Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fundraising galas galore

The scene at the NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health First Annual Plates for Pediatrics dinner at the St. Regis Hotel.
Last week, NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health First Annual Plates for Pediatrics dinner raised over $340,000 to support the center’s children’s programs. The sold-out event drew 270 attendees to the St. Regis Hotel New York.

The event, hosted by Gerald M. Loughlin, M.D., Pediatrician-In-Chief and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, along with the Pediatric Support Committee and the Children’s Advisory Council, raised funds for several children’s programs: Child Life Services, a program which helps alleviate children’s fears surrounding the hospital experience; The Clown Care Program, which welcomes clowns into the hospital to provide smiles and spend time with patients; The Children’s Emergency Medical Fund that provides patients with access to medical care, regardless of a family’s ability to pay; the Komansky Center Family Advisory Council, a group of dedicated family members committed to providing improved, family-centered care to all patients; and the Pediatric Fellows program.
David Komansky, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Kathy Burns, Sarah Nash, Jeffrey Monteiro, Scott Patti, and Simon Yom
Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Jeffrey Monteiro, Dr. Laura Forese, Scott Patti, and Simon Yom
In addition to dinner and mingling, guests also participated in a silent auction of a series of unique dinner plates, curated by Art&Advisory, the plates were designed and painted by artists Thomas Nozkowski, Pace Wildenstein gallery; Jonas Wood, Anton Kern gallery; and Nathan Carter, Casey Kaplan gallery.

