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Annual Peter CottonTail Easter Egg Hunt at Doubles.
Last week at Doubles everyone was 'hopping' to the Annual Peter CottonTail Easter Egg Hunt. Wendy Carduner guaranteed a good time for all with face painters, dancing, sequin bunny ears, coloring books, toys, and a delicious dinner of grilled cheese and chicken with home made potato chip ribbons followed by a 2000 Egg Hunt on genuine AstroTurf! It was truly a fun afternoon for 'friends and family'!

Guests included Mary Van Pelt, Margot and Randy Takian, Mary Beth Adelson, Whitney Topping, Sherri Babbio, Sasha Leviant, Nick Acquavella, Isabelle Tonelli, Karen Cohen, Bonnie Strauss, Emily O'Sullivan, Holly Hunt, Stuart Lane and Bonnie Conley, Annabelle Fowlkes, Ashley and Alex Norton.
The American Classical Orchestra hosted its 2012 Spring Gala Concert & Benefit at the Central Park Boathouse on Thursday, March 29, 2012. The ACO Gala guests experienced an up-close performance by the American Classical Orchestra of Vivaldi's uplifting masterpiece GLORIA, sung by the renowned Princeton Trinity Choir of Girls and Men.

ACO presented both a Silent and Live Auction conducted by world-renowned auctioneer C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby's.
Lynne Flexner, ACO Board President and Gala Chair
All proceeds from the American Classical Orchestra's Spring Gala Benefit will provide essential support for the preservation of future musical performances by the ACO's period-instrument orchestra and the continued growth of the ACO's educational programs of Classical Music for Kids that are donated, at no cost, to public schools in New York City.

The American Classical Orchestra is guided by its mission to bring classical masterpieces to life through music performed on original instruments. Musicians use historic performance technique and pass these skills down to future generations. The ACO is dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of classical music through educational programs and live performances for both children and adults.
Thomas Crawford, ACO Music Director, American Classical Orchestra, and Princeton Trinity Choir of Girls and Men
Specializing in repertoire from the 17th to 19th centuries, the American Classical Orchestra performs on original instruments of the composer's time. Led by Founder and Music Director Thomas Crawford, the American Classical Orchestra is New York's leading period orchestra dedicated to rendering music faithful to the Baroque, Classical, and early Romantic eras.

The American Classical Orchestra presented "As the Masters Heard It," featuring Monica Huggett, baroque violin soloist, last night (Monday, April 9, 2012) at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Visit www.americanclassicalorchestra.org.
Liz and Dr. Jeffrey Block
Don Flexner, Jenny Reinhardt, Reg Bartholomew, Lynne Flexner, and ACO Board President and Gala Chair
ACO Trustee Nancy Vick, ACO Trustee Dr. Francesca Kress, and ACO Associate Trustee Wendy Ormond
Stephen Lang, Tina Lang, and Eugene M Lang
Matthew Jayes, ACO Trustee Andrew Zacks, and Christopher Vega
Larry and Wendy Levy
Claudia Hahn, ACO Trustee Rob Hahn, and Kristen Hahn
Anne-Rose van den Bossche, ACO Education Director Katie Traxler, and ACO Trustee Allan Goodridge
Primi Chang and Stephen Jacoby
Douglas Stern and Glynnis O'Connor Stern
Harrison Morgan, ACO Trustee Sybil Shainwald,and Guy Clark
ACO Trustee Rob Hahn and Claudia Hahn
Paul Rakowski and Amy DiGeso
Kate Lupo and Kristen Hahn
Elaine Brownstein and Rose Anne Bartholomew
Stella and Peter Sichel
Melinda Blinken and Kasper
Guy Clark and Claudia Hahn
Dwight Owsley and Edna Greenwich
Elizabeth Rubin, Don Flexner, and Trish Vradenburg
Dr. Ted Feder and ACO Trustee Dr. Mirjana Blokar
Dale Jenkins and Sandra Panem
Peter Knight, ACO Development Director Glenn Askin, and Jay Kreigel
Sylvia Hemingway, Fruzsina Kascko, Dr. Ted Feder, and ACO Trustee Dr. Mirjana Blokar
Sunny Hayward
ACO Associate Trustee Wendy Ormond and Roger Rosendahl
Lori Shepard Germack and ACO Trustee Victor Germack
United Way of New York City's (UWNYC) Women's Leadership Council (WLC) kicked off its 10th anniversary year with an awards luncheon at The Plaza, honoring women who have made a significant impact on their communities through philanthropic giving, advocacy, and volunteerism. This was WLC's 6th annual "The Power of Women to Make a Difference" luncheon and featured a keynote speech by CNN anchor and Special Correspondent, Soledad O'Brien.
Coralie Charriol, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Alina Cho, Olivia Chantecaille, and Jennifer Creel
Soledad O'Brien and Gordon Campbell
The event, hosted by style and beauty expert and philanthropist Mary Alice Stephenson, raised $362,000 in proceeds which will directly benefit the Women's Leadership Council Fund. The WLC Fund supports UWNYC's youth empowerment initiatives which include efforts to reduce childhood obesity, improve the quality of early care and education, and boost on-time graduation rates.

