Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring social season

Guests at The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 5th Annual Spring Ball.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hosted its 5th Annual Spring Ball at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This incredible evening is The Society’s signature annual event which featured cocktails, dinner and dancing, as well as a live performance by Grammy Award Winner, Rob Thomas, who sang his signature hits Her Diamonds, 3 A.M., Fall On Me, and his first single Lonely No More. The event was Co-Chaired by Tory Burch, Jamie Tisch, Caryn Zucker and Muffie Potter Aston and was generously sponsored by Gucci.
Caryn Zucker, Jamie Tisch, Dr Annette Rickel, Tory Burch, Muffie Potter Aston
Caryn Zucker, Jamie Tisch, Dr Annette Rickel, Tory Burch, and Muffie Potter Aston
With 400 guests in attendance, Dr. Annette Rickel, President of The Society, welcomed the high-profile crowd of The Society’s members and leaders in business, fashion, music and philanthropy. The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing was transformed into a breathtaking stage surrounded by hundreds of glimmering candles. 

This backdrop set the stage for a poignant evening where MSKCC’s Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Richard O’Reilly, introduced The Society’s newest initiative: Gene Targeted Cell Therapy Program for Pediatric Resistant Leukemia. Sotheby’s Auctioneer and MSKCC Board Member Jamie Niven lead a pledge to raise critical funding for research. Overall, this grand affair raised more than $1.8 million to benefit The Society’s comprehensive patient care, research, and education programs.

Guests hit the dance floor to music by DJ D-Nice late into the night.
Tory Burch, Lyor Cohen, Gigi Mortimer, Sarah Ayres
Tory Burch, Lyor Cohen, Gigi Mortimer, and Sarah Ayres
Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Caryn Zucker
Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, and Caryn Zucker
The following guests wore Gucci: Rob and Marisol Thomas, Tory Burch, Jamie Tisch, Caryn Zucker, Muffie Potter Aston, Dan Abrams, Georgina Bloomberg, Heather Leeds, Lauren Remington Platt, Kelly Ripa, Anja Rubik and Lauren Santo Domingo.

