Friday, February 17, 2012

Galas, luncheons, screenings, and discussions

The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 4th Annual Associates Luncheon.
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.
Associates Luncheon Chairmen dressed in Salvatore Ferragamo: Nina Garcia Conrod, Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, Eugenie Niven Goodman, and Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler
The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Dr. Annette Rickel, Dr. Richard J. O'Reilly, Chairmen of the Department of Pediatrics, and Lisa Errico
Bettina Mirsepahi
Olivia Chantecaille
Eliza Nordeman and friend
Lauren Remington Platt and Lily Kwong
Elizabeth Pyne, Gillian Hearst Simonds, and Lily Bund
Barbara Regna
Amy Dwek, Ferebee Taube, and Allison Aston
Alexia Hamm Ryan
Daisy Prince and Bronson Van Wyck
Claudia Overstrom
Jennifer Oken
Kate Allen
Amy Dwek and Beth Blake
Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss
Alexandra Lind Rose
Ilana Pickett, Honoree Nina J. Pickett, and Andrew Pickett
Amy Griffin
Nina Garcia Conrod, Alexandra Lind Rose, and Natalie Leeds
Claudia Overstrom and Blair Husain
Elizabeth Pyne and Sloan Overstrom
Kristian Laliberte and friends
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.
Edward Albee and Jack Lenor Larsen
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.
Marcia Wilson, Herb Hellman, and Nancy Hoving
Charlie Brock and Mary Jane Brock
Regina Levin with Mark and Elizabeth Levine
Jean Patiky, Ayse Kenmore, and Lys Marigold
Edward Albee, Matko Tomicic, and Scott Sanders
Nancy Hoving, Peter Wilson, and Lou and Jane Gropp
Matko Tomicic, Dania Echemendia, Dianne B., and Tara Durkin
Aaron Lieber and Bruce Horten
Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders
Jean and Mark Patiky
Jack Larsen and Ayse Kenmore
Peter Olsen and Ayse Kenmore
Peter Wilson and Jack Lenor Larsen
Anderas and Sylvia Hommert with Matko Tomicic
Elizabeth Levine, Roseline Koener, and Regina Levin
Scott Sanders and Barbara Slifka
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. 
Jeffrey Richards and Alan Cumming
Michael Riedel, Martha Lavey, Charles Busch, Jeffrey Richards, Alan Cumming
Yanna Avis and Robert W. Richards
Liza Minnelli and Arlene Dahl
Liza Minnelli, Arlene Dahl, and Marc Rosen
Alan Cumming, Liza Minnelli, Lydia Diamond, and Arlene Dahl
Jeffrey Richards, Michael Riedel, Martha Lavey, Charles Busch, and Alan Cumming
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.
Kevin Moore, Michael Riedel, Jeffrey Richards, Heather Randall, Martha Lavey, Teresa Eyring, Charles Busch, Alan Cumming, and Ralph Bryan
Teresa Eyring and Martha Lavey
Allan and Kendra Daniel
Albert and Elizabeth Watson
Ann Dexter-Jones
Peter Davis and Laren Stover
Kim Hartswick, Maria Ann Conelli, and Robin Schlinger
Valmira Mavraj, Arty Dozortsev, and Sarah Bromley
Elizabeth Watson, Albert Watson, Alan Cumming, Sam Morgan, and Ann Dexter-Jones
Regina Taylor, Martha Lavey, and Heather Randall
Laren Stover and Alan Cumming
Emily Gallagher and Zach Stern
Ralph Bryan and Sondra Gilman
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.
Princess Kristina Kovalenko, Jieun Wax,and Eleanora Kennedy
Trina Lawson and Chiu-Ti Jansen
Liz Peek, Seth Bright, and Jeff Politis
Carol Mack and Liz Peek
Laura Lofaro Freeman and Hadley Lehrman
Jeff Politis, Linda Buckley, Michele Gerber Klein, Joele Frank, and Seth Bright
Seth Bright and Jeff Politis
 Liz Peek and Alexandra Lebenthal
Seth Bright and Jean Shafiroff
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.

Other guests included: Jose Manuel Carreno (the ABT Star), Dini Cole, Patrick S. Cole, Linda Fell, Darlene Heidtke, Brian Heidtke, Melanie Hamrick (Ms. Hamrick is Jose Manuel Carreno fiancée, and also an ABT dancer), Judith M. Hoffman, Princess Kristina Kovalenko, Vanessa Lawrence, Natalia Makarova, Kathleen Murtha, Sir Thomas Moore.

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.
Natalia Makarova
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.
Sir Thomas Moore, Jose Carreno, and Melanie Hamrick toast Natalia Makarova
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.

To purchase Tickets for the Youth America Grand Prix, click here.
Natalia Makarova and Sir Thomas Moore
Natalia Makarova and Kathleen Murtha
Natalia Marakova with Brian and Darlene Heidtke
Princess Kristina Kovalenko and Natalia Makarova
Natalia Makarova, Jose Carreno, Melanie Hamrick, and Judith M. Hoffman
 Luncheon guests

Photographs by Joe Schilhorn/ (MSKCC); Gregory Partanio (FIT, Natalia Makarova); Jenny Gorman (Longhouse).
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