Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Taking action

Laurence Folliot Lalliot, French Consul General of NY Philippe Lalliot, Baronne Bernard d’Anglejan Chatillon, James Gerard, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, French Ambassador Francois Delattre, George Sape, and Jean Pierre de Beaumarchais.
Last Thursday at the Pierre, the American Friends of Blérancourt honored Baroness Philippine de Rothschild as the first recipient of the Anne Morgan Award of Excellence. Anne Morgan, daughter of J. Pierpont Morgan, along with 350 women volunteers rebuilt war-torn Picardy following World War I. The Château de Blérancourt, her former home, now houses the Franco-American museum she founded. The Anne Morgan award was created to recognize a woman who has similarly responded to a challenge in society, the arts and in business.

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, also from a successful family, is the head of the Bordeaux wine empire of Château Mouton Rothschild, known for the unique wine labels featuring leading artists. Baroness de Rothschild was the first woman to head up this wine company and she successfully double the sales and expanded the company. For last weeks’ elegant affair, she donated sumptuous bottles of Opus One from her personal collection. Three bottles of 1988 Chateau Mouton Rothschild were auctioned off and won by Mr. Peter Heydon.
Upon receiving the award in the form of a Lalique Ochidée bowl, Baroness de Rothschild stated that she and Anne Morgan were both heiresses, both had chateaux and both a desire to contribute to making life more enjoyable. They differ, however, in that Anne Morgan wanted to spend more time in France, while Baroness de Rothschild preferred America.

The gourmet dinner prepared by chef Stephane Becht was created to accompany the outstanding wines from the Rothschild vineyards and champagne from Paul Goerg. The more than 120 guests included French Ambassador Francois Delattre, the Consul General of France, Philippe Lalliot and his wife Laurence Folliot-Lalliot, Founder and CEO of American Friends, Baroness Bernard d'Anglejan-Chatillon, Mr. Jean-Pierre de Beaumarchais, husband of Baroness de Rothschild, Miles Morgan, Jay Paul, Jeri and George Sape, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Darlington, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gehman, Mr. and Mrs. James Gerard, Sonja Tremont Morgan, corporate sponsors from Dassault Falcon Jet, Mr. Mrs. Jean Rosanvallon, Coca Cola, Ms. Janet Howard, and Mr. and Mrs. Mario Rinaldi of Champagne, Paul Goerg, CeCe and Lee Black, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Kirkbride, Mrs. Anne Bricker, Bonnie Pfeifer-Evans and Kathleen Springhorn.
Simone Rinaldi, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Jean Pierre de Beaumarchais, Mario Rinaldi, and Jay Paul
Baronne Bernard d’Anglejan-Chatillon,-Baroness-Philippine-de-Rothschild-receiving-the-Lalique-Ochidée-bowl
Baronne Bernard d’Anglejan Chatillon and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild receiving the Lalique Ochidée bowl
Carol Mahoney, Paul Ross, Anne Bricker, Irene Goodkind, and Margaret MacKenzie
Christopher Treble, Blaine Ashley, Miles Morgan, and Edward Treble
Patricia M. Patterson and Henry Darlington, Jr
Tanya Androsov and Francis Dubois
Mario Rinaldi and Michel Longchampt
Kathy Sloane, Sonja Tremont Morgan, and Janet Howard
Nancy-Gehman,-Jay-Paul,-Baronne Bernard d’Anglejan-Chatillon
Nancy Gehman, Jay Paul, and Baronne Bernard d’Anglejan Chatillon
Odile de Schietere Longchampt and Jeri Sape
Stephanie and Fred Clark
Viviane Barrois, Elaine Uzan Leary, and Andrew Kotchoubey
Bill and Barbara Harbach
Mrs. James Gerard
Katherine Zeller Gage, Kathleen Springhorn, and Thomas Dillman
Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
French Consul General of NY Philippe Lalliot, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, and French Ambassador Francois Delattre
Andrew Kotchoubey, Henry Darlington, Jr., and Patricia M. Patterson
Last Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street, the international microfinance pioneer ACCION International celebrated its 50th Anniversary and its 20th Anniversary of ACCION in the United States. The Gala raised over $1.6 million. They honored Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit. Hosted by Gala Co-Chairs Amy Butte and John Heimann, and Board Chair Diana L. Taylor. The evening’s emcee was Tina Brown.

