|Chess-in-the-Schools (CIS) hosted their 2011 Benefit Celebration presenting their College Bound Partnership Awards to Castle Harlan, Inc. and Ramapo for Children.
Both organizations are avid supporters of CIS and the College Bound Program, which provided scholarships to all CIS college bound seniors. The annual benefit hosted over 200 friends of CIS and raised 1.2 million to benefit their programs.
|Chess-in-the-Schools, a NYC nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving academic performance and building self-esteem among students in inner New York City, Title 1, public schools through the game of chess. There are more than 50 elementary and middle schools in New York City participating in this program, which means over 13,000 students will learn to play chess in the 2010-2011 school year.
Since Chess-in-the-School was founded in 1986, more than 500,000 children have been taught the game of chess.
|Last Thursday night was the opening of Robin Williams' Broadway debut in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, at the Richard Rodgers Theater.|
|Also last Thursday night at Sperone-Westwater at 257 Bowery they held the opening reception for Malcolm Morley's Rules of Engagement ...|
|Also last Thursday night at the Barrow Street Theater, they debuted Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, a new comedy written by (and starring) Mr. Birbiglia.|
|The Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), hosted a special black tie dinner earlier last month to celebrate the opening of its first permanent home, the new DiMenna Center for Classical Music. The official opening was the day before on March 8th. The dinner provided the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Orchestra’s generous supporters.
The evening featured an intimate performance by the orchestra and acclaimed violinist Christian Tetzlaff, followed by dinner and dancing to waltzes. The center is named for Joe and Diana DiMenna, who were honored for their leadership and dedication to Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Other notable attendees included OSL Chairman Norman S. Benzaquen, Jonathan Rose, Art Samberg, and Judy Zankel.
|The opening of the DiMenna Center marks a new chapter for OSL which has served New York’s audiences for the past 36 years. In addition to serving as St. Luke’s creative and administrative home, it also will provide a vital new rehearsal and recording resource in New York for local and touring musicians.
The dinner followed a series of opening festivities including: a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a special performance by Orchestra of St. Luke’s with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the world premiere of involuntary, a fanfare commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.
|Last Tuesday night, more than 400 gathered at Gotham Hall to toast Bentley Meeker, world-renowned lighting expert who was celebrating the publication of his book Light X Design, a stunning visual collection of his work.
Bentley, who is a hail-fellow-well-met kind of guy was also celebrating 20 years of unrivaled experience in his field. His vast portfolio of work ranges from the simple yet notable events, to elaborate weddings, large-scale private events, and galas for such clients as Kanye West, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Robert DeNiro, and the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. His new book features case studies of work by the inimitable lighting design guru, detailing two decades of glamorous and sublime illuminations. Notable examples include P. Diddy's 40th birthday party, and the weddings of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones and Melissa Rivers’ iconic winter wedding.
|Among those attending were stylist Patricia Field, Jay McInerney, Elena Brower, Cassandra Seidenfeld, R. Couri Hay, Michele Gerber Klein, Harriette Rose Katz, Elaine Sargent, and Dr. Shawn Sadri. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by Thomas Preti Caterers displayed on floating plexiglass buffet tables, which hung from the ceiling and music by DJ Louie Vega.|
|Photographs by Patrickmcmullan.com|