Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Spring symposiums, luncheons, and gala dinners

Guests at Cipriani on 42nd Street for NYU Langone Medical Center's annual Violet Ball.
The last day of April dawned clear and cool, and by midafternoon Fountain House had raised over one million dollars at its 9th annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon. The event, titled “The Changing Mind: Youth and Neuroplasticity,”was held at The Pierre, where more than 500 guests convened to honor Mark Vonnegut, MD – pediatrician, author and educator – who has lived with schizophrenia throughout his adult life. 

This yearly event was founded to advance community knowledge about mental illness and to reduce the associated stigma. Funds raised support the programs of Fountain House, one of the world’s leading mental health models, providing employment, education, and housing opportunities to people living with serious mental illness. This successful model has been replicated by hundreds of Fountain House programs serving tens of thousands of people worldwide.
Patricia Begley, Lynn Nicholas, Anne Mai, Lorna Hyde Graev, Kitty de Chazal, Alexandra Herzan
Patricia Begley, Lynn Nicholas, Anne Mai, Lorna Hyde Graev, Kitty de Chazal, and Alexandra Herzan
The Symposium featured a panel discussion geared to a lay audience about recent findings indicating that important regions of the human brain have the ability to develop and change, at least into a person’s twenties; this ability is termed neuroplasticity, and these findings hold possibilities for preventing or arresting mental disorders.The panelists, leaders in mental health research, treatment, and public policy, were: Joseph T. Coyle, MD, Eben S. Draper Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School; Brian D’Onofrio, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University; and Elyn Saks, JD, PhD, Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Prof. Saks chronicled her struggle with schizophrenia in the memoir The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness. Consuelo Mack, managing editor and anchor of “Consuelo Mack WealthTrack,” served as Master of Ceremonies.
Carl Tiedemann, Isabel Jasinowski, Kari Tiedemann, Stephanie Foster, Frances Beatty Adler, Allen Adler
Carl Tiedemann, Isabel Jasinowski, Kari Tiedemann, Stephanie Foster, Frances Beatty Adler, and Allen Adler
In accepting the Fountain House Humanitarian Award, Dr. Vonnegut inspired the guests as he spoke of his battle with mental illness and it was indeed affecting to hear of what he had faced on the journey to his eventual triumphs. The son of the late author Kurt Vonnegut, Dr. Vonnegut was diagnosed with schizophrenia not long after he graduated from college. He recovered sufficiently to receive an MD degree from Harvard Medical School, where he is currently an instructor of Pediatrics; he has a private pediatric practice in Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and son. Dr. Vonnegut’s 1975 memoir, The Eden Express, was cited by The New York Times as “required reading for those who want to understand insanity from the inside,” and in 2010 he authored a second memoir, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So.

Chairs for the event were: Patricia Begley, Kitty de Chazal, Lorna Hyde Graev, Alexandra A. Herzan, Anne Mai, Lynn Nicholas, PsyD. Program Chair: Andrea Roy. Corporate Chair: Kim S. Fennebresque, Dahlman Rose & Co.
Lorna Hyde Graev, Dr. Mark Vonnegut, Kenn Dudek
Lorna Hyde Graev, Dr. Mark Vonnegut, and Kenn Dudek
Mark Gilbertson, Kitty McKnight
Mark Gilbertson and Kitty McKnight
Among those attending: Allen Adler and Frances Beatty Adler, Courtney Allinson Arnot, Ann Barish, Debbie Bancroft, William C. Bartholomay, Cece Black, Deeda Blair, Susan Braddock, Susan Brody, Dana Buchman, Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Judy Cormier, Jackie Gosin, Jane C. Gould and Stephen Fillo, Rebecca de Kertanguy, Jackie and Nicholas Drexel, Charles Avery Fisher, Jane C. Gould and Stephen Fillo, Jacqueline Garrett, Mark Gilbertson, Betsy Gotbaum, Lorna and Larry Graev, Agnes Gund, Dr. Jimmie Holland, Joy Ingham, Isabel and Jerry Jasinowski, Mary Kalikow, Mariana Kaufman, Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels, Ginny and David Knott, Jo Carole Lauder, Jeanne Lawrence, Kate Lear, Rosemary and Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, Sharon Handler Loeb, Dr. Shari Lusskin, Kitty McKnight, Payne Middleton, Lynn and Nick Nicholas, Susan Nitze, Peggy and Marne Obernauer, Jr., Elena and Michael Patterson, Elizabeth Peabody, Emilia Saint-Amand, Zibby Tozer, Jean Shafiroff, Sydney Shuman, Kari and Carl Tiedemann, Elizabeth Watson, Baker Woolworth.

