Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Playing catch-up

John and Laura Chadwick, Sissy and Bill Wilson, and Daphne and Rawls Butler at FRIST GALA 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee
Down in Nashville, Tennessee at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Chairmen Sally Nesbitt and Elizabeth McDonald hosted Frist Center's Gala 2011, celebrating the exhibit Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol's Work.

Over the course of his meteoric career, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) used the medium of music to transform himself from fan, to record album designer, to producer, to celebrity night-clubber, to rock star. Warhol Live presents a comprehensive exploration of Warhol's work as seen through the lens of music and dance. This exhibition juxtaposes major works (Elvis, Marilyn, Liza Minnelli, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, the Self-portraits and the Campbell's Soup Cans) with lesser-known works inspired by music and the performing arts(album covers, illustrations, photos and Polaroids), along with films and sound recordings, which provide a visual and aural score to Warhol's extraordinary work and life. The exhibition includes some 220 works, including objects and documents from the artist's personal archives.
2011 Frist Gala Co-Chairmen Elizabeth MacDonald and Sally Nesbitt
Trisha and Chuck Elcan
Tom and Joanne Cato
Tommy and Julie Frist
Notes from the night:

At the Valet: Guests drove up to flashing disco party lights on the Broadway entrance, and were greeted by the THUMP THUMP THUMP of a classic disco beat.
Inside, guests were overwhelmed by a 4 foot mirror ball sparkling all around.
The Cocktail Area: All down the length of the hall were trusses overhead with more mirror balls and moving lights.  Two of the postal tables featured icons from Studio 54, the half moon -- and the "54" itself. At the end of the hall on a 4-foot platform was a dance cage with more disco music and a costumed dancing girl. The walls over the bar at the far end of the gallery were covered with ever changing video images from Studio 54 and the Disco Era.
Tina Hooper, Mayor Karl Dean and Anne Davis, and Hale Hooper
Down the Conte Gallery were more lights and mylar stars floating overhead, reminiscent of the floating mylar forms in the Warhol Exhibit.

Guests made their own memories in a photo booth in the Gallery area during cocktails and after dinner.
The Dinner Tent:
Orange, citron and grape linens color block the tent's tables.  White leather chairs brought in from New York and custom made banquettes provide seating for the guests in an atmosphere not unlike a Soho warehouse. Specially dyed gerbera daisies dyed to match the linen -- and Andy Warhol puppets were incorporated into the wire and test tube centerpieces. The purple tables had glass caterpillar vases with matching purple daisies. Each place was set with a beveled edge mirror place mat.
Specialty glass gobos transformed the ceiling into a mosaic color wash purple, lime green and orange.

After dinner, guests were invited for coffee and conversation in the lobby while waiting for valet. 
Caterer: Kristen Winston. Lighting: Bradfield Stage Lighting. Linen: Graceful Tables. Props and draping: The Visual Element. Flowers and decor: Branches. Photo Booth: Active Entertainment. Video montage: Chris Allen.
Ken and Lynn Melkus
Darrell and Gloria Freeman
Frank and Claire Drowota with Jan and Steve Riven
Earl and Janet Bentz
Rob and Jennie McCabe
Bernice and Joel Gordon
Phyllis and Steve Fridrich
Trish and Tommy Frist with Susan Edwards, CEO of the Frist Center for Visual Arts
Bob and Julie Gordon with Perian and Sam Strang
Lynne and Moorey Rhett
Collie and Greg Daily
This year's Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH) Autumn Ball in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria celebrated the first anniversary of the partnership that united the hospital with North Shore LIJ (NS-LIJ). LHH, a 652-bed fully accredited, acute care facility, is internationally recognized for excellence in cardiovascular care, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, maternal and child health, bariatric surgery as well as ophthalmology and otolaryngology. The Hospital treats more than 325,000 patients each year. The partnership of these two highly respected medical institutions makes LHH the Manhattan flagship hospital for NS-LIJ Health System.
Will Hiltz, Judy Hiltz (Chairman, Lenox Hill Hospital Executive Committee), Mrs. Michael Dowling, Mr. Michael Dowling (President & CEO, North Shore-LIJ Health System), Mr. and Mrs. Frank Danza (Executive Director, Lenox Hill Hospital), and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Goldstein (Chairman, Board of Trustees, NS-LIJ Health System)
Co Chairs for the event were Candice and Richard Goldstein and Judith and William O. Hiltz. The Honorary Chairs were Sondra and David Mack. The evening began with a cocktail reception at 6:30. After everyone took their seats in the Grand Ballroom, decorated with a cornucopia of harvest-colored flowers, there was a short video celebrating the history and the future of NSLIJ-LHH. Mayor Koch made a guest appearance in the video.

