|On September 18th at Cipriani Wall Street, the Institute of International Education (IIE) recognized the 10th Anniversary of its Scholar Rescue Fund at its Opening Minds to the World Gala Benefit. As part of this event, IIE's Humanitarian Award was presented to SRF founders Henry Jarecki, Henry Kaufman, Thomas Russo and George Soros. Senator Patrick Leahy was the special guest presenter for this award.
The scholars' own dramatic experiences are the most powerful embodiment of the impact of the Fund. Abdul Sattar Jawad, for one, fled Iraq in 2005 after three attempts on his life by the Mahdi Army. As dean of the College of Arts at Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, he realized his work as a Western-trained journalist and academic and editor of Baghdad's only English-language newspaper was endangering his life and the lives of his family.
The Scholar Rescue Fund enabled him to find safe haven to continue his work in the United States, where he subsequently became a teacher of Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He continues to teach Iraqi students through the distance learning initiative of the Scholar Rescue Fund Iraq Project.
Dr. Jawad credits the Scholar Rescue Fund with saving his life. In his words, "This is a great program, not only extending a lifeboat for scholars, but also an honorable academic way of life … I would be dead if I had stayed in Iraq."
To date, more than 250 Iraqi scholars have been helped by the Scholar Rescue Fund.
|The Development Wing dedicated itself to nurturing new musicals via partnerships with regional, not for profit theaters held an intimate one-night-only benefit concert featuring Broadway stars singing songs from four new musicals and several tunes by great American songwriters like Johnny Mercer and Fats Waller. The event "Broadway Under the Stars" took place at a sprawling, historic estate in the bucolic countryside of Tewksbury, New Jersey home of Cherie King and her husband composer, lyricist and book writer, Jonathan Brielle, Artistic Director of The Development Wing.
The musical gala was co-hosted by award winning director Michael Bush, who directed the evening and Brielle who also performed. Four musicals, several of which have been mounted already, were showcased: Brielle's "Himself and Nora," a tale of the hard drinking Irish writer James Joyce and Nora Barnacle; directed by Michael Bush, which opened the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival to critical acclaim; "Nightmare Alley," an adaptation of the classic 1947 film noir starring Tyrone Power, which had its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse, directed by the esteemed Gil Cates; "40 Naked Women and Me," the story of songwriter Joshua Beal who finds himself in the midst of a hallucinating and hilarious mid-life crisis that debuted at the Eugene O'Neill Cabaret and Performance Conference this summer; and "Menu," a new musical comedy about the American melting pot in the 21st Century.
|Director Michael Bush along with Brielle assembled an all-star cast of Broadway’s brightest lights.
They included Leanne Borghesi, Jessica Burrows, Veanne Cox, Brittney-Lee Hamilton, Jeremiah James, Marcy McGuigan plus Jonathan Brielle . Brielle's rockin' All Star Band featuring players from The Rolling Stones and Paul Simon’s Band including Steven Ray Watkins – piano; Larry Saltzman – guitar; Benny Koonevesky – drums; Jim Hynes – trumpet; Andy Snitzer – tenor sax; Charles Pillow – flute and reeds; Mike Davis – trombone.
Cherie King and her Development Wing cohort Judy Ross hosted cocktails which featured delectable hors d'oeuvres by Patricia Lindridge-Ingber's Food Company including grilled shrimp on corn cakes, filet of beef with Chimichurri , tuna tartar and sushi, which guests nibbled while strolling the gently rolling grounds beautifully landscaped by designer Chas Fox of Back to Nature.
Brielle kicked of the evening with the roaring anthem for everyone who wants to see their name on a marquee, "I Saw Broadway" from his newest musical "40 Naked Women, a Monkey and Me." In an evening filled with highlights, standouts included Jessica Burrows poignant "Stand Fast" and the bitter "Without a Man" whose refrain is "what would I be without a man - lucky" from "Himself and Nora; Marcy McGuigan's arch "Take the Money and Run"; Leanne Borghese's hilarious Italian mama on "Zibaldone" that brought back memories of Camille Saviola's bawdy Mama Maddalena in "Nine"; Veanne Cox's hilarious turn in "40 Naked Women..." and later in the show her Piaf-esque rendition of the eternal artist's struggle "Commerce & Art"; and Brittney Lee Hamilton's sexy spin on "You Think You're Different And that was just the first act.
