Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jumping for Joy

The McCarton Foundation hosted its second annual Genius of Autism event.
Last Monday night at the Hilton New York's Grand Ballroom, Rolex hosted Career Transition for Dancers' 27th Anniversary Jubilee, Jump for Joy, A Dance Variety Spectacular. Angela Lansbury was its host and they honored Liza Minnelli; with a performance by the incomparable Chita Rivera. The Career Transition For Dancers Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance Awards went to Joni Berry, Michele Herbert, Gerald M. Appelstein, and Arthur Murray International (celebrating its 100th Anniversary).

Career Transition For Dancers, with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, has helped over 5,400 professional dancers nationwide identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option.
Lawrence Herbert, Michele Herbert, and Loren Herbert
Roberta Silver and Leonard Lauren
Sue Samuel, Elka Samuels Smith, Jason Samuels Smith, and Jojo Smith
Janice Becker and Caitlin Carter
Joni Berry
Barbara-Taylor Bradford and Robert Bradford
Robin Van Bokhorst, Marissa Van Bokhorst, and Christina Rose
Matthew Appelstein, Judy Appelstein, Jamie Appelstein, Jerry Appelstein, and Melissa Appelstein
Peter Shaw, Stephanie Levinsky, and Angela Lansburry
Cynthia Fisher AND Pat Cody
Angela Lansburry and Ben Vereen
Hugh Hildesley
Janice Becker, Anka Palitz, Cynthia Fisher, Stuart Wicht, and friends
Charles Askegard
Fe Fendi and Barbara Tober
Michele Herbert, Patricia Shiah, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Bonnie Pfeiffer
Michele's birthday cake
Michele's wishes
Lynne Goldberg and Jerry Appelstein
Jean Shafiroff, Fe Fendi, and Lucia Hwong Gordon
Robert Ryan and Rachel Moore
Shoshana and Yair Kagan
Eric Dunlap and Leslie Arlette Boyce
Cynthia Fisher and Vicki Kellogg
Alfred Fiandaca, Lisa Huertas, and Craig Dix
Sandy and Greg Kriser
Thomas and Patricia Shiah
On Friday, October 26, the Manhattan School of Music kicked off its year-long "Harlem Nights" Concert Series with "Harlem Hothouses," a concert tribute to The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce by MSM's Grammy®-nominated Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by the renowned percussionist Bobby Sanabria, and featuring the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award Honoree, the legendary Cuban-born conguero, Candido.
Immediately preceding the concert was a special reception for 300 guests of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and Manhattan School of Music.
The Concert took place in the school's Borden Auditorium, 120 Claremont Avenue at West 122nd Street near Broadway. A special full tuition scholarship for Manhattan School of Music's jazz program in the name of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and its Chair, Lloyd Williams was announced prior to the concert. 
Bobby Sanabria and Orchestra
Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra In Concert
Manhattan School of Music and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce have enjoyed more than a decade of collaborations on HARLEM WEEK and on the Harlem Jazz and Music Festival.  In 2001, a 'Master of Music' concert at the school featured performers Joe Cuba and Gloria Lynne and attracted legendary visitors such as Ornette Coleman, Lionel Hampton, then-State Senator David Paterson, and Isaac Hayes among other notables.  Manhattan School of Music students have performed at GHCC events such as "A Great Day in Harlem" at US Grant National Memorial Park, the "Harlem Miles" portion of the ING-New York City Marathon, and at free outdoor concerts at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building.  For its 90th anniversary year, Manhattan School of Music was honored by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce at the 2007 HARLEM WEEK Gracie Mansion kick-off.
Lloyd Williams and Justin Dicioccio
Congressman Charles Rangel, Ray Chew, and Assemblyman Keith Wright
This season Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Program showcases two exciting events – the 30th Anniversary of Jazz at MSM and "Harlem Nights," a year-long concert series celebrating Harlem. "Harlem Nights" has been designed to capture the musical spirit and heart of our Harlem community by spotlighting the music, musicians and performance venues that have called Harlem "home," and have helped define Harlem as a center of the musical and cultural universe.
Diane Isaac and Tracy Hyter-Suffern
Dr Karen Clayton
Victoria Sirota, Ed Lowentahal, Ilene Lowenthal, Vivian Scott Chew, Ray Chew, and Justin Dicioccio
