Thursday, April 29, 2010

The spirit of New York

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
Geoffrey N. Bradfield and Vicki Downey
Dr. Ricardo Fernandez, Mrs. Patricia Fernandez
John Shannon, Dr. Paul LeClerc, and Mark C. Pigott, OBE
Hilda Frost Neis with Natalie and Malcolm Pray
Mark C. Pigott, OBE
Victor E. Stewart, President, St. George’s Society of New York
Gordon Elliot, Sophie Elliot, Philip MacTaggert, and Duncan Sandys
Baroness Gabriella Langer von Langendorff and Sheikh Abdul Thuraya
Helen and George Buckle
Mary McFadden and John Shannon
Joan and John Hoffman
Clockwise from top: Diane and John FitzSimons; Hilda Frost Neis, Arnold Neis, and Olivia Fussell; Matt McCoy and John Shannon; Scott Dames and Tricia Knight.
Councillor Duncan Sandys, Allison White, and Dr. Charles C. Lucas, Jr.
Peter Hopkinson and Katherine Price
Anne and Fred Elser
Peter and Natasha Hopkinson
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.

Betsy Karel and Helen L. Kimmel.
Dr. Robert Grossman and Ken Langone.
Special guests in attendance included: Lady Va and Sir Deryck Maughan, Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimo, Alice and Tom Tisch, Adam Kimmel, actress Leelee Sobieski, Dalia and Larry Leeds, Lori and Larry Fink, Ken and Elaine Langone, Ruth and Sidney Lapidus, Shirley and Milton Cooper, Norma and Gordon Smith, Paula Viscogliosis, Klara and Larry Silverstein, and Norma and Gordon Smith.

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.
Mark Feldman, Professor Daniel Zajfman, and Marshal Levin
Maria Avero, Joan Cangiarella, and Kristina Baranetsky
Richard Hayes
Jennifer Beattie
Dave Henry
Dr. Richard Sommer, Dr. Mihye Choi, and Dr. Nolan Karp
Dr. Elisabeth Cohen, Dr. Robert Berne, and Shelley Berne
Dr. Albert and Ruth Goodgold
Robert and Maryann Demmett
Bonnie Lillo and Ray Russo
Shannon Kustrowski, Steven Schutzer, and Susan Montella
Sarah Milla, Howard Weiner, and Nancy Genieser
Jane Hubbard and Holgen Knaut
Ken Langone, Betsy Karel, Helen L Kimmel, Elaine Langone, and Dr. Robert I Grossman
Paul Bello and Dino Defeo
Ken Langone and Dr. Herbert Lepor
Margaret and Dr. Thomas Blank
Dr. Jamie Grifo and Ann Borsch Grifo
Donna Marino and Sarah Thanhauser
Ken and Elaine Langone
Betsy Karel, Helen L. Kimmel, and Dr. Ruth Lehmann
Dr. Orrin Devinsky with Drs. Terri and Brooks Edwards
Dr. Philip and Carol Moskowitz
Dr. Martin Blaser
Peter Schiff and Dr. Mary Barcellos-Heff
Dr. Robert I. Grossman, Helen L. Kimmel, Ken Langone, and Martin Lipton
Roberta and Arnold Greenberg
Drs. Laurie and Andrew Brotman
Dr. Maj Wickstrom and Dr. Bernard Birnbaum
David and Julie Roth
Leelee Sobieski and Adam Kimmel
Dr. Clarel Antoine and Dr. Deborah Mac Farlane
Dr. Achi and Irit Ludomirsky
Jane and Dr. Edward Amorosi
Dr. Robert Porges and Felicia Axelrod
Dr. Sabrina Cherry and Dr. Marc Gourevitch
Giovanni and Johanna Espinosa
Milton and Shirley Cooper
Sid and Ruth Lapidus with Dr. Norton and Linda Rosensweig
Dr. Noel Testa, Dr. Maureen Testa, and Dr. Paul Testa
David Eitel, Melissa Baston, and Phil Delvecchio
Debbie Ho and Deborah Loeb-Bohren
Eleanor Jackson Piel and Renee Davis
Nancy and Sam Sutton
Bill Decker and Eurydice Tampol
Francine Mele and Tom Larkin
Debra LaMorte and Martin Lipton
Christopher Horch and Gina Crifas
Estphen and Mariana Kaufman
Susan Lipton, Alice Tisch, and Mark Hodgberg
Dr. Robert I. Grossman and Alice Tisch
Doris Farber
Dr. Michael Stifelmen and Dr. Jill Zimmermen
Leelee Sobieski
Larry and Klara Silverstein
Dr. Firas Mussa and Dr. Mark Hochberg
Stefanie Rechum and Professor Ilan Rechum
Dr. Nieca Goldberg
Adam Kies and Julie Rosen
Dr. Rena Brand, Dr. Adrian Garay, and Dr. Philip Orbuch
Lola Finkelstein and Sylvia Hassenfeld
Lori Fink
John Sexton, PhD
Martin Begun
Marjorie Porter-Kuhn and Jimmy Kuhn
Joyce M. Long and Brendon Lantier

Photographs by ANN WATT (Violet Ball)

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