|Last Thursday night, a highlight of the fall season in New York is the Museum Gala at the American Museum of Natural History. It is the museum’s largest annual benefit and approximately 600 guests attended this year.
The black tie affair began with cocktails in the Roosevelt Rotunda (which I always misidentify – for obvious reasons – the dinosaur room). About an hour into the evening, guests moved down to the Blue Whale Room (officially, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life) where they enjoyed a gourmet dinner (wines courtesy of Heron Hill Winery), and a performance by Dave Matthews.
|Host Tom Brokaw and Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s conducted an auction of extraordinary prizes. This year the winnings included an array of priceless items available only from the Museum.
The evening’s co-chairs were Jodie and John Eastman, Kathy and Tom Freston, and Alice and Lorne Michaels. They raised more than $2 million which helps support the museum’s very successful educational and scientific programming. Ask any kid who grew up going to the Natural History Museum if they ever learned anything (maybe everything?) from those museum programs.
|Among the 600 attending were Museum President Ellen Futter and the Gala Chairs were: the Museum’s Chairmen of the Board of Trustees Lewis W. Bernard, Bono, Ed Burns,Christy Turlington, Timothy Hutton, Richard and Marcia Mishaan, John and Susan Hess, Caroline Kennedy and Ed Scholssberg, John Alexander and Fiona Waterstreet, Robert and Jennifer Carlock, Jimmy Fallon, Alec Baldwin, Carey Lowell, Jane Buffett, Seth Meyers, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Bobby Moynihan, Jenny Slate, Abby Elliot, Nassim Pedrad, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Roger Altman, Dick and Diana Beattie, Tom and Meredith Brokaw, Ralph Scholsstein and Jane Hartley, Nancy Garvey, Lynn Sherr, Claire Bernard, Scott and Roxanne Bok, Judy Cox, Chappy and Melissa Morris, Steve and Roberta Denning, Jill and Alan Rappaport, Steve and Sue Mandel, Judy Dimon, Marlene Hess and James Zirin, Pemmy Frick, Peter and Susan Solomon, Jonny and Kimberly Kravis Schulhof, Jamie and Lee Niven, Shawn Levy (Director of “Night at the Museum”), Jes and Deby Staley, Karen LeFrak, Kitty and Tom Kempner, Jessie Kempner, Jackie LeFrak, Francine LeFrak, David and Romy Coquillette, Roberto and Allison Mignone, Judy McGrath, Ted and Keryn Mathas, Shelly and George Lazarus, Valerie and Jeffrey Peltier, Candy Barasch, Robert Pohly and Julie Turaj, Bob and Eva Shaye, Tom Glocer, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Robert Zimmerman, Stuart Lane and Bonnie Comley, George and Barbara Bunn, Peter Blanchard, John Sykes, and Connie Spahn.|
|Photographs by © /i/partypictures/11_23_09/D. Finnin & R. Mickens|
|The spirit of Bogie and Ingrid Bergman hovered over The Edison Ballroom as The Women’s Board of The Boys’ Club of New York evoked Casablanca at its 61st Annual Fall Dance.
Women in gowns and men in white dinner jackets donned red fezzes to turn back the clock to the film noir era where every man was a hero and every woman both noble and a bit of a femme fatale.
The Edison Ballroom, a night-club that dates back to the 1930s, glistened with Art-Deco sophistication with tables shimmering in black and white topped by extravagant sprays of white lilies and giant palm fronds designed by Andrew Pascoe. Casablanca played silently on the many monitors of the ballroom’s mezzanine while young DJ Charlie Clarke set the mood with romantic old tunes from the thirties and forties.
|Alice Ross and Liete Eichorn led the caravan as co-chairs with the able assistance of vice-chairs Marisa Arredondo, Elisabeth Saint-Amand, Renaud Caumartin, David Rappa, and Remy Trafelet. Joining them at this latter-day Rick’s Café Américan were Boys’ Club supporters including Sara and Charles Ayres, Rachel and Ara Hovnanian, Renee and Mark Rockefeller, Travis and Nicholas Acquavella, Sherri and John Grace, Amy and John Griffin, Burwell and Chip Schorr, Carmen and Jarvis Slade, Jackie and Gene Williams, Ellen and Tristram Deery, Isobel and Struan Coleman, Muffy and Donald Miller, Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, Cosby and Timothy George, Calvert and George Moore, Kathryn and Bill Tyree, Shafi and Alexander Roepers, Alexia and Baird Ryan, Gigi and Averell Mortimer, and many more.|
|A silent auction filled with treasures tempted the guests with names like Prada, Asprey, Cartier, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Olivier Cheng, VBH, and D. Porthault.
