Monday, March 31, 2008

Award Dinners and its Honorees

Chanel Cathey and Voltaire Sterling
Bill Russell with David and Rachel Robinson
Clive Davis and Julie White
The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) hosted its 2008 Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria earlier this month, celebrating the Foundation’s 35th anniversary.  The star-studded gala paid tribute to individuals who embody the humanitarian ideals of the baseball legend and raised funds for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides four year college scholarships and extensive mentoring to academically distinguished minority students with financial need and records of leadership capacity. More than 1l00 guests attended and they raised more than $1 million.
Bill Cosby served as emcee once again as he has done for nearly three decades.  The film producer, director and screenwriter George Lucas was given the ROBIE Achievement in Industry Award presented by actor Jimmy Smits. Higher education trailblazer, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, President Emerita of both Bennett College for Women and Spelman College was honored with the ROBIE Humanitarianism Award presented by Dr. Camille O. Cosby; and recording industry pioneer Clive Davis, Chairman, BMG Label Group was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Tony-Award winning actress Julie White. The evening was highlighted by a performance by last year’s American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks.
Among those attending the dinner: Spike Lee, Ahmad Rashad, Howard White (former basketball star and current Nike executive), Melody Hobson (ABC’s Good Morning America contributor) and Bill Russell.
Dr. Camille O. Cosby, Inez Jones, Danielle McKinley, and Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole
Spike Lee, Tanya Lee Lewis, Mellody Hobson, and George Lucas
Doug Doescher, Marie Menna Doescher, Linda Blair Doescher, and William F. Doescher
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and Spike Lee
Inez Jones and Rachel Robinson
Jimmy Smits and Chanel Cathey
Martin and Nancy Edelman
Clive Davis, Rachel Robinson, and Jordin Sparks
William F. Doescher, Jai Phillips, La'Tonya Johnson, and Barbara Sawyer
Jesse Simms and Ayo Robinson
La'Tonya Johnson, Lance Whiteley, and Barbara Sawyer
Leonard S. Coleman, Jr. and Dr. Camille O. Cosby
David Robinson and Babatunde Akinloye
Jade Smith and Kristin Jones
Barbara Sawyer, Jimmy Smits, and La'Tonya Johnson
Joaquin and Jimmy Smits with Michael K. Williams
Laurie Coleman and Leonard S. Coleman, Jr.
Leonard S. Coleman, Jr., Rachel Robinson, and Della Britton Baeza
Valaida Wynn and Michelle Rowland
Jimmy and Joaquin Smits
Richard Lapchick and Sharon Robinson
Nakia Davis and Reggie Livingston
George Lucas and Jimmy Smits
Rachel Robinson and Clive Davis
The Vilcek Foundation held its third annual Awards dinner last Wednesday night at the Mandarin Oriental and honored Dr. Inder Verman, a researcher and professor at the Salk Institute, as its 2008 prize recipient for biomedical science; and Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine classical music composer, as the 2008 prize recipient for the arts.

The Vilcek Foundation Prizes are awarded annually to foreign-born individuals for extraordinary contributions to society in the United States.

A $50,000 cash award and a commemorative trophy created by designer Stefan Sagmeister were presented to both prize winners at the dinner. Speakers at the dinner included Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School, and Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Gerald Weissmann, Ann Weissmann, Marica Vilcek, Christina Strassfield, and Paul Strassfield
The Vilcek Foundation’s mission is to heighten public awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the sciences, arts and culture in the United States. Former recipients of the Vilcek Foundation Prizes include: the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude; Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch, founding member of the Whitehead Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Joan Massagué, Chairman of the Cancer and Biology Genetics Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown.

In addition to awarding annual prizes in biomedical science and the arts, the Vilcek Foundation will also showcase the work of innovative artists, designers, filmmakers, and others, many of them immigrants who have yet to achieve critical or financial success, at its new headquarters at 167 East 73rd Street in New York City.  For more information about the Vilcek Foundation please visit
James and Robert Venturi
Jan and Marica Vilcek
Herbert Kayden and Gabrielle Reem
Albert and Ruth Goodgold with Rick Kinsel
Inder Verma and Osvaldo Golijov
Dawn Upshaw
Susan Goodman, John Provet, Alan Rosenbaum, Larry Stam, and Jack Saultanian
Marc Feldmann, Tanya Feldmann, Grietje Verma, and Inder Verma
Peter Ludwig
Prabhjot Dhadialla and Rick Kinsel
Marica Vilcek and Franklin Berger
Jeanne-Claude and Christo
Barbara Haskell, Marica Vilcek, and Susan Morris
Peter Tow and Rick Kinsel
Jennie Rains, Rick Kinsel, and Sharu Mundell-Williams
Ara Guzelimian
Lapo Elkann was honored last Thursday evening at a reception at the United Nations as the new global Special Ambassador for Israel’s Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Mr. Elkann, a scion of Italy’s Agnelli family, is founder of the luxury fashion company Italia Independent, as well as a marketing expert who helped revitalize the family’s iconi Fiat brand.

Among those attending the reception which was held in the United Nations Delegates Dining Room were Damon Dash, Amy Sacco, Bonnie Fuller, Jason Pomeranc, Jared Kushner, Sharon Stone, Henry Kissinger, Ron Perelman, and Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman.
Israel Ambassador Dan Gillerman and Sharon Stone
Nicky Breelan and Lapo Elkann
Israel Ambassador Dan Gillerman and Dr. Zeev Rotstein
Lapo Elkann and Sharon Stone
Dr. Zeev Rotstein and Lapo Elkann
Yaira Zicoren, Helene Feldman, Aviad Ohayon, Lapo Elkann, and Dr. Zeev Rotstein
Helene Feldman
Sharon Stone, Helene Feldman, and Elliot Feldman
Ruth Reichl and friend
The other night designer/retailer Jackie Rogers gave a dinner party for her nearest and dearest at Jour et Nuit. The indefatigable once-upon-a-time Chanel model (when Chanel chose the models herself) who learned from the Empress of 20th century fashion herself now has shops in New York (on Lexington between 74th and 75th) in East Hampton and in Palm Beach. Mlle. Rogers was also introducing a new collection, and word was going around the room that she’s about to pen her memoirs. Remember that line from Auntie Mame about “life is a banquet”? Well Jackie Rogers knows it by heart.
Jonathan Farkas and Barry Kieselstein-Cord
Jill Fairchild and Debbie Bancroft
Derek Koch and Island Weiss
Ann Rapp, Richard Johnson, and Jackie Rogers
Irene Albright and Island Weiss
Ike Ude
Jackie Rogers and Montgomery Frazier
Jackie Rogers, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Meryl Stern

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