Monday, April 23, 2007

Springing to life

Tatiana Boncampagni
Annalise Peterson
Jessie Maxwell and Jason Eblances
New Yorkers for Children held its annual Fools Fete last Thursday night at the Mandarin Oriental. This is a very hot ticket: they sold out before the invitations went out. 400 guests with the women swathed in Valentino, in Ungaro, in Tibi, and many more.

This event raises money to assist children who are leaving foster care and going to college, to equip them with many of the things they’ll need in the studying.

They raised more than $400,000. What sets this particular evening apart from so many other formal galas is quite simply the youthful energy: they’re excited to be there, to be dressed to the nine, shoutin’ chic and very elegant.

A lot of really good looking women, beautifully got up, in an up mood and in the company of a lot of men who are in agreement.

After the dinner (at long tables of forty or so, the DJ was spinning and the dance floor was rockin’ there, high above the town with the lights of Columbus Circle, Central Park West and Fifth Avenue and a chunk of the Manhattan skyline blinking and twinkling out of the dark of the park and the night light as day.
Amy McFarland and Arden Wohl
Sylvana Soto-Ward and Luisiana Mendoza
Frederic Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen
Jennifer Creel, Mark Gilbertson, and Ashley McDermott
Leven Rambin, Darcy Jones, and Tracy Stern
Olivia Chantecaille and Adelina Wong Ettelson
Olivia Palermo and Susan Shin
Kenya Clarke, Monique Jones, and Mary Brown
Peggy Siegal
Gillian Miniter and Arthur Bakal
Kim Hicks and Cherell Flaherty
Cellphone cuisine
Sara Ayres
Vogue cover model Doutzen Kroes
L. to r.: Amy Smilovic, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, and Liz Walker; Zani Gugelmann and Rachel Roy.
Andrew Saffir and Nina Griscom
Damon Dash
Elizabeth Meigher and Bonnie Morrison
Byrdie Bell, Edward Barsamian, and Serena Nakkahah
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Ashley McDermott
Chessy Wilson and Lily Maddock
Andrew and Rachel
Billy Norwich and Andre Balazs
Stephanie Thompson and Aida Khoursheed
Publicolor celebrated its first 10 years at its gala benefit using color, design, collaboration and the painting process to push back at our nation’s dropout rate and catalyze change in struggling inner-city schools and community facilities. They honored its Founding Chairman, Richard D. Segal, with a special tribute to New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, at their seventh annual fundraiser Stir, Splatter + Roll at the Louis D. Brandeis High School. Gene Mercy and Carmen Thain were Event Co-Chairs. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris, Commissioner Kate Levin, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYC Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein, designer Cynthia Rowley, All My Children’s Leven Rambin, Beth Rudin DeWoody, artist Michele Oka Doner, Tom Krizmanic and Douglas Wilson were in attendance, as was Fox 5 Anchor Rick Folbaum along with other notable guests.

“Publicolor began as a creative solution to the rising drop-out rate in our public schools,” said Ruth Lande Shuman, Publicolor’s Founder and President.
The event kicked off as guests at Stir, Splatter + Roll painted collaborative artworks in teams. All guests were offered white Tyvek® suits to put over their party clothes!  Some of New York City’s most illustrious designers donated their time as Team Leaders and worked with the party guests to execute large-scale collaborative painting projects including: Kate and Andy Spade, David Rockwell, Will Cotton, Michele Oka Doner, Hugh Hardy, Tom Krizmanic, David Ling, Frank Lupo, Jonathan Marvel and Rob Rogers, Suzanne Tick and Terry Mowers, Jeannie and Tom Phifer, Michael Rock of 2x4, Gillian Rose, Leni Schwendinger, Alex and Michael A. Shuman, Adam Tihany, Tucker Viemeister, Gael Towey and Stephen Doyle, Jamie Drake, Douglas Wilson, Vicente Wolf and many more. Honorary Team Leaders included: Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Ralph Appelbaum, Mark di Suvero, Milton Glaser, Philip Glass, architect b, and Lella and Massimo Vignelli. 
Gene Seidman, Linda Thompson, Tom Krizmanic, and friend
Nathaniel Shuman, David Shuman, Ruth Lande Shuman, and Michael Shuman
The painting job was followed by remarks from Mayor Bloomberg and a seated dinner, including a tribute to educators and Verone Kennedy, Principal of M.S. 584 by Caroline Kennedy Scholssberg, silent and live auctions by auctioneer Sebastian Clarke of Sotheby’s Auction House, wines donated by Barefoot Wines, vodka donated by Reyka Vodka and the premier of a documentary short film by Mike Alfieri of Night Train films.   Over $100,000 was raised during the live auction including the opportunity to sponsor a Publicolor transformation in your name or the name of your firm.

Publicolor also presented its first-ever Colman Genn Award to Joel I. Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. The Award is named for a founding Publicolor board member and mentor to Ruth Lande Shuman. Genn was the courageous career educator who exposed corruption in community school boards in the late 1980s and who later additionally helped create numerous small, experimental schools as Senior Fellow at the Center for Educational Innovation-Public Education Association (CEI-PEA). 

