|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.
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.
|This past Tuesday night the Baryshnikov Arts Center held its Spring Gala 2009 at the Center at 450 West 37th Street ...|
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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.
|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.|