Thursday, April 16, 2009

Young Peoples' Chorus

300 Young Peoples' Chorus of New York City choristers entertain guests at the Rose Theater.
The 105th Explorers Club Annual Dinner took place at the Waldorf=Astoria. The evening’s proceeds benefit The Explorers Club. For over a century, The Explorers Club Annual Dinner has celebrated global exploration and scientific pursuits, honoring some of the world’s top explorers and researchers.

Professor Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D.,
eminent biologist, theoretician, and Harvard University Professor, was the evening’s Keynote Speaker. Explorers Club President Daniel A. Bennett and Dinner Chair Lorie Karnath served as hosts for the evening, along with The Explorers Club Board of Directors. Josh Bernstein, Executive Producer and host of the Discovery Channel series “Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein,” was the Master of Ceremonies.

Peter Hillary and Verne Chaney
This year’s event honored six individuals for their continuous research and efforts in the world of exploration. Professor Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D., popularly called the “father of biodiversity,” received The Explorers Medal. Clive Cussler, Ph.D., world famous adventure author and undersea explorer, received The Communication Award. Rev. David A. Dolan, Chair of the Southern California chapter of The Explorers Club, received The Citation of Merit. Noted explorer Scott W. Hamilton received The Sweeney Medal. Noted explorer, lecturer and author Peter E. Hillary, son of legendary Sir Edmund Hillary, received The Tenzing Norgay Award. Lee M. Talbot, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Science at George Mason University received The Explorers Medal. Verne Chaney received the first Sir Edmund Hillary Humanitarian Award.

The Calder Quartet gave a special performance.

The event is also known for including untraditional additions– an exotic array of such “culinary delights” as Infused Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Honey Glazed Tarantulas, Scorpion Bruscetta, Maggots Suspended in Beet Gelee and other mouth-watering delicacies that are commonly eaten in various cultures around the world. For those with less “adventurous” appetites, traditional hors d’oeuvres were also served, along with a cornucopia of exotic berries, fruits and nuts.

The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, it has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide, promoting scientific exploration and field research. The Club, with its “World Center of Exploration,” promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences, including special programs for children.
Mrs. Talbot, Dr. Lee Talbot, Kristin Larson, and Rev. David A. Dolan
Barbara Tober and Kyle Rothschild-Macinelli
Krista Olsen-Dibsie, Gregory Olsen Ph.D., and Melinda Olsen
Dan and Jean Rather
Harvey Oyer III and Monique Merrill
Sabina Miller and John Loret, Ph.D.
Richard Garriott and Daniel Bennett
Jim Fowler
Daniel Bennett and Prof. Edward O. Wilson
Clive Cussler
Tina Flaherty and Miguel Marron
Colette and Daniel Bennett
Charles Butt and Susan Rosepink
Josh Bernstein and Gaelin Rosenwaks
Lorie Karnath and Daniel Bennett
Sylvia Earle, Ph.D. and Johan Reinhard, Ph.D.
Peter Hillary and Nanci Schallman
Allen Counter, Ph.D. and friend
This past Tuesday night the Baryshnikov Arts Center held its Spring Gala 2009 at the Center at 450 West 37th Street ...
Chris Calkins and Bebe Neuwirth
Jennie and Dick DeScherer
Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lauren Bacall
Marlo Bakst and Tara Nasta
Marlo Bakst, Tara Nasta, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Dennis Serras
Liz Gerring and Miguel Anaya
Paloma Herrera
Stanford Makishi and Mikhail Baryshnikov
Anna Baryshnikov and Sofia Baryshnikov
Donald Sanders
Claire Porter and Karl Dittebrandt
Cecile Robards, Jennifer Koh, and Lauren Bacall
Diana DiMenna, Ayman Harper, and Simone Levinson
Susan Sugar and Jamil Simon
Marianne Lockwood and David Bury
Richard Ortoli and Fredericka Hunter
Miguel Anaya, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Brandi Norton
Katie Ford and Bruce Levingston
Pam Lehmann, Kate Levin, and Jennie DeScherer
Marta Bourke, Judy Harper, and Ayman Harper
James and Maria Lapierre
The 4th annual Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. National Physician of the Year Awards was held at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. The evening began at 6:30PM with the awards presentation followed by a cocktail buffet. Jeremiah Barondess, M.D., President Emeritus of The New York Academy of Medicine, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., M.D., Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was the Awards Presenter.

John K. Castle, Robin Elliot, and Dr. John J. Connolly
This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Emil J Freireich, M.D., D.Sc.(Hon.), Ruth Harriet Ainsworth Chair, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director, Special Medical Education Programs, Director, Adult Leukemia Research Program - The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and to Thomas E. Starzl, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Surgery, Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Carol R. Bradford, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology - University of Michigan Medical School; Diane E. Meier, M.D., Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care - Mount Sinai School of Medicine; and Judd W. Moul, M.D., Chief of Urology, Director, Duke Prostate Center - Duke University Medical Center each received the Clinical Excellence Award, designed to recognize physicians who exemplify excellence in clinical medical practice.
Dr. Lewis P. Rowland, Arlene Levine, John K. Castle, Robin Elliot, and Howard Morgan
Page Morton Black, Chairman of the Board of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, received this year’s National Health Leadership Award.

Physicians profiled in the Castle Connolly “Top Doctor” guides are selected following an extensive nomination, research and screening process, which involves soliciting nominations from tens of thousands of doctors across the United States each year. Those very same outstanding Castle Connolly “Top Doctors” were involved in the nomination process to identify the recipients for the Castle Connolly awards for clinical excellence and lifetime achievement.
Ellen Moul and Dr. Judd W. Moul
Max Gomez
Dr. Sherrell Aston and Dr. David, Chiu
John K. Castle, Dr. Diane E. Meier, Dr. Judd W. Moul, Dr. Carol R. Bradford, and Dr. John J. Connolly
Dr. Stanley Chang and Dr. Gaetano Barile
Haroldine Freireich and Dr. Emil J Freireich
Dr. Thomas E. Starzl and Joy Starzl
Ingrid Connolly and Dr. John J. Connolly
John K. Castle and Dr. James Orsini
John K. Castle, Dr. Emil J Freireich, Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, and Dr. John J. Connolly
Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, Joy Starzl, Natalie Siburt, and Ravi Starzl
David Bradford and Dr. Carol R. Bradford
Dr. L. Dade Lunsford, Julie Lunsford, and Dr. Judd W. Moul
Dr. Diane E. Meier, Susan West, and Bette Kurr
At the end of last month at the Arthur Ross Gallery in the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, LLC, hosted a special evening for the landmark exhibit, Louis I. Kahn: The Making of a Room.

The exhibit celebrates many of Kahn’s interior designs and includes a beautiful perspective rendering of the Four Freedoms Park, one of his last designs. The park is about to be built on Roosevelt Island here in New York.
Board Members of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, LLC: William R. Griffith, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., Kathy Sloane, Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, and Sally Minard
Construction will begin this summer. The plan is to dedicate the Park during the 2009 General Assembly of the United Nations, with invitations extended to President Obama, Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg as well as world leaders attending the General Assembly.

The Park will be the first and only Louis I. Kahn architectural work in New York City and the first memorial dedicated to President Roosevelt in his home state.
Ed Lewis and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean of School of Design at UPenn
William R. Griffith, Mary Biddle, and Oliver C. Biddle
Gina Pollara
Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, Marciarose Shestack, and Jerome Shestack
Sara Stewart, Dejay Duckett, and Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Director of Arthur Ross Gallery at UPenn
Julia Moore Converse and Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel
Ruth Hershey Lincoln and Marciarose Shestack
Alexandra Tyng, Nathaniel Kahn, and Sue Ann Kahn
Marianne Kuo, Joseph Kuo, and Kathy Sloane
James Polshek
The award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) and its artistic director and founder Francisco J. Núñez held their 2009 fundraising gala — A Celebration of Song – Shaping Lives Through Music — last Wednesday a week at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where the YPC is the resident chorus. YPC, also in residence at the 92nd Street Y and WNYC, New York Public Radio, continues to better the lives of thousands of children of all economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds from ages 7 to 18.

Funds raised will support scholarships for more than half of the members of the chorus and general operating expenses.
YPC Choreagrpher Jacquie Bird and gala performers: jazz greats Toshiko Akiyoshi and Paquito D'Rivera, Francisco J. Nunez, Andrea McArdle, and from the B-52s Kate Pierson and Sterling Campbell
YPC gala guests in the Allen Room.
The concert featured all five divisions of the YPC (Prelude, Intermezzo, Cantare, Concert Chorus, and Young Men), children from the organization’s in-school Satellite program, and special guests with The New York Pops conducted by Mr. Núñez -- an exciting night of music, from gospel and jazz to rock and classical music, displaying the range, depth, and showmanship. The YPC was joined by Kate Pierson and Sterling Campbell from the B-52s; Andrea McArdle, the original “Annie”; and NEA jazz master Toshiko Akiyoshi. 
YPC Board Chairman, The Honorable A. Jerry Kremer, presents Ambassador and Mrs. Motoasu Sakurai with the YPC Humanitarian Award
The gala evening, co-chaired by Nancy Bloom, Shauna Denkensohn, Suzan Kremer, Hiroko Onoyama, and Roger Ross. They honored several individuals who have been of extraordinary support to the YPC.

The Humanitarian Award was given to Ambassador and Mrs. Motoatsu Sakurai, the Consul General of Japan in New York. The Corporate Award went to Adam Chinn, a partner in Centerview Partners; and the Artistic Award to Linda S. Golding, the artistic advisor to the YPC.
Andrea McArdle and YPC Board Member J.B. Harrison
Co-chairs Suzan Kremer, Roger Ross, and Nancy Bloom
Francisco J. Núñez with Adam Chin, and his daughter, chorister Hannah Chinn looks on
YPC artistic advisor Linda Golding and Francisco J. Núñez
UJA-Federation of New York brought together New York City’s young philanthropic elite for an evening to stand with Israel at the Ralph Lauren mansion on Madison Avenue and 72nd Street.

Attendees included David Lauren, Ari Ackerman, Jason Boxer, Seth Greenberg, Jeff Gut, Samantha Haas, Alfonso Kimche, Nick Lewin, Michael Lewittes, Marc Mukasey, Brooke Milstein, Sivan Ochshorn, Jason Pomeranc, Dave Price, Keith Rosenbloom, Olivier Sarfati, Zoe Tananbaum, Boaz Weinstein, Ted and Parisa Zagat.
Brooke Milstein, Sarah Wishnick, Keith Rosebloom, and Andrea Grossman
UJA-Federation of New York, the world’s largest local philanthropy, raises funds that sustain the activities of more than 100 health, human-service, educational, and community-building agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that combat poverty, help the elderly age with dignity, promote Jewish identity and renewal, strengthen children and families, and open doors to those with disabilities and special needs. With a reach that spans New York, Israel, and 60 countries around the globe, we touch the lives of 4.5 million people every year, fulfilling a mission to care for those in need, rescue those in harm’s way, and renew Jewish life.
Dave Price and Gigi Stone
Ted Zagat The Consul General of Israel in NY Asaf Shariv and Parisa Zagat
Michael Lewittes and The Consul General of Israel in NY Asaf Shariv
Andrea Grossman and Jason Boxer
Jason Hirsch, Michele Mahl, Jennifer Mahl, and Jason Schwalbe
Bruce Bernstein and Brett Garfinkel
Tierney Model and Seth Greenberg
Marc Mukasey, Jodie Maier, and Armen Keteyian
Josh Bernstein, Jeff Frumin, and Ari Ackerman
Robert Greebel and Dahlia Loeb
Todd Hirsch and Boaz Weinstein
Samantha Daniels, Ivy Tashlik, and Jordan Lippner
Anna Klein and Alon Hoshmand
Sarah Wishnick and Brooke Milstein

Photographs by Craig Chesek (Explorers); PatrickMcMullan.com (Baryshnikov); Stephanie Berger (YPC); Jason Gardner (UJA).

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