|This past Saturday night, at photographer Steven Klein's house in Bridgehampton, ACRIA -- the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America -- held its 2011 annual Cocktails at Sunset.
Among the committee members were Andre Balazs, Andrew Benedict, Ross Bleckner, Sandra Brant, Nan Bush and Bruce Weber, Bob Colacello, Francisco Costa, John DeStaphano, Gaby and Gianpaolo DeFelice, Tonne Goodman, April Gornik and Eric Fishl, Deborah Hughes, Calvin Klein, Kelly Klein, Steven Klein, Leslie Klotz and Mary McBride, David Maupin, Jack Pierson, Isabel Rattazzi, Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers, Andrew Saffir, Stewart Shining, Ingrid Sischy, Stefano Tonchi, Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman.
|ACRIA is a leading HIV research and education organization. ACRIA tests the newest HIV therapies; undertakes cutting-edge research to understand better who has HIV and how to keep people with disease healthy; provides life-saving HIV health information to disadvantaged communities around the world, and strengthens community-based groups through a comprehensive technical assistance program.|
|Katonah, NY — On Saturday, June 25, 2011, Caramoor celebrated the Opening Night of its 66th International Music Festival with a festive nautical-themed gala evening. The event began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and was followed by a seated dinner provided by Great Performances. After dinner, Caramoor kicked off the summer music festival in the Venetian Theater with HMS Pinafore, one of the most beloved and delightful of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. The performance featured the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the baton of Caramoor’s Director of Opera Will Crutchfield, and starred soprano Georgia Jarman, tenor Robert McPherson, baritone Jorell Williams, mezzo-soprano Vanessa Cariddi, and baritones Scott Bearden and Jason Plourde. After the performance, Gala attendees partook in the After Dark party, where they joined the Pinafore cast for dessert and dancing with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
Gala co-chairs were Mary Ann and Robert Hawley, of Bedford Hills, NY, and Susan and Richard O’Leary of Greenwich, CT.
|Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built their summer home – now known as the historic Rosen House at Caramoor – and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings were the seeds of today’s Caramoor International Music Festival.
Realizing the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor – the house with its art collection, the gardens, and the musical programs on summer evenings – in 1946 the Rosens established a public charity to open Caramoor to the community. Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During those years, she expanded the Music Festival: the Spanish Courtyard was used as a setting for musical events, as it is today, and, under her direction, the great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.
|Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music. It is often described as “a Garden of Great Music”, where audiences are invited to come early, explore the beautiful grounds, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens.|
|Hospital for Special Surgery held its 28th Annual Tribute Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria. Brian Williams, anchor of Nightly News on NBC, served as toastmaster. Nationally recognized Hospital for Special Surgery orthopedic surgeon Joseph M. Lane, M.D., received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, was honored at the event that raised more $2.5 million. Nearly a thousand attended.|
|Hospital for Special Surgery is America’s leading specialty hospital devoted to orthopedics and rheumatology. Every doctor, surgeon, scientist, nurse, and therapist at HSS is a specialist in caring for orthopedic patients. Collectively, they have treated the most complex cases imaginable.|
|On June 24, 2011, the SS United States Conservancy hosted a dinner dance that took 150 Conservancy patrons and friends back to a special era in time. "Relive an Evening Aboard the SS United States" was held at the Corinthian Yacht Club just outside of Philadelphia, near the Delaware River pier where the ship has been laid up awaiting a new life.
The SS United States Conservancy is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2004. As owners and stewards of America’s National Flagship, the Conservancy plans to secure the SS United States and her legacy by establishing a public-private partnership to refurbish and repurpose the ship as a self-sustaining, multi-purpose stationary waterfront attraction, developing a world-class museum aboard the vessel, and by conducting effective education and advocacy programs.
|The SS United States|
|The evening captured the spirit of the golden age of ocean liner travel. Dinner and dancing took placeunder tents just a few yards from the Delaware River. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner were inspired by the United States' first class menu (with such delicacies as Beluga Caviar on Blini, Lobster Newberg and Roast Duckling a l'Orange). The dress code was black tie/1950s festive, and the Albert Oehrle Orchestra played dance music that would have outdone the great Meyer Davis himself. After dinner, the dance floor was packed with couples fox-trotting and jitterbugging as if it were July 7, 1952 -- when the ship captured the Atlantic speed record from the Queen Mary with a crossing time of 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes. In fact, a number of the passengers and crew who had been on the maiden voyage of the ship were present for the celebration.|
|Members of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry present the Colors|
|Valley Forge Military Academy cadets at entrance to Corinthian Yacht Club|
|Guests were greeted at the entrance to the Yacht Club by cadets from Valley Forge Military Academy. The Color Guard was provided by the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, founded during the American Revolution. It is the oldest military unit in the US that is still in active service, and the only military unit in the United States that owns its own armory.
The honorary gala co-chairs were philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest (who donated $5.8 million to the Conservancy for the purchase and temporary maintenance of the ship at her Philadelphia pier) and former NFL coach Richard Albert "Dick" Vermeil. Live and silent auction items were donated by partners such as Philadelphia Distilling, Brooks Brothers, The Curtis Institute of Music, Atlantic Logistics, the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, and Luxury Liner Row. Wine and beer were donated by Barrel Oak Winery and Narragansett Beer. The lead event sponsor was Wilmington Trust.
|Andrew Colket and J. Travis Logan (both of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry) fold the American flag before dinner|
|5-foot long, illuminated model of the SS United States donated by Ered Matthew adorns the buffet table|
|The Program Books were based on the original 1950's menus from the SS United States|
|The profits from the event will go towards creating a comprehensive historic preservation and museum plan for the ship. The Conservancy is now planning a similar event in New York City this fall.|
|Greg Nickerson, J. Travis Logan, Thomas Greenwood, Steven Ujifusa, and Julia Wirts joined H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest during the cocktail reception. Steven Ujifusa served as a Gala Committee Co-Chair|
|Eric Lorgus (President, Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild) and Linda Collier|
|H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest (Honorary Gala Co-chair) chats with gala committee members Penelope and Judge Thomas Watkins|
|Mario Alvarez-Garcillán and Carl Wesch, both recipients of the Conservancy’s Blue Riband Award|
|Keith and James Straw|
|Colonel David Gray of VFMA with Honorary Gala Co-Chair Gerry Lenfest, who last year donated $5.8 million to the Conservancy to purchase the SS United States, saving the fabled ocean liner from certain destruction|
|First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry member Charlie Rogers, Jean Walkup and Richard Walkup, Andrew Colket, and First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry member Llewellyn Hunt|
|Event Planner Alix Jacobs (second left) with Valley Forge Military Academy’s Denis Spizuoco, Colonel David Gray, and Captain Gerald Hale|
|H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest,, Ted Piccone, and Susan Gibbs|
|Dick Vermeil and musician Skip Denenberg|
|Mark Byers of Wilmington Trust addresses the Gala|
|Susan Gibbs, President of the Conservancy, speaks at dinner|
|Albert Oehrle and his Orchestra play music in the style of the ship’s original first class Meyer Davis Orchestra|
|Liz Tatum and Tony Lunger|
|Christopher Green and Heidi McKenzie. Their father Jim Green was a steward on the maiden voyage and met his wife Frieda aboard the ship a few years later|
|David and Laura Thayer|
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (ACRIA); Gregory Shutters, Kyle Ober, Susan Scovill (SS United States).|