|Hartley du Pont, Christine M. Biddle and Carole Bellidora-Westfall hosted a reception at Gracie mansion to build awareness for Solar One and its June 2nd "Revelry by the River" Gala. Hartley duPont, Chairman of the Gala and Susan Danilow of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy welcomed the guests. Chris Collins, the Executive Director of Solar One, spoke about creating energy sustainability in New York City and Solar One's Green Energy, Arts and Education building soon to be replaced by Solar 2.
Solar 2, Green Energy, Arts and Education Center in New York City (www.solar1.org ) to be located in Stuyvesant Park at East 23rd Street, will break ground in 2009 and be the first Platinum LEED certified public building in the nation to leave a “zero carbon footprint," generating more energy than it consumes, becoming a prototype for many major cities in this country.
|One of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s 14 energy initiatives in the PlaNYC2030, Solar One has already educated more than 19,000 area students in grades K-12 about public awareness, energy efficiency and conservation and delivers a unique blend of youth education, information forums and world-class exhibit space, offering interactive learning on topics as diverse as recycling, energy conservation in apartment living, green job training and estuary systems of the East River. Thousands attend Solar 1's film, dance and solar powered concerts on the river.
On June 2nd Matthew Modine and will receive the Solar 1 Green Energy Arts and Education Center's Sustainability Award, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy will receive the Solar 1 Green Energy Arts and Education Center's Young Environmentalist Award, and HSBC will receive the Environmental Steward Award.
|The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House held its Spring Gala dinner dance at Sotheby’s last Thursday night.
Charitable organizations like Lenox Hill Neighborhood House not only feel the effects of economic hardship in their fundraising but even more they feel the demands of a pinch in the community they serve.
LHNH serves 20,000 (!!) people in the neighborhood, from ages three to 103. Their programs serve working parents with little ones and senior citizens including those afflicted with Alzheimers; as well as shelters for those of us who are homeless, as well as recent immigrants, disabled people and many others.
The current economic situation is going to require some budget cutting also, which means those most in need will be affected. However, in hard times, COMMUNITY needs strength and focus. That benefits all of us. Difficult times create difficult circumstances, but you can do something. Anything you can contribute to the cause is a vote for a strong, safe community. This is the key for all of us.
|Last Tuesday night Peggy Siegal staged one of her famous screenings for HBO Films’ New York Premiere of “Grey Gardens” which aired this past Saturday night on television. The film was a smashing success with the audience which was wild about the performances of the two actresses in the starring roles of the mother and daughter -- Edie Bouvier Beale, big and little -- Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. Then there was the smashing after party at the Pierre.|
|Last Tuesday night on the seventh floor of Bergdorf Goodman, the store's Jim Gold and Linda Fargo threw a cocktail party in honor of Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier and a new section devoted to the full range of the label's immaculate products, from leather desks to leather bags.
The desirability of Maier's designs had already been proven in other, more lucrative ways, too: All 25 limited-edition oxidized deerskin Felice bags at $2700 each, had sold out in a week.
The Bottega furniture, ready-to-wear, housewares, and accessories take up more square footage than Bergdorf's has ever devoted to a single designer.
Mr. Maier was in attendance along with Graydon Carter, Chanel Iman, and Cordula Reyer. Toward the end of the reception, Julianne Moore came by to take the designer off to dinner at La Grenouille where they were joined by Rosario Dawson, Martha Stewart, and Mamie Gummer, et al.
|Christie Brinkley again chaired the second annual luncheon and education panel to benefit, the Northeastern Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). held at Guastavino’s last Tuesday. The Luncheon Chair was Margo M. Langenberg.
Brian Halweil, a Senior Researcher with Worldwatch Institute and editor of Edible East End, Manhattan and Brooklyn moderated the panel discussion with Honorees Deirdre Imus, of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology and Imus Ranch; Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson, of Candle Cafe and Candle 79 and Elizabeth Henderson, from the Governing Council of NOFA-NY and co-chair of the Organic Committee of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture.
The conversation which included questions from the 275 guests, was about how food has never been more pertinent in the national consciousness as it is today, how school districts involved in the farm-to-cafeteria movement is soaring, how everyone is spending more time and energy on their food, and how more of us are using food as a way to change the world around us.
Each of the honorees made clear in their remarks why everyone plays a role in creating a healthier food chain, whether farmers, chefs, restaurant owners, butchers, food makers or plain old eaters. Or in the case of Deidre Imus, who sees the food community as an important voice to catalyze change in the hospital and healthcare world.
|NOFA-NY is committed to bringing education and information on economically sustainable agriculture to the public. It supports local farmers, gardeners, and consumers who contribute to a healthier way of living by providing universal access to a fresh, regional food supply. It has broadened its mission beyond promoting organic, to promoting healthy local food systems--particularly relevant in the face of large-scale food recalls, climate change, and loss of local food traditions.
Among the luncheon guests were Junior Chairmen: Lauren Bush and Hadely Nagel, Patti D’Arbanville, J. Pepe Fanjul (who helped fill the goodie bags with pounds of Florida Crysals organic sugar and organic brown rice, one of the heaviest bags crammed with organic goodies) , Karen Kieselstein Cord, Cornelia Guest, (who has become an organic farmer), Mario Buatta, Stephanie Krieger, Jamie Figg, Catherine Cahill, Sharon Handler, Carol Higgins Clark, Dr. Woodson Merrel, Rex, and Connie Farr, Nonnie Sullivan, Thor Thors, Chris Collin.
To learn more visit: http://nofany.org/
|Also last Tuesday in New York, Michelle Marie Heinemann and Alex Lari hosted the Auction Preview Party for the Diller-Quayle School of Music on 75 East 77th Street.|
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com; Tina Guiomar (Gracie).|