Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, Patrick Kennedy, Dr. Stuart Ablon, Shonda Schilling, Garen Staglin, Janine Francolini, and Karenna Gore Schiff
Last Saturday, the Flawless Foundation celebrated its most recent accomplishments with its 2nd annual Perfection Party at the Otto Khan and James Burden Mansions.

This year’s special honorees include J. Stuart Ablon, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, and Director of Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, a top child and adolescent psychiatrist; and founder of the Child Mind Institute, Shonda Schilling, author of the New York Times Best Seller, “The Best Kind of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome,” and wife of retired Major League Baseball pitcher, Curt Schilling, as well as Shari and Garen Staglin, founders of the International Mental Health Research Organization, and cofounders of both The Next Frontier of the Brain campaign with Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and BringChange2Mind with Glenn Close and others.

Rhode Island U.S. House Representative and mental health advocate, Patrick Kennedy, was the evening’s honorary Chair. Jim and Lauren Watkins and Josie Wechsler were Co-Chairs.

A panel discussion titled “The Best Kind of Different,” and a champagne reception was followed by dinner. The panel comprised Ablon, Koplewicz, Schilling and the Staglins, and was moderated by civil and children’s rights attorney, television host and author of the upcoming book, “Think: How to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World,” Lisa Bloom.

The Flawless Foundation is deeply committed to humane, compassionate care for children with brain disorders. Together, with your support, we can create miracles for these Flawless children.
Patrick Kennedy, Amy Petitgout, and Dr. Stuart Ablon
Amanda Weil, Pierre Hauser, and Lori Sutherland
Lori Sutherland, Donna Otmani, and Rochelle Schieck
Ginger Kilbane, Miles Dixon, Tara Dixon, and Alice Petzold
Pamela Morgan
Jim Watkins
Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz
Dr. Bill Wood, Eliza Rosenbaum, Lidia Rosenbaum, and Dr. Jerrold Rosenbaum
Emily McSweeney, Gehrig Schilling, and Shonda Schilling
David Lee and Merope Lolis
Joe Schmidt, Tyrrell Schmidt, Abby Schmidt, and Brooke Schmidt
Last Thursday night, while Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton were performing at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, over at Lincoln Center proper, Neil Patrick Harris was leading the all-star cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Company with The New York Philharmonic. Performances. The now classic was such a hit that it sold out for the following two days. Produced and directed by Lonny Price, and conducted by Sondheim specialist, Paul Gemignani with the original orchestrations for a 35-piece orchestra by Jonathan Tunick, the production was also videotaped for a release in movie theaters this June. 

Joining Harris in Company: Patti Lupone as Joanne, Jon Cryer as David, Stephen Colbert (yes, that Stephen Colbert) as Harry, Christina Hendricks as April, Anika Noni Rose as Marta, Martha Plimpton as Sarah, Jim Walton as Larry, Craig Bierko as Peter, Katie Finneran as Amy, Adam Lazar as Paul, Jill Paice as Susan, Jennifer Laura Thompson as Jenny, and Chryssie Whitehead as Kathy.

The show, with music and lyrics by Sondheim, book by George Furth was originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince and was the winner of the 1971 Tony Award for Best Musical.

The New York Philharmonic is bringing this production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company to movie theaters this summer with the help of producers; Lonny Price, Matt Cowat, Ellen M. Krass, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley and Screenvision.
Martha Plimpton
Lonny Price
Ruth Henderson
Gillian Miniter
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley
Stephen Sondheim Dress
Anika Noni Rose
John Benjamin Hickey
Alec Baldwin and Yongmei Hu
Michael Tilson Thomas
Sylvester Miniter and Gillian Miniter
Chryssie Whitehead
Daisy Soros
Elaine Stritch
Jon Cryer and Jill Paice
Daniel Davis
David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris
Last Wednesday night the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) raised $2.1 million at their 34th Annual Benefit Dinner at Three Sixty in Tribeca. Executive Director James Wendorf announced this year's Call to Action: to help ensure that the 1 million school children with LD, currently being failed by many of our school systems, will graduate with a standard high school diploma. The uniting theme of the evening was “Celebrating the Power of Parents.” 

Brown presented this year’s Parent Advocate Award to President of The New York Public Library Paul LeClerc, noting his incredible optimism, tireless work on behalf of his son, and “great pancake-making skills.” LeClerc said, “American Society is more open now than ever before and parents are more comfortable talking about LD. I’m so grateful that there are now state and city laws protecting our children and we as parents are ready to litigate.”
Grace Hightower De Niro presented a Parent Advocate Award to Juanita James and Dudley Williams. “As a parent of a wonderful special needs boy, I understand the long search parents go through to provide for the well-being of their children,” said Hightower De Niro. James agreed, adding, “They must work so much harder to earn what we take for granted.” Board Member Mark Griffin presented a Parent Advocate Award to Mary Q. Pedersen, who spoke of her own struggle with LD and those of her daughter.

Paula Zahn gave a passionate appearance as Benefit Emcee. Al Roker and Anne Ford presented the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarships -- two $10,000 college scholarships -- to graduating seniors with LD, Jared Schmidt and Eleigha Love.

 NCLD is the largest organization in the US fighting for parents and children with learning disabilities. For over three decades NCLD has worked from Capitol Hill to the classroom to support the 15 million Americans with LD. For more information go to www.LD.org.
Anne Ford, Mary Peterson, and Tina Sloan McPherson
Philip Kent Cooke, Nancy Poses, and Fred Poses
Al Roker
Arthur Bellows and Jody Bellows
Anne Ford and Eleigha Love
Tina Brown and Paul LeClerc
Dana Buchman
Jared Schmidt and Al Roker
James Wendorf, Anne Ford, Nancy Poses, and Fred Poses
James Wendorf, Mary Kalikow, and Peter Kalikow
Paula Zahn
Steve Kahn, Jaymee Kahn, Jarrod Kahn, and Glen Schanen
Grace Hightower
Tina Brown, Nancy Poses, and Fred Poses
Lenard Tessler and Fern Tessler
Juanita James, Dudley Williams, and Grace Hightower
Paul LeClerc and Judith Ginsberg
Eleigha Love and Jared Schmidt
Farah Moinian
Sir Harry Evans and Mark Griffin
Christina Sterner and Michael Berty
Sir Harry Evans and Paula Zahn
Saks Fifth Avenue hosted Citymeals-on-Wheels and Café Boulud in their 10022-SHOE salon on Tuesday night to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels. The guests enjoyed pastries courtesy of Pastry Chef Noah Carroll from Café Boulud and shopped for their cause. 

10% of the evening’s proceeds were donated to Citymeals-on-Wheels, which provides weekend, holiday and emergency meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers. Last year alone Citymeals delivered over two million meals to 16,000 frail aged. 100% of all public donations to Citymeals-on-Wheels go to meal preparation and delivery. 
Lizzy Tish, Noah Carroll, Dori Cooperman, Suri Kasirer, Janet Rodgers, Marcia Stein, John Pomerantz
Lizzy Tish, Noah Carroll, Dori Cooperman, Suri Kasirer, Janet Rodgers, Marcia Stein, and John Pomerantz
Attendees of the fashion event included Lizzie Tish, Dori Cooperman, Suri Kasirer, Ruth Finley, and Marcia Stein. 
Suri Kasirer, Noah Carroll, Anne Cohen
Suri Kasirer, Noah Carroll, and Anne Cohen
Kari Strong, Rose Stockmayer, Brooke Hastings
Kari Strong, Rose Stockmayer, and Brooke Hastings
Patricia Santana
Patricia Santana
Hillary Smith
Hillary Smith
Emily Cleveland
Emily Cleveland
Michelle Odlum, Robin Pearson,  Syncia Sabain
Michelle Odlum, Robin Pearson, and Syncia Sabain
Ruth Finley, Marcia Stein
Ruth Finley and Marcia Stein
Marcia Stein, John Pomerantz
Marcia Stein and John Pomerantz
Joanna Allegretti, Chris Opid, Emily Cleveland
Joanna Allegretti, Chris Opid, and Emily Cleveland
Janet Rodgers
Janet Rodgers
Lizzy Tish, Suri Kasirer
Lizzy Tish and Suri Kasirer
Heather Thompson
Heather Thompson
Beth Shapiro, Carolyne Fitzgerald, Sven Tarantic
Beth Shapiro, Carolyne Fitzgerald, and Sven Tarantic
Steve Jeangilles Saks salesman, Stacy Alverez
Steve Jeangilles and Stacy Alverez
Joanna Allegretti, Chris Opid
Joanna Allegretti and Chris Opid
Patrick Henneberry, Vivienne Gentles
Patrick Henneberry and Vivienne Gentles
Dev Vitale, Janie Gagliano
Dev Vitale and Janie Gagliano
Samantha Shanken, Barbara Mathias
Samantha Shanken and Barbara Mathias
Elaina Musso
Elaina Musso
___, Ruth Finley
Guest and Ruth Finley
Gino, Saks salesman and Ann Cohen
Gino and Ann Cohen
Danielle Smith
Danielle Smith
Dori Cooperman, Suri Kasirer, Lizzy Tish
Dori Cooperman, Suri Kasirer, and Lizzy Tish
Ed Poux
Ed Poux
Adrienne Yee, Noah Carroll
Adrienne Yee and Noah Carroll
Jamie Jipson, Alison Price
Jamie Jipson and Alison Price

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