Friday, May 11, 2007

Something for Everyone

Neal Shapiro, Jim Tisch, Bill Baker, Bill Clinton, Steven Rattner, Maureen White, and Rebecca Rattner at Thirteen/WNET & WLIW's 2007 Gala Salute.
The Monday before last,  The Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon took place in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre. The symposium entitled “Shades of Blue: Depressive Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults” featured a panel discussion by three leading experts in the field of mental health research, treatment, advocacy, and public policy: Peter S. Jensen, M.D., a Ruane Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health at Columbia University; Elizabeth A. Kastelic, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital; and Pete Earley, a former reporter for The Washington Post and the author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. The Event’s Co-Chairs were Lorna Hyde Graev, Alexandra Herzan, Anne Mai, and Lynn Nicholas served as the symposium Program Chair. Consuelo Mack served as emcee. Mary andMike Wallace received The 2007 Fountain House Humanitarian Award. Adam Lewis and Peter B. Lewis, Founders, Fountain House Wellness Center, were honored as well.

$925,000 was raised to benefit Fountain House, the award-winning, 59-year old non-profit organization that provides housing, employment, wellness and educational services to men, women and young adults with major mental illness. Fountain House

Mental illnesses usually strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood. All ages are susceptible, but the young are especially vulnerable. Seven to twelve million youth suffer from a mental illness.  Over 90% of teens who die by suicide suffer from mental illness. 2/3 of young people do not receive treatment. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19 year-olds, following accidents and homicide.
Ann Barish and Denise Wohl
Pete Early and Peter Jensen
Lorna Hyde Graev
Vice Chairs and committee members included Ann Barish, Sharon Handler and Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr., Mariana and George Kaufman, Karin Luter, Annalu Ponti and Geoffrey Hoguet, Kari and Carl Tiedemann, Denise Wohl, Frances BeattyAdler and Allen Adler,Courtney Allinson Arnot, Barbara Bancroft, Brook and Roger Berlind, Katherine Bryan, Dana Buchman, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg, Fernanda Niven, Elizabeth Peabody, Pauline Pitt, Hilary GearyRoss, Diana Taylor, Topsy Taylor, Jonathan Tisch and Laurie Tisch.

Among the guests, The Sopranos’ Joe Pantoliano and Glenn Close, a supporter and volunteer; Deeda Blair, Larry Graev, Jessie and Julia Araskog, Sydney Shuman, Barbara Tober, Patricia Patterson, Adrienne Vittadini, Barbara de Portago, Patricia Duff, Darcy Gould, Audrey Gruss, Debbie Bancroft, Michèle Gerber Klein, Alison Chace, Stephanie de Wangen, Catherine Cahill and William Bernhard, Lois Chiles, Virginia Coleman, Adria de Haume, Bambi de la Gueronniere, Caroline Dean, Sean Driscoll, Ingrid Edelman, Mariana Galesi, Paul Herzan, Margo Langenberg, Chris Meigher, Armene Millikin, Nancy Newhouse, Susan Patricof, Ann Rapp, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Emilia Saint-Armand and Nathan  Saint-Armand, Virginia Coleman, Sean Driscoll, Maryan Grossman, Barbara Brody, Joe Spalding, Anne Whitehead, Ellie Johnson,Gale Gilbert, Judy Cormier, Stephanie Stokes, and Kristi Witker.

The tables were beautiful with bowls of pastel orchids, roses and hydrangea, and the room had its usual rosy glow but the topic was very acute. “Mental illness needs to be talked about with candor, warmth and compassion,” said Anne Mai, Chairman Emertus.
Mike Wallace, co-editor of CBS television's "60 Minutes" since its premiere in 1968, has spoken with candor and insight about his own experience with depression and suicide attempt. Mr. Wallace is quick to give credit to his wife, Mary, for her dedication and support throughout the ordeal. "Depression takes over your life," he has said. "It's painful. You don't eat. You don't sleep. Your self-esteem drops to zero, and you're trying to hide it, which makes it more difficult. My wife's tireless support and encouragement got me to see a doctor and start treatment. I couldn't have come this far without her."

