Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The extraordinary and exemplary

Guests at table at MassGeneral Hospital for Children's 12th Annual Storybook Ball.
Last Wednesday night, God’s Love We Deliver celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual Golden Heart Awards dinner. Celebrities, business leaders, philanthropists, and more than 470 friends of God's Love saluted the extraordinary and exemplary philanthropic and civic efforts of Carolina Herrera and “25 Years of Volunteers.”

Food Network’s Sandra Lee kicked off the evening by sharing a heart-felt letter from a volunteer about his experience as a van assistant delivering to a client. Ms. Lee was then joined on the stage by the volunteer, who thanked God’s Love for always being there for those in need.

Karen Pearl, God’s Love President and CEO, introduced long-time volunteer and Lifetime Board member, Blaine Trump who presented the Golden Heart Award for Outstanding Community Service to Carolina Herrera.

Mrs. Herrera thanked God’s Love for the award and honored the night’s other nominees, stating her admiration for and congratulations to the organization’s volunteers who help God’s Love succeed in its mission day in and day out.

The Chairman of the Board of God’s Love, Michael Sennott, then took the stage to honor several of the historic leaders of God’s Love We Deliver. Mr. Sennott introduced founder, Ganga Stone, and former Executive Director, Nancy Mahon, who led the expansion of our mission. He then presented a beautiful film honoring “25 Years of Volunteers” which ended by a rousing round of applause from all in attendance.

Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s was brilliant in leading a rousing live auction raising critical funds for the continued success of our programs.

New York City Speaker, Christine Quinn introduced Uma Thurman, a God’s Love volunteer, to the stage. Thurman accepted the award on behalf of “25 years of Volunteers” with a moving description of her own volunteer experiences and what God’s Love means to her and to the community.

The guests dined on delicious food from Canard, Inc. and cocktails donated by Pernod Ricard, while they enjoyed the evening’s program. The spectacular event was made possible through the hard work and efforts of many individuals, including co-chairs Blaine Trump, Diana Taylor, Michael Sennott and John Demsey.
The Board of Directors with Ganga Stone
Sandra Lee
Uma Thurman
Nancy Mahon
Margaret Russell
Tamara Tunie
Tory Burch
Anne Keating
Em Findley and Jeff Krauss
Sue Chalom and Geoffrey Bradfield
Miss USA Alissa Campanella and Miss Universe Lelia Lopes
Mikki Taylor
Kirk Basnight and Jeff Pfeifle
Jon and Rebecca Bond
Hal Rubenstien, Cindy Weber, Amy McFarland, and Amanda Ross
Andrew Gordon, Todd Waterbury, Sindar Mims, Scott Bruckner, and Sean Patrick Maloney
Chris Quinn, Nancy Mahon, Sally Sussman, and John Demsey
Bruce Nelson, Roz Gilbert, Barbra Locker, and Bri Schultz
Jon Bond, Rebecca Bond, Anita McGraw, Mike McGraw, Leigh Savar, and Avi Savar
Greg Scarffe, David Ludwigson, Mark Lanspa, and Richard Rosen
Karen Pearl, Matthew Ryan, Scott Bruckner, and Alissa Wassung
Steve Simon, Ganga Stone, Calvin Klein, and Blaine Trump
Patricia Lansing and Carolina Herrera
Sindar Mims, Rob Coburn, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Perry Wolfman
Matthew Ryan, Alan Rogers, and Rob Coburn
Karolyn Maurer, Conor Hagan, PJ Ammirato, and Marina Ammirato
Karen Pearl, Mike Meagher, and Jeff Pfeifle
Ganga Stone, John Demsey, Steve Simon, and Blaine Trump
Paul Wilmot, Karen Pearl, and Jerry Nadler
Alex Reyes, Adam Lippes, Lucas Goossens, and Mei Tsai
Jon Gilman, Mark Lehrer, and Michael Sennott
Jeff Gates, Karen Pearl, and Mike Moran
Michael Sennott
Joe Kirk and Susan Oher
Lori Griffiths, Anne Keating, David Ender, and Bernadette Tomey
Jeff Pfeifle, Lisa Sherman, and Marnie McBryde
Sylvia Vogelman, Evan Schwartz, and Robert Fitterman
Jonah Disend and David Altmejd
Natalia and Sebastian Echavarria
Laura Michalchyshyn, Chris Poore, and Alan Cumming
Terrence Meck and Ganga Stone
Michael Sennott and Scott Bruckner
Reed Vreeland and Regan Hofmann
Karen Pearl and David Terveen
Christopher Trump Retchin
Erik Bottcher
Tamara Tunie, Jessica Balboni, and Jonah Disend
Stormy Byorum and Chad Leat
Lucas Goosens and Adam Lippes
Blaine Trump and Carolina Herrera
Bill Koenigsberg, Rebecca Bond, and Jessica Koenigsberg
Robby Browne and Chris Quinn
Bruce Nelson and Bri Schultz
Gregory Generet
Tatjana Richardson and LaMont Craig
Lee Radziwill
Louis Bradbury, Mark Lanspa, and friend
Last Tuesday night over at the Pierre, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health held its inaugural gala. Public health challenges are emerging as urgent issues with a broad range of economic, social and political impacts. The School is attracting students who want to improve the health of the whole world.

