|St. George’s Society of New York English Ball at The New York Public Library, honoring Mark C. Pigott.|
|London was indeed in New York last week (April 22nd) at the New York Public Library during the St. George's Society's 240th English Ball.
Guests included Gordon Elliott, television and film actor Matt McCoy, Broadway superstar Jim Dale, The Lord Mayor of Westminster Duncan Sandys (a grandson of Winston Churchill), Mary McFadden, David Tufts, filmmaker Ken Wayne Johnson, Baroness Gabrielle von Langendorff, Sheikh Abdul Thuraya, Sir Harold Evans, and the Event Chairs Hilda Frost Neis and Olivia J. Fussell. More than 300 guests dined and danced in the Astor Hall as the Star Light Orchestra played to the late hours.
|Hilda and Arnold Neis, Olivia J. Fussell, and Mark C. Pigott, OBE|
|The English Ball was a great success, selling out all tables to benefit St. George's two main charitable causes: the Beneficiary program that provides stipends to the elderly and the Scholarship program. Mark C. Pigott's on-going support of the St. George's Scholarship program at Lehman College, CUNY, was recognized with the society's Medal of Honor.
Mary McFadden, always one to reference the historic, was corralling guests into the Rose Reading Room to view the Library's rarest English treasures that were on display for one-night only to honor the night's theme, "London in New York": First editions of Shakespeare's King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, and three First Folio Editions of the Bard's plays. Of course, Mary's favorite was a hand written letter from Queen Elizabeth I to Charles IX of France, turning down Charles' brother's proposal of marriage.
|Clockwise from top: Peter and June Felix; Matt and Mary McCoy; Marisa Mace and Anna Titley; William (“Bill”) and Irene Miller.|
|John C. Harvey, Victoria Kirsten Campbell, and Michael A. Boyd|
|John Shannon, Dr. Paul LeClerc, and Mark C. Pigott, OBE|
|Hilda Frost Neis with Natalie and Malcolm Pray|
|Gordon Elliot, Sophie Elliot, Philip MacTaggert, and Duncan Sandys|
|Baroness Gabriella Langer von Langendorff and Sheikh Abdul Thuraya|
|Joan and John Hoffman|
|Councillor Duncan Sandys, Allison White, and Dr. Charles C. Lucas, Jr.|
|Peter Hopkinson and Katherine Price|
|Nina Strathie, David Stocker, and Marsin and Francesca Bailey|
|Carol Stewart, Victor Stewart, Andrew Stewart , and James Stewart|
|Vicki Downey and Roger Byrom|
|Last Thursday, April 22nd, several of the nation’s most renowned authors, along with notable New Yorkers, gathered for the 7th Annual Authors in Kind Luncheon at the Villard Ballroom at the Palace Hotel in New York City to help support the work of God’s Love We Deliver.
Best-Selling Author, former Assistant District Attorney, and God’s Love board member, Linda Fairstein, served as Luncheon Chair and Emcee. Each author talked about their latest book, and entertained the crowd with anecdotes about writing and the creative process.
|Linda Fairstein, Cynthia Lufkin, Mary Higgins Clark, Malaak Compton-Rock, and Carol Higgins Clark.|
|Among the more than 250 people who attended were Mary Higgins Clark; Carol Higgins Clark; and Dave King, as well as Esther Newberg, Cynthia Lufkin; Ann Kempner; Margaret Russell; Joe Dolce; Susan Tennant; Hajime Fukuju; Eugene and Barbara Kummel; Louise Grunwald; Nancy Mahon; Cyrus Vance Jr. and his wife Peggy; Rod Winterrowd; and Vicente Wolf, among others.
Ticket and book sales at the event raised much needed funds for one of New York City’s most beloved charities. Funds raised will be used by the agency to provide meals and nutritional counseling for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-altering illnesses throughout all five boroughs of New York City, nearby Hudson County, New Jersey, and Newark, New Jersey.
Mikimoto (America) Co., Ltd. graciously provided a gift for each guest, and Montblanc North America provided fountain pens for each of the authors who spoke. Mikimoto also provided a beautiful pearl necklace for a raffle held at the end of the luncheon.
|Frank Bruni, Karen Pearl, and Malaak Compton-Rock.|
|Gene Kummel and Michael Sennott.||Richard Feldman and Fred Hill.|
|Joyce Bove and Richard Feldman.|
|Stephanie Suskin and George Ross.||Brad Learmonth and Jon Gilman.|
|Mary Higgins Clark, David Ludwigson, and Linda Fairstein.|
|Susan Tennant and Mr. Fukuju (both of Mikimoto) and Karen Pearl.|
|Happy event attendees.|
|NYU Langone Medical Center raised over $4 million in unrestricted funds at its annual Violet Ball held this past Tuesday. The gala took place at Cipriani Wall Street and honored Helen L. Kimmel, a longtime friend, board trustee and supporter of NYU Langone for her exemplary commitment and devotion to the Medical Center.
Each year the Violet Ball is held to celebrate the Medical Center's longstanding tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. Funds raised are used to the advance the institution’s bold vision and strengthen its role as a rich resource for the diverse communities of New York and beyond. This year Mrs. Kimmel was honored for her strategic support of research at the Medical Center, which has led to new understandings of disease and illness that promise to advance diagnosis and treatment options for patients around the globe.
In addressing the crowd of over 850 guests, Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of the Medical Center said, “Helen has been an extraordinarily generous benefactor to several key areas at our Medical Center for many years and has championed the cause of patients, from the lab to the bedside. Her generosity has enabled us to recruit major new talent, train and mentor promising young scientists, recognize the professional achievements of our nurses, and create groundbreaking academic and clinical programs in cancer, epilepsy, rehabilitation medicine, urology, vascular medicine, pharmacology and advanced cardiac care.”
Dr. Grossman also acknowledged the generous $150 million gift from Mrs. Kimmel to build a new “state-of-the-art” clinical pavilion. Construction of the Kimmel Pavilion is targeted to begin in 2013, with completion scheduled for the end of 2017. Its use of public spaces and amenities is expected to redefine the healthcare environment as we know it. The first floor, for example, will have dining facilities, concierge service, a family resource center, and other amenities. On patient floors, families will benefit from consultation rooms, respite areas, and accommodations for in-room overnight stays. Additionally, the building will be “green” in every sense and will include a landscaped roof garden on the seventh floor overlooking the East River, affording spectacular 360-degree views of the city.
Co-chairs for the event included Dr. Grossman; Robert Berne, PhD, NYU’s senior vice president for health affairs, Ken Langone, chair of the Board of Trustees; Martin Lipton, board trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center and chairman of the Board of Trustees of New York University; and John Sexton, president of NYU.
|Photographs by ANN WATT (Violet Ball)|