At 9 PM the Top Coat after party kicked off for Publicolor’s group of young professionals to paint, party, mingle and groove with live music, and an auction.
Benjamin Moore executives
Mayor Bloomberg and Ruth Lande Shuman
Michelle Oka Doner and Lara Rubin
Ruth Lande Shuman, Mayor Bloomberg, Jeanne-Claude and Christo, and Patti Harris
Publicolor kids
Verone Kennedy, Chancellor Joel Klein, and Deven Parekh
Caroline Kennedy
Auctioneer Sebastian Clarke
Cynthia Rowley
Nathaniel Shuman, Ruth Lande Shuman, and Michael Shuman
Ruth Lande Shuman, Richard Segal, Carmen Thain, and Gene Mercy
Doug Wilson
Mayor Bloomberg and Richard Segal
Jamie Drake
Beth Rudin DeWoody and friend
Mayor Bloomberg, John Thain, Chancellor Joel Klein, and Doug Wilson
Deven Parekh, Richard Segal, Andy Chonoles, Ruth Lande Shuman, Jamie Dinan, Rosa Pietanza, Shari Markbreiter, Gene Mercy, Pat Goldman, Ken Seiff, Michael Shuman, and Debrah Pearson Feinn
The American Academy in Rome honored Bette Midler and the Museum of Modern Art at a black tie Gala Tribute Dinner last Wednesday night at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Ms. Midler was honored for her work in the founding and supporting of the New York Restoration Project. MoMA was honored for its 2005 “Groundswell” exhibition.
Bette Midler, Odyssia Skouras Quadrani, and Chuck Close
Barbara Pine and Peter Reed
Henry R. Kravis, Marie Josee Kravis, Mercedes Bass and Sid R. Bass
John Guare, Anita de la Rosa Berrizbeitia, and Louis Berrizbeitia
Leslie Rose Close, Carroll Dunham, and Laurie Simmons
Mary Miss, George Peck, Mary Margaret Jones, and Doug Argue
George Hargreaves and Kathryn Titus
Adele Chatfield-Taylor and Martin von Haselberg
Billie Tsien, Tod Williams, and Wendy Evans Joseph
Marie-Josee Kravis and Mercedes Bass
Marie-Josee Kravis, John Guare, and Sid R. Bass
Richard Olcott and Betsy Ennis with a friend
Robert Bovet and Barbara Goldsmith
Peter and Susan Nitza with Pat and Mike Sovern
Thomas Kelly, Diane Britz Lotti, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Samuel Waterston, and Bette Midler
Millicent Johnson and Heather Bryant
Mercedes Bass, Samuel Waterston, and Nancy Kissinger
Marilyn Perry and Joan Hardy Clark
Samuel Waterston and Bette Midler
Mercedes Bass and Nancy Kissinger
David Childs and Bette Midler
Mark Strand and John Guare

Last Monday night the Humane Society of New York held its Fine Art Photography Auction at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The auction featured the works of Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Edward Steichen, Sylvia Plachy, Bruce Springsteen and the late Ed Thrasher and Milton H. Green, and many others who donated prints to raise money for the city animals. 

Milton H. Greene
Marlene Dietrich, 1952 New York City
Archival pigment print on 100% rag paper
27" x 28" (Artist proof #7/22)
Honorary chairs were Cornelia Guest, Tony Bennett, Elliott Erwitt. Chair was Frances Hayward.

Notable prints included a never-before-seen photograph from an unreleased Frank Sinatra album by Ed Thrasher, in addition to the famous print of Marlene Dietrch, voted by Life as one of “The 60 Most Influential Photographs of the Century,” by Milton H. Greene. Photographs were also donated by Roberto Dutesco, Michael Eastman, Arthur Elgort, Fabrizio Ferri, Mary Hilliard, Mary Ellen Mark, Frances McLaughlin Gill, Michael O'Neill, Rowland Scherman, Martha Swope,

Deborah Turbeville and Nitin Vadukul. Madonna donated two autographed prints of herself, and Bruce Springsteen, contributed his shot of Patti Smith. Mikhail Baryshnikov not only donated one of his own photographs but also the space for the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds went to help over 32,000 animals depending on the HSNY veterinary clinic and adoption center each year.
Cornelia Guest, Gigi, and Virginia Chipurnoi
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Alexandra Kotur
Elliott Erwitt and Virginia Chipurnoi
Janna Bullock
George Holz
Andrea Correale
Sara Winter
Ann Caruso
Arnaud Durieux and Alison Minton
Douglas Hannant
Cece Cord
Lauren Ezersky and Jane Hobson
Michele Gerber Klein
Bill Berloni with Chico and Chloe
Roberto Dutesco
Sylvia Plachy
The live auction
Cornelia Guest and Aldon James Jr.
Harriette Rose Katz and Jeffrey Selden

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Humane Society)
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