Friday, May 27, 2011

Diamond Anniversaries and Crystal Parties

Dr. Cecelia McCarton addresses the guests at The McCarton Foundation's 10th Year Diamond Anniversary.
On Monday May 16th The McCarton Foundation for autism and cognitive learning disorders celebrated its 10th Year Diamond Anniversary at the Chelsea Piers.

Over 600 people applauded the remarkable achievement of Dr. Cecelia McCarton and her team for the great strides made in autism education by the Foundation. Rita Cosby, the emcee, congratulated the 7 founding families as well as made a special thanks to Dr. McCarton for her leadership. Parents Dr. Jacob Chachkes and Charles Esses spoke passionately about how the School changed their lives by transforming their children and bringing hope and happiness into their world.
Carlos Rodriquez, Maria and Edmond Cienava, and Melissa and John Schneider
Ruth and Jerry Maisel, Erwin and Fran Levine, and Beverly Bigen
David Baldwin, Roberta Lowenstein, Karen and Mitchel Abraham, and Dr. Leslie Prichep
David Baldwin, Lorraine Cantro, Rita Cosby, Terry Watkins, and Roberta Lowenstein
Dinner ...
... and dancing
The evening's Honoree Lou Toscano, VP Corporate Events at Morgan Stanley, treated the audience to a live performance by his daughter Talina--who despite being autistic has risen the ranks as an up and coming singer.

The crowd including Roberta Lowenstein, Penny Toepfer, Andrea and Adam Usdan, Susan Brune and Chip Loewenson, Andreas and Katie Hildebrand, Stefano Natella and Alainn Bailey, Milena Herrera Lopez and Frank Lopez, Suzanne and Shawn Rubin, John and Carol McEnerney, Jill Robbins, Elyse Kroll, Karin and Alan Wilzig, Sig Ackerman, Kristen McLaughlin, Daisy and Alexander Chaplin, Richard Burns and Judy Kofman, Gopa and Jay Dobson, Maggie and Robert Eigen, Valerie and Robert Goldfein danced to the Michael Herman Band under a sea of pink cherry blossoms.
John and Carol McEnerney
Lindsay Brightman and Andrew Urbanski
Dr. Cecelia McCarton
Mia and Melanie Asofsky with cut out of brother Max
Ellen Monness
Beverly and George Szakacs
Eric Yoon and Joe Pierce
Robert Zengotita, Teri O'Neill, and Sandra Richards
Mary McLaughlin and TJ Connolly
Suzanne Rubin and Michele Russell Johnson
Andrea and Adam Usdan
Lou Toscano and Talina
Olivia Tromm and Joe Pierce
Marrolin Beauzile and Pebbles Byndloss
John and Christine Williams
Robert and Valerie Goldfein, Diane and Jay Goldsmith
Chad Kafprzak, Kathe Friedman, Peter Prinstein, and Susan Harte
Larry and Jill Oshin
Lawrence Putterman and Loralee Ballesteros
Peter Gerhardt education Dir of McCarton School and Dr Cecelia McCarton
Isaac and Sharon Sitt
Nicole and Mark Tiger with Hayden
Tracey Walsh, Annalise and Gary Mayerson
Seymore Gussack, Peter Pollack, and Steven A Cohen
Kate and Richard Owen
Leila Pinto and Paul Winum
Elyse Kroll
Susan and Albert Maniscalco
Alexander and Daisy Chaplin
Dr Jacob Chachkes
Allison Black and Shaim Shimonov
Michele Pierce Burns and Daniel Anderson
Christine Beffay and Whitney Loy
Cindy Farkas Glanzrock and James Libby
Karin and Alan Wilzig
Tomaczeck Bednarek, auctioneer
Jay Dobson and Gopa Dobson
Kyle Reiter and Dr. Gayatri Devi
Sig Ackerman and Dr Cecelia McCarton
Ellie Libby and James Libby
Approximately 1,300 leaders, staff, and friends of The Mount Sinai Medical Center gathered on Thursday, May 5, under an enormous tent at the Central Park Conservatory Garden to celebrate a year of significant discoveries and accomplishments for Mount Sinai, at the 26th Crystal Party. The annual spring event, hosted by Mount Sinai Trustee Jeff T. Blau and his wife Lisa, raised more than $3 million that will be used to support medical research initiatives at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Guests enjoyed cocktails, a three-course meal, and live music as they danced and mingled. The event was held within view of Mount Sinai’s new 12- story Center for Science and Medicine. The building is scheduled for completion in 2012.
Andrew and Zibby Right, Alexander Silverman and Lauren Hochfelder Silverman, Kasra, and Sarina Sanandaji
Edgar Cullman, Jr., Ellie Cullman, Samuel Guillory, MD, Elizabeth Guillory, and Stuart Oravetz
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States.

It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Kenneth L. Davis, MD, Bonnie M. Davis, MD, Lisa Blau, Jeff T. Blau, Leni May, and Peter W. May
James Crystal, Andrew Saul, Denise Saul, Jonathan Crystal, Darcie Crystal, and Jean Crystal
The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place.

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Beverly Riddick, Victor Franklin, and Carla Harris
Cheryl and Michael Minikes
Glenn Dubin and Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD
Teddy and Ellen Schwarzman
Lisa and Jeff T. Blau (2011 Crystal MtSinai Chairmen)
John and Betty Levin, Dennis S. Charney, MD, and Andrea Charney
Jonathan Salky and Joy Sisisky
Jon and Lizzie Tisch
Richard and Susan Friedman, Jane Martin, PhD, and Stuart Katz
Diane and Blaine V. Fogg
Janice Savin Williams and Christopher Williams
Earlier this month the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) held its annual Bal du Printemps Gala at The Pierre. More than 300 supporters attended and raised $600,000 for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and its research programs. Ernie Anastos and Nick Gregory, Fox 5 News, served as the evening’s emcee.

This year, Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, received the Page and William Black Humanitarian Award.

John A. Thain, Chairman and CEO of CIT Group, Inc. was Dinner Chair. Page Morton Black and Amy Goldman were the Honorary Chairs. Margo Catsimatidis, Jill Taub Drury, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Stevi Gurkoff, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., Isobel Robins Konecky and Arlene Levine were the Gala Co-Chairs.

John K. Castle, John Catsimatidis
and Alan C. Greenberg were the Corporate Co-Chairs. Stephen M. Ackerman, Howard DeWitt Morgan, Domna Stanton, Ph.D. and Sandra Feagan Stern, Ed.D. were the Chairmen’s Committee.
Nick Gregory, Ernie Anastos, Margo Catsimatidis, Robin Elliott, and John Catsimatidis
The Bal du Printemps has been cultivated over the years by Page Morton Black, Chairman of the PDF Board and wife of the late William Black, founder of PDF.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. PDF was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson’s disease. PDF is working for nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and care partners through educational programs and services.

Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $85 million to fund the research of leading scientists throughout the world and over $34 million to support national education and advocacy initiatives.

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Daniel Antonovich, Louise Spiezio, and Joseph Spiezio
Amy Hoen, Dennis Hoen, and Howard Morgan
Irving Salem and Gloria Kronenberg
Bob Benjamin and Valeria Ruggerio
Dr. John J. Connolly and Ingrid Connolly
Robin Elliott, Marsha Ackerman, Dr. Sheila Gordon, and Stephen Ackerman
Jennifer Stern, Russ Stern, Doug Stern, and Lisa Stern
Sarah Belk Gambrell
Gerald Brenner, Isobel Konecky, and Jennifer Konecky
Kyle Blackmon
Nick Gregory, Margo Catsimatidis, and Dr. Karen Burke Goulandris
Ernie Anastos, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, and Andrew Pittel
Missy Egbert Sheehan and G. Pennington Egbert III
Charlotte Fahn and Dr. Stanley Fahn
Evan and Sandra Feagan Stern
Carmen and John Thain
Robin Elliott, Margo Catsimatidis, and John Catsimatidis
Dr. Nancy Green, Dr. Richard Mayeux, Dr. Herbert Pardes, and Dr. Nancy Wexler
Richard Soloway and Donna Soloway
The Actors Fund’s Annual Gala, held on Monday, May 23, 2011 at the Marriott Marquis, honored Tony and Emmy Award winning actress and current star of “The Addams Family,” Bebe Neuwirth (“Chicago,” “Sweet Charity,” “Cheers,” “Frasier”); Tony, Emmy and Academy Award winning actor Al Pacino (“The Godfather: Parts I, II and III,” “Scent of a Woman,” HBO’s “Angels in America” and “You Don’t Know Jack,” “The Merchant of Venice”), and Vice President, Market General Manager for New York City’s Marriott & Renaissance Hotels Michael J. Stengel, as the New York Marriott Marquis celebrates its 25th anniversary of commitment to Broadway and Times Square.

Angela Lansbury and Bebe Neuwirth
Neuwirth was recognized for her 12 years of services as a trustee of The Actors Fund, and the founder of The Dancers’ Resource—a program of The Actors Fund aimed at relieving the particular emotional and physical challenges faced by dancers. Both Neuwirth and Stengel will receive The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, and Pacino will receive the Lee Strasberg Artistic Achievement Award.

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone—performers and those behind the scenes—who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online.

Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has—for nearly 130 years—been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition.

In attendance were previous Actors Fund Medal of Honor Recipients and honorees Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Jonathan Tisch, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley.

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Michael J. Stengel, Mrs. Stengel, and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Alec and Steven Baldwin
Kathie Lee Gifford
Dominic Chianese
Ann Reinking
Annette Bening
Michael J. Stengel, Joe Benincasa, Abby Schroeder, and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Angela Lansbury and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
David Marriott and Bebe Neuwirth
Ken Howard and Linda Howard
Chris Conlan and Bebe Neuwirth
Andy Reed and Wife
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bonnie Comley, and Stewart Lane
Liz Calloway
Bebe Neuwirth, John Tisch, and Lizzy Tisch
Margot Niederlander and Jimmy Niederlander Jr.

Photographs by ANN WATT (McCarton); Rob Rich (Actor's Fund); (PDF)
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