Taste of Summer

Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Mary Snow, Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan, Jill Roosevelt, Ellen Niven-Deery, and Milly de Cabrol with Asprey Executives at The Madison Square Boys & Girls Club's 6th annual Purses & Pursenalities luncheon
The Madison Square Boys & Girls Club netted $106,000 for at its 6th annual Purses & Pursenalities luncheon held at Cipriani 42nd Street. They event honored Asprey, Julie Dannenberg of Avenue Magazine, and designer Eric Javits. Event Co-Chairs were Christine Smith Gray and Amy Hoadley. The luncheon was hosted by NBC4 and LX New York television personality Jane Hanson.

"In a very short time, this event has grown into one of the greatest 'see and be seen' events in New York society," said Purses & Pursenalities Event Co-Chair Amy Hoadley. "Supporting worthy not-for-profits is always in fashion, and Purses & Pursenalities gives more than 300 women the opportunity to celebrate the work of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in style."

Since 1884, the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has been providing after-school and summer programs for thousands of children in New York City's most disadvantaged communities. By providing proven education, recreation and guidance programs in a safe and nurturing environment that many children consider a second home, we help young participants lead happy, healthy and productive lives. A founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth ages six to eighteen at seven sites throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn as well as Camp Madison in Kingston, New York. For more information, visit www.madisonsquare.org.
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Mark Gilbertson and Julie Dannenberg
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Amy Hoadley and Christine Gray
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Jane Hanson, Eric Javits, and Julie Dannenberg
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Alix Michel and Michele Gerber Klein
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Polly Onet and Margo Langenberg
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Mary McFadden, Margo Langenberg, and Jean Shafiroff
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Gayle and Dr. Howard Sobel
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Jill Roosevelt and Mary Snow
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Jocelyn and Eric Javits
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Kamie Lightburn and Melissa Morris
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Guy and Lucie Regal
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Shawonda Swain
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Mickey Ateyeh and Beth Rudin DeWoody
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Joe Patuleia, Kate Edmonds, and Alex Donner
Last week in Central Park at the Naumburg Bandshell, from 7 to 11, was a perfect summer night for the Central Park Conservancy's annual Taste of Summer benefit. A thousand guests (uh-huh), 40 famous New York chefs, a VIP Café hosted by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group; dancing to Tom Finn the DJ who can get anybody on the dance floor because they can't help it.

