|Jill Hennessy, Anthony Bourdain, Sarah McLaughlin, Mario Batali, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, and Josh Charles at Food Bank For New York City's Ninth Annual Can-Do Awards|
|On Wednesday, May 11, the 2011 North Star Fund Community Gala honored three New Yorkers committed to social justice, and three outstanding grassroots community organizations, at a benefit dinner to support North Star Fund’s grants to NYC’s cutting-edge activist organizers working for equality, economic justice, and peace. The event was emceed by political satirist and The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, with a featured conversation moderated by Gara LaMarche, President of The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Receiving North Star Fund Awards are three phenomenal New Yorkers whose lifelong work to further social and economic justice has local, national, and international significance.
Lawrence B. Benenson, partner, Benenson Capital Partners
Vincent McGee, senior advisor, The Atlantic Philanthropies
Arva Rice, President and CEO, the New York Urban League
|Hugh Hogan (Executive Director, North Star Fund); Gara LaMarche (President and CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies); Ana Maria Archila, Co-Director, Make the Road New York (2011 Frederick Douglass Honoree); Wanda Hernandez, VOCAL-NY (2011 Frederick Douglass Honoree); John Blasco, Lead Organizer, FIERCE (2011 Frederick Douglass Honoree)|
|North Star Fund Frederick Douglass Awards, recognizing member-led, grassroots groups creating equality, economic justice and peace, were presented to:
FIERCE (Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment), for building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City.
Make the Road NY, for promoting economic justice, equity and opportunity for all New Yorkers through community and electoral organizing, policy advocacy, leadership development, education, and legal and support services.
VOCAL (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders), for building power among low-income people who are living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, drug use and incarceration, to create healthy and just communities.
|Guests included Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate; Pierre Hauser; Anne Hess and Craig Kaplan; Nancy Meyer and Marc Weiss; Daniel Rose, Chairman, Rose Associates; Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation.
North Star Fund raises funds from activist donors to further North Star’s direct support of community organizations on the front lines of the struggle to achieve equality, economic justice and peace.
|Craig Kaplan, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Vincent McGee, and friends|
|Over the past 32 years they have raised and granted more than $35 million to 1,700 community organizations with the courage and deep understanding it takes to build local leadership and address the root causes of injustice.
North Star Fund’s goal is to create change beyond charity, focusing grants in areas where the need is most urgent, and the potential impact the greatest.
|Dancing at the after-party at the 2011 Community Gala|
|Hester Street Collaborative held its annual benefit party at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Showroom down on Lafayette Street.
Guests included the evening's honoree Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Commissioner William Castro, Marc Turkel, Neena Beeber, Morgan Hare, Lisa O’Kelley, Senator Daniel Squadron, Jason Schwartz, Joan Sherman, Lynn Parkerson, Scott Rofey and Olivia Song, Anuj Mathur, Wes Fuller, Megan Canning, with musical performances by DJ Afro.
Hester Street Collaborative is a design/build non-profit organization created to improve the physical environment in under-served NYC neighborhoods.
|On Sunday May 15th, Education Through Music held its 20th Anniversary Children’s Benefit at Pier 60. Education Through Music honored Dante Di Loreto, Executive Producer of the hit television series Glee, for his outstanding work as a national advocate for music education. Glee stars Jane Lynch, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chord Overstreet, and Darren Criss joined him that night to celebrate his efforts. The evening concluded with a performance from world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell.
Education Through Music is an organization of educators and musicians committed to advancing students’ academic and personal development by ensuring that all children have access to high-quality music education. ETM currently serves 13,000 children in 25 partner schools among the most under-served communities in New York City. In New York City, 56% of public schools do not have a full-time music teacher on staff, and public school spending on arts materials and supplies has decreased by 85% over the past four years.
