Monday, December 23, 2013

A Ripple of Hope

Charles Grodin, Cheryl Hines, Catherine Keener, Sam Waterston, Julianna Margulies, Kate Mulgrew, and Tony Lo Bianco on stage at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2013 Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic gathered for their annual Winter Benefit. Over 200 guests attended and $80,000 was raised for the Philharmonic. The evening began with a cocktail reception at Badgley Mischka and concluded with dinner and dancing at Doubles. NY Philharmonic Executive Director attended cocktails along with designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka.

New York Philharmonic Chairman Gary Parr and Stephanie Sirota, Board Member and Chairman of the Benefit Committee, welcomed guests and introduced Philharmonic musicians Pascual Martínez Forteza and Yoobin Son who gave a festive chamber performance.

Benefit Committee Chairmen for the event were Jason and Mary Dillow, Christopher George, Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons, Laura and Ben Harris, Sandra L. Kozlowski, Justin R. Kush, Blair Endresen Métrailler, Stefan Nowicki, Alexandra Caroline Porter, Mae R. Rogers, Stephanie A. Sirota, and Jill and Christopher Wight.
Executive Director Matthew VanBeisen, Mark Badgley, Rosie VanBesien, and James Mischka
Justin Kush and Matthew VanBesien
Kate Ferreira and Jan Concilio
Mark Badgley, Stephanie Sirota, and Matthew VanBesien
Mark Gilberton, Allison Hennessy, Eden Taylor, and Philip Gaucher
Mark Gilbertson and Sarah Jane Gibbons
Yoobin Son and Pascual Martinez-Forteza
Gary Parr speaks during dinner
Bettina Bennett and Gordon Beck
Alexandra Caroline Porter
Barbara Regna and Sandra Kozlowski
Chappy and Melissa Morris
Fatima Sanandaji
Edouard and Blair Metrailler
Philip Gaucher, Angus Birchall, and Jordan Nystrom
Sandra Kozlowski and Pablo Ogarrio
Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons
Valarie Lettan
Lizzy Brown and Victor Geraci
Gary Parr and Stefan Nowicki
Melissa Morris
On a cold New York evening in December, UN Women for Peace hosted a discussion on the global need to end violence against women at a private club on the Upper East Side.

The event featured opening remarks by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Patron of UN Women For Peace. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek delivered a passionate plea for the rights’ of women saying, “violence against women is a violation of human rights. It may be universal, but it is not inevitable. It can be stopped.”

The panel was moderated by Fox News’ Uma Pemmaraj, which included three remarkable women Cindy Dyer (Vice President of Human Rights at Vital Voices), Aldijana Sisic (UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women) and Manda Zand Ervin (Alliance of Iranian Women). Ms. Ervin shocked to the room when she told the 90 guests that the “Islamic Council had legalizing pedophilia that afternoon. Men can now legally marry their adopted daughters. Iran is now a gender-apartheid state.”
Manda Zand Ervin, Cindy Dyer, and Aldijan Sisic
Guests included: Carole Acunto, Keiko Ono Aoki, Carl Adams, Paul Austin, Jean-Christophe Bas, Geoffrey Bradfield, Kendra Bridelle, Giancarlo Bruno, Sharon Bush, Eileen Butler, Jessica DeMarco, Katie Dervishi, Wendy Diamond, Daniella Diserens, Jean-Pierre Diserens, Paula Carlton Evans, Nicola Hewitt, Deirdre Imus, Lucia Kaiser, Audrey Latourette, Marcia Mintz, Sam Munshani, Valdona Neritani, Nicole Rhodes, Gaynor Shaw, Linda Silverman, Steven Tanger, Roric Tobin, Emmie Twombly, Melek Verbay, Carole Bellidora Westfall, Julie Weindling, Barbara Winston, and Jacqueline Wolfson.
Ban Soon-taek, Sam Munshani, and Muna Rihani al Nasser
UN Women for Peace’s chairwoman, Muna Rihani al Nasser, announced the organization’s plans to host their second annual March in March in celebration of International Women’s Day, which will be at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday March 7, 2014.

UN Women for Peace will host over 500 attendees at a private luncheon and public march and rally to raise further awareness to end violence against women.  

Luncheon guests will join hundreds of supporters inside the United Nations Headquarters’ Gates and marching through the UN Park to Dag Hammarskjold Park.
Nicola Hewitt, Uma Pemmaraju, Manda Zand Ervin, Ban Soon-taek, Aldijan Sisic, and Muna Rihani al Nasser
Last year celebrities that attended the march and rally included Christy Turlington Burns, Nana Meriwether (Miss USA 2012), Monique Coleman, Alexandra Richards, Kelly Rutherford and Susan Sarandon.

UN Dignitaries attended included H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek (wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon), Muna Rihani Al-Nasser (Chairman, UNWomen for Peace and wife of Ambassador Nassir Al-Nasser), Lakshmi Puri (Deputy Executive Director, of UNWomen), & H.E. Ms. Rosemary A. DeCarlo  (US Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations) and many other ambassadors and their wives.

A special message from Malala Yousafzai was read by Susan Sarandon. The video of her message was broadcasted nationally.
Paula Carlton Evans and Jean-Christophe Bas
Marcia Mintz and Manda Zand Ervin
UN Women for Peace, founded in 2008, under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek aims at promoting and advancing the goals of UN agencies whose missions are to provide opportunities for women through social, cultural, educational and empowerment programs while partaking in a global peace building process.

UN Women for