|Wednesday night at the Park Avenue Armory, they held the inaugural Art and Antique Dealers League of America Spring Show NYC with 65 galleries and dealers presenting. The evening benefited the ASPCA, and the evening's sponsor was 1stdibs.com.|
|This past Tuesday night at Capitale, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), North America’s oldest and the world’s largest organization devoted to archaeology, its Annual Gala.
It was an Irish-themed affair with the evening exploring the country’s archaeology, as well as an Irish ale and whiskey tasting, a contemporary Celtic feast created by native Dubliner and James Beard Award-winning Irish chef Cathal Armstrong, and live music and dance performances. There were auctions, of course, both live and silent, featuring archaeologically-themed items including once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences—a chance to dive to an underwater shipwreck, dig at Pompeii, and sail the Emerald Seas around Ireland following the route of 7th-century seagoing monks—along with dazzling jewelry, Celtic treasures, and more.
|The evening’s pledge drive also gave guests the opportunity to directly support the preservation of threatened ancient sites in Ireland.
The 2011 Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology was presented to George F. Bass, the father of underwater archaeology. Mr. Bass has led and participated in some of the most famous shipwreck discoveries of our time, including a dive to map the rate of decay of the Titanic. His work over the past 40 years has made him a leading expert in the field of nautical archaeology, a field he founded. Bass also created the world’s leading institute in the discipline, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A&M University.
|The evening was hosted by Gabriel Byrne, the acclaimed actor and Irish Cultural Ambassador. The focus was on the culture and history of Ireland. Mr. Byrne’s interest in the ancient past stems from his studies in archaeology and linguistics, along with his excavations in Ireland, Italy, and Greece. Born in Dublin, he studied archaeology and linguistics at University College, Dublin. Mr. Byrne began his acting career in Ireland’s famed Abbey Theatre, and later joined London’s Royal National Theatre.
In 2010, the Irish Government named him their Cultural Ambassador. He has long-standing and strong ties to the creative communities in both Ireland and the United States and is uniquely suited to the task of strengthening the cultural relationship between Ireland and America. He will be taking a lead role, throughout 2011, in supporting and promoting Irish artists in the U. S., and in celebrating and fostering a deeper understanding of Irish archaeology, history, and culture.
|Also this past Tuesday night at Carnival at Bowlmor at Times Square and 44th Street, The Literacy Associates of Literacy Partners held their 3rd annual Literacy Associates Benefit.|
|To learn more about the Literacy Associates of this wonderful organization called Literacy Partners, click here.|
|Two weeks ago on a Thursday, the Bone Marrow Foundation hosted its annual fundraising gala at the IAC building, 555 West 18th Street in Manhattan, to benefit thousands afflicted with life threatening cancer and other genetic disorders. The Foundation offers financial, medical and emotional support to children and adults seeking bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplants.
Chaired by celebrated interior designers, Charlotte Moss and Meg Braff, and vice chaired by Anne Byers and Amy Falls Rogers, the black tie gala raised over $500,000 for patients in need.
|According to Bone Marrow Foundation Executive Director, Christina Merrill, “No transplant patient should ever feel alone. In my early career as a social worker in New York City, I was horrified to see families released into homeless shelters because they had sacrificed so much just to undergo life-saving, medical treatment.”
The Bone Marrow Foundation fills an unmet need helping families challenged with various cancers and genetic disorders to: find the right doctor, help with expenses for medicines and medical needs, cover travel and accommodations for care, understand medical insurance coverage, and cope with job vulnerability.
|Event co-chair Charlotte Moss expresses her compassionate feelings regarding The Bone Marrow Foundation: “My work on behalf of The Bone Marrow Foundation is a personal one. I was my brother’s bone marrow donor and fortunate enough to be able to spend an extended period of time with him prior to his transplant. It was during this time that I became acutely aware of how family support is a key and vital ingredient in survival. As a Board Member for The Bone Marrow Foundation and now as Co-Chair of the Gala I am able to focus my efforts on awareness, fund-raising, and outreach on behalf of these families.”|
|Photographs by ANN WATT (Spring Show); PatrickMcMullan.com|