|American Ballet Theatre's Junior Council hosted its third annual Juniors For Juniors fundraiser on Wednesday evening, February 22, 2012, at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City.
Juniors For Juniors supports scholarships to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (JKO) at ABT. This year's event included a screening of the documentary "First Position," which follows the journey of young ballet students on the competition circuit, including JKO student Michaela DePrince.
|Over 120 of New York City's young social elite attended the event, including Sarah Arison, Asha Talwar, Elizabeth Baumann, Anita Sen, Josette and Steven Winograd, Yoni Arbel, Jennifer Holmes, Jennifer English, Alison Ecung, and Emily Reifel. The benefit raised $14,000, which will fund three scholarships to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT. The evening was generously supported by Guerlain.|
| Paula Zahn served as emcee at the 13th Annual Valentine Salon to benefit East End Hospice, held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at 583 Park Avenue. Alexandra Urdang, longtime Valentine Salon committee member and supporter of East End Hospice, chaired this year's event, which was attended by 190 women from the tri-state area, and raised over $100,000 for Camp Good Grief.
The Valentine Salon is the only event dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Camp Good Grief, a one-week bereavement camp run under the auspices of East End Hospice. Since 1997, Camp Good Grief has been offered free of charge to any child aged 4 to 15 who has suffered the loss of a loved one. The weeklong program employs a variety of activities--including art, music, structured play, and group therapy--designed to give the campers the necessary tools to effectively cope with their grief. The camp will take place August 20 through August 24, 2012, at Peconic Dunes, a 4-H camp located in Southold, New York.
|Each year, the Valentine Salon Committee honors a woman from the community who has made an important contribution to children in need. This year's Good Heart Award recipient was Rachel Lloyd, Founder and Executive Director of GEMS, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, an agency dedicated to supporting girls and young women victimized by the commercial sex industry. Ms. Lloyd was unable to attend, and Sheila White, GEMS' Survivor Leadership Coordinator, accepted on her behalf, delivering a moving speech which ended with a standing ovation. Jacalyn Weinstein, East End Hospice board member, presented the award, which was created by Manfredi Jewelers in honor of the late Sue Kohl Katz, who co-founded the event with Ms. Weinstein.
|East End Hospice, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a New York State certified hospice that provides end-of-life care to terminally ill patients and their families who live on the East End of Long Island. No one is ever denied care due to the inability to pay for services.
It's not too late to support Camp Good Grief. To make a donation, or for additional information, please contact the East End Hospice Development Office at 631-288-7080, or at www.eeh.org.
|On Saturday, February 25th, GiGi's PLAYHOUSE NYC, Down Syndrome Awareness Centers, opened its doors for the first time, in conjunction with the 2nd Annual International GiGi's PLAYHOUSE Gala event that linked all 10 PLAYHOUSEs in the United States and Mexico.
GiGi's PLAYHOUSE is the ONLY community center designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It offers community support, therapeutic programs, one-on-one tutoring, and national awareness campaigns. The PLAYHOUSE is whole-family oriented and community-friendly; a truly inclusive environment. And it's all free! New York is the 10th PLAYHOUSE in the world.
|The renowned Story Pirates (http://storypirates.org/) lead a workshop with the kids, children with Down syndrome, their siblings and friends, helping them create their own stories which will be performed as a theatrical presentation in the Drama Book Shop theatre on April 21st.
Adults mingled and learned about the PLAYHOUSE while they snacked on kosher, vegetarian, and gluten free food choices – talk about inclusive!
|As of March, GiGi's PLAYHOUSE NYC opens its doors full time with programs including Open Play, Family Night, on-going Open House celebrations designed to introduce the PLAYHOUSE to the New York community: families who will benefit from the PLAYHOUSE programs, therapists who will design and run the therapeutic aspects of the program (including private math and literacy tutoring) and those interested in donating to and volunteering with GiGi's PLAYHOUSE.
For more information, go to www.newyork.gigisPLAYHOUSE.org
|Maserati of Manhattan joined forces with Executive Chef Lulzim Rexhepi from SeaSalt Restaurant at the Ocean Club Hotel to bring Cape May, New Jersey to New York City. The five-course tasting of the restaurant's cuisine benefitted the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. The evening featured a silent auction for the charity, which included Ashley Turen's one-of-a-kind leggings, Jewelry by Jewels of Ocean and a two-night stay at the Ocean Club Hotel.|
|Chef Lulzim was front and center at the Culinary Experience, making signature SeaSalt Restaurant dishes for guests to enjoy throughout the evening. In addition to the decadent cuisine, specialty cocktails by MEDEA Vodka and The Dalmore were served to guests. They also enjoyed music by DJ Aly D and Panasera models circulating the room in luxurious beachwear.|
|Guadalupe Hogarty, Irma Damhuis, Johnnie White, Eileen Morales, and Fun Lee|
|Laura Fisher and Matt Sandy|
|Emil Rensing and Anthony Faglione|
|Michael and Dolores Bellina|
|Aferdita Nezaj, chef Lulzim Rexhepi, and Nick Nezaj|
|Sal Strazzullo and Alison Cronin with friends|
|Marianne Moreno and DJ Aly D|
|Robin Cofer and Leesa Rowland|
|Chef Lulzim and chef Daniel Cooper|
|Wendy Diamond and friend|
|Marisa Guiliano and Laura Fisher|
|Panasera models and Maserati|