Royal nights

Dancing in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals
This past Thursday night at the American Museum of Natural History, they held the annual Museum Dance. As New York City’s longest running junior benefit, the black tie affair brings together influential and philanthropic young professionals to celebrate and raise essential funds for the Museum’s scientific and educational programs, which enable thousands of underserved New York City school children to visit the Museum annually.

The event which was held on the eve of the Royal Wedding, celebrated British culture, and guests were encouraged to dress in British fashion.
Drinks in the Roosevelt Rotunda
Bagpiper lead guests to dinner
Dinner in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
Dancing in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals
Dinner and dessert was followed by dancing with music provided by DJ Jus-Ske. There was a silent auction.

Chairs of the evening were Blaire and Fazle Husain, Dana Wallach Jones and Michael T. M. Jones, Elizabeth Kurpis and Jonathan A. Kurpis, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler and Brian C. Pfeifler, and Zibby and Andrew Right.
Dinner centerpiece
Guests were encouraged to dress in British fashion ...
Among those attending: Stephanie LaCava, Simone Mailman, Amy Fine Collins, Susan Fales-Hill, Prince Dimitri, Jennie Tarr Coyne and Chris Coyne, Colleen and Kipp deVeer, Nina Freudenberger, Steve Guttenberg, Melissa and Carney Hawks, Kristen Edgreen Kaufman and Michael Kaufman, Beth Kojima, Alexandra and Gregory Kwiat, Anna Kovner and Seth Meisel, Daniel Oppenheim, Heather and Ross Schulman, Elizabeth H. Williams, Nanar and Anthony Yoseloff.
Susan Fales-Hill and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Steve Guttenberg
Lars Kestner and Kristen Verberkmoes
Jill and Harry Kargman
Colleen and Kip deVeer
Carney and Melissa Hawks
Greg and Ali Kwiat
Stephanie LaCava
Caitlin and Michael Davis
Melissa Hawks and Jenny Levin
Anne Huntington and Sian-Pierre Regis
Zibby and Andrew Right, Dana Wallach Jones and Michael T. M. Jones
James Crespo and Jaqui Lividini
Kristen and Michael Kaufman
Maggie Bullock and Nick Cichanowski
Blair Husain
Chris Delany and Lydia Fenet
Shayne Barr, Katherine Bernard, and Jeb Gaybrick
Eva and Douglas Heyman with Kirk Spahn
Meredoth Ostrom
Bryn Schuyler and Nina Freudenberger
Elizabeth Kurpis
Paulette Fox
Campbell Meyers and Audrey Smith
Jennie Tarr Coyne
Last Tuesday night, HONOR celebrated the opening of its first New York City retail store in the Meatpacking District with a private cocktail reception to benefit New Yorkers for Children.

Among those attending were Kimberly Guilfoyle, Giovanna Randall, Susan Magazine, Amanda Ross, Lesley Blume, Flo Fulton, Cena Jackson, Lily Kwong, Annabel Mehrean, Ariel Meredith, Euan Rellie, Annelise Peterson, Marisa Brown, Olivia Sandelman, Arden Wohl, Alexandra Richards, Michelle Harper, Stephanie LaCava, Amy McFarland, Genevieve Bahrenburg, Ashley Baker, Vanessa von Bismarck, Frida Torres Blanco, Hayley Bloomingdale, Agathe Borne, Claiborne Swanson Frank, Lisa Salzer, Gigi Stone, Ashley Platt, Quianna Grant, Adam Glassman, Trisha Gregory.
Flo Fulton, Annabel Mehran, Arden Wohl, Giovanna Randall, Cena Jackson, Lily Kwong, Amy McFarland, Lesley M. M. Blume
Flo Fulton, Annabel Mehran, Arden Wohl, Giovanna Randall, Cena Jackson, Lily Kwong, Amy McFarland, and Lesley M. M. Blume
HONOR made a donation to New Yorkers for Children to help improve the lives of children in foster care in New York City.
Amy McFarland, Lesley M. M. Blume, Jessica Sailor
Amy McFarland, Lesley M. M. Blume, and Jessica Sailor
Alexandra Richards, Giovanna Randall
Alexandra Richards and Giovanna Randall
Quiana Grant, Ariel Meredith
Quiana Grant andn Ariel Meredith
Stephanie Lacava, Olivia Sandelman, Lizzy Fraser, Agathe Borne, Ashley Platt
Stephanie Lacava, Olivia Sandelman, Lizzy Fraser, Agathe Borne, and Ashley Platt
Amy McFarland, Vanessa von Bismarck, Robert Farrior
Amy McFarland, Vanessa von Bismarck, and Robert Farrior
Giovanna Randall, Cindy Krupp, Adam Glassman
Giovanna Randall, Cindy Krupp, and Adam Glassman
Anisha Lakani, Gigi Stone
Anisha Lakani and Gigi Stone
Lisa Salzer, Genevieve Bahrenburg
Lisa Salzer and Genevieve Bahrenburg
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Susan Shin
Kimberly Guilfoyle and Susan Shin
Susan Magazine, Giovanna Randall
Susan Magazine and Giovanna Randall
Frida Torres Blanco, Giovanna Randall
Frida Torres Blanco and Giovanna Randall
Amanda Ross
Amanda Ross
Siki Im, Abigail Lorick
Siki Im and Abigail Lorick
Greg Macek, Lesley M. M. Blume
Greg Macek and Lesley M. M. Blume
Olympia James
Olympia James
Michelle Harper
Michelle Harper
Annelise Peterson
Annelise Peterson
Lily Kwong
Lily Kwong
Hayley Bloomingdale
Hayley Bloomingdale
Trisha Gregory
Trisha Gregory
Ashley Platt, Olivia Sandelman
Ashley Platt and Olivia Sandelman
Annabel Mehran, Arden Wohl
Annabel Mehran and Arden Wohl
Amy McFarland, Euan Rellie
Amy McFarland and Euan Rellie
Marcus Teo, Ashley Baker
Marcus Teo and Ashley Baker
Marisa Brown
Marisa Brown
On a Thursday night earlier last month the All Stars Project (ASP) celebrated its 30th anniversary at its national gala benefit, “Give Back, Get Back," at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center and $2.27 million for its innovative after-school youth development programs.

