Monday, November 7, 2011

Bringing the crowd to their feet

Guests at Legends 2011, Pratt Institute's largest annual scholarship benefit.
Academy Award winning actress and Broadway star Celeste Holm brought the crowd to their feet and left them in tears when she sang one of her early Broadway hits. Grammy Award winning Violinist virtuoso Joshua Bell wowed the crowd with transcended music. The star power lit up the room at the annual Broadway Salutes, Arts Horizons Gala at the Edison Ballroom. John Devol and Director Elizabeth Halverstam celebrated 33 years of helping over eight million public school children discover the arts.

Metropolitan Opera singer Frank Basile, serenaded his wife with a selection of her most famous Broadway songs. The energy and excitement in the room was palpable when Ms. Holm made her way to the podium to collect her award. She even took the microphone, sang for the crowd and received a heart warming standing ovation! The crowd reacted to the 94-year-old Ms. Holm with tears of joy.
Ted Chapin and Celeste Holm
Elizabeth Halverstam and Joshua Bell
Brian Duperreault, Joshua Bell, Celeste Holm, and Frank Basile
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley
Delroy Lindo and Gloria Page
Joshua Bell was on hand to entertain the crowd and accept the Paul Newman Award. He completed his set to a roaring standing ovation. Melissa Newman, one of Paul and Joanne's daughters presented the Award on behalf of her family. She spoke about her father's passion for music and helping children. Bell was a longtime favorite of Newman's and gave a private performance to honor him in Connecticut home. Brian Duperreault, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh and McLennan Companies, Inc., was also honored for his Humanitarian work.

The Food Network's Marc Summers was emcee and kept the audience entertained throughout the night. African Brazilian Carnival presented the Capoeira, a dance that combines the speed and agility of martial arts and acrobatics. A diverse group of public school students, who danced, sang and captured the guests' hearts and lit up the stage with their infectious, fun performance. The audience were on their feet singing and dancing.
pPerforming the capoeira dance by the African Brazilian Carnival and Arts Horizons students
Celebrities, and a long list of VIPs, added to the excitement and glamour of the event. Tony nominated actor and theater director Delroy Lindo was on hand for the festivities to show his support. Famed Broadway producers and past Honorees, Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane attended the gala, along with Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation head, Ted Chapin.

Arts Horizons celebrates their fourth annual gala. Arts Horizons provides innovative arts-in-education programs to under served public schools in the tri-state region. Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons has helped over eight million children, grades pre-K through 12th, discover the arts in their schools.
Frank Basile
Marc Summers
Peter Culver
Ambassador Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, held or French Heritage Society's (FHS) Fall Gala Committee. The Society's 4th annual black tie dinner dance will be on Tuesday November 16th at the Metropolitan Club. This year's Gala will honor The Royal Families of Fontainebleau, which spans four centuries including the reigns of several monarchs and two emperors.

For 29 years, the FHS has made close to 500 restoration grants, allowed more than 300 French and American students to enjoy summer internship with prestigious cultural organizations in France and the United States and has encouraged Franco-American friendship with more than 80 cultural trips for members to discover the richness of French patrimony and culture in both countries.
C. Randolph Fishburn, Barbara de Portago, Ambassador Gérard Araud, Elizabeth Stribling, and Guy Robinson
Jean Shafiroff, Margo Langenberg, Cece Black, and Mitzi Perdue
Ambassador Gérard Araud, Arlene Dahl, and Marc Rosen
Alex Donner, Ron Fleming, and Kate Edmonds
The Gala will be under the high patronage of His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the U.S.; Ambassador Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and Philippe Lalliot, Consul General of France in New York. FHS Chairman Elizabeth Stribling, FHS President Comte Denis de Kergorlay, and other French and American notables will be present.
Richard and Terresa Snyder with Frank Liu
Thomas and Patricia Shiah
Count Arnaud de Vienne, Odile de Schiétère Longchampt, Michel Longchampt, and Olga Statz
Roric Tobin and Geoffrey Bradfield
Barbara and Stephen Pearlman
Sarah Page
Rosanne Loesch and Yves Quintin
Margo Langenberg and Larry Kaiser
Ann Rapp and Roy Kean
Trip Dorkey and Andrea Rousseaux
Greg Joye
Cynthia Maltese and Barbara de Portago
Katlean De Monchy
Bill and Frances Bruder
Nancy and Jerry Gehman
George Hall and Lisa Witowski
Liz McDermott and Lee Black
Margo Langenberg and Margorie Reed Gordon
Pascal Le Coz and Christian Draz
George and Noreen Peck with Christian Draz
Tara Milne and Peter Kairis
Last Wednesday, More than 300 guests attended Legends 2011-Pratt Institute's largest annual scholarship benefit-which raised over $400,000 through ticket sales at 7 World Trade Center in Manhattan on November 1. Pratt honored artist and musician Laurie Anderson; interior designer, furniture designer, and artist Juan Montoya; and artist, filmmaker, and photographer William Wegman.  

Museum of Modern Art President Emeritus Agnes Gund gave a warm introduction to her friend William Wegman by acknowledging his long, fruitful career in the art world and treating the audience to a screening one of his early films with dog Man Ray titled "Spelling Lesson" before presenting him with his award. Wegman described how his first knowledge of Pratt came through his mother, who received a scholarship to Pratt but was unable to attend. He thanked his grandfather for "keeping my mother away from this amazing institution" so that Wegman's parents could meet, so he could exist, and "be up here receiving this terrific award."
Laurie Anderson was presented her award by friend and author Salman Rushdie, who said Anderson reminds him of the "Hindu deity Shiva Nataraja, the multi-armed lord of the dance, holding various instruments in her many hands." Among her many accomplishments, Rushdie listed that she was artist in residence at NASA, which he joked was "the job I really wanted." He also commended her for her gifts as a storyteller, for her "interest in the speculative narrative of our future --'where might we be going'-- and the great doomed narrative of our past -- 'how did we get here from there' -- informs everything that she does. It's a grand and continuing achievement and she certainly is in this city but not only in this city, a true legend and it's my delight and honor to present her with this Legends award."  
In her acceptance speech, Anderson noted that it is a wonderful time to be an artist and to "find what it is to make art in this particular world." She closed her speech with a short performance using electronic learning device called a pillows speaker that she inserted in her mouth to sing through to mimic the sound of a violin. Anderson bought the device to use to learn German in her sleep: "I tried that and it just made me super paranoid," she quipped. "I am also somebody who gets a charge out of putting electronics in my mouth," she joked. 
Salman Rushdie, Laurie Anderson, William Wegman, Margaret Russell, Dr. Thomas F. Schutte, and Juan Montoya
Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest Margaret Russell introduced long-time Pratt supporter Juan Montoya, saying he has been "dazzling us with with inspiring environments that are worldly, spirited, confident, well-referenced, and influential yet at the same time eminently livable." Montoya said: "The Legends award means so much to me. Although I went to another school, I have a great love and affinity for Pratt Institute, which I am so pleased has been part of my life for many years now." He added: "To me, receiving the Pratt Legends Award is like receiving the Academy Award."  
Special guests included: Kurt Andersen, Pratt Trustee, critically acclaimed author, and host of Studio 360; Kenneth P. Browne, Pratt alumnus and partner at Urban Development Partners; Amy Cappellazzo, Pratt Trustee and alumnus and chairman of post-war and contemporary development at Christie's; Anne Carson, poet, essayist, translator, and professor; Juliana Curran Terian, Pratt Trustee and chairwoman of the Rallye Group; Steven Holl, architect; James D. Kuhn, Pratt Trustee, and wife Marjorie Kuhn; Young Jean Lee, playwright and director; Leonard Lopate, host of The Leonard Lopate Show; Topaz Page-Green, model; Mike Pratt, Pratt Board of Trustees Chair and wife Carol Pratt; Thomas F. Schutte, Pratt President, and wife Tess Schutte; Robert Siegel, architect.
Pratt President Thomas F. Schutte addressing Legends 2011 guests
Legends 2011 was hosted by Pratt President Thomas F. Schutte and Board of Trustees Chair Mike Pratt. Trustee James D. Kuhn and Pratt friend Marjorie Kuhn served as chairs of the event. Trustee Juliana Curran Terian and Two Trees Management Company served as vice chairs. This year's benefit committee was made up of co-chairs Kurt Andersen, Amy Cappellazzo, and Marjorie Kuhn; Kenneth P. Browne; Carol and Mike Pratt; Stan Richards; Robert and Hazel Siegel; and Jane and David Walentas.

Current undergraduate industrial design student Hailey O'Connor also participated in the evening's speaking program, describing her experience as a Pratt student whose education is supported by scholarships. Jason Rivera, a student in the undergraduate industrial design program, designed the Pratt Legends Awards.
Legends 2011 Awards Designed by Pratt student Jason Rivera
The Legends 2011 ceremony was brought to a close with an intimate performance by Laurie Anderson followed by a set by DJ Derrick Adams, a graduate of Pratt Institute.
Past Legends Awards recipients include Ralph Appelbaum, Dale Chihuly, Fleur Cowles, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Michele Oka Doner, Cathy Hardwick, Tommy Hilfiger, Al Hirschfeld, Marc Jacobs, Helmut Jahn, Ellsworth Kelly, Emily Fisher Landau, Kenneth Lane, Naomi Leff, John Loring, Peter Marino, Mary McFadden, Richard Meier, Takashi Murakami, Beverly Pepper, Karim Rashid, Stanford Richards, Joan Rivers, David Rockwell, James Rosenquist, Julian Schnabel, Robert Siegel, Victor Skrebneski, Patti Smith, Barbara Tober, Pauline Trigère, Emanuel Ungaro, Bruce Weber, Stephan Weiss, Reba White Williams and Dave Williams, Robert Wilson, and Eva Zeisel. Past Corporate Legends include Lawrence Herbert, Pantone, Inc; Joseph Pacifico, CulinArt, Inc.; and Philip Morris.
2011 Pratt Legend William Wegman
2011 Pratt Legend Juan Montoya
Legends 2011 Award designer Jason Rivera
2011 Pratt Legend Laurie Anderson
Agnes Gund
Agnes Gund presenting Legends 2011 Award to William Wegman
Charles Storer, June Kelly, and Kevin Kingsley
Margaret Russell, Juan Montoya
Mark Stumer, Bruce Gitlin, and Gary Hattem
Steven Holl, Sara Stracey, and Robert Siegel
Cody Hughes, Raine Robertson, Hailey O'Conner, and Jason Rivera
David Marquis, Juliana Curran Terian
James D. Kuhn, Pratt President Thomas F. Schutte, and Mike Pratt
Marjorie Kuhn and Bridget Foley
Laurie Anderson performing after awards ceremony
The Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD) at NYU Langone Medical Center raised over $1.6 million at its 26th annual gala held last evening at The American Museum of Natural History.