Reverend Jacques Degraff and Bob Tate
Rick Patterson and Nina Ferrell
Dave Whitmore, Dr Kathy Pajak, Christian Sands, Michelle Castro, and Loren Douglass
Voza Rivers and Justin Dicioccio
Linda Wood Guy and Ronald Guy
Robert Sirota, Peter Robbins, Elsa Jean Davidson, and Winston Majatte
Lloyd Williams and Ade Williams
Tiffani Chambers and Reggie Chambers
Ray Chew, Justin Dicioccio, Lloyd Williams, Peter Robbins, and Loren Douglass
Peter Robbins and Jodi Robbins
Ed Lowentahal and Ilene Lowenthal
Lorey Hayes, Robert Sirota, and Victoria Sirota
Vivian Scott Chew and Ray Chew
Darnell Abraham
Sharon Mackey, Assemblyman Keith Wright, and Karen Witherspoon
Ade Williams and Valerie Williams
Assata Alstonm and Pamela Walker
Kats Abe, Voza Rivers, and Tsutomu Karino
Tsutomu Karino and Joyce Adewumi
Trudy Francis and Stephanie Francis
Yamira Siu-Jabbaar and Wallace Jabbaar
Kelly Sawatsky, Jeremy Fletcher, and Shelley Dicioccio
Stephanie Francis, Joyce Adewumi, Richard Franklin, and Janette Housman
Patricia Ricketts
Linda Walton and Christian Sands
Loren Schoenberg, Walter Edwards, and Darwin Davis
On Monday, October 22 the McCarton Foundation hosted its second annual Genius of Autism event. Part concert, part art exhibition, and fully inspirational, the Genius of Autism was an opportunity to celebrate the incredible ability that exists within young people on the autistic spectrum.
From singers and dancers to painters and animators, the McCarton Foundation few in 14 inspiring, autistic artists from around the globe to perform and be honored at the 2012 Genius of Autism event. Hosted by ABC News's Chief Health and Medical editor Dr. Richard Besser, the event featured live musical performances by honorees along with diverse celebrity talent such as three-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Steve Earle and MAC award-winning Karen Oberlin. Additionally there was an art exhibition featuring the original works of the autistic visual artists being honored.
Matt Savage
Hunter Brown
Talina Toscano
Kyle Cousins and Amanda Lamunyon
James Hobley
Rio Wyles
You can learn more about the honorees by visiting and going to the Honoree Page, where you'll find bios, images of their artwork, and video/audio clips of their performances.
This is the McCarton Foundation's second year hosting the Genius of Autism. Last year's inaugural event took place at Carnegie Hall and featured the amazing performances of the young autistic honorees as well as celebrity participation from names like Laura Linney, Bill Cosby, Deepak Chopra, John Pizzarelli, and more.
Karen Oberlin with Genius of Autism Honorees
Artwork by Trent Altman
The McCarton Foundation's mission is to empower young people on the autistic spectrum, help them to realize their full potential, and celebrate their extraordinary talents.
Gerard McKeon, Dr Cece McCarton, Raquel Suarez, and Myron Johnson
Caroline Yoon and Nicola Fernandes
Lou Toscano, Stephen Wiltshire, and Rosa Martinez
Kris Sebastin and Dr Rich Besser
Cece McCarton and Stephen Wiltshire
Lou Toscano, Talina Toscano and Toscano Family
Andrew urbanski, Barbara Orzakiewicz, and Chris Dezinno
Chuck Friedlander and Bruce Burrows
Allison Walmark and Eliza Walmark
Marc Wong and David Sobacinski
Steve Earle, Honoree James Hobley, and Caroline Hamilton
Honoree Amanda Lamunyon and Sherry Lamunyon
Kathleen Stowell
Jin Sun and Hsiuhua Chiang
Tate Wingate and Tracy Perlongo
Jana Trantow and Neil Sarkar
Barbara Schiff and Kim Silverstein
Keri Bowers, Elyse Kroll, Dario Toledo, Sara Daum, and Ivy Feldman
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden hosted "Into the World of Helen Evans," a benefit cocktail party and silent auction on October 4th to support its education programs. A past President General of The Colonial Dames of America, Dr. Evans is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Helen Evans gave a slideshow tour of her adventurous career, which has taken her to sites throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Guests purchased catalogues from her most recent exhibition, Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition.
Shirley Dixon-Miller, Brantley Knowles, Beverley Sherrid, Esther "Faity" Tuttle, and Kathleen Elizabeth Springhorn
Guests included members of The Colonial Dames of America, which owns and operates the Museum, professional colleagues, and friends. Among the silent auction highlights were private excursions, behind-the-scenes tours of New York's galleries and art museums, fabulous hand-crafted jewelry and accessories and much more, all drawing enthusiastic bidding.