“The work that ACCION does can be life-changing,” said Diana Taylor. “Our clients’ optimism and commitment to hard work reaffirms one’s faith in the ability to thrive through personal effort. Microfinance provides them with critical tools to do just that.”

“Since we began, microfinance has grown in scale by orders of magnitude, serving 150 million of the world’s entrepreneurial poor,” said Michael Schlein, ACCION president and CEO. “But there are billions more of the world’s poor who could benefit from access to financial services. To accomplish this, we will build the next generation of top-tier microfinance institutions, push the frontiers of financial inclusion beyond MFIs, and build a strong microfinance industry with the highest possible standards.”
Diana Taylor also thanked the evening’s lead sponsors Banamex, Edythe and Eli Broad, Citigroup, Ray and Barbara Dalio, MasterCard and TATA Consultancy Services.

Gift bags were made by disabled people in India out of recycled newspaper and contained “Little Treasures from around the world” that reflected the creative talents of the countries in which ACCION works. International treasures include hand-painted boxed (India), silken good luck charms (China), acai seed bracelets (Brazil), rustic crayons (Ecuador), garam masala and poisson braise recipe (Cameroon), and a pressed flower bookmark (Honduras). National treasures include goat milk soap (New Mexico), majavé habanero hot sause (Chicago), customized pens (Texas), signature chocolates (Colorado) and unique soda can tab accessories (San Diego). 

Founded to combat poverty in Latin America in 1961 by Joseph Blatchford, ACCION first began microlending in Brazil in 1973 – and continued over the ensuing decades to develop the fledgling movement’s methodology and technical capacity. To date, ACCION has helped build 62 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in 31 countries on four continents, which currently serve millions of clients through an active loan portfolio of $4.6 billion.
Diana Taylor, Vikram Pandit, and Tom Brokaw.
Vikram Pandit and Maria Otero. Michael Schlein and Janice Shorenstein.
Molly Small, Gina Harmen, Bill Burrows, Neil Boss, and Anna Heisen.
Michael Helper and Bob Annible. Terry and John Hammock.
Michael Schlein, Wendy Brenninkmeijer, Mike Schewrin, Julie Schwerin, and Titus Brenninfire.
Michael Schlein and Faye Wattleton. Beth Rhyne and Kate McKee.
Rebecca Tovares, Maria Otero, and Kathy Quinn.
Kate McGrath, Amy Stewart, and Alexandra Shaw. Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evan.
A week ago Sunday, more than130 guests filled Harlem’s new hot spot, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant, for Copland House’s 6th annual culinary and musical gala. These eagerly-anticipated events pair renowned chefs with America’s leading composers and performers, and benefit the musical, educational, and public programs at Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in Cortlandt Manor and at Merestead in Mount Kisco.

This year’s gala, Dreaming on Lenox, brought together the roots of American music and cuisine, and took its name from the vibrant painting that Chef Samuelsson created himself. He also devised a special menu for the evening, which began with an impeccable selection of hors d’oeuvres, crab cakes avocado mayo, creamed spinach tart, fish taquitos fluke ceviche, Rooster nuggets hot sauce, spiced pumpkin soup stilton fondue.
Marcus Samuelsson, William and Beth Morris, and Patrick Morris
Catherine de Lotbiniere, Veronica Strugar, John Strugar, Alain de Lotbiniere, and Ezriel Kornel
Pianist John Musto, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, baritone James Martin, and Patrick Morris
These were served in the main-floor bar and dining area where the chef mingled with guests. The capacity crowd then moved to the newly-renovated lower-level dining room, where Chef Samuelsson unveilied his 4-course gastronomic symphony: curried lobster dirty rice, mango chutney; smoked Arctic char fresh cottage cheese, crispy potato, American sturgeon caviar; braised Short Ribs and strip loin porcini mushroom grits, roasted fall vegetables; and caramelized white chocolate cake apple sorbet, fennel cream.

