Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Broadway Inspirational Voices with Alex Pinto at Ronald McDonald House New York's 20th annual gala.
The Rockefeller University celebrated its 15th Annual Women & Science Lecture and Luncheon on May 10th with 520 guests in attendance, with President Marc Tessier-Lavigne serving as host. The university raised a record-breaking $5.1 million for the Women & Science Fund for Interdisciplinary Research on Breast Cancer. This amount includes funds raised throughout the university's fiscal year, beginning on July 1, 2011, as well as proceeds from luncheon tickets.
Anne Nordeman, Samantha Boardman Rosen, and Lauren Santo Domingo
This year's lecture, entitled "When Good Genes Go Bad: Deciphering the Cancer Genome," was given by Titia de Lange, Ph.D., one of the world leaders in cancer biology today. Dr. de Lange, the Leon Hess Professor at The Rockefeller University, is head of the laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics and Director of the University's Anderson Center for Cancer Research. Insights from Dr. de Lange's research could yield new approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Samantha Boardman Rosen, M.D., Katerina Alevizaki-Dracopoulos, Judith Roth Berkowitz, Patricia Rosenwald and Lulu C. Wang served as Chairs this year. Founding Chairs are Lydia A. Forbes, Isabel P. Furlaud, Nancy Kissinger and Sydney R. Shuman.
Bunny Williams, Kate Spade, and Jennifer Price
This year's guests included Katerina Alevizaki-Dracopoulos, Holly Andersen, Debra Black, Judith Roth Berkowitz, Andi Bernstein, Deeda Blair, Vera Blinken, Helen Bonebrake, Susan S. Braddock, Melissa Biggs Bradley, Suzanne Brenner, Noreen Buckfire, Tory Burch, Judith M. Carson, Lois C. Chiles, Paula K. Cleary, Kristina Perkin Davison, Olivia Tournay Flatto, Jane Friedman, Danielle Ganek, Corinne P. Greenberg, Agnes Gund, Alexa Hampton, Marlene Hess, Susan Hess, Kayce Freed Jennings, Ellen Phillips Katz, Henry A. Kissinger, Pat Klingenstein, Evelyn G. Lipper, Susan M. Lyne, Suzanne McDonough, Kathy McFarland, Marcia Rolfe Mishaan, Shala Monroque, Peggy Noonan, Anne Nordeman, Kathryn Pilgrim, Marnie S. Pillsbury, Jennifer Price, Shafi Roepers, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, Janet Ross, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Jacqueline Sackler, Emilia A. Saint-Amand Krimendahl, Lauren Santo Domingo, Carol Saper, Cynthia D. Sculco, Marilyn Simons, Sarah Senbahar, Pascaline Servan-Schreiber, Patricia Shiah, Sydney R. Shuman, Stanley S. Shuman, Daisy M. Soros, Kate Spade, Jennifer Stockman, Kuni Suzuki Schmertzler, Amanda Urban, Claude Wasserstein, Cynthia Matthews Whitehead, Bunny Williams, and Deborah DeCotis Zoullas.
Amanda Urban and Leslie Vosshall
Corinne Greenberg
Deborah Zoullas and Marlene Hess
Cynthia Sculco and Katerina Alevizaki-Dracopoulos
Danielle Ganek and Sarah Senbahar
Deeda Blair
Kristina Perkin Davison and Melissa Biggs Bradley
Jane Friedman and Andi Bernstein
Jennifer Stockman, Debra Black, and Carol Saper
Judy Berkowitz
Marcia Rolfe Mishaan
Kuni Suzuki Schmertzler and Alexia Hamm Ryan
Marnie Pillsbury
Maureen Sherry Klinsky and Paula Cleary
Noreen Buckfire and Helen Bonebrake
Olivia Flatto
Patricia Shiah
Pascaline Servan-Schreiber and Kayce Freed Jennings
Samantha Boardman Rosen and Agnes Gund
Shala Monroque
Peggy Noonan, Henry Kissinger, and KT McFarland
Stanley and Sydney Shuman
Suzanne McDonough
Shafi Roepers and Jacqueline Sackler
Susan Hess and Deeda Blair
Tory Burch
The Hamptons season always gets a great start every summer with the Miracle House Summer Kickoff Cocktail Party & Dinner on the ocean at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club. Catered by Chris Robbins of Robbins/Wolf, the evening brings out 500 for cocktails followed by dinner and entertainment for 250. The evening was co-hosted by Bridgehampton resident Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and MSNBC Anchor Thomas Roberts.

Miracle House honorees were journalist Carl Bernstein and his wife Christine along with Jeff Pfeifle, former head of J.Crew. Entertainment was provided by the legendary Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Taylor Dayne, who rocked the crowd with five songs.
Christine Bernstein and Carl Bernstein
Carl Bernstein and Jim Chanos
Event chairs were Amy Chanos, Jim Chanos and Craig Reynolds. A highlight of the evening was the Live Auction with unique experiences including a night out with Joan Rivers, lunch with Broadway, TV and singer Cheyenne Jackson and a lunch for six catered at the Countess' Bridgehampton home.

