Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Young Leadership

Project Sunshine's 2nd Annual Young Leadership Naughty and Nice holiday party at The Bowery Hotel.
On December 8th, the young leadership committee of Project Sunshine, chaired by CeCe Barfield, William Sinclair, Elizabeth Steel and Anna Varshisky, hosted their 2nd Annual Young Leadership Naughty and Nice holiday party at The Bowery Hotel.

Among the many young party-goers were Project Sunshine founder Joseph Weilgus, Paige and Peer Pedersen, Asya Varshisky, Justin Korsant, Sara Rafferty, Matthew Settle, Jessica Stamm, Damaris Lewis, Sinorice Moss, Imad Izemrane and Constance Jablonski, Alex Elliot, Annouk Baijings, Jeffrey Schottenstein, Joseph and Julia Vergari and many others.
Quemuel Arroyo, Demaris Lewis, Anna Varshisky, Elizabeth Steel, CeCe Barfield, and Will Sinclair
Project Sunshine empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 10,000 volunteers to bring programming - recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) - to over 60,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 100 major cities across the United States and in five international satellite sites: Canada, China, Israel, Kenya and Puerto Rico. For more information about Project Sunshine, visit: www.projectsunshine.org.
Roland Pedraza, Claude Maynard II, Oseas Zuluaga, and Peter Malone
Andrew Wyrick, Deon Serrant, Sara Rafferty, Quemuel Arroyo, and Matthew Askaripour
Caroline Evans and Mary Reed
Jasper Larsen and Annie Cook
Kelly Jancescki, Patrick Fisher, EJ Osswalt, and Fernanda Hess
Davis Ravnaas, Ashley Taylor, Walton Ward, and Clay Spencer
Caroline Porter, Kate Cetrulo, Sian Mara, and Perrie Hartz
Justin Korsant, Elizabeth Steel, Will Sinclair, and Lauren Williams
Caroline Porter, Kate Cetrulo, Sian Mara, and Perrie Hartz
Doreen Greenwald, Tammy Przybyski, and Ann Moore
Katie Wert and Lauren Lundy
Jessica Paez and Farah Bahmani
Elizabeth Steel, Quemuel Arroyo, and Demaris Lewis
Stephanie Rad, Ali Eddy, Paige Clark, and Malcolm MacDonald
Robert Long and Andrew Fenet
Atessa Barazandeh, Jonathan Jesseson, and Sarah Aubon
Lauren Fuller, Stephanie Lom, and Caitlin Moses
Megan Leary and Meghan Mullen
Chelsea Kunkel and Victoria Patrick
Katie Noon and Alexandra Segalas
Joseph Weilgus and Anna Zelig
Bailey McAllister, Bonnie Fujita, and Georgie Hambright
Teddy Wertheim and Katrina Frantz
Alissa Micciulla and Chelsea Lake
Tammy Przybyski, Patrick Przybyski, and Beatrice Kernan
Erica Tong and Pearlie Wong
Lauren Williams, Justin Korsant, and Marisa Vanberunt
Martha Cheringal and friend
Emily Daman, CeCe Barfield, Asya Varshisky, and Joseph Weilgus
CeCe Barfield and Tiger Lilly
Daphne Birdsay and Melissa Butler
Anne Mauldin, Alexandra Segalas, and Katie Noon
Carolyn Niemann, Meredith Cram, Lauren Davenport, Kate Whalen, and Lydia Gidwitz
Andrea Hippeau and Emily Mendez
Andrew Hollod, Laura McAllister, and Andrew Fulton
Annie Atkinson and Caroline Rowlay
Stefanie and Andrew Goldenberg
Paige Pedersen, Peer Pedersen, and Olivia Wheat
Rachel Levy, Josh Zeide, and Zeynep Goksel
Matthew Santiago and Jennifer Goldberg
Thousands of items for the home, one-of-a-kind special gifts and holiday wreaths created by leading designers were featured in Lighthouse International's POSH Holiday Preview Sale and Cocktails held on Thursday, December 8 at The Plaza Hotel. The POSH HOLIDAY public sale ran through Saturday December 10.

A signature feature of the preview will be stunning holiday wreathes created by such top designers as Mario Buatta, Nicole Romano, Geoffrey Bradfield, Harry Hinson, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Oskar Torres, Thomas Britt, and Zita Davidson. The sale also featured Joan River's jewelry, who was the spokeswoman for event.

The Chairs of the POSH Holiday Sale were Mario Buatta, Deborah Buck, Clo Cohen, Mica Ertegun, Diane Fisher and Beatrice Pei.
Holiday wreathes were created by top designers such as Mario Buatta, Nicole Miller, Geoffrey Bradfield, Harry Hinson, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Oskar Torres, Thomas Britt, and Zita Davidson.
Here's a sampling of the antiques and special items that were available at the Preview and Silent Auction:

*Set of fine crystal glasses: POSH PRICE $165.
*Baccarat Candelabra: Opening bid $1,000
*Robinson Sterling silver trivet: POSH PRICE $500
*Antique linen tablecloths by D. Porthault: POSH PRICE $250
*A dozen antique quilts: POSH PRICE starting at $100
*Steuben Caterpillar: Opening Bid $1,000
*In addition, there were Christmas tree ornaments and holiday decorations starting at $5, and a wide selection of art and antiques. Discounts up to 80% off retail price.

