Thursday, March 15, 2007

“Music of Winternight” and then some ...

Sitting for dinner at Lighthouse International's “Music of Winternight”
Last Wednesday night, music legend Clive Davis joined Stephen Marriott, Hollywood Producer Marty Richards, News Channel 4 anchor Chuck Scarborough and many other celebrities and honorees for the “Music of Winternight” Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis. The event which attracted more than 750 people raised $1 million for Lighthouse programs which serve people with visual impairments.

The black tie event was chaired by Barbara Saltzman. Emcee Chuck Scarborough saluted “Lighthouse Legends” - Clive Davis, Kitty Carlisle Hart and Carol Channing. Veteran film star Arlene Dahl accepted for Carol Channing.

A jaunty Clive Davis gave the crowd a wave upon receiving his award. “I have been blessed and I want to continually give back,” he said. He added that it was a great honor, noting that 160 million people worldwide are suffering with vision problems and that Lighthouse International has been their beacon of hope for over 100 years.

Clive Davis and Chuck Scarborough
Davis cited lines from Ralph Waldo Emerson from a page in the journal sponsored by Board Chair Roger O. Goldman, Fern Portnoy and family: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful to be honorable; to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you lived well.”
 
The evening’s honorees Stephen Marriott, Executive Vice President, Marriott International Inc., and Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, President, Product Development, Genentech, Inc. spoke as well.

President Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter and Senator John E. Sununu were Honorary Patrons. There were Proclamations from Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, Senator Charles Schumer, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Eliot Spitzer and Lieutenant Governor David Paterson.
 
The evening’s Co-Chairs included Cece Cord; Ella Krasner; Marty Richards; Morgan Stanley’s Ann D. Thivierge and The Macula Foundation’s Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD. There were other chairs:  William J. Moran, Industry Chair; Brian Wood, Auction Chair; Regan Stone, Young Leadership Chair; Industry Leaders: Thomas S. T. Gimbel; William P. Miller; Jonathan Wainwright; Debbie Bancroft; Adria de Haume; Beth DeWoody; Bloomingdale’s Michael Gould; Annette Green; Jamee Gregory; Mai Hallingby Harrison; Frances Hayward; Margo McNabb and James L. Nederlander; Elaine Sargent; Martha Schulman; Deborah Wood; and AOL’s Tom Wlodkowski.

The event’s Gala Committee included Muffie Potter Aston, Janna Bullock, Sharon Bush, Arlene Dahl and Marc Rosen, Alvin Deutsch, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, A. James Forbes, Michelle Marie and Jon L. Heinemann, Grace and Chris Meigher, Andrea Stark and Jill and Robert Zarin. Other guests included Matthew Sapolin from The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities with his wife Candra and his dog Compass, National Arts Club President Aldon James, Barbara and Donald Tober, model Carmen Dell’Orefice, Bud Rosenthal - NY Events Committee Chair; author and attorney Arlene Dubin, “Gangs of New York” screenwriter Jay Cocks, actresses Sylvia Miles, Celia Weston and Verna Bloom, artist Hunt Slonem, actor/director Mitchell Lichtenstein, New York Events, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Director Patrick Harrison and the NY Dept. of Education’s Steven Gilroy.
  
One of the programs that will benefit from the event is the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School, which was founded in 1913, and provides the highest quality music instruction to youngsters and adults, including professional musicians, who are visually impaired. The Music School encourages people to explore their creative talents, prepare for performances and reap the benefits of lifelong musical learning. A highlight of the evening was a performance by the music students led by Dr. Leslie Jones, Director of the Music School and the release of the school’s first CD, “A Musical Tapestry,” which includes jazz, folk songs, popular tunes and a selection from the classical repertoire.  
  
Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to preserving vision and to providing critically needed health care services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss. For more information about vision loss, its causes and what you can do about it, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit www.visionconnection.org. For more information about the Lighthouse, visit www.lighthouse.org.
Adria de Haume and Dr. Lawrence Yannuzzi
Barbara Saltzman
Carmen Dell'Orefice
Brian and Debbie Wood
Barbara Tober, Aldon James, and Sharon Bush
Candra and Mathew Sapolin with Compass
Elaine Sargent
Leslie and Irish Jones
Roger Goldman, Chuck Scarborough, Clive Davis (with Billy Joel signed guitar), and Tara Cortes
Michelle Marie and Jon Heinemann
Susan Desmond Hellmann, Stephen Marriott, and Tara Cortes
Rhianna Quinn and Somers Farkas
Performers at their best
Marty Richards and Ella Krasner
Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl
Hunt Slonem and Sylvia Miles
New-York Historical Society President and CEO Louise Mirrer, Museum Director Linda S. Ferber, and Director of the Library, Jean Ashton, hosted a reception and private viewing two weeks ago of the Society’s new groundbreaking exhibition, A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls. 

A New Light on Tiffany is a new exhibition is groundbreaking in that itreveals the important contributions of designer Clara Driscoll and her staff in the Women’s Glass Cutting Department at Tiffany Studios. Known as the “Tiffany Girls,” these talented craftswomen played a major role in creating many of the Tiffany Studios’ masterpieces, previously thought to be the exclusive design of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
 
A New Light on Tiffany will be on view, along with the Society’s unmatched Tiffany collectionthrough May 28, 2007.
Abigail Wolcott
Joyce Cowin and Pat Klingenstein
Julie Dale, Lois Chiles, and Jim Dale
Anita Wien
Beth Dater and Mitch Jennings
Carolyn Pilington and Trip Dorkey
Co-curator Nina Gray
Lois Chiles
N-YHS President Louise Mirrer, Roger Hertog, and Laura Blankfein
Nina Gray, Abigail Wolcott, Martin Eidelberg, and Margi Hofer
Two weeks ago Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre held its 2007 Winter Benefit at The Rainbow. The evening was calledCrazy Rhythm: A Night In Manhattan with entertainment by singer Mary Cleere Haran and dancers Josh Walden and Lea Kohl, with choreographyby Marcia Milgrom Dodge. The evening’s entertainment was directed by Murphy Davis, Bay Street Theatre’s co-artistic director.

