Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunrise, Sunset

Hellenic Times Scholarship Recipients with John Aniston, Thanos Petrelis, Frank Dicopoulos, Nick Gregory, Sprios Milonas, Antonia Milonas, Ernie Anastos, Michael Constantine, Olympia Dukakis, Gillies Marini, Margo Catsimatidis, Nick Katsoris, Alexis Christoforous, and John Catsimatidis
On Tuesday, May 3, Congressman Patrick Kennedy joined Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, Chairman of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, and returning Mistress of Ceremonies Donna Hanover at the Gray Matters at Columbia Spring Benefit Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel.

Gray Matters at Columbia is a research fellowship fund that was launched in 2007 to support brain research in an effort to help solve the mystery of serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and autism. More than 330 guests attended the annual luncheon, which was inspired by a mother who lost her son to suicide after a long and difficult struggle with schizophrenia.
Rosemarie Lieberman, Charlotte Ford, Patrick Kennedy, Garen Staglin, Anne Ford, Tina Sloan
Rosemarie Lieberman, Charlotte Ford, Patrick Kennedy, Garen Staglin, Anne Ford, and Tina Sloan
Each year the Gray Matters at Columbia Fellowship is awarded to young scientists exhibiting outstanding performance in the genetics of brain disorders. The chosen fellows benefit from the multidisciplinary expertise of a peerless team of clinicians and scientists that includes two Nobel laureates. Over fifteen postdoctoral fellows were in attendance at the event to speak about their research with guests.

Congressman Kennedy, who cofounded One Mind for Research, a newly formed national coalition that is seeking new treatments and cures for neurologic and psychiatric diseases of the brain, noted that “The best investment that any of us can make, in our personal lives and in the future of our country... is unlocking the mysteries of the brain through investment in brain research..."
Mariam Azarm, Rosemarie Lieberman, Dana Buchman, Jeffrey Lieberman, Elena Patterson, Suzanne Sunshine Mendel
Mariam Azarm, Rosemarie Lieberman, Dana Buchman, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Elena Patterson, and Suzanne Sunshine Mendel
Keynote speaker Dr. Lieberman said “the Gray Matters at Columbia fellows represent our hopes for the future of psychiatric medicine. We are fortunate and proud to have them on our team."

The 2010 recipients of Gray Matters at Columbia Fellowships are Holly Moore, PhD, Alla Landa, PhD, Christoph Kellendonk, PhD, Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD, and Catherine Clelland, PhD.
Farah Moinian, Rosemarie Lieberman, Sylvia Lyon Rodman, Mary Elliott, Patsy Kahn, Molly Ballantine
Farah Moinian, Rosemarie Lieberman, Sylvia Lyon Rodman, Mary Elliott, Patsy Kahn, and Molly Ballantine
Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, nurses, dentists, and public health professionals at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Mailman School of Public Health, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. For more information, visit
Arlyn Gardner, Rosemarie Lieberman, Mariam Azarm, Patrick Kennedy
Arlyn Gardner, Rosemarie Lieberman, Mariam Azarm, and Patrick Kennedy
Nancy Perleman, Rosemarie Lieberman, Donna Hanover, Anne Ford
Nancy Perleman, Rosemarie Lieberman, Donna Hanover, and Anne Ford
Barbara Trachtenberg, Sunny Spector, Lori Rosenfeld, Carol Dorfman
Barbara Trachtenberg, Sunny Spector, Lori Rosenfeld, and Carol Dorfman
Charlotte Ford, Shelly Lazarus
Charlotte Ford and Shelly Lazarus
Lea Cohen, Sheila Tronn Tannenbaum
Lea Cohen and Sheila Tronn Tannenbaum
Patrick Kennedy, Donna Hanover, Jeffrey Lieberman
Patrick Kennedy, Donna Hanover, and Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman
Elena Patterson, Mary Elliott, Annette Swanstrom
Elena Patterson, Mary Elliott, and Annette Swanstrom
Dana Buchman, Ilene Lainer
Dana Buchman and Ilene Lainer
Lyn Paulsin, Rosemarie Lieberman, Patricia Pei Tang
Lyn Paulsin, Rosemarie Lieberman, and Patricia Pei Tang
George Handran, Annette Swanstrom
George Handran and Annette Swanstrom
Shirin Moinian, Charlotte Kashani
Shirin Moinian and Charlotte Kashani
Anne Ford, Laura Slatkin
Anne Ford and Laura Slatkin
Paula Zahn, Farah Moinian
Paula Zahn and Farah Moinian
Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, Jeffrey Lieberman
Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber and Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman
The Doubles Club celebrated its 35th anniversary with a fabulous black tie dinner dance. The Club’s guiding light Wendy Carduner provided an evening to remember.