Recent Mailman School graduates who attended include Chelsea Clinton and Gayle King's daughter Kirby Bumpus. Perri Peltz, the broadcast journalist, was gala co-chair. Perri is both a PhD student and a board member. Her new documentary on women’s health premieres this month on HBO.
The centerpieces
The mission of the Mailman School is to tackle the most important health problems of the 21st century, and its faculty is on the frontlines of cutting-edge research.  Dr. Ian Lipkin, one of the world’s foremost virus hunters, was technical advisor to the filmmakers of the current box-office hit Contagion about global pandemic. Dr. Lipkin was written into the movie plot as the scientist who makes the breakthrough discovery. He was at the gala along with other faculty luminaries including Drs. Irwin Redlener (of Paul Simon’s Children's Health Fund) and Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, a MacArthur “genius” Award winner whose leadership of ICAP has helped to bring treatment to over 1 million people suffering from HIV/AIDS in Africa. 

Gala Committee members include Charles M. Diker, Susan E. Patricof, John W. Rowe, Diana L. Taylor, Jane Rosenthal, Mary Lake Polan, Elizabeth Williams, Phyllis Mailman and Jody Wolfe. New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley was the Honorary Chairman. They honored Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine, with the Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health. 

More than 300 guests attended and they raised more than $930,000 before the event began.
Francesca Calderone, Harvey Fineberg, and Linda Fried
NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley and M. Monica Sweeney
Bob Fullilove and Francesca Calderone
Lee Goldman and Harvey Fineberg
Olivia Wolfe and Phyllis Mailman
Martin Segal
John W. Rowe, Patricia Ribaudo, Harvey Fineberg, and Valerie Rowe
Constance Williams and Tomas Guilarte
Chelsea Clinton and Irwin Redlener
Elizabeth Williams
Donald Fineberg, Libo Fineberg, Harvey Fineberg, and Miriam Fineberg
Dean Linda Fried and Chelsea Clinton
The most successful bird artist of all time was John James Audubon. He lent his name to the National Audubon Society, which for more than a century has built a legacy of successful conservation by utilizing the strength of its network of members.

The Carlisle Collection under its founder, chairman and CEO William Rondina creates elegant clothing, classic clothes with a contemporary twist. The fashion house has created a program of giving back to the community, the “Carlisle Give Back Program.”
Fran Weisler, Bill Rondina, Angie Miller, and Mickey Ateyeh
The two forces met recently in the Carlisle/Per Se’s Penthouse showroom (16 East 52nd Street) for an evening of fun, fashion and philanthropy. While Luann Sampson, Director of Merchandising, highlighted the fashion house’s must-have looks for the season, Society members and their guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

From September 20th through October 31, 20 percent of all showroom purchases in New York and Connecticut by Audubon members and their guests will be donated directly to support the Society’s Long Island Sound efforts.
Luann Sampson pointing out Carlisle's must-have looks for the season
Between the smart fashions and the support of the Audubon members and guests, the dressing rooms were filled with women trying on clothes aided by Carlisle personal stylists.  

Members and their guests included Missy and Carlos Falchi, Andy and Elena Ginsberg, Chloe Weisberg, Marlan Howley, Fern Thomas, Mickey Ateyah, Kelly Hoey, Gideon Hayes, Karen Klopp, Adiar Keating Weiss, Anne Akers, Elissa Kramer, Michael Kaufman, Fran Weissler, Angie Miller, Jessica Brugdon, Katy Lyons, Mark Gilbertson, Nora Lawlor, John Hannan and Anna Duffy as well as William Rondina, Eileen Balaban, and Caroline Bowen. Carlisle's NYC Showroom Director Leena Gurevich and Carlisle's Greenwich Showroom Director Lisa Fleming were joined by their top stylists, who worked with clients during the evening.
Leena Gurevich and Lisa Fleming
Andy Ginsburg, Elena Ginsburg, and Valentina Baptiste
Carlos and Missy Falchi
Caroline Bowen and Carolyn Bentzien
Angela Smith, Viva Bhogaita, and Lisa Fleming
Elena and Alan Ginsburg with Valentina Baptiste
Karen Klopp and Elisa Kramer
Anna Duffy and Jessica Brugdon
Caroline Bonilla, Laura Bass, and Lindsay SanFilippo
Mickey Ateyeh and Joan Rose
Dr. Michael Coughlin
Katy Lyons and Anne Akers
Anne Akers, Bill Rondina, Eileen Balaban-Eisenberg, and Caroline Bowen
Luann Sampson and Viva Bhogaita
John Hannan
Norah Lawlor and Mark Gilbertson
The 12th annual Storybook Ball was held on Saturday, October 15th at The Park Plaza Castle in Boston. Nearly 500 guests celebrated the “Mystery of Batman”- themed evening of dining, dancing, luxury booths and live auction produced by Rafanelli Events. $1.1 million was raised in support of MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s (MGHfC) Newborn Medicine Program.

Sponsors included: Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Chanel, Citation Air, Dorfman Jewelers, DW Beauty, Fresh, Gucci, KAUFMANFRANCO, Mario Russo Salons, MAX Ultinmate Foods, Neiman Marcus, Rafanelli Events, Ralph Lauren, Serenella and Winston Flowers.
Bats covering the walkway into Storybook Ball
Guests included: Alli and Bill Achtmeyer, Alyson and Jeff Lindsey, Elena and Tom Matlack, Linda and John Henry, Corrine and Wyc Grousbeck, Patty and Charles Ribakoff, Katherine Chapman and Tom Stemberg, Beth Dickerson and David Drubner, Ronald Kleinman MD Physician-in-Chief of MGHfC, and his wife, Martha Kleinman, and Joseph Vacanti MD Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief of MGHfC and his wife Susan Treacy.

The Storybook Ball was established in 2000 to create awareness and raise funds for the important research initiatives and vital patient care service programs at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), the oldest provider of pediatric care in the nation. A children’s hospital within a general hospital, they are uniquely positioned to ensure that children benefit from the world-class technologies, clinical advancement and research strength for which Massachusetts General Hospital is so renowned.
Alyson and Jeff Lindsey with Alli and Bill Achtmeyer (Alyson and Alli, co-chairs of event)
Wyc and Corrine Grousbeck
Kerri Landry and Michael Lorber
Dr. Joseph Vacanti, Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief of MGHfC, Alli Achtmeyer and Alyson Lindsey, and Dr. Ronald Kleinman, Physician-in-Chief of MGHfC
Katherine Chapman
Adrienne Reynolds and Glen Kelly
Alex Leventhal and guest
Elena and Tom Matlack with Simone Winston
Charles and Patty Ribakoff
Guests hitting the dance floor
Geoff and Laura Renhert
Elizabeth and Dr. Shaw Sprague
The women of Storybook Ball dancing up a storm
Dancers for the evening ...

Photographs by Ann Watt (Carlisle)
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