Friday, April 25, 2008

Living and Learning

The Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) Concert Choir and Ted Turner at National Center for Learning Disabilities' annual benefit dinner, “Voices of Our Children, Voices of Our Future.”
Thursday, two weeks ago, at the Marriott Marquis, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) held its annual benefit dinner, “Voices of Our Children, Voices of Our Future,” and raised $1.8 million in support of the organization’s educational programs, information services and advocacy campaigns. NCLD’s annual benefit is the largest national fundraising event held in support of approximately 15 million children, adolescents and adults affected by learning disabilities.

This year’s honoree was Ted Turner, chairman of the United Nations Foundation with the Spirit of Achievement Award for his international commitment to children.
The Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) Concert Choir.
Leadership for this year’s benefit included Fred Poses, chairman and chief executive officer of Trane, and chairman of the NCLD board of  directors, and his wife Nancy Poses,who served as benefit committee chair. This year's’s dinner chairs werePeek and Jennie Garlington, Mr Turner’s son-in-law and daughter.  Serving as this year’s honorary dinner chairs were Mark and Renee Rockefeller, Donald Rosenfeld, Jeff and Amanda Salzman,Remy and Lara Trafelet, NCLD board members Arthur and Jody Bellows, Anne Ford, John G. Gantz Jr. and Margot Levinson, John and Stephanie Inagram, Michael C Lasky and Peggi Einhorn, Richard and Audrey Zinman, and longtime NCLD supporters Ken deRegt and Mary Q. Pedersen.

Each year the benefit also awards the Anne Ford Scholarship, which gives $10,000 to an exemplary high school senior with a diagnosed learning disability who is planning to attend a four-year college. This award was established by NCLD’s board, in honor of the organization’s chairman emeritus, Anne Ford who has done so much to raise awareness and find solutions to what is a wide and often unrecognized problem affecting millions of us.
Peek Garlington III, John Ingram, Nancy Poses, and Frederic M. Poses
Alan and Wendy Pesky
Mark and Rayma Griffin
John Ingram and Peek Garlington III
James H. Wendorf, Nancy Poses, Ted Turner, Sally Ranney, Peek Garlington III, and Frederic M. Poses
Audrey MacDonald
Stevan Kukic, Carol Deshler, Margaret Booth, and Donald D. Deshler, Ph.D.
Bill Cunningham and Anne Ford
Students from The Churchill School and Center in New York, NY
Tina Sloan McPherson and Arthur Bellows
Diane and Todd Pearl
Paul Izlar and Mark Rockefeller
Christine Caimares and Raymond Robinson, PPAS Students
Burton Tremaine, Ted Turner, Stewart Hudson, and guests
Mary Q. Pedersen and Robert Minicucci
Frederic M. Poses and Jenifer Strauss Dannhauser
Lenora Somervell and Anne Ford
John Ingram, Ted Turner, Peek Garlington III, Raymond Robinson, and Christine Caimares
Jody Bellows
Maureen Brenner, Nancy Poses, and Jake Poses
Creative Time’s annual gala benefit this year was held at Guastavino’s restaurant under 59th Street Bridge for about 500 guests, patrons of the art world, dealers (many of whom now refer to themselves as “gallerists”), artists, friends and fans. For aficionados and the impassioned of the Art World, it was THE place to be on Wednesday night.

They were honoring Beth DeWoody, the Art Collector and supporter of a variety of  cultural and philanthropic causes. And it was also her birthday.
The dinner scene at Guastavino’s.
The guest list read like a Who’s Who of American art as well as social New York. They raised more than $1 million for the cause, with a live auction item by Joseph Kosuth that went for $65,000. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was billed (whispered around the room) as “A Secret” -- Mrs. DeWoody and fashion executive Fred Anderson (of Douglas Hannant) reprising the famous Fred Astaire-Judy Garland baggy-pants/hobo dancing duet from Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade,” “A Couple of Swells ... we stop at the best hotels, but we prefer the country far away from the city smells ...”  Hey, the kid can sing and dance too. And he’s got a second career waiting on Broadway.
David Byrne and Cindy Sherman
Benjamin Dollar
Jeanne Greenberg and Cindy Sherman
Caio Fonseco
Frederick Anderson and Beth Rudin DeWoody
Jane Holzer
Beth Rudin DeWoody and Performers
Karen Duffy
Amy and John Phalen
Hunt Slonem
Samantha Brous, Susan Bram, and Melissa Meyers
Liz Swig and Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo
Sandy Hill
Will Cotton and Mary Boone
Dana Farouki
Kyle DeWoody
Raymond Learsy
Marie Douglas-David
Maureen Sullivan
Francesco Clemente, Aurel Schmidt, and Nicola Bassell
Richard Ziegelasch, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Melva Bucksbaum
Todd Eberle
Her Majesty Queen Noor
Marc Ecko
Peter Marino
Andrea Glimcher, Alex Katz, and Yvonne Force Villareal
Lisa Anastos and Bob Colacello
Somers Farkas and Patty Raynes
Thelma Golden and Jeffrey Deitsch
Tracy Hook and Lisa Anastos
Todd Slotkin and Leslie Cornfeld
Marc and Andrea Glimcher
Horacio Silva and Stefano Tonchi
Marcia Mishaan and Douglas Hannant
Marilyn Minter
Neil Thompson
Ophelia Rudin and William Rudin
The 2008 Kips Bay Decorator Show House opened yesterday, April 24th at The Manhattan House on 200 East 66th Street (between Second and Third Avenues). It will run until May 22nd. For more information, click here.

Since 1915, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has focused on improving the lives of New York City’s children. This year, Kips Bay will reach 14,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 with essential afterschool enrichment programs aimed to help them recognize their potential for growth and success.
Adelina Wong Ettelson, Pat Carey, and Celerie Kemble
Tania Balafoutis and Andrew Handelsmann
Bryn Schuyler
Kitty Hawks and David Kleinberg
Jamie Yu-Ramos, K. Willow Ayers, and Campion Platt
Kelly d'Halluin
Anne Lacombe, Stacy McLaughlin, and Mary Grace Mock
Gary Crain with Chris and Kevin Madden
Judy Stern Peck
Michelle Ciriello and Dennis Lee
Renato Freitas and Robert Rionda
Ian Halliday, David Kayton, and Jim Druckman
Jerry and Louise Puschel with Jennifer Carpenter
Babi Ahluwalia
Ellen Scarborough
Nina Griscom
Amy Lau and Jim Druckman
Hilary Dick
Jamie Drake and David Monn
Martin Raffone, Monica Kosann, and William McIntosh
Susan Eagan, Greg Lawrence, and Lisa Jordan
Brian Callahan
Harriet Weintraub and David Monn
Juliann Cannilla-Bergano and Chris Wesley

Photographs Janet Charles (NCLD); ©Patrick McMullan.com (DeWoody & Kips).

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