Ben Vereen
was presented with the ASP’s 2011 Bridge Building Award for Leadership in Community Relations by Lenora B. Fulani, Ph.D., ASP co-founder, and Howard Teich, Esq., first recipient of the Bridge Building Award and past president of the American Jewish Congress, Metropolitan Region.

The All Stars Project also paid tribute to a cross section of employees from its national corporate sponsors, D&B, Ernst and Young, Latham and Watkins, MetLife and Tiffany and Co., who have volunteered their time and given their talent to support the growth and development of inner-city youth.
Ray Thek, Sue Davies, Mike Heningburg, Jeff Kronthal, Steven W. Alesio, Jeff Hurwitz, Gloria Strickland, Greg Falzon, Patti Clifford, Bonny Gildin, Robert T. Ross
Ray Thek, Sue Davies, Mike Heningburg, Jeff Kronthal, Steven W. Alesio, Jeff Hurwitz, Gloria Strickland, Greg Falzon, Patti Clifford, Bonny Gildin, and Robert T. Ross
Pamela A. Lewis, Steve W. Alesio, Ben Vereen, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, James Fernandez, Nichelle “Browneyes” Brown, with All Stars youth performers
Pamela A. Lewis, Steve W. Alesio, Ben Vereen, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, James Fernandez,and Nichelle “Browneyes” Brown, with All Stars youth performers
Nichelle Browneyes Brown, Gabrielle Kurlander (back right) and youth leaders of All Stars Project
Nichelle Browneyes Brown, Gabrielle Kurlander (back right), and youth leaders of All Stars Project
The All Stars Project of New Jersey presented its expansion campaign to open a new facility, The Scott H. Flamm Center for Afterschool Development, in downtown Newark - a thriving hub of cultural activities, giving young people from the poorest communities opportunities to work with the best professionals in theatre, business and education.

Two business leaders from New Jersey were recognized for their efforts to transform the lives of young people in Newark, David Jones, the CEO of CastleOak Securities and Drew Vaden, the CIO of Nomura Holding America.

