|Recently, the Autumn Benefit Committee of New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery hosted a cocktail reception and dinner at Guastavino’s. Guests enjoyed entertainment by The Unexpected Surfer Boys, featuring a musical tribute to the Beach Boys. More than 300 people attended. After dinner, the Benefit continued with “Late Night,” an evening of festivity and dancing, hosted by Young Friends of Hospital for Special Surgery.
“The Autumn Benefit is a wonderful opportunity for Hospital for Special Surgery to celebrate its ongoing commitment to superior medical education and teaching the latest techniques in orthopedics, anesthesiology, rheumatology, musculoskeletal radiology, rehabilitation, sports medicine and physiatry,” said Cynthia D. Sculco, chairperson of the Benefit Committee and wife of Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at Hospital for Special Surgery. “This event supports a variety of educational initiatives and underwrite the HSS Journal, The Muskuloskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery.”
|The peer-reviewed HSS Journal, published three times each year, features articles by the hospital’s faculty and alumni as well as independent contributors. In each edition, the journal presents innovative research, clinical pathways and the newest techniques of interest to physicians and surgeons across the country and around the world, furthering the hospital's broad-based education mission.|
|The Children’s Defense Fund-New York hosted its annual CDF Beat the Odds® Awards Dinner on December 11th at the New York Athletic Club. With WCBS-TV’s Maurice DuBois serving as Master of Ceremonies, the evening celebrated the accomplishments and scholastic achievements of five New York City high school seniors.
The five Beat The Odds recipients – Jeffrey Ng, Joshua Norris, Raymond Perez, Ricki Rupine and Abdul Zahid – have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and shown leadership in their communities. Facing such issues as homelessness, substance abuse within the family, clinical shyness and learning disabilities, all five have maintained GPAs at the top of their respective high school classes and have become true role models to peers in their schools and communities. Each student was presented with a scholarship to help them pursue their academic and life goals.
|More than 300 guests joined legendary civil rights leader and President of the Children’s Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman to honor the Beat the Odds recipients.
“These five scholarship winners are but one handful of young people who are facing huge obstacles in reaching their potential, yet overcoming these daunting odds,” said Mrs. Edelman. “CDF’s supporters from all over the country and those in the room recognize that this year is even more critical for area youth, as the New York region works to overcome the physical devastation, financial stress, and psychological impact of Superstorm Sandy.”
The evening began with a beautiful and moving rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by renowned opera singer Joyce DiDonato.
|Tommy Hilfiger honored Craig Cogut, philanthropist and Founder and Managing Partner of Pegasus Capital Advisors, for his work with The Polyphony Foundation. Founded in 2011, The Polyphony Foundation seeks to bring equal opportunity for music education and other innovative educational programs to Arab and Jewish Israeli youth and create channels for dialogue between the Jewish and Arab communities. Polyphony musicians Majd Machour of Nazareth and Uri Tibon of Tel Aviv performed a magical rendition of a Mozart piano piece for four hands.
The event was chaired by Deborah Cogut, CDF Board Member, and David Pollak, Director of Marketing and Investor Relations at Pegasus Capital Advisors, and more than $700,000 was raised to support CDF programs that focus on creating policy and pragmatic changes that will level the playing field for America’s children. CDF’s research, public education, policy analysis, community organizing and advocacy is primarily focused on juvenile justice, health, early childhood learning, child welfare education and youth development.
|Stephanie March and Bobby Flay gave their support to the event as Honorary Co-Chairs, while the roster of presenters included: philanthropist and activist, Khaliah Ali; activist and actor, Harry Belafonte; model and founder of the Georges Malaika Foundation, Noella Coursaris; chef, John Delucie; world-renowned opera singer, Joyce DiDonato; model, actress and founder of the Women’s Coalition for Empowerment, Selita Ebanks; chef, Todd English; Connecticut State Treasurer, Denise Lynn Nappier; CNN anchor, Soledad O’Brien; Contributing Editor at Vogue Magazine, André Leon Talley. Actress, comedienne, and CDF Board Member Ali Wentworth motivated the guests during a special auction to increase scholarship funds for the five recipients.|
|On Friday, November 30, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, the Commandery of New York, hosted its Holiday Gala at the Yale Club of New York City, benefiting the Center for Food Action, Double Discovery Center, Highbridge Community Life Center and Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital. The ecumenical organization is one of Orders of Chivalry in existence.