Peter Duchin and his Orchestra played music that kept the dance floor full past midnight. Chef Steven Mellina prepared a delicious meal of Smoked Scotch Salmon with Blinis and Caviar; Organic Filet of Veal with Morels and Asparagus tips; Salad of Shaved Fennel, Red Grapes, Baby Arugula and Dorchester Farm Cheddar Cheese; Dark Chocolate Gelato Cake.
Chiu-Ti Jansen, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Geoffrey Bradfield, Susan Chalom, and Lucia Hwong-Gordon
Peter Duchin and Orchestra
Among those joining in the fun were: Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Iris Cantor, Elaine and Ken Langone, Marianne and John Castle, Sharon and Fred Klingenstein, Grace and Chris Meigher, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Kari and Carl Tiedemann, Michael Meehan, Jean Vanderbilt, Nicole and Matthew Mellon, Mark Gilbertson, Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, Nancy and John Novgorod, Eva Baczynska, Chris Breck, Georgina Schaeffer, Bryan Colwell, Elizabeth Meigher, Nick Papanicolaou, Amy Hoadley, Geoffrey Bradfield, Kamie and Rich Lightburn, Mary and Guy Van Pelt, Susan Chalom, Melanie and David Holland, Nina and John Richter, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Anne Miller, Rosarie and John Heffernan, Kristen and Stephen Fealy, Patricia and Joseph Solari, Camilla and Joseph Solari III, Susan and Richard Weiss, Susan and Michael O’Neal, Florence and Ben Kaufman, Hilda and Arnold Neiss, Elizabeth and William Morris, Katie Tozer, Roric Tobin, Polly Onet, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Doug Steinbrech and Lady Liliana Cavendish.
Polly Onet, Mark Gilbertson, Amy Hoadley, Doug Steinbrech, Kristen Fealy, Bryan Colwell, and Stephen Fealy
John Richter, Susan O'Neal, David Holland, Melanie Holland, Nina Richter, and Michael O'Neal
The William Morris Family
1976, a Year to Remember: A gallon of gas was 59 cents ... A Ford Pinto was $2,895 ... America celebrated its 200th Anniversary ... Fidel Castro became the President of Cuba ... West Point admitted its first female cadets ... the commercial Concorde flight takes off ... ”A Chorus Line” was awarded Best Musical ... “Jaws” opened in theaters ... “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” won Best Picture … “Love Will Keep Us Together” was Record of the Year… the Mobile Phone patent was granted ... Apple Computer Company was founded! ... Doubles opened its doors.”
Tatiana and Thorne Perkin
John Castle, Cynthia Lufkin, Marianne Castle, and Dan Lufkin
Camilla and Joseph Solari III
Michael and Eleanora Kennedy
Elaine and Ken Langone
Elizabeth Meigher, Matthew Mellon, and Nicole Hanley Mellon
Sharon Klingenstein, Fred Klingenstein, and Cynthia Lufkin
Chris Breck and Eva Baczynska
Anne Miller and John and Rosarie Heffernan
John and Nancy Novogrod
Rich and Kamie Lightburn
Wendy Carduner
Frances and Bill Bruder
Ken Langone, Carl Tiedemann, and Dan Lufkin
Iris Cantor and friends
James Zirin and Marlene Hess
Katie Tozer, Mark Gilbertson, and Mary Van Pelt
Lauren Campbell and Michael Gilbane
If I Were a Rich Man, Little Tin Box, Til Tomorrow, She Loves Me, Will He Like Me and Sunrise, Sunset are just a few of the tunes that were brought to life last Monday night at New York’s legendary National Arts Club. The Theatre Museum paid tribute to legendary Broadway lyricist Sheldon Harnick -- the Museum's 2011 Career Achievement Award recipient. The award was presented from longtime colleague Hal Prince, winner of an unprecedented 21 Tony Awards.

The night's other honorees included Tony Award winning producer Bonnie Comley, who received The Theatre Museum’s Distinguished Service to the Theatre Award, presented by Jim Dale. Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly received The Theatre History Preservation Award, and The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts was honored with The Theatre Museum’s Theatre Arts Education Award.
Tovah Feldshuh with students from the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
Howard McGillin, Jim Brochu, Gregg Edelman, and John Bolton
Leah Lane and Alex Washer
Frank Cullen and Trav S.D.
Tony Walton and Tovah Feldshuh
John Bolton, Elizabeth Inghram, Tom Walton, Margery Harnick, and Sheldon Harnick
Top Broadway talent including Gregg Edelman, Tovah Feldshuh, Jenny Fellner, Anita Gillette, Jessica Grove, Elizabeth Inghram, Jim Brochu, Howard McGillin and John Bolton performed songs from Harnick’s career which spans over 60 years. Tony, Emmy & Academy award winner Tony Walton directed the night’s performance which was produced by Jared Hershkowitz.

The mission of The Theatre Museum is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the legacy of theatre. The Theatre Museum mounts exhibitions throughout the year celebrating aspects of the unique experience of live theater in collaboration with other cultural and educational institutions.

