Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dream, Succeed and Inspire

Christine Quinn, Ronald Perelman, Russell Simmons, Halle Berry
Christine Quinn, Ronald Perelman, Russell Simmons, and Halle Berry at a luncheon at Ronald Perelman's estate to benefit the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles.
This past Monday night at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, before the worlds top tennis players took to the courts for their first round matches, they held the Opening Night Ceremonies to officially kick-off the 2010 U.S. Open.

Celebrating the theme of "Dream, Succeed and Inspire," Opening Night Ceremony was hosted by ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour. The program included tributes to four special individuals who have overcome obstacles and adversity to achieve great things in their lives. They honored James Blake, who reached a career high ranking of No. 4 in the world; Esther Vergeer, the undisputed wheelchair tennis champion; the legendary Martina Navratilova, a champion with more titles to her credit than anyone who has ever played the game; and Dori Samadzai-Bonner, a young woman who escaped Afghanistan and has since become an avid tennis player in her adopted homeland, the United States.

Ms. Amanpour told the opening-night crowd that the ceremony honored "those who've dared to dream big."
James Blake
James Blake
Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan
Emilio and Gloria Estefan
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour
Gayle King
Gayle King
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Diane Taylor
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diane Taylor
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Michael Woodard, Gloria Estefan
Michael Woodard and Gloria Estefan
Bode Miller
Bode Miller
Esther Vergeer
Esther Vergeer
Chef Tony Mantuano
Chef Tony Mantuano
This past Sunday in East Hampton Ronald Perelman and Halle Berry hosted a luncheon at his estate The Creeks for the benefit of the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles which helps women who are victims of domestic violence make new lives for themselves and their children.

Berry told the guests that if she hadn’t been in a car accident thirteen years ago where she had a head injury (requiring 17 stitches in her forehead and giving her amnesia) she might never have found her “calling” which working at the Jenesse Center. In that accident she had been arrested for leaving the scene of the accident and was sentenced to 250 hours of community service for doing so. That sentence changed her life in the most powerful and positive way.
“It changed my life. I hadn’t been doing enough,” she told the guests in recounting how that same year she went to work at the Jenesse Center. Her own mother had been a victim of domestic violence and Berry herself admitted to having been in violent relationships.

Ronald Perelman also announced at the lunch that his company, Revlon, would donate half the $500,000 that the center needs for a new facility. On hearing the news, Halle Berry ran a lap around the tables and high-fived the crowd.
Karen Earl, Angela Parker, Halle Berry, Avis Frazier-Thomas, Karen Bass, Pat Greene
Karen Earl, Angela Parker, Halle Berry, Avis Frazier-Thomas, Karen Bass, and Pat Greene
Alan T. Ennis, Tamara Mellon, Daniel Benedict, Sessa von Richthofen, Richard Johnson, Andrew Saffir, Amanda Brooks
Alan T. Ennis, Tamara Mellon, Daniel Benedict, Sessa von Richthofen, Richard Johnson, Andrew Saffir, and Amanda Brooks
Jennine Hannaway, Halle Berry, Kiki Rees, Michelle Ennis
Jennine Hannaway, Halle Berry, Kiki Rees, and Michelle Ennis
Lynn Picard, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Meredith Wagner
Lynn Picard, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and Meredith Wagner
Karen Bass, Karen Earl, Halle Berry, Yolanda Jiminez, Claudia Saitta
Karen Bass, Karen Earl, Halle Berry, Yolanda Jiminez, and Claudia Saitta
Aoki Lee, Halle Berry, Ming Lee
Aoki Lee, Halle Berry, and Ming Lee
Martine Williamson, Michelle Ennis, Kiki Rees, Jennine Hannaway
Martine Williamson, Michelle Ennis, Kiki Rees, and Jennine Hannaway
Karen Earl, Jerri DeBard , Halle Berry, Gregg Smith
Karen Earl, Jerri DeBard , Halle Berry, and Gregg Smith
David Sanders, Halle Berry, Lindsay Jackson, Patrick Delancey
David Sanders, Halle Berry, Lindsay Jackson, and Patrick Delancey
Alan T. Ennis, Ronald Perelman, Halle Berry
Alan T. Ennis, Ronald Perelman, and Halle Berry
Kiki Rees, Amanda Brooks
Kiki Rees and Amanda Brooks
Christine Quinn, Kim Catullo, Chris Taylor
Christine Quinn, Kim Catullo, and Chris Taylor
Richard Johnson, Sessa von Richthofen
Richard Johnson and Sessa von Richthofen
Anthony Nobre, Lauren Valdino
Anthony Nobre and Lauren Valdino
Tamara Mellon, Lindsay Jackson, Angela Parker
Tamara Mellon, Lindsay Jackson, and Angela Parker
Anna Chapman
Anna Chapman
Novella Ford
Novella Ford
David Zinczenko, Martine Williamson
David Zinczenko and Martine Williamson
Patrick Delancey, David Sanders
Patrick Delancey and David Sanders
Also this past Sunday night in East Hampton, there was a screening at Goose Creek of “Secretariat,” a film based on the famed Triple Crown Winner of the 1970s.

