Monday, April 16, 2012

Next Steps ...

Guests at The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Health Education Seminar and Luncheon.
On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center held its Health Education Seminar and Luncheon at the Rockefeller Research Laboratories Auditorium. Led by Society President, Dr. Annette Rickel, the seminar was titled “Immunotherapy: The Next Steps in Cancer Control,” and provided innovative information on ways vaccines can be used to prevent and treat cancer after it has been diagnosed. The presentation featured two of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s distinguished doctors who have been researching and testing the use of vaccines in treating both melanoma and ovarian cancer.  Their work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, coupled with their extensive clinical expertise, set the basis for the information discussed at the lecture.

The event was co-chaired by Nancy Coffey and Libby Fitzgerald, with Martha O’Brien and Sarah Powers. The panel discussion was followed by a compelling question and answer session and a seated box luncheon. 

Guests Included: Dr. Annette Rickel, Nancy Coffey, Libby Fitzgerald, Martha O’Brien, Dr. Jedd D. Wolchok, Dr. Paul Sabbatini, Martha Glass, Karen Glover, Anne Grauso, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Paige Hardy, Melanie Holland, Leslie Jones, Eleanora Kennedy, Coco Kopelman, Heather Leeds, Hampton Luthack, Lisa McCarthy, Claudia Overstrom, Sarah Peters and many more.
Dr. Annette Rickel and Eleanora Kennedy
Celeste San Angelo and Elizabeth Fuller
Heather Eterton, Heather Leeds, and Mindy Fortin
Nancy Coffey, Martha O'Brien, and Libby Fitzgerald
CoCo Kopelman
Karen Glover and Hampton Luthack
Stephanie Griswald and Leslie Jones
Martha Glass and Jennifer Ely
Melanie Holland and Martha O'Brien
Paige Hardy and Sara Peters
Allison Pappas, Christina Smith, and Catherine Shepherd
Anne Grauso and Sheila Dwyer
Claudia Overstrom and Natalie Kaplan
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world’s first child protection agency, held its Inaugural Spring Luncheon on April 12, 2012 at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. The afternoon featured a keynote address by The New York Times best-selling author, Sapphire, of the famed novel, Push, the inspiration for the Academy Award® – winning movie Precious.

Sapphire’s novel depicted a horrific case of child abuse in Harlem and how one person can make a dramatic difference in saving the life of a child.  Sapphire hasreceived the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award, and in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award for Push. Throughout her career, Sapphire has authored three novels and two books of poetry. Additionally, Dr. Mary Pulido, Executive Director of the NYSPCC, delivered remarks about the mission of the NYSPCC, and introduced Sapphire. The Luncheon was a huge success raising $135,735 to benefit the NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program, which provides mental health treatment for children who have experienced traumatic events, such as physical and sexual abuse, neglect and family violence.
Elizabeth Mayhew, Lita Urry, and Patty Crawford
Natalie Kaplan, Diana DiMenna, and Vicki Foley
Guests included: Betsy Bartlett (Vice President, Board of Directors), Jayni Chase, Diana DiMenna, Stephen P. Forrester(Assistant Executive Director, The NYSPCC),Shelley Goldberg (Parenting Contributor, NY1), Joan Granlund, Kimberly Guilfoyle (Host, Fox’s The Five), Karen Klopp, Elizabeth Mayhew (Chair, Benefit Committee), Robin Meltzer, Deborah Norville (Host, Inside Edition), Dr. Mary Pulido, (Executive Director, The NYSPCC), Victor de Souza (Fashion Designer), Sarah and David Stack (President, Board of Directors), Karl G. Wellner (Vice President, Board of Directors).
Mary Pulido, Sapphire, David Stack, and Elizabeth Mayhew
Dr. Penny Grant and Victor de Souza
Steve Forrester, Caroline Niemczyk, and Karl Wellner
Josh Leuchtenburg, Joe Purcell, and Richard Dresdale
Allison Brokaw and Tania Higgins
Mary Kate Winperle, Lincoln Frank, and Molly O'Neil Frank
Matt Semino and Robin Meltzer
Diana DiMenna, Tania Higgins, and Donna Clower
Chirlane McCray, Dawne Marie Grannum, Sapphire, and Dr. Penny Grant
Tatiana Perkin and Mary Pulido
Joan Granlumd and Sabrina Martin
Natalie Kaplan, Amanda Taylor, and Lise Evans
Faith Coolidge, Jodie Fink, and Julie Friedland
Deborah Norville, Susan Shin, and Kimberly Guilfoyle
The 10th Anniversary White House Project EPIC Awards Gala was held on Thursday April 5th at the IAC building in New York City. Academy Award® Winner and White House Project Board Member Geena Davis hosted, while the awards honored Susan L. Taylor, Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement & Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine with The Marie C. Wilson ‘Impact’ Award; James S. Turley, Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young, received The EPIC ‘Go Lead’ Award. Jack Lofton and Keith Patterson, Co-Directors of the upcoming documentary Ann Richards’ Texas received The EPIC ‘Go Run’ Award; Emma Contiguglia, Girl Scout of New York City, received the Barbie “I Can Be” Award for her exceptional community service.

