|A week ago Thursday, April 23rd, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presented an evening of music at its Annual black tie Gala at The Metropolitan Club honoring the neurobiologist and philanthropist Dr. Sarah Leibowitz, and her husband, financier, Dr. Martin Leibowitz. The festivities begin at 6:30pm with cocktails in the Grand Foyer. A private concert at 7:30pm follows, featuring members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the celebrated American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves.
|This eclectic program includes works by Gluck, Sidney Homer, and Samuel Barber – all composers that reflect the rich tapestry of Dr. Leibowitz’s family history and its influence on American music. Dr. Leibowitz’s grandmother was the famed American singer, Louise Homer, wife of composer Sidney Homer. Louise was much-celebrated for her roles in Gluck operas in America at the turn of the century. Songs from the private Barber collection of Dr. Leibowitz will also be performed, some for the first time. Samuel Barber was a nephew of the Homers and a cousin to Leibowitz.
The Co-Chairs were Elaine and Henry Kaufman and Lizabeth and Frank Newman.
|The 17th annual Antique Garden Furniture Show Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale kicked off the spring season at The New York Botanical Garden this past Thursday. This is the oldest and finest showcase for quality garden antiques in the country.
This year’s Preview Party Chairmen were Mrs. Coleman P. Burke, Barbara Cirkva Schumacher, Howard Slatkin, and Mish Tworkowski. The Chairmen’s Committee was: Mrs. Timothy M. George, Mrs. Stephen Graham, Mrs. Anne Grauso, S. Christopher Meigher III, Mrs. George B. Moore, and Suzanne Rheinstein. The Antique Garden Furniture Show Chairmen were Barbara Israel and Bunny Williams. The Collectors’ Plant Sale Chairmen: James Benenson, Jr., Peter R. McQuillan, Marjorie G. Rosen, and Joseph Singer. Landscape architect Mario Nievera and event designer Renny Reynolds were the Designer Chairmen for the Preview Party. This year’s event was underwritten in part by Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan and Garden Design magazine.
|The Preview Party took place in the Conservatory Tent, where more than thirty-five of the country’s leading dealers displayed a discriminating selection of antique garden ornaments and accessories for sale. In addition, guests had the opportunity to purchase exotic botanical treasures at the Collectors’ Plant Sale and enjoy a Silent Auction of one-of-a-kind plants, jewelry, garden ornaments, and other select items.
All proceeds from the Antique Garden Furniture Show Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale go directly to support the work of the curators and gardeners who are responsible for making The New York Botanical Garden one of the most important horticultural showplaces in the country. The on-going generosity of the Botanical Garden’s loyal friends in this challenging economic climate is crucial, and it helps the Garden continue its mission of public education, scientific research, and stewardship of our landmark site.
|The Tenth Annual Spring Luncheon, presented by the Food Allergy Initiative, took place on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Cipriani 42nd Street. All proceeds benefited the Food Allergy Initiative’s research activities and educational programs aimed at effectively treating and raising awareness of life-threatening food allergies.
Abbey Braverman, Roxanne Palin and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff were this year’s Co-Chairs. Nina Rennert Davidson, Melissa Meyers and Jennifer Fisherman Ruff were this year’s Raffle Co-Chairs. Lori Stokes, Anchor, WABC-TV, was the Mistress of Ceremonies. Dr. Hugh Sampson, Professor of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, spoke at the event.
|The Food Allergy Initiative is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies. FAI, which sponsors research worldwide, is the largest private source of private funding for food allergy research in the United States. FAI also supports public policy initiatives to create safer environments for those afflicted with food allergies. The organization also has 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.|
|This past Thursday night, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), a non-profit organization founded by the Estee Lauder family in 2004, held its third annual Connoisseur’s Dinner: An Evening of Wine and Art at Sotheby’s in one of their galleries at 1334 York Avenue at 72nd Street.
Leonard Lauder, ADDF Chairman and Nancy Corzine, ADDF President hosted the special evening of fine food and with wine pairings and champagne by Moet & Chandon. Guests included Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Dennis Basso and Michael Comminotto, Christine and Carl Bernstein, Renée and Robert Belfer, Tina and Simon Beriro, Marlene Hess and James Zirin, Susan and Roger Hertog, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, Grace and Chris Meigher, Denise Rich, Mitzi Perdue, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Harriet and Ronald Weintraub, Barbara and Donald Tober.
|Guests enjoyed being surrounded at dinner by the exclusive, first-glance preview of Sotheby’s biggest show of the year: the Impressionist and Modern Art auction which is now open to the public.
Key sponsors of the evening include Estée Lauder, Metrokane, Moët & Chandon, and Quest Magazine.
In a unique twist on the typical gala, the event will feature a live “scientific auction” that will support drug discovery research through ADDF’s Fund a Biotech and Fund a Scientist programs. “Fund a Biotech” will help PharmatrophiX,an emerging biotechnology company co-founded with ADDF funding that has created novel drugs that protect the brain from injury in Alzheimer’s disease. “Fund a Scientist” offers attendees the opportunity to support Dr. Jose Luchsinger at Columbia University who is testing the use of a currently available drug (Metformin) for prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Jamie Niven, Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s, conducted the bidding.
|Photographs by ©PatrickMcMullan.com (Botanical & Connoisseur's); Julie Skarratt (FAI).|