Additional guests included: Sherrell Aston, Lyor Cohen, Amy Fine Collins, Marina Rust Connor, Mark Consuelos, Cristina Cuomo, Jamee Gregory, Joanne de Guardiola, Woody and Suzanne Johnson, David and Julie Koch, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Hoda Kotb, Tom Leeds, Lori Loughlin, Carol Mack, Lisa and Brian McCarthy, Tamara Mellon, Richard and Marcia Mishaan, Gigi and Avie Mortimer, Jamie Niven, Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Erica Reid, Dr. Annette Rickel, Renee and Mark Rockefeller, Kitty and Stephen Sherrill, Michelle Smith, Jeff Zucker and many more.
Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos
Enter Mark Consuelos
Michelle Smith
Michelle Smith
Joanne de Guardiola
Joanne de Guardiola
Rob Thomas and Marisol Thomas
Dr. Craig Thompson, Dr. Annette Rickel, and Dr. Richard O'Reilly
Sarah Ayres
Sarah Ayres
Renee Rockefeller
Renee Rockefeller
Amanda Ross
Amanda Ross
Alexia Hamm Ryan
Alexia Hamm Ryan
Muffie Potter Aston, Jamie Tisch, Caryn Zucker, Tory Burch
Muffie Potter Aston, Jamie Tisch, Caryn Zucker, and Tory Burch
Sasha Knezevic, Anja Rubik
Sasha Knezevic and Anja Rubik
Tom leeds, Heather Leeds
Tom and Heather Leeds
Richard Mishaan, Marcia Mishaan
Richard and Marcia Mishaan
Jeff Zucker, Caryn Zucker
Jeff and Caryn Zucker
Eva Lorenzotti
Eva Lorenzotti
Blair Husain
Blair Husain
Lauren Santo Domingo
Lauren Santo Domingo
Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell
Mark Gilbertson, Whitney Fairchild
Mark Gilbertson and Whitney Fairchild
Julie Koch, David Koch
Julia Koch and David Koch
Dan Abrams, Tamara Mellon
Dan Abrams and Tamara Mellon
Jamee Gregory, Peter Gregory
Jamee Gregory and Peter Gregory
Coco Kopelman, Arie Kopelman
Coco and Arie Kopelman
Marina Rust Connor
Marina Rust Connor
Erica Reid, Tamara Mellon
Erica Reid and Tamara Mellon
Marjorie Gubelmann, Cristina Greeven Cuomo
Marjorie Gubelmann and Cristina Greeven Cuomo
Somers Farkas, Susanne Johnson
Somers Farkas and Suzanne Johnson
Carol Mack, Lisa McCarthy
Carol Mack and Lisa McCarthy
Lyor Cohen, Jamie Niven, Marina Rust Connor, Renee Rockefeller
Lyor Cohen, Jamie Niven, Marina Rust Connor, and Renee Rockefeller
Anne Keating
Anne Keating
Muffie Potter Aston, Alexandra Lebenthal
Muffie Potter Aston and Alexandra Lebenthal
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Georgina Bloomberg
Georgina Bloomberg
Lauren Remington Platt
Lauren Remington Platt
Karl Wellner, Deborah Norville, Hoda Kotb, Jay Blumenkopf
Karl Wellner, Deborah Norville, Hoda Kotb, and Jay Blumenkopf
Eleanora Kennedy, Michel Witmer
Eleanora Kennedy, Michel Witmer, and Kamie Lightburn
Dr, Richard O'Reilly
Dr. Richard O'Reilly
Princess Alexandra of Greece, Shafi Roepers, Alix Toub
Princess Alexandra of Greece, Shafi Roepers, and Alix Toub
Caryn Zucker, Mario Grauso
Caryn Zucker and Mario Grauso
Bronson Van Wyck, Andrew Frye, Brian Socia, Carolyn Sherrell
Bronson Van Wyck, Andrew Frye, Brian Socia, and Carolyn Sherrell
Frederick Anderson, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes
Frederick Anderson and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes
On Thursday, April 26, 2012, The New York Botanical Garden hosted its 20th Anniversary Antique Garden Furniture Show Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale in the Conservatory Tent, adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden. More than 800 guests from the philanthropic, interior and landscape design, architecture and art worlds gathered to gain early access to view and purchase the rare and coveted statues, urns, garden benches and more on display by over 30 of the nation’s leading experts in garden antiques and ornaments. Attendees also enjoyed a silent auction of one-of-a-kind plants, jewelry, garden décor, and other select items.
This year’s Preview Party Chairmen were Susan Burke, Barbara Cirkva Schumacher, and Mish Tworkowski. The Antique Garden Furniture Show Chairmen were Barbara Israel and Bunny Williams. The Chairmen’s Committee included Mrs. Timothy M. George, S. Christopher Meigher III, Amy Todd Middleton, Mrs. George B. Moore, Katie Ridder Pennoyer, and Suzanne Rheinstein. The Collectors’ Plant Sale Chairmen were James Benenson, Jr., Peter R. McQuillan, Marjorie G. Rosen, Joseph Singer, and Carmen M. Thain.

The Preview Party Designer Committee was chaired by renowned landscape architect Mario Nievera and event designer Renny Reynolds. Designer Committee members included celebrated names such as Jonathan Adler, Juan Montoya, Charlotte Frieze and Ann Pyne, among others. Throughout the party, guests had the opportunity to meet these designers and discuss garden architecture.
Proceeds from the event directly supported the work of the curators and gardeners who are responsible for making The New York Botanical Garden one of the most important horticultural showplaces in the world. The evening was the opening celebration to a weekend of wonderful Garden activities.