POSH HOLIDAY is part of a series of POSH fashion sales in New York and Palm Beach. Proceeds benefit Lighthouse International, the renowned nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.

If you're smart, you will mark your calendar for next year's sale.
Santa Claus and Mark Ackerman
Stephanie Goldman Pittel and Andrew Pittel
Hunt Slonem and Lady Liliana Cavendish
Kim Yung, Amy Fine Collins, Somers Farkas, and Barbara Kemper Gross
Joanna Fisher, David Duncan, Alice Strassburg, and Brian Fisher
Stephen Harmison and Mark Ackerman
Roric Tobin, Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster, and Geoffrey Bradfield
Mark Ackerman and Rick Friedberg
Jean Shafiroff
Cathy Rold and Dorota Porebska
Karen Burke and Diane Fisher
George Wayne and Nicole Romano
Mary Macelree, Linda Maicocco, Vicky Neilson, and Barbara Gyde
Mario Buatta
Amy Fine Collins and Liliana Cavendish
Barbara and David Bender with a friend
Larry Anderson and Ellen Anderson
Marc Rosen, Jean Shafiroff, and Mario Buatta
Barbara Gyde, Barbara Laine Siklos, Harry Heissmann, and Somers Farkas
Ann Rapp and Edward Johnston III
Jamie Weiss and Phyllis Mack
Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl
Brian McCarthy, Carolyn Englefield, and Daniel Sager
Barbara Gyde and Suzanne Mados and Mark Ackerman
Linda Hickox and Jane Keith
Mark Ackerman and Hamish Bowles
Dorothy Cohen and Peggy Kaufman
Gary Ackerman and Barbara Gyde
Jonathan Farkas and Mark Gilbertson
Alena Nesbitt and Diana Mille
Last month, More than 350 women -- leaders of industry, media, government, and the arts – gathered for the Citymeals-on-Wheels 25th annual “Power Lunch for Women” at The Pierre. This by-invitation-only benefit, emceed by Paula Zahn, raised $1.2 million or enough money to provide more than 190,000 meals for New York’s frail homebound aged. 

Honored for almost 30 years of service as Citymeals-on-Wheels’ Founding Director was Marcia Stein. Though she stepped down in September, Stein remains active with the organization and serves on the Board of Directors. She is now an Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Also honored for its generous support of Citymeals-on-Wheels was Travelers Insurance.

Addressing the audience, Citymeals’ co-founder and board chair Gael Greene said, “The frail women and men in wheelchairs and walkers steps from where we stand and in all our boroughs do not know who you are…but they continue to be astounded and reassured to know that strangers like you care. We thank you for also embracing the invisible, vulnerable elderly shut-ins who created this city we love.”

Beth Shapiro, Gretchen Mol, and Patricia Wexler.
Greene said, “I want to celebrate Marcia Stein. Her fierce passion, her sage political instincts, her contagious persuasiveness. The totality of her 30 years of leadership as executive director has given Citymeals its unique charisma and its reputation for strength and morality.”

Beth Shapiro, Citymeals’ Executive Director, added, “Today’s lunch is a true testimony to the power of compassion and giving. Marcia Stein’s tireless efforts helped grow Citymeals from its infancy into a national model and an $18 million a year non-profit organization. Because of her inspirational leadership and vision, this year, homebound elderly across the City will receive 2 million knocks on the door – each bringing a friendly visit, a warm smile and a nutritious meal.”

Shapiro added “I would also like to thank Travelers Insurance for its extraordinary generosity over many years. And to all of our supporters, your donations – big or small – make a world a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. Thank you for all you do.”   

Among this year’s lunching ladies included Donatella Arpaia, Pamela Baxter, Kelly Bensimon, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Bobbi Brown, Dana Cowin, Laura Day, Michele Oka Doner, Patricia Duff, DashaEpstein, Linda Fairstein, Betsy Gotbaum, Jamee Gregory, Donna Hanover, Joan Helpern, Caroline Hirsch, Dana Ivey, Gayle King, Rikki Klieman, Jessica Lappin, Barbara Lazaroff, Alexandra Lebenthal, Sandra Lee, Jennifer Lim, Zarela Martinez, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Ruth Reichl, Denise Rich, Betty Rollin, Shari Scharfer-Rollins, Christina Steinbrenner, Gloria Steinem, Diana L. Taylor, Lizzie Tisch, Barbara Tober, Susan Ungaro, Lillian Vernon, and Patricia Wexler, among others.
Beth Shapiro, Robert Grimes, Anne Cohen, and Christina Steinbrenner
In a moving tribute to the plight of NYC’s homebound elderly, Brooke Shields, Gretchen Mol, and Jan Maxwell read from a montage of poignant letters written by Citymeals’ recipients:

