|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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|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.|
|The dinner included cocktails and a private viewing. The evening was underwritten by Graff Jewelers and Netjets.|
|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.
|“[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.
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.
|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.