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Ann Barish, Jane Murray, Hannah Pakula
Ann Barish, Jane Murray, and Hannah Pakula
Jane Gould, Steve Fillo
Jane Gould and Steve Fillo
Amanda Haynes-Dale, Jeanne Lawrence
Amanda Haynes-Dale and Jeanne Lawrence
Dr. Joseph T. Coyle, Dr. Elyn Saks, Consuelo Mack, Dr. Brian D'Onofrio
Dr. Joseph T. Coyle, Dr. Elyn Saks, Consuelo Mack, and Dr. Brian D'Onofrio
Wendy Breck, Zibby Tozer
Wendy Breck and Zibby Tozer
Ingrid Edelman, Jane Soudavar
Ingrid Edelman and Jane Soudavar
Jacqueline Drexel, Nick Drexel, Kitty de Chazal
Jacqueline Drexel, Nick Drexel, and Kitty de Chazal
Willem de Vogel, Marion de Vogel
Willem de Vogel and Marion de Vogel
Sydney Shuman, Mark Gilbertson
Sydney Shuman and Mark Gilbertson
Rosemarie Lieberman, Deeda Blair
Rosemarie Lieberman and Deeda Blair
Elizabeth Peabody
Elizabeth Peabody
, Alexandra Herzan
Agnes Gund and Alexandra Herzan
Jackie Dekertanguy, Payne Middleton
Jackie Dekertanguy and Payne Middleton
Judy Price, Emilia Saint-Amand
Judy Price and Emilia Saint-Amand
Jessie Bard, Leslie Corwin, Lorna Hyde Graev, Larry Graev
Jessie Bard, Leslie Corwin, Lorna Hyde Graev, and Larry Graev
Jo Carole Lauder
Jo Carole Lauder
Mariana Kausman
Mariana Kaufman
Sharon Handler Loeb, CeCe Black
Sharon Handler Loeb and CeCe Black
Marne Obernauer, Peggy Obernauer
Marne Obernauer and Peggy Obernauer
Diane van Amerongen, Helen Evarts
Diane van Amerongen and Helen Evarts
Louise Ross, Larry Graev, Ann Barish
Louise Ross, Larry Graev, and Ann Barish
Patricia Begley, Catherine Adler
Patricia Begley and Catherine Adler
Fernanda Kellogg
Fernanda Kellogg
John Macaskill, Kitty de Chazal, Guy de Chazal
John Macaskill, Kitty de Chazal, and Guy de Chazal
Marjorie Reed Gordon, Barbara Tober
Marjorie Reed Gordon and Barbara Tober
Jean Shafiroff
Jean Shafiroff
Nicholas Ratut, Suzanne Hoyt
Nicholas Ratut and Suzanne Hoyt
?, Annette Tappert
Annette Tapert
This past Monday night, the NYU Langone Medical Center raised $4.2 million at its annual Violet Ball, held at Cipriani on 42nd Street. This year’s honorees were Marica Vilcek and Jan Vilcek, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Microbiology at NYU School of Medicine. The Vilceks have generously given more than $120 million to NYU School of Medicine to fund scholarships, research, and the new medical student residence hall. Their ongoing support is an outward display of their deep gratitude for the many opportunities the Medical Center has provided Dr. Vilcek as his intellectual home.

Each year the Violet Ball celebrates NYU Langone’s continuing tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. Funds raised are used to advance the Medical Center’s bold vision and strengthen its role as a rich resource for the diverse communities of New York and beyond.
John Sexton, president of NYU; Robert Berne, MD; Martin Lipton; Ken Langone; Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO NYU Langone; Sue Boddu; Jason Theobald; Marica Vilcek; and Jan Vilcek, MD, PhD
Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO NYU Langone, Marica Vilcek, Jan Vilcek, MD, PhD, Elaine Langone, and Ken Langone
Guests in attendance at this year’s Violet Ball included: Anne Akers Benvenuto, Art Benvenuto, Denise Benmosche, William and Marjorie Berkley, Dr. Robert Berne and Shelley Berne, Tony and Carol Carbonetti, Dr. Elisabeth Cohen, Carol Feinberg, Lori and Laurence Fink, Lola Finkelstein, Dr. Max Gomez, Trudy and Robert Gottesman, George and Lori Hall, Sylvia Hassenfeld, Irma and Andrew Hilton, Helen Kimmel, Elaine Langone, Larry and Dalia Leeds, Martin Lipton, Vivian and Edward Merrin, Sandy Meyer, Patty Newburger, John Sexton, president of New York University, Norma and Gordon Smith, Robin Smith, MD, MBA, Sam and Nancy Sutton, Alice and Tom Tisch, Billie Tisch, Brad Wechsler, and Anthony Welters.

