Friday, May 21, 2010

Celebrating women and men alike

Honorees Rosa, Fisher, Blige, & NYWF Prez & CEO, Ana L. Oliveira, Barbara M. Vogelstein, and Board Chair Carolyn Buck Luce
On May 13, 2010, more than 2,300 women and men gathered for The New York Women’s Foundation’s® 23rd Annual Celebrating Women® Breakfast at the Hilton Grand Ballroom in New York City. This year’s breakfast, emceed by CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O’Brien, celebrated the accomplishments of the Foundation’s 68 grantee partners and honored the work of three trailblazing women: Award-Winning Singer and Philanthropist Mary J. Blige, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of EILEEN FISHER, Inc. Eileen Fisher, and Social Justice Advocate and Executive Director of Grand Street Settlement Margarita Rosa. Entrepreneur, Author, Activist, and Special Guest Kathy LeMay also shared a few words about her background in philanthropy. The breakfast helped The New York Women’s Foundation exceed its $1.4 million fundraising goal.   

In its Spring 2010 Grant Cycle, The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) awarded $1.48 million to 31 community-based organizations that serve the needs of women and families in New York City. For 23 years, The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) has been a steadfast partner with over 240 community-based organizations and their dedicated, courageous leaders and will continue its commitment to supporting efforts that address women’s economic security in 2010.
2,300 women and men gathered for The New York Women’s Foundation’s® 23rd Annual Celebrating Women® Breakfast at the Hilton Grand Ballroom.
The special event kicked off with an invigorating Punjab harvest dance performance by NYC Bhangra, followed by videos about the Foundation’s work and introductions to the amazing women behind it. Each honoree spoke about her own activism and was presented with NYWF’s Walking Stick Award made by young women of the Youth Empowerment Mission. The Walking Stick Awards are works of art that are personally made to capture the strength and beauty of the women honored.

Mary J. Blige had tears in her eyes when discussing the motivation behind her own organization FFAWN, the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now. She admitted that music was a savior from her own personal struggles and explained how it gave her a channel to reach out to other women and for them to help heal each other.
NYC Bhangra Dancers
Eileen Fisher, recipient of The New York Women’s Foundation’s Vision Award, spoke of her journey to success and her company’s commitment to social responsibility, including dedication to the environment and the wellbeing of women and girls.

“I want to make sure that we don’t forget those honest workers – millions of them – women and men who move our world along every day. People like my mom, Julia Rosa who, through a combination of affections and coercion, set and kept me on the ‘straight and narrow’ with my eyes on the prize and the pedal to the metal,” remarked Margarita Rosa, recipient of the 2010 Celebration Women Award for championing human rights and social justice. “The New York Women’s Foundation has a wonderful mission; it supports, recognizes and honors the struggles, and celebrates the triumphs of women and girls.”
Honoree Mary J. Blige
Honoree Margarita Rosa, Executive Director of Grand Street Settlement
Grantee Partner Speaker Antoinette Coffi-Ahibo, Communities Homeowners and Neighbors Gaining Economic Rights
Bringing tears to the audience, grantee speakers Antoinette Coffi-Ahibo of Communities, Homeowners and Neighbors Gaining Economic Rights (CHANGER) and Karry and Kate Calderon of Row New York took to the stage to speak about how their lives have been impacted by the grantee partner organizations of NYWF.

Antoinette Coffi-Ahibo shared her struggles with the foreclosure of her home, which she successfully defended. Antoinette encouraged the audience, “So I tell you: when something is wrong in your life, you can’t be embarrassed or afraid of mockery. You have to let people know so they can help you.”
Grantee Partner Speakers - Twins Karry and Kate Calderon from Row New York
Twin sisters Kate and Karry Calderon captivated the audience. “We’re seniors in high school, but getting here was not as simple as it sounds. Life has been difficult. Our father did not live with us. Our mother was the single parent of four children. Our older sister was diagnosed with an incurable disease…and we have to constantly worry about how we’re going to pay our bills.”

“In fall 2007 we were introduced to Row New York and competitive rowing. Rowing is a mental sport… If I can row in the rain in 40 degrees; I can stay up a little longer and finish this project. I can do the 20th push-up. I can ace this test. I can leg press 540 pounds. We think to ourselves, “It’s not all bad.”…this makes us the luckiest people in the world,” said Karry and Kate Calderon who will be freshmen this fall at Bryn Mawr and Queens College, respectively. “At Row New York we pull for each other. It’s like, ‘Your strength is my strength.’ Row New York helped us to see a little further into the future. Now we know exactly what we want. To go fast; to win. To not give up. To be precise. To excel in college. To row together.”
Emcee Soledad O'Brien with Honoree Eileen Fisher
Honoree Mary J Blige with Grantee Speaker Antoinette Coffi-Ahibo
In addition, Kathy LeMay shared her own experience of growing up on government assistance and spoke to a vision inside of her that didn’t quite match her surroundings but inspired her to never give up. She said that she is often asked if she is a fundraiser. “Yes, if by that you mean I’m a wealth re-distributor, in service of my soul, then yes,” she quipped. She urged attendees to tap into their philanthropic side by saying, “We are the philanthropists we have been waiting for. There isn’t anyone else coming. If not us, then who?”

