Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A New York Love Affair

Lawrence LaRose, Susan Lamontagne, David Lamontagne, Monica Lamontagne, Raymond A. Lamontagne, Nicole Lamontagne, and Cynthia Lamontagne at New York City Center’s Gala.
Last Thursday New York City Center held its annual gala entitled A BED AND A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair. Cocktails at City Center were followed by a performance of the new Stephen Sondheim/Wynton Marsalis show, A Bed and A Chair: A New York Love Affair, starring Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimée and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. 470 people attended the post-show dinner at The Plaza, and $1,825,000 was raised.

The evening honored City Center’s outgoing Board Chairman, Raymond A. Lamontagne. Gala Chairs were Bobbie and Lew Frankfort, Patricia and Jesse Lovejoy, Perry and Marty Granoff, Stacey and Eric Mindich, and Lisa and Richard Witten. 

Guests included Adrienne Arsht, Fred Wilpon, Ellen and James Marcus, Alexander Bernstein, Douglas Cramer, Hugh Bush, Barbara J. Fife, Cathie Black, Marlene Hess, Dina Merrill, Ted Hartley, Lewis Lapham, Patsy Glazer, Richard Mittenthal, Marnie Pillsbury, Fred Seegal, Lisa and David Schiff, Stephen Sondheim, Laurie Tisch, Dolores Wharton, Brian Williams, Ted Chapin, Ellen Levine, Ann Strickland Squadron, Wynton Marsalis, Brian Williams, Maurice DuBois, Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis and Jeremy Jordan.
Arlene Shuler, President & CEO of New York City Center and Raymond A. Lamontagne, Chairman Emeritus of New York City Center and the Gala's Honoree
Arlene Shuler, President & CEO of New York City Center, Jeanette Loeb, Board Member of New York City Center, and Donna Rosen
Bernadette Peters and Stephen Sondheim
Betsy Bacon, Patricia Lovejoy, Board Member of New York City Center, Sherry Koplin, Cary Koplin, and Michael Bacon
Bill and Angela Haines
Cathy Bern and Stacy Bash Polley, Board Member of New York City Center
Chase Brock and Rob Berman
Cyrille Aimée, Jeremy Jordan, and Parker Esse
Gail Maidman
Tim McClimon and Suzanne Berman
James and Kedakai Lipton
Jeff Romley, Stephen Sondheim, Mary Jo Shen, and Ted Shen
Jonathan LaPook, Barbara Zalaznick, and Kate Lear
Joseph Thalken and Oskar Eustis
Lisa and David Schiff
Michael Casey and Bernadette Peters
Norm Lewis and Brian Williams
Norm Lewis, Elizabeth Parkinson, Cyrille Aimée, and Parker Esse
Paula and Ira Resnick, Board Member of New York City Center
Reggie Powe and Bobbie Frankfort, Board Member of New York City Center
Stephanie and Fred Shuman, Board Member of New York City Center, and Linda Viertel
Victor and Susan Shedlin
William Ivey Long, Adrienne Arsht, and Ted Chapin, Board Member of New York City Center
Wynton Marsalis, Melanie Shorin, John Arnhold, and Bob Appel
NYU Langone Medical Center’s Musculoskeletal Ball raised more than $2 million at its annual fundraiser held on November 12, 2013 at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. The event honored Frank Schwab, MD, chief, Spinal Deformity, Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone (HJD), and Barbara G. Novick, vice chairman of BlackRock, and was chaired by Gary D. Cohn, president and COO of Goldman Sachs, NYU Langone trustee, and chair of the Musculoskeletal Advisory Board.

Each year the eventraises funds to help the medical center improve the quality of life for people with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders by advancing research and clinical care. Additionally, contributions enable NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD), the Center for Musculoskeletal Care (CMC), and Rusk Rehabilitation to continue the medical center’s vital role as an international leader in orthopaedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation medicine. The medical center again received top 10 rankings in these specialty areas on the 2013-2014 U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” in America.
Steve Abramson, MD, Andrew Rosenberg, MD, Steve Flanagan, MD, Isabella Rossellini, Frank Schwab, MD, Joe Zuckerman, MD
Those in attendance included: Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, and Elisabeth Cohen, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center Board Chair Ken Langone and Elaine Langone, Lisa Pevaroff and Gary Cohn, Barbara and Barry Novick, Frank Schwab, MD, Isabella Rossellini, Janette and Armen Avanessians, Patricia Dugan-Perlmuth and William Perlmuth, Charles Hallac, Richard Kushel, Ellen and Jim Riley, Jr., Alex Sapir, and Kathryn Wylde.

