|Last Tuesday evening in New York, more than 260 New Yorkers streamed into one of Delano & Aldrich’s 583 Park at 63rd Street, to celebrate and support Sir John Soane’s Museum—or, more specifically, the 20th anniversary of the “American friends” group of the idiosyncratic house museum in London. The occasion was the Sir John Soane’s Foundation’s annual dinner dance.
Tim Knox, director of the museum, and Suzanne Stephens, a member of the foundation’s foundation, welcomed guests with good news: the Soane Foundation has raised more than $1 million of its pledge of $1.25 million towards a $13 million capital campaign that will open up a new floor of the 174-year-old museum, which was left to the British nation by the 18th-century architect John Soane.
|Soane Foundations Honors went to architect Allan Greenberg for his achievements over the course of a 40-year career.
Although perhaps best known for the beauty and perfection of detail of his redesign of the interiors of the U.S. State Department headquarters in the 1980s, Greenberg has enriched the American landscape with a large body of work that ranges from large-scale institutional buildings to timeless homes.
|The evening also honored Foundation’s co-founders Cyndy Spurdle and Susie Magee and Past Board and Advisory Board Members, including Chippy Irvine and Wendy Moonan, who were among the past presidents who were present.
Chas Miller III, director of the Foundation had the pleasure of a successful party, with lanterns decorated with sepia-toned prints of the London museum, circa 1836, dotting every table. The decor was designed by Renny and Reed in collaboration with designer Robert Van Nutt, who created the dinner’s pop-up invitation as well. Guests danced to the music of Bob Hardwick and The Bob Hardwick Sound.
|This past Monday night, the National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) held its Annual Chairman’s Awards Gala and benefit at the St. Regis. They raised more than $320,000 for new American theatre.
NCTF Chairman James S Turley, Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, honored Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey (on Broadway this season in Anything Goes and director of Broadway’s The Normal Heart), recipient of the Theater Artist Award, presented to Mr. Grey by Anything Goes director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall; Charles Dillingham (Managing Director, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles), recipient of the Theater Professional Award, presented by Benjamin Moore (Managing Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre) and Richard Thomas (Race on Broadway and The Public’s Timon of Athens); and BNY Mellon, recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award, presented by Tony Award-winning stage and film actress Anika Noni Rose. All net proceeds of the event will be distributed as the NCTF/BNY MELLON FUND FOR NEW AMERICAN THEATRE.
|The night, hosted by the appropriately inappropriate and brilliant Lewis Black (hilariously pitching a play of his own to the leagues of theater heavy-weights from across the country), included ]performances by Ben Vereen, singing a unique and mesmerizing interpretation of “Defying Gravity” from the Broadway smash Wicked; Stephanie J. Block belted out the roof-raising “Get out and Stay Out” from 9 to 5 The Musical; and three of the dazzling sailors from the Tony-nominated revival of Anything Goes (Anthony Wayne, Adam Perry and Ward Billeisen) opened the evening with a number that included several Broadway standards, under the direction of Denis Jones.
The full list of noteworthy attendees included Honorees Joel Grey, Charles Dillingham and Gerald Hassell. Host, presenters Anika Noni Rose (Tony Award-winner and star of the film Dreamgirls), Richard Thomas, Kathleen Marshall (director / choreographer of Broadway’s Anything Goes), Benjamin Moore (Managing Director, Seattle Rep). Guests: Colin Donnell (Billy in Anything Goes), Andrew Rannells (star of The Book of Mormon). Performers: Tony-winner Ben Vereen, Stephanie J. Block; from Anything Goes: Anthony Wayne, Adam Perry and Ward Billeisen in a performance directed by Denis Jones. Producers Michael David (Jersey Boys), Barry and Fran Weissler (Chicago, Scottsboro Boys), Jennifer Bielstein (Managing Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Kevin Moore (Managing Director, Cleveland Play House), Carey Perloff (Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater), Michael Ritchie (Artistic Director, Center Theatre Group), Louis Spisto (CEO & Executive Producer, The Old Globe), and NCTF Chairman James Turley.
|Last Wednesday evening in Greenwich, more than 200 distinguished guests and dignitaries attended the 2nd annual Bruce Museum Icon Awards in the Arts held in the backcountry home of Thomas Peterffy. The Bruce Museum Icon Awards in the Arts recognizes outstanding achievement in the art world in six categories. This year, Susan E. Lynch was named Patron of the Arts. Jennifer and David Stockman received Art Collectors award. Jeff Koons was recognized as Artist, and Linda Nochlin received the Art Historian award. Robert Hughes was honored as Art Critic, and Larry Gagosian was the featured International Art Dealer.
|The ceremony was organized by co-chairs Susan Mahoney and Michael Grunberg, who worked with Bruce Museum Executive Director Peter C. Sutton, and the Museum staff to honor these accomplished individuals and spotlight the Museum’s century-long history of excellence in presentation of art in Greenwich. Proceeds from the event benefit exhibitions and education programs at the Bruce Museum.|
|On Tuesday, April 26th, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a non-profit organization, serving artists at critical stages in their creative lives, celebrated their 40th Anniversary at the lavish Prince George Ballroom. Produced by Empire Entertainment and chaired by, Margret Louis, Marjorie Weiss Martay and junior chairs, Casey Fremont, Karline Moeller, Bettina Prentice, Anastasia Rogers, and Timo Weiland the event honored filmmaker, Todd Haynes; patrons of the arts Kathleen O’Grady; Editor-in-Chief of Dance Magazine, Wendy Perron; and photographer Andres Serrano.|
|Special remarks were made by: Eric Fischl, Stephen Petronio, Jane Philbrick, and Christine Vachon.
The evening featured musical performances by Suzzy Roche and Combo Nuvo. NYFA’s “Hall of Fame” Benefit was generously sponsored by: Bessemer Trust, Fox Broadcasting, Limited Brands Foundation, HBO, and Saint Martin’s University.
|Last week at at Cipriani 42nd Street, the Mann Foundation presented its 6th Annual Mann of the Year Awards to seven New Yorkers for their outstanding achievements and philanthropic endeavors.
Jeff Mann and his wife Ann Mann and their family created The Mann Foundation for Alzheimer’s Research in memory of Marion and Irving Mann. The Foundation funds research for geriatric diseases and to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease through the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Linda Cohn, ESPN Sportscaster, who was emcee, was the 2009 Mann Woman of the Year. She introduced Dr. Mary Sano, Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, who spoke about the new methods of detecting the disease before the first symptoms appear part of the research funded by the Mann foundation.
|Michèle Gerber Klein, fashion writer, philanthropist and board member of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the New Museum, was this year’s Woman of The Year. Glenn Schlossberg, founder and CEO of 21-year-old Jump Apparel Group, received the Special New Yorker Award. Tom Nastos, president of ENK International, was presented the Apparel Award. Richard G. Bachrach, president of The Bachrach Group, was presented with the Financial Award. Bruce E. Mosler, Chairman of the Board, Cushman & Wakefield, took home the Commercial Real Estate Award, and Esther Muller, director of the Touro College real estate division, was awarded for her work in Residential Real Estate.
Electric violinist Sarah Charness entertained. Mama Doni and The Mama Doni Rock Band, self-described as funky music with a Jewish twist, got the crowd moving.
|Photographs by Mary Hilliard (Memorial-Sloan Kettering); Cutty McGill & Matt Gillis (Sir John Soane); ANN WATT (NYFA)|