Members of the Commandery of New York and their friends and guests gathered to raise proceeds for the organizations. Welcoming chairs were Grand Councillor Vincent Bonagura, MD, Dame Judy Gates and Dame Barbara Gross.
The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction, which was followed by dinner and dancing. There was a special performance by the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. The event was a successful effort to raise support for the organizations.
|The 3rd Annual Santa Project Party & Auction benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), one of the largest disability nonprofit organizations in the U.S., was held Monday December 3rd at Chelsea enoteca Bar Baresco.
Beyond the core programs and services UCP of NYC delivers year round, proceeds from the Santa Project Party and Auction help fund special needs equipment requests and purchase holiday gift cards for children with disabilities in UCP of NYC’s programs.
For the third year in a row, the event was hosted by supermodel & entrepreneur Camilla Barungi of Project Runway fame and for the first time the event was co-hosted by Mike Woods, meteorologist for Fox 5’s Good Day New York. The party, co-chaired by U.S Olympic Silver Medalist and author Tim Morehouse and Rachael Kun of “60 Minutes," was held at Chelsea’s Bar Baresco, the Italian wine bar run by seasoned New York restaurateurs the Malta brothers.
|Kerry Drew, Tim Morehouse, Rachael Kun, and Mike Woods|
|In addition to a strong showing of support from a diverse young professional crowd, the event drew celebrity guests from fashion, film, television and Broadway. In addition to Camilla Barungi, Mike Woods, Tim Morehouse and Rachael Kun, other VIPS attending the event included: Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Lauren LoGiudice, Nick Ayler, Timothy Mandala, Kerry Drew, Josh Folan, Javier Gomez, Jonathan D. Lovitz, Dr. Lori Sokol, Christopher Laul, Zachary Schmahl, Louis Coraggio, Jermaine Brown, Kesha Nicole, and Nathan Spiteri.
The Santa Party Host Committee included W. Scott Allen, Nikki Azeez, Dr’s Raj & Jaishree Capoor, Ashley Diaz, Mykel Dicus, Tawny Cumming Fitzpatrick, Josh Folan, Hugh Fox, Paul Giardina, Javier Gomez, Leigh Gray, Daniel Harrison, Candice Horman, Samantha Kelly, Pauline Kim, Timberly Leite, Lauren LoGiudice, Jonathan D. Lovitz, Michelina Mandarano, Joseph Marazzo, Chantal McLaughlin, Alan Oyugi, Shante Pumphrey, Michael Putis, Michele Quigley, TJ Sengel, Paris Sepulveda Smith, Dr. Vincent Siasoco, Mark Testa, Megan Tuite, Marta Willgoose, Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
|Shaniqua Freeman, Mike Woods, and Queen Davis|
|The event featured a silent auction with a range of luxury goods and services, that included Pittsburgh Steelers VIP experience, Equinox VIP memberships, David Letterman tickets, products from Global Goods Partners, deluxe Laura Mercier package, UCP of NYC Program Participant art, private group Tuscan dinner with Italian wines at the NY Italian Wine Merchants with actor Isiah Whitlock, Jr., various electronics, VIP tickets to ABCs The Chew, Dry Bar hair blowout packages, and jewelry by Abena Adjel.|
|Josh Folan, Pauline KIm, Aryn Cole, and Chris Laul|
|Mike Woods Camilla Barungi, Tim Morehouse, and Rachael Kun|
|Camilla Barungi and Jermaine Browne|
|Javier Gomez, Nick Ayler, Mike Woods, and Jonathan Lovitz|
|Aljoscha Farassat, Lauren LoGiudice, and Timothy Mandala|
|Lori Sokol, Jonathan Lovitz, Lauren LoGiudice, and Javier Gomez|
|Mike Woods, Camilla Barungi, Louis Coraggio, and Isiah Whitcock, Jr.|
|Jason Oshiokpekhai and Lauren LoGiudice|
|Dina Finai and Bob Kinkel|
|Camilla Barungi and Chike Eleazu|
|Sheila Lennon and Javier Gomez|
|Nick Ayler and Kerry Drew|
|Santa Project Committee member W. Scott Allen greets guests|
|Chantal McLaughlin, Kevin Dorry, Faris Khan, and Celine Coudert|
|Josh Folan and Pauline Kim|
|Photographs by AnnieWatt.com (CDF & St. John); Don Pollard Photography (HSS)