|reparing for dinner at the 11th Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball.|
|They held the 11th Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball at The Plaza last Thursday. The evening was sponsored by Chopard. The emcee was dog-rescuer and canine friend, the man who put the soft-Gee in Target, designer Isaac Mizrahi. The event’s purpose was not only to help raise money for a great cause, but to also bring awareness of the ASPCA’s goal.|
|Last Wednesday night at the Pierre, Parnership With Children held its Centennial Ball and honored CIT Chairman and CEO Jeff Peek. Mayor Bloomberg came for cocktails. A big crowd came for dinner including Liz Peek, Charlotte Moss, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Catie and Donald Marron, John Pomerantz, Helen Marx, Lauren and John Veronis, Alice and Tom Tisch, Candace and Rick Beinecke, Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond.
Partnership with Children was begun a century ago as Big Sisters by a few prominent New York women whose mission was to mentoring and improving the lives of underprivileged girls and young women. Among those women was Mrs. Henry O. Ittleson whose husband also founded CIT that same year. Ever since, the company has maintained an interest in supporting the organization.
|And on last Thursday lunchtime, over at the Plaza, Jeffrey Toobin, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Richard North Patterson joined Linda Fairstein in helping God's Love We Deliver raise more funds for their free-of-charge nutritious meals program. God's Love provides daily meals for almost 1600 men, women and children living with life altering illnesses in the five boroughs as well as Hudson County, New Jersey and Newark, New Jersey. More than 300 attended and the writers kept the audience rapt with interest.|
|Also last Thursday night over at Christie's, there was a celebration and booksigning of Ellie Cullman's new book, "Decorating The Master Class: The Cullman and Kravis Way."|
|The Fresh Air Fund hosted their annual Spring Fling at Touch and raised about $60,000 to support the Organization’s mission — to allow children living in disadvantaged communities to get away from hot, noisy city streets and enjoy free
summer vacations in the country.
Event Chairs were Caroline Cummings, Jenna Dreher, Sabrina Mallick, Alden McNally, Andrew Ackerman, Jake Claghorn, Erin Ryder, Alex Witten, and Scott Roslyn.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent not-for-profit agency, has provided an opportunity to enjoy free Fresh Air program for nearly 10,000 New York City children annually. In 2007, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund's year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.
|Photographs by ©PatrickMcMullan.com; Alexander Amster-Wikoff (Fresh Air).|