Friday, April 24, 2009

The Big Apple Beat

NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Neurosurgery Team at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s annual black-tie gala at the Waldorf Astoria.
Pop Star Natasha Bedingfield performed at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s annual black-tie gala at the Waldorf Astoria.

The Dinner was co-chaired by Marianne and John K. Castle, Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg and Sarah and Howard Solomon and raised over $2 million for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Costumes and tables.
Guests included Audrey and Ambassador Enriquillo del Rosario; Mathew and Maggie Goldstein; Jurate Kazickas and Roger Altman; David Koch; Angela and Steve Kumble; and Shelly Lazarus.
NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Neurology Team.
NY-Presbyterian/Columbia Neurology Team.
Other guests were NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital President and CEO Dr. Herbert Pardes; and Gala Co-Chairs Dr. Timothy A. Pedley, Chief of Neurology, and Dr. Robert Solomon, Chief of Neurosurgery, of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center; and Dr. Philip Stieg, Chief of Neurosurgery, and Dr. Matthew E. Fink, Acting Chief of Neurology, of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Bryan Dotson and Myrna Manners
Ambassador Enriquello and Audrey del Rosario with Dr. Pardes and Dr. Wexler
John Castle and Dr. John Connolly
Dr. Philip Stieg with Nick and Claire
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Corwin with Dr. Herbert Pardes
Dr. Robert Solomon with Mrs. and Mr. Stuart Rabin
Dr. Nancy Wexler, Drs. Ronda and Mitchell Benson, Dr. Herbert Pardes, and Dr. Philip Stieg
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Solomon with Reece and Natasha Bedingfield
Dr. Nancy Wexler and David Koch
Dr. Herbert Pardes, Dr. Nancy Wexler, and Matthew and Maggi Goldstein
Enjoying the evening
Chancellor Goldstein, Dr. Herbert Pardes, Nancy Wexler, and Steve and Angela Kumble
Mrs. and Mr. Sy Sternberg with Shelly and Dr. George Lazarus
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Spotnitz
Dr. Laura Forese
Dr. Monica Tadros
Mrs. and Mr. Robert Kelly
Jurate Kazickas and Roger Altman
Dr. Antonio and Anita Gotto with Mrs. and Mr. Louis F. Reuter
Jay and Diane Goldsmith
Dr. Matthew Fink, Natasha Bedingfield, and Michelle Adams
Dr. Nancy Wexler, Natasha Bedingfield, and Dr. Herbert Pardes
Tuesday night Mindy Moak and Elizabeth Stallman of MME Fine Arts threw a cocktail party to honor the work of Dr. Cece McCarton and the McCarton Foundation.

Founded in 2002, The McCarton Foundation is dedicated to increasing the educational opportunities for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The Foundation supports The McCarton School, which provides a model program for education children with autism, the McCarton Center for Research, which conducts research studies in autism education and the McCarton Training Institute, which is a training and consultation source for practitioners and families.

In the penthouse filled with a stunning collection of 18th -19th century American art approximately 100  concerned New Yorkers gathered -- out to support the wonderful work of McCarton, including Elizabeth Sarnoff,  Adam Usdan, Kristen and Richard Thompson, Evie Tompkins, Robin Avram, Jackie Harris Hochberg, Harry and Louis Dubin, Sandra Ripert, Susan Ball, Mark and Diana Jacoby, Lisa Anastos, Blaine Caravaggi, Nina and John Richter, Caroline Crawford. 
Hors d'œuvres flashing photo gallery.
Afterwards Blaine and Robert Caravaggi invited everyone to Swifty’s for dinner. Dr. Cecelia McCarton, who is recognized as the nation’s leading developmental pediatrician and advocate on behalf of children with developmental disorders, including autism, spoke about how she and the Foundation are trying to address the dire need to reach more of the community. One in 150 children today is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder; based on stats from the U.S. Department of Education, the incidence of autism is growing at the rate of 10-17% a year. There is a dearth of appropriate schools and programs to intervene early and to meet the educational needs of these students.

On May 18th the McCarton Center will host their Annual Gala “Celebration of Learning 2009” at Cipriani Downtown. For more information about them, please visit:
Christine Rupp and beau
Diana Buxton and Sarah Beckley
Daniel and Sofie Forcart
Elisabeth Stallman, Evelyn Tompkins, and Louis Dubin
Gopa Dopson, Mindy Moak, and Kristen Thompson
Blaine Caravaggi and Nina Richter
Nancy Pearson and Harry Dubin
Robin Dubin Avram and Jackie Harris Hochberg
Elizabeth Stallman, Ellie Libby, Cece McCarton, and Mindy Moak
Mark and Diana Jacoby
Elizabeth Sarnoff
Linda Waterman and Susan Ball
Jim Libby under a still life by Severin Roesen
Linda Waterman, Susan Ball, and Cece McCarton
Heidi James, Catherine Hart, Ellie Libby, and Jackie Greenberg
Ronda Wist and Frank Chaney
Seton Bitterley and Lawrence Klempner
Sandra Ripert and Kim Coop
Kristen Thompson, Elizabeth Stallman, and Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson, Mindy Moak, and James Dobson
Tracy Stern, founder of SALONTEA, celebrated the launch of her second book, “Tea For You,” at The Charles Sales Gallery.

