Monday, June 20, 2011

Dreamers and Doers

Chelsea Dreamers at 2011 “I Have A Dream” Foundation Spring Gala.
Four celebrated interior designers participated in this year’s Landscape Pleasures: Inside/Outside, the Parrish Art Museum’s annual two-day horticulture event and fund-raiser Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12. The program kicked off with a Saturday morning symposium, featuring talks by Mario Buatta, Alexa Hampton, Charlotte Moss, and William Sofield. On Sunday, four of the most spectacular gardens in the area, all owned by interior designers, were opened to participants for self-guided tours. Designers whose gardens were featured: Steven Gambrel (Sag Harbor), John Barman and Kelly Graham (Sagaponack), William Sofield and Dennis Anderson (Southampton), and Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper (East Hampton). Co-Chairs for this year’s event were Lillian Cohen, Perry Guillot, and Marty McLanahan.

Landscape Pleasures is made possible, in part, by Lillian and Joel Cohen, Michael Raynes, HSBC Bank USA, Mrs. Mildred C. Brinn, Susan and Alvin Chereskin, Gale and Ira Drukier, Elizabeth and David Granville-Smith, Landscape Details Inc., Dorothy Lichtenstein, and Arthur L. Loeb. Hamptons Cottages & Gardens is the media partner for the event. Michael Raynes hosted a cocktail party for the sponsors, benefactors and patrons.
Jon Ambrose/Margaret DiCristofaro/Stephanie Shunk/Elizabeth Norman/Jim Brasher
Jon Ambrose, Margaret DiCristofaro, Stephanie Shunk, Elizabeth Norman, and Jim Brasher
Francesca and Chris Beale, Nina Peyton, Mary Wick
Francesca and Chris Beale, Nina Peyton, and Mary Wick
Dennis Longwell, Dorothea Rockburne, Alicia Longwell, Linda Hackett, Russell Munson
Dennis Longwell, Dorothea Rockburne, Alicia Longwell, Linda Hackett, and Russell Munson
Shelly Arthur, Kristen Gironda, Michele Siegel, Zan Wick
Shelly Arthur, Kristen Gironda, Michele Siegel, and Zan Wick
Kay Gilman, Stephanie Madison, Mildred Brinn, Kendra Korczak
Kay Gilman, Stephanie Madison, Mildred Brinn, and Kendra Korczak
Stephen Raynes, Eleanor Roper, Michael Raynes
Stephen Raynes, Eleanor Roper, and Michael Raynes
James Anderson, Nancy Raynes Dubow
James Anderson and Nancy Raynes Dubow
Claire Potter, Leslie Horn
Claire Potter and Leslie Horn
Alejandro Saralegui, Kendell Cronstrom
Alejandro Saralegui and Kendell Cronstrom
Mary and Peter Kaye, Colleen Dieter
Mary and Peter Kaye and Colleen Dieter
Leigh Crystal, Keren and Yves Ringler
Leigh Crystal, and Keren and Yves Ringler
Lorraine Vidal, Robert and Diane Martinson
Lorraine Vidal, and Robert and Diane Martinson
Yves and Keren Ringler
Yves and Keren Ringler
Martha McLanahan, Perry Guillot
Martha McLanahan and Perry Guillot
Kelly Graham, John Barman
Kelly Graham and John Barman
Ellen and Larry Sosnow
Ellen and Larry Sosnow
David McDonald, Devin Eldridge
David McDonald and Devin Eldridge
Michael and Dwyer Derrig
Michael and Dwyer Derrig
Michael LaRocca, Marina Maher
Michael LaRocca and Marina Maher
David and Pamela Banker
David and Pamela Banker
Gayle Perkins Atkins, Karen Phillips
Gayle Perkins Atkins and Karen Phillips
Former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean, Time to Know Founder Shmuel Meitar, and Catapult Learning President and CEO Stuart Udell were the guests of honor at the 2011 “I Have A Dream” Foundation Spring Gala, which took place on June 14th at 583 Park Avenue. This very special occasion also marked the 30th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation founded by Eugene M. Lang.

Gov. Kean was the recipient of the Eugene M. Lang Lifetime Achievement Award, introduced by former United States Senator Bob Kerrey, President Emeritus, The New School. Mr. Meitar was the recipient of the Innovator’s Award, introduced by Marc Sternberg, Deputy Chancellor of Portfolio Planning, New York City Department of Education. Mr. Udell was the recipient of the Education Warrior’s Award, introduced by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor & Secretary of State.
An awesome table of kids
Democracy Prep World Percussion Ensemble
"We are truly fortunate to honor three such distinguished leaders who are committed to improving the education of our young people," said Iris Chen, President & CEO of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation. "Their bold and innovative thinking along with their leadership and conviction – all on behalf of the nation’s most under-served students - - have moved us closer to our vision that one day, every child in every neighborhood will have the opportunity to achieve higher education and capitalize on their talents and passions.”

Additional honorees at the Gala were Rafael Rodriguez, CEO, Brace Yourself, P.C., recipient of the “Spirit of the Dream” Alumni Achievement Award, introduced by Michelle Hord-White, Director of Talent Recruitment and Development, ABC News. Special recognition was given to Eugene M. Lang, lifelong philanthropist and Founder of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, introduced by Musukulah Kromah, Dreamer, “I Have A Dream” Foundation–Newark; and Arthur Levine, President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Honoree Thomas H Kean
Honoree Shmuel Meitar
Honoree Stuart Udell
Rafael Rodriguez and Eugene M Lang
NJ Lt Gov Kim Guadagno
Musukulah Kromah, Arthur Levine, and Eugene Lang
Long Dreamer Alumna, Chanel Edwards
Brunilda Guzman and Adalynn Pagan
Michelle Hord-White
Iris Chen
Honorary Chairs for the IHAD Spring Gala: Matthew Goldstein, Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston, United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Arthur Levine, Kenneth D. Merin, Margaret Spellings, and Former United States Senator Harris Wofford. Warren Eisenberg, Jeffrey Fromm, Jeffrey Gural, and J. Ronald Terwilliger served as Co-Chairs. 

Since its founding in 1981, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation has worked to change a critical reality: in our nation today, only 10% of students in low-income communities are expected to earn a college degree. The “I Have A Dream” Foundation vision is that one day, every student in every neighborhood will have the opportunity to achieve higher education and capitalize fully on their talents and passions. “I Have A Dream” Foundation has impacted the lives of more than 14,000 students in urban and rural communities, sponsoring entire cohorts of students from elementary school through high school.
Carlos Watson
Iris Chen, President & CEO
Marc Sternberg
Upon graduation, each ‘Dreamer’ receives guaranteed tuition assistance for higher education. Today, more than 3,000 Dreamers are working their way to college in 17 states, Washington, D.C., and New Zealand, following the 11,000 alumni who came before them. In many sites, Dreamers are graduating from high school at twice or even triple the rate of their peers. Many Dreamers will be the first in their families to earn a college degree.

As “I Have A Dream” Foundation looks to the future, it is building on its legacy to launch an ambitious new model to work with some of the nation’s top school reformers to enable many more students to reach and graduate from college on a large and sustainable scale. For more information visit
Shmuel Meitar, US Senator Bob Kerrey, former Gov Thomas H Kean, and Stuart Udell
Myrna Dyson and Hasan Johnson
Leroy Lyons and Dr Inez Durham
Marcus Beasley, Shirley Pierre-Louis, Sheryce Woolery, and Kim Buxton
Erin Ward and Gowi Daswina
Nellie Simon, Jane Cavallaro, Michelle Gansberg, and Alice Cutler
Kathleen Giordano and Alma Ceballos
Zaria Taylor and Musukulah Kromah
Deyna Nelson and Dr Stephen Appea, Principal PS 327
Keith McCormick and Stephanie Andujar
Ray, Mark, Nicole, and Sergio Fornasiero, and Virginia Hersek
Arquan Leonard Jr and Voni Deeds
Abbey Muneer and Laura Korpa
Anthony Carter, Braynard Brown, and Kevin Boothe
Shmuel Meitar and Dreamers
Joel Rubin, Jeffrey A Fromm, and Karen Williamson
Cassidy Arkin and Melodi White
Anthony Carter and Samuel Baez
Abbey Muneer and Susan Pinco
Tricia Tumlinson, Jessica Nadaud, and Stephanie Durning
Arisleyda and Rafael Rodriguez
Joel Rubin, Stuart and Stacey Udell
Abel Salgado and Joel Rubin
Jose Hiraldo, Kevin Boothe, Marquis Baggett, and Braynard Brown
Udell family
Louise Dube, Charlotte Frank, and Shmuel Meitar
Stephanie Sosa and Chelsea Bueno
Don Wortzel, Lee Wortzel, Faith Gordon, and Richard Gordon
Sari G. Factor
Hank Foster and Shirley Andrews
Jeffrey A Fromm and Braynard Brown
J Ronald Terwilliger and Anthony Carter
Fred and Helen Frazier
Thierry Cazeau, Brandielee Johnson, Jamie Caceres, and Harold Friedman
Karlisle Honore and Ravenswood 2 Dreamers - Willie Britton, Samuel Baez, and Chelsea Bueno
Sherry Ulery, Traci Burgess, and Barbara Byrd-Bennett
Kristen Campbell and Seppy Basili
Thierry Cazeau, Eugene M Lang, and friend
Llewellyn P. Haden, Jr. and Joseph S. Brosnan
Catherine Diamond, Eugene Lang, and Jan Liss
Ray Llanos, Keith McCormick, Catherine Diamond, Eugene Lang, and Jan Liss
Joan Azrack and Annie Ballaine
Eva Gonzalez,Willie Britton, and Nydia Zapata
Tim McNiff, Annemarie Hochkeppel, Pat Lacognata, and Peter Vallone
Sy Fleigel, Thomas H. Kean, Seth Andrew, and Kenneth D. Merrin
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 2011 New York Tribute Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental honored Elizabeth and Oliver Stanton for their support of the Museum for more than a decade, including serving as lead sponsors of the Museum’s Voices on Antisemitism podcast series. Hannah Rosenthal, the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism was the keynote speaker. NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander was the event moderator.
“The Museum seeks not only to educate people, especially youth, about the past, but to inspire them to prevent such events from reoccurring,” says Museum Chairman Tom A. Bernstein. “Crucial to this effort are programs like Voices on Antisemitism which invites a range of individuals to reflect on the dangers of hate today. The Stantons’ exceptional generosity has enabled us to reach students, educators, and many others nationwide.”    
Elisa and Jeffrey Port with Renee and Richard Barasch
Mark Mellon, Babette Bloch, and Diane and Howard Wohl
Peter Alexander, Blake Breslow, and Stacey and Marc Saiontz
Voices on Antisemitism debuted in 2006 and features interviews with a variety individuals—including Elie Wiesel, Ray Allen, Russell Simmons, Imam Mohamed Magid, Shawn Green, Father John Pawlikowski, and many other public personalities and leaders from the fields of  entertainment,  media, sports, and more—who discuss the continuing impact that hatred and antisemitism have on society today. The interviews are available at no cost on the Museum’s Web site and by clicking here.
Regina and Stephen Solomonw with Ruth Stanton and Alan Doft
Sara Bloomfield, Oliver Stanton, Elizabeth Stanton, and Tom Bernstein
Sally and Marshall Tycher, Danielle and Jonathan Auerbach, Betty Pantirer Schwartz and Howard Schwartz, Julie and Reuben Kopel, Deborah and Eric Edell, and Mira Levenson
Dinner chairs were Andi and Tom Bernstein; Samantha and Nils Brous; Eva Cooper; Jill and Lloyd Harris; Amy and Phil Heilberg; Judie and Howard L. Ganek; Betsy and Doug Korn; Elisa and Alan Pines; Judith and Burton Resnick; Sheila Johnson Robbins; Anita and Mark Sarna; Betty Pantirer Schwartz and Howard Schwartz; Elinor A. Seevak; Nina and Andrew Shapiro; Jane and Jim Spingarn; Ronald Stanton; Ruth Stanton; Mindy and Howard Unger; Valerie and Jeff Wilpon; and Diane and Howard Wohl.
For more information,
Diane and Howard Wohl
Eli Zabar and Devon Fredericks
Elinor Seevak and Judith Colton
Eva Cooper and Elisabeth Doft
Glenn Sapadin and Alan Pines
Judith and Stewart Colton
Hannah Rosenthal
Nancy and Morris Offit
Ronald Stanton and Howard Ganek
Oliver and Elizabeth Stanton
On Thursday, a week ago, at the Urban Zen Center at the Stephan Weiss Studio on Greenwich Street, in celebration of the life and work of the late Stephan Weiss, Donna Karan established The Urban Zen Stephan Weiss Apple Awards, honoring recipients in the areas of Education, Healthcare and the Preservation of  Culture. They honored former President Bill Clinton, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Courtney Ross.
Among those attending: Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Martha Stewart, Donna Karan, Michael Douglas, Calvin Klein, Russell Simmons, Andre Balazs, Anna Wintour, Glenda Bailey, Keith Richards, Patti Hansen, Kenneth Cole, Mickey Drexler, Kelly Klein, Marci Klein, Ingrid Sischy, Ross Bleckner, Russell James, Sandy Gallin, Tina Brown, Trudie Styler, Deborra-Lee Jackman, Eve Ensler.
Courtney Ross
Courtney Ross
Gianpaolo de Felice, Andrew Saffir, Daniel Benedict
Gianpaolo de Felice, Andrew Saffir, and Daniel Benedict
Dr Mehmet Oz
Dr. Mehmet Oz
Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Patti Hansen
Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and Patti Hansen
Donna Karan, US President Bill Clinton
Donna Karan and US President Bill Clinton
Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker
Betsy Johnson
Betsy Johnson
Dr Erin Gilbert, Irina Pantaeva
Dr Erin Gilbert and Irina Pantaeva
Gabby Karan DeFelice
Gabby Karan DeFelice
Robert Thurman, Uma Thurman
Robert and Uma Thurman
Miri Ben-Ari
Keith Richards, Patti Hansen
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen
Kenneth Cole
Kenneth Cole
Kelly Klein
Kelly Klein
Glenda Bailey
Glenda Bailey
Wyclef Jean
Nadja Swarovski-Adams and Rupert Adams hosted an evening of dinner and design with a festive gourmet dinner at Cafe Kristall at Swarovski Crystallized on Mercer Street.
They were showcasing their two favorite chefs -- Kurt Gutenbrunner of Wallse and Eric Chavot from Windsor, Florida where the Swarovskis have a vacation home.
Adelina Wong Ettelson
Scott Currie and Charles Russell
Eva Lorenzotti
Betsy Hanley and Nadja Swarovski
Danna Swarvoski
Marisa Brown and Amanda Ross
Kurt Gutenbrunner and Eric Chavot
Mario Buatta
Helmut Swarovski and Danna Swarvoski
Jennifer Creel
Michael Billings and Mary Catherine Nabab
Marjorie Gubelmann and Nate Berkus
Marisa Brown
Nadja Swarovski and Rupert Adams
Peter Lyden and Sarah Medford
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Helmut Swarovski

Photographs by Richard Lewin (Parrish); ANN WATT (I Have A Dream); Michael Priest Photography/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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