The host committee looked like this: Gillian Miniter, who stepped down a few days ago as the President of the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy; James Andrew, Muffie Potter Aston, Ashley Baker, Edward Barsamian, Mario Buatta, Ashley Bush, Lauren Bush, Sharon Bush, David Patrick Columbia (who ever hearda him?), Dave Davis, Peter Davis, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Somers Farkas, Suzanne and Woody Johnson, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Jill Lafer, James LaForce, Alexandra Lebenthal, Peter Max, Patrick McMullan, Vanessa Noel, Yesim Philip, William Rondina, Hunt Slonem, Felicia Taylor, John Truex.
inside the tent
Under the tent
This al fresco event is held in a tent in front of Naumburg Bandshell (mid-Park at 72nd Street). The restaurants and chefs participating: Asia de Cuba – John DiLeo; Bice Ristorante – Silverio Chavez; BLT Market – Laurent Tourondel; Brasserie Cognac – Florian Hugo; Brasserie Les Halles – Carlos Llaguno; Bridgewater Chocolate; The Carlyle Restaurant – Jacques Sorci; The Central Park Boathouse – Fred Mero; China Grill, Inc. – Bradley Day; Ciao Bella Gelato – Danilo Zecchin; Columbus Tavern – Phil Conlon; Ed's Chowder House – Ed Brown and John Miele; Geisha – Richard Lee; GILT – Justin Bogle; Ivy Bakery – Daniellan Louie; Junoon – Vikas Khanna; Le Cirque – Craig Hopson; Maya Restaurant – Richard Sandoval; New Leaf Restaurant & Bar – Scott Q. Campbell; Orsay – Antoine Camin; The Palm Court at The Plaza – Willis Loughhead; Park Avenue Summer – Kevin Lasko; The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English – Mike Suppa; Quality Meats – Stratos Georgedakis and Scott Tacinelu; Serafina – Freddy Duarte; Serendipity 3 – Stephen Bruce; South Gate at Jumeirah Essex House – Kerry Heffernan; STK Meatpacking & STK Midtown – Adriano Ricco and Humberto Leon; SUSHISAMBA – Fernando Navas; Swifty's Restaurant – Stephen Attoe; Thalassa Restaurant – Raphael Abrahante; Trattoria Dell 'Arte - Brando De Oliveira.
The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 as a public-private partnership with the City of New York to restore Central Park to its former splendor. The Park we have today begins with them. After decades of neglect, they took on the task to manage and preserve it for present and future generations. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, and the City, the Conservancy has invested over $530 million to date into the Park, transforming it into a model for urban parks worldwide. Any Park-goer knows this without knowing it. Through events like this, the Conservancy is able to provide 85 percent of Central Park's $37.4 million annual budget. For more information on the Conservancy, please visit centralparknyc.org.
New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
New Leaf Restaurant and Bar
Park Avenue Summer
Park Avenue Summer
Cheo Leon @ Asia de Cuba
Cheo Leon at Asia de Cuba
Gabriella Bruno, Daniellan Louie, Cesar Maldonado
Gabriella Bruno, Daniellan Louie, and Cesar Maldonado
Choi, Koji, Sam  @ Sushisamba
Choi, Koji, and Sam at Sushisamba
Fred Mero, Russel Rosenberg, Freddie Jimenez
Fred Mero, Russel Rosenberg, and Freddie Jimenez
Danny Meyer and gang
Danny Meyer and gang
Justin Donaldson, Justin Vogle @ Gilt
Justin Donaldson and Justin Vogle at Gilt
Stephen Attoe @ Swiftys
Stephen Attoe at Swifty's
Brasserie Les Halles
Brasserie Les Halles
Kerry Heffernan, Alessandra Rotondi
Kerry Heffernan and Alessandra Rotondi
China Grill
China Grill
Willis Loughhead, Executive Chef, The Plaza
Willis Loughhead, Executive Chef, The Plaza
Jennifer Pascale @ Bridgewater Chocolate
Jennifer Pascale at Bridgewater Chocolate
Katherine Blaze, George Aviles  @ Columbus Tavern
Katherine Blaze and George Aviles at Columbus Tavern
Russel Rosenberg, Fred Mero, Freddie Jimenez
Russel Rosenberg, Fred Mero, and Freddie Jimenez
Chef Silverio Chavez@Bice
Chef Silverio Chavez at Bice
Vittorio Assaf @ Geisha Restaurant
Vittorio Assaf at Geisha Restaurant
Gramercy Tavern
Gramercy Tavern
Chef Antoine Camin @ La Goulue
Chef Antoine Camin at La Goulue
Nicole Blackford, Bryan Gray
Nicole Blackford and Bryan Gray
Margaret Dicks, Kevin Guzman, Josh Mintz, Jonathan
Margaret Dicks, Kevin Guzman, Josh Mintz, and Jonathan
Swiftys booth, Bill Cunningham, Robert Caravaggi
Swifty's Robert Caravaggi and Bill Cunningham
Elliot Winick
Elliot Winick
Frank Lacastro, Terri Coppersmith, Dough Blonsky
Frank Lacastro, Terri Coppersmith, and Dough Blonsky
Sharon Bush, Alexandra Lebenthal, Muffie Potter Aston, Gillian Miniter, Serena Miniter, Somers Farkas, Chloe Bausano
Sharon Bush, Alexandra Lebenthal, Muffie Potter Aston, Gillian Miniter, Serena Miniter, Somers Farkas, and Chloe Bausano
Nathan Hunter, Couri Hunter, Leah Penney, Kate Leitch, Terrence Kooyker
Nathan Hunter, Couri Hunter, Leah Penney, Kate Leitch, and Terrence Kooyker
Jonathan Farkas, Nicole Sexton, Somers Farkas, Muffie Potter Aston
Jonathan Farkas, Nicole Sexton, Somers Farkas, and Muffie Potter Aston
Helen Nivlock, Francesca Madeo, Jennifer Dejongh, Courtney Baker
Helen Nivlock, Francesca Madeo, Jennifer Dejongh, and Courtney Baker
Douglas Blonsky, Kitty Patterson Kempner, Tom Kempner, Gillian Miniter
Douglas Blonsky, Kitty and Tom Kempner, and Gillian Miniter
Nick Gillespie, Michael Marksz, Alexandra Martin, Veronique de Rugy
Nick Gillespie, Michael Marksz, Alexandra Martin, and Veronique de Rugy
Tom, Laura, Veronica, Mary, and Ned Winner
Tom, Laura, Veronica, Mary, and Ned Winner
Peter Sallese, Allison Minton
Peter Sallese and Allison Minton
Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor
Kerry Shannon, Rebecca Collora, Wendy Van Raalte
Kerry Shannon, Rebecca Collora, and Wendy Van Raalte
Andrea Greeven Douzet, Alexandra Lebenthal, Gillian Miniter
Andrea Greeven Douzet, Alexandra Lebenthal, and Gillian Miniter
Tabla Restaurant
Tabla Restaurant
The Loeb Central Park Boathouse
The Loeb Central Park Boathouse
Daniella Caliendo, Steve Spinella
Daniella Caliendo and Steve Spinella
Jeff Peek, Liz Peek, Bob Cochran
Jeff Peek, Liz Peek, and Bob Cochran
Jean Shafiroff, Dawne Marie Grannum
Jean Shafiroff and Dawne Marie Grannum
John Foster, Stephanie Foster, Doug Blonsky
John Foster, Stephanie Foster, and Doug Blonsky
Deborah Rosenzweig, Amy Johannessen
Deborah Rosenzweig and Amy Johannessen
Mai Blonsky, Douglas Blonsky
Mai and Douglas Blonsky
Roric Tobin, Vanessa Noel
Roric Tobin and Vanessa Noel
PEachy Deegan, Blaine Caravaggi
Peachy Deegan and Blaine Caravaggi
Mario Buatta
Mario Buatta
Steven Beltrani, Scott Jensen
Steven Beltrani and Scott Jensen
Bob and Susanne Cochran
Bob and Susanne Cochran
Michael Newhouse, Elyse Newhouse
Michael and Elyse Newhouse
Hillary, Caroline Laura Hall
Hillary, Caroline, and Laura Hall
Alexis Clark, Michele Smith
Alexis Clark and Michele Smith
Dr Jennifer Haythe, Brett Heyman
Dr Jennifer Haythe and Brett Heyman
Mauro Maccioni, Kerry Heffernan, Robert Caravaggi
Mauro Maccioni, Kerry Heffernan, and Robert Caravaggi
Yuka Fujipa, Sung,  Helena Park
Yuka Fujipa, Sung, and Helena Park
Gillian Miniter, Sylvester Miniter
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
DJ Tom Finn
DJ Tom Finn
Taj @ Thalassa Restaurant
Taj at Thalassa Restaurant
dancing
Earlier last month, The New York Pops' marked its 28th birthday with Celebrate Hope, a grand gala evening celebrating the legacy of late actor and comedian Bob Hope and honoring decades of support by Interpublic Group. The event began with a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring a special lineup of concert artists – including Tyne Daly, Christine Ebersole, Kelli O'Hara, Tom Wopat, Aaron Lazar, Gregg Edelman, Ryan Silverman, Tony DeSare, Maurice Hines, Michele Lee, Jamie Barton, Cartier Williams and special guest Angela Lansbury – under the baton of Music Director Steven Reineke.

