Monday, May 7, 2007

The Art of Giving

The Central Park Conservancy opened The Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade, a newly designed area at the Great Hill in Central Park
Sara Lawrence College held its annual benefit gala to raise $1 million for scholarships and to honor retiring Sarah Lawrence College President, Michele Tolela Myers. Tovah Feldshuh served as MC while Barbara Walters was the honorary chair.

Co-chairs and guests included Barbara and Bertram Cohn, Constance de Balmann, Monika ad Charles Heimbold, Jr., Pamela Howard, Marilyn Katz, Joan and Paul Marks, Anne Rudman, Sara Lee and Axel Schupf, Wendy and Bob Riggs, and Margot and Jeremiah Bogert, Jane Alexander, Jon Avnet, Robin Givens, Lesley Gore, Eric Mabius, Julianna Margulies, Lis Rohm, and Arnold Wesker.
Sir Arthur and Lady Wesker
Joan Marks and Barbara Walters
Cory Dunham, Janet Dunham, Karen Fuchs, Lori Mulvey, and Ira Fuchs
Pauline Metcalf and Sara Hudson
French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte and Michele Tolela Myers
John Hill, Marilynn Hill, James Walker, Jayne Warman, George Yeager, and Vandy Walker
Margot Bogert with Robert and Wendi Riggs
Pauline Metcalf, Sara Hudson, and Pam Howard
Jane Alexander and Tina Howe
Lucinda Ziesling and Julianna Margulies
Leigh Keno, Nicholas Schorsch, Shelley Schorsch, and Leslie Keno
Mary Turino and Vicki Ford
Lillian and Tovah Feldshuh
Monika Heimbold, Charles Heimbold, Jr., and Joanna Heimbold
Ruth, Jay, and Lucy Pack
Erin McKinnon

On Sunday, April 22, the Central Park Conservancy opened The Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade, a newly designed area at the Great Hill in Central Park, located between 103rd and 106th Streets, off Central Park West.  The new woodland edge landscape includes a series of intimate glades, sitting areas, and connecting woodland paths, evoking rural pleasures and adventures for Park visitors. The Children’s Glade landscape and its ongoing maintenance were made possible by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and its directors, including Cynthia and Dan Lufkin and Liliane and Norman Peck.

Among the crowd of guests feting the event were the Lufkin daughters Aster Lee Lufkin and Schuyler Hazard, Grace Hightower and sons Elliot, Julian and Aaron De Niro, Kristen Mahan and her daughters Emily and Caroline, Michelle Marie, Jon and Hudson Heinemann, Peter Sharp’s sister Mary Cronson, former Governor Hugh Carey’s family: Catherine, Bryan, Bryan Jr., and Paul Carey; Muffie Potter Aston and twin daughters Ashleigh and Bracie, Town & Country’s publisher Jim Taylor and his children Caroline and Elliott, Elizabeth and Olivia Fuller, Darcy and George Gould, Serena and Gillian Miniter with their Havanese Fluffy, Elena, George and Stella Stephanopoulos and famed landscape designer Edwina von Gal, who contributed to the Glade’s design; Maggie Norris, filmmaker Andrew Lepera, Carolyn, Tracy, Ben and Robert Williams, Ian and Chloe Geller, Kai Franks, David and Emily Post, and The Tiege Family.
Carolyn, Tracy, Ben, and Robert Williams
Gillian, Serena, and Fluffy Miniter
Caroline, Jim, and Elliott Taylor
Aster Lee and Dan Lufkin, Bracie, Muffie and Ashleigh Aston, and Schuyler Hazard
Edwina von Gal, Norman and Liliane Peck, and Mary Cronson
Stella Stephanopoulos
Dan Lufkin and Schuyler Hazard
Ian and Chloe Geller
Michelle Marie and Jon Heinemann with Hudson
Doug Blonsky
Maggie Norris and Andrew Lepera
Grace Hightower with Julian and Aaron DeNiro
The Teige Family
Janna and Eugenia Bullock
Adrian Benepe
George and Darcy Gould
Adrian Benepe, Dan Lufkin, Norman Peck, Doug Blonsky and Schuyler Hazard Cut the Ribbon
Kristen, Caroline, and Emily Mahan with Elizabeth and Olivia Fuller
Kai Franks
Catherine, Bryan, Jr., and Paul Carey
Emily Post
Two weekends ago The New York Botanical Garden hosted its 15th annual Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale. As the country's original and most important venue for quality garden antiques, the show is a must for leading collectors. They kicked it off with a Benefit Preview Party and Collectors' Plant Sale on the Thursday before. The show was loaded with the finest antique fountains, urns, statues, bird cages, benches, botanical prints, and rare gardening books displayed by exhibitors from around the country.  

Caribbean Gardens: Journey to Paradise, The New York Botanical Garden's lush and colorful indoor exhibition, is presently on view in the Conservatory as well as the new LuEsther T. Mertz Library exhibition, Paradise in Print, in the William D. Rondina and Giovanni Foroni LoFaro Gallery.
Harry Slatkin and Mrs. Memrie M. Lewis
Mark Hachadourian
Caroline Wamsler and friend
Lady Salisbury’s book signing in booth 3 at the Antique Garden Furniture Show tent
Mrs. Memrie M. Lewis, Holly Bannister, and Mrs. George B. Moore
Zezé and Peggy O’Dea
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Thain
Barbara Israel and Martha Stewart
Mrs. John S. Hilson and Mrs. George B. Moore
Todd Forrest, VP for Horticulture & Living Collections, The New York Botanical Garden, Lady Salisbury, and Gregory Long, President, The New York Botanical Garden
Peter Jones and Charlotte M. Frieze
Lady Salisbury, Gregory Long, and Wilson Nolen
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Nolen
Gregory Long, Lady Salisbury, and Todd Forrest at Lady Salisbury’s Auricula Theater Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Sakellariadis
Mish Tworkowski and associates
Mrs. and Mr. Jeffrey A. Rosen
Rand and Jesse Araskog, Deeda Blair, Gail Hilson, and Howard Slatkin
Mrs. and Mr. Coleman P. Burke
Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Goldfrank III
Peter McQuillan, Marjorie Rosen, and Adam Rose
Martha Stewart and Patrick McMullan
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy H. Biggs
Mish Tworkowski
Vladimir and Edwina Kanevsky
Mrs. Jeremy H. Biggs and Beth Dater Jennings
Mrs. and Mr. James Benenson, Jr.
The First Lady of New York Silda Wall hosted Children for Children’s 7th annual The Art of Giving Benefit at Christie’s New York.

Ms. Wall was accompanied by her husband, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Other guests included Kenneth Cole, Lisa Perry, New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, Mad Money man Jim Cramer, Justin and Indre Rockefeller, Brad and Valerie Aston, Dana Buchman, Cynthia McFadden to honor Kathy Fuld, artist Kevin Bapp, Israel Soto and Christina Hu.  

The annual benefit is the primary fundraiser for the non-profit organization founded in 1996. The evening also marked Ms. Wall’s first official event as the Governor’s wife.

Children for Children promotes hands-on youth volunteering programs and teaches the value of community involvement and civic engagement. The annual benefit raises funds to support its youth service programs and to purchase essential educational tools such as books, computers, science equipment and art materials for New York’s most under-resourced schools.

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Lisa Perry and Eliot Spitzer
Cindy Adams and Silda Wall Spitzer
Silda Wall Spitzer, Joel Klein, and Maggie Jones
Kenneth Cole
Diana Taylor, Tonya Lewis Lee, Silda Wall Spitzer, and friend
Leslie Stevens
Maggie Jones, Kathy Fuld, and Silda Wall Spitzer
Eliot Spitzer and Silda Wall Spitzer
Stevee Aldis and Ian Gerard
Silda Wall Spitzer and James Cramer
Maurice and Andrea Dubois
Tory and Elena Kiam
Tonya Lewis Lee

Photographs by © and Benjamin Swett (CPC)
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