Other distinguished guests in attendance included Ambassador Ruben Beltran, Consul General of Mexico in New York City; State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez; and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Chair of The New York Women’s Foundation Board of Directors Carolyn Buck Luce; Board Members and Co-Chairs of the 2010 Celebrating Women Breakfast Sayu Bhojwani and Susan Cullman, among others.
Ana L. Oliveira, President & CEO of NYWF - Grantee Partner Organizations in the background
Patti Smith performed live to celebrate Henry Darger’s birthday in a benefit concert for the American Folk Art Museum. Caroline Jones opened. An aerial performance by Cirque-tacular Entertainment and dancing and DJ were all part of the glamorous evening.

Henry Darger (1892-1973), an American artist from Chicago, created a fantasy world through his writings and scroll-like paintings and is considered one of the most notable artists of the twentieth century.
Patti Smith
Caroline Jones
Guests in attendance included Betsey Johnson, Jeff Koons, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, Ryan McGinley, Moises de la Renta, Leigh Keno, Steven Sebring (director of Patti Smith: Dream of Life), Glenda Bailey, Wendy Diamond, Micah Jesse, Ulla Van Zeller, Valerie Steele, Edward Mapplethorp, Sam Baron (Fabrica Designer) and Petra Levin (former Miss Germany).

The benefit’s chairmen are Lawrence B. Benenson, Peyton Cochran, Petra and Stephen Levin, and Ian Tobin. The Benefit Vice-Chairs include: Melinda Anderson, Barry D. Briskin, Joan Juliet Buck, Ken Copeland, Randall Fenlon, Henry Grimball, Alex Hahn, Michel Heredia, Elizabeth E. Jacoby, Luise and Robert Kleinberg, Taryn and Mark Leavitt, Jessica London, Frances S. Martinson, Gillian McCain, Angela and Selig Sacks, Amanda Salvaggio, Amanda Smeal, Sarah Sperling, Samantha Thompson, Michael Trese, Wayne Verspoor, and Jason Whalen. Art In America and Fabrica generously sponsored the event.
Audrey Heckler and Lucy Danziger with friends
The American Folk Art Museum is home to the largest public repository of works by Henry Darger and the nation’s premier institution dedicated to the work of contemporary self-taught artists as well as traditional folk artists. An accomplished and prolific writer and artist, Darger created a fantasy world through his manuscripts and illustrations and is today considered one of the notable masters of the twentieth century. The American Folk Art Museum is also celebrating Henry Darger’s birthday with the exhibition “The Private Collection of Henry Darger” on view through 19 September 2010.
Jan Willem ven Bergen Henegouwen, Phyllis Kossoff, Barry Briskin, Peyton Cochran, and friends
Betsey Johnson, Chantal Bacon, Anita Sarko, and Wendy Diamond
The American Folk Art Museum, founded in 1961, is home to one of the world's preeminent collections of folk art dating from the 18th century to the present day, including soaring weathervanes, dazzling quilts, handsome portraits, and exuberantly painted furniture as well as mythic watercolors and idiosyncratic drawings, paintings, and sculptures by contemporary self-taught artists from the U.S and abroad. For further information visit:
Caroline Jones
Cooper Cox and Serena Altschul
John Major and Valerie Steele
Wendy Diamond
Blair Hartley, Maria Ann Conelli, and Maria Dizzia
Stephen Sebring and Ryan McGinley
Justine Wheeler and Jeff Koons
Mia Morgan and Lawrence Benenson
Matt Jackson and Ryan McGinley
Betsey Johnson, Maria Ann Conelli, and Chantal Bacon
Danny Goldberg, Francesca Petrucci, and Stephen Corelli
Jack Walls and Edward Mapplethorpe
Leigh Keno, Maria Ann Canelli, Sarah Sperling, and Ryan Kuharic
Ian Tobin, Peyton Cochran, Petra Levin, and Bobby Blair
Matt Jackson, Ryan McGinley, Jack Walls, and Edward Mapplethorpe
Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
Micah Jesse and Wendy Diamond
Valerie Steele and Isabel Toledo
John Challis, Barry Briskin, and Jan Willem ven Bergen Henegouwen