The 2012 WLC honorees are: Karen B. Peetz, BNY Mellon, Women's Leadership Council Founder's Award; Avis Richards, Birds Nest Productions, Women's Leadership Council Philanthropist Award; Ivette Fernandez, News Corporation, Women's Leadership Council Woman of Distinction Award.
Karen Peetz, Ivette Fernandez, and Avis Richards
Mary Alice Stephenson and Soledad O'Brien
The luncheon also launched a social media campaign focused around "What Woman Inspires You?" The campaign allows the public to pay tribute to female role models on twitter (#WLCinspire), Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

The WLC has raised more than $3 million in support of United Way of New York City's youth empowerment initiatives since 2006.

At the luncheon, NYC high school students Stevalecia Munipersaud, Angela Nery and Selena Garcia, whose schools participate in the GPS-NYC program, were recognized for their winning essays on "What Woman Inspires You?" and won $150 prizes.
Karen Peetz, Mary Alice Stephenson, Avis Richards, and Ivette Fernandez
Soledad O'Brien and Alina Cho
Attendees included Chandra Lee Schwartz (Broadway actress, currently Glenda the Good Witch in Wicked), Montego Glover (Tony award nominee, Broadway actress currently, Felicia Farrel in Memphis), Carol Woods (Grammy nominee, Broadway actress, currently Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago), Dr. Lisa Airan, Olivia Chantecaille, Coralie Charriol, Jennifer Creel, and Lucy Sykes.

Platinum sponsors of the event were BNY Mellon and Macy's.
Montego Glover
Stevalecia Munipersaud, Mary Alice Stephenson, Selena Garcia, Gordon Campbell, and Angela Nery
On Thursday, April 5, Christie's hosted a luncheon at Buccan in Palm Beach for 40 people to celebrate the Palm Beach Zoo's conservation efforts and also showcase some of their jewelry available through their private sales, a division of Christie's that has been growing. The lunch was hosted by Maura Smith, Ashley Schiff Ramos, Lillian Fernandez and Whitney Bylin.
Kathleen Mara, Ashley Ramos, and Bridget Koch
Candy Hamm and Lynn Foster
Gita Costa and Tracy Smith
Samantha Storkerson, Gita Costa, Karyn Lamb, and Whitney Bylin
Helena Martinez with Julien Brunie, Director of Private Sales for Christie's
Gita Costa and Lillian Fernandez
Mary Snow
Alexia Ryan, Karyn Lamb, and Crista Ryan
On Thursday, March 29 at the Marriott Marquis, the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) honored five pioneers of American cuisine at its 6th Annual Leadership Award, The Augies, a benefit event for scholarships to support the education of future culinary leaders. This year's honorees are Dean Fearing, Larry Forgione, Paul Prudhomme, Wolfgang Puck, and Jasper White. Chefs Fearing, Forgione, and White are CIA graduates.
Dr. Tim Ryan presents the Student Volunteers
Over 550 guests were in attendance including Bryan and Marc Forgione, Johnny Iuzzini, David Burke, Todd English, Thomas Keller, Charlie Palmer, Ben Pollinger, Melissa Kelly, Ralph Brennan, Sherry Yard, and Adam Tihany.

The following day, four of the honorees visited the college's campus in Hyde Park, NY for a roundtable discussion and Q&A session with hundreds of students.
Paul Prudhomme and Dr. Tim Ryan
Wolfgang Puck
"We're honoring an entire movement, a revolution that happened in the 1980s," said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. "This was the first generation to take the banner of American cuisine and run with it, which resulted in large measure in all the positive developments that the industry and chefs have seen since. Prior to this revolution, American chefs were looked down upon and thought to be inferior, even in America. The pioneering chefs we are honoring are really the ones who put us on the path we are on today."

The CIA created the Augie Awards, named in honor of famed chef Auguste Escoffier, to celebrate success and achievement of the foodservice industry's best and brightest. Augie recipients exemplify a tradition of innovation and leadership.
Jasper White with his son and Dr. Tim Ryan
Thomas Keller
Charles Palmer
Dean Fearing and Dr. Tim Ryan
Designer Adam Tihany and his wife

Photographs by Anniewatt.com (Doubles, ACO); Michael Nelson (CIA).
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