Attendees Included: Martha Stewart, Tory Burch, Bunny Williams, Barbara Israel, Barbara Cirvka Schumacher and John Schumacher, Coleman P. and Susan Burke, Mish Tworkowski, Mario Nievera, Gigi Mortimer, Kevin Sharkey, Elizabeth Pyne, Dara Caponigro, Charlotte Frieze, Juan Montoya and Urban Karlsson, Jeremy H. and Friederike Biggs, Jonathan C. and Whitney Clay, Amy Todd Middleton, Jacqueline and Mortimer Sackler, Fred and Suzanne Rheinstein, Ron Wendt, Gregory Long, Daisy Soros, and many more.
Tory Burch and Gigi Mortimer
Marjorie Rosen, Frances Coelho, and Julie Sakellariadis
Mish Tworkowski, Ray Attanasio, and Joseph Singer
Jerry Pasciucco, Judy Milne, Kelly Pasciucco, and Katie Ridder
Susan Matelich
Jane Gosden, Julie Utsch, and Gillian Steel
Henry Johnson, Caroline Wansler, and Stefano Aluffi
Julie Graham and Patty Fast
Linda and Robert Douglas
Anne Harrison and Gillian Steel
Anne Matthews and Bob Hardwick
Gregory Long, Kevin Shakey, and Martha Stewart
Mish Tworkowski, Amy Todd Middleton, and Bob Ireland
Collin and Katrina Stair
Mish Tworkowski and Valarie Rice
Dina and Robert Millard
Gregory Long
Mario Nievera and Mario Painho
Bunny Williams and John Rosselli
Urban Karlsson and Juan Montoya
Elizabeth Pyne
George Moore and Kathy Moore
Randy Holden and Emily Riddick
Margaret Falk, Eliot Nolan, and Roly Nolan
Beth Ram, Ashley Rittenmaier, and Mary Urban
Virgina Burt and Andrea Fahnestock
Kevin Sharkey and Martha Stewart
Barbara Cirkva Schumacher and John Schumacher
Jay Cantor and Catherine Singer
Barbara Israel, Bunny Williams, and Susan Burke
Ron Wendt and Robert Rufino
Coleman Burke and Fred Rheinstein
Jenny Philips and Judy Ann Stuart
Catherien Sweeny Singer and Barbara Israel
Gillian Steel, Anne Harrison, and Jane Gosden
Susan Burke and friends
Daisy Soros and Martha Stewart
Last Tuesday noon time the American Federation of Arts (AFA) hosted its annual Spring luncheon at the Colony Club with author Adam Gopnik as the speaker. Mr. Gopnik more than lived up to his reputation as an astute and witty speaker, speaking about his changing relationship to the art world.

The luncheon’s co-chairs were Clare McKeon, Elizabeth Rohatyn, and Capera Ryan. More than 90 attended including Olivia Chantecaille, Vanessa Cornell, Nathalie Kaplan, Jan Oresman, Elizabeth Sachs, Vicky Ward; museum directors Ruth Appelhof (Guild Hall) and AFA director Pauline Willis and AFA Board president Jason Herrick.

The AFA is a non-profit that organizes art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishes exhibition catalogues, and develops various educational programs. Its mission is to enrich the public’s experience of art and understanding of culture by organizing and traveling a diverse offering of exhibitions embracing all aspects of art history.
Michael Solovay, Martha Parker, Susan Solovay, and Adam Gopnik
Capera Ryan, Adam Gopnik, Clare McKeon, and Pauline Willis
Ruth Appelhof and Jeffrey Loewy
Jason Herrick and Jan Oresman
Vanessa Cornell and Olivia Chantecaille
Nathalie Kaplan and Clare McKeon
Linda Ash Ezesky and Susan Solovay
Carrie Wessel and Capera Ryan
Elaine Uzan Leary and Ann Kinney
Bj Topol and Vicky Ward
Barbara Lane and Adam Gopnik
Christine Harmon, Alexandra Doan Drucker, and Stephanie La Nasa
Elizabeth Sachs
Richard Lane
Tom Freudenheim, Alice Hunsberger, and Margot Linton
NancyJane Loewy, Patricia Farman-Farmaian, and Patricia Patterson
Samantha Hammer and Tasha Nagler
Margarita Aguilar and Louis Stern
Noah Horowitz and Elizabeth Klein
Davin Staats and Leanne Mella
Kristin Gish and Jennifer Cabot
Alexandra Doan Drucker and Junia Doan
Last Wednesday, the second edition of the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America's SpringShowNYC opened at the Park Avenue Armory.

