Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Still going strong

Curtain Call at BAM for the opening night of Merce Cunningham's “Nearly Ninety."
Last Thursday night Merce Cunningham turned 90 and at the Howard Gilman Opera House of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where they performed the world-premiere of his “Nearly Ninety.” Alastair Macauley in the New York Times wrote: “The two factors that make ‘Nearly Ninety’ exceptional, though, remain the choreography and the performances. Mr. Cunningham’s dance imagination actually appears more fertile than ever before. Onward!”
Todd Thomas, Andrew & Andrew, and Parker Posey
Anne Bass and Karen Brooks Hopkins
Eric Gallo and Joe Regan Jr.
Barbara Giffuni, Ziona Grossman, and Rose Billings
Dorothy Lichtenstein
Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi
Danny Simmons
Harvey Lichtenstein
Joseph V. Melillo
John Paul Jones
Elisa Lipsky-Karasz and Steve Eichner
Eddie Muntes and Denise Bernardo
Holley Farmer
Lee Ranaldo and Paul D. Miller (AKA "DJ Spooky")
Emma Desjardins
Jenny Goldberg and Shawn Sprecker
Susan and Alvin Chereskin
Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer
Marisa Tomei
Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon
Limor Tomer, Joel Gold, and Joan Hershey
Martin Kace and Bella Meyer
Judith R. Fishman and Alan H. Fishman
Sean Redmond and Joy Curtis
Burt Barr and Trisha Brown
Danny Simmons
Holley Farmer
Kim Gordon
Parker Posey and Todd Thomas
Romeo Gigli
Trevor Carlson, Merce Cunningham, and Pepper
Dorothy Lichtenstein
Stanley Kriegel and Myra Zuckerbraun
Evan McCarthy, Julia Johannsen, and Hana Vanderkolk
Earlier this month, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services raised a record $1.1 million at a gala benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street. More than 400 attended the event which honored Weil, Gotshal and Manges Partners and JBFCS trustees Michael Epstein, Lori Fife, Stephen Jacobs, and Lori and John Reinsberg for their outstanding contribution to the organization and commitment to provide the highest quality social services to New Yorkers in need.
JBFCS Executives and Board Trustees - Paul Levine, Executive Vice President and CEO, John A Herrmann, President, Anthony E. Mann, President–Elect, Roger A. Goldman, Board Trustee, Jamie B.W. Stecher, Vice President of the Board, Laurie N. Sprayregen, Board Trustee, Honorees - Michael A. Epstein, Senior Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and JBFCS Trustee serves as Secretary of the Board and Chair, Lori R. Fife, Senior Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and JBFCS Board Trustee, John Reinsberg, Deputy Chairman of Lazard Asset Management, Lori Reinsberg Private Art Consultant and JBFCS Board Trustee, Stephen E. Jacobs, Senior Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and JBFCS Board Trustee
John Reinsberg, Deputy Chairman of Lazard Asset Management, Lori Reinsberg, Private Art Consultant and JBFCS Board Trustee and children Hillary, Justin and Evan
Of the honorees, Paul Levine, CEO of JBFCS, said that, “We are seeing the repercussions of the growing economic crisis in the lives of individuals and families coming through the doors of our community counseling centers and in the voices we hear on the phone from people seeking help…and in the face of extreme economic hardship we honor those trustees who have stepped up and made a tremendous difference -- not only in our financial coffers but in the fabric of the agency itself.”

JBFCS, along with other organizations, faces major cuts in government funding which pays for a large share of the operations of services – from counseling centers to day treatment programs to residential facilities.
JBFCS Staff - Jo Gonsalves, Director of Communications, Beverly Groce, Communications Assistant, Thom Hamill, Director of Development & Philanthropy, Carol Davidson, Associate Executive Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Magdol, Development Assistant, Sophia Martin, Development Assistant
Guest at the gala dinner
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services offers the most advanced mental health care and social services to help promote well-being, resilience and self-sufficiency for individuals and families. Every year, across the five boroughs and in Westchester, more than 65,000 people rely on JBFCS for help through some 175 programs.

Step up and help when you can.
Michael A. Epstein, Senior Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and JBFCS Trustee serves as Secretary of the Board and Chair, wife Lisa and children Jesse, Emily, and Eric
Jo Gonsalves, JBFCS Director of Communications and Ronald Ries
Roger A. Goldman and JBFCS Board Trustee and wife Sandra
Helen Sears, Queens Council Member, District 25 and Ronald Ries, JBFCS Chief Financial Officer
Ernest Greene and Mary Pender Greene, JBFCS Assistant Executive Director
Lori R. Fife, Senior Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and JBFCS Board Trustee, husband Mark and daughter Elizabeth
Alan B. Siskind, retired JBFCS Executive Vice President and CEO and John A Herrmann, JBFCS President
Jean Shafiroff, JBFCS Board Trustee and Anthony E. Mann, JBFCS President–Elect
Stephen E. Jacobs, Senior Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and JBFCS Board Trustee and wife Sherry
Carol L. Levin, JBFCS Board Trustee
Paul Levine, JBFCS Executive Vice President and CEO and wife Ethel
Louise B. Greilsheimer, UJA Senior Vice President for Agency and External Relations and Karen Spar Kasner, JBFCS Board Trustee
Jean L. Troubh, JBFCS Chair of the Board and Harvey R. Miller, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
Last Thursday, Beth Ostrosky made a special appearance at Lord and Taylor for the North Shore Animal League ...
Hec-Lin, Roberto Negrin, and VJ
Beth Ostrosky
Brendan Hoffman, Jacqui Lividini, and Ken Natori
Melanie Seymour-Holland and David Holland with more furry friends
Stephanie Mattera and Zoe
Neal Hamil, Grace Kelly, and Christy Hinze-Clark
Melanie Seymour-Holland and Macky
At the beginning of this month, on Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th, the New-York Historical Society’s Chairman’s Council held its 2009 Weekend with History featuring a two-day program of informal conversations and presentations by scholars and cultural figures. Drew Gilpin Faust, historian and President of Harvard University, received the Society’s 4th annual American History Book prize for her This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008). Mrs. Faust received a $50,000 cash award, an engraved medal and the title of American Historian Laureate.

