For the family

Gallery Bowling at The thirteenth annual Storybook Ball at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The Ackerman Institute for the Family, one of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, held A Tribute to Families Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday, October 22nd.
Gala Co-Chairs Martha Fling and Alice Netter
Guests included: Natalie Morales, NBC News Anchor, TODAY Show Co-Host, Third Hour; Baron Davis, veteran Point Guard, and Founder, Rising Stars of America; Lois Braverman, President and CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family; Alice Netter, Ackerman Institute Board of Directors; Martha Fling, Ackerman Institute Board of Directors and Founder, Drake Libby; Gregory Davis, Ackerman Institute Board of Directors and Founder, RayLign Advisory; John O'Neill, Ackerman Institute Board of Directors Chairman, Managing Director and Practice Leader, Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services; Diana Benzaquen, Ackerman Institute Board of Directors; Linda Dishy, Ackerman Institute Board of Directors; Carol and Arthur Maslow, Ackerman Institute Board of Directors; Chris Gillespie, Musician, Carlyle Hotel; Marie Wilson, Founder and President Emeritus, The White House Project; Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby's; Javier Gomez, noted fine art Photographer; Camilla Barungi, Model/entrepreneur, of Project Runway fame; Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, Ackerman Institute Board of Directors; Judith Stern Peck, Faculty, Ackerman Institute; Cheryl Wills, News Anchor, NY1 News Television; Lori Sokol, The Huffington Post; James Grant, President of JGPR; Emanuel Robinson, NY1 News Television; Wendy Diamond, Animal Fare Media; Tamsen Fadal, WPIX news anchor. 
Board Member Gregory Rogers recieving the Ackerman Corporate Partner Award presented by John O'Neill
Gala Co-Chair Martha Fling presenting the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award to Baron Davis
Tribute Gala Co-Chairs were Martha Fling and Alice Netter. They are members of the Board of Directors of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and staunch supporters of its work on behalf of the well-being of children and families of our communities.

Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges.  One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.
Ally Coulter and Leonard Lauren
Board Member and Recipient of the Ackerman Corporate Partner Award Gregory Rogers and Natalie Morales
Kathleen O'Neill, Board Chair John O'Neill, and Ackerman Institute President Lois Braverman
Board Member Diana Benzaquen
Carol Maslow and Board Member Arthur Maslow
Board Member Linda Dishy and Bernard Dishy
Judith Stern Peck
Chris Gillespie, Lois Braverman, and Martha Fling
Founder and President Emeritus of The White House Project Marie Wilson and Lois Braverman
Hugh Hildesley and Alice Netter
Gala Co-Chair Martha Fling, Board Chair John O'Neill and Ackerman Institute President Lois Braverman
Javier Gomez and Camilla Barungi
Valerie and Carl Kempner
Joseph C. Williams and Board Member Jeannie Ackerman Curhan
Nina Taselaar
Gregory Rogers, Dana Rogers and Ben Rogers
Cheryl Wills
Young Professional Council Members Shannon Schoonbeek and Alexandra Sexton
Leake & Watts, the New York area not-for-profit that offers comprehensive social services for children, adults and families, recently raised $405,000 at their annual gala to fund programs to help individuals and families dealing with poverty, disabilities, and a lack of access to education and basic services.  The gala, which had more than 200 attendees, was held Thursday, October 25 at The Pierre Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Nikki and Andrew Van Der Vord, of Harrison, were the event chairs.  Mr. Van der Vord is also Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse.
Thomas A. Renyi, Elizabeth Renyi, Andrew van der Vord, and Agnes Hassell
Rosemary Brennan, Joan Agag, and Agnes Hassel
Bruce and Jeannie Evans with Event Chairs Andrew and Nikki Van der Vord
Top: Judy Exton, Gerald and Agnes Hassell, and Alan Griffith. Bottom: Tom Exton and Penny Griffith
The thirteenth annual Storybook Ball was held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Over 500 guests celebrated “The Sound of Music”- themed evening of dining, dancing, luxury booths and live auction. Over $1.3 million was raised in support of Pediatric Nutrition Programs at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Live auction items included a trip to Los Angeles to rock the red carpet with two tickets to the HBO Emmy After Party, a fabulous one-of-a-kind KAUFMANFRANCO dress for her and custom Alton Lane suit for him, a tour of the US Weekly and Rolling Stone Magazine offices in New York City and lunch with a mystery celebrity after dishin’ the dirt with US Weekly; Four “Center Six” Loge seats to watch the Boston Celtics take down the Miami Heat, the opportunity for one child and a MGHfC patient to play ball boy/girl at the game, assist players during warm-ups and receive lots of Celtics goodies including t-shirt, hat, a player autographed basketball and photo center court, four VIP passes to the Courtside Club and premier parking in the players’ lot; The ultimate dinner party at your home with the fabulous Rafanelli Events, Winston Flowers and Top Master Chef and James Beard winner Michael Schlow to prepare a 5-course meal for 20 of your closest acquaintances; Four front row tickets to see Justin Bieber perform live at the TD Garden, arrive early to hear a private sound check and stay late for an exclusive meet and greet with Justin himself.