The Gala was hosted by Bill Weir, co-host of ABC-TV’s award winning news show, Nightline. The evening featured hip-hop, rap, and dance performances by youth of the All Stars Project.
Sandra Crichlow, David Crichlow, Gloria Strickland, Donna Shaw, Greg Falzon, Susan Davies
Sandra Crichlow, David Crichlow, Gloria Strickland, Donna Shaw, Greg Falzon, and Susan Davies
Lenora B. Fulani, Richard Fersch, David Jones, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, Bill Weir, Drew Vaden
Lenora B. Fulani, Richard Fersch, David Jones, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, Bill Weir, and Drew Vaden
Christopher H. Street, David Jones, Drew Vaden, Gabrielle L. Kurlander,  C. Edwards Chaplin, Lenora B. Fulani, Richard Sokolow
Christopher H. Street, David Jones, Drew Vaden, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, C. Edwards Chaplin, Lenora B. Fulani, and Richard Sokolow
Lenora B. Fulani, John Singer, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, Ben Vereen, Tess Wonson
Lenora B. Fulani, John Singer, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, Ben Vereen, and Tess Wonson
Ray Thek, Crystal Ferguson, Luana Alesio
Ray Thek, Crystal Ferguson, and Luana Alesio
Joyce Dattner, Elouise Joseph, Martina Paredes, Rose Lavendero
Joyce Dattner, Elouise Joseph, Martina Paredes, and Rose Lavendero
Ben Vereen, Gabrielle L. Kurlander
Ben Vereen and Gabrielle L. Kurlander
Linda Andryc, Jacqueline Salit
Linda Andryc, Jacqueline Salit
Pamela A. Lewis, Lenora B. Fulani, Ben Vereen, Gabrielle Kurlander, Bill Weir, with All Stars youth performers
Pamela A. Lewis, Lenora B. Fulani, Ben Vereen, Gabrielle Kurlander, and Bill Weir, with All Stars youth performers
Steven W. Alesio, David Jones, Drew Vaden, Robert T. Ross
Steven W. Alesio, David Jones, Drew Vaden, and Robert T. Ross
James Fernandez
James Fernandez
Diane Stiles, Wolfram Morales, Lenora B. Fulani
Diane Stiles, Wolfram Morales, and Lenora B. Fulani
Last Monday night, Books for Kids hosted their 25th Anniversary Gala at The Plaza. The black tie Gala honored Patrick Daley, educator and Senior Vice President and Publisher of Scholastic. Susan B. Neuman, one of the nation's preeminent experts in early childhood literacy, spoke about the link between issues that continue to plague our nation: poverty, illiteracy and failing early childhood education. CNBC correspondent, Sharon Epperson, was emcee and shared personal stories about literacy through the evening.

The event celebrated 25 years of inspiring children to discover the magical world of books and underscores the important work that Books for Kids does year round for promoting literacy among all children.
Dana Long, Rebecca Harris, Brad Carmony, Carla Raynor, and Julie Cunningham
Gillian Steel, Alexandra Steel, Robert Steel, Charlotte Steel, and Elizabeth Steel
The Giving Tree
Minutes before dinner
More than 200 guests enjoyed a live auction with Erin Doherty as the auctioneer and everyone danced into the night with music by Peter Duchin Big Band. The evening raised over $150,000 to help continue to build libraries and inspire children across the country.

Guests included: Dick Robinson, CEO of Scholastic, Rick McVey, CEO of MarketAxess, John Winkelried, former President and Co-Coo of Goldman Sachs, Christian Stracke, head of research at PIMCO Inc, Robert Steel, Deputy Mayor of New York, Mike Adams of the Cleveland Browns and many more.
CNBC Correspondent, Sharon Epperson
Graham Stephens, Nancy Stephens, and Jeffrey Stephens
Sutton Stracke
Dick Robinson, Shawna Hamilton Doster, and Patrick Daley
Chrissy Gaffney, Alexandra Steel, Julie Guariglia, and Elise McLean
Esther Babb, Merritt Fog, Andrew Fulton, and Kate Mack
Jennifer Winkelried, Jon Winkelried, and Abby Winkelried
Andrei Saunders and Carolyn Saunders
Dominic Moross and Sasha Siem
Mike Mills and Christie Benemi
Cathy MacFarlane, Elaine Clark, and Brenda Dean
Michelle Cooper, Jason Sperling, Jane Jackson, and David Stemerman
Shawna Hamilton and Rick McVey
Rick Biton and Diane Biton
Tracy Heller and Matt Glassman
Sarah Kreiner
Joline Stemerman, David Stemerman, Peter Wise, and Marybeth Wise
Susan Newman
Patrick Daley
Last Wednesday at the Pierre, Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals held their 2011 Breast Service Luncheon. Emmy Award-winning journalist and best selling author Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, also a breast cancer survivor, delivered the keynote address.
Georges Chakra table: Seated, l. to r.: Dana Bethune, Benjamin-Emile Le Hay, Deborah Hughes, Mdivani Monroe, and Patrick Abouchalache. Standing, l. to r.: Kristen Ingersoll, Georges Chakra, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Ab Korine, Jennifer Chakra, and Arthur Drogowski
The luncheon was followed by a fashion show by Georges Chakra. During the luncheon Alison Estabrook MD, Chief of the Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt provided an update on advances in treatment options.
Trustee Janet Green, Cockie Roberts, and Kathleen Kearns
Harris M. Nagler, MD, President of Beth Israel Medical Center, Cokie Roberts, and Frank J. Cracolici. MA, RN, President of St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals
Event Chairman Dolores Halpern, Georges Chakra, Cokie Roberts, and Merrill Halpern
Sharon Rosenbaum-Smith, MD, with Georges Chakra
Georges Chakra and Cokie Roberts
Dolores Halpern, Cockie Roberts, and Merrill Halpern
The luncheon was followed by a fashion show by Georges Chakra.

Photographs by R. Mickens & D. Finnin/AMNH
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