VIP guests included: Tiffany Dufu, President of The White House Project; Marie Wilson, creator of Take Our Daughters to Work Day® & Founder of The White House Project; EPIC Award Co-Chairs and White House Project Board Members Michael Balaoing; Danielle Hootnick; Mahsa Pelosky; Board Chair Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Public Policy of Ernst & Young;  Stephanie Ruhle, Correspondent, Bloomberg News Television, Inside Track; Margaret Brennan, Anchor, Bloomberg News Television, InBusiness with Margaret Brennan; Chris Benz, CFDA Award-winning American Fashion Designer; Stacey Tisdale, Business Correspondent, PBS’ Need To Know; AnnaSophia Robb, star of the new series, The Carrie Diaries; Camilla Barungi, Project Runway; Ashley Bush; Karen Toulon, Bureau Chief of Bloomberg; Janice Reals Ellig, Co-CEO, Chadick Ellig; Nikiya Q. Harris, Milwaukee County Supervisor, Board Director at Kids Matter, Inc; Rita Henley Jensen, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women’s eNews; Maria Hinojosa, Senior Correspondent for the PBS series NOW and Anchor of NPR's Latino USA; Mike Woods, Good Day New York; Javier Gomez, noted Photojournalist/activist; JGPR President James Grant and NY1 News’ Senior Reporter Kafi Drexel.
Barbara Bridges, Mary McCormick, Wini Freund, Davia Temin, Marie Wilson, Tiffany Dufu, Katherine Ragsdale, and Geraldine Laybourne
White House Project Board Members in attendance also included Lucie Lapovsky, Former President, Mercy College; Ginny Corsi, President & CEO, Corsi Associates; Abigail Disney, Producer, Women, War & Peace; Cheryle Jackson, Vice President Government Affairs & Corporate Development, AAR Corp; Lisa-Marie Monsanto, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Sudha Shetty, Director, International Fellowship Program, University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs;

EPIC Award Board Emeritus Members in attendance included: Barbara Dobkin, Board Chair of the American Jewish World Service; Deborah Larkin, Executive Director USTA Serves at USTA; Gerry Laybourne, Chairwoman, Alloy Media Inc.; J. Christine Wilson, White House Project Board Emeritus; James Wetrich, President and General Manager of The Americas, Molnlycke Health Care U.S., LLC.

The White House Project EPIC Awards was sponsored by: American Express OPEN, Barbie, Barclays Wealth, Best Buy, Bloomberg, Barbara Bridges, Chadick Ellig, Geena Davis, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Google, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Morgan Stanley, Navigant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Target, Temin & Company, Walmart and James Wetrich.
Abigail Disney
Cathy Cline and Emma Contiguglia
The EPIC Awards Gala is an inspiring, high-impact event with more than 350 leaders in business and politics, all who share a commitment to shaping the next generation of skilled, talented, innovative leaders. It generates worldwide media coverage every year.

The White House Project ignites the leadership of women in business and politics. We connect, coach and educate an ever-expanding alumnae network of more than 14,000 nationwide. With a focus on women ages 21-35, we activate the ambition, creativity, and skills necessary for innovative and effective leadership.

For more information on the EPIC Awards and the ongoing work of The White House Project, please visit
Chris Benz, Tiffany Dufu, Keith Patterson, and Jack Lofton
Geena Davis and Pat Mitchell
Anna Sophia Robb
Beth Brooke, James S. Turley, and Karyn Twaronite
Katherine Mossman, Jehmu Greene, Krystal Ball, Ashley Bush, Susan L. Taylor, and Bonnie St. John
Mahsa Pelosky Danielle Hootnick, and Michael Balaoing
Mahsa Pelosky, Tiffany Dufu, Danielle Hootnick, Beth Brooke, and Michael Balaoing
Marie Wilson, Geena Davis, and Tiffany Dufu
Cheryle Jackson and Sudha Shetty
Susan L. Taylor and Keli Goff
Michael Balaoing, Masha Pelosky, Tiffany Dufu, and Danielle Hootnick
Natasha Stange, Geena Davis, Emma Contiguglia, Carl Contiguglia, Courtney Contiguglia, and Caroline Contiguglia
Nikiya Q. Harris and Marie Wilson
Tiffany Dufu and Margaret Brennan
Javier Gomez, Camilla Barungi, and Mike Woods
Susan L. Taylor and Geena Davis
Tiffany Dufu, Marie Wilson, and Stephanie Ruhle
Wendy Diamond, Amir Dossal, and Tamsen Fadal
Supporters of the Playground Partners of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy gathered at the Tribeca loft of Suzanne and Bob Cochran for a spring cocktail party in honor of the Playground Patrons, the leading contributors. The essential mission of Central Park Playground Partners is to improve the 21 playgrounds in the Park, and maintain their overall quality. 

