Monday, April 7, 2008

Celebrate Spring!

The scene at The 2008 Brooklyn Ball.
They honored developer Bruce Ratner at the Brooklyn Museum’s annual Brooklyn Ball this past Thursday night and the marked it with the opening of the Takashi Murakami retrospective. As things can be when the Arts come to Brooklyn, this was very now/with-it/edgy even including a noticeable presence of protesters who object strenuously to Mr. Ratner’s real estate development plan for the Atlantic Yards.

The evening’s guests also encountered a  mock-up of stalls just outside hawking the wares of Louis Vuitton. This is because the artist has a collaborative relationship with the luxury goods purveyor, a creation of L-V’s dynamic design director, the American fashion designer Marc Jacobs. There were cocktails by Nobu, Kanye West performing, a sitdown dinner, a special auction of specially created Louis Vuitton items by Mr. Murakami, and of course, Mr. Jacobs, M. and Mme. Bernard Arnault, L-V’s CEO, Yves Carcelle, Julian Schnabel, plus a bevy or artists, models, socialites, what-have-you, and bread-and-circuses. What’s it all about? Well Andy Warhol said it himself: The business of Art is Business. And it was all of that and more over in Brooklyn where bums used to be a word they were proud of.
Takashi Murakami, Kanye West, and Marc Jacobs
Teresita Fernandez and Stefano Tonchi
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
Jennifer Creel
Tinsley Mortimer
Amy Greenspon
Waris Ahluwalia and Chiara Clemente
Richard Epstein and Bette Yozell
Eva Herzigova and Marc Jacobs
Shala Monroque and Larry Gagosian
Roberta Myers
Terrence Koh
Eric Alger
Shiho Aoshima
Melena Ryzik
Kanye West
Katherine Ross, Guy Trebay, and Kristen Davis
Joe Schildhorn and Lesley Thompson
Joanne Factor
Amy Astley
Frank Gehry, Arnold Lehman, and Bruce Ratner
B. Mandelbaum, Shiona Turini, and Lesley Thompson
Kristen Davis and Yves Carcelle
Pietro Beccari and Anna Wintour
Glenda Bailey and Heather Vandenberg
Selita Eubanks
John McEnroe
Stellan Holm
Linda Evangelista
First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris
Trista Delamere and Grace Coddington
Marty Markowitz
Thelma Golden
Alana Zimmer and Olivia Cuervo
Nicole Miller and Kim Taipale
Stephen Sumner and Glenda Bailey
Georgia and Ron Frasch
Stephan Marbury
Daniel Lalonde and Julian Schnabel
Jay Fielden and Katherine Ross
Also last Thursday night, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) hosted it its first Celebrate Spring! benefit at Cipriani 23rd Street to raise funds for Parkinson’s research. The evening included cocktails and dancing and was followed by an after party at Marquee.

Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s was created through the efforts of G. Pennington (“Penn”) Egbert III, Georgina B. Schaeffer, and Melissa Egbert Sheehan. 

Marissa Piropato, Georgina Schaeffer, and Ali Edwards
Mariah Chase, Kate Earls, and Christina Alger
When Melissa and Penn met Georgina through mutual friends they discovered that both of their fathers suffered from Parkinson’s disease and had been treated by the same doctor, Lucien Côté, M.D. Georgina’s dad, Bayard G. Schaeffer, passed away from the disease in 1991 and George Egbert died from complications of the disease two years ago.

Parkinson’s, although a well-known disease, is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the U.S. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for or definitive cause of Parkinson’s disease. It is a long painful haul for both victim and family; a tragic and deeply sorrowful experience to witness.

The three hosts on Thursday night decided to find a way to do something – hence the fundraiser. They formed a group of nearly 100 members, many of whom have had their own experiences of family members and friends afflicted with the disease, and created the Celebrate Spring! event. Never having done this before, they had no idea what to expect. What they got what a Great Success. Several hundred bought tickets ($150 a piece) and they raised almost $100,000.

All funds raised from this event will be directed to PDF’s research program and, in particular, toward two projects identified by Lucien Côté, M.D. as particularly promising.  Dr. Côté is a PDF-funded researcher and renowned Parkinson’s clinician.