The evening included cocktails and hor d’oeuvres, a sit-down dinner and entertainment followed by dancing to the sounds of Hank Lane Revue.

Those attending included Stanley J. and Barbara Arkin, Lauren Bacall, Darren Bagert, Noah Bean, Roger and Wendy Butterley, Jack Carley and Pia Lindstrom, Adrianne and Jerry Cohen, Michael Feinstein, Frank and Joanne Filipo, Dr. Stephen Fleming, Danny Gerroll and Patricia Kalember, Peter Hallock, Jane Holden, Steve and Colleen Levy, Jeffrey Lyons, Daniel Marsili, John McDaniel, Joanna and Daniel Rose, Tara Smith, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, B.D. Wong, Robert Zimmerman.

The intrepid theatre folk never lose sight of their goal, which is to bring more and new material to their stage. They are now in the early planning stages of our Summer Gala Benefit Bash on July 21 at Harding Farm in Bridgehampton.
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson
Frank and Joanne Filipo
For the last decade, Mary Cleere Haran has been unanimously adored by critics, who compare her singing to Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney. She was a member of the original Broadway cast of The 1940s Radio Hour. She was also in the Off-Broadway productions of The Hebbie-Jeebies and Hollywood Opera. Many know Haran from San Francisco’s longest running musical hit, Beach Blanket Bingo. She has performed her witty, musically sophisticated cabaret act at Rainbow & Stars, The Carlysle, The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel, the Cinegrille in Los Angeles, and many more throughout the U.S.  Haran performed on stage at Bay Street in the 1993 production of Homes Fires, by Charles Busch, which later moved to Off Broadway.

Marcia Milgrom Dodge directed and choreographed Bay Street’s 2006 production of The Who’s Tommy. Josh Walden played Cousin Kevin and was the assistant choreographer in the same production. He also choreographed and was part of the dance company for the 2006 Bay Street Theatre Summer Gala Benefit Bash. Lea Kohl is a part of the Walden Dance Theatre dance company.
Funding from the Winter Benefit supports the 2007 Target Mainstage Season, The Comedy Club at Bay Street, KidStreet – programming for young audiences, The Picture Show at Bay Street and Educational Outreach Initiatives: Summer Internship program, Continuing Classes and the Young Playwrights Program, which brings theater arts education to students throughout Long Island East End’s middle and high schools.

Bay Street Theatre, located on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, NY, is a not-for-profit professional regional theatre, dedicated to presenting new, classic and contemporary works of the highest quality, which challenge as well as entertain, speak to the diversity of the community and champion the human spirit. Bay Street’s commitment extends to educational programs for all ages to foster the continued value of theatre as a vital art form for future generations.
Adrienne and Jerry Cohen
Christopher Ashley, Sybil Christopher, Stephen Hamilton, and Lonny Price
Rob Florio with his guest Ellen, and Steve Levy
Jane Holden and Daniel Marsili
Jeffrey Lyons
Lauren Bacall
Pia Lindstrom
Stanley J. and Barbara Arkin
Marla Sander and Stephen Hamilton
Murphy Davis, Mary Cleere Haran, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Lea Kohl, and Josh Walden
Steve and Colleen Levy
Sybil Christopher and BD Wong
Last Wednesday night at the Pierre, they held The Royal Rajasthan Gala, benefiting the Brain Trauma Foundation. The event brought together the vibrant colors, intense aromas and seductive music of India’s majestic Rajasthan region, and they raised over $1 million to benefit the Brain Trauma Foundation’s mission of saving and improving the lives of head injury patients. 

His Highness Maharaja Gajsingh II of Marwar-Jodhpur was this year’s General Chairman.  Raymond Bickson, Alan Quasha and Aroon Shivdasani are Co-Chairs, Bina Ramani and Deborah Ward were Auction Co-Chairs and Drs. Anjum & Pervez Ahmed were the Physicians Committee Chairs.   

The mission of theBrain Trauma Foundation is to improve the outcome of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients.  For twenty years, under the leadership of neurosurgeon Dr. Jam Ghajar, the Foundation has developed and maintained best practice guidelines for TBI emergency care.  TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults and through their practices, the Brain Trauma Foundation has helped to save thousands of lives throughout the world. 

Part of the proceeds from the Gala will establish a trust in Delhi called the India Head Injury Foundation (IHIF), which will help educate medical professionals and create an India-wide trauma system, providing the best emergency care.
Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, Allison Ghajar, Highness Maharaja Gajsingh II, Mary McFadden, Maria Brenner, and Ernie Pomerantz
Jim Simpson and Sigourney Weaver
Elissa Cullman and Edgar Cullman
Pamela Fiori and Colt Givner
Ozi Amanat and Asema Ahmed
Mary McFadden and Frederic de Narp
Sandra Navidi and George Soros
Table Setting
Naeem and Ranjana Khan
Tom and Paula White
Alan Quasha and Jill Quasha
Indian Musicians
Highness Maharaja Gajsingh II and Princess Alexander Romanoff
Leonel Piraino and Nina Griscom
Bernadette Peters
Ralph Destino
Pamela Drexel and Prince Richard Holkar