Miracle House provides much needed lodging and assistance to families from around the country who have to travel to New York City for critical medical treatment. The Gala on Memorial Day weekend exceeded their goals and raised about $500,000.
Jacques Azoulay, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Aviva Drescher, and Reid Drescher
Jeff Pfeifle and Rob Colburn
Thomas Roberts and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
Darren Starr and Lee Mendell
Taylor Dayne and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
Cory Sheilds, Amy Chanos, and Jesse Ramos
Rob Colburn and Averitt Buttry
On Wednesday, May 23rd, 470 distinguished guests came together to celebrate the Fulbright vision of peace and to commemorate the 35th anniversary of One To World at its 2012 Fulbright Awards Dinner, which took place in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria. Guests joined current Fulbright grantees from around the globe who presented awards to: J. Frank Brown, Managing Director and COO of General Atlantic; Martin Garbus, Fulbright Scholar to China, Trial Lawyer, and Partner at Eaton & Van Winkle; Susie Gharib, Co-Anchor, PBS’ Nightly Business Report; and Fereydoun Nazem, Founder and Managing Partner, Nazem and Company.
J. Frank Brown, Michael Wilkinson, and Susan Brown
Martin Garbus and Anton Botha
One To World brings together Americans with Fulbright scholars and outstanding international student leaders from over 100 countries to experience each other's' lives in profound ways. In the words of Anton Botha, a Fulbright grantee from South Africa, who was one of this year's presenters, "One To World programs lead the way to a growing peace and respect among societies, person to person."

Among those in attendance were: Milton Glaser, one of America's premiere graphic designers, creator of the "I Love NY" logo, a Fulbright Scholar to Italy and previous One To World honoree; Philippe Lalliot, the Consul-General of France; Roelfien Kuijpers, Global Head and Managing Director, DB Advisors, Deutsche Bank, and previous One To World honoree; Yazmet and Valentin Hernandez, Philanthropists; Sherry Mueller, Former President of the National Council for International Visitors, and previous One To World honoree; Jacob Haar, Managing Director of Minlam Asset Management, and previous One To World honoree, Emily Altman, previous One To World honoree; Enzo Viscusi, Senior Vice President, Eni Group; and Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar Rahmani.
Fred Nazem and Susie Gharib
Co-Chairs Wenke Thoman Sterns, Marc Ganz, Gary and Karen Mueller, Neil Masterson, and Dr. David Steinberg provided event leadership. The dinner raised over $550,000 for One To World programs in the year ahead.

Deborah Clifford, Executive Director of One To World, opened with these remarks: "As we turn 35, I've been thinking about the spirit of One To World. How is it possible to have the same, palpable spirit over 35 years, as people come and go and things change all around us? It's the people. Those who get involved with One To World are open, seeking, accepting people. We like to look at a problem from all sides and we understand that people who disagree can be part of a solution, if they listen to each other.  We enable one person to make a big difference in another person's life. When many individuals are creating transforming moments with many other individuals from all over the world, every day of the year, the results become global fast, and they last. This is the heart of One To World."
Akbar Lari and Sedi Flugelman
Bill and Cora Sterling
Robert Gibney and Co-Chair, Neil Masterson
David and Joan Steinberg
Deborah Clifford, Executive Director, and Philippe Lalliot, Consul General from France
Sherry Mueller and Roelfien Kuijpers
Emily Altman and Stephen McAnearney
Former One To World Executive Directors: Jan Bronson, Judy Factor, Stacey Simon, and Tracy Snyder
Co-Chairs: Wenke Thoman Sterns and Gary and Karen Mueller
Jacob Haar and Rose Kiwanuka
James Carter and Theresa Havell
Rana Al-Hammadi, Jane Bush, and Thomas Schutte
Rachel Botchan and Mia Barron
Suzanne Pratt and Rick Ray
Robert and Giselle Lapiner
Roni Elchalal, Meredith Oppenheim, and Mauro Bonuglio
Tara Pizzola and Erik Laney
On Monday, May 23, 2012 the most generous hearts of New York City came together to celebrate two decades of giving to help families and their children battling pediatric cancer at Ronald McDonald House New York's 20th annual gala. This year’s theme of “20 Reasons to Celebrate” struck a strong chord among the crowd gathered to help raise much-needed funds for this temporary ‘home away from home’ for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Held at the Waldorf=Astoria, the gala event surpassed its goal to raise nearly $3.5 million. ABC-TV broadcast personality Barbara Walters was at the helm of the evening’s festivities for the second year in a row.

“This year’s gala represents a major milestone for us at Ronald McDonald House New York. For twenty years, New York City has turned out in impressive numbers to help raise money that gives hope to families who are desperately in need of a place to stay and fulfill their many needs when their child has cancer,” said Stanley B. Shopkorn, chairman of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors, and managing partner of Hilltop Park Associates LLC. “Our organization is very fortunate to have the support of New Yorkers as we continue to raise money to further this very important mission.” 
Ronald McDonald with RMH NY Children
Each year, Ronald McDonald House® New York celebrates the work of two very special honorees.  Mr. Gregory Fleming, president of Morgan Stanley Investment Management & Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, was this year’s financial services industry honoree. Mr. Neil Cole, chief executive officer and president of Iconix Brand Group, Inc., was also named an honoree, representing the retail industry. The evening also served as the official introduction of recently-named Ronald McDonald House New York Youth Ambassador, Jake T. Austin.

