|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!”|
|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.|
|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.
|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.
|Last Thursday, Beth Ostrosky made a special appearance at Lord and Taylor for the North Shore Animal League ...|
|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.
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.
|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|
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com; Don Pollard (N-YHS).|