Thursday, May 10, 2007

New York Pops

Dinner scene at the New York Pops 24th birthday celebration
Liz Smith and Denis Leary hosted the gala celebration of the New York Pops 24th Birthday – “Musical Fireworks” starring Neil Sedaka, Michael Cavanaugh, Diana DeGarmo, Sandi Patty, Anika Noni Rose, Lea Salonga, Jay Siegel, Haley Swindlal, John Lloyd Young, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Macy’s Great American Marching Band. Five young instrumentalists among the 23 children performing with the orchestra were chosen for scholarships.

Michael Cavanaugh from Movin’ Out opened by putting the audience in a “New York State of Mind.” The evening honored Macy’s and orchestra patrons Paula and Tom McInerney and featured a tribute to Neil Sedaka marking his 50th anniversary of his start in show business.
David Charles Abell conducted the orchestra and student musicians in Leonard Bernstein’s “Cool” and “America” from West Side Story. Meredith Vieira of NBC’s “Today” led the orchestra in John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The five winners of the orchestra's scholarships will attend the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta. These students participated in The New York Pops' Salute to Music education program, which provides free music lessons to junior high school age children in all five boroughs.
Jay Siegel, Neil Sedaka, and Michael Feinstein
Liz Smith and David Charles Abell
Liz Smith, Meredith Viera, and Ruth Henderson
Ruth Henderson, Denis Leary, and Liz Smith
Meredith Viera and Denis Leary
Lea Salonga, John Lloyd Young, and Diana DeGarmo
David Charles Abell, Margaret Griner, and John Griner
Haley Swindal
Denis Leary
Michael Cavanaugh
David Charles Abell
Diana DeGarmo
James Johnson and Nancy Rabstejnek Nichols
Atil Kutoglu and Suzanne Murphy
Ruth Henderson, James E.Gray, Neil Sedaka, Paula McInerney, and Tom McInerney
Serena Torres, Alicia Torres, Jennifer Lin, Neil Sedaka, David Miller, and Ryan Hanrahan
Suzanne Murphy, Robert Albertson, and Ruth Henderson
Michael Feinstein and Haley Swindal
Jenny Swindal, Haley Swindal, and Joan Steinbrenner
Anika Noni Rose
Diana DeGarmo
Lea Salonga
Meredith Viera and James E.Gray with Macy's Great American Marching Band
Lea Salonga, John Lloyd Young, Ruth Henderson, Neil Sedaka, Anika Noni Rose, and Diana DeGarmo
Catherine Saxton and John Lloyd Young
Anika Noni Rose, John Lloyd Young, and Diana DeGarmo
John Lloyd Young and Neil Sedaka
Mark Sedaka, Leba and Neil Sedaka, and Dara Sedaka
Anika Noni Rose with the New York Pops Kids Jazz quartet
Neil Sedaka and Michele Herbert
Arlene and Alan Lazar
James Johnson and June Freemason
Last Friday over at the Pierre, they raised approximately $480,000 to support clinical research on autism and other serious developmental disorders in children at the “Spirit of Achievement” Luncheon of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

The event was sponsored by Einstein’s National Women’s Division and attended by more than 500 supporters of the medical school. They also honored six exceptional women who have made outstanding contributions in their fields. 

“Spirit of Achievement” Awards were presented to: Margaret Russell, editor and co-founder of ELLE DÉCOR and trustee of DIFFA  (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS); Sharon Stone, award-winning actress and chair of amFAR’s Campaign for AIDS Research. All awards were designed and donated by Tiffany & Co

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, founder of the Rita Hayworth Galas and a leading advocate for Alzheimer’s disease research; Alma Johnson Powell, chair of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth (and wife of former Secretary of State Colin Powell); and Lynn Sherr, pioneering ABC-TV news correspondent and author; Felicia Taylor served as mistress of ceremonies. Lois Pope, founder of the Lois Pope LIFE Center and founder and president of Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE), was given The Lizette H. Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Service.
L. to r.: Felicia Taylor, Margaret Russell, Lois Pope, and Lynn Sherr; Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Alma Johnson Powell; Margaret Russell, Lynn Sherr, and Sharon Stone.
According to Bambi Felberbaum, President of Einstein’s National Women’s Division, the proceeds from the luncheon will be used to establish a clinical research program on developmental conditions at Einstein’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the College’s campus in the Bronx. The center is a national leader in serving children with severe neurodevelopment problems such as autism and autistic spectrum disorders, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, hearing loss and language and learning disabilities among others.