Guests included Blair Husain; Veronica and Jamie Beard; committee members Marcie Pantzer; Allison and Jay Aston and Whitney and Raja Chatterjee; vice-chairs Tiffany and Claus Moller; Gabrielle Bacon and Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; David Komansky; and Jeffrey Monteiro, Creative Director for Bill Blass, the sponsor of the event.
Esperanda Spinola Pedroni, Kristen Krusen, Gabrielle Bacon, Dr. Barry Kosofsky, Michele Gradin, Ilona Nemeth, and Krista Kreiger
Andrea Ranawat, Cinder White, Christina Soto, Krissy Schmitz, and Angela Clofine
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Veronica and Jamie Beard
Camille Orme, Kathleen Kocatas, Mark Trevino, and Whitney Chatterjee
Fazle and Blair Husain with Kathy and Andrew Thomas
Ulla Parker and Ilona Nemeth
Allison Brokaw and Jennifer Oken
Matthew Mellon and Nicole Hanley Mellon
Rochelle Ludwig and Amanda Poses
Simon Yom, Kate Doerge, and Scott Patti
David Komansky, Dr. Laura Forese, and John Sargent
Cinder White, Krissy Schmitz, and Andrea Ranawat
Sarah Nash and Kathy Burns
Caitlin Tashjian, Jeffrey Monteiro, and Vaughn Dorrian
David Komansky, Sarah Nash, and Dr. Herb Pardes
Dr. Laura Forese and Blair Husain
Mary and Ian Snow
Gabrielle Bacon and Ann Colley
John and Caitlin Tashjian
Manish Mattal and Ritu Sahai-Mittal
Allison Aston, Dr. Laura Forese, Vaughn Dorrian, and Marcie Pantzer
Vaughn Dorrian, Candace Postel, Allison Aston, Merrill Hanley Curtis, and Marcie Pantzer
Robert Conway and Sue Chalom
Donya Bommer, Jennifer Pinkos, and Kate Doerge
Susan Kissane and Jim Kissane
Tuesday night at 583 Park Avenue, the International Women's Health Coalition held its annual fundraising gala dinner and honored Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and founding director of Partner in Health, an international non-profit organization.
Susan Rockefeller, David Rockefeller, Guest ?, Adrienne Germain
Susan Rockefeller, David Rockefeller, Jim Zirin, and Adrienne Germain
Carlene Burke, Rosemary Coluccio, Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara, Bebe Roopnarine
Carlene Burke, Rosemary Coluccio, Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara, and Bebe Roopnarine
Dr. Farmer's work around the world (and recently in Haiti where he was the UN's Deputy Special Envoy under Special Envoy Bill Clinton) undertakes research and advocacy, especially on behalf of women who are sick and living in poverty. He is also Chairman of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Abbey Gardener, Dr. Paul Farmer, Brian Brink, Adrienne Germain
Abbey Gardener, Dr. Paul Farmer, Brian Brink, and Adrienne Germain
Michele Ateyeh, Fern Mallis, Susan Blumenthal
Michele Ateyeh, Fern Mallis, and Susan Blumenthal
Alice Yoakum, Caroline Dunlop
Alice Yoakum and Caroline Dunlop
Tamara Kreinin, Laurie Batchelor, Melissa Batchelor-Warnke
Tamara Kreinin, Laurie Batchelor, and Melissa Batchelor-Warnke
Guest ?, Sheryl WuDunn
Guest and Sheryl WuDunn
Bess Rothenberg, Kathleen Tropin, Kelly Tropin
Bess Rothenberg, and Kathleen and Kelly Tropin
Alexander Farmna-Farmaian, Delphine Hibon, Sandra Lawson, Hugh Lawson
Alexander Farmna-Farmaian, Delphine Hibon, and Sandra and Hugh Lawson
Aryeh Neier
Aryeh Neier
Caitlin Mitchell, Denise Hirao
Caitlin Mitchell and Denise Hirao
Monica Carillo, Stacey Easterling
Monica Carillo and Stacey Easterling
Bess Rothenberg, Frederica Stines, Babatunde Ahonsi, Angela Diaz
Bess Rothenberg, Frederica Stines, Babatunde Ahonsi, and Angela Diaz
Lori Adelman, Sheila Platt
Lori Adelman and Sheila Platt
Caroline Debruin, Sjouerd Nikkelen
Caroline Debruin and Sjouerd Nikkelen
Diana Taylor, Ann Unterberg
Diana Taylor and Ann Unterberg
Dr. Paul Farmer
Dr. Paul Farmer
Abbey Gardener, Susan Nitze
Abbey Gardener and Susan Nitze
Ginny Bauer, Donald Steckroth, Kathleen Gerard, Holly Andersen
Ginny Bauer, Donald Steckroth, Kathleen Gerard, and Holly Andersen
Hank Lowenstein, Ann Unterberg
Hank Lowenstein and Ann Unterberg
Caroline Debruin, Stuart Burden
Caroline Debruin and Stuart Burden
Susan Rockefeller, Linda Genereux
Susan Rockefeller and Linda Genereux
Wendy O'Neill, Charles Rockefeller
Wendy O'Neill and Charles Rockefeller
Ishita Chaudhry, Denise Hirao, Monica Carillo
Ishita Chaudhry, Denise Hirao, and Monica Carillo
Ann Unterberg, Marlene Hess
Ann Unterberg and Marlene Hess
Adrienne Germain, Mari Simonen
Adrienne Germain and Mari Simonen
Brian Brink, Sheryl WuDunn
Brian Brink and Sheryl WuDunn
Ishita Chaudhry, Adrienne Germain
Ishita Chaudhry and Adrienne Germain
Marnie Pillsbury, Brian Brink
Marnie Pillsbury and Brian Brink
Peter Nitze, Susan Nitze, Nicholas Platt
Peter Nitze, Susan Nitze, and Nicholas Platt
The white-tie elegance and glamour of the annual Viennese Opera Ball returned last Friday evening (February 4th) to the Waldorf=Astoria Grand Ballroom with its guestlist of diplomats, dignitaries and debutantes.

Metropolitan Opera Artists, Color Guard and Cadet Escorts from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a touch of the titled and the royal in the persons of HIH Grand Duchess Arianna and Gabrielle Baroness von Langendorff, plus a great charity (Lauren Bush’s FEED Foundation) made the event complete.

Top these elements with the fairytale beauty of two (real) white horses drawing an antique surrey carrying a beautiful ballerina into the middle of the Ballroom floor, and you’ve got the Viennese Opera Ball. 
The Color Guard from West Point
The Debutants and escorts of the 2011 Viennese Opera Ball
The Horse & Carriage carrying ballerina Mila Schmidt
Opera singer Amy Shoremount
Tenor Raul Melo sings from the Royal Box with David Lauren in the background
Debs and escorts on the 1st Tier of the Ballroom
Table centerpiece using the FEED bear, a fundraising gift from Bergdorf-Goodman
The "Alles Waltzer" ... Everyone dance
Dessert featuring images of the FEED bears
Waltzing next to Lauren Bush and her fiancée David Lauren was her mother, Sharon Bush – who took several turns on the floor with the Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. Christian Prosl. 

To make it a family affair, Ashley Bush was there to support her sister with her escort, Ryan Mulligan. Fresh from receiving the rare and most distinguished Austria’s Cross of Honor for Science and Art 1st Class was the great maestro Julius Rudel, kicking up his heels at age 90! 

