Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Ghoulas

The scene at The New York Women’s Foundation's first annual gala, “Stepping Out and Stepping Up.”
Last Monday night, The Studio Museum in Harlem held its Gala 2008 starting out with cocktails at the Museum of American Finance on 48 Wall Street, and followed by dinner and dancing at Cipriani Wall Street (55 Wall).

Roland and Lois Betts
More than 900 guests, including celebrities, Fortune 500 executives, and prominent figures in today's art world celebrated the Museum's high level of curatorial excellence and programming, and honored individuals who have made significant contributions to African American Art.

The SMH Gala provides essential support for the Museum's signature programs, including the Artists-In-Residence Program, exhibitions, and education and public programs.

This year The Studio Museum in Harlem proudly celebrated its 40th anniversary by honoring some former artists in residence, including Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu and William T. Williams.

They also awarded the third Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize to Nadine Robinson, which recognizes and honors the artistic achievements of an African-American artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise and creativity. Envisioned as an extension of the Studio Museum's mission to support experimentation and excellence in contemporary art, the prize includes an unrestricted monetary award of $50,000.
Whittfield Lovell and Fred Wilson
Joe Perella, Susan Fales-Hill, and Donald Marron
Kathryn Chenault, Governor David A. Paterson, James Haddon, First Lady Michelle Paterson, and Richard Parsons
Hillary and Bryant Gumbel
Warren and Mitzi Eisenberg
Gala Co-chairs Joyce Haupt, Kathryn Chenault, and Carol Sutton Lewis
José Tavarez, Holly Phillips, Corey Baylor, and Racquel Chevremont Baylor
Deen Solebo and Lola Ogunnaike
Richard and Laura Parsons
Suzanne Randolph, Margaret Cooper, Gordon Davis, Ruth Ann Stewart, and Peggy Cooper Davis
The New York Women’s Foundation held its first annual even gala, “Stepping Out and Stepping Up,” at Gotham Hall. They raised $675,000 for programs benefiting low-income women and families in New York City.

Grace Hightower De Niro,
board member and gala co-chair hosted the evening. She was joined onstage by Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Diana Taylor who was gala co-chair as well as Vice Chair of the NYWF Board of Directors.

The Mayor and Ms. Taylor presented the first Stepping Up Awards to Iman, Joel Klein and Nicole Seligman.

Among the three hundred attending were also Robert De Niro, Gayle King, Damon Dash, Felicia Taylor, and Jamie Niven. Guests were treated to a performance of the American Ballet Theatre company executing a medley of ballroom favorites.

For more information about The New York Women’s Foundation, visit:
Barbara Manfrey Vogelstein, Nicole Seligman, and Chancellor Joel Klein
Joanne de Guardiola, Jamie Figg, Felicia Taylor, and Mayor Bloomberg
Gayle King, Grace Hightower De Niro, and Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro, Grace Hightower De Niro, and Mayor Bloomberg
Iman and Antoinette La Belle
Jonathan Van Meter, Andy Young, and Hyatt Bass
Susan R. Cullman
Grace Hightower De Niro, Iman, and Diana Taylor
Joanne Guardiola and Somers Farkas
Last Monday night there was a reception for the publication of Todd Merrill and Julie Iovine’s “Modern Americana: From High Craft to High Glam” from Rizzoli books. The evening was hosted by Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief of ELLE DÉCOR.

Ms. Russell played the hostess with the mostess (and a most broken foot to boot!) to the more than 400 guests who converged on Todd Merrill Antiques at the corner of Bleecker and Crosby Streets in Soho.

In attendance besides the authors, were Lauren Merrill, interior designers Stephen Gambrel, Miles Redd, Jay Johnson and Tom Cashin, Joe Nahem, Juan Montoya, Lisa Bowles along with Wendy Goodman, Richard Lambertson, Guy Regal, Vladmir Kagan and Erica Wilson Kagan, Christopher Mason, Marilyn White, Craig and Cordelia Rivera, Jean Yves leGrande and Stephen Fanuka.
Allison Stockel, Lauren Merrill, Roberto De Plano, and Cristiana Lopez
Constance von Collande and Vladimir Kagan
Christina Juarez and Troy Seidman
Iilya Kagan, Vanessa Kagan, Erica Wilson Kagan, and Vladimer Kagan
Ananne Monoky and Mellisa Feldman
Juan Montoya and Urban Karlsson
Allison Stockel, Lauren Dinardo, Christopher Robin, and Nick Fowler
Courtney Langelosi
Jared Shahid, Shannon, Kraunz, Allison Stockel, and Nick Fowler
Adrian Corbett and Donari Braxton
Amanda Carroll and Diana Salzburg
Clemens Weiss and Kathy Comelli
Gary Blau and Dana Della Valle
Christina Juarez, Todd Merrill, Erin Johnson, and Stephen Fanuka
Donari Braxton and Margaret Russell
Stacia Anderson, Matthew J Bradley, Brent Montgomery, and Courtney Montgomery
Kristen Collins and Adam Walko
The Countess
Christopher Mason
Lisa Orban and Daniel Perry
Julie Bridgeham, Cordelia Bowe, Allison Stockel, and Lauren Merrill
Julie Iovine and Ariel Kaminer
Marilyn White, Ellie Cullman, Juan Montoya, and Urban Karlsson
Tara Germinsky, Katie Marx, and Deborah Burn
Todd Merrill and Johnny LeGrand
Lexie Giarraputo and Teresa Logan
Juozas Cernius, Lisa Bowels, Steven Gambrel, and Ananna Dayton
Roberta De Plano and Christina Lopez
Margaret Russell and Todd Merrill
John Karfo and Richard DeLia
Perry Gargano and Sigrid Burg
Donari Braxton, Marilyn White, and Eva Hagberg
Miles Redd and John Yunis
Richard Lambertson and Patrick Mele
Lisa Bowles, Steven Gambrel, and Margaret Russell
The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s (SMKCC) 20th Annual Preview Party for The Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show at the Park Avenue Armory raised over $800,000 to promote the well-being of patients, support cancer research and provide public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.

Sponsors, including Elle Décor and art dealer Michel Witmer, helped make the night a stunning and financial success. The evening’s leadership team included event Co-chairs Grace Meigher, Alexandra Lind Rose and Alexia Hamm Ryan, Honorary Chairs Michel Witmer and Margaret Russell; Connoisseur Chairs Muffie Potter Aston, Joanne de Guardiola, Karen LeFrak and Jamie Niven and The Society’s President Leslie Jones.

Following the show, the Associates Collector Committee and 1stdibs hosted a dinner at Amaranth. Among those making the quick walk over from the Armory were Chairmen Chesie Breen, Eugenie Niven Godman, and Marcie Pantzer, Shoshanna and Josh Gruss, Julie and Billy Macklowe, Leslie and Andrew Heaney, Veronica and Jamie Beard, Alison and Jay Aston, Lisa and Christopher Errico, Claudia and Gunnar Overstrom, and Blair and Fazie Husain. Also in attendance: Christopher Spitzmiller, who was gracious enough to donate one of his handmade ceramic lamps as a raffle prize, won by Maria Villalba. Other committee members on hand included Kate and Christopher Allen, Katie Colgate, Laura and Benjamin Harris, Kathleen and Reha Kocatas, Christian Leone, Natalie and Andrew Leventhal, Kamie and Richard Lightburn, Dara and Tim O’Hara, and Charlotte and Douglas Snyder.
Alison Aston, Wandy Hoh, and Julie Macklowe
Jason and Cass Adelman
Richard and Kamie Lightburn
Eugenie Niven Goodman, Chesie Breen, Leslie Heaney, and Marcie Pantzer
Jerome and Maria Villalba
Christian Leone and Malcolm James Kutner
Andrew Heaney, Nicholas Goodman, and Josh Gruss
Natalie Leventhal
Kimberly Flaster
Lil Phillips
Rebekah McCabe
Jamie and Veronica Beard
Blair and Fazie Husain
Eugenie Niven andd Nicholas Goodman
34 Leonard, the boutique luxury residential development rising in the heart of TriBeCa, recently showcased an extraordinary collection of vintage couture including an array of pieces by Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Valentino. The collection was unveiled at a cocktail reception to benefit the TriBeCa Partnership, an initiative of the Association of Community Employment (A.C.E.) assisting New York City homeless men and women.

The event was co-hosted by Henry Buhl, founder of A.C.E., the TriBeCa Partnership and R Squared Real Estate Partners, the developers of 34 Leonard, and featured extravagant designer clothing and jewelry curated by Jennifer Bandier and Lori Margolis of JBM Vintage.

Guests joined together and raised funds for the Partnership while sampling great fashions and enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres created by neighborhood caterer, The Cleaver Company.

For more information on the TriBeCa Partnership or for donations please visit
34 Leonard Fashion Model and Susan Needles
Frank Booker, Tori Henderson, and Ekatherinna S.
Jennifer Bandier, John Byrne, and Lori Margolis
Jennifer Joyce and Henry Buhl
Greg and Lori Margolis
Maggie Norris, Henry Buhl, and Daniela Zahradnikova
Chopin, Christina Freyss, Edward Pritulaki, and Beata Pritulaki
Mary Balaban and Richard Watson
Lori Margolis and Jennifer Bandier
Henry Buhl and 34 Leonard Fashion Models
Henry Buhl, Sandra Blevins, and Jeff Monahan
Ann Rapp and Michelle Bouchard
Christine Delisle and Jan Basualdo
Meg Flaherty, Jenna Brister, Travis Williams, and Duane Littles
John Byrne and Kristin Mayer
Kenia and Chris Lama
Animal Fair’s 8th Annual Halloween Pet Costume Party at Mansion raised over $25,000 for the Humane Society of New York ...

Piper Parado
Hundreds of costumed canines competed and strutted their Halloween best in front of 12 celebrity judges at Mansion on last Monday night for Animal Fair’s Halloween Pet Costume Party. The night's big winner was an adopted Chihuahua named Eli dressed as a vampire bat.

Jill Zarin selected Cooper, a border collie/lab mix dressed as a pumpkin, as the Most Sociable Dog. Other guests included Geoffrey Bradfield, Dr. Babette Gladstein, Beth Ostrosky, Piper Perabo, Courtney Friel, Nicole Fiscella and Bethenny Frankel.

Wendy and Lucky Diamond hosted the festive evening. Diamond always knows how to put on a roaring good time of a party, when asked about the evening she quipped, “Lucky is my treat and I am a Pumpkin!

Now ... we're not big into dressing up dogs ... but in the name of animal rescue? How could we say no to dressing your pup in honor of all those dawgs who are in desperate need of an owner's love.
Wendy Diamond
Jill Zarin
Dina and Ali Lohan
Beth Ostrosky
Bethenny Frankel
Nicole Fiscella

Photographs by © (Merrill & NYWF); Nematolah Kasharian (Animal Fair).

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