Wine pairings included, respectively, Hermann J. Wiemer Semi-Dry Riesling, 2008, Finger Lakes, New York; Bethel Heights, Pinot Noir, 2009, Willamette Valley, Oregon; and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château Roger Perrin, 2009  Rhône Valley, France.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson and his team working in the kitchen
Pianist John Musto and baritone James Martin
Between each course, a musical menu was served by baritone James Martin, violinist Harumi Rhodes, pianist-composer John Musto, and pianist Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin, featuring the works of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, William Grant Still, W. C. Handy, and other New Yorkers who were intrigued, influenced, and challenged by the sounds of Harlem’s churches, nightclubs, and streets.
Fran and Cindy Letro
Pianist and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin with Marcus Samuelsson
Victor von Klemperer and Jamie Abruzzo
Michael Boriskin with Geoffrey and Caron Johnson
Copland House resident composer Daniel Brewbaker
Denise Gertmenian, Kate White, and Patrick Morris
Marcus Samuelsson with Susan Dworkin
Beth Morris, Rebecca Hilstad, and William Morris
Anna Coquillat
Robert and Cristina Weisz
Bret Stephens and Corinna daFonseca Wollheim
Lew Soloff and Lisa Bostner
This past Sunday at Saatchi & Saatchi on 375 Hudson Street, Kelly Rutherford and Mary Alice Stephenson hosted Free Arts NYC’s Kidsfest, a Fall Festival of arts and creativity presented by UGG Australia.
Scyler Van Der Wal, Frederique Van Der Wal, Oona Bradlee, Sue Nesi Bradlee, and Willem Stephenson
Max and Laszlo Weiner
Dianne Vavra, Eve Combs, Tom Combs, Elaine Vavra
Beatrice, Hailey Lustig, Cleo, Steven Prinz, and Faye
Over 250 families attended the event where children spent the afternoon designing spin art t-shirts, sewing hats and scarves, playing in the glitter pumpkin patch and decorating cupcakes with Stella’s Sweet Shoppe. In addition, there were portraits with the 20 x 24 large-format Polaroid camera, lunch by the Melt Shop, games and children’s entertainment.

All proceeds will go directly to Free Arts NYC art mentoring programs for underserved youth.
James Wilding
Joshua Roizen, Camille Roizen, Samuel Roizen, Helena Giersch, Kelly Rutherford, and Salome Roizen
Helena Giersch, Kelly Rutherford, Mary Alice Stephenson, and Willem Stephenson
Roman and SunHee Grinnell
Charlie Taylor, Lindsy Taylor, Matthew Taylor, and Maxwell Taylor
Mary Alice Stephenson and Willem Stephenson
Helena Giersch, Kelly Rutherford, Camille Roizen, and Salome Roizen
Scyler Van Der Wal and Frederique Van Der Wal
Dennis and Maximilian Paul
Veronique Gabai-Pinsky and Camille Roizen
Jacques and Samuel Roizen
Liz Hopfan and Maxwell Taylor
John Demsey and Marie-Helene Demsey
Laurent Boidevezi, Berengere Boidevezi, and children
Maximilian Paul, Dennis Paul, Coralie Charriol Paul, and Anais Paul
Catherine and Teddy Aaron
Max Girombelli and Jacques Roizen
Teddy Aaron and Blue Bertin
Mary Alice Stephenson and Willem Stephenson
Paul Weil, Gaby Basora, and Lola Weil
Pilar Guzman, Willem Guzman, and Henry Guzman
Vanessa von Bismarck, Laszlo Weiner, and Max Weiner
Helena Giersch
Clara Haranek and Yolanda Edwards
Gaby Basora, Mary Alice Stephenson, Johanna Methusalemsdottir, and Lola Weil

Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency (kidfest).
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