To add even more Viennese authenticity to the gala, dashing Alfons Haider, Austrian stage, film and TV star (known as “Mr. Opera Ball”) was the gala’s Master of Ceremonies. 
H.E. Ambassador Armin Ritz (Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President, 65th Session of the UN General Assembly) and Mrs. Veronique Ritz
Ryan Mulligan, Ashley Bush, Sharon Bush, and Alex Lari
David Lauren and Lauren Bush with Dieter Beintrexler
Marcie Rudell, Executive Director of The Viennese Opera Ball, with HIH The Grand Duchess Arianna
Silvia Frieser with Johannes Hofer, President of the US-Austrian Chamber of Commerce
Austrian Ambassador to the US Christian Prosl and Sharon Bush
Baroness Gabriella von Langendorff and Sheikh Abdullah Rahman Thuraya
H.E. Thomas Mayr-Harting (Ambassador of Austria to UN), Mrs. Elisabeth Mayr-Harting, and H.E. Daniele Bodini (Ambassador of Republic of San Marino to UN)
Raul Melo and Amy Shoremount with Metropolitan Opera Maestro Julius Rudel
This past Monday at the Breakers, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation held its Hot Pink Luncheon and Symposium. 250 guests were in attendance, raising nearly $425,000. The crux of the event, How Science is Revolutionizing our Approach to Breast Cancer, featured a panel of five of the world’s leading breast cancer experts conferring over the latest advances in breast cancer research. Moreover, guests previewed Neiman Marcus’s Spring 2011 Collections during an informal fashion presentation.

Panelists included: Clifford Hudis, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Tan Ince, MD, PhD, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami; Edith A. Perez, MD, Mayo Clinic; Nadine M. Tung, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Moderator: Larry Norton, MD, BCRF Scientific Director, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Cliff Hudis, Dr. Nadine Tung, Dr. Tan Ince, Dr. Edith Perez, standing Myra Biblowit, Dr. Larry Norton, Evelyn Lauder, and Peg Mastrianni
Braver Philanthropic Fund, Credit Suisse, The Sol Goldman Charitable Trust, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Neiman Marcus, and Barbara and Randall Smith served as underwriters.

Co-chairmen included Donna Acquavella, Sandy Krakoff, Evelyn Lauder, Hillie Mahoney, Pauline Pitt, Tricia Quick, Hilary Geary Ross, Frances Scaife, and Judith Schlager.
Seated: Maria Sanchez, Lilliam Arguelles, Raysa Fanjul, Chichi Arellano, and Lourdes Fanjul. Standing: Alicia LaMadrid, Talbot Maxey, Carol Mack, and Sherry Scott
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder as an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding innovative clinical and translational research. In October 2010, BCRF awarded $33 million to 172 scientists across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Currently, more than 90 cents of every dollar donated is directed to breast cancer research and awareness programs. With exceptionally low administrative costs, BCRF continues to be one of the most efficient organizations in the country. BCRF has received 4 stars from Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years, outperforming 99% of more than 5500 evaluated charities. Furthermore, the Foundation is consistently listed as an “A+” charity by The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP). BCRF is the only breast cancer organization to receive AIP’s top accolade, and is currently the only cancer organization to hold this ranking. For more information about BCRF, visit
Jorie Kent and Jill Gilmour
Nancy Raquet and Beth Pine
Eva Jacobi and Frances Scaife
Judie Schlager, Sandy Krakoff, and Jan Willinger
Alyne Massey, Evelyn Lauder, and Allie Hanley
Sydell Miller and Christine Curtis
Judith Giuliani and Georgia Spoglie
Grace Meigher and Gina Porter
Cynthia Friedman, Kieth Meyers, Mary Alice Pappas, and Laurie Silvers
Lourdes Fanjul and Emilia Fanjul
Louise Braver and Sharon Jablin
Pauline Pitt, Hillary Geary Ross, Hillie Mahoney, and Marianne Castle
Dr. Larry Norton and Eleanora Kennedy
Andrea Stark and Linda Berley
Judith Ripka and Renee Steinberg
Rhoda Chase, Barbara Saltzman, and Rena Rowan Damone
Mickey Beyer, Kimberly Yaseen, and Ginger Feuer
Cynthia Boardman and Hillary Geary Ross

Photographs by David X Prutting / (NewYork-Presbyterian); (IWHC).
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