Children from P.S. 76, P.S. 169, M.S. 180, M.S. 424, St. Anne and St. Anselm schools performed for the guests to showcase their musical talents.
|ETM Board Member, Emily H. Susskind, Dante Di Loreto, Executive Producer of Glee and ETM Honoree, and ETM Executive Director, Katherine Damkohler|
|Dante Di Loreto, Anthony Edwards, Joshua Bell, and Jane Lynch|
|Julia Stringer, Dante Di Loreto, and Rob Stringer|
|Chairman of the ETM Board of Directors, Michael Schaefer stands with ETM Honoree Dante Di Loreto|
|Brelinda Snoddy, Cynthia Kynard, Steven Cooper, Rhonda Thomas, and ETM Board Member Nancy P Northern|
|Louis Bisogni and Gina Della Femina|
|Actors Will Malnati, Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee) and Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) enjoy ETM awards ceremony.|
|Glee stars Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet.|
|Dana Walden, Chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television, proudly watches Dante Di Loreto accept his award; Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Bruce Norris, looks on from an adjacent table.|
|Ali Gaglan, Darren Criss, and Sarah Friedlander|
|Angela Westwater of Sperone Westwater Gallery was the speaker at the AFA’s annual spring luncheon, which was held at the Harmonie Club on Tuesday, May 3. Ms. Westwater discussed the history of Sperone Westwater, her experience working with artists such as Bruce Nauman, Susan Rothenberg, Guillermo Kuitca, and Mario Merz, among others, and her perspective on the impact of art and architecture in the rejuvenation of the Lower East Side.
Angela Westwater is co-founder of Sperone Westwater. She, along with legendary dealers Gian Enzo Sperone and Konrad Fischer, opened their first gallery space in SoHo in 1975. In September 2010, Sperone Westwater inaugurated a new Foster + Partners–designed building at 257 Bowery on the Lower East Side.
Approximately 70 guests, including Renaud Dutreil, Chairman of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc., were in attendance, along with Luncheon Co-Chairs Christa Carr, Kay Childs, Alexandra Drucker, Clare E. McKeon, Bj Topol, and Shirin von Wulffen; Ruth Appelhof, Brittany Bromley, Genevieve Wheeler Brown, Olivia Chantecaille, Stephanie Borynack Clark, Blair Voltz Clarke, Rose Dergan, Michele Gerber Klein, and Lindsay Pollack; AFA Trustees Jason Herrick, Gilbert Kinney, Stephanie La Nasa, Jeffrey Loewy, and Hannelore Schulhof; and AFA Chief Operating Officer Pauline Willis, among many others.
The AFA is a nonprofit institution that organizes art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishes exhibition catalogues, and develops various educational programs. The AFA’s mission is to enrich the public’s experience of art and understanding of culture by organizing and traveling a diverse offering of exhibitions embracing all aspects of art history. Over the years, millions of visitors in museums around the world have viewed more than 3,000 AFA exhibitions.
Upcoming exhibitions include Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them; Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beau- Arts, Paris; Etruscan Art from the Louvre; and Rolling Hills, Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape. For more information about the AFA’s exhibitions, publications, ArtTalks, and online resources, visit www.afaweb.org.
|The Jewish Museum in New York City presented the 18th annual Amazing New York Art & Design Tour. The event attracted over 200 attendees who enjoyed brunch at the Museum, followed by self-guided tours of magnificent private art collections in some of New York’s most spectacular East Side residences. Staci Barber, Stacey Bronfman, Amy Rose Silverman, and Debi Wisch were the co-chairs.
|Generous support was provided by Leviev Extraordinary Diamonds. This event raised over $240,000 and the proceeds benefit The Jewish Museum. The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan.
|Ronald McDonald House New York, a home-away-from-home for families battling pediatric cancer, hosted its 19th Annual Gala celebration at the Waldorf=Astoria raising more than $3 Million to support families battling pediatric cancer.
|ABC News’ Barbara Walters emceed the evening’s proceedings, where guests celebrated the work of honorees:|
· Keith T. Anderson, chief investment officer of Soros Fund Management LLC, the New York City-based privately-held financial services company; and
· Eric C. Wiseman, chairman, president and CEO of VF Corporation, a $7 billion-plus apparel powerhouse with a portfolio of domestic and international outdoor and sportswear brands including The North Face®, Nautica®, JanSport®, Eastpak®, Vans®, Reef®, Napapijri® and Kipling®.
|Last month, Food Bank For New York City held its Ninth Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner which raised $1.4 million for hunger-relief. The event was held at Abigail Kirsch’s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River.