Guests – including Playground Partners Committee Co-Chairmen Nyssa Kourakos and Yesim Philip, Hosts Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Central Park Conservancy President & CEO Douglas Blonsky, Nancy and Joe Missett, Kamie Lightburn, Vicki and David Foley, Kimberly and Charlie Thurston, Sharon and Tom Teles, Leelee Brown, MK and David O’Shaughnessy, Paige and Tripp Hardy, Jill Ross and Paul Cole, Mary Beth and Jonathan Adelson, Amy and Patsy Tarr, Virginia Apple, Mary Kathryn Navab, Adelina Ettelson, and Andrea Van Beuran and Roger Kass – enjoyed cocktails as well as the Cochran’s amazing loft views of the Hudson River and downtown Tribeca.

The Playground Partners will also host its popular Annual Family Party in Heckscher Playground on May 23, 2012.  For more infomrmation, click here or call 212-310-6655.
Adelina Ettelson, Susan Cochran, and Yesim Philip
Brian Cho and Bill Kourakos
Nancy Missett and Susan Cochran
David O'Shaughnessy, Mary Karen O'Shaughnessy, and Paul Cole
Joe Missett and Doug Blonsky
Nyssa Kourakos and Yesim Philip
Kamie Lightburn, Leelee Brown, and Amy Tarr
Kelly Gannon, Jay Gannon, Nyssa Kourakos, and Bob Cochran
Kerry Shannon, Aliza Ameer, Wendy Van Raalte, and Rebecca Collora
Nyssa Kourakos, Jessica Cho, Virginia Apple, Terry Polk, and Eby McKay
Paige Hardy, Tripp Hardy, and Ashley Wotiz
Patsy Tarr, Christine Cochran, and Amy Tarr
Shirin Christoffersen, Terry Coppersmith, and Paige Boller Malik
Susan Cochran, Mary Kathryn Navab, Yesim Philip, and Dusty Philip
The New York Choral Society celebrated its 53rd Anniversary with a Spring Gala on March 29 at The National Arts Club. Music Director John Daly Goodwin was honored for his 25th anniversary and final season with the New York Choral Society with the Outstanding Leadership Award and joined by friends and patrons in honoring Laura R. Walker, who was presented with the Distinguished Service to Music Award.  Ms. Walker was a singing member of NYCS during the tenures of maestros Robert De Cormier and John Daly Goodwin.

The cocktail reception began at 6:00 PM and was followed by a seated dinner at 7:00 PM.  Afterwards, guests were invited to enjoy a dessert reception. Entertainment was provided by soprano Angela Meade and the Young People’s Chorus of New York. The evening also featured a silent auction of items generously donated by friends and patrons of the Choral Society.
Young People's Chorus
Laura Walker and Michael Colosi
The New York Choral Society (NYCS), founded in 1958, has become known by audiences and critics for the quality of its performances and the diversity of its repertoire, which encompass well-known choral masterworks as well as many compositions rarely heard in concert halls. The NYCS has presented eleven world premieres and has commissioned works by Paul Alan Levi, Morton Gould, Stephen Paulus, and Robert De Cormier.
Grace Lee, Lisa Guida, and Michelle Turner
Marion and Ron Stein
Joanna Grossman and Sylvia Hoisington
Jack Goodwin, Laura Walker, and Graham Parker
Ruth Kaplan, Jodi Conti, and Michelle Turner
Martin Kagan and Jack Goodwin
Connie Steensma and Graham Parker
John and Joan Levitt
Michael and Kathleen Hannan
Paula Marcus, Margie Staker, and Ed Rodriguez
Daniel Hubert and Bente Strong
Rosanne Zoccoli
Richard Pace and Clara Longstreth
Grace Lee and Martin Kagan
Margot Romberg and Paul Burkhart
Jack Goodwin with Young People's Concert t-shirt
Ann and Jack Sr Goodwin
Jack Goodwin, Ruth Kaplan, and Michael Colosi
David Uskali and Michael Colosi
Ruth Kaplan and Jack Goodwin
Jim and June Hagan
Daniel Stewart and Rahel Mayer
Jack Goodwin, Ruth Kaplan, and Jack Goodwin family
Laura Walker
Angela Meade, Liz Warner, and Robin Effron
Kir Rodriguez with cake
Photographs by (MSKCC); (Central Park).
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