The Lewis family has also been challenged by mental illness. As a young adult, Adam, now in his mid-40s, was diagnosed with schizophrenia and then bipolar disorder. Turning their personal struggle into support for others, the Lewises made a multi-year, $3 million grant to Fountain House to create state-of-the-art wellness centers at its 47th Street headquarters and at its farm property in Montague, New Jersey.

Coming up on May 9th, Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island will be the Honorary Chair of the second annual Young Professionals cocktail reception: “artHaus for Fountain House,” featuring an exhibit and sale of limited edition photos by Francesco Scavullo, along with work of the professional artists represented by Fountain Gallery. Event Co-Chairs and expected guests include, Glenn Close, Joe Pantoliano, Marisa Noel Brown, Jennifer Creel, ShoshannaandJosh Gruss, Dylan Lauren, Harrison LeFrak and Charles Rockefeller.
Alexandra and Paul Herzan with Michèle Gerber Klein
Consuelo Mack and Elizabeth Kastelic
Larry Graev and Deeda Blair
Mary and Mike Wallace
Glenn Close and Joe Pantoliano
Peter Lewis and Kenn Dudek
Anne Mai
Barbara Tober and Alison Chace
Lynn Nicholas and Julia Scott
Judy Cormier and Sydney Shuman
Patricia Patterson, Barbara Brody, and Ellie Johnson
Adrienne Vittadini, Karen Luter, and Marjorie Reed Gordon
Francine LeFrak and Debbie Bancroft
Audrey Gruss
Kari Tiedemann and Stephanie de Wangen
Joe Spalding and Anne Whitehead
Fernanda Kellogg
Barbara Bancroft and Ann Rapp
Pamela Ferrari and Emilia Saint-Amand
Sharon Handler and Alexia Hamm Ryan
The Monday before last, Channel Thirteen/WNET & WLIW held its 2007 Gala Salute honoring Steven Rattner, Managing Principal of the Quadrangle Group LLC and former Chairman of the Board for Thirteen/WNET at Gotham Hall.Master of Ceremonies was Brian Williams.
Among those attending were: Barbara Walters, Barry Diller, Debbie and Leon Black, Eva and Glenn Dubin, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Henry R. Kravis, Jane Williams, Jeannemarie and Bill Baker, Judith and Bill Moyers, Martha Stewart, Maureen White (Mrs. Steven Rattner),, Merryl and James S. Tisch, Mort Zuckerman, Peggy and Mickey Drexler, Richard Cohen and Susan and John Hess.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Steven Rattner
Barbara Walters, Barry Diller, and Lally Weymouth
Brian Williams
Bill Clinton
Harvey Weinstein
Betsey Lack and Charlie Rose
Jill Goodacre and Harry Connick Jr.
John Hess and Martha Stewart
Mort Zuckerman

Best Hair?
1. Mish
2. Brad Comisar
3. Geoffrey Bradfield
4. Chris Coleman
5. Paul Judelson
6. Tommy Tune
7. Leonel Piraino
8. Daniel Benedict
9. Rufus Albemarle & Campion Platt
10. Dennis Basso

On Wednesday, April 25, the National Center for Learning Disabilities celebrated its 30th Anniversary Benefit Dinner, “Voices of Our Children, Voices of Our Future” at the New York Marriott Marquis.  More than $2.1 million was raised and more than 650 people attended.

This year’s honorees were, Clay Aiken, Recording Artist & Co-Founder of the Bubel Aiken Foundation, recipient of the NCLD Children’s Advocacy Award; Arthur Ryan, Chairman & CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc., recipient of the NCLD Spirit of Achievement Award; and Donald Deshler, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas, recipient of the NCLD Distinguished Education Achievement Award.  These individuals were honored for their remarkable efforts on behalf of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities.

Ryan Makinson and Anne Ford
Another special treat was the participation and entertainment provided by 40 students from the Currey Ingram Academy of Brentwood, Tennessee, a school for learning disabled students.  These students were part of the evening’s program, singing and playing Clay Aiken’s “I Will Carry You” they brought the house down with their rendition of this song.  The benefactors for the students travel and trip were John and Stephanie Ingram of Brentwood.

This year’s benefit leadership included Frederic Poses, Chairman of the Board, Nancy Poses, Benefit Committee Chair, Governor Gaston Caperton, President of The College Board, Dinner Chair, John Ingram, Chairman of the Board for Ingram Distribution Holdings, Dinner Chair, Anne Ford, Chairman Emeritus and James Wendorf, Executive Director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. 

Each year one worthy high school senior with a diagnosed learning disability is awarded at the benefit the Anne Ford Scholarship.  The Anne Ford Scholarship gives $10,000 to this exemplary student who is planning to attend a four year college.  Established by NCLD’s board of directors, this award was named in honor of Anne Ford.  The winner of this year’s scholarship was Ryan Makinson of Greensboro, North Carolina. Congratulations Ryan! 

The mission of NCLD is to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.  NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promote research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocate for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

For more information about NCLD or the benefit dinner, please visit
Stephanie Ingram, Currey Ingram, Academy Chorus Members, John Ingram, and Frederic Poses
Anne Ford and Arlyn Gardner
Nancy Poses
2007 Ford Convertible Mustang
Currey Ingram Rock Band
Clay Aiken
Stephanie and John Ingram with Currey Ingram
Allegra Ford, Kathy Rayburn, Anne Ford, and Stephanie Ingram
Audrey McDonald and Maureen Brenner
Dana Buchman and Leon Hall
Dana Buchman and Rayma Griffin
Nancy Poses
Arthur Ryan, Clay Aiken, and Don Deshler
James Wendorf, Arthur Ryan, Mary O’Malley, Governor Gaston Caperton, and Frederic Poses
NCLD 30th Anniversary Dinner, Marriott Marquis, NYC
Dana Buchman, Rayma Griffin, James Wendorf, and Mark Griffin
Charlotte Ford, Olivia Palermo, and Allegra Ford
Currey Ingram Rock Band
Mark Griffin and Mary Pederson
Maureen Brenner and Jody Bellows
Clay Aiken and Currey Ingram Academy Chorus and Rock Band

Movies on Madison brought the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival uptown this year with a two-week long movie preview event from April 18 thru May 5.

In a joint salute to the 40th Anniversary of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, the public experienced a preview of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival with windows spotlighting films showing at this year’s festival in participating boutiques from 57th to 86th Street.

Each of the stores “adopted” a TFF film they showcased in their windows, in store exhibitions, and private receptions with a percentage of sales benefiting the Tribeca Film Institute. The event was sponsored by American Express® and presented by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID).

Madison Avenue boutique Stephen P. Kahan Ltd., celebrated the film How to Seduce Difficult Women which featured actress Stephanie Szoztak, the film’s director Richard Temtchine with cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres, and a special preview screening of out-take interviews from Temtchine’s upcoming film, at Thai tapas bar, Lollipop. During this time, the boutique showcased jewelry by some of today’s up-and-coming designers, with five percent of the net proceeds donated to the Tribeca Film Institute.

LAI celebrated the Tribeca Film Festival filmNobel Son with a meet-and-greet with director Randall Miller and members of the cast in the luxury accessory Madison Avenue boutique LAI.

Wolford celebrated the U.S. release of Lady Chatterley by toasting director and guest-of-honor Pascale Ferran in their legendary lingerie boutique.
Persia Walker and Steve Ehrlich
Jane Rosenthal, Matthew A. Bauer, and Katherine Oliver
Bryan Greenberg and Johanna Torell
Matthew A. Bauer, Bryan Greenberg, Randall Miller, and Jody Sabin
Jane Rosenthal, Cartier Page, and Keith Scott
Jane Rosenthal and Katherine Oliver with jump ropers at Issey Mikaye
Bryan Greenberg and Alan Rickman
Richard Temtchine and Stephanie Szostak
Michele Gerber Klein
Wolford Window with Gillien Luckie

Photographs by ©Patrcik McMullan (Tribeca)
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