Thursday, November 19, 2009

Worth the price of admission

ARTWALK NY held a cocktail party “to celebrate artist Pat Steir” at the Skylight Studio at 275 Hudson Street.
This past Tuesday night ARTWALK NY, benefiting Coalition for the Homeless, held a cocktail party “to celebrate artist Pat Steir” at the Skylight Studio at 275 Hudson Street. Co-chairs of the evening were Alec Baldwin and Richard Gere and Carey Lowell. I’m not sure if Mr. Gere was there but Baldwin and Lowell were. The evening was a cocktail, live and silent auctions and “tastings from NYC’s Finest Restaurants.” That in itself was worth the price of admission. The good that the Coalition does is imperative, things being what they are for so many. To learn more about ARTWALK NY go to
Anastasia Rogers
Bryna Butler, Carol Han, and Bettina Prentice
Emma Snowdon Jones
Alec Baldwin and Carey Lowell
Campbell Hatcher
Bridget Matthews and Paul Bosley
Andres Serrano
Alexis Tobin and Asher Simcoe
Dustin Yellin
Elana Rubenfeld, Luca Pizzaroni, and Amy Hall
Peter Smith, Katie Schecter, and Max Levai
Bettina Prentice, Sarah Basile, and Etta Meyer
Irina Movmyga and Andres Serrano
Serena Nikkhah
Trish Westcoat Pound
Howard Furst, Andy Kramer, Barry Berke, Mary Brosnahan, Michael Friedman, Dave Giffen, and Rich Russo
Alec Baldwin and Caroline Rhea
Diane Passage and Ken Star
Hayley Bloomingdale
Keren Moscovitch and Orin Hahn
Alan Slatas, Margie Beck, Emil Skulski, and Andreas Panagopoulos
Nina Freudenberger and Chessy Wilson
Lisa Anastos
Nina Freudenberger and Michael Pligavko
Michael and Kim McCarty
Pat Steir and Mary Brosnahan
Sara Bastille
Anh Duong
Patrick McMullan, Carol Han, and Timo Weiland
Tate Donvan, Bettina Prentice, and Sam Tramell
Elisa Osbourne
Kipton Cronkite and Catherine Forbes
Narciso Rodriguez
Lindsay Brillson and Danny Hobart
Michael Alan
Lauren Scala and Tom Kato
Kristian Laliberte and Annabel Vartanian
Lauren Remington Platt and Bettina Prentice
Paul Ruehl and Elisa Osbourne
Photographs by

900 guests gathered at the Waldorf Monday evening a week for Lenox Hill Hospital’s Autumn Ball and saluted Vice Chairs Deborah and Allen Grubman, Pat and Ed Gutman, and Doctors Virgie and Marty Ellington, whose leadership helped raise more than $2.2 million, an outstanding feat in our “new” economy.

Guests included: William O. Hiltz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lenox Hill Hospital, Lizzie Grubman and Chris Stern, Ellen and Daniel Crown, Dawn Robinson and Dre Allen, Dori Cooperman, Beth Shak, Jennifer Bruder Lavin and Ted Lavin, Bunny and Jay Weinrib, K.T. Sullivan, Howard and Gayle Sobel, Kay and John McEnroe, Sr., Cece Cord, Jean and Ralph Baruch, Dr. Lauren Cassell, Dr. Sherrell Aston and Muffie Potter-Aston, Ann and Thomas E. Dewey, Jr., Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Susan and Richard Braddock, Nancy and Robert Downey, Catherine and Richard Foster, and Richard Nye and Francesca Stanfill.
Dr. Armando and Jackie Grassi, Lizzie Grubman and Chris Stern, Dr. Virgie Ellington, Dr. Marty Ellington, and Pat and Ed Gutman
All were gathered to salute Dr. Armando Grassi, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Neonatology and Pediatrics in recognition of his 30 years of remarkable service to Lenox Hill Hospital’s most precious patients. Dr. Grassi was bestowed the hospital’s Medal of Distinction for building a world-class center for newborn babies with life-threatening illnesses.

Dr. Grassi now joins an impressive list of past Lenox Hill Hospital Medal of Distinction awardees including Robin Roberts, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Beverly Sills, Lena Horne, Neil Simon, Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Harry Belafonte, Joe Namath, Katie Couric, John McEnroe, Tom Brokaw, Julie Andrews, Bette Midler, and Al Roker and Deborah Roberts.
Dr. Sherrell Aston, Muffie Potter Aston, Bob Downey, Nancy Downey, Stuart Abrams, K.T. Sullivan, Steve Downey, and Dr. Stuart Orsher
Lenox Hill Hospital, a 652-bed acute care facility located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was ranked among top 50 hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery, Digestive Disorders, and Neurology and Neurosurgery by U.S. News and World Report in its 2009 annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey." It is internationally recognized for excellence in cardiovascular care, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, digestive disorders, maternal and child health, bariatric surgery, ophthalmology and otolaryngology.
Dan Crown, Dr. Howard and Gayle Sobel, and Ellen Crown
Kay McEnroe and Ellen Marcus
Jean and Ralph Baruch
Judy and Will Hiltz, Marlene Hess, and James Zirin
Dan and Ellen Crown
Peter and Liz Haveles
Cece Cord and Carolyn Davis
Photographs by Brad Hess, Tristan Cook and Ann Watt

This past Tuesday night was the spectacular tribute to Tim Burton (thanks to Tim Burton) at MoMA. Jill Krementz covered the show for NYSD and nothing I can write will surpass her reportage so if you haven’t seen it already, click here.
David Howell and Bonnie Hammer
Gabourey Sidibe
Agnes Gund and Lewis Cullman
Zac Posen
Rose Byrne
Rachel Roy and Veronica Webb
Diana Picasso and Klaus Biesenbach
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Burton
Laura Brown
Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton, and Marie-Josee Kravis
Eva Green
Nanette Lepore and Robert Savage
Danny Elfman
Brooke Shields
Carlos Souza and Zani Gugelmann
David and Julia Koch
Michelle Harper
Danny DeVito and Rachel Roy
Julia Koch and Rajendra Roy
Johnny Depp and Patti Smith
Photographs by

The Annual Moth Ball Gala 2009, “The Black and White Ball” was also held on Tuesday night at Capitale. Billed as an “evening of great fun,” hosts were Garrison Keillor and Jonathan Ames. With a Jonathan Adler designed 2009 Moth Award, they honored Anna Deavere Smith. Also Ogilvy was honored for their longtime support. Richard Belzer presented the 2009 MothSHOP community Scholarship to Terence Buckner, a graduate of the MothSHOP Community High School Program.

The invitation said about the accepted attire for the evening:

Raven black or powder white,
Don yourself for a festive night.
Add a mask so we will wonder,
What persona lies there under?
And it went on from there.

To learn more about The Moth click here.
Carla and Tony Hendra
Albert Maysles
Jen Stein and Mike Birbiglia
Anna Deavere Smith
Celerie Kemble
Josh Gereghino
Tommy Tune
Gita Chandra and Patrick Kowalczyk
Sarah Jones
Joan Griswold and Roy Blount
Debra Rudolph, and Rabia Ahmad
Denise Signorelli, Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, and Amy Lau
Jonathan Adler, Terrence Buckner, and Simon Doonan
Norman Gold, Tommy Tune, Jenette Gould, and Jeffrey Gould
Lili Taylor
Angelica Compagno and Hunt Slonem
Molly Friedman
Jonathan Ames and Garrison Keillor
Tony Hendra
Ravenel Curry and Boykin Curry
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