|On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hosted the 4th Annual Associates Luncheon at Rouge Tomate. The lunch honored Nina J. Pickett, Administrator, MSKCC Department of Pediatrics, for her years of dedication and outstanding work at the Hospital. The luncheon also recognized The Associates Committee for their unwavering support to the organization and its mission to support patient care, research and education programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
|The event was sponsored by Salvatore Ferragamo for the first time and was chaired by Nina Garcia Conrod, Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, Eugenie Niven Goodman, and Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler. Over 160 guests enjoyed the highly anticipated showcase of Salvatore Ferragamo's Spring Summer 2012 Runway Collection by Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti.
Dr. Richard J. O'Reilly, Chairmen of the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center introduced the luncheon's honoree Nina J. Pickett and lauded her unrelenting devotion and commitment to the Pediatrics Department. The event raised funds for the Pediatric Family Housing Endowment, which pays for overnight stays at nearby accommodations when children and their families come from out of town for treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering's renowned Pediatric Department and are unable to afford this expense themselves. The Associates Committee has pledged to raise $2 million in the next five years for the Pediatric Family Housing Endowment.
|Guests included: Kate Allen, Allison Aston, Maggie Betts, Dr. Jane Bowling, Gilda DeBortoli, Olivia Chantecaille, Lisa Errico, Shoshanna Gruss, Blair Husain, Eleanora Kennedy, Lily Kwong, Natalie Leeds Leventhal, Bettina Mirsepahi, Fernanda Niven, Eliza Nordeman, Jennifer Oken, Claudia Overstrom, Lauren Remington Platt, Alexandra Lind Rose, Ferebee Taube, Tata Haper, Melanie Fascitelli and many more.|
|This past Wednesday night LongHouse Reserve held its Winter Benefit to celebrate a revival of Edward Albee’s The Lady from Dubuque in Manhattan at the Signature Center on West 42nd Street.
Mr. Albee, a member of LongHouse Reserve’s Arts Committee, collaborated with Jane Alexander to revive his 1980 play. The opening night reception and performance benefited LongHouse Reserve.
|Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders hosted a cocktail and dinner pre-performance reception in their home overlooking The High Line. After dinner, guests were provided transportation to the performance at the Signature Center.
Following the performance, LongHouse Reserve Founder Jack Lenor Larsen and his old friend Mr. Albee led a Q & A session in the theater with the audience.
The Lady from Dubuque is one of the first plays to be held at the End Stage Theater which was newly renovated by Frank Gehry.
|On January 31, 2012, the Theater Communications Group (TCG) held its first event in a Salon Series held at The Players Club on Gramercy Park South.
250 guests attended the evening where producer Jeffrey Richards, actor Alan Cumming, actor/director Charles Busch, and the Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey took part in a panel discussion. The New York Post's Michael Riedel moderated. January 31 also coincided with TCG's board meeting, so producers from around the nation were able to attend the event.
|Guests that attended the event included: Yanna Avis, Sarah Bromley, Jean Doumanian, Peter Davis, Arty Dozortsev, Teresa Eyring (Executive Director of TCG), Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Lisa Lampanelli, William Ivey Long, Liza Minnelli, Kevin Moore (Managing director of TCG), Arian Moayed, Citizen Reno, Alexandra Schlesinger, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Regina Taylor, Basil Twist, and Albert and Elizabeth Watson.|
|Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, was founded in 1961 with a grant from the Ford Foundation to foster communication among professional, community and university theatres. Today, TCG's constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through our conferences, events, research and communications; grants approximately $2 million per year to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community.
TCG and its member theatres are major contributors to the American theatre sector, which employs more than 131,000 people, produces over 202,000 performances each year and contributes $1.9 billion to the US economy annually. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, TCG is led by executive director Teresa Eyring and governed by a national board of directors representing the theatre field.
|Last Thursday, Tiffany and Company hosted a luncheon for 25 members of the The Couture Council of the Museum at FIT. The guests were given a tour behind the scenes at Tiffany’s workshop. The event was organized by Michèle Gerber Klein and Chiu-Ti Jansen, who chair the Couture Council events committee.
|The Guest List included: Liz Peek, Barbara Parsky, Laura Freeman, Eleanora Kennedy, Jeff Politis, Jieun Wax, Sarah Wolfe, Celia Hegyi, Amanda Fuhrman, Princess Kristina Kovalenko, Kamie Lightburn, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Deborah Chatman, Seth Bright, Jean Shafiroff, Princess Khalia Aga Khan, Trina Lawson, Joele Frank, Anne Goldrach, Alexandra Lebenthal, Carol Mack, Linda Buckley, Michele Gerber Klein, Vicki Guranowski.|
|Late last month, there was a kick-off luncheon at Petrossian, held to celebrate Natalia Makarova’s new documentary and upcoming honor at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) for ‘Legends in Dance’ Gala, which will take place on April 28th.
Guests included members of the ABT board, Judith M. Hoffman who sits on both the ABT and YAGP boards.
Mme. Makarova was among the Russian defectors to the West who came to this country in the of the 1970's. A great dancer, witty, fun, winner of a Tony award for "On Your Toes," she’s here in New York now rehearsing the ABT dancers for La Bayadère.
Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9-19 years old.
Launched in 1999 by two former dancers of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, YAGP is also a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization created with a mission to provide extraordinary educational and professional opportunities to young dancers, acting as a stepping stone to a professional dance career.
|It aims to fulfill its mission by offering: Educational opportunities for dance students around the world; Opportunity to receive contracts to dance companies worldwide; Scholarships to leading dance schools in the U.S. and abroad; Invaluable professional exposure to world-renowned dance professionals; Performance opportunities on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and at dance festivals around the world; Workshops with the renowned master teachers and judges of the competition
Now in its 13th Season, YAGP has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide. More than 25,000 dancers worldwide have participated in YAGP’s international workshops, competitions, and audition classes. More than 200 YAGP alumni are now dancing with fifty companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, among others.
|Since inception, Youth America Grand Prix has become an internationally known meeting place for dance students and teachers, where they can exchange ideas, share their experience and learn the most up-to-date information on a variety of issues in ballet and contemporary dance.
The annually sold-out Youth America Grand Prix Closing Night Gala featuring YAGP finalists on the same program as the stars of the world’s leading dance companies, "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow,” will take place at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Friday, April 27, 2012.
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