Monday, October 29, 2012

Heroes and angels

Tina Knowles, Lorraine Schwartz, Ofira Sandberg, Kim Kardashian, Bar Rafaeli, and Kanye West at the annual Angel Ball to support Gabrielle's Angel Foundation.
The American Federation of Arts (AFA) held its 2012 Gala and Cultural Leadership Awards on Wednesday, October 24, at the Metropolitan Club in New York. This year, the AFA honored renowned artist Sarah Sze. She was introduced by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and a Chief Curator at Large at the Museum of Modern Art. Special guest was Detroit Institute of Arts Director, President, and CEO Graham W.J. Beal, who was introduced by Martin Friedman, legendary former director of the Walker Art Center. Restoration Hardware served as lead corporate sponsor.

Over 150 guests came to celebrate AFA, including Gala Chairs Scott A. Dahnke and Capera Ryan; museum directors Holly Block (Bronx Museum), Brian Ferriso (Portland Art Museum), Anthony Hirschel (Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago), Timothy Rub (Philadelphia Museum of Art); introducers Klaus Biesenbach (Director of MoMA PS1) and Martin Friedman (former Director of the Walker Art Center); Tanya Bonakdar, Siddhartha Mukherjee, John Currin & Rachel Feinstein, Elizabeth Rohatyn, John Silberman, Lisa Yuskavage & Matvey Levenstein; AFA Director Pauline Willis and AFA Board President Jason Herrick, among many others.
Graham W. J. Beal
Sarah Sze
Gala Co-Chairs Scott Dahnke and Capera Ryan
AFA Director Pauline Willis
Martin Friedman
The American Federation of Arts is a nonprofit institution that organizes art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishes exhibition catalogues, and develops various educational programs. The AFA's mission is to enrich the public's experience of art and understanding of culture by organizing and traveling a diverse offering of exhibitions embracing all aspects of art history. For more information about the AFA's exhibitions, publications, artist talks, and online resources, visit
Sarah Sze and Klaus Biesenbach
Capera Ryan, Alexandra Drucker, and Yasaman Djunic
Donald Moffett, Sarah Sze, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Robert Gober
David Gordon, Jason Herrick, and Graham W. J. Beal
Michael and Elizabeth Chu
Frederick and Stephanie Clark
Scott A. Dahnke, Jason N.R. Herrick, and Loretta Dahnke
Charles and Valerie Diker
Lisa Yuskavage, Norman Kleeblatt, Yvonne Force Villareal, and Charlotte Eyerman
Haim Steinbach and Gwen Smith
Sarah Sze and Matvey Levenstein
Ann and Jonathan Binstock
Elliot Carlen and John Silberman
Bill Griswold, Stephanie La Nasa, and Christopher Malstead
Margot and Robert Linton
Deborah Ryan, Capera Ryan, Joyce Greenberg, and Tom L. Freudenheim
The World of Children Award hosted its 15th Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening in Manhattan. Over 400 people attended and $800,000 was raised that evening.

Celebrity Ambassador Stephanie March (Actor, Law & Order SVU) served as Master of Ceremonies with Gossip Girl’s Matthew Settle and Glamour’s Editor in Chief Cindi Leive presenting awards throughout the night.

The World of Children Award, co-founded by Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates.” It sets the gold standard for child advocacy by providing funding and recognition for the most effective change-makers for children worldwide. In its 15-year history, the World of Children Award has invested $5 million in programs led by 95 honorees serving vulnerable children in 148 countries.

National CNN correspondent Alina Cho received the 2012 World of Children Board of Governors’ Award, with Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger receiving the 15th Anniversary Award in celebration of the significant growth his organization has experienced since he earned the 2002 Youth Award.

Youth Awards were given to Dallas Jessup whose volunteer program Just Yell Fire has grown into a 1.5 million girl revolution across 64 countries, empowering girls with danger awareness and avoidance information and Kyle Weiss whose program FUNDaFIELD builds soccer fields in regions where children have experienced conflicts or major trauma, providing therapeutic benefits and educational incentive.

The Health Award went to Dr. Nilas Young, the Founder of Heart to Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance which provides life-saving medical care to infants and children in Russia. The Humanitarian Award went to Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon, Founder of Krousar ThmeyNew Family," which is one of the largest Cambodian foundations for disadvantaged children.