The Boys’ Club of New York is the nation’s oldest boys club, now in its 133rd year. Through its clubhouses and summer camp The Boys’ Club offers programs that help boys and young men stay in school and go on to college, discover their individual musical and artistic talents, and develop healthy bodies through all kinds of recreation. But most of all, The Boys’ Club builds future men of character, instilling strong values, discipline, and a positive perspective that counters the negative forces found on city streets.
|The state government watchdog group Environmental Advocates of New York celebrated its 40th anniversary two weeks ago by honoring three extraordinary New Yorkers at its annual Advocate Awards Gala at the Yale Club.
The guest list included Veronique and Robert Pittman, Louise and Tom Middleton, Norman Selby and Melissa Vail, Joan K. Davidson, Kathy Doyle, Argie and Oscar Tang, Dana Tang and Andy Darrell, Susan and Alan Kahn, Carson and Joe Gleberman, Suzy and Carter Bales, Silda Wall Spitzer, Anupam and Rajika Puri, recently appointed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Director Judith Enck, and Tensie Whelan.
Carter Bales, a nationally recognized expert on the economic impacts of global warming. For more than a decade, he has worked address the threat of climate change by documenting and disseminating the fiscal consequences of inaction in articles and reports, including “Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost.”
As Chairman and Founding Partner of NewWorld Capital Group and as a former director of McKinsey & Company, where he founded the firm’s practice in environmental management, Carter Bales has used his experience and credibility in the financial community to impact corporate thinking on critical environmental issues.
Andrew H. Darrell, New York’s foremost expert on sustainable cities. Working with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and other groups, he is dedicated to revitalizing the city’s neighborhoods, parks and public areas for the enjoyment of all New Yorkers. As EDF’s New York Regional Director and Deputy Director of EDF’s Energy Program, Andy Darrell develops creative solutions to our most pressing conservation issues. He has helped shape EDF’s market-based approach to transportation and energy solutions, including a campaign to cut traffic and expand transit as part of New York City’s PlaNYC 2030.
|Recently appointed Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch has led the charge to improve New York City’s public transit system for almost 30 years. He has a long and distinguished history of working to solve the State’s most critical challenges, both fiscal and political.
Widely known for resuscitating the MTA, among other critical leadership roles Richard Ravitch has built tens of thousands of units of affordable housing, served as a troubleshooter under President Lyndon Johnson, and led New York State’s Urban Development Corp (now the Empire State Development Corp.) at the request of Governor Hugh Carey, while at the same time working to salvage New York State’s credit.
|The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York celebrated its 17th Annual Women of Distinction Breakfast by honoring eight remarkable women: Kathy Brand, Vita M. Harris, Nancy Hill, Liz Kaplow, Meredith Moore, Myrtle Potter, Valerie Salembier and Susan M. Schor, Ph.D. at the Hilton New York. Deborah Norville served as the emcee. Cheryl L. Swiatkowski was the Breakfast Chair.
|Guests included Mary Phipps, Susan Nitze, Nina McLemore, Melissa C. Morris, Lisa Cuevas, Michael D. Donahue, Laura Bartlett, Edmee Firth, Joan Shapiro Greene, Carlotta Jacobs, Rachel Skiastis, Michelle Robinson, Julia Fry, Kate Maitland, Linda Donn, Chris Battaglia, Anita Volz-Wien, Walter Shay, Bernadette Grey, Carmen Dubroc, Ann Tisch, Heidi Manheim, Lisa Sivy, Sheri Wilson-Gray, Paula Saint-Amour, Patricia Farman-Farmaian, Sherry Matays, Angelique Mamby Pannell, Heide Gardner, Alyssa Moeder, Lynda Davey, Janet Nettleton Otto, Mercedes Pacheco, Rose Littlejohn, Barbara Brodie, Sara Queen, Reva Wurtzburger, Toya Wilford, Ken Arroyo Roldan, Marie Raperto, Robert Ouimette, Adrienne Germain, Melissa McClenaghan, Martin and Paula Zirinsky.|
|For more than 97 years, The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York provides New York City’s largest girls-only leadership development program reaching more than 22,000 girls aged 5 to 17. Approximately two-thirds of our girls are from low-income families and we reach girls in virtually every zip code of all five boroughs. Girl Scouts enjoy programs that include college prep and career exploration, financial literacy, science, community service and global citizenship. Today’s Girl Scouts are prepared to lead today as well as tomorrow, fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Visit www.girlscoutsnyc.org to learn more.|
|On November 10th, nearly 500 healthcare, business and civic leaders attended HealthCare Chaplaincy’s 23rd annual Wholeness of Life Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street, raising close to $1,050,000 in support of its innovative and evidence-based programs in research, education, and clinical practice.