The Food Bank is the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. Ebro North America President & CEO, Peter F. Smith, and BronxWorks Executive Director Carolyn McLaughlin, were honored for their commitment to hunger-relief. Lucy Cabrera, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Food Bank, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for 23 years of service to the organization. Co-chairing the dinner was Chef/Author Mario Batali and his wife Susan Cahn. Jon Stewart was Can-Do's Special Guest. TODAY Show Co-Host and America's best loved weatherman, Al Roker, hosted. Multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, provided an intimate musical performance.
More than 700 people joined Mario Batali, Jon Stewart, Al Roker and Sarah McLachlan to support the Food Bank's fight against hunger, including: Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Fallon, Michael Stipe, Mariska Hargitay, Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Rachael Ray, Anne Burrell, David Burke, Jill Hennessy, Christopher Meloni, Josh Charles, Hoda Kotb, Isaac Mizrahi, Gail Simmons, Michael Schlow, Joy Bauer, and others.
|Jimmy Fallon and Al Roker|
|Ebro North America President and CEO Peter F. Smith|
|Auctioneer Lydia Fenet of Christie's took the room to an all-time high for the live auction that raised $257,000. The high-bid on the auction block was a whopping $90,000 X 2 or $180,000 for The Three Castrati. Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio and David Chang (the Three Castrati) will prepare and serve a dinner for 12 in the private dining room of Manzo, Eataly. Six savory courses will be paired with wines selected from the Eataly wine shop and Eataly Chef Michael Toscano will delight the high bidders and guests with passed hors d'œuvres and desserts. And a musical serenade will be sung by the legendary Jon Bon Jovi!|
Other auction items included a golfer's dream vacation in Scotland donated by Delta Airlines BusinessElite®; Round-trip on Delta Airlines BusinessElite® to Italy for five nights in a super suite at Rome Cavalieri, plus dining, spa and a private tour of the hotel's prized 1,100 piece museum-quality art collection; and a weeknight escape or weekend lunch for 50, aboard your own private yacht charter, The Lexington from Prestige Yacht Charters, with cuisine by Cesare Casella and wine selections from Bastianich wines.
|Lydia Fenet of Christie's conducting the auction|
|Jon Stewart took the stage for 10 minutes and spoke about hunger as only Jon Stewart Can-Do! |
“Applaud yourselves for being here and raising money,” Stewart said to a packed ballroom of Food Bank supporters. “I just want to say to Mario this is the nicest Seder I've ever been to."
The Can-Do Awards Dinner is instrumental in helping to provide support for the 1.5 million New York City residents who relies on the Food Bank's programs and services. Every dollar donated to the Food Bank helps provide five meals. This is a critically important year for the Can-Do Awards Gala as unemployment remains high and food costs are soaring. New York City residents are being forced to make impossible sacrifices including reducing their food intake and the quality of their food to get by financially.
|Mario Batali and Jon Bon Jovi|
|Jon Stewart steals the mic|
|Food Bank For New York City recognizes 28 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of approximately 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, the Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. The Food Bank’s hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. 94% of donations go directly toward food distribution, acquisition and programs in all five boroughs of New York City. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.
|Sherman Williams, Meloni, Hargitay, and Batali|
|Carolyn McLaughlin, Jon Stewatr, Jimmy Fallon, and Lucy Cabrera|
|Susan Cahn, Tom Colicchio, and Anthony Bourdain|
|Jon Bon Jovi and Lucy Cabrera with her grandchildren|
|Michael Stipe and Lucy Cabrera|
|Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain|
|Paolo Mastropietro and Anne Burell|
|Rev. Henry Belin and Carolyn McLaughlin|
|Sarah McLaughlincloses the evening|
|Photographs by by Lyn Hughes (MTC); Steven Tucker (The Jewish Museum); Anthony Behar (AFA)|