John Major, Sharon Phair, and Ruben Toledo
Peyton Cochran and Petra Levin
Ruben Toledo, Isabel Toledo, Glenda Bailey, and Stephen Sumner
Ulla van Zeller and Moises de la Renta
Moises de la Renta, Ulla van Zeller, and Lenny Kaye
Phyllis Kossoff, Peyton Cochran, and Jan Willem ven Bergen Henegouwen
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) held its annual Bal du Printemps at the Pierre. They honored the John and Margo Catsimatidis family, who received the inaugural Page and William Black Family Philanthropy Award for their ongoing support of the foundation.
John Catsimatidis, Margo Catsimatidis, John Catsimatidis Jr., Andrea Catsimatidis, and Christopher Nixon Cox
Honorary co-chairs were Page Morton Black, Amy Goldman and Judith Sulzberger MD. Gala co-chairs were Jill Taub Drury, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Stevi Gurkoff, Karen Burke Goulandris MD, PhD; Isobel Robins Konecky and Arlene Levine. Corporate co-chairs were John K. Castle, Chairman and CEO of Castle Harlan, Inc.; Stephen M. Ackerman, Senior VP of Morgan Stanley; Alan (Ace) Greenberg, Vice Chairman Emeritus of JP Morgan Chase; and Howard DeWitt Morgan, Senior Managing Director of Castle Harlan Inc.
Robert Zimmerman and Domna Stanton
Abby Nelson and Gene Gurkoff
Rory Jawitz and Simon Jawitz
Bob Benjamin and Valerie Rugiero
Dr. Craig Foster and Blake Foster
Joy and Walter Taylor
Donna Soloway, Richard Soloway, Shelley Goldberg, and Tomaczek
Bill Thrush and Howard Morgan
Adeline and Dan Gersen
Priscilla Lopez
Daniel Antonovich and Mitzi Perdue
Evan and Sandra Stern
Andrew Pittel and Stephanie Goldman Pittel
Doug Parbery and Jerry Terill
Penn Egbert and Megan Kelly
Mark Simone, Shelley Goldberg, and Curtis Sliwa
Ingrid Connolly and Dr. John Connolly
Margo and Andrea Catsimatidis
Robin Elliott and Sheila Gordon
Georgia Mouzakis Tavlarios and Michael Wise
Nick Gregory and Ernie Anastos
Ping Fahn and Dr. Stanley Fahn
Dr. Karen Burke Goulandris
Patrick Sloan and Wendy Lee
Barbara and Greg Romero
Candy Ross and Peter Dorin
Sheila Gordon and Anne Loeb
Wednesday night in New York, international interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield hosted a reception at his East Side townhouse for HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, who is in the United States promoting the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Association.
Geoffrey Bradfield's courtyard ...
... and interior
More than 100 New Yorkers came out to meet the Queen's youngest son who was said to be here to "network" for the benefit of the Internationl Association.
Margo Langenberg, Evelyn Tompkins, and Ann Nitze
Caroline Bassett and Radolph Fishburn
Judy Price and Peter Price
Hunt Slonem, Lady Liliana Cavendish, and Frederick Anderson
Sharon Handler, R. Couri Hay, and Janna Bullock
John Dainelson and Ashok Rabheru
Christopher Heath and Lisa Selby
Richard Steinberg, Renee Steinberg, and Roric Tobin
HRH Prince Edward and Geofrey Bradfield
Eric Javits Jr. and Edmundo Huerta
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
Barbara Taylor Bradford and Robert Bradford
Blake Morris and Lady Liliana Cavendish
Jill Fairchild and Jill Roosevelt
Barbara and Peter Regna
Suzanne von Liebig, Geoffrey Bradfield, and HRH Prince Edward
Amy Hoadley and Susan Magrino Dunning
Alexandra Lind Rose
Brian Stewart and Stephanie Krieger
Charlie Scheips and Caroline Bassett
Helena Lehane and Gerarvo Farias
James LaForce and Douglas Hannant
Lise Arliss and Bill Manger
Chiu Ti Jansen and Jacqueline Weld Drake
Diana Quasha and Charles Wardell
The Children’s Storefront, a non-profit tuition-free school in Harlem hosted its Annual Spring Gala “A Night For Changing Lives” at The Pierre Hotel. The reception began at 6:30pm and ended approximately 10pm. They honored James T. Anderson, Regional VP of The Travelers Insurance Company, Kathy Egmont, Head of School, The Children’s Storefront, Trustee, Michael Stubbs and his wife Veronica Stubbs. Cheryl Wills, Anchor/Reporter of NY1 was the Toastmistress.

All 17 Storefront students, graduating from 8th grade, were in attendance. Jim Anderson serves as Chairman of the Travelers Community Relations Committee, which is responsible for identifying and working with not-for-profits in the Metro New York Area. Kathy Egmont came to the Storefront in 2001. Under her leadership the school has made great progress in breaking down the digital divide and allowing students to develop strong leadership skills. Michael Stubbs is Chairman of the Board, The Children’s Storefront, and his wife Veronica, along with being an avid supporter of the Storefront, has been an active and committed member of the Board of Trustees of the Yorkville Common Pantry.
James Anderson, Cheryl Wills, and Janis Berger
The Spring Gala Chairs included Elsie and Bernie Aidinoff; Lise and Michael Evans; Antonia and George Grumbach; Christine LaSala, President of the Board at The Children’s Storefront; Ray Cameron; Lauren and Michael Marrus; Danielle Jernigan; Theodore A. Kurz and Holly Peterson, Author and Contributing Editor, Newsweek.

The Children’s Storefront, a not-for-profit, tuition-free school in Harlem serves 170 preschool through eighth grade students. Now in its 44th year, it is strongly committed to helping children who face tremendous obstacles in pursuit of their education.
The Children's Storefront 8th Grade Graduates
Amanda Low, Liz Cross, and Wendy Reynoso
Lauren and Michael Marrus
Michael Stubbs, George Grumbach, and Darren Walker
Christy Blain, Matthias Leutrum, Christine Lankenau Kurlander, and Ryan Blain
Guests enjoyed an evening of bellinis and fine dining at the Ninth Annual Celebration of Learning at Cipriani Wall Street, in support of Founder Cece McCarton and her namesake cause, The McCarton Foundation. The event, hosted by NBC Dateline’s Chris Hansen celebrated the Foundation’s progress in educating children with autism. Cece McCarton made the exciting announcement that in September 2010, The McCarton School is opening an Upper School by educator Peter Gerhardt, for ages 13-18, keeping the promise that students will be taken care of throughout the continuation of their education. The entire room stood in an emotional standing ovation, showing appreciation for the teachers of The McCarton School on stage. Comedian Mario Cantone and Songstress Talina both entertained the crowd.

The evening honored Shawn A. Rubin, Managing Director, Wealth Management, The Abacus Group -- Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
The McCarton School Teachers
Gala co-chairs included Michelle Russell, Neil Johnson, Sandra and Eric Ripert, and Jill and David Robbins.

The McCarton Foundation is dedicated to educating children with autism and developmental disabilities. Founded in 2002, The McCarton Foundation has actively supported the development of three key initiatives. The McCarton School, which provides a model program for educating children with autism and has more than doubled its enrollment since 2002; The McCarton Center for Research, creates, implements, and reports on applied research studies in autism and education; and The McCarton Training Institute, which is a training and consultation source for practitioners, caregivers and families. For more information, please visit
Michelle Russell Johnson and friends
Michael Gargiulo
Honoree Shawn Rubin and Suzanne Long
Adam Usdan, Andrea Usdan, Michael Daum, and Sarah Daum
Cece McCarton and Chris Hansen
Elyse Kroll
Mindy Moak and Elizabeth Stallman
Candace Ku, Kenny Bernardo, and Sandra Ripert
Michelle Russell and Neil Johnson
Talina, special performer
Catherine Hart, Brad Shaheen, and Susan Harte
Dr. Cece McCarton and Panos Rekoutis
The South Street Seaport Museum’s Annual Gala, held on the Starlight Roof of The Waldorf=Astoria on May 6th, honored Christopher O. Ward, Executive Director of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

The Gala was chaired by retired Chairman and CEO of Maher Terminals, M. Brian Maher. Larry Silverstein, President and CEO of Silverstein Properties, presented the Distinguished Service Award to Ward. Michael Gargiulo, anchor at WNBC in New York, was master of ceremonies.
Brian Maher and Mary Pelzer
Chris Ward and Larry Silverstein
More than 300 guests attended the gala including Frank Sciame, Jr., Brian McAllister, Kelso Sutton, Patrick Barrett, Mary Pelzer, Frank Califano, Susan Cummiskey, Harold Daggett, James Devine, Edward Diamond, Timur Galen, Steven Kramer, Dominic Obrigkeit, Sal Panico, Andrew Catapano, Edward Foppiano, Robert Moore, Harold Reed and Matthew Santirocco.

All proceeds of the gala go towards the development, exhibits and public programming of the South Street Seaport Museum. One of downtown Manhattan’s most treasured institutions, the South Street Seaport Museum tells the story of how New York City’s great natural harbor became the gateway to America. The Museum utilizes the historic district’s restored Schermerhorn Row, the tall ship Wavertree and other vessels, and its collection of art and artifacts to capture the unique story of the port’s role in the development of the city, state and nation as economic, cultural and political powers.
Frank Sciame, Mary Pelzer, E. Brian Mahler, Chris Ward, Larry Silverstein, and Jim Devine
Larry Silverstein, Kathleen Pries, and William Pries
Michael Garguilo, John Randolph, and Joseph Villano

Photographs by & Mathieu Asselin (NYWF);; Stephanie Badini (Seaport).

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