and Salvatore Strazzullo
Todd Waterman, David Maurer-Hollander, and Debra Maurer-Hollander
Jane Incao, Yan Trokel, and Andrea Correale
Philip Altheim and Vicki Modell
Robin and Sinclair Li
Kimberly Karpf, Marylynn Abrams, and Drew Skelten
Rachel and Hope Altheim
Lawrence and Donna Harvey

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