Kenneth G. Langone, chair of the Board of Trustees at NYU Langone, was Gala Chair, and Dean Grossman was Physician Committee Chair of the event.

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Denise Benmosche and Nieca Goldberg, MD
Dr. Max Gomez and Alexandra Kindler-Mulitz
Harvey Dale and Helen Kimmel
John Sexton, president of NYU, and Billie Tisch
Laurence and Lori Fink
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman, Billie Tisch, Robert Gottesman, and Alice Tisch
Sylvia Hassenfeld and Lola Finkelsteins
Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO NYU Langone and Elisabeth Cohen, MD
Last Wednesday over 1,000 people gathered at the The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Gala, raising $2.65 million to benefit children’s programs for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Held at the Waldorf Astoria, the rooms décor was designed by world renowned event designer, Preston Bailey. The feel for the evening was whimsical and child-like with a carousel made of roses and beautiful rose center pieces shaped to look like delicious cakes.
Floral Center Pieces in Waldorf Astoria Ballroom Designed by Preston Bailey
Brooklyn Youth Choir
Famed Rock and Roll Band, Chicago
The evening opened with a special performance by the Brooklyn Youth Choir and Entertainment for the evening was provided by the legendary rock band Chicago. In attendance were Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford, clothing designer Lisa Perry, CNBC Anchor Maria Bartiromo, and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

The first course of the night’s meal began with a lobster tail, cilantro mango salad with micro basil & crispy ginger and a coconut lobster sauce. The entrée was a roasted breast of lemon thyme chicken with sides of sweet pea risotto, Confit grape tomatoes, and asparagus. Topping off the meal, guests enjoyed a decadent chocolate raspberry cadeau, a flourless cake, raspberry gelee and chocolate mousse, topped with fresh raspberries and a Muroise sauce.
Laura Forese, M.D.
Lisa Perry
Ellen Corwin and Steven Corwin, M.D.
Vivian Milstein
Kelly Rutherford and Christopher Barley, M.D.
Herbert Pardes, M.D., Nancy Wexler, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Anna Kelly, M.D. and Robert Kelly, M.D.
Gerald Loughlin, M.D., and Lawrence Stanberry, M.D.
Maria Bartiromo
Esra Munnell and Dana Buckman
Pamela Gallin, M.D.
Allan Stewart, M.D. and Donatella Arpaia
Zoe Cruz and John Mack
Catching up. The American Academy in Rome’s Tribute Dinner took place April 25th at The Plaza. The Academy celebrated the Arts and Humanities by honoring artist William Kentridge, RAAR’11 and theatre director Peter Sellars for their contributions to art and culture.

More than 230 attended, and the Academy raised in excess of $750,000 for its mission in support of artists and scholars. John Guare was Master of Ceremonies, while Brazilian opera star Paulo Szot introduced William Kentridge and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison presented Peter Sellars.
Dinner at The Plaza Hotel
Alice Waters, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Rea Hederman, Angela Hederman, and Peter Sellars
The event was hosted by Mercedes Bass, with special guests including Nancy Kissinger, Chuck Close, Fred Wilson, Anna Bulgari, Joel Shapiro, Angela and Rea Hederman, Alice Waters, Paul LeClerc, Richard Meier, Michael Graves, Thom Mayne, Morley Safer, Barbara Goldsmith, Lynn Nesbit and John Guare. 
Anna Cugini
Elizabeth O'Brian and Gerald Katell
Mercedes Bass
Adele Chatfield-Taylor and Peter Sellars
Michael Graves and Minxia Lin
Benedict Campbell, Joseph Huang, and Caroline Jennings
Alice Waters and Peter Sellars
Chuck Close
Maira Kalman, Alice Waters, and Adele Chatfield-Taylor
Toni Morrison and Peter Sellars
William Kentridge and Mercedes Bass
Nancy Kissinger
Hawthorne Hart and friend
Pat Oleszko
Morley and Jane Safer
Richard Meier and Thom Mayne
Paulo Szot, William Kentridge, and Robert Storr
Peter and Susan Nitze
Nancy Novogrod, Jamie Figg, and friend
William Kentridge, Anne Stanwix, and Milena Sales
Catching up. On a Thursday late last month, more than 250 friends of God’s Love We Deliver gathered at the Ninth Annual Authors in Kind literary luncheon at The Pierre. They were marking the end of the 25th anniversary of God’s Love We Deliver which was launched at last year’s luncheon. 

Board Member, author extraordinaire and Authors In Kind founder, Linda Fairstein, emceed. The guest authors each took the podium to share anecdotes and remarks about their work to the delight of all. The authors also signed books before and after the event, meeting and greeting guests and fans. 
David Ludwigson and Linda Fairstein
This year’s authors included:

Linda Fairstein - Author of the Alex Cooper crime novel series, Linda is supporting the 14th book in her series, Night Watch.

Adam Gopnik - Writer for The New Yorker and author of The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food.

Michael Connelly - Internationally #1 best-selling crime novelist and author of The Drop, the latest in the Harry Bosch series.

Harry Belafonte - Legendary activist, performer and author of his memoir, My Song.

It was a delightful luncheon on a spring afternoon during which a great deal of money was raised for a very important cause.
Harry Belafonte
Lesley Stahl
Michael Connelly
Alan Rogers, David Ludwigson, and Sean Driscoll
Erik Bottcher and Scott Bruckner
Fern Mallis, Blaine Trump, and Rebecca Bond
Fern Mallis, David Sheppard, and Ann Moore
Karen Pearl, Steve Simon, and Blaine Trump
Lawrence Lewis, Vicki Schade, and Hajime Fukuju
Phil Geier, Jon Bond, and Michael Sennott
Sam Green and Chris Lacovara
Stephen Covello, Karen Bdera, and T.J. Luty
Sylvia Vogelman and Adam Gopnik
The Honorable Cy Vance and Michael Connelly
More catching up: The 7th annual Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. National Physician of the Year Awards took place on the evening of this past March 26th 2012 at The Pierre. The Awards recognize and honor five exemplary physicians, as well as the many thousands of other excellent physicians practicing in communities throughout the United States. The evening began at 6:30PM with cocktails followed by dinner and the awards presentation. The recipient physicians are nationally recognized leaders and contributors in their specialties. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded for a lifetime of dedication to research and practice in their respective fields. This year, the awards were presented to:

Dr. John J. Connolly, Marlo Thomas, and John K. Castle
Robert L. Brent, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology and Pathology; Louis and Bess Stein Professor of Pediatrics - Jefferson Medical College; Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

John G. Clarkson, M.D., Dean Emeritus and Professor of Ophthalmology; Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute; Department of Ophthalmology - Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami

The Clinical Excellence Award, recognizing physicians who exemplify excellence in clinical medical practice, was presented to: Richard L. Edelson, M.D., Aaron B. and Marguerite Lerner Professor of Dermatology; Chairman, Department of Dermatology - Yale School of Medicine
Susan Mackinnon, M.D., Sydney M. Shoenberg, Jr. and Robert H. Shoenberg Professor; Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Washington University School of Medicine at Barnes- Jewish Hospital

John Magaña Morton, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., Section Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgery;  Director, Bariatric Surgery & Surgical Quality Stanford School of Medicine - Stanford University Medical Center
Dr. Steve Salvatore, John K. Castle, Dr. Richard Edelson, Dr. John Magaña Morton, Marlo Thomas, Dr. Robert Brent, Dr. Susan Mackinnon, Dr. John Clarkson, and Dr. John J. Connolly.
The National Health Leadership Award is awarded to a non-physician to recognize their outstanding dedication and work with an organization which has heightened the awareness for the need of support and research for that specific cause. Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital received this year’s National Health Leadership Award. 

Making the presentations were: John K. Castle, Chairman, and John J. Connolly, Ed.D., President and CEO, of Castle Connolly Medical LtdWilliam Liss-Levinson, Ph.D., Vice President, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and Jean Morgan, M.D., Vice President, Chief Medical & Research Officer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. were among the Awards Presenters for the evening.  Dr. Steve Salvatore, host of “Dr. Steve,” Tribune’s nationally syndicated TV show, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Glenn Morton, Gavitt Woodard, Dr. John Magaña Morton, and Elba Morton.
Dr. Alec Patterson and Dr. Susan Mackinnon. Dr. John Clarkson and Diana Clarkson.
John K. Castle, Phil Donahue, Marlo Thomas, and Dr. John J. Connolly.
Hans Wilhelm, Judy Henderson, and Dr. Richard Edelson.
Ingrid Connolly, Dr. Jim Sullivan, Judy Pilger, and Dr. John Connolly.
Ingrid Connolly, Dr. Jordan Josephson, Dr. Jay Adlersberg, Dr. Sandra Gelbard, and Dr. Stuart Orsher.
Photographs by Jon Simon & Jay Brady (NYU); Mary Hilliard (ACR) (Fountain House)
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