Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Expedition America

Brooklyn Youth Chorus at National Park Foundation's annual black-tie "Expedition America!" gala and fundraiser.
Three weeks ago in New York at Pier 60 Chelsea Piers, the spirit of America's beautiful wild places blossomed as the National Park Foundation, charitable partner of the National Park Service, honored Mrs. Laura Bush and Discovery Communications at the Foundation's annual black-tie "Expedition America!" gala and fundraiser that raised $2.2 million to support the national parks. Former Governor George Pataki was also in attendance, as conservation and nature were celebrated at the beautiful river-front venue.

The National Park Foundation recognized Mrs. Laura Bush with its highest honor, the National Park Foundation Founders Award, for strengthening the connection between the American public and their national parks. Through pioneering programs like First Bloom and Junior Rangers, Mrs. Bush is working to improve the natural habitats in our parks and urban communities, and nurture a conservation ethic in America's youngest citizens.

Earlier in the day, Mrs. Bush helped the Foundation make one of its three major investments in New York City to connect urban youth to the environment with a First Bloom celebration at Hamilton Grange National Memorial. Mrs. Bush has been a park enthusiast since her first visit to Carlsbad Canyon as a girl scout. In October 2007, she presided over the National Park Foundation Leadership Summit on Partnership and Philanthropy which resulted in $54 million in new philanthropic support for our parks. She has served as Honorary Chair of the National Park Foundation since 2004.
Regan Gammon, Vice Chair of the National Park Foundation; Roland Betts, Board Member of the National Park Foundation and owner of Chelsea Piers; National Park Foundation Honorary Chair Mrs. Laura Bush.
The National Park Foundation also presented David Zaslav of Discovery Communications with its Corporate Stewardship Award for Discovery's more than a decade of corporate stewardship for parks, including its new Planet Green initiative that deeply connects citizens to the environment and unites us all in celebrating, preserving and protecting the planet. Since 1996, Discovery has contributed more than $30 million to support the national parks.

The National Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress in 1967 to continue a century-long tradition of private philanthropy ensuring funding to preserve and enhance the legacy of our National Parks. As the official non-profit partner of America's National Parks, the National Park Foundation does not receive federal appropriations for their support. In 2007, the Foundation had its best fundraising year ever bringing in $43 million in support. The National Park Foundation serves to strengthen the connection between the American people and their national parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and increasing public awareness. Support of the National Park Foundation ensures that the evolving history and rich heritage of our Nation remains vital and relevant. For more information visit www.nationalparks.org.
National Park Foundation Honorary Chair Mrs. Laura Bush
Regan Gammon, Vice Chair of the National Park Foundation
David Zazlov, President and CEO of Discovery Communications
Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker
David Zazlov and Vin Cipolla, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation
Celine McDonald
Andi Bernstein, National Park Foundation Board Member and husband, Tom Bernstein
Honorary Chair Mrs. Laura Bush, Lois Betts, and Marian Heiskell
Vin Cipolla, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, and Marian Heiskell
Joe Crookham, President of Musco Lighting, his wife Mrs. Cookham, and Former Governor George Pataki
Bob Stanton, former director of the National Park Service, and Gayle Hazelwood, Superintendent of the National Capital Parks East
National Park Foundation Staff Members with gift boxes
Last Tuesday night at Phillips de Pury on 450 West 15th Street they held a reception to open the exhibition of the upcoming sale of Photographs on Thursday October 16th. The sale includes important Robert Maplethorpe photographs from the collection of Lisa Lyon; and also includes a strong group of fashion photographs of works by Helmut Newton, Stephen Klein and David LaChapelle, Ed Ruscha, Lewis Baltz, Robert Adams, Peter Beard, Irving Penn to name only a few, as well as significant early photographs from Alexander Rodchenko, Edward Steichen and Eugene Atget.