|After intermission, Mike Davis performed a trombone solo of "Time of My Life" followed by the appearance of Broadway great Ken Prymus of Cats & "Ain't Misbehavin" fame who flew in from Las Vegas especially for the event sang ""I Get By" from Brielle's "Nightmare Alley" and then in a special tribute to Fats Waller, Prymus performed a side-splitting rendition of the Waller classic "Your Feets Too Big" that had the crowd hooting and hollering. Sexy Brittney Lee Hamilton returned with a medley of timeless Johnny Mercer that included "Jeepers, Creepers" & "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" tune followed by Brielle who as Vice Chairmen of the Johnny Mercer Foundation has access to Johnny's "trunk" performed the world premiere of Mercer's " I Wanna Be in Love Again" to thunderous applause. The closing finale with Brielle & the cast reprising "I Saw Broadway" was an exhilarating, uplifting and thrilling wrap to an extraordinary evening of musical theater. Anyone sitting under the tent that night could indeed say, "I Saw Broadway" tonight.
To learn more about The Development Wing contact email@example.com
|Celebrities and animal advocates gathered at New York's Gotham Hall for American Humane Association's "Super Heroes Among Us," honoring heroes to animals and the eight courageous canine finalists in the charity's 2012 Hero Dog Awards.
Deputy President of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Masa Tanaka was awarded the National Humanitarian Medal for his work with American Humane Association to help the animals of Japan following the earthquake and tsunami there. SAG-AFTRA received the "Best Friend to Animals Award" for helping AHA to protect more than a million animal actors in TV and film through the charity's renowned "No Animals Were Harmed®" certification program.
Among those attending: Lois Pope, Robin Ganzert, the Ganzert family, Masa Tanaka, Roberta Reardon, Bill Abbott, Carson Kressley, Jake T. Austin, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Tinsley Mortimer, Kate Edmonds Donner and Alex Donner, Jean Shafiroff, Dick Robinson, Kenn Bell, Vanessa Mariani, Elizabeth and Mel Lyman, Jody Miller, and the four hero dogs (Soot, Gabe, Holly and Stella).
|Sgt. 1st Class Charles Shuck with Hero dog Gabe|
|Hulk, Lois Pope, Masa Tanaka, Roberta reardon, Tinsley Mortimer, Robin Ganzert, Captain America, and Hero dog Stella|
|Hero dog Holly|
|Dr Robin Ganzert, Allie Gray, Rob Roy, Jocelyn Ganzert, Robert Ganzert, Bart Ganzert, Rochelle Dever, and Patrick Dever|
|Rachelle Dever, The Incredible Hulk, Robert Ganzert, Captain America, and Jocelyn Ganzert|
|Mal Schwartz, Shannon Abbot, and Milda Darzinskis|
|Artist Leslie Priggen|
|Carson Kressley, Robin Ganzert, Hero Dog Soot, and Lorrie Burdettre|
|Ruth Pitts, Hero dog Stella, Paul Raybould, Kate Edmonds Donner, and Alex Donner|
|Elizabeth Lyman and Mel Lyman|
|Amanda Bowman and Paul Katz|
|Dick and Sally Robinson|
|Carson Kressley, Lois Pope, JR Martinez, Maria Pope Kessel, Dr Robin Ganzert, and Prince Lorenzo Borghezi|
|Masa Tanaka, Kendall Hubert, and Gary Moriwaki|
|Bjaye and Frank Pilotte|
|Steve Troha and John Schlimm|
|Bruce Bobbins and Jody Frisch|
|Hayden Hosford and Jennifer Greene|
|Shannon Donnely, Dr Robert Mackler, Walt Schwenk, Mary Anne Schwenk, and Lois Pope|
|Suzi Goldsmith, Maude Cook, and Mary Anne schwenk|
|Robert Ganzert, Dr Robin Ganzert, Tinsley Mortimer, Jocelyn Ganzert, and Rochelle Dever|
|Allison Bennett and Joe Dwyer|
|Mandy Goldsmith and Dr. Eric Steinberg|
|Paul Katz, Alissa Pinck, and Paul Raybould|
|Dick Robinson and Amanda Bowman|
|Martin and Susan Tobias|
|Photographs by Annie Watt and Michael McAuliffe (American Humane Association); John Wegorzewski (Development Wing)|