The evening began with an intimate pre-party at the SALONTEA TeaBar, where fans including Real Housewife stars Ramona Singer and Alex McCord, Emma Snowdon-Jones and Stern’s family gathered and from which proceeds are donated to established NYC charities. Then the party continued down the block to The Charles Sales Gallery, where a tea party fit for royalty was laid out for all, complete with bright “tea hostess” entertainers in full Edwardian garb contemporized in bold pink and orange from head to toe.
Tracy Stern and the Real Housewives of New Jersey
Co-hosts for the event included Wendy Maitland, Reid Price, Colin Cowie; musician Damon Johnson; Yan Saquet; Alex McCord, Patrick McDonald, Coralie Charriol and Anisha Lakhani. The event played host to guests Geoffrey Bradfield, Sharon Bush, Campion Platt, Chappy and Melissa Morris, Susan Shin, Kristian Laliberte, Michele Gerber Klein, Maggie Norris, Cindy Guyer, Rona Landman, Keith Lissner, Roric Tobin, Annabelle Vartanian and the cast of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Sharon Bush and Couri Hay
Geoffrey Bradfield and Peter Roseblum
Alex McCord
Ramona Singer
Anisha Lakhani
Emma Snowdon-Jones
Campion Platt with Melissa and Chappy Morris
Tracy Stern with Tea Models
Roric Tobin
Kelly Gibbons, Ethan Power, Tama Chung, and Susan Shin
Rona Landman
Kristian Laliberte and Carol Han
Lief Stiles
Michele Gerber-Klein and Maggie Norris
Tea Models
Last Friday at the National Arts Club BOMB celebrated its 28th Anniversary with a star-studded dinner and silent art auction at the historic National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.

Editor-in-Chief Betsy Sussler welcomed guests including Chairman of the Board Tim Nye; Gala Co-Chairs Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, Barbara Gladstone, Heather M. Kirby, and Angela Westwater.

Michele Gerber Klein
Benefit committee members were Michele Gerber Klein, Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky, James Hedges, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Lawton Fitt and James McLaren, A.M. Homes, Barbara Jakobson, and Jeannie Greenberg Rohatyn; gallery directors Mary Boone, Paula Cooper, Alice and Paul Judelson (I-20), and Janis Cecil (Marlborough); and artists David Salle, Ellen and Joel Shapiro, Amy and Ronald Guttman, not to mention Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis with daughter Marie, Jean Pagliuso, Adam Bartos, and Mahnaz Ispahani.

Photographer Clifford Ross introduced Honorees Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed. Performance artist Marina Abramovic paid tribute to P.S.1 founder and Art International Radio Director Alanna Heiss. New Museum director Lisa Phillips toasted artists Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham, acknowledging not only the couple’s amazing work in the art world but also as parents.

More bidders and diners included Abby Goldstein, Alina Kohlem, Klaus Biesenbach, Bryan Bradley, David Kramer, Jane Rose, Judy Hudson, Karen Lockhart, Lucy Freedman Sandler, Lokke Highstein, Michael Ward Stout, Piper Marshall, and designer Jill Stuart.

The silent auction offered works by over 60 famous artists, including Alfredo Jaar, Roxy Paine, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Pat Steir, Nancy Spero, and Lawrence Weiner.

The evening, which began with cocktails and canapés and finished with a private dinner, raised more than $500,000 for BOMB to continue its mission of publishing interviews and essays in which emerging and established artists can speak openly about their work.
Lisa Phillips, Laurie Simmons, and Carroll Dunham
Irving Sandler, Ward Shelley, and Abby Goldstein
Alina Kohlem and Elan Gentry
David Salle and Knight Landesman
Michael Stout and Alanna Heiss
Christian Cota and Betsy Sussler
Raymond Learsy, Billy Sullivan, John Newman, and Klaus Kertess
Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed
Princess Gloria and Marie von Thurn und Taxis
Alice Judelson and Michele Gerber Klein
Janis Cecil and Dawn Sandoval
Lisa Phillips, Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham, and Betsy Sussler
Alanna Heiss
Marina Abramovic and Colette
Aldon James
Jill Stuart and Susan Penzner
Karen Waisman, Carlos Brillembourg, and Tim Nye
Laurie Anderson, Clifford Ross, and Lou Reed
The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York held its Annual Benefit Luncheon at the Pierre with more than 250 guests attending. The Foundation is commited to addressing the unmet needs of women and girls in the Jewish community in New York and in Israel.

Four extraordinary women were honored for their leadership and contribution to the community: Lisa Dennison, Chairman, Sotheby’s North and South America; Dr. Freya Schnabel, Director, Breast Surgery, NYU Medical Center, Professor of Surgery, NYU School of Medicine; Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF; Marlene Barasch Strauss, Art Historian and Lecturer. Paula Zahn, co-host of SundayArts and a world-renowned cellist, returned just in time from an orchestral engagement in South Korea to serve as the mistress of ceremonies.
Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York's Annual Benefit Luncheon at The Pierre hotel
Caryl Stern
Freya Schabel
Lynn Tobias
Marlene Strauss
Caryl Stern, Lisa Dennison, Lynn Tobias, Paula Zahn, Marlene Strauss, and Freya Schabel
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, director of Rabbinic Development, The Rabbinic Assembly, led the invocation. Linda Fischbach, Madeleine R. Grant and Marjorie Neu were the luncheon chairs and worked diligently to ensure the success of the event.

JWFNY announced the following organizations which are the newest recipients of two year grants who will work to address the needs of adolescent girls: Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Jewish Women International, Hiyot (Haifa, Israel) and Israel Women’s Network (Ramat Gan, Israel).
Caryl Stern, Freya Schnabel, and Marlene Strauss getting their awards from Paula Zahn
Fern Hurst, Kathy Gantz, and Lois Conway
Roderick Waywell and Lisa Dennison
Linda Fischbach, Lynn Tobias, Marjorie Neu, and Madeleine Grant
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld
Risa Pulver and friend
Madeleine Grant, Paula Zahn, Kathy Gantz, and Fern Hurst

Photographs by Ann Watt (McCarton); (Bomb & Stern).

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