Guests included 15th Anniversary Honorary Event Chairs Beth and Jim Gold, Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera and wife Erica, Bloomberg TV’s Gigi Stone, WCBS-TV’s Maurice Dubois and wife Andrea, Harry and Laura Slatkin, Fern Mallis, Christine and Douglas Harmon, Rory Hermelee, Wendy Kahn, Marco Pievani, Frédéric de Narp, Annette Berthod, Michelle Klein, Grace Nichols, Ann O’Malley,  Jerry Rossi, Isaac and I.G. Gindi, Fran Della Badia, Jerry Politzer, Thomas Saujet, Steven Budd, Jill Beraud, Bertan Kalatchi, and Sandy Piontak. For more information, visit
Cindi Leive, Jim Gold, and Alina Cho
Fern Mallis
Harry Leibowitz and Kay Issacson-Leibowitz
Craig Kielburger, Eva Halner, Liz Aldous, and Jessica Brigantino
Geraldo Rivera and Erica Rivera
Stephanie March
Maria Alfonsin and Matthew Settle
Rory Hermelee and Wendy Kahn
Stephanie March, Kyle Weiss, Alina Cho, Dallas Jessup, and Matthew Settle
Kim Cho and Alina Cho
Louis Rose and Alexandra Lind Rose
Christine and Doug Harmon
Leon Harris and Gigi Stone
On Monday, October 22, 2012, The Blue Card, a national non-profit organization dedicated to aiding destitute Holocaust survivors, held its 78th Anniversary Benefit and auction at the Morgan Library and Museum. 

The benefit was hosted by Tony-award winning actress Cynthia Nixon and commemorated the 100th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg by paying tribute to the leadership of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.

The event raised over $250,000 to provide direct financial assistance to Holocaust survivors in need.

The evening’s keynote address was delivered by Rabbi David Saperstein. Mr. E. Robert Goodkind received the annual Richard Holbrooke Award for Social Justice, which was presented by Cynthia Nixon on behalf of Kati Marton.

The award pays tribute to Ms. Marton’s late husband, a highly accomplished diplomat and with whom Ms. Marton shared a profound commitment to humanity. Mr. Zach Lonstein received the Max. L. Heine Humanitarian Award which was presented by his daughter, Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss. The evening featured cocktails, a seated dinner, a silent auction and a special performance by cabaret artist Stevie Holland.

Established in Germany, in 1934, and re-established in the United States in 1939, The Blue Card’s sole mission is to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors who live at or near the federal poverty level. All proceeds from the Annual Benefit will support The Blue Card’s mission of providing critical support to Holocaust survivors in need. The Blue Card currently provides financial assistance to close to 3,000 individuals, and has distributed over $18 million to date, with 100 percent of donations going directly to survivors.
Jonathan Alter and Elie Rubinstein
Elie Rubinstein and Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss
Cynthia Nixon, Mark Bilski, Mimi Lieber, and Amanda Bilski
Patricia Lenkov and Cynthia Nixon
Mimi Lieber and Daniel Sullivan
Mimi Lieber and Gia Machlin
Stevie Holland
Zach Lonstein, E. Robert Goodkind, and Elie Rubinstein
Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss and Cynthia Nixon
Zach and Betty Lonstein
Steve Reiner, Leonard Petlakh, and E. Robert Goodkind
Last Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street, Denise Rich hosted her annual Angel Ball to support Gabrielle's Angel Foundation, which helps fund medical research for prevention and treatment of Lymphoma, Leukemia and other cancers. Rich drew a list of celebs including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Solange Knowles
High Voltage
Russell Simmons and Hana Nitsche
Ashanti and Nelly
Kimberly Chandler
Angela Simmons
Niki Haskell
Natasha Poly, Eva Cavalli
Ivana Trump and guest
Star Jones
Stephanie Pratt
Sueleika Jaouad
Jena Sims and Tom Buckley
Frank and Michele Rella
Lucia Hwong Gordon
Crystal Renn
Bar Rafaeli and Jessica Stam
Dr.Stephen D.Nimer and Mrs.Nimer
Hunt Slonem and Lily Cavendish
Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Hofit Golan
Smokey and Frances Robinson
Denise Rich and Michele Rella
Lester Smith, Sue Smith, and Nile Rogers
Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
James Keach and Jane Seymour
Brooke Milstein
Bar Rafaeli
Victoria Silverstadt
Jason Hirsch and Emily Ouestecky
Tiki Barber and Tiki Lynn Johnson
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Denise Rich, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian
Star Jones and Natalie Cole
Gerard Butler
Robert and Alisa Roever
Michael Lorber and Sonja Morgan
Marvette Britto
Jacob the Jeweler and Angela Arabov
Irina Shayk and Lorraine Schwartz
George Hamilton and Joan Collins
Clive Davis
Elizabeth Fekkai
Smokey Robinson
Natalie Cole
Photographs by Rob Rich (Angel Ball); Carly Otness/BFANYC (World of Children).