Friday, September 28, 2012

Lighting up lives

Martha Busconi, Erica Armstrong, Alison Brettschneider, Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Courtney Nataraj, Claire Capello, and Amy Dieterich
The Pediatric Support Committee of the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, including Claire Capello, Amy Dieterich, Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, and Marcie Pantzer, hosted a shopping event at 25 Park on Wednesday, September 19 to help kick-off the hospital's annual signature pediatric fundraiser, Light Up a Life.

Nearly 70 guests mingled and delighted on cocktails as they shopped at the Upper East Side boutique to support programs to benefit Komansky Center patients and their families.
The 23rd annual Light Up a Life benefit will take place on Saturday, October 27 at the Field House at Chelsea Piers.  More than 900 costumed children and parents will enjoy the Halloween carnival-themed party.  Families will enjoy games and attractions, including face painting, balloon art, batting cages, a rock-climbing wall, musical entertainment and relay races for the kids.
Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Claire Capello, Amy Dieterich, and Marcie Pantzer
Diana Petroff Butensky, Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, and Zoe Weisberg
Lois Goodner, Marcie Pantzer, and Wandy Hoh
Leslie Finerman, Erica Samuels, and Leigh Schwartzreich
Travis Acquavell and Vaughn Dorrian
Marcie Pantzer and Alison Brettschneider
This past Tuesday at Porsche Design, Free Arts NYC held "A Taste of the Race," an evening for passionate connoisseurs of sports car racing, fashion and fine wine. The event was spearheaded by Kevin Buckler, 20-year Porsche racing champion and owner of The Racer's Group, and top-scoring Sonoma-based boutique winery, Adobe Road, to benefit Free Arts NYC. Actor Dominic Chianese and the invited guests had the chance of a lifetime to get up-close to a TRG Porsche race car driven in for the occasion and have their photo taken with/in the car by celebrity photo house, Patrick McMullan. Co-hosted by Porsche Design, a highlight of the night was a tasting of the award-winning Adobe Road Wines and gourmet degustation crafted by celebrity "Top Chef" Angelo Sosa of Anejo Tequileria and Social Eatz.

Most prized auction items were celebrity-autographed race car hood from one of TRG's actual Porsches that raced in competition, "Photo Finish" racing photos by Splashlight Studios founder, Benoit Largarde and an autographed copy of Ava Roosevelt's romantic Le Mans race thriller "The Racing Heart."