Nancy Newcomb and Drew Gilpin Faust
Among those participating in the weekend were: David Cannadine, Whitney, J. Oates Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University; Honorary Professor, University of London; and author of Making History Now and Then; James Chanos, Founder and Managing Partner, Kynikos Associates; Jim Dale, Tony Award-winning actor; Ronnie M. Eldridge, Host, Eldridge & Co; Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University, and editor of Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World; John Steele Gordon, author, An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power; Roger Hertog, President, Hertog Foundation; Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University; Professor Emeritus of History, UCLA; and author of What Hath God Wrought; Bill T. Jones, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Also, Paul Kennedy, J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, Yale University; and author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers; Lawrence Kudlow, Host of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report; Pauline Maier, William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of American History, MIT, and author of the forthcoming The People and the Constitution: An American Story; George E. Pataki, Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and three-term governor of New York State; Andrew C. Revkin, Environment Reporter, The New York Times; Richard Rabinowitz, Founder and President, American History Workshop; David S. Reynolds, Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author of Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson; Marjorie Shelley, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Works on Paper, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Jean Edward Smith, John Marshall Professor of Political Science, Marshall University, and author of FDR; Richard Sylla, Henry Kaufman Professor of The History of Financial Institutions and Markets and Professor of Economics, NYU Stern School of Business, and editor of The State, the Financial System and Economic Modernization; Valerie Paley, Editor, New-York Journal of American History; Byron Wien, Chief Investment Strategist, Pequot Capital Management. And from the New-York Historical Society: Louise Mirrer, President and CEO; Jean Ashton, Executive Vice President and Library Director, and Linda S. Ferber, Executive Vice President and Museum Director.
Anita and Byron Wien
Drew Gilpin Faust and Pam Schafler
Verne Oliver
John and Catherine Debs
Valerie Paley
Roger Hertog and Bernard Schwartz
Nancy and Burton Staniar with Sarah Nash
Last Wednesday, Bloomingdale’s held its Spring/Summer 2009 Fashion Presentation and Luncheon to Benefit the NYU Child Study Center. The luncheon benefit was co-chaired by Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s Chairman and CEO, with NYU Child Study Center luncheon co-chairs Katerina Alevizaki-Dracopolous, Jennifer Creel, and Christine Mack.

Proceeds from the Benefit will directly support the groundbreaking research in neuroimaging being conducted at the NYU Child Study Center. This innovative work is on the verge of providing “Brain Function Growth Charts” that will be as transformational for child/adolescent mental health specialists as height and weight growth charts have been for pediatricians.  Bloomingdale’s underwrote the luncheon and donate 10% of sales from purchases throughout the store on April 15 to the NYU Child Study Center.

Among those attending: Alice Tisch, Merryl Tisch, Brooke Neidich, Marcia Mishaan, Claude Wasserstein, Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, Anne Keating, Jane Buffet, and Nicky Kinnaird.

The NYU Child Study Center is the nation’s leading institution for research, prevention and treatment of child and adolescent psychiatric and learning disorders. Through science-based clinical care, cutting-edge research, expert professional training, and extensive public education, the Center strives to generate new knowledge about child mental health, improve the practices of healthcare professionals who serve children, and influence child-related public health policy. Most importantly, the Center provides hope, help and care to children and their families who suffer from these disorders.  The NYU Child Study Center is committed to giving children back their childhood.
Bloomingdale’s Spring/Summer 2009 Fashion Presentation
Dr. Harold Koplewicz and Lorraine Bracco
Nathalie Kaplan and Jill Roosevelt
Fiona Rudin, Jamie Lindenbaum, and Suzanne Cochran
Charlotte Bonstrom Assaf and Erica Karsch
Christine Mack and Jennifer Kennedy
Tijana Marcus and Yasmina Jacobs
Susan Friedman and Carole Olshan
Anne-Marie Embiricos, Donna Thomas, and Stacey Sotirhos
Lorraine Bracco, Monica Foreman, and Frank Doroff
Linda Sirow, Katerina Dracopoulos, and Rabiana de Lande Long
Deborah Norville and Princess Firyal of Jordan
Vanessa Cornell and Mary Solomon

Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com; Don Pollard (N-YHS).

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