Michael Dowling,
President and CEO NS-LIJ announced that it has been approved for NS LIJ-LHH to open a new critical care facility in the site of the O'Toole building, which was part of the recently closed St. Vincent's Hospital. "We're going to raise the bar for the whole community.  That's something that should make us extremely proud. And, we're going to do this with your help."
Lenox Hill Hospital Autumn Ball in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria
Dinner followed with dancing to by music The Stringers, who kept the dance floor shaking until the last note.

Guests included: Richard Abramson, George and Cissy Asch, Robert Baker, Ron and Judy Baron, Ralph and Jean Baruch, Leonard and Enid Boxer, William and Mary Buckley, Jonathan S. Canno, Frank Danza, Kathy Dowling, Robert and Nancy Downey, Kevin Dwyer, the Falk Family, Roy and Frieda Furman, Tom Gray, Cary and Lisa Kravet, Jeffrey and Nancy Lane, William and Phyllis Mack, Flora Major, Morris and Susan Mark, Katherine "Kay" and John McEnroe, Nina Miness; Cheryl (Mrs. Michael) Minikes, Ralph Nappi, Richard Nye, Edward and Pamela Pantzer, John and Laura Pomerantz, Bill and Adrianne Silver, Mark Solazzo, Joan Stout, Donald Taffner, Jr. and Karen Butler, Ian and Cindy Thomas, Ambassador Loukas Tsilas, Donald and Barbara Zucker, and Roy Zuckerberg.
Nancy and Robert Downey (Lenox Hill Hospital Executive Committee)
Sondra and David S. Mack
Mark Canno, Tina Canno, and Kenneth Lyons
Jeremy Steindecker, Rebecca Steindecker, and John D. Steindecker
Phyllis and Bill Mack (Lenox Hill Hospital Executive Committee)
Jason Galllina, Dr. June Ree, Dr. Tamara Kuittinen, and Tara Director
On Tuesday, December 20th, The Humane Society of New York was toasted with Christmas caroling and champagne at R. Couri Hay's townhouse. Couri's ruby king charles cavalier Cornelia Whitney Hay wore a Maggie Norris couture pink tutu, which she originally modeled with American Ballet Theatre's prima ballerina Irina Dvorovenko at HSNY's Paws for Style fashion show earlier this year.
Walking up the snowy staircase
Cornelia greeting the guests
Revelers wore holiday red and a fashionable set including CeCe Cord, Maggie Norris, Douglas Hannant, Frederick Anderson, Jean Shafiroff, Joe Alexander, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Susan, Hadley and John Nagel, Michele Gerber Klein, Michael Gross, Barbara Hodes, Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl, Sarah Scofield, Dr. Robert Grant, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Geoffrey Bradfield, Roric Tobin, Alice and Paul Judelson, Christian Remmel, George Wayne, Rolex's Luca Bernasconi and his wife Yasmina, Jennifer Blum, Nancy Silberkleit, Michelle Javian, Mac Hyman, Mark Smith and Lucia Hwong Gordon came out to celebrate the season. Musician Jullian James caroled for guests and previewed his single "My Radio" while Paul Katz provided the piano accompaniment to the night's caroling while guests sipped champagne and nibbled on warm holiday treats from Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs.
Paul Katz
Paul Katz
Jullian James
Jullian James
Amanda Haddad, Dr Robert Grant
Amanda Haddad and Dr Robert Grant
Hadley Nagel, Susan Nagel, Jon Nagel
Hadley, Susan, and Jon Nagel
Frederick Anderson, Maggie Norris, Kipton Cronkite
Frederick Anderson, Maggie Norris, and Kipton Cronkite
Cece Cord, R Couri Hay
Cece Cord and R. Couri Hay
Leesa Rowland, Jullian James
Leesa Rowland and Jullian James
Jean Shafiroff, Douglas Hannant
Jean Shafiroff and Douglas Hannant
Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl
Leesa Rowland and Larry Wohl
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Guests and Carson Griffith
Bonnie Pfeiffer Evans, Lucia Hwong Gordon
Bonnie Pfeiffer Evans and Lucia Hwong Gordon
Mariel Lari, Alex Lari
Mariel and Alex Lari
Luca Bornasconi
Yasmina and Luca Bernasconi
Geoffrey Bradfield, Roric Tobin
Geoffrey Bradfield and Roric Tobin
Michelle Gerber Klein, Frederick Anderson , Jean Shafiroff
Michelle Gerber Klein, Frederick Anderson, and Cassandra Seidenfeld
The 14th Annual Collaborating For a Cure dinner and auction was yet another great success for the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). The event took place at the New York City landmark Park Avenue Armory late last month and was headlined by singer-songwriter Kid Rock. Performing fan-favorite hits, Kid Rock brought the crowd to its feet with such songs as "All Summer Long," "Cowboy," and "Bawitdaba."

