|The Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) announced plans at a kick-off reception for their first annual Platinum Jewels In Bloom event scheduled for April 8-17, 2010, to benefit the Central Park Conservancy.
The kick-off was hosted by Elizabeth Stribling, in a Stribling & Associates LTD townhouse at 132 East 62nd Street. The guest list included Gillian Miniter, president of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, Douglas Blonsky, president of Central Park Conservancy and Matthew A. Bauer, president of the Madison Avenue BID.
A preview of the ultimate Platinum Jewels in Bloom floral display was created by Marian Kelly Fine Flowers and featured a strategically placed 95 carat platinum and white diamond flower brooch from GRAFF. Guests were entertained by pianist Ron Oswanksi and passed trays with fresh flowers and white wine were served by Anstice Carroll Catering.
Platinum Jewels in Bloom is a multi-tiered, 10-day celebration highlighting Madison Avenue as one of the world’s premiere luxury jewelry retail destinations that will showcase the jewelry brands that have established flagship boutiques on Madison Avenue.
|Jewels in Bloom: white and yellow diamond brooch set in platinum featuring 95 carats by GRAFF. Floral by Mariann Kelly Fine Flowers.|
|The event is designed to make Madison Avenue bloom with Central Park flowers and the world’s most exquisite platinum jewelry creating a veritable flower show in the windows and in the participating premiere boutiques that reside in the Madison Avenue BID between East 57th and East 86th Streets.
The floral arrangements will be curated by the horticulturalists of the Central Park Conservancy and will feature strategically placed fine jewelry that focuses on platinum. In addition, each participating boutique has the opportunity to host private receptions hosted by a patron of the Central Park Conservancy. A portion of sales will be donated to the Central Park Conservancy in celebration of its 30th Anniversary.
The roster of participating jewelry boutiques to date includes Aaron Basha, Baccarat, Canturi Jewels, Cartier, Chopard, Christofle, Damiani, David Yurman, DeGrisogono, Di Modolo, DuMont Estate Jewelry, Graff, Jaded, Kwiat, Leviev, Mauboussin, Pattrizzi & Co. Auctioneers USA, Pomellato, Stephen Russell, Yael Sonia, and Zig Zag Designs. Platinum Jewels In Bloom is sponsored by the Platinum Guild International USA and W Magazine.
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com|
|Monday, a week ago, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation held its Awareness Symposium and Luncheon at the Plaza.
|The luncheon was chaired by Laurie C. Carson, Pippa Gerard, Kimberly Kravis Schulhof and Michele Wolkoff. Keynote speaker was Dr. Thomas Lynch and there was a special presentation of the LCRF 2009 Scientific Merit Award to Dr. Christopher Bakkenist of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
|Since its inception in 2006, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation has raised more than $2.4 million to help support research of the highest scientific merit at leading cancer centers across the country.|
|More than 400 guests attended Legends 2009, Pratt Institute’s largest annual scholarship benefit, which raised $400,000 for student scholarships. They honored Marc Jacobs, David Rockwell, and Patti Smith.
Guests included Terry Winters, Pratt Alumnus and painter; Stefan Sagmeister, Steven Sebring, Karim Rashid, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Patrick McMullan, Paul Banks, Robert Siegel, Robert Pincus-Witten and Carlos Zapata.
|The Legends 2009 evening was hosted by Pratt President Thomas Schutte and Board of Trustees Chair Mike Pratt. Pratt Trustees Kurt Andersen, Amy Cappellazzo and Pratt Friend Marjorie Kuhn served as co-chairs.|
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com|
|The Special Projects Committe of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center honored Dr. Larry Norton at "21."|
|Earlier last month, The United Hospital Fund honored James and Merryl Tisch, longtime health care leaders in New York; J. Ira Harris, founder of the Harris Obesity Prevention Effort (HOPE) at the NYU Langone Medical Center; and Lee H. Perlman, president of GNYHA Ventures, Inc.; for their respective contributions to improving health care in New York.
The awards were presented at the United Hospital Fund’s annual gala, held at the Waldorf-Astoria. Drawing a record crowd of more than 900, the event marked the opening of the Fund’s 131st fund-raising campaign to support the Fund’s work to shape positive change in health care in New York.
|The benefit chairman was J. Barclay Collins II, executive vice president of Hess Corporation, who is also chairman of the United Hospital Fund.
The United Hospital Fund is a health services research and philanthropic organization whose mission is to shape positive change in health care for the people of New York. For more information, please visit www.uhfnyc.org.
|Cooper Union held is 150th Anniversary/Urban Visionaries Award Dinner Monday, a week ago, at 7 World Trade Center, honoring distinguished figures whose outstanding contributions to city life exemplify the values championed by The Cooper Union.
|Dinner Chairs were Corice Canton Arman, Clo and Charles S. Cohen, and Anita and Neal Slavin. They honored: Terry Lundgren, Yoko Ono, Cesar Pelli, Shirley Ann Jackson PhD., Leslie Hewitt, and Thom Mayne.|