Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A little bit of everything

Guild Hall’s Academy of the Art's 23rd Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Rainbow Room.
Literacy Partners held a cocktail party at Michael’s restaurant this past Monday night kicking off the line to buy tickets to its annual Evening of Readings on May 12th at Lincoln Center. This organization, put into the big time by Arnold Scaasi, Parker Ladd and Liz Smith more than a quarter century ago focuses on helping those of us who CAN’T READ, LEARN TO FREE. The first step to freedom in an increasingly encumbering world. You’d be surprised how many of us there are who cannot read. You’d be very surprised. People are even more private about the fact that they can’t read then they are about their illicit affairs. Joking of course, but not really. So Smith, Scaasi and Ladd have performed a great service to the community by making it possible for many to learn to read.

The Evening of Readings is a rather posh affair, slightly book-ish, of course; but in a pet paletted gown and black tie. It brings out a lot of the heavy hitters and it brings out a small cadre of authors reading from their works. This is great stuff. Followed by a lovely fancy dinner on the Grand Promenade of the New York State Theater. This is New York. May 12.

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Arnold Scaasi, Barbara Walters, Liz Smith, and Parker Ladd
Jamee Gregory and Peter Rogers
Ashley Schiff and Karl Krieger
Carol Higgins Clark, Liz Smith, and Mary Higgins Clark
Debbie Bancroft, Julia Koch, Arnold Scaasi, and Hilary Geary Ross
Dominick Dunne and Mary Higgins Clark
Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, Jeffrey Sharp, Leslie Klotz, and Nick Hunt
Liz Smith with Ted and Vada Stanley
Gregory Grimes and Jonathan Marder
Jennie Baird with Nicholas and Joannie Danielides
Jonathan Farkas and Yanna Avis
Herb and Jeannie Siegal
Somers and Jonathan Farkas
Peter Brown
Jackie Weld Drake, Arnold Scaasi, Pat Kerr, and Marjorie Reed Gordon
Amalia Dayan
Lyn Paulsin and Carolyn Bechtel
Patricia Patterson and Helen O'Hagen
Jeffrey Sharp and Chris Brown
James Brady and Susan Mulcahey
Karen Burke and Patrick McMullan
Karen Burke, Keith Jewell, and Virginia Becraft
Allyn Magrino, Per Holmberg, and Susan Magrino
David and Julia Koch
Diane Love and Bob Frye
Mrs. Monty Hackett and Hilary Geary Ross
Tony Cointreau, Jim Russo, Lauren Monaco, and Michael Selleck
Roger Samet and Wilbur Ross
Leighton Candler and David Koch
Henri Barguirdjian, Allison Kanders, Liz Swig and Adam Weinberg hosted a dinner celebrating the 2008 Whitney Biennial last Thursday night at the Park Avenue Armory.
Table decor by LMD.
Installation by MK Guth.
The dinner included cocktails and a private viewing. The evening was underwritten by Graff Jewelers and Netjets.
Adam Lindemann, Henri Barguirdjian, Pamela Fiori, and Leonard Lauder
Buzz Kelly and Barry Gurin
Suzanne Cochran, Maggie Hunt, Shamim M. Momin (Biennial co-curator), and Henriette Huldisch (Biennial co-curator)
Claudeand Joseph Audi with Henri Barguirdjian
Amalia Dayan
Delia Brown
Liz Swig
Meera Ghandi
Jennifer Lipschultz and Samantha Brous
Warren and Allison Kanders, Adam Weinberg, and Debbie and Jeffrey Stevenson
Peter and Josephine Kairis with Tara and John Milne
Models in Graff jewels
Last Monday night, Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts honored Mel Brooks, Joe Pintauro, David Salle, and Robert F.X. Sillerman at its 23rd Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Rainbow Room. Emceed by comedian Angela LaGreca, the evening paid tribute their work in Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Visual Arts and Leadership and Philanthropic Endeavors, respectively.

Mr. Brooks had the crowd laughing when receiving his award for Performing Arts, reminiscing about his career and his work with Carl Reiner on "The 2000 Year Old Man," which was created by the duo after Brooks had just undergone painful surgery for gout and quipped that he felt like 2000-year-old man.
Angela LaGreca, David Salle, Robert F.X. Sillerman, Mel Brooks, and Joe Pintauro
“[Carl] said, 2000 years old, can you prove that? Do you have a birth certificate? I said, yea, I have a birth certificate, October 16th negative 2000. He said, Can I see it? I said, see it? I don’t carry it on me, you know? Back then when they gave you your birth certificate, it was on a boulder,” he joked.

Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Albert Maysles
Past honorees, friends, family and supporters of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts including Alec Baldwin, Mercedes Ruehl, Albert Maysles, Academy of the Arts President Roy Furman, Guild Hall Chairman Mickey Straus and his wife Leila, Guild Hall’s Executive Director Ruth Appelhof, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Richard and Renee Steinberg, Pamela and Edward Pantzer, Muriel Siebert, Town & Country’s Editor in Chief Pamela Fiori, Full Frontal Fashion’s host Judy Licht, Susan Cappa, Hamptons Magazine Editor in Chief Cindi Cook, Jeannine Dyner and Anne Livet of Livet Reichard were all on hand.

Guild Hall, located in East Hampton, NY, is the first center in the United States to provide a museum, theater and community meeting place under one roof. Since 1931, Guild Hall has engaged the community in cultural events that embrace all the arts and has been a home to the artistic community.

Guild Hall’s intimate galleries showcase emerging and contemporary artists who have lived and worked in the region including some of the world’s most celebrated painters, sculptors, photographers and graphic artists. The John Drew Theater hosts theatrical luminaries on its jewel box proscenium stage, under a blue-and-white-striped tent-like ceiling that sweeps up to a chandelier of glass balloons. Guild Hall’s Boots Lamb Education Center provides a learning nexus for schools, cultural groups and individuals through studio courses and workshops, lectures, panels, events, film screenings, play readings, group meetings and art and theater classes of all kinds.
Alec Baldwin and Mel Brooks
Brenda Siemer, Mercedes Ruehl, and David Geiser
Joe Pintauro
Roy Furman and Judy Licht
Cindi Cook
David Salle
Pamela and Edward Pantzer
Leila Straus, Ruth Appelhof, and Jeannine Dyner
Renee and Richard Steinberg
Mickey Straus with Somers and Jonathan Farkas
The Gracie Mansion Conservancy is a private not-for-profit corporation established in 1981 to preserve maintain and enhance Gracie Mansion – one of the oldest surviving wood structures in Manhattan and a member of the Historic House Trust. A couple of weeks ago they held an annual benefit dinner. To learn more about Gracie Mansion, and the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, click here.
Chris Taylor, Jonathan Capehart, and Diane Coffey
Dick Ritchie, Irene Halligan, and Marlene Ritchie
Jonathan Raiola Joy Handler
Marie-Josée Kravis, Howard Berkowitz, Bill Mack, and Judy Berkow
Frances Resheke, Rob Speyer, and Anne-Cecilie Engell
Mayor Bloomberg, Faith Prince, and friend
Nanette Smith, Rick Schaffer, Mark Lebow, and First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris
Sue Rotenstreich, Suzie Klein, and Jeanette Wagner
Faith Prince performing
Guests in the Foyer of Gracie Mansion
Gracie Mansion Dining Room
Stephen and Liz Sans
Nobu Chef Frankie Gorchietta
Diane Coffey, Jordan Barowitz, and Bob Tierney
Mayor Bloomberg with Lynn and Martin Halbfinger
Scott Schafler, Pam Chafler, and Charlynn and Warren Goins
Rob Speyer, First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris, and Mayor Bloomberg
Alain and Anne Goldrach with Mayor Bloomberg
Susan Chereskin, Gail Marquis, and Audrey Smaltz
The 2011 WPFG Third Annual Benefit Gala which was held at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square honored a select group of sports figures and corporate partners that have been instrumental in bringing the Games to New York City. John Flaherty, YES Network announcerand former New York Yankees catcher, was Master of Ceremonies, actor, Tony Lo Bianco, officiated the live auction, and Darryl Strawberry, former New York Yankees and Mets player, drew the winner of the 50/50 raffle.
The audience at the 2011 World Police & Fire Games Third Annual Benefit Gala.
Among the honorees were former New York Giants Defensive End Captain, George Martin (accepted by Harry Carson, Giants 1976-1988); recently retired New York Rangers superstar defenseman, Brian Leetch; Senator Martin Golden, New York State Senator, 22nd District; Ken Podziba, New York Sports Commissioner; Brandon Steiner, Founder & Chairman of Steiner Sports; and Joe Wenke, Managing Partner, Xperience Communications. A special tribute to Vic Navarra, FDNY, and NYC Marathon Start Coordinator completed the program’s ceremony.
2011 World Police & Fire Games Executive Board with Gala honorees and VIPs. Back Row: Bill Brooks, Brandon Steiner, Brian Leetch, Senator Martin J. Golden, Harry Carson, Joe Wenke, Ken Podziba, and Jim Carney. Front Row: Bill Miccio, Tony Lo Bianco, and John Flaherty.
Over 18,000 police officers and firefighters from seventy countries will participate in over 65 traditional sporting events in both women’s and men’s divisions. The Games will be featured at forty venues throughout New York City over a ten-day period from August 26th through September 5th, 2011. Recognizing the positive benefits of healthy competition, the WPFG have been held every two years since 1985 in a different city from around the world.

