Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Out of this world

The out-of-this-world dessert at AMNH's Corporate Dinner.
Last Wednesday night the American Museum of Natural History held its 15th annual Corporate Dinner and honored Richard Parsons, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner. 

This dinner always brings together many of New York’s most distinguished business leaders and philanthropists. The museum’s president Ellen Futter presented Mr. Parsons with Distinguished Service to Science and Education Award, in recognition of his commitment and contributions to science education and cultural programs.

More than 350 attended the black tie evening which opened with cocktails outside on the Arthur Ross Terrace followed by dinner in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life with a performance by Opus 118, Harlem School of Music.
Jeff Bewkes, President and COO of Time Warner and Victor Ganzi, President and CEO of the Hearst Corporation were chairmen of the dinner. Co-chairs were William Lewis Jr., co-chairman Investment Banking at Lazard; Charles Prince, Chairman and CEO of Citigroup and Jerry Speyer, President and CEO of Tishman Speyer were co-chairs.

Among those attending: Lewis Bernard, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, David and Beth Barrett, Allen Brill, Helen Gurley Brown, Peter Cairo, Ray and Patti Chambers, Steve Denning, Victor and Pat Ganzi, George and Jeannie Irish, Robert Joffee, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, Ronald Lauder, Shelly Lazarus, John and Kay McEnroe, Donald and Susan Newhouse, Jeffrey and Valerie Peltier, Frances Resheke, Jack Rosenthal and Holley Russell, Sir Evelyn and Lady Rothschild, Jerry Speyer, Connie Verducci.
Donald and Susan Newhouse with Patti and Ray Chambers
Pat Ganzi, Donald and Susan Newhouse, and Victor Ganzi
Opus 118 Harlem School of Music performing at dinner
Richard D. Parsons with his Distinguished Service to Science and Education Award presented by Ellen V. Futter
Victor Ganzi, Ellen V. Futter, Helen Gurley Brown, and Richard D. Parsons
Katherine Farley with Valerie and Jeffrey Peltier
Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees Lewis Bernard with Valerie and Jeffrey Peltier
Sir Evelyn and Lady Rothschild with Ron Lauder
Ron Lauder, Lewis Bernard, Richard D. Parsons,Victor Ganzi, Ellen V. Futter, and Jerry Speyer
Evelyn Lauder, Jack Rosenthal, Holley Russel, and Leonard Lauder
Honoree Richard D. Parsons and Dinner Chairman Victor Ganzi
Bagpiper leads guests to dinner
Helen Gurley Brown and Susan Newhouse
Asprey’s, celebrating their 225th year in business has moved, and they celebrated at the new Madison Avenue flagship store with a smashing party catered by Daniel Boulud’s Feast and Fetes, with music by DJ Paul Sevigny (all English artists at this one), a specially created purple cocktail by Moet & Chandon (“Asprey Sparkle”) and Chopin, as well as an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s “Queen Elizabeth II” prints on loan from London’s Belgravia Gallery. And of course the topping on the cake was the crowd: the town turned out to welcome Madison Avenue’s newest stylish neighbor at 71st Street.

They called it a small private party with a big crowd too:  Just who? You had to ask: Gianluca Brozzetti, Darcy and John Rigas, Hakan Rosenius, Sara and Charles Ayres, Byrdie Bell, Daniel Boulud, Wendy Carduner, Marina Rust Connor, Milly de Cabrol, Jennifer Creel, Ellen Niven Deery, Lauren Dupont, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Bridget Foley, Mark Gilbertson, April and Roddy Gow, Audrey Gruss , Valesca Hermes, Holly Hunt, Blair Husain, Jeffrey Kalisky, Karl Kemp, David and Julia Koch, Ros and  Fran L'Esprerance, Olivia Palmero,Anjali and Prakash Melwani, Georgette Mosbacher, Carlos Mota, Gene Pressman, Diana Quasha, Lucy Sykes Rellie and Euan Rellie, Tara and Michael Rockefeller, Shafi Roepers, Jill and Andrew Roosevelt, Steven and Christine Schwarzman, Sandy Brant and Ingrid Sischy, Plum Sykes, Alexandra Schoenburg and Taki Theodoracopulos, Jacquetta Wheeler, Jacqueline and Gene Williams, Deborah and Karl Wellner, Douglas Friedman, Matt Tyrnauer, and Bettina Zilkha.
Byrdie Bell
Carlos Mota and Ellen Niven
Milly de Cabrol
Olivia Palermo
Matt Tyrnauer and Douglas Friedman
Bettina Zhilka
Filipa Fino
DJ Paul Sevigny
Georgette Mosbacher
Sandra Brant, H Rosenius, and Ingrid Sischy
Deborah Norville
Chris Meigher
Jacquette Wheeler
Jennifer Creel
David Koch
Lauren Dupont
Valesca Hermes
Steven and Christine Schwarzman
Tara Rockefeller
Marina Rust Connor
Shafi Roepers
Plum Sykes
Hakan Rosenius
Daniel Boulud and Gianluca Brozzetti
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP/NYC) held its 6th annual Women Who Care Luncheon last week to celebrate the professional and personal accomplishments of women.  More than 500 guests assembled at Cipriani 42nd Street to honor six individuals and raise $650,000 to support UCP/NYC’s extensive network of more than 75 individual programs serving over 13,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families.