Known affectionately by New Yorkers as "The Waxman," the yearly fête is considered to be among the top annual fundraising events in New York City. SWCRF Board Chairman Michael Nierenberg introduced the man of the evening, Dr. Samuel Waxman who thanked guests, as well as the Foundation team, for continuing to support the breakthrough work of the SWCRF, "I hope you feel you saved one life and saved the world by collaborating with us for a cure."
Kid Rock
The dinner, auction and concert was attended by more than 1,100 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. The 14th Annual Waxman benefit raised more than $3 million to support the Foundation's research efforts to produce a cure for cancer, reprogramming cancer cells to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists who are funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver drugs and novel therapies to treat cancer.

The evening's live auction offered guests the opportunity to bid on exclusive items such as two Yellow Lab puppies for $13,000 each, to meet Kid Rock and take home his autographed guitar for $19,000, a trip for seven to the world famous Golden Eye Resort in Jamaica for $100,000, a week stay at a private ocean front villa in Anguilla with private jet service for $60,000, a five night stay of the ultimate luxury aboard a Private Yacht for $150,000, a fully stocked Viking wine refrigerator with 54 bottles of collectible wines from around the world for $15,000, a stellar wine tasting for 20 at the winner's home – wines from Palm Bay International, catered by Restaurant Associates and décor from byROBIN for $10,000, a golf outing at Hampton Hills Country Club for $21,000, dinner for four with Petra Nemcova at Lavo for $11,000, two private wine tastings for 25 at Italian Wine Merchants for $55,000 each, "City of Dreams" original by Peter Tunney for $30,000, "Heaven on Earth" limited edition print by Peter Lik for $25,000, private four-course dinner for 16 at L'Artusi for $25,000 and a private villa in Bermuda for six with jet service from Flight Options LLC for $40,000. The live auction was led by Courtney Booth of Sotheby's Auction House.
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization that is a pioneer in cancer research. The Foundation's focus is to reprogram cancer cells to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. Unlike other organizations, the Waxman Foundation supports novel treatments for many different cancer indications including blood, brain, breast, liver, lung, melanoma, and pancreatic.

The Foundation sponsors research that spans the spectrum of cancer—from children to adults; from men to women; and from those who are newly diagnosed to those more advanced. Through its collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to support the work of more than 175 researchers across three continents.
J. Jay Mautner, Jill Frankel, and James Frankel
Michael Nierenberg, Jonny Nierenberg, Ally Nierenberg, and Elin Nierenberg
Reuben Mark, Dr. Samuel Waxman, and Michael Nierenberg
Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky, Dr. Samuel Waxman, and Dr. Jonathan Licht
Dr. Albert Lefkovits, Cheryl Lefkovits, and Dr. Samuel Waxman
Marcus Hill and Nate Nesbitt
Courtney Booth
Luke Rizzo
Mary Elizabeth McDowell and Whit McDowell
Linda and David Taub
Michael Nierenberg, Dr. Samuel Waxman, and Elin Nierenberg
Gary and Shea Jacob
Rob Kantor and Adrienne Kantor
Tom Conway and Musa Mayer
Gwen Darien and Robin Lathrop
Frank Rauscher and Dr. Samuel Waxman
Elizabeth Shafiroff
David Kantor and Dr. Albert Lefkovits
Dena Weiner and Laurie Schaffran
Jean and Jackie Shafiroff
Alec Waxman, Lola, and Eleana Rohrig
Darcy Miller and The Martha Stewart Family Blog hosted an invitation-only evening of cocktails and creativity to celebrate the grand opening of Make Meaning Upper East Side. Guests, including Darcy Miller, Dylan Lauren, Robert Verdi and Gillian Miniter, enjoyed a sampling of the creative activities, including cake decorating and candle making, available at the five floor creativity destination. The evening benefitted Asphalt Green, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve health through a lifetime of sports and fitness, which serves more than 14,000 NYC public school children for free each year.

Make Meaning is a first of its kind destination for kids and adults to have fun with creativity. Make Meaning offers over 50 constantly changing experiences featuring popular mediums including Glass, Ceramics, Jewelry, Paper, Soap, Candles, Cake Decorating and more.
Alison Brod, Dylan Lauren, and Darcy Miller
Serena and Gillian Miniter
Robert Verdi
Dan Nissanoff
Photographs by Peyton Hoge (Frist); Paul Bruinooge | PMc (Waxman).
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