This event also had generous sponsors: Pallini Limoncello, Goslings Rum, Boru Vodka and Marquee Night Club.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. They are working for the nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through education programs and support services. Since it founding in 1957, PDF has funded more than $70 million for scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.  Visit and learn; maybe you can help:
Casey and Betsy Rodgers
Amanda Meigher, Kristin Koch, and Melissa Dunn
John Weiss and April McCollum
Caroline Rowley, Emily Hanna, Ariana Rockefeller, and Amelia Osborne
Emily Israel and Balaer Van Roijen
Diana Oldja, Anne Knopman, Christie Cabo, and Dani Lachowicz
Caroline Rowley and Emma Snowdon-Jones
Nishan Vartanian, Annabel Vartanian, and Tony Alexandre
Tatiana Papanicolaou and Chloe McClure
Lauren Borek and Marta Abbott
Shaun Lorraine, Sunny Jenkins, and Eric Klapper
Leora Hasas and Jodi Feigin
Jamie Korey, Edward Barsamian, and Nicole Hanley
Marc Biron, Frances Leidy, and Bernard de la Tour d'Auvergne
Marie Rentschler, Emily Israel, and Balaer Van Roijen
Marissa Piropato, Georgina Schaeffer, and Dana Charette
Savieria Baptiste
Thorne Berken, Tatiana Papanicolaou, and Marcia Schaeffer
Colan Kappeler, Emma Snowdon-Jones, and Antony Todd
Polly Ryerson, Alex Ryerson, and Zoe Tannenbaum
Chris and Jackie Keber
Jack Bryan, Phillip Thomas, and Melaoie Shanley
Peter Bender and Christopher Trump
Also this past Thursday night (did anyone stay home?), The Young Associates of the Chelsea Art Museum along with Young Orpheus and KiptonART and Kipton Cronkite hosted a private performance by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Museum on 556 West 22nd Street.
Brit Ivy, Jen Wekelo, and James Tunick
Jason Guercio, Ann Marie Gornley, and Wright Harvey
Christina Lopes and Heather Gude
Anait Bian and Jonathan LeWinter
Jessica Ashner and Ben Fink-Shapiro
Carrie Elston, Brad Leinhardt, Izzy Gold, and James Tunick
Kipton Cronkite, Carrie Elston, Graham Parker, and Tiffany Jones
Max Wang and Andrianna Campbell
Kelley Hoffman, Izzy Gold, and Summer Raj
Shannon Gulliver and David Griffin
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in action
Kipton Cronkite, Claude Morais-Ruffian, Brian Wolk, and Joe Scheftel
Amelia Osborn, Caroline Rowley, Avry Broadvent, and Viva Felmley
John Willingham and Jen Schiano
Nina Park and Lauren Vahringer
Mark Alverici and Robin McCoy
Kelechi Odu and Lauren Sercander
Rebecca Sinn, Michelle Edgar, and Alex Carl
Etta Shon and Rachelle Hruska
Brian Poillon, Shaun McNatt, and Rob Banning
Justin Shaffer, Nick Dietz, and Douglas Marshall
Laura and Harry Slatkin hosted an cocktail party to kick-off The New York Botanical Garden’s 16th Annual Antique Garden Furniture Show Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale at their home last Tuesday evening.

Guests perused the selection of fine jewelry from Mish New York on sale along with the botanical inspired artwork of Jeffrey Rudell and participated in a silent auction that, along with all of Rudell’s artwork sales and 15% of Mish New York proceeds, went to benefit the New York Botanical Garden.

Among those attending were Susan and Coleman Burke, Cathy and Stephen Graham, Kathie Moore, Barbara Schumacher, Howard Slatkin, Mish Tworkowski, and Plant Sale Chairmen Joseph Singer and Marjorie Rosen. Also Pamela Gross and Jimmy Finkelstein, Jeffrey Rudell, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Ophelia and Bill Rudin, George Moore, Wendy Goodman, Richard Lambertson, Sabrina and Carl Forsythe, Heidi and Bob Valentino, Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond, Scott Nelson and Alex Papachristidis, Lisa and Philip Gorrivan, Carolyn Englefield, Laura Ballentine, Robert Rufino, Alison Mazzola, Skip Parker, and RJ Mulford.

The 16th Annual Antique Garden Furniture Show Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale will take place Thursday, April 24. Tickets and additional information is available by contacting the New York Botanical Garden at 718-817-8775.
James Lunt admires Mish's creation
Philip Gorrivan and Alison Mazzola
Coleman and Susan Burke with George Moore
Marjorie Rosen and Cathy Graham
Jeffrey Rudell
Mish Tworkowski and Marjorie Reed Gordon
Joseph Singer and Laura Ballentine
Scott Nelson, Ophelia Rudin, and Alex Papachristidis
Howard and Ali Slatkin
A selection jewelry from Mish New York was on sale along with the botanical inspired artwork of Jeffrey Rudell
Pamela Gross and Jimmy Finkelstein
Barbara Cirkva and Richard Lambertson
Harry, Laura, and Ali Slatkin
Jay Diamond and Alexandra Lebenthal
Heidi and Bob Valentino
Wendy Goodman and Harry Slatkin

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