The evening was sponsored by 1stdibs, to benefit the ASPCA. 63 top-tier dealers were showing an incredible array of art and antiques from antiquities through the 20th century. Honorary co-chairs were: Amy Fine Collins, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross. Co-chairs of the Connoisseurs Committee were: Michael Bruno, Mario Buatta, Robert Couturier, Celerie Kemble, Edward Lobrano, Brian McCarthy, Miles Redd, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Michael Smith, Bunny Williams, Vicente Wolf, and this writer.
Helen-Fioratti, L'Antiquaire & The Connoisseur
Emily Collins and Clinton Howell
Beth DeWoody
Serena Tufo, Carey Maloney, Hermes Mallea, and Stacy McLaughlin
Bernard Goldberg
Barbara Kemper Gross and Marilyn Neilson
Brian McCarthy
Jason Jaques
Stacy Bewkes, Beth McDonough, and Beth Brenner
Scott Nelson and Alex Papachristidis
Roric Tobin and Geoffrey Bradfield
David Garrard Lowe and Marcia Schaeffer
Carlos Falchi, Missy Falchi, and Mark Gilbertson
Lisa McCarthy and Michel Witmer
Wendy Moonan with Mark and Diana Jacoby
Anne Mezko and Mark Lyman
Barbara and Donald Tober
Edward and Priscilla Ullman
Evelyn Tompkins
Ilene Judell
Sten Axdorph and Inemar Akessom
DSC_2727-Darren Hennault, Karen Kreitsek
Carol Prisant
Anne Smithers and David Owsley
Michael Scalisi and Amy Fine Collins
Megan Houston, James Carter, Mary Helen McCoy, and Tammy Connor
Arie and Coco Kopelman
Audrey Gruss
Judith Bedard
Robert Couturier and Nazee Moinian
Duane Hampton and Edward Lee Cave
James Andrew
The twelfth annual YouthCare Spring Gala was held on Thursday, April 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. Nearly 950 guests celebrated the “spring” themed evening of dinner, mingling, and live and online auctions. A total of $1.1 million was raised to support YouthCare, a program at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children that helps children, teens and young adults with Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism and related profiles make social connections and develop independence.

Live and online auction items included a private jet to escort you and baseball great Curt Schilling to a day of golf at Merion Golf Club; sold-out tickets to see Madonna at TD Garden in a luxury box complete with food, drinks and parking pass; lunch or dinner with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and 3 of your closest friends to discuss the ultimate “Fantasy Football” strategy; an intimate dinner for 9 with Marc Hall Design and The Catered Affair complete will florals, candles, furniture, place setting and a gourmet meal to your liking; a Bruce Springsteen signed guitar and Saturday Night Live tickets.
Auctioneer Lenny Clarke
Bidding on golf with Curt Schilling
Guests included: Marlene and William Austen; Ann Marie and Daniel Gross; Terry and Tom Hamilton; Dr. D. Scott Mc Leod; Lyle Howland and Jack Manning; Kim and Eric Karofsky; Patti Kraft; Stephanie and David Long; Shonda and Curt Schilling, and Tim Sweeney.

Sponsors included: Hill Holliday; Liberty Mutual; McKinsey & Company; Summit Partners; Beach & Associates; Choate Hall & Stewart; Stephanie and David Long.

YouthCare is a highly successful therapeutically-based program that helps children, teens and young adults with Asperger’s syndrome and related challenges to develop social skills. Our participants receive therapeutic support through group participation in recreational, social and educational activities. At YouthCare we want to help our participants make the social connections and gain the independent living skills needed to achieve their full potential.
Curt and Shonda Schilling, event co-chairs
Terry and Tom Hamilton, event co-chairs
Stephanie and David Long, event co-chairs
Marlene and Dr. William Austen with Lenny Clarke
Dr. Peter L. Slavin, Karen Kaplan and Mike Sheehan
Jack Manning and Lyle Howland
Tim Sweeney and Dr. Scott Mc Leod
Stephanie Long and Terry Hamilton
Dr. Ronald Kleinman and wife Martha
Tom Hamilton playing with the Felix Peikli Trio and Lenny Clarke singing
The raffle table
Photographs by (SMSKCC; NYBG); (Spring Show); Julie Skarratt (AFA).
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