Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Season Soirees

NYRP Junior Board Members Maya Rodale, Heidi Wolf, Christina Vescovo, Sally Wolf, Kristin Blumm, and Jane Kelsey at “Once Upon A Time," a fashion presentation and show featuring the debut of “Rouge et Noir." The evening benefited MillionTreesNYC.
Central Park Conservancy (CPC) Women’s Committee President Gillian Miniter and CPC’s Playground Partners Chairman Kamie Lightburn hosted a lively cocktail reception to celebrate The Partner’s most successful year in its 18-year history.

The party was given by Wendy Carduner at Doubles. Playground Partners founder and first chairman Suzanne Cochran and CPC President Doug Blonsky were in attendance.

Doug Blonsky and Gillian Miniter
Playground Partners is made up of families dedicated to keeping Central Park’s 21 playgrounds safe, clean and well maintained. They fund a service crew specifically responsible for caring for our playgrounds, with duties such as maintaining equipment, regular safety inspections, cleaning sandboxes and removing litter and debris.

From volunteering together as Playground Captains, to attending the Annual Family Party, the Playground Partners strive to promote stewardship and environmental principles in every playground. They also raise money to make this all possible. This year, the hardworking group raised close to $600,000.

Committee members include Susie Anderson, Liz Victory Anderson, Virginia and David Apple, Mary Beth and Jonathan Adelson, Lauren Blair, Holly Cassin, Robert Cochran, Jill Ross and Paul Cole, Jessica Davis, Elizabeth Dietz, Anne and David Ford, Jenny Garrett, Paige and Tripp Hardy, Cindy Ketchum, Nyssa Kourakos, Sarah and Rocky Kurita, Anna McCoy, Denise and Michael McEvilly, Rema Parachini, Ashley Reid, Amy and Jake Schrader, Mary Van Pelt, McDowell Winn and Ashley Wotiz.

Others joining in the fun included Ashley Christopher, Charlie Anderson, Adelina Wong, Sylvester Miniter, Ashley and Robert Reid, Madeleine Crowther and CPC’s Hannah Parker and Laura Hall.
Ashley and Robert Reid with Anne and David Ford
Doug Blonsky, Suzanne Cochran, and Bob Cochran
Ashley Christopher and Hannah Parker
Sylvester and Gillian Miniter
Nyssa Kourakos and Laura Hall
Michael McEvilly, Mary Beth Adelson, and Jon Adelson
Amy and Jake Schrader
Holly Cassin and Liz Victory Anderson
Cindy Ketchum, Mary Van Pelt, and Kamie Lightburn
Ashley Wotiz and Lauren Blair
Rocky and Sarah Kurita
Paige and Tripp Hardy
Wendy Carduner and Kamie Lightburn
Sylvester Miniter and Adelina Wong
Elizabeth Dietz and Madeleine Crowther
Paul Cole and Jill Ross
Virginia Apple and Charlie Anderson
Robert M. Morgenthau, Manhattan’s former District Attorney for 35 years, was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hunter College on Thursday, June 18, in recognition of his nearly 50 years of public service.

Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab presented the honorary degree to Morgenthau at the newly renovated Roosevelt House, the home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, which has recently opened as a public policy institute. The Morgenthau-Roosevelt ties run deep.
Robert Morgenthau and family with Jennifer Raab, President, Hunter College
Steve Sokolow, Barbara Chesler, Dick Ravitch, Lieutenant Governor of New York, and Jennifer Raab
Klara Silverstein, Robert Morgenthau, and William vanden Heuvel, Ambassador
Virginia Henneberry, Robert Morgenthau, former Manhattan District Attorney, and Grant Herring, Senior Counsel, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
The families were close friends and neighbors in Hyde Park since 1915 and worked together several times over the course of their remarkable careers. It was at clam bakes at the Morgenthau farm that young Robert, born in New York City in 1919, came to know and admire FDR and dreamed of a life equally dedicated to public service. Mr. Morgenthau presented a gift of Morgenthau and Roosevelt family photos from his childhood to be on display at Roosevelt House.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Howard Rubenstein
Lucinda Franks, Jennifer Raab, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Jeffrey Tabak, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Patti Kenner
Jennifer Raab and Robert Morgenthau
Cy Vance Jr., Manhattan District Attorney
Cy Vance Jr. and William vanden Heuvel
On June 21st The Bachmann Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation hosted a Golf Tournament and gala dinner in Westchester, NY raising $1.3 million to support research for dystonia and Parkinson’s disease.