The dinner honored healthcare professionals who recognize and tend to the whole person – spirit, mind and body.
Honorees included twelve patient care professionals from metropolitan New York partner institutions: HealthCare Chaplaincy and its Chief Executive Officer The Reverend Dr. Walter J. Smith, S.J. Introducing Father Smith was Thomas R. Rochon, Ph.D., President, Ithaca College, and presenting the award was John M. Templeton, Jr., M.D., Chairman and President, The John Templeton Foundation.
|Lifetime Achievement honorees were Kathleen M. Foley, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Clinical Pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Jean B. Case, M.D., Internist, Preventive Medicine at New York Physicians, LLP, and David B. Case, M.D., Executive Board Member, New York Physicians, LLP and an educator, researcher, clinician and expert in the field of hypertension.
HealthCare Chaplaincy is a national nonprofit leader in the research, education and evidence-based practice of spiritually-centered health care. It helps people find meaning and comfort—regardless of religion or beliefs—in stressful health crises. For nearly fifty years it has collaborated successfully with major academic medical centers and other professional organizations in understanding and integrating spirituality into the ways care is provided.
|Last Wednesday night, Phillip Bloch, Jennifer Creel, Gillian Hearst Simonds, Albert Maysles, Christophe de Menil, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Renée Rockefeller, Susan Shin, Mary Alice Stephenson and Lucy Sykes Rellie were among the hosts in the stunning Pool Room Terrace of The Four Seasons Restaurant last for Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur’s special screening of “A Passion for Giving,” a film by Robin Baker Leacock.
The 50-minute documentary feature film takes an in-depth look at the importance of giving, the passion and dedication of those who do give and philanthropy’s impact globally whether on a grand scale or in a simple act of kindness.
Subjects in the film range from street poet Mr. Smiley to Dan Ackroyd, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Donna Karan, Fran Liebowitz, Robert Thurman, Russell Simmons (Art for Life), Ross Bleckner and Bob Colacello (ACRIA), Gael Greene (City Meals on Wheels), Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels (The Felix Organization), Henry Buhl (Soho + Tribeca Partnership), Missy Hargraves (for Wildlife Rescue), John Sykes (VH1's Save the Music), representatives from the UN Millennium Project, Habitat for Humanity and more.
Albert Maysles, one of the fathers of cinema verité, introduced the much awaited film, noting that headlines are made on war and violence these days, not generosity and kindness, and that “this film is utterly necessary.” Guests included Lisa Anastos, Marisa Arredondo, Maggie Betts, Geoffrey Bradfield, Henry Buhl, Christine Cachot, Kipton Cronkite, Katherine Cohen, Lauren Ezersky, Elizabeth Fekkai, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Kalliope Karella, Barry and Karen Kieselstein-Cord, Anisha Lakhani, Euan Rellie, Lady Sharon Sondes, Tracy Stern, Sonja Tremont Morgan, Edward Tricomi and Joel Warren.
“A Passion for Giving” premiered nationally on PBS (WNET13) this past Saturday (11/21) at 1pm ET. Please see www.passiongiving.com for more information and national broadcast times and channels.
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com|
|Elin and Michael Nierenberg with Dale and Peter Claman, Kristin Fizulich, Alyssa and Cliff Greenberg, and Mara and Baron Silverstein hosted The 12th Annual Collaborating For a Cure to Benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation held at the Park Avenue Armory.
The dinner auction benefited the Institute Without Walls, the worldwide collaborative cancer research program supported by the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).
The annual fete was produced and managed by Robin Lathrop of byRobin and Edwafd Salas of Backstage Productions. The evening was headlined by Steve Winwood, with a performance by the Lost Trailers.
|They raised close to $4.2 million to support the Foundatin’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. More than 1100 attended the annual evening which is often referred to as “The Waxman.”
During his keynote address, Samuel Waxman, M.D., Scientific Director of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, focused on the continuing work of the Foundation in developing treatments for reversing abnormal cancer cell behavior— the SWCRF is striving to develop therapies to prevent reoccurrence of dormant cancer cells, as it leads the field in understanding what makes cancer cells dormant and creating strategies to eradicate such cells.
Closing his inspirational speech, the doctor said: “I can assure you that cancer does not stop unless we stop cancer. Please join me in that quest.”