Auction date: October 15th 10am and 2 pm.
Viewing through Wednesday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Elyse Schajer, Stephanie Levin, and Sarah Kryger
Chloe Paisley, Sarah Heslip, and Tyler Dusenbury
Etsuko Maruyama, Mayumi Deguchi, Mariko Kozeki, and Chrystal Wu
Lisa Fairstein and Felix R. Cid
Marianna Friedman, Cynthia Leung, and Matamba Kombala
Monika Malkowski, Kelly Acciardo, and Lauren Towson
Becca Marcus, Vicke Mukovozov, and Moren Barkochva
Aurore Valade, Tristan De Terves, and Christian Geisselmann
Mayumi Deguchi, Alex Shenberg, and Etsuko Maruyama
Alejandra Troconis and Valeria Cordero
Annette and Giovanna Caleel
Anastasia Arefieva and Alex Orlov
Giulia Coccia
Laurent Levasseur, JOy Hendriks, Robert Couturier, and Christy Ferer
Cheryl and Kenneth Connelly
Kim and Tim Dowling
Victoria Kataoka-Rebuffet, Vicke Mukovozov, Elizabeth Hamilton, Becca Marcus, and Talie Machnes
Charlie Scheips, Laurina Fiamma and friend
Steve Tanger and Tracy Stern
Giancarlo Zumbo and Margeaux R. Cvar
Muriel Alexander and Mona Sharma
Alia Varsano and Rachel Mattes
Giuseppe Luciani, Donald Daries, and Charlie Scheips
Jean Lee and Jeanhie Hahn
Haluk Akakce and Stacy Lengmandt
Christina Scheublein and Andrea Hill
Charlie Scheips and friends
Simone Betz, Gabi Hegan, and Patzy Schuffenhauer
Last Friday night Miguel Forbes celebrated the Winner of the 2nd Annual Forbes Billionaire Charity Poker Tournament aboard the Forbes yacht, The Highlander.
Ayad Alhadi, Miguel Forbes, and Alan Beever
Alex Powers, Todd Goergen, and Billy Gilbane
Anshu Vidyarthi and Diana Baxter
Cecile McGovern, Niki Beel, Richard Johnson, and Sessa von Richthofen
Camilla Olsson, Xin Li, Pelle Almqvist, and Meredith Ostrom
Jennifer Jansch, Angelina Jolin, Sandra Nilsson, Xin Li, and Fatima Bergstrom
David Parse, Keith Bloomfield, and Miguel Forbes
Irina Ovsiannikov, Robert Curran, and Jessica Robinson
Amy Salerno and Keith Bloomfield
Elizabeth Betsylow and Matthew Miller
Barnaby Harris, Coerte Felske, and Marisa Tomei
Jennifer Lynn, Thierry Watters, and Julia Watters
Dean Winters, Marisa Tomei, and Barnaby Harris
Deborah Fenker and Chiara Trento
Meredith Ostrom, Pelle Almqvist, and Leilani Johnson
Jessica Robinson, Monica Kosa, and Irina Ovsiannikov
Lottie Vysell, Marie Louise Adler Creuez, Jenny Ulving, and Hannah Arnhog
Olivia Edery, Marina Albright, Julie Mulligan, Julia Levatino, and Sandra Nilsson
Steve Bertoni and Elizabeth Betsylow
Nora Araffin, Joie Jager, Klaus Saltzman, and Karene Katz
Julia Chibychko and Ina Boltyanskay
Xin Li, Camilla Olsson, Angelina Jolin, and Meredtih Ostrom
Kristin Harris and Ben Klauder
Robert Curran, Miguel Forbes, Chiara Trento, and Robert Candler
Steve Bertoni, Elizabeth Betsylow, Ben Klauder, and Kristin Harris
Julie Mulligan and Matt Gohd
Maryam Abdullina and Chris O'Neill
Massias Schneiver and Elisandra Tomacheski
Niki Beel and Dean Winters
Laura Pozvolska and Alan Beever
Sanna Wallin, Harry Dubin, and Louis Dubin
Sanna Wallin, Harry Dubin, and Louis Dubin
Zani Gugelmann, Billy Gilbane, and Chiara Trento
Andy Katz and Lacey Rose
Jacqueline Santiago, Britta Dubbels, and Joie Jager
Marisa Tomei and Barnaby Harris
Rachel Mattes, Duncan Greenberg, and Erin Gell
Tuzili Charney, Leon Charney, and Matthew Miller
Out in Hollywood over the weekend stars turned out for the catwalk ahead of LA Fashion Week to raise money for sick children. Hilary Duff, Cybill Shepherd, Cindy Crawford, Selena Gomez were just some of the stars who put their best foot forward to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their Runway for Life Gala at the Beverly Hilton.
Dick Van Dyke
Cybill Shepherd
Jonny Lee Miller
Daisy Fuentes
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldtl
Marlo Thomas
Ann Souder, Tony Thomas, Marlo Thomas, and Phil Donahue
Tristan Waite and Natasha Henstridge
Jaime Pressly
Victor Garber
Nancy O'Dell
Jason Alexander
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Selena Gomez
Skeet Ulrich
Kerri Kasem and Natasha Henstridge
William Shatner
Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas