|Last Tuesday night, the New York Botanical Garden hosted its annual Orchid Dinner at the Rainbow room. All proceeds support the development of the Garden’s orchid research collection. In addition to maintaining the highest horticultural standards of orchid conservation, the Garden has been designated a Plant Rescue Center through the Convention of International Trade in endangered Species. Improperly documented shipments of endangered wild orchids are seized at international borders and sent to these centers. Through careful research and the application of appropriate horticultural techniques, Garden staff members have been successful in bringing a majority of these ailing specimens back to health. Many are on view year-round in orchid displays at the Botanical Garden.
The evening’s chairs were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Miniter and Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce.
Chairs were Fernanda Kellogg, President of the Tiffany and Company Foundation and Lisa Newsom, Editor-in-Chief of Veranda.
|Last Tuesday night at the residence of Emily and Len Blavatnik, The Atlantic magazine and Celerie Kemble and Boykin Curry hosted a dinner “on the evening of the President’s Joint Address” to Congress.
The Atlantic and the Currys have been hosting this dinner for a few years now. It is a cocktail followed by a pre-speech discussion led by some journalists or political writers. The Atlantic’s Jeff Goldberg and a contributing editor, Ta-Nehisi Coates led with some discussion and commentary. Afterwards there is more discussion and comment on the speech, the man and the time. It’s a great way to take in the President’s speech and it serves to stimulate all attending.
Among the guests: Ellen Abrams, John Stossel, Nicole Alger Guest and Zachary Karabell, David Appelson, Andre Balazs, Jeff Bercovici, Alex Blavatnik, Leonard and Emily Blavatnik, Janet Cerrutti, Ravenel and Beth Curry, Sean Dooley, Marc Ecko, Allison Ecko, Frederick Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen, Jeff Goldberg, Eric Grannis, Eva Moscowitz, Zachary Karabell, Gayle King, Rick Lazlo, Joel Klein, Chancellor New York City Department of Education; Jay Lauf, Publisher The Atlantic, Julie Macklowe and Billy Macklowe, Leslie Marshall and Bill Weld, Felicia Taylor, Peggy Siegal, Connie and Ted Roosevelt 4th, Kati Marton, Philip Howard, Steve Schwarzman, Frank McWhorter, Richard Meier, Sherman Meloni, Chris Meloni, Eric Mindich, Moby, Deborah Needleman, Jacob Weisberg, Susan and Alan Patricof, Michael Douglas E. Schoen, Ph.D., Dan Senor, Marcy Simon, Justin Smith, President of The Atlantic, Eliot Spitzer, Tom Stewart Julia Stiles, Peter Thoren, Jada Yuan.
|Artist Gregory Johnston hosted a reception for the opening of his new show of paintings, dubbed Passepartout, at Stephen Haller Gallery (542 West 26th Street) in Chelsea.
Among the guests were Lewis Kruger, President of the Museum of Arts and Design; Laura Kruger, Curator of the Hebrew Union College Museum; artists Anton Perich and Colette; the gallery owner Stephen Haller; Rodrigo Solomon, Giovanna Federico and Stephen Becker; Frank Ginsberg, Adrienne Foran; Stacey Elgin, Ross Meltzer, Carol Jansing, Cynthia Griffin, Roy Kean; Betsy Goldman; Michael Dare, Markos Kaminis; the artists wife Cecilia Lind and his 8-year-old son Henry, who spent the evening following in his dad’s footsteps taking artistic photographs. Also: Mark Langrish, Raj Tolaram, Justine Pojanowski, Marvin Berk, Susanna Kise, Iris Rossi Jim Luce, Lee Miller, Ron Glickman, Marcy MacDonald, Jake Bright, Judith Nilson, Omri Semadar, Juan Pablo Mantilla, Christopher Hawkins, Douglas Maxwell, Nancy Pothier and Dick Wright.
|From Artist Gregory Johnston's Passepartout exhibition|
|The exhibition at Stephen Haller runs through March 28th.|
|Earlier last month Panthera and the members of the Cat Advisory Council held a reception and discussion about the new paradigm of Big Cat Conservation, hosted by Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, founder and executive chairman of Panthera, and Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, president and CEO of Panthera with honored guest Paul E. Klotman, MD of Mount Sinai Medical Center.|