|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.
|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.
|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.
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|Last Friday night Miguel Forbes celebrated the Winner of the 2nd Annual Forbes Billionaire Charity Poker Tournament aboard the Forbes yacht, The Highlander.|
|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.|