Musculoskeletal experts at NYU Langone offer the full spectrum of integrated musculoskeletal care, including orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, imaging, and pain management, to provide coordinated, comprehensive diagnostics and treatments for patients. To find an NYU Langone doctor, call 888.769.8633 or visit
Anthony Viscogliosi and Uma Sinha
Barbara Novick and Richard Prager
Charles and Sarah Hallac
Joseph Zuckerman, MD, and William Perlmuth
Elaine and Ken Langone
Janette and Armen Avanessians
Lisa Pevaroff and Gary Cohn
Mindy Nam and Mark Dehnert
Jim Riley Jr. and Ellen Riley
Robert I. Grossman, MD, and guest speaker Isabella Rossellini
Sarah and David Fiszel
The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) celebrated its 26th anniversary with A Starlit Evening honoring Carolina Herrera, Morgan Stanley and the Ford Foundation at the Waldorf Astoria Starlight Rooftop on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

NYWF President & CEO Ana L. Oliveira, NYWF Board Chair Anne E. Delaney and NYWF Board Member Diana Taylor were united with leaders in the worlds of fashion, finance and philanthropy under a shared mission to improve the lives of women and families in New York City. Those in attendance included legendary fashion designer & NYWF honoree Carolina Herrera and her husband Reinaldo Herrera Guevara, The Aspen Institute President & CEO Walter Issacson and his wife and new NYWF Board Member Cathy Issacson, Bezos Family Foundation Co-Founders Jackie and Mike Bezos, CNBC’s Fast Money host Melissa Lee, Women’s Prize for Fiction winner A. M. Homes, Model Sandor Johnson and Service Women’s Action Network Executive Director & Co-Founder Anu Bhagwati, as well as Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, who each accepted the evenings honors on behalf of their respective organizations.
Darren Walker, Diana Taylor, Carolina Herrera, Anne Delaney, and Ana Oliveira
Anne E. Delaney welcomed guests to the annual fall gala on behalf of The New York Women’s Foundation.
Diana Taylor then took the stage to present the first award of the evening to fashion designer Carolina Herrera for her philanthropic endeavors and entrepreneurship in the fashion industry and beyond for over three decades.
Herrera graciously accepted the award, calling it a great honor to support NYWF and its mission to empower women and provide them with the tools needed to succeed.

Taylor then returned to the stage to deliver a special proclamation to the New York Women’s Foundation on behalf of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
BreíAnn Newsome and Ana Oliveira
Anu Bhagwati and Ruth Porat
The New York Women’s Foundation® has worked hard to make New York a better place and ensure it remains a city of possibility for us all. This evening’s gala is a wonderful chance to not only raise support for this outstanding organization, but also to recognize several of its supporters for their unwavering dedication to the foundation’s mission: Carolina Herrera; Ruth Porat and Morgan Stanley; and Darren Walker and the Ford Foundation. Together, we celebrate everything that women contribute to the five boroughs each day and look forward to a stronger, more equitable future for all New Yorkers.

Now therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 14, 2013, in the City of New York as: “New York Women’s Foundation Day.”
Following an elegant dinner service, Ana L. Oliveira took the stage to welcome young poet Bre’Ann Newsome, a participant of NYWF grantee partner Girls Write Now. Bre’Ann shared an inspiring poem she authored through Girls Write Now’s program, which is supported by NYWF and the Ford Foundation. Together, Oliviera and Newsome presented Ford Foundation President Darren Walker with an award honoring the Ford Foundation for their significant contributions to the New York philanthropic arena.

Anu Bhagwati, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Service Women’s Action Network, another of NYWF’s grantee partners, then presented the final award of the evening to Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat, who accepted the award honoring Morgan Stanley for their two decades of philanthropic leadership and support of The New York Women’s Foundation.
Over the past twenty-six years, the NYWF has raised and invested some $33 million to over 280 women-led, nonprofit organizations, improving the lives of 5.4 million women and girls in New York City; 81% of those nonprofits that have received NYWF investment are successful and still thriving today. The NYWF continues to distribute some $5.25 million supporting more than 90 community-based organizations in New York City and works to improve the lives of women and families in all five boroughs.

For further information about the New York Women’s Foundation, visit,
Ana Oliveira, Ruth Porat, Susan Cullman, and LaShawn Jefferson
Ruth Porat
Carolina Herrera
Walter Isaacson, Cathy Isaacson, Regan Solmo, and Geoff Brewer
Walter Isaacson, Cathy Isaacson, Regan Solmo, and Geoff Brewer
Susan Cullman and Kathryn Weill
Reinaldo Herrera and Carolina Herrera
Alexandra Lind Rose and Dana Auslander
Ana Oliveira, Andrea Shapiro Davis, Gail Nayowith, Larian Angelo, and Lilliam Barrios Paoli
Jeff Peek, Melissa Lee, and Liz Peek
A. M. Homes
Ann Rapp
Lucia Hwong Gordon, Joyce Cowin, Philip Buckner, and Jean Shafiroff
Dan Werner and Sandor Johnson
Jackie Bezos and Sherry Westin
Christodora held its annual Christodora Campfire Dinner and Auction on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at the JW Marriott Essex House on Central Park South. The evening featured a sit-down dinner with multiple speakers, as well as a silent and live auction. The evening generated over $275,000 of proceeds that will benefit Christodora's environmental and leadership programs.

