Monday, November 21, 2011

Home for the Holidays

Edward Yedid at Holiday House.
For the 4th consecutive year, on Tuesday November 15th, breast cancer survivors and advocates banded together to create a Holiday-themed Designer Show House event benefiting the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. 

HOLIDAY HOUSE features original tabletop designs, settings and rooms by renowned interior designers. The event’s Honorary Design Chair was Charles Pavarini III and the Honorary Contractor was Stephen Fanuka.

The Opening Night Gala featured entertainment provided by Chris Gillespie from NYC’s Carlyle Hotel. The evening’s honorary chairs were Sara Gore, host of LXTV, and Maurice Dubois, CBS 2 News anchor.
CK Swett
Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron
Many of the designers involved in this year’s HOLIDAY HOUSE have had personal experience with breast cancer. Iris Dankner, founder of HOLIDAY HOUSE, is a 14-year breast cancer survivor and was a member of the Komen Greater NYC Board of Directors and Chair of the Komen NYC Race for the Cure.

“I am very proud to once again be creating an event like Holiday House. It combines my twin passions, love of design and my dedication to Komen Greater NYC,” said Dankner.

HOLIDAY HOUSE 2011 offers an array of activities, such as chocolate tastings by Mariebelle Chocolatier, holiday shopping nights, wine tasting hosted by Brooklyn Winery and a Potterton pop-up-bookstore. In addition, the show house will feature lectures and book signings with a host of authors, from Keith Granet and Amy Lau, to Campion Platt and Celerie Kemble.
Iris Dankner and Stephen Fanuka
The venue for HOLIDAY HOUSE 2011 has been generously donated by Emily and Leonard Blavatnik, and will be lit up in pink by Suffolk Designer Lighting’s finest, William Kreitsek Jr.

HOLIDAY HOUSE will be open to the public now through Sunday, December 11th, 2011. Admission is $30. Hours are 11 AM until 5 PM. Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 PM.

HOLIDAY HOUSE is sponsored by Traditional Home Magazine, Benjamin Moore, LXTV Open House, 1st dibs, Sferra, Taillardat and Lladro. ALL proceeds will benefit The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Alex Caceres, Iris Dankner, and Jemma Cortijo
Ally Coulter and William Li
Andrea Avram Rusu
Andrea DuBois, Maurice DuBois, and Iris Dankner
Charles Farruggio
Ann Maine
Christina Juarez and Michael McGraw
Eileen Kathryn Boyd
Charles Pavarini III and Iris Dankner
Guy Regal and Jennifer Flanders
Inson Dubois Wood
Isabella Garrucho and Malu Cruzpiani
Jane Hansen
Iris and Jay Dankner
Iris Dankner, Sara Gore, and Gail Gore
Aline Matsika
James Rixner
Jennifer Duneier
Jill Esterman and Micheline Taillardat
Lana Lawrence and Bonnie Steves
Mylene Pellerin and Byron James
Lee Durocher, Diane Durocher, Iris Dankner, Thomas King, and Timothy G. Miller
Louis and Amy Kreisberg
Stephania Duncan
William Li, Ally Coulter, and Chris Gillespie
Suzanne Eason
Tori Mellott and Debra Landis
Four hundred designers, architects, scholars, and passionate cognoscenti gathered last weekend for an international conference called Reconsidering Postmodernism. It was sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art coincident with the 30th publication anniversary of one of the movement's iconoclastic landmarks, Form Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe.

Friday's session at the CUNY Graduate Center housed in Charles Gwathmey's renewal of the Beaux Arts landmark by Trowbridge and Livingston once known as B. Altman's was followed by a reception in the studios of Robert A. M. Stern crosstown on 34th Street near the Hudson's embankment. Stern's special guests included the speakers, donors, and ICAA trustees. Together they toasted this historical investigation of a design movement that still stirs strong views pro and con as also evidenced these days in London, where the V&A is exhibiting Postmodernism as part of its fabled 20th century design series. Anglo–American architect and theorist, Charles Jencks, was an honored guest as the author who in 1975 first invented the term. In an essay called The Rise of Postmodern Architecture, he explained the brand new moniker thusly, " This title is evasive. If I knew what to call it, I wouldn't use the negative pre-fix 'post'. It is rather like defining women as 'non-men'…" And so it started to transform global culture.

As Dean Robert A.M. Stern summarizes, "We are all postmodernists today. And to paraphrase Philip Johnson, we cannot not know history."
Charles Jencks, architect, theorist, who invented the term "Postmodernism."
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
David M. Schwarz and Boston critic Robert Campbell
Columbia professor Gwendolyn Wright
Yale professor Emmanuel Petit
Gil Schafer
Mark Ferguson
Demetri Porphyrios, Jaquelin Robertson, Steve Semes, and Katherine Pasternak
Kaveri Singh and Martino Stierli, lecturer, Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich
Richard Sammons and Anne Fairfax
Joel Sanders, Suzanne Stephens, and Anne Edgar
Michael Graves
Natalia von Basel
Robert A.M. Stern
Andrés Duany
Sponsors Jeffrey Brown and Elise Jaffe
Tom Wolfe
Richard Dragisic and Bill Brockschmidt
Sam Jacob of London's FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste)
Paul Gunther
Peter Pennoyer and L.A. designer Andrew Tullis
Joel Barkley and RAMSA architect Gary Brewer, who conceived the event
Suzanne Santry
Robert Adam of Adam Architecture, London
Witold Rybczynski
The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter held their 17th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit on Tuesday, November 8th at the New York Marriott Marquis (Broadway at 45th Street). 500 guests attended and $750,000 was raised.