The screening room was filled with equestriens, horse lovers and friends who couldn’t resist the story of an indomitable housewife and mother who took over her ailing father’s stables and against all odds – with the help of a great veteran trainer fostered the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years.

Many believe Secretariat was the greatest racehorse of all time. The champion who was born in 1970 and lived to his nineteenth year. The Disney film will be released in early October.
Alex Chantecaille
David Post and Emily Post
Candice Bergen
Donna Clower
Elela Lusenti, Brianne Goutal, and Hannah Bomze
Delfina Blaquier and Lupe Roldan
David Richenthal, Dini von Mueffling, Elizabeth Lyons, and Fredrik Carstrom
Elela Lusenti and Suzy Vrasnin
Flor Riccio and Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster
Jeff Zucker
Grace and McKenzie Frazier
Henry Koehler and Pat Burch
Herb Sambol, Elela Lusenti, Suzy Vrasnin, and Jeffery Welles
Joey Wolffer
Leonel and Nina Griscom
Monica Trim and James Cohen
Zoellen Speelman and Joe Fargis
Masie and Mary Puris
Michael Warren, Marcy Warren, Russell Byers, and Anne Byers
Patrick Demarchelier
Patrick Handreke, Sara Handreke, Maxi Handreke, and Henry Handreke
Peggy Stankevich, George Stankevich, and Peggy Stankevich
Ian and Mary Snow
Nacho Figueras and Nic Roldan
Olivia Chantecaille and Ren Brady
Sarah Maslin Nir and Elizabeth Eggers
Stephanie Porterfield, Chris Porterfield, Dick Cavett, and Martha Rogers
Will Maerov, Bonnie Krupinski, and Charlotte Maerov
Another screening on Sunday Tory Burch, Cristina Cuomo, Danielle Ganek, Simone Levinson, Rebekah McCabe, Gigi Mortimer, Perri Peltz, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Alexandra Shiva and Kelly Sugarman hosted "Waiting for Superman," a documentary film from Davis Guggenheim, the director of "An Inconvenient Truth," at the Southampton UA Cinema, followed by a dinner at a private residence
Chris Cuomo and Cristina Greeven Cuomo
Jonathan and Somers Farkas
Kelly and Jay Sugarman
Greg and Brett Haman with Rebekah and Owen McCabe
Jeff Sharp and Dr. Douglas Steinbrech
Charlie and Kristen Krusen
Dan Senor and Jill Gates
Elizabeth Tote and Lesley Chilcott
Jonathan Mark Sherman and Alexandra Shiva
Judith and Ron Sherman
Joana Schliemann, Deborah Kenny, Amy Griffin, and Erica Karsch
Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Nathan Bernstein
Mary Snow and Cynthia Ott
Peggy Fletcher and Maria Bockman
Lesley Chilcott
Karen Watkins, Simone Levinson, and Pamela Baxter
Pam Weir and Charles Best
Pamela Cantor, Al Taubman, and Judy Taubman
Oliver Platero, Ariadne Calvo-Platero, Peter Marino, and Claudio Conti
Holly Peterson and Cristina Greeven Cuomo
Tory Burch and Perri Peltz
Robert Leacock and Robin Baker Leacock
Rosanna Scotto and Alison Brod
Sharene Vanholken, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Caroline Dean, and Perri Peltz
Judy Taubman, Bruce Bockman, and Maria Bockman

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