Among the attendees at this year’s event were actress, musician and Ronald McDonald House New York volunteer Jill Hennessy; Brooklyn Nets head coach Avery Johnson; Ronald McDonald House New York Vice Chairman Tina Lundgren; Joseph Gromek; Louise and Vince Camuto, The Camuto Group; Robert Kapito, president of BlackRock; CNN’s Felicia Taylor and Ali Velshi; and Milton Berlinski, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
William T. Sullivan with Ronald McDonald Linda Dunham and Stanley Shopkorn
The 20th annual gala featured a rousing performance by Broadway’s Inspirational Voices, an ensemble group of on- and off-Broadway performers who provide spiritual support to children in need through gospel music. The group recently worked with the families at Ronald McDonald House® New York on five original compositions, three of which were performed at this year’s event.

The funds raised will support the organization’s mission of providing temporary housing for children battling cancer and their families while the child receives treatment at one or more of 13 nearby partnering hospitals throughout the city. Ronald McDonald House® New York is the largest facility of its kind out of more than 300 worldwide.
Broadway Inspirational Voices Serenading RMH NY Resident
Ronald McDonald House New York provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a strong, supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. Ronald McDonald House New York is the largest facility of its type in the world. The House can accommodate 84 families, and it is filled to capacity almost every night. The House’s location in Manhattan, in close proximity to 13 major cancer treatment centers, draws children and families from across the country and the world, as well as from the metropolitan New York City area. Since its founding, more than 30,000 families have stayed at Ronald McDonald House New York.  For more information, visit
Kenneth Cole
Frank Tworecke
William T Sullivan with Louise and Vince Camuto
James Flanagan with William T. Sullivan
Kara and Peter Georgiopoulos
Bruce and Teresa Colley
Dr. Paul Schienberg and Candace Leeds
Gail and Joseph Gromek
Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Avery Johnson
Felicia Taylor and Ali Velshi
Susan and Eric C. Wiseman
Actress and Musician Jill Hennessy
Board Vice Chairman Tina Lundgren
Tracy and Stanley B. Shopkorn
Honoree Neil Cole
Seb Gillem childhood cancer survivor
Robert Kapito and Honoree Gregory Fleming with the Suthers
Rod and Judy Gilbert with Gregory Fleming
Penny and Jon Goldwater
RMH NY Resident Jessica Fanini Lemoine with Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters Presented with RMH NY Thank You
Actor and RMH NY Youth Ambassador Jake T. Austin
Honoree Gregory Fleming
Honoree Neil Cole with Brother Kenneth Cole
The National Minority Supplier Development Council held its annual Minority Business Leadership Awards Dinner-Dance at the Hilton New York and Towers on Wednesday, May 23. The event marked NMSDC's 40th Anniversary and highlighted 28 successful corporate member-MBE business partnerships. Actor S. Epatha Merkerson was the mistress of ceremonies.

NMSDC provides a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses. NMSDC is one of the country's leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.
NMSDC President Joset B. Wright (seated, left) joined Mariano Legaz, vice president of supply chain services at Verizon Communications, the supplier diversity team from Verizon and members of the AdAsia Communications team at the 2012 NMSDC Minority Business Leadership Awards Dinner Dance to celebrate their 14-year supplier partnership.
Joset Wright, Harriet Michel, and Yves Michel
New York United Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe
Joset Wright and Mark Bertolini
S Epatha Merkerson
John Dokes and George Gee Orchestra
Guitarist Solomon Hicks
Swing Dancers Heidi Rosenau and Joe McGlynn
Swing Dancers Heidi Rosenau and Arturo Perez Saad
Over 225 people attended Lenox Hill Hospital's annual A Healthy Give & Take Luncheon last month at the New-York Historical Society hosted by the Hospital's Auxiliary.

Now in its fourteenth year, this informative spring luncheon moderated by Holly Philips, MD of CBS "This Morning" featured lively discussions on important topics in women's health. This year's luncheon, "Stents, Statins and Supplements…Oh My" focused on advances being made in heart and vascular medicine.
Lenox Hill Cardiologists and Luncheon Panelists Dr. Maja Zaric, Dr. Tara Narula, Dr. Lara Oboler, and Luncheon Moderator Holly Phillips
An expert panel of Lenox Hill Hospital physicians including Dr. Maja Zaric, Dr. Tara Narula and and Dr. Lara Oboler discussed steps we can take to promote good health.

Proceeds from the 2012 A Healthy Give & Take Luncheon support a wide array of outstanding services at the hospital that promote the health of women and their families.
Event Co-Chairs Patricia Gutman and Judith Hiltz
Colleen Pizzitola, Lenox Hill Auxiliary Chair, and fellow Auxilian Michele Jefferey
Donna Ramer, Michele Jeffrey, Kimberly Short, and Patti Silver

Photographs by; Ira Fox, Gramercy Photo (Fulbright)