Free Arts NYC is a New York-based charity inspiring children through a mentorship program to transform their lives through the creative arts.
Judy Grubman, Alex Donner, Ava Roosevelt, Manuela Roosevelt, Kate Edmunds Donner, and Deborah Haschke
Marcus Malloy, Dominic Chianese
Marcus Malloy and Dominic Chianese
Amy Rosi, Benoit Lagarde
Amy Rosi and Benoit Lagarde
Christopher Twardy, Deborah Haschke, Kevin Buckler, Ava Roosevelt, Manuela Roosevelt
Christopher Twardy, Deborah Haschke, Kevin Buckler, Ava Roosevelt, and Manuela Roosevelt
Alex Donner, Kate Edmunds Donner
Alex and Kate Edmunds Donner
Santana Lopez, Gabrielle Giacalone
Santana Lopez and Gabrielle Giacalone
Kevin Buckler, Nick Alessi, Gloria Cressler, Spencer Pumpelly
Kevin Buckler, Nick Alessi, Gloria Cressler, and Spencer Pumpelly
Joe Mia, Agusta Shaw, Dennis Newsham
Joe Mia, Agusta Shaw, and Dennis Newsham
Derek Tjokro and Hilda Lam
Amelia Lopez, Diego Gil, Carolina Carvelho
Amelia Lopez, Diego Gil, and Carolina Carvelho
Bob Dickinson, Leah Offenbach, Dominic Chianese
Bob Dickinson, Leah Offenbach, and Dominic Chianese
Marcia Parris, Kate Sullivan
Marcia Parris and Kate Sullivan
Megan Culfin, Kevin Delaigle, Samantha Fox
Megan Culfin, Kevin Delaigle, and Samantha Fox
Carolina Carvalho and Amelia Lopez
Manuela Roosevelt, Deborah Haschke
Manuela Roosevelt and Deborah Haschke
Martin Steger, Kurt Ullman, and Spencer Pumpelly
Tyler French, Brittany Sellers
Tyler French and Brittany Sellers
Michael Chen, Michele Prandi, and Scott Damassa
Angelo Sosa, Karsten von Engein
Angelo Sosa and Karsten von Engein
Fashion 4 Development (F4D) hosted its 2nd Annual First Ladies Luncheon on Tuesday, September 25th during the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Evie Evangelou, F4D co-founder and global chair, along with Franca Sozzani, F4D’s Goodwill Ambassador; H.E. Toyin Ojora Saraki, LLB LLM BL, and Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation; her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway; Coumba Toure, Founder of Advanced Development for Africa; and honored guest Madame Ban Soon-taek, First Lady of the United Nations, welcomed First Ladies, fashion industry leaders and worldwide supporters of the F4D initiative for an informative and celebratory presentation.
Guests and honorees including Livia Firth, founder of The Green Carpet Challenge and creative director of Eco Age Ltd (; Martha Stewart, Lily Cole; Roberta Flack; Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes; Rebecca Minkoff; Tory Burch; Tommy Hilfiger; Stephen Burrows; Petra Nemcova; Kimberly Chandler, wife of NY Knicks center Tyson Chandler; Alex Wek; and Alexis Welch, fiancé of NY Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, joined First Ladies and Royals from Angola, Albania, Bali, Benin, Burundi, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Gabon, Honduras, Iceland, Madagascar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Zambia for the afternoon.
Madame Oketiniwati and Evie Evangelou
Lead partners for F4D’s First Ladies Luncheon include Cita Tenun, Vogue Italia, The Green Carpet Challenge, Every Woman Every Child, SourceFK, The Pierre Hotel, Vogue Vert, Advanced Development for Africa, The Wellbeing Foundation and NY Eye & Ear Infirmary, and Lifestyle Trimco ( Premiere supporters of the fashion show and production were Sensation of House, Mina Molli Photography, Irina Maslij Interiors, X’Tige Showroom, Hair by Eran Edri, Amazing Cosmetics, CME Group, MAJOR Model Management, Boss, KB 1111, and Eleonora Quizmolli, F4D Chair of Event & Production.
Tory Burch, Madame Oktiniwati Ulfadariah Hatta Rajasa, Evie Evangelou, and Martha Stewart
H.E. Toyin Saraki
Lily Cole, Livia Firth, Franca Sozzani, and Tommy Hilfiger
Stephen Burroughs and Maggie Norris
Rebecca Minkoff
Petra Nemcova
Leila Lopes, Miss Universe
Lobbo Traore Toure, First Lady of Mali
Jeanine Jeo-Hi Kim and Madame Ban Soon-taek
Roberta Flack
Yaz Hernandez
Dr. Shirley Madhere
Cassandra Seidenfeld
Madame Oketiniwati, HRH The Otunba Adekunie Ojora, and HRH The Erelu Ojuolape Ojora
Kimberly Chandler
Alexis Welch
Catherine Schreiber
Franca Sozzani and Livia Firth
Evie Evangelou and Martha Stewart
Franca Sozzani and Tommy Hilfiger
Reem Acra
Michele Gerber Klein
Dr. Shirley Madhere and Lily Cole
On Thursday, September 20th, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Thrift Shop hosted a private preview for their first ever Fall Furnishings Event at The Society’s Thrift Shop on 3rd Avenue and 81st Street.  Interior designer Jonathan Rosen donated his time and professional service to give the shop a modern transformation by using donated materials like paint, light fixtures, curtains and more.  The evening’s guests were the first to see the newly remodeled Thrift Shop before the doors officially opened for the public sale, which ran from September 21st-23rd. The reception was co-chaired by Melanie Holland, Hilary Dick and Elizabeth Fuller.
The Thrift Shop’s Fall Furnishings Event featured one-of-a-kind furniture, glassware, china sets and additional pieces for the home.  Some of New York City's top interior designers & decorators donated items to be sold at the event, including: Todd Alexander Romano, Greg McKenzie Designs, Amanda Nisbet Design, Inc., Stewart Manger, Timothy Brown and more. With Design Within Reach also making a generous donation. All proceeds from the Thrift Shop benefit The Society of MSKCC's amazing patient care, research and education programs.
Leslie Jones, Rosemarie Audia, Minou Tirasteh, Ellen Haddigan, Melanie Holland, Jonathan Rosen, Elizabeth Fuller, and Hilary Dick
The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – founded in 1946 to raise funds for patient care – is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of patients, supporting cancer research and providing public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. Society volunteers work in close collaboration with the physicians and staff of Memorial Sloan-­‐Kettering to support the Center’s mission of delivering the best cancer care to its patients while at the same time, providing comfort to the patients and their families who come to the Center for treatment from all over the world. For more information on The Society, visit
Jonathan Rosen and Melanie Holland
Lindsey Pryor and Elizabeth Fuller
Teri Brajewski, Anisa Romero, Melanie Holland, and Mendy Graves
Courtney Arnot, Amy Hodley, Marie Vantelt, and Katie Tozer
Stephanie Griswold, Hilary Dick, and Leslie Jones
Jonathan Rosen, Ashley Wendell, and Alex Falk
Dr. Annette Rickel and Grace Meigher
Dr. Annette Rickel, Leslie Jones, and Minou Tirasteh
Carlie Seymour, Melanie Holland, and David Holland
Anki Leeds, Peter Webster, Caroline Nype, and Martha Webster
John Fasano and Jonathan Rosen
Debbie Pipines and Victoria Vought
Gill Lamphere and Martha O'Brien
This past Sunday, September 23rd, South-South News hosted the 2012 South-South Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria during the High-Level Segment of this year’s 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Acclaimed film and television star Laura Prepon served as Mistress of Ceremonies for an evening honoring international leaders, celebrities and musicians who have made significant contributions to the implementation of e-governance and sustainable tourism through policy and program initiatives. 

