Thursday, April 24, 2008


Stevie Nicks performing at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's annual black-tie gala benefit.
Food Allergy Initiative presented its ninth annual Spring Luncheon, a week ago last Tuesday at Cipriani 42nd Street and raised more than $700,000. All proceeds benefited the FAI’s research activities and educational programs aimed at effectively treating and raising awareness of life-threatening food allergies.

Abbey Braverman and Roxanne Palin were this year’s Co-Chairs. Lee Goldberg, Meteorologist, WABC-TV, Eyewitness News, and the parent of a food-allergic child, was the Master of Ceremonies. Mary Richardson Kennedy, wife of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., spoke at the event and introduced parent advocate Sara Shannon, the driving force behind “Sabrina’s Law.” This landmark legislation, which protects Ontario schoolchildren with food allergies, was named after Sara’s 13-year-old daughter, who lost her life to a severe allergic reaction in 2003.
Jill Mindlin, Amanda Bromberg, Sara Shannon, Mary Richardson Kennedy, and Julie Menin
Julie Menin, chairperson of Manhattan Community Board 1, presented FAI’s 2008 Leadership Awards to Amanda Bromberg and Jill Mindlin, who were instrumental in the passage of the 2007 law that calls for schools throughout New York State to adopt guidelines that protect children with food allergies.  Liana Silverstein Backal, Melissa Meyers and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff were this year’s Raffle Co-Chairs.  Harriette Rose Katz and her daughter, Melissa Rosenbloom, donated the event-planning expertise of Gourmet Advisory Services for this year’s luncheon.

The Food Allergy Initiative is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies. In addition to funding research worldwide, FAI supports public policy initiatives to create safer environments for those afflicted with food allergies. The organization has also created educational programs for schools, health and child care workers, and members of the food service and hospitality industries to increase awareness about food allergies.  
Melissa Rosenbloom and Harriette Rose Katz
Lee Goldberg and Roxanne Palin
Mary Richardson Kennedy and Julie Menin
Abbey Braverman, Catherine Pierorazio, and Carole Steele
Marci Garson and Julianne Jaffe Cohen
Nina Shapiro and Simone Levinson
Muriel Fabricant, Beverly Weissman, and Lynn Schwartz
Meryl Poster and Nina Shapiro
Gayfryd Steinberg and Laura Tisch Broumand
Samantha Brous, Susan Bram, and Melissa Meyers
Todd Slotkin and Leslie Cornfeld
Liana Silverstein Backal and Aryan Shayegani
Roxanne and Dean Palin
The table settings
Lauren Muss, Erica Karsch and Julie Israel
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Barbara Winston
Abbey Braverman, Roxanne Palin, Julie Menin, and Council Member Jessica Lappin
Lizzie Tisch, Cathy Schwartz, and Lisa Wilff
Sara Pilot, Ramy Sharp, and Joyce Scharfer
Christine Mack and Jennifer Creel
Heather Mnuchin, Caryn Zucker, and Nina Davidson
Dr. Scott Sicherer and Julie Leff
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital hosted its annual black-tie gala benefit and raised nearly $3 million in support of Emergency Medicine department that provides around-the-clock care for over 230,000 patients each year, closed with a live performance by the legendary Stevie Nicks.

The gala honored all the physicians, nurses, and staff of the Emergency Medicine Departments that provide superior care and recognized Drs. Neal Flomenbaum (NYP-Weill Cornell) and James Giglio (NYP/Columbia), both hospital directors of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Patricia DeLaMora, Dr. Sergai DeLaMora, David Komansky, Phyllis Komansky, Mrs. Barbara Loughlin, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Heaney, Dr. Kaleb Yohay, and Dr. Anne-Lise Yohay
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation’s largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,242 beds.

The Hospital has nearly a million patient visits in a year, including more than 230,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other New York state hospital.
Dr. James Giglio and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia ED Staff
NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers:

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Allen Pavilion and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division.
Dr. Neil Flomenbaum and NewYork Presbyterian/Cornell ED Staff
One of the largest and most comprehensive health-care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. For more information, visit

Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian since 2000, hosted the evening.  Daniel Och, Arthur Samburg and Sy Sternberg chaired the event. Board of Trustee Chairman John Mack was one of many hospital trustees in attendance. 
Dr. Nancy Wexler, Vivian Milstein, and NY-Presbyterian President Herbert Pardes
David and Julia Koch
David Komansky, Jane Och, and Phyllis Komansky
Mitchell Jacobson, Daniel Och, and Kathy Jacobson
Sarah Nash, Dr. Herbert Pardes, and Sue Ann Weinberg
Connie Milstein and Abby Elbaum
David Komansky, Phyllis Komansky, Barbara Loughlin, and Dr. Gerald Loughlin
Dr. Pardes with Oscar and Didi Schafer
John and Christy Mack
Christy Mack and friends
Steve and Alex Cohen, Dr. Mary Sonnett, Dr. Herbert Pardes, and Wilhelmina Manzano
Daniel and Jane Och
Jane Och and Lisa Perry with a friend
Dr. and Mrs. Mark Gerschwind with Dr. Herbert Pardes
Dr. and Mrs. James Giglio, Stevie Nicks, Dr. Nancy Wexler, Dr. Herbert Pardes, and Dr. and Mrs. Neal Flomenbaum
Dr. James Giglio and Paula Giglio
New Yorkers of every ilk and stripe -- philanthropists, officials, powerbrokers, financiers, entrepreneurs, fashionistas, designers, art patrons and celebrities-at-large walked the GREEN carpet into the Chelsea Art Tower Tuesday night to celebrate the launch of TUMI’s Alpha Collection and partnership with Matthew Modine’s green initiative, Bicycle For A Day (“BFAD”).

Tumi’s David Chu, Bebe Neuwirth, Tinsley Mortimer and Peter Davis arrived in pedi-cabs while guest of honor, Matthew Modine, rode his orange bicycle to the event in a dapper suit – quite a sight for Manhattan’s populace and not a hair out of place!
Ramona Singer, Tatina Platt, LuAnn de Lesseps, Campion Platt, and Alex McCord
Hosts David Chu, John McEnroe and Tinsley Mortimer greeted guests such as Liam Neeson, Gustavo Arango, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Phillip Bloch, Geoffrey Bradfield, Bethenny Frankel, Robert Futterman, Miguelina Gambaccini, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Villency, Lydia Fenet, Anisha Lakhani,Kristian Laliberte, Fern Mallis, Gilles Mendel, Katrina Pavlos, Tatiana Platt, Lauren Remington Platt, Nick Raynes, Maggie Rizer, Evanly Schindler, Ling Tang, Vivienne Tam, Annabel Vartanian, Joyce Varvatos and Chessy Wilson,

Matthew Modine’s vision for BFAD promotes alternative transportation and preservation of the environment. He visited and photographed Global Releaf’s reforestation project in California after the devastation of the San Bernardino fires. Tumi, which is committed to protecting and rebuilding the environment, specially commissioned the works in support of their pledge to plant 100,000 trees in various reforestation projects administered and overseen by the long-standing leader in the field, American Forests’ Global Releaf.
Annabel Vartanian, Heather Bauer, Gilles Mendel, Anisha Lakhani, and Tinsley Mortimer
Others congregated around the revolving platform in the form of a giant bicycle wheel, which showcased Tumi’s Alpha Collection, of which the limited edition bike bag designed by Matthew Modine in collaboration with David Chu, was the star. Partial proceeds of the sale of the bags will be donated to BFAD. That’s not all -- Mr. Modine and his partner, Tar-Art, created a special BFAD dog tag, sure to become the next “must have” accessory. The tags will soon be available online through BFAD’s website,, as well as select Tumi boutiques and eventually, at

Proceeds from the sale of both items benefit BFAD and its beneficiaries, American Forests’ Global Releaf and the Waterkeeper Alliance.   
Tinsley Mortimer and Peter Davis arrive
Anisha Lakhani, Heather Bauer, and Susan Shin
Chessy Wilson and Anisha Lakhani
David Chu and Matthew Modine
Emma Snowdon Jones
Maggie Rizer
Miguelina Gambacci and Kristian Laliberte
Douglas Marshall and Rachelle Hruska
Gustavo Arango and Tracy Stern
Kimberly and Eric Villency
Lydia Fenet and Lauren Remington Platt
Liam Neeson and Matthew Modine
Nick Dietz and LuAnn de Lesseps

Photographs by Janet Charles (NY Presbyterian); Julie Skarratt (Food Allergy).

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