For more information on The Theatre Museum see:
Peter Avery, Robert Frisch, Donna Finn, and Ira Rosenberg
Sheldon Harnick, Jim Dale, and Hal Prince
Helen Guditis
John Bolton
Anita Gillette
Donna Finn and Peter Avery
Jim Dale and Bonnie Comley
Jenny Fellner
Tovah Feldshuh
Elizabeth Inghram
Anita Gillette and Bonnie Comley with friends
Jim Brochu
Gregg Edelman
Hal Prince
Hal Prince, Stewart Lane, and Bonnie Comley
Lauren Pizza, Joe Pizza, and Bonnie Comley
Jim Dale and Charlotte Rae
Howard McGillin
Anita Gillette and Blythe Danner
On the occasion of its 20th Anniversary, The Hellenic Times Scholarship fund held its annual Gala Saturday night at the Mariott Marquis, chaired by John and Margot Catsimatedis. 

The event was a great success, with more than1200 people in attendance. $150,000 in scholarships were awarded to forty-two Greek-American students from across the United States. 
Guest artists Sister Sledge
Kathy Sledge
Spiros Milonas was honored and presented with the Humanitarian Leadership Award. Actor Gilles Marini received the Artistic Achievement Award. Olympia Dukakis, a past honoree at the 10th Anniversary Gala, was there to present. Michael Constantine of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, was Honorary Guest host.
Spiros and Antonia Milonas
Margo Catsimatidis
Olympia Dukakis
John Catsimatidis and Spiros Milonas
Gillies Marini
John Catsimatidis
Olympia Dukakis and Carolyn Maloney
Ernie and Kelly Anastos
Michael Constantine
Sprios and Antonia Milonas
Margo Langenberg, Rita Cosby, and Tomaczek Bednarek
Gillies Marini
Nick Katsoris, Olympia Dukakis, Ernie Anastos, and Nick Gregory
Spiros and Antonia Milonas with Ernie Anastos
Nick Katsoris, Constantine Demopoulous, and Margo Catsimatidis
Olympia Dukakis and Gillies Marini
Last Chance for Animals (LCA) held their Annual Red Carpet Gala at the Sway Lounge in Soho, Wednesday, May 18th, 2011. Hundreds attended the star studded event, hosted by actress Leesa Rowland and sponsored by Cesar’s Way Magazine, to raise funds for LCA’s animal cruelty investigations.

Nothing could dampen the spirit of the lively crowd who came out to support the work of LCA and founder Chris DeRose. The red carpet lights and all were moved inside at the last moment because of the rain. Guests danced to live music by Dusty Wright & the Twigs while dining on vegan hors d’oeuvres by Franchia Vegan Café. The brightly lit venue became even more dazzling as guests arrived such as rockers Bebe Buell and Jimmy Walls, tough guys from Resuce Ink, Robin Cofer, Joe and Jane Ponterelli, Broadway choreographer and director Joey Mckneely, fashion designer Nicole Miller, celebrity magician Matt Wayne, radio personality Maria Milito, Doggie Mom cast members Karen Biehl and Grace Forster, NY Times food writer Florence Fabricant and husband Richard, Dr. Deborah Levy and Dr. Elliot Levy, writer Lee Fryd, Hamptons Sheet’s Joan Jedell, boxing promoter Aaron Braunstein and Broadway performer Arlene Kieta.
Scott the Knife, Joe Panz, Maria Milito, Johnny O, Big Mike, and Cliff Hammer
Last Chance for Animals, a national animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been active for more than two decades. Founded and led by animal expert, author, and former actor Chris DeRose, LCA’s roots began in exposing the inherent cruelty of vivisection. LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty, launching public awareness campaigns, pushing animal friendly legislation and helping prosecute animal abusers.

For more information, visit
Larry Wohl and Robin Cofer
Florence and Richard Fabricant
Chris DeRose and Jane Thorvaldson
Penelope Burns, Maryanne Langston, Greg Oehler, and Rich Cordero
Chris DeRose, John Magzalcioglu, and Chervin Dalaeli
Dusty Wright, Larry Wohl, and friend
Matt Wayne and Karen Biehl
Anthony Rubio
Jane and Joe Pontarelli
Grace Forster and Karen Biehl
Kenny Witler and Jan Sadow
Ellen Lenkind
Greg Oehler and Maria Milito
Arlene Kieta
Dr. Deborah Levy and Dr. Elliot G Levy
Leesa Rowland and Joe Pontarelli
Lee Fryd
Leesa Rowland and Joan Jedell
Sandy Rosenthal
Carine Celice and Justyna Podviemska
Rita Larchar and Peggy Ann Torney
Katiria Toro
Erik Lawrence and Mikelle Terson
Jean Shafiroff
Anton Wong and Larry Wohl
Joe Panz and Johnny O
Jimmy Walls and Bebe Buell
Joe Pontarelli, Barry Jacobson, Lee Mellis, and Marco Ricotta
Marco Ricotta, Jodine Russo, and Lee Mellis
Leslie Feldman and Susan Roufberg

Photographs by Cutty McGill (Doubles); Rob Rich (Theatre Museum); Ann Watt (LCA).
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