Following a brief cocktail hour in the gilded Grand Salon, Christodora's Executive Director Judith Rivkin greeted 300+ guests over dinner, introducing several Christodora students who shared their personal and inspiring stories about the organization.
During dinner, Pamela Manice, currently on Christodora's Board of Directors, presented Christodora Alumni Aaliyah Bell and Alyssa Strykers, with the evening's honoree awards. Each young recipient shared how their own unique Christodora campfire experiences, that helped shape their lives today and are inspiring their plans for the future. In addition, Shyamli and Robert Milam, were presented with the Spirit of Christodora Award, for their support of the organization's mission to create educational opportunities for students that inspire a passion for the outdoors.
Highlights of the lively auction included: winter getaways, sports tickets and VIP tickets to some of New York's most popular, taped, shows. Guests also made donations to fund field trips from public schools to Christodora's wilderness camp; scholarships for students in the summer; and supplies for the students' ecology studies, such as microscopes, sleeping bags and waders.

Following the dinner and auction, the Christodora Jr. Committee kept the festivities going by hosting an after party, with over 100 young supporters in the ornate Art Deco room of the Essex House. The party featured its own fundraising raffle, light hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and live tunes by DJs Bayside and Discogo that had the crowd dancing the night away.
Aaliyah Bell and Pamela Manice
Event Co-Chairs included Lisa Garson and Raymond DiPrinzio, Laurie Keith, Matthew Koven, Eliza Leach, Emily Manice, Harriet Manice, Pamela Manice, Emilie Mittiga, Cecilia Artacho Oh and Kenney Oh, Tatiana Pouschine, Kristin Sundberg, Eva Pomice Timerman and Javier Timerman, Danielle Wiedemann, and Executive Director Judith Rivkin.

Jr. Committee attendees included Matthew Beatus, Rebecca Davison, Hallie Davison, Alex Garson, Anna Irwin, Genevieve Irwin, Laurie Keith, Matthew Koven, Christine Layng, Jessica and Jeffrey Larson, Eliza and David Leach, Emily Manice, Harriet Manice, Kristin Sundberg and Tara Vohra.
Osman Hussein, Laurie Keith, Nicole Quinn, Erin Donahue, and Tracy Johnson
Christodora works with New York's less-privileged, urban youth to develop environmental awareness, leadership skills and academic success through stimulating educational and outdoor programs. The organization reaches 2,000 mixed-income students each year, in the sixth through the twelfth grades - three-quarters of whom have never been outside of their city walls before. Programs take place during and after school in partnership with the New York City's parks, museums, and schools. In addition, the organization's wilderness programs take the students out of the city, on weekends and during school vacations, to the Manice Education Center in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1897, Christodora's programs have grown exponentially since its modest beginnings, where the organization sponsored social and cultural activities, such as George Gershwin's first public concert in 1914.
George W. Gowen, Jennifer Misbrenner, and Toni DuBrul
Harriet Manice, Marc Lewenstein, and Pamela Manice
Harriet Manice and guests
Judith Rivkin, Richard Pretsfelder, and Lisa Garson
Dilip Advani, Christopher McKenzie, and Andrea Heydlauff
Marcia Gowen, honoree Aaliyah Bell, and George W. Gowen
Rick Werwaiss, Tracy Flynn, and Peter Lang
Lilianna Vaamonde and Lisa Garson
Laurie Keith, Mercedes Barba, and Harriet Manice
Stephen Payne and friend
Honoree Alyssa Strykers with Estelle Strykers, and Merritt Jones
Judy and David Fleischer
Chad Steinglass
Christine Layng and Tara Vohra
Ellen and Thomas McPartland
Laurie Keith, Matthew Beatus, Kristin Sundberg, and Tory Williams
Harold Kwalwasser and Danielle Wiedemann
DJs Jordan Carter, James Dickerson, and Connor Sullivan
Eliza Davison Leach, Laurie Keith, Emily Manice, Harriet Manice, and Angel Vail
Christodora students
The French Heritage Society (FHS) hosted its Annual Fall Gala Dinner Dance at the Metropolitan Club on Wednesday, November 13th. The fete celebrated Provence and Marseille in honor of their being named the 2013 European Capital of Culture.