The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception, where The Honourable Dr. W. Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minster of Antiqua and Barbuda; H.E Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, President of South-South News; and Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure, ITU Secretary-General, organizers of the 2012 South-South Awards, greeted VIP guests including honoree Dr. NC Dlamini Zuma, African Union Chairperson; Russell Simmons; President Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria; baseball legend Sammy Sosa; performer Don Felder; honoree Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes; performer Miri Ben-Ari; honoree Mr. Chen Feng, Founder and Chairman of HNA Group; Miss Haiti International; Professor Han Demin of China; Sharon Bush; performer Gilberto Santa Rosa; Miss Teen Universe 2012 Logan West; music director Robin DiMaggio; Dr. Patrick Verkooijen, Special Representative for Climate Change at The World Bank; Robson Mello, Secretary-General at Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization; Yuvan Beejadur, The World Bank; David Paterson, Former Governor of New York;  Cassandra Seidenfeld; Raymond Ratti, Founder and President of Transformative Global Learning;  HIH Grand Duchess Arianna,  founder of Crystal Tears Foundation; His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa; and Yue-Sai Kan.
Mildred Espinoza, General Manager of South-South News and Ambassador of Tourism for Guatemala moderated a pre-ceremony press conference Mr. Chen Feng and Governor David Paterson.  Feng was honored with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for the “HNA Brightness Action” program, which performs in the funding and delivery of treatment to more than 50,000 patients with cataracts in China, Cambodia, Inner Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.

The evening continued with an awards ceremony, presentation and series of performances in the Grand Ballroom. Recipients of the 2012 South-South Awards for Global Governance Leadership were:  H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia; H.E. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia; Right Honourable Thomas Thabane, Prime Minster of Lesotho; Dr. NC Dlamini Zuma, African Union Chairperson. 
Don Felder performs
Honorees of the 2012 South-South Awards were: H.E. Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria; H.E. Mr. Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados; H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa; H.E. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates; H.E. Mr. Hose Eduardo Dos Santos, President of Angola; H.E. Mr. James Michel, President of Seychelles; H.E, Mr. Navin Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius; H.E. Mr. Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, President of Panama; and H.E. Mr. Jose Mujica, President of Uruguay.  

Guests were treated to performances by Don Felder, world-renowned musician and former lead guitarist for The Eagles; Angelique Kidjo, Grammy Award-Winning performer; musician Stephen Bishop; Grammy Award-Winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari; and Gilberto Santa Rosa.  Entertainment and performances were led by Music Director Robin DiMaggio.

Among the guests who left the 2012 South-South Awards impressed and inspired was Sammy Sosa, who said, “I congratulate the South-South Awards organizers for putting together a fantastic event and I look forward to working with South-South News in leading their Sports for Development platform for sustainable development.”
Laura Prepon
Leila Lopes
Gilberto Santa Rosa and Padres Contra
Sammy Sosa
Don Felder and Miri Ben-Ari
Melissa Andreev, Robin Cofer, Flor Riccio, Cassandra Seidenfeld, and Lisa Simonsen Phillips
Dr. W Baldwin Spencer and H.E. Ambassador Francis Lorenzo
Mr. Chen Feng and Professor Han Demin
President Olusegun Obasanjo
His Holiness Gyalwang Drupka and Yue-Sai Kan
Logan West
David Paterson, Cassandra Seidenfeld, and Russell Simmons
Miss Haiti International
Maggie Norris
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