Monday, May 4, 2009

Evenings of Music, Art, Horticulture, and Initiative

Gregory Long addresses the guests at The New York Botanical Garden's Antique Garden Furniture Show Preview Party & Collectors Plant Sale.
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.
Bren Simons and friends.
Dr. Martin Leibowitz and Karen Leibowitz
Christina Lopes, Young Orpheus chair
Wayne Lawson and friend
Sarah Leibowitz on piano with Julia Lichten on cello.
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.
Shining Sung
Kate and Rick Lannamann
Kimara Leibowtiz Targoff and Joshua Targoff
Lizabeth Newman
Graham Parker and Rick Lannamann, Chariman of the Board
Daisy and Paul Soros with Kate Hughes
Christine Hong and Graham Parker
Diane Looney and Nancy Brenner, both Gala committee members
Heidi Neuhoff and friends
Kate Hughes, Vim Kooyker, and Judith-Ann Corrente
Noreen Buckfire and friend
Rebecca Leibowitz and Sarah Leibowitz
Sandra Warshawky and Becky Strauss
Honoree Sarah Leibowitz, Dr. Martin Leibowitz, and Karen Leibowitz
Stanford and Sandra Warshawky
Shining Sung and Sophia Shang
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.
Martha Stewart
Anne Grauso and Mish Tworkowski
Alexandra Lebenthal and Gigi Mortimer
Andrea Fahnestock
Cece and Lee Black
Cosby George
Barbara Cirkva
Charlotte Frieze and Alison Bourke
Carmen and John Thain
Georgia Fleming and Caroline Englefield
Connie Vandenberg, John Vandenberg, and Wilson Nolen
Howard Slatkin, Peggy Odea, and Zeze
Bill Royal and Pam Kiecker
Jasmine Keller and Scott Prentiss
Kim Carosella and Max Whitney
Coleman Burke, Eliot Nolen, Katherine Morrison, Anne Hubbard, and Tom Hubbard
Gregory Long and Susan Burke
Katherine Morrison and Anne Hubbard
Donna Baldwin
Vladimir and Edita Kaniefski
Brice Marden
Dr. Frank Weiser and Myra Weiser with Marlyn and Larry Friedland
Kathy Moore, Laura McCloy, and Mary Davidson
Leslie Littlejohn and Rosemary Ferrer
Memrie Lewis and Barbara Israel
Wilson and Eliot Nolen
Mish Tworkowski, Marjorie Rosen, Krista Fragof, and Joseph Zinger
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.
Steve Braverman, Abbey Braverman, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff,
David Wolkoff, Roxanne Palin, Dean Palin
Mary Kennedy and Dr. Mark Hyman
Dr. Hugh Sampson
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. 
The Hon. Jessica Lappin and Denise Bunning
Lori Stokes
Paul and Julie Leff
Abbey Braverman, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, and Roxanne Palin
Dr. Xiu-Min Li, Barbara Winston, and Todd Slotkin
Tracey Pollan and Carolyn Schenker
Mindy Fleder
Julie Menin and Agnes Jacobs
Ramy Sharp
Nina Rennert Davidson
Christine Mack
Melissa Meyers and Liana Silverstein Backal
Harriette Rose Katz, Melissa Rosenbloom, and Roxanne Palin
Lizzie Tisch and Cathy Schwartz
Amy Meyers, Laura Green, and Laurie Nehmen
Joyce Scharfer and Harriet Croman
Simone Levinson and Heather Mnuchin
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.
Bonnie Lautenberg
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Sally Susman
Ruth Palasio
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.
Evelyn Lauder
Martin and Audrey Gruss
Adriana Boulanger
Michael Cominotto and Dennis Basso
Robert and Renee Belfer
Alison Rand and Geneva Goldsmith
Dominique Hellsten
Barbara and Harry Kamen
Isabel and Scott Black
Susan Shin
Denise and Ed Velten
Denise Rich
Barbara and Donald Tober
Debra Oppenheim and Herb Schneider
Ambassador Edward Neigh and Hilary Neigh
Elizabeth Kabler
Faye Wattleton
George and Joan Schiele
Joep DeKoning and Carol Bulo
Dr. James Walsh and Lesly Smith
Bob and Sharon Prince
Jon and Juliana May
John Sebook and Lisa Reed
Dr. Janet Werkmeister and Dr. Howard Fillit
Kelly Corcanan and Eric Kokko
Joseph Rosenblat and Mitzi Perdue
Kevin Dietrich and Lisa Somar
Larry Leids
Kayko and Jeffrey Steinberger
Leon and Barbara Kalvaria
Liz and Randal Sandler
Marti and Bob Dinerstein
Michael and Carol Weisman
Mark Ehret and Jen Miller
Luigi Boscain
Marcus Gustaffson and Diana Shineman
Maria Lemos and Gary Zimmerman
Manucher and Mashi Azmudeh
Niall and Liz Ferguson
Dana and Brian Lawlor
Portis Hicks and Laura Corwin
Holly and Pierce McCreary
Peter Krulewitch
Peter and Noreen Roth
Ron and Harret Weintraub
Rachel and John Whitcomb
Robert and Riki Larimer
Sam and Anita Michaels
Siri and Lars Ekman
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bernstein
Thomas and Elizabeth Archer
Tina and Simon Beriro

Photographs by © (Botanical & Connoisseur's); Julie Skarratt (FAI).

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