Scientists often find it difficult to get funding in the earliest stages of their research. The Bachmann Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation often provides "seed money" to help explore the most promising hypotheses. Funded through annual grant awards, this helps to leverage new ideas and advances in the fields. To date, the Foundation has allocated over $10 million dollars to 202 grants around the world. These grants have helped to bring greater insight into the causes and we hope cures for dystonia and Parkinson's disease. See some of the key accomplishments that our funding has helped to make possible.

The Bachmann Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation was established in 1995 to find better treatments and cures for the movement disorders dystonia and Parkinson's disease and to provide medical and patient information.
The Bachmann Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation’s Founder and President Bonnie Strauss thanked co chairs Edward McBride and Stuart Davies.
Fran Ehrlich, Fran Klingenstein, David Freedberg, Karen Freedberg , and Felice Axelrod
NBC’s DeMarco Morgan with Bonnie and Tom Strauss
Mark Standish with Event Chairs Stuart Davies and Ed McBride
The Ghetto Film School in the South Bronx held its 8th annual benefit two Mondays ago at the Park Café and honored “Precious” director Lee Daniels. They raised $175,000.

Founded in 2000 by Joe Hall, the school connect young and talented people to artistic, educational career opportunities in film and video. More than 400 students from all areas of New York City have participated in its programs and workshops. GFS is the only non-profit that is teaching narrative story telling. Last year Mr. Hall opened a high school with 70 ninth graders. The Sundance Channel is currently making a documentary about the program.
Charles Ross, Haneesah Myers, David Ortiz, Lee Daniels, Sherri Shepherd, Arisharasa Ambak, and Alma Osorio
Joe Hall, Sherri Shepherd, Lee Daniels, and Evan Shapiro
Greg D'Alba, Roland Martin, and Arisharasa Ambak
Lee Daniels, Roland Martin, and Sherri Shepherd
Late last month, the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO), held its 13th Annual Children for our Children Fashion Show and Luncheon, this year chaired by Lauren Schor Geller, to benefit women, children and the elderly in Israel. Nearly 350 guests gathered at The Pierre hotel in New York City and collectively raised over $450,000 to support the organization’s social welfare projects.

WIZO is an international organization with volunteers in more than 50 countries, working together to raise funds to maintain over 800 projects throughout Israel, including child care centers, schools, shelters for battered women, homes for girls in distress and programs providing services for the elderly.
Nahila Chianale Hardy, Laren Schor Geller, Margie Loeb, Marci Waterman, Jamie Mitchell, Wendy King Phillips, and Gail Perl
Nancy Halpern, Margie Loeb, Aline Shapiro, Allyson Wiener, Marci Waterman, and Marcy Sakhai
Evelyn Sommer, Lauren Schor Geller, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gail Perl, and Marci Waterman
Jessica Kalimian, Lisa Ostad, Marcy Sakhai, Wendy King Phillips, Jamie Mitchell, and Marci Waterman
Jason Binn, Evelyn Sommer, Lauren Schor Geller, and Jackie Siegal
The Women’s Mafia and EngieStyle hosted “Once Upon A Time,” a fashion presentation and show featuring the debut of women’s wear collection of top stylist Engie Hassan, “Rouge et Noir,” a line inspired by Old Hollywood Glamour and the silhouettes of the 1930s and 1940s. The event was held at Union Square Ballroom and raised funds for MillionTreesNYC – a joint initiative between New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the City of New York through which one million new trees will be planted and cared for across the five boroughs by 2017.
Pamela Pekerman, Event Co-Chair
Zuzana Snow
Event Chair Christina Vescovo, Engie Hassan, Wendy Levene-Goldberg, Iman Hussein, and Marcy Clark
Women’s Mafia partner Sonja Leix, EngieStyle Associate Iman Hussein, Designer and Stylist Engie Hassan, Designer Shauntele, Women’s Mafia Partner Elisha Dang, Women’s Mafia Founder Marcy Clark, and EngieStyle Designer Sam Lavey
John Sweiss, Engie Hassan, and J.R. Mumford
Iman Hussein, Engie Hassan, and Sarah Anolik
Ananda Khalsa, Women’s Mafia Founder Marcy Clark, Christina Vescovo, Lorianna Israilova, and Stephanie Owens

Photographs by Chris London (NYRP); PatrickMcMullan.com (Ghetto Film School);
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