The gala honored Frank A. Olson, chairman emeritus of The Hertz Corporation, and Andrew D. Rosenberg, MD, professor and executive vice chair, Department of Anesthesiology, and chief of anesthesiology at HJD, and was chaired by Gary D. Cohn, president and COO of Goldman Sachs. Soledad O'Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN/U.S., was special guest speaker.
Cocktails at The American Museum of Natural History
Demonstration of 3d training
This year's gala celebrated HJD's accomplishments as one of only five specialty hospitals in orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurology and rehabilitation in the country and its century of dedication to the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases. Through its physicians' and researchers' discoveries in medical and surgical innovation, HJD has earned international recognition in research, education and patient care – and improved the lives of countless people throughout the world. It is currently ranked among the nation's top 10 hospitals for both orthopaedics and rheumatology by the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals 2011-2012" survey.

HJD offers one of the most advanced orthopaedic programs in the region for musculoskeletal disorders and has the largest pediatric orthopaedic program in New York City. In addition, HJD is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Dr. Robert I. Grossman, Ken Langone, Dr. Joseph Zuckerman, Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, Gary D. Cohn, and Dr. Steven Abramson
Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, Gary Bettman, Dr. Maris Rosenberg, Shira Rosenberg, and Brian Liebman
Those in attendance included: Ken Langone, chairman of the Board of Trustees, NYU Langone Medical Center, Lisa Pevaroff Cohn, Felix Kaufman, PhD, Patricia and William Perlmuth, David Fiszel, Merrill Kraines, M. Steven Langman, Beryl Snyder, Anthony G. Viscogliosi, Kitty and Nicholas Brady, Bonnie and Robert Konigsberg, James P. Riley Jr., Michael Gardner, Lance West, Rory Riggs, and Gary Bettman.
Dinner in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
In addressing the crowd of approximately 630 guests, Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, said, "HJD's legacy of innovative care stretches back over a century, and because of your support, the boundaries of science and medicine will continue to be pushed at HJD as they combine cutting-edge research, advanced clinical practice, innovative rehabilitation care, and compassionate care and wellness services for patients with bone, joint, muscle, or connective tissue conditions. Our exceptional faculty and staff continue to provide excellent care for the ever-increasing share of our population that is being affected by musculoskeletal conditions, and we are pleased to celebrate their work with you this evening."

In addition to Dr. Grossman, Steven B. Abramson, MD, senior vice president and vice dean for education, faculty and academic affairs, director, Division of Rheumatology, and Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and surgeon-in-chief at HJD, served as physician chairs of the gala.
Robert I. Grossman, Frank Olson, Sarah Olson, Ken Langone, and Gary D Cohn
Patricia Dugan-Perlmuth and Bill Perlmuth
Robert I Grossman, MD and Dr. Elisabeth Cohen
Barbara and Ted Bartwink
Denise and Dr Michael Margiotta
Kitty Brady, Nicolas Brady,and Tom Riles
David J. Fiszel, Sarah Fiszel, Lisa Pevaroff Cohn, and Gary D. Cohn
Lisa Pevaroff Cohn, Jennifer Padovani, and Elsa Raskin
Tim Chiodo, April Davis, and Matt Foulds
Nana and Robert Wolf
Soledad O'Brien
David and Melinda Dibner
Bob Konigsberg and Ann Juster
Jim Riley, Lisa Pevaroff Cohn, and Ken Langone
Last of Halloween. Doubles hosted its annual 'Ghosties and Goodies' party for children of members up to the age of seven. This year, 250 little ones came knocking for tricks and treats on Miss Wendy's secret door to the basement of the Sherry-Netherland.
While some mummys and daddys joined their princes and princesses for Chicken McDoubles and Halloween cookies at beautifully decorated tables around the club dining room, others enjoyed watching DJ Matt and MC Kevin (dressed as a Dalmatian) thrill their little Michael Jackson's on the disco floor! Magic Al provided tricks for all ages and Daisy Doodle treated those who could sit still to some marvelous face painting. A wicked good time was had by all!

Photographs by Annie Watt (HJD); Cutty McGill (Doubles); Rob Rich (Arts Horizons).
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