Guests included Committee Co-Chairs Beverley Sherrid and Heather Speas, Gloria and Nelson Harper, Sandra Pearl, Charles Neuhauser, Brantley Knowles, Kathleen Springhorn, Peter Wyer, Maria Ann Conelli and Kim Hartswick, and Mary Anne Hunting. Sharon Vaino, President General of The Colonial Dames of America, accompanied by Past Presidents General Charlotte Armstrong, Audrey Svensson, and Nancy Shackelford Jones, as well as Mary Anne Caton, Director of The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, and Allison Coliskey, Executive Director of The Colonial Dames of America, also joined the festivities.

To learn more about the museum, visit
Marina Case Alario, Caroline McLain, Martha Everett, Marilee Reiner, and Clark Reiner
Esther "Faity" Tuttle and Allison Coliskey
Mary Anne Caton and Lila Kerns
Audrey Svensson, Sharon Vaino, and Nancy Shackelford Jones
Mark Sherrid, Beverley Sherrid, and Martha Foley
Charlotte Armstrong and Sharon Vaino
Charles Neuhauser and Jill Spiller
Kathleen Elizabeth Springhorn, Audrey Svensson, and Deirdre Bay
Lila Kerns, and Heather and Wade Speas
Mitzi Perdue
Beverley Sherrid, Helen Evans, and Sharon Vaino
Helen Evans, Esther "Faity" Tuttle, and Arax Simsarian
Lindsey Mullholland and Charlotte Squarcy
Sophia and Timothy Hartch
Betsy Healy and Sharon Vaino
Laura Kirkman Evans, John Evans, Kim Hartswick, and Maria Ann Conelli
Polly Guerin, Carol Lynch, and Kathleen Elizabeth Springhorn
On Monday, October 22nd Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY), the nation's premier ice dancing ensemble founded by Moira North, hosted the company's annual Benefit Gala honoring Richard "Mr. Debonair" Dwyer of Ice Follies and Ice Capades fame. Festivities included a performance featuring Mr. Debonair and his "Dwyer Girls" – Tai Babilonia, Dorothy Hamill, Linda Fratianne, Jojo Starbuck all dressed in Nicole Miller.

Richard Dwyer and Amanda Mochan
The Company performed pieces from its repertory, including works from NYC dance choreographers and Artistic Director Douglas Webster. Ryan Bradley, the 2011 US Men's Champion, was the guest performer and some of the performers included World Team Members Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, and 7-Time British Champions and Olympians Sinead and John Kerr.

Dick Button
was Honorary Chairman and Co-Chairs included Natalie Carey, Aja Zanova and Tom Collins; attendees included Missy Van Buren, Joan Erdheim, the new Chairman of the Board, Sarah Hughes and family, John MacColl, Debbie Gordon (recipient of the Ice Angel award), Charles Pavarini III, Randall Tarasuk, Michel Mercure, Brigitte Altenhaus, Nadine Ahmed.

Ice Theatre of New York, the nation's premier ice dance ensemble, challenges conventional definitions of figure skating by creating works that integrate the sensibilities of contemporary dance, music and art. In addition to building and performing works of the highest artistic merit, ITNY reaches out to the next generation of skaters and audiences through its exemplary education, community outreach and training programs. ITNY was the first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Emily Hughes, Sarah Hughes, and Rebecca Hughes
Debbie Gordon, Richard Dwyer, and Dorothy Hamill
Dorothy Hamill and Charles Pavarini III
John and Sinead Kerr
John Kerr and Nadine Ahmed
Nicole Miller and Michel Mercure
Photographs by (McCarton, Manhattan School); (Career Transition); Kenny Jacobson (Ice Theatre).