The New York Pops were also joined on stage by the singers of The Camp Broadway Kids and the West Point Glee Club. Following the concert, a black tie dinner and dance was held at the luxurious Plaza Hotel.
Concert - Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Jamie Barton and the West Point Glee Club
Concert - Matt Dengler, Randy Redd, Zak Resnik
Matt Dengler, Randy Redd, and Zak Resnik
The concert program offered musical selections from Hope's extensive career that spanned decades of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, film and television, such as "Ballin' the Jack", "Thanks for the Memory", and "Road to Morocco" – as well as works of his contemporaries whom have been inspired by his iconic talent.

The evening's honorees were The Bob Hope Legacy, an organization founded by Linda Hope to preserve her father's memory, and Interpublic Group, Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO, in thanks for their continued support of The New York Pops.
Concert - Tom Wopat and Gregg Edelmann
Tom Wopat and Gregg Edelmann
Concert - Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein
Concert - Cartier Williams
Cartier Williams
The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music.

Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of the venue's highest subscription renewal rates of any series.
Whole Cast
The whole cast taking bows
The Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom
The Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom
The New York Pops was founded by former NBC Music Director Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America's rich musical heritage. Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The orchestra's media projects include performing for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC, nationwide radio broadcasts, and numerous recordings. The New York Pops' extensive education programs allow thousands of public schoolchildren to participate in concert and music, making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout New York City's five boroughs.
Ryan Silverman, Steven Reineke, Aaron Lazar
Ryan Silverman, Steven Reineke, and Aaron Lazar
Robert Bradford and Barbara Taylor Bradford
Robert and and Barbara Taylor Bradford
New York Pops Chairman Jim Read and wife Patty Read
New York Pops Chairman Jim Read and wife Patty Read
Adam Perry
Adam Perry
Marilyn Horne and Jamie Barton
Marilyn Horne and Jamie Barton
Christine Ebersole, Michael Feinstein and Michele Lee
Christine Ebersole, Michael Feinstein, and Michele Lee
Honorees Michael I. Roth and Linda Hope, with Music Director Steven Reineke
Honorees Michael I. Roth and Linda Hope, with Music Director Steven Reineke
Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
Kelli O'Hara and Aaron Lazar
Kelli O'Hara and Aaron Lazar
Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Michele Lee and Ryan Silverman
Michele Lee and Ryan Silverman
Kelli O'Hara, Steven Reineke and Angela Lansbury
Kelli O'Hara, Steven Reineke, and Angela Lansbury
Zak Resnik and guest
Zak Resnik and friend
Tony DeSare and guests
Tony DeSare and friends
Tyne Daly and guest
Tyne Daly and friend

Photographs by Cutty McGill (Madison Square); ANN WATT (Taste of Summer).
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