Sponsors included: Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Boston Bruins, Cooley Manion Jones, LLP., Euro-Pro, Fresh, Goldman, Sachs & Co., HBO, Intermix, KAUFMANFRANCO, Mandarin Oriental, Neiman Marcus, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, Rafanelli Events, Serenella, Twin Farms, Valentino and Winston Flowers.
Live Auction with Lenny Clarke
Guests included: Katherine and Ian O’Keeffe, Kerry and Brendan Swords, Alli and Bill Achtmeyer, Herb Chambers, Lisa and Jim Mooney, Maribeth and Mark Brostowski, Janice Morris and Michael Coggin, Beth Dickerson and David Drubner, Alyson and Jeff Lindsey, Michael Lorber, Carroll and Bob Pierce, Margaret Randle and James McDaniel, Patty Ribakoff, Peter L. Slavin MD President of MGH and wife Lori, 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.
Dr. Ronald Kleinman, Martha Kleinman, Katherine O’Keeffe, Kerry Swords, Susan Treacy, and Dr. Joseph Vacanti
MGHfC patient Tommy McGraw
Rebecca Seidenberg and Krista Ference
Tom Hamilton with wife Terry
Elena and Tom Matlack
Margaret Randle and James McDaniel
Ian and Katherine O’Keeffe with Kerry and Brendan Swords
Ruth and Tom Reilly
Lenny Clarke with Lori and Dr. Peter L. Slavin, President of MGH
Alyson and Jeff Lindsey
Katherine Chapman and Tom Stemberg
Bill and Alli Achtmeyer
Herb Chambers and Melissa Lees
Everyone put on a brave face on Halloween Day and celebrated at the Doubles GHOSTIES & GOODIES Children's Party. At night members young and old came in winning costumes to the SPOOKTACULAR SOIREE: Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Kate and Alex Donner, Susan and Ted Gamble, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, James Coleman, Cynthia Ott, Sydney Oliver, Steven Tanger, Michele and Frank Rella, Claudia and Umberto Carvalho, Ada de Maurier, Charlene Haroche, Rosie Heffernan, Lisa and Tom Wilkenson, Alexandra Porter, Frances Lagatta Shelton, and more. The club's guiding light Wendy Carduner watched over Gotham City, dressed as Bat Girl.
Rosie Heffernan, Charlene Harock, and Ada De Maurier
Paola Bacchini-Rosenshein and Arnie Rosenshein
Kate Edmonds Donner and Alex Donner
R. Couri Hay, Janna Bullock, Towson Remmel, and Zoe Bullock-Remmel
James Coleman and Cynthia Ott
Ted and Susan Gamble
Will Gridley and McCall Gaeng
Laura and Brent Nicklas
Paige Corbin, Renee Adrienne Smith, and Alexandra Segalas
Alexandra Porter and Beverly Landstreet V
Sydney Oliver and Steven B Tanger
Tom and Lisa Wilkinson
Dovile Drizyte and Eric Mourlot
Wendy Carduner
Suzanne Murphy and Cynthia Ott
Photographs by www.AnnieWatt.com(Doubles)