The 2007 Women Who Care honorees were Joan Jedell, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Hampton Sheet Magazine; Gayle King, Emmy Award-winning journalist and XM Radio talk-show host who serves as Editor-at-Large for O, The Oprah Magazine and O, at Home, and Maureen Lippe, President of Lippe Taylor.

The Luella Bennack Volunteer Awardwas presented to Maxine Belson, a long time supporter of UCP/NYC and staunch advocate of people with disabilities. Linda and Daniel Ajello were presented with the Karen Hansen Caregiver Award for their efforts in making their community accessible to al citizens, especially their special-needs daughter.

Ellen Levine, Patricia Ganzi, Donna Hanover, and Rosemary Ellis
10-year-old Osvaldo De Jesus was presented the Loreen Arbus Opportunity Scholarship which will provide Osvaldo with the opportunity to have his voice heard – he now communicates through a handheld Speech Generating Device called TANGO! available through the company Blink Twice.

Tom Arnold, Geri Jewell, Ellen Levine, Lili Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Ivana Trump and Suzanne Wright were among the celebrity guests and award presenters.  Donna Hanover served as Master of Ceremonies.

The efforts of honorary chair Cathleen Black (President, Hearst Magazines) and co-chairs Patricia Ganzi and Loreen Arbus helped make this year’s Women Who Care Luncheon a rousing success.

“Grab-A-Bag for UCP,” chaired by Rosemary Ellis (Editor-in-Chief, Good Housekeeping Magazine) also raised $80,000 for the organization by offering Dooney & Bourke handbags containing gifts valued higher than the amount donated to UCP/NYC.

Tabletop and stage décor for the Women Who Care Luncheon featured Isabelle Party designs by Isabelle de Borchgrave for Target.  This sponsorship resulted in a savings of more than $10,000 for UCP/NYC. 

Women Who Care was created to honor female role models representing various segments of the community. It is a celebration of women who have blazed new paths, broken glass ceilings and inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors. 

UCP/NYC is the leading nonprofit agency in New York City providing direct services, technology, and advocacy to more than 13,000 children and adults with cerebral palsy and related disabilities and their families.  UCP/NYC also supports research into the causes and prevention of cerebral palsy.
Ivana Trump and Joan Jedell
Gayle King
Maureen Lippe and Inka Doerrig
Rochelle Gores and Tom Arnold
300 people came to honor Randy M. Mastro as he received The Jewish Theological Seminary's Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award at a luncheon in his honor at The Pierre. The Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani, who served as Honorary Chairman, made the presentation to Mastro, a Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York. A leading litigator dedicated to sustaining a strong New York, Mastro served as New York City's Deputy Mayor for Operations from 1994-1998. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Mastro currently serves on the Boards of the Legal Aid Society, the YMCA of Greater New York, the Jewish Children's Museum, The Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award was established in 1996 in recognition of Judge Rifkind's exemplary life, marked by professional preeminence, distinguished public service, and unstinting devotion to the Jewish community. A graduate of JTS's Teachers College (now known as List College), Judge Rifkind served as Chairman of the JTS Board from 1963 until 1972.
Wes Howell, Andy Bogen, and Sunny Howell
Randy M. Mastro and his wife Dr. Jonine Bernstein (far right) celebrate with their daughter, Arianna, and Roz Bernstein, Dr. Bernstein’s mother
Randy Mastro and friend
Yvonne Liu, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting
Gershon Kekst and Robert S. Rifkind, Esq.
Rudy Giuliani presents the Rifkind Award to Randy Mastro
Alan Levine, Richard Weinberg and Elkan Abramowitz, and Patricia Hynes

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan (Asprey); Joan Jedell (UCP); Ellen Dubin Photography (Rifkind).
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