The glamorous black tie affair was held under the gracious patronage of His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the U.S., The Honorable Bertrand Lortholary and Mrs. Laurence Mezin, Consul Generals of France in New York, and Antonin and Berenice Baudry, Cultural Counselors of the French Embassy. The night featured cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a seated dinner, dancing and live musical entertainment by The Bob Hardwick Sound. Proceeds from the event will help FHS grants to restore French architectural gems and to educate students, young professionals and the general public about these historic treasures.
Austrid Stanfield, Elizabeth Stribling, Ann Van Ness, and Susan Baker
FHS Chairman Elizabeth Stribling, FHS President Count Denis de Kergorlay and Gala Chairmen CeCe Black, Jean Shafiroff, Ann Van Ness, Kazie Harvey and Deborah Royce welcomed over 200 guests including Barbara de Portago, Hunt Slonem, Michel Witmer, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and designer Victor de Souza, whose gowns were worn by more than one guest. A slew of lovely ladies, including Barbara Regna, Alessandra Emanuel, and Kiera Rumbugh, whose brother Cole Rumbough performed later in the evening, tried on the over a million dollars worth of Sintessi jewels by designer Michel Piranesi, who had donated a pair of 18 carat white gold earrings for the auction. Following the sit down dinner and live auction, guests then kicked up their heels to celebrate all things French.
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Jean Shafiroff, Cece Black, and Deborah Royce
French Heritage Society was founded in 1982 as a two way street for Americans and French to share their love of historic architecture. FHS has contributed to over 500 restoration grants and helped secure over $19 million dollars for historic monuments, buildings and gardens in every department in France and to properties in the United States that reflect France¹s historic influence. FHS has intervened after numerous natural disasters such as the 1999 storms in France and Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina in the U.S. FHS also organizes unique student internship opportunities in both countries and offers enriching cultural trips in France and the U.S. for its members. There are 13 Chapters in the United States and one in Paris. For more information regarding FHS, please visit
Alessandra Emanuel, Michel Piranesi, and Barbara Regna
Hunt Slonem and Liliana Cavendish
Kiera Rumbough and Cole Rumbough
Michelle-Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Jennifer Piranesi, Michel Piranesi, and Liliana Cavendish
Joy Marks, Alex Donner, and Valerie Lettan
Kamie Lightburn and Michel Witmer
Denis de Kergorlay, Christina Sayare, and Mitch Sayare
Bill Van Ness and Ann Van Ness
Jon Heinemann and Michelle-Michelle-Marie Heinemann
Joan's Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC) started its second decade of funding innovative lung cancer research by raising over $1.35 million at its annual "Strolling Supper with Blues and News" on Wednesday, November 13th.

More than 700 guests gathered at Gotham Hall in Manhattan to celebrate the gala's 11th year and support the efforts of the partners and doctors who have tirelessly raised awareness and pursued a cure for the nation's deadliest cancer. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a silent auction packed with luxury items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, a rousing performance by Grammy award winning blues artist Delbert McClinton, and savory food and cocktails. Host Brian Williams of NBC and emcee Bill Ritter of WABC led the guests through the evening.
Host of the evening Brian Williams
Melissa Greenwald and Mitti Liebersohn
Carolyn Malinsky, Strolling Supper event co-chairm, Randie Malinsky, and Aaron Malinsky
Nadine and Arthur Waldbaum
Ronald Sernau, UALC Board Member; Ray Chalmé, UALC Board Member, Mary Ann Tighe, UALC President, and Roxanne Donovan, Strolling Supper event co-chair, UALC Board Member
Dr. David Hidalgo, UALC Board Member, Pavi Lawson, Kimberly Tighe, and Aaron Tighe, UALC Board Member
Bill Ritter of WABC-TV, emcee for the evening
Dr. Marc Ladanyi, Memorial Sloan Kettering and Dr. Mark Kris, Memorial Sloan Kettering
Hy Chalmé, Robin Chalmé, Vanessa and Ray Chalmé, and James and Amy Haber
Mickey Conlon & Tom Postilio of CORE and stars of HGTV's Selling New York
Thomas Scarangello, UALC Board Member and Mary Ann Tighe, UALC President
Alycia Randise, Roxanne Donovan (UALC Board Member), Alyson Grala, and Lindsay Church (all Great Ink Communications)
Grammy award winning blues artist Delbert McClinton and singer Caroline Jones

Photographs by Stephanie Berger (City Center); Patrick McMullan, James Edstrom, and Annie Watt (NYWF); Ed Lederman & Yvette D'Elia (Joan's Legacy).