Honorees receiving the Lou Gehrig Sports Award included former president of HBO Sports Ross Greenburg, record-breaking high school coach and Basketball Hall of Fame member Bob Hurley, Sr., former New York Ranger and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Mike Richter, former New York Yankees manager and current Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for MLB Joe Torre, and New York Mets great David Wright.
David Lubars, Joe Torre, Vicki Sbarro, Christine Pendergast, Christopher Pendergast, David Wright, Dorine Gordon, Mike Richter, Alan Griffith, and Richard Rose
President and CEO of the ALS Chapter of Greater New York Dorine Gordon with Honorees Ross Greenburg, Mike Richter, Christopher and Christine Pendergast, Bob Hurley Sr, Joe Torre, and David Wright
The Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ride for Life founder and ALS activist Christopher Pendergast by New York Yankees great David Cone. TV sports announcers Bob Costas and Jeremy Schaap presented during the program.

As one of The ALS Association's leading chapters, the Greater New York Chapter encompasses New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, and Northern & Central New Jersey and plays a major role in promoting the mission to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS. The ALS Association is the only national non-profit health organization dedicated solely to fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. The Association leads the way in research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy – providing help and hope to those facing the disease. ALSA is a member of the National Health Council.
Benefit co-chair and member of the Board of Directors David Lubars and honoree Ross Greenburg
Marian Javits with nephew Eric Javitz Jr.
Bob Costas
Honoree Bob Hurley Sr, President and CEO of the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter Dorine Gordon, and Honoree Joe Torre
Honoree Christopher Pendergast and family with David Cone
Honoree Mike Richter and Rod Gilbert
Honorees Joe Torre and David Wright
Honorees Mike Richter, Joe Torre, and David Wright
Board member Kevin Glassman, M.D. and his wife, Terry Glassman
Jeremy Schaap
Louis and Amie Kreisberg with Ken Dashow
On October 18th, nearly 150 of Chicago's most philanthropic women joined Bunky Cushing at the Palmer House Hilton to celebrate his 10th Annual Handbags & Halos Luncheon benefiting Howard Brown Health Center. The exclusive event raised more than $50,000 through its famous handbag raffle. Guests were treated to the sound of Stanley Paul and a wonderful keynote address from Jamee Gregory.

Ten lucky guests walked away with one of the season's most coveted accessories, all of which were donated to the luncheon. Handbag donors included Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Bulgari, Michale Kors, Escada, Diego Rocha, and 28 Shop at Macy's.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Howard Brown Health Center Jamal Edwards spoke briefly about his gratitude to the host. "We truly could not do the work we do without the generosity of friends like Bunky. We are so grateful for his continuing support. The proceeds from this event will enable us to continue providing compassionate and culturally competent care for everyone in community, especially those who feel they have nowhere else to turn."
Howard Brown Health Center is one of the nation's largest gay healthcare organizations. Through a wide array of health, wellness, social service and research programs, Howard Brown cares for more than 36,000 adult and youth clients annually.
Irene Michaels and Quenten Schumacher
Irene Michaels and Quenten Schumacher
Sherry Holson and Rochelle Trotter
Sherry Holson and Rochelle Trotter
Toni Canada and Hazel Barr
Toni Canada and Hazel Barr
Mary Lasky, Tina Weller, and Rosa Guidarelli
Mary Lasky, Tina Weller, and Rosa Guidarelli
Christy Tentori, Megan Solomine, and Katie Hartmann
Christy Tentori, Megan Solomine, and Katie Hartmann
Nancy Kelley and Megan McKinney
Nancy Kelley and Megan McKinney
Jamee Gregory and her mother, Arlene Tucker
Jamee Gregory and her mother, Arlene Tucker
Joe Hollendoner and Zarada Gowenlock
Joe Hollendoner and Zarada Gowenlock
Linda Heister and Cookie Cohen
Bunky Cushing and Jamee Gregory
HBHC President and CEO, Jamal Edwards
HBHC President and CEO, Jamal Edwards
Lynn McMahan and Bunky Cushing
Lynn McMahan and Bunky Cushing
Lisa Malkin and Melissa Ehret
Lisa Malkin and Melissa Ehret
Bunky Cushing and Jamee Gregory
Linda Heister and Cookie Cohen
JoAnn Nathan and Laura Sims
JoAnn Nathan and Laura Sims
Liz Stiffel
Liz Stiffel
Stanley Paul and Mamie Walton
Stanley Paul and Mamie Walton
Candace Jordan
Candace Jordan
Terri Ryan
Terri Ryan
Lisa Gutierrez and Heather Wright
Lisa Gutierrez and Heather Wright
Meg Leiter
Meg Leiter (Holiday House); Sterne Slaven (Reconsidering Postmodernism); Jack McCoy (ALS); Teresa Potasiak (Handbags & Haloes).
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