Established in 1955, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is one of the premier centers for biomedical research and education in the United States. A pioneer in the practice of socially conscious medicine, The College has earned “Center of Excellence” status from the National Institutes of Health in six major biomedical fields: brain, cancer, diabetes, AIDS, liver disease and sickle-cell disease.       

Since 1953, the members of the Women’s Division have raised more than $100 million to support research and education programs at Einstein.

On a Monday night at the end of last month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City held its 28th Annual Sidewalks of New York Dinner and honored three individuals who are role models for the youth helped by the nation’s first mentoring organization: Leslie Monnves, President and CEO of CBS, Chad Pennington, New York Jets Quarterback, and Pamela Thomas, Group President, Liz Claiborne, Inc.  The dinner was chaired by William C. Freda, Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner – Northeast at Deloitte & Touche USA LLP.

The awards were presented to the honorees by two teenagers and one young woman and their mentors.  Both the “Bigs” and the “Littles” prepared their own remarks which made these presentations quite unique and memorable. The event raised more than $1.8 million for programs to help New York City youths.
Andrew Claros, Rodney Mendez, Delfina Simon, Ellen Fuhrer, Les Moonves, Jason Gamble, Gary Pai, and William Freda
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City has served the changing needs of the city’s most at-risk youth since 1904 by developing and nurturing mentoring relationships under the guidance of trained case managers who carefully screen adults who are interested in spending 6 to 10 hours a month with school-age children, primarily from single-parent households. BigsNYC, as it is often called, also has developed programs to help children facing more complex challenges such as immigrant youth, teen moms and victims of 9/11. Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, BigsNYC has been able to reach out to the city’s most disadvantaged children matching them with caring mentors, helping them to achieve bright and productive futures.

For general information, visit: or call 888-BigsNYC.
Jason Gamble, Chad Pennington, and Gay Pai
Andrew Claros, Pamela Thomas-Graham, and Rodney Mendez
L. to r.: Pamela Thomas-Graham, Lawrence OtisG raham, and Soledad O'Brien; Chad Pennington, Julie Chen, Les Moonves, and Edward Gardner.
Libby Costas, Ken Knuckles, and Allan Luks
Robin and Chad Pennington
Tawana Gibbs, Soledad O'Brien, Judi Gordan, and Julie Chen
Rudolph Santoro, Richard Anderson, William Freda, and Laura Parsons
Edward and Arlyn Garder with a friend
Delfina Simon, Les Moonves, and Ellen Fuhrer
Frank and Diana Petrilli
Nester Carbonnell, Adie von Gotard, Rosa Carbonnell, and Edward Gardner
Jumpstart presented the "Scribbles to Novels" gala featuring authors: E. Lynn Harris, Candace Bushnell, Crystal McCrary Anthony ... which included a cocktail reception and gala banquet to build future generations of readers and writers. All proceeds from the evening benefited Jumpstart for Young Children whose mission is to prepare preschool children for a lifetime of academic success. This year’s event raised $700,000 to support young children in Jumpstart programs.

Scribbles to Novels 2007 was held at the Puck Building in SoHo, originally the home of a very popular 19th century magazine Puck. The evening featured words of inspiration from some of today’s most prominent and engaging authors including  E. Lynn Harris, Candace Bushnell, Crystal McCrary Anthony, and Garrison Keillor.
L. to r.: Candace Bushnell; Garrsion Keillor and George Eskew.
L. to r.: Jackie Lyden and Crystal McCrary Anthony; Robert Sabuda, George Askew, Crystal McCrary Anthony, and Touré.

Photographs by Chris London & Horton Photographers (Big Brothers); ©Rob Rich (NY Pops).
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