Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New York in Communication

Jordana Pomeranc, Chace Crawford, and Terri Pomeranc
Christy Thompson, Jason Pomeranc, and Dana Power
There was a Saturday birthday celebration for Jason Pomeranc and the opening of SHANG Terrace at Thompson on the LES.

Among those celebrating: Ali Wise, Dori Cooperman, Peter Davis, Hilary Shore, Jennifer Raines, Jim Walrod, Jonathan Morr, Keira Chaplin, Ari Horowitz, Yigal Azrouel, Kiera Chaplin, Jennifer Ireland, Greg Bello, Rich Kleiman, Dana Powers, et al.
Byrdie Bell
Jason Pomeranc and Laura Brown
Dani Stahl
Amanda Ross, Jason Pomeranc, Bettina Zilkha, and Milly de Cabrol
Cliff Comfort and Marni Golden
Christy Thompson and Dana Power
Courtney Craig, Amri Kibbler, Jason Pomeranc, and Maddy Simpson
Byrdie Bell and Jason Pomeranc
Paz de la Huerta
Jason Pomeranc and Christy Thompson
Sharon Ainsberg and Maddy Simpson
Camilla Olsson, Jason Pomeranc, Xin Li, and Mick Rock
Jason Pomeranc and Dori Cooperman
Fiona Moore and Jeff Slonim
Olivia Cuervo and Cliff Comfort
Adam Wolkoff and Dori Cooperman
Olivia Cuervo and Martha Crotty
Danny Baker and Jeff Podolsky
Bettina Zilkha and Jeff Podolsky
Jason Pomeranc, Herika Noleto, and Raul Goldberg
Byrdie Bell and Lyle Maltz
Yigal Azrouël
Mick Rock and Lisa Raden
Jerry and Christine Letter
Pati and Mick Rock
Last Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street, the National Marfan Foundation hosted its annual benefit, “Heartworks: The Marfan Gala." The black-tie evening started with NBC’s Brian Williams and Hoda Kotb serving as masters of ceremonies. Mayor Bloomberg was Honorary Chairperson.
Hoda Kotb, Ann Reinking, Carolyn Levering, Brenda Siemer-Scheider, and Mayor Bloomberg
Sarah, Susan, Jimmy, Randy, Matthew, Jessica, and Michael Falco
Hero With A Heart honorees were Randy Falco, Michael Weamer, Executive Vice President, American Heart Association; Corporate Host was Karen Murray, President, Nautica. Dinner Chairs were Ann Reinking, Benjamin Carpenter, Hal C. Dietz III, MD, Diane Sixsmith, MD, David Zaslav, CEO, Discovery Communications.

The evening was capped with a performance by Broadway’s Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Lilly Gross, Peter Talbert, and Ann Reinking
Karen and Michael Weamer
Brenda Siemer-Scheider, Tommy Tune, and Ann Reinking
Brenda Seimer-Scheider, Carolyn Levering, and Ann Reinking
Jim Sidorchuck with Mary and Gary Kauffman
Tracy and Tom Fitzgerald, Susan Schwarzenbek, and Rob Kolesar
Hoda Kotb, Susan Falco, and Jessica Falco
Barbara Volz and Jean Campbell
Ann Reinking, Mayor Bloomberg, Randy Falco, and Carolyn Levering
Kaitlin Montani, David Wackman, and Amanda Kelley
Jeff Kantor, Darin Finkelstein, and Peter Sachse
Amy and Barb Trotta
Carly and Cindy and Barbara Lerman, and Susan Falco
Chris Calkins and Bebe Neuwirth
Coleen Kelly, Karen Murray, Carl Rosengard, and Lisa Broderick
Randy Stern, Peter Talbert, Liz Foldi, and Michael Lopez
Harry C. Dietz III and Eileen Masciale
Dr. Valentine and Maria Fuster and Nancy Brown, CEO Am Heart Association
Margaret and Rob Griolli
Jane Chesnutt and Dr. Richard Stein
Virginia Mainiero and David Berkman
Mayor Bloomberg and Harry C. Dietz III
Brenda Siemer-Scheider, Ann Reinking, and Carolyn Levering
Chris Rogahn
Deborah DeRosa
Evelyn King
Brenda Siemer-Scheider, Tommy Tune, and Ann Reinking
Dar Hosta
Chris Calkins, Bebe Neuwirth, Mayor Blookberg, Ann Reinking, and Brenda Siemer-Scheider
Ray Faunce
Bob Kolesar
Randy Falco, Mayor Bloomberg, Nancy Brown, and Michael Weamer
Julio Valdez
Lisa Ritell
Rosetta Bentz
Monday, a week ago, New York Women in Communications presented the 2009 Matrix Awards in honor of eight extraordinary women during a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Leslee Dart
Lily Westin and Sherrie Rollins Westin
S. Epatha Merkerson
The prestigious annual award recognizes exceptional women who have established themselves in communications fields such as advertising, arts & entertainment, broadcasting, digital media, magazines, marketing, newspapers and public relations. The ceremony, hosted by Seventeen magazine, was emceed by Meredith Vieira, Today co-anchor and host, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Portions of the proceeds from the Matrix Awards Luncheon go to the New York Women in Communications Foundation, which offers a full range of scholarships to women whether just beginning their careers, embarking on a professional transition or advancing their skill-set.

The 2009 award honorees and their presenters were:

Advertising: Linda Sawyer, chief executive officer, Deutsch, Inc.; Presented by Donny Deutsch, chairman, Deutsch, Inc.;

Arts & Entertainment: S. Epatha Merkerson, award-winning actress; Presented by Jeff Zucker, president and chief executive officer, NBC Universal.

Broadcasting: Campbell Brown, CNN anchor, “No Bias, No Bull”; Presented by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor, NBC Nightly News.

Digital Media: Dany Levy, founder and editorial director, DailyCandy.com; Presented by Kurt Andersen, writer.

Magazines: Linda Wells, editor-in-chief, Allure Magazine; Presented by Julianne Moore, actress.

Marketing: Sherrie Rollins Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Sesame Workshop; Presented by Joan Ganz Cooney, creator, Sesame Street and co-founder, Sesame Workshop.

Newspapers: Monica Langley, deputy bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal; Presented by Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief, ProPublica.

Public Relations:
Leslee Dart, founder and chief executive officer, 42West; Presented by Jessica Lange, actress/photographer. Special Guest Presenter was Tom Hanks, actor/producer.

Notable attendees included Sigourney Weaver, Martha Stewart, David Chase, Martha Nelson, Gina Sanders, Deborah Roberts, Cindi Leive, Rita Cosby and Gloria Feldt.

Since 1970, New York Women in Communications' Matrix Awards Luncheon has been recognized by New York's communications and entertainment communities as one of the most outstanding events of the year. Past recipients include Arianna Huffington, Katie Couric, Meryl Streep, Nora Ephron, Ann Moore, Toni Morrison, Barbara Walters and Anna Quindlen.

Proceeds from the Matrix Awards Luncheon are used by New York Women in Communications to develop and maintain a full calendar of affordable programs and special events, networking and support systems for the organization's members and the community at large. Additionally, the New York Women in Communications Foundation awards scholarships and provides educational programs for women, whether just beginning their careers or embarking on a transition in their careers. It is the largest foundation for communications scholarships for women in the tri-state area.
Brian Williams and Campbell Brown
Donny Deutsch
Paul Steiger and Monica Langley
Campbell Brown, Linda Wells, Dana Levy, Monica Langley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linda Sawyer, Sherrie Rollins Westin, and Leslee Dart
Meredith Vieira
Dana Levy and Kurt Andersen
Francine Ryan, Mildred Antenor, and Susan King
Jessica Lange and Sigourney Weaver
Ann Shoket and Midge Richardson
Julianne Moore and Linda Wells
Kira Citron and Miriam Stern
Leila Zogby and Molly Lockwood
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House held its annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration in their Brooke Russell Astor Auditorium. The purpose was to honor and thank the hundreds of volunteers who give their time, expertise and energy to help The House successfully serve 20,000 Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island neighbors in need: children and families, homeless and formerly homeless, adults and seniors . . .

There was a student performance of the song “Wildflowers” and a Maypole Dance. It was performed by children from The House’s Afterschool Program’s Spring Festival. The theme of the year’s school program was Planet Earth.
Sydney Shuman, Mark Gilbertson, Reneé Landegger, Tom Edelman, and Helen Tilney
Board President Tom Edelman and Executive Director Warren Scharf presented 2009 Elizabeth Rohatyn Awards for Community Service to Saint Peter’s Church, accepted by Reverend Jared Stahler and Kathy Burt; to Temple Emanu-El, accepted by Associate Rabbi Amy Ehrlich; and to Mark Gilbertson, who has been actively involved with The House for the past 15 years. Mark has successfully focused his attention on attracting a younger group of committed supporters.

Leading the applause in the packed hall were Mark’s mother Ellen Gilbertson, Chairman of the Board Diana Quasha, Director of Volunteer Services Anthony Snowden, Reneé Landegger, Helen Tilney, Sydney Shuman, volunteer Carole Mandel, Christopher Spitzmiller, Evelyn Tompkins, Mario Buatta, Polly Onet, Martha Glass, Doug Steinbrech, Roger Webster and Virginia Pitman, The House’s popular Director of Special Events.

Following the award presentations, a delicious buffet was served.
Warren Scharf, Diana Quasha, and Mark Gilbertson
Ellen and Mark Gilbertson
The Point Foundation’s Point Honor ... New York, the annual gala was also held at the Roosevelt Hotel Monday night a week ago.

The Point Inspiration Award went to PricewaterhouseCoopers, presented by "Ugly Betty" stars Tony Plana and Judith Light. Legendary Angela Lansbury, currently performing eight shows a week on Broadway in "Blithe Spirit," took the night off to salute her friend Arthur Laurents with the Point Legend Award. Vanessa Williams wrote and performed a special parody song for her boss, Silvo Horta, before presenting him with the Point Courage Award.
Vanessa Williams, Judith Light, and Ana Ortiz
John Tartaglia
Josefina Scaglione, Matt Cavenaugh, and Karen Olivo
Angela Lansbury
Bethenny Frankel
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
Cameron and Vanessa Mathison
Karen Olivo
Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh
Leslie Uggams
Jill Zarin
Silvio Horta
Susan Lucci
Thomas Roberts and Susan Hendricks

Photographs by Patrick McMullan.com; Ann Watt (Marfan)

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