|Two Thursdays ago, Ocotber 23rd, the Hunter College Foundation held its Inaugural Gala at the Plaza and honored two distinguished graduates, Joel Katz (BA '66), Chair of Global Media and Entertainment Practice, Greenberg Taurig LLP, and Abbe Raven (MA '77), President and CEO of A&E Television Networks.
|Hunter College, located in the heart of bustling Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, Hunter is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country. Currently, 21,000 students attend the College, pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 different programs of study. With the myriad opportunities found in New York City, and world-renowned faculty to guide them, Hunter's students embark upon their bright and illustrious futures and begin to achieve their version of the American Dream!|
| Last Monday night, Donna Karan hosted The Kageno Harambee Gala at the Stephan Weiss Studio. Karan was joined by Event Leaders Drena De Niro, Dr. Paul Farmer, Pamela Fiori, Liya Kebede and Meryl Streep. This year's event celebrated Kageno's five years of innovative community development, and it will benefit the organization's Kenya and Rwanda programs.
Kageno, meaning a "Place of Hope" in a Kenyan dialect, is a multifaceted community development project that transforms communities suffering from inhumane poverty into places of opportunity and hope by improving sanitation, providing basic healthcare, and elevating living standards by educating and empowering community members through sustainable programs.
The Kageno Harambee Gala included dinner, entertainment and a luxury auction with a silent and live component. Xan Serafin of Christie's was auctioneer for the evening. The event also included a performance by The Children's Storefront School.
|"Harambee, which means 'pulling together' in Swahili, is a Kenyan tradition of community self-help events. These events are the inspiration for The Kageno Harambee Gala, which celebrates the significant progress Kageno has made in Kenya and Rwanda in just five years.
This event also demonstrates the strength that individuals can have when they come together as a group. Every contribution to Kageno helps bring opportunity- to an individual, a family, a community- and with it, the hope for a better life," says Kageno Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Frank Andolino.
Since 2003, Kageno has supported a community development project on Rusinga Island, Kenya, a community greatly affected by HIV/AIDS, rural poverty, deforestation and a lack of basic living standards. Kageno implemented infrastructure such as a drinking water system, an AIDS testing center, a computer center and latrines. The organization also started programs such as craft production, nursery school education and reforestation campaigns.
|Kageno Worldwide is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2003. Kageno's mission is to transform communities suffering from inhumane poverty into places of opportunity and hope by identifying and delivering actionable programs through its Innovative Community Centers (ICCs). Kageno targets villages suffering from impoverishment, AIDS, limited access to education, healthcare and genocide. Living standards are improved by offering health services, access to clean water, improved sanitation, job creation and environmental initiatives. For more information, please visit www.kageno.org.
Kageno relies heavily on the generous support of individuals who share its passion for bringing hope to these underprivileged communities. The Kageno Harambee Gala is an important financial event and crucial to increasing the strength of the organization.
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|Notable celebrities, business leaders, philanthropists, and nearly 400 friends of God's Love We Deliver, including New York City Mayor Bloomberg gathered at the new Frank Gehry-designed IAC Center on West 18th Street two Mondays ago for God's Love We Deliver's Golden Heart Award dinner. These awards honor, member of the corporate and philanthropic communities "who demonstrate extraordinary and exemplary philanthropy and ongoing civic responsibility."
Honorees were Harry Slatkin, 7th on Sale, and Roz Gilbert. The event drew a big crowd including Anna Wintour, Jonathan Adler, Robert Altman and Lynda Carter, Michael Bastian, Scott Bessent, Serena Boardman, Tory Burch, Les Moonves, CeCe Cord, Philippe and Debbie Dauman, John Demsey, Simon Doonan, Thom Filicia, Cornelia Guest, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Dayana Mendoza (Miss Universe 2008), Deborah Norville, Chris Riley, Margaret Russell, Bee Shaffer, Crystle Stewart (Miss USA 2008), Martha Stewart, Blaine Trump, Vera Wang, and Vicente Wolf.
Champagne Ayala, haute couture champagne owned by Bollinger, provided all of the champagne for the evening.
Since 1985, God's Love has worked to improve the health and well being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life altering illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. What began with a few meals delivered to an individual suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS has grown to include nutrition counseling and the delivery of over 3,200 meals each weekday--nearly 10 million since our founding. All services are provided free of charge and there has never been a waiting list.
|The Plaza Retail Collection and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) collaborated for the first time to host a private shopping night previewing the most unique selection of luxury purveyors in New York City. The exclusive event provided a first glimpse of the collection for some of New York's most influential fashion insiders as well as top industry professionals from around the world. Proceeds from the evening, and opening week (October 22nd – October 29th), benefited the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative.
Fashionistas and philanthropists including Katie Lee Joel, Hana Soukupova, Fabiola Beracasa, Dr. Lisa Airan, Erin Fetherston, Olivia Palermo, Italo Zucchelli, Jackie Astier, Maggie Norris, Bentley Meeker, Jon and Michelle Marie Heinemann, Anait Kiladze and Holly Dunlap were on hand to peruse the new collection of luxury boutiques which include Kenneth Jay Lane, Domenico Vacca, Helen Yarmak, Eton, MCM and Vertu, and to lend their support to this great cause.
The Plaza Retail Collection is a carefully curated collection of boutiques culled from around the world in one legendary location -- in The Plaza's newly expansive Grand Concourse, throughout the mezzanine and main lobby.
Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is a philanthropic initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/CFDA Foundation, and is the fashion industry's response to the impact of breast cancer. The campaign, with its blue-on-blue bull's-eye logo, involves the nation's leading designers, retailers, media and models. Fashion Targets Breast Cancer has become the worldwide fashion community's singular and most successful response to breast cancer.
|Larry Herbert hosted a birthday party for his vivacious wife Michele with the theme "St. Tropez Nights; New York Lights" (guess who likes St. Tropez as well as its nightlife). Mrs. Herbert was a dancer in her pre-Herbert days, and she continues to love to dance whenever there's music.|
|The party was held at the Bowery Hotel – drinks, buffet dinner and dancing to the music of Donna D'Cruz. A happy birthday was had by all. A dancing party is always a good party.|
|Last of this year's Ghosts and Goblins: On Halloween night, something was brewing beneath the streets of Manhattan at Doubles, the recent Tom Britt-refurbished private club downstairs in the Sherry Netherland Hotel. Friends came out decked to the nines in their impressive Halloween costumes. Palins and Plumbers, storybook characters, masked guests and goblins all danced the night away together at the annual Goblin Gala Halloween Party.
Wendy Carduner hosted an event filled with music, dinner, and prizes for the best costumes and table themes. Among the guests getting into the Halloween spirit were: Melanie and David Holland, Martha and John Glass, Harrison LeFrak, Caroline Rowley, Sherry and Sam Pryor, Katherine Bryan, Carol and Fred Mehler, Hunter and Susan Cushing, Shelby Wilcox, Amelia Osborne, Adriane Silver, Patricia Falkenberg, and Renee Belfer.
| A couple week ago the New York Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Rights Project honored five outstanding women at its annual benefit, Stand Up for Choice, at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Each honoree has done tremendous work over the years in the fields of gender equality, reproductive rights, sexuality education and social justice:
Ann Cook is the co-founder and co-director of New York City's Urban Academy High School. Working with Angela Maresca, physician's assistant and director of the Mount Sinai School-based Health Center at the Julia Richman Education Complex (JREC), Ann and Angela ensure that the school's diverse students get the health care they deserve.
May Del Rio devoted 21 years to supporting reproductive rights at Planned Parenthood of New York City and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. May has served for the last three years on the board of directors of the NYCLU.
|Eileen Fisher is the chief creative officer and founder of EILEEN FISHER INC. Her company's philanthropic efforts support women through social initiatives that address women's well being. EILEEN FISHER INC., leads by example by practicing business responsibly with absolute regard for human rights.
Marcia Ann Gillespie has been dedicated to affirming the human potential for good and challenging inequality through her work as the editor-in-chief and driving force behind two of the nation's most important women's magazines, Essence and Ms.
The NYCLU's Reproductive Rights Project (RRP) is the only New York State-based legal organization that focuses on reproductive rights.
"We are thrilled to be honoring this esteemed group of women, each of whom has made vital contributions to the struggle for women's equality, dignity, and self-determination," said Galen Sherwin, director of the Reproductive Rights Project.
|Hundreds of the region's business leaders and a host of New Jersey notables attended a fund-raising gala to celebrate the vibrant growth of C.H.A.S.E. for Life (CPR, Heimlich, Awareness, Safety Education) late last month. This nationally recognized 3-year-old non-profit is on a mission to empower anyone with a hand on a child with the basic lifesaving skills needed to sustain a life until help can take over.
Honoree, New Jersey State Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, was praised for his unstinting support of the organization since its inception and Aetna along with Wachovia Securities were thanked for being the lead event sponsors for the third year in a row.
Farley Boyle, Founder/Executive Director of C.H.A.S.E for Life, said, "We have the remedy for this global social problem. We have removed the barriers preventing people from getting educated about CPR and other life saving techniques by offering free, engaging educational materials that everyone can have access to."
Ms. Boyle, whose 2-year-old daughter survived a near-drowning in 2005 because her husband had taken a for-pay, elective infant/child non-certification CPR course, said, "I decided to give back by making a positive out of a negative thanks to our happy ending. It proves that CPR really works, whether you are certified or not."
|Co-chars were Jennifer Borenius and Amanda Haytaian. C.H.A.S.E. has educated more than 5,000 people locally in free hands-on CPR and choking maneuver workshops, and thousands more via their website. Proceeds from this event will enable C.H.A.S.E. to launch a national safety and awareness campaign spotlighting Paddy the Penguin, the organization's beloved mascot, while simultaneously marketing the availability of their Spanish resources."
For more information on C.H.A.S.E for Life or to learn how to save a life in just a few minutes please visit www.chaseforlife.org.
|Photographs by ©PatrickMcMullan.com (Kageno & CFDA).|