The 2011 World Police & Fire Games and Memorial Inc. (WPFG) has been established as a registered non-profit, 501c (3), and has been given the honor and privilege to produce the Games in New York City. Consisting of active and retired police officers and firefighters, the 2011 World Police & Fire Games and Memorial Inc. was responsible for winning the bid for the Games. The Police Athletic League (PAL) and the New York City Firefighters Burn Center have been designated as official legacies of the 2011 World Police & Fire Games.
FDNY Chief Sal Cassano, Lloyd Haymes, and Jim Donofrio
John Flaherty and Nicholas Scoppetta, Fire Commissioner
Darryl Strawberry and Senator Martin J. Golden
Bill Miccio, Scott Lasky, Brian Leetch, Bill Brooks, and Jim Carney
Gala Honorees Ken Podziba, Brandon Steiner, Senator Martin J. Golden,
Brian Leetch, Harry Carson, and Joe Wenke
Attendees bid on Silent Auction items provided by Steiner Sports Memorabilia
Jim Flynn with Elizabeth and Tony Lo Bianco
Tony Lo Bianco and John Flaherty
The 10th annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) raised $600,000 for the charitable organization that provides food-service career opportunities for underserved youth. C-CAP manages the largest independent culinary scholarship program in the United States, awarding over $3.5 million annually.

The tasting event was held at PIER SIXTY at Chelsea Piers and honored chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill. It was emceed by Al Roker and orchestrated by event planner Harriette Rose Katz, who has served for 16 years as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs. Thirty-seven of New York City’s top-rated restaurants presented savories and sweets to nearly 600 guests.

As this year’s honoree, Portale received the C-CAP Honors Award, an original stainless steel sculpture created by artist Philip Grausman.
Abigail Kirsch's table.
New York City’s favorite Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit, Riingo, and Merkato 55 restaurants served as Chef Committee Chair. The event was chaired by Carol and N. Richard Kalikow, Susan and Richard Grausman served as Vice Chairs. The event showcased the talents of such famed culinary artists as chefs Waldy Malouf, Michael Lomonaco, Rachel Lansang and Masahary Morimoto as well as C-CAP Graduate Chefs. More than 60 New York City high school students and C-CAP Graduates assisted the chefs at the event.

The evening’s festivities also included a presentation by C-CAP Graduate Lasheeda Perry. Two days prior she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Pastry Arts and Food Service Management. Also, Mr. Grausman announced that his daughter Jennifer Grausman has produced and directed a feature documentary film entitled "Pressure Cooker," which follows three Philadelphia high school seniors as they run the gauntlet through Mrs. Wilma Stephenson's culinary arts class. They drive themselves under her strict guidance to opportunities they had never thought possible, competing in C-CAP culinary competitions for generous scholarships that can change their lives.

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), established in 1990 by Richard Grausman, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, that works with public schools across the nation to prepare students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Philippe Bertineau, Executive Chef of Payard Bistro and C-CAP graduate Ja-Laurel Torres
Susan Grausman, Richard Grausman, Harriet Rose Katz, and Al Roker
A chef from Dovetail
Joe Witte, Richard Grausman, and Bertha Coombs
Alfred Portale and Richard Grausman
Lasheeda Perry, C-CAP gratuate speaker, pastry cook at the Four Seasons in Dallas
Harriet Rose Katz and Marcus Samuelsson of
Aquavit, Riingo and Merkato 55
Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York and Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth's
Alfred Portale and Carol Kalikow, Benefit Chair
Kelvin Fernandez, a C-CAP graduate and Sous Chef at Café des Artistes, Harriet Rose Katz and Joseph Paulino, Executive Chef at Café des Artistes

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