“I am 84 years young and regretfully have slowed down a bit ... I’ve been a bit depressed lately. My oldest and dearest friend passed away … And I’m feeling a bit sorry for my loss in not being able to speak to them any more …” 

“I will be 89 years old. I met my husband after WWII - he was a flight engineer in the 8th Air Force. We were married for 60 years. He died six years ago. We had a very busy life. I’m not so busy anymore. The last generation of friends and relatives of my age are pretty much gone. It’s very sad …”

During WWII, I volunteered at Welfare Island as a Red Cross nurse’s aide … I learned so much volunteering and received so much more than I gave. Those were most gratifying years. I appreciate the volunteer who brings me a hot meal every day and the letters I receive from Citymeals … I had tears in my eyes to think that there are people who really care…. If not for the beautiful meals you provide, I would be quite malnourished by now as I no longer have the means or the energy to shop and cook for myself … Thank you again, again, and again. It’s nice to have friends.
Power Lunch table arrangement
A few adventurous men buy the privilege of lunching with these powerful and famous women for an admission price of $10,000. This year’s “$10K Men” included Jeffrey Chodorow, Joseph M. Cohen, William Deutsch, Bill Fischer, Roger Foltynowicz, Robert Grimes, Michael Lynne, John Orrico, John Pomerantz, Dennis Riese, David Rockwell, John Shapiro, William T. Speck, MD, Myron Stein, Jonathan Tisch, Donald Tober, John Zaccaro and Steven B. Zavagli.

One hundred percent of the money raised from ticket and auction sales at Power Lunch, and all Citymeals’ events, goes to the preparation and delivery of nutritious meals to homebound elderly in the five boroughs of New York City.

The Grand Host of this year’s Power Lunch was The Pierre, A Taj Hotel. Associate Sponsors included Amherst; The New York Yankees Foundation and Steinbrenner Family; Paramount Group; and Saks Fifth Avenue. Very Grand Patrons included Alcoa; Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; Citigroup; and DIOR. Grand Patrons included Bernardaud; Bloomingdale’s; CEO Perspective; Floralia Decorators; La Prairie, Inc.; Manhattan Magazine; Mercedes-Benz; and Zabar’s. Beverage Sponsors included Georges Duboeuf’s 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau; and Adult Chocolate Milk, compliments of W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. Citymeals Official Sponsors include American Airlines and FIJI Water.
Joan Helpern
Gretchen Mol
Lizzie Tisch
John Zaccaro and Donna Zaccaro Ullman
David Rockwell and Gael Greene
Patricia Wexler and Gretchen Mol
Sandra Lee
Gayle King and Jonathan Tisch
Dasha Epstein and Jennifer Lim
Bobbi Brown and Michelle Yagoda
Anne Cohen and Estelle Parsons
Paula Zahn and Gayle King
Brooke Shields
Lisa Tepper
Marcia Stein
Two weeks ago on December 5th, the MacDowell Colony held its National Benefit in New York City, “Art in Progress” hosted by Michael Chabon. The evening  began with a musical performance by Duncan Sheik, followed by a video presentation by Brian Selznick “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” This was followed by a film excerpt of “Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter” with a performance by Qian Yi, and finally a performance from “Porgy and Bess," with introduction by Carmen deLavallade, a reading by Geoffrey Holder, performance by Fred Hersch, reflection by Suzan-Lori Parks, and performance by Nikki Renee Daniels.
Kun Opera mezzo-soprano Qian Yi and Theo Metz
Duncan Sheik
The creative work that is nurtured at the MacDowell Colony goes on to be performed, published, and exhibited in art centers and communities across the country. To celebrate the achievements of Colony Fellows, MacDowell holds its National Benefit in New York each year. The event raises funds for the Colony’s artiste residency program and brings together artists, supporters, and friends of MacDowell.

This year’s benefit chairs were Elizabeth and Russell Gaudreau, Pia Alexander-Harris and Lawrence Harris, Stephanie and Robert M. Olmsted, Barbara  and Andrew Senchak, Theresa and Charles F. Stone III. Honorary Chairs were Ann Patchett, Martin Scorcese, Faith Ringgold, Oliver Sacks, Duncan Sheik and Ayelet Waldman.
Board Chairman Pulitzer-Prize winner writer Michael Chabon
Carolyn Bryant, Susan Davenport Austin, and Del Bryant
Larry Harris, Rick Stone, and Victoria Jones
Andrew, Barbara, and Alex Senchak
Richard Gaddes and Edmee Firth
Nikki Renée Daniels, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Susan Davenport Austin
Alessandro de Giorgis, Anne Seban, and Kevin Shea
Photographs by Rob Rich (Lighthouse); Elaine Ubiña (Project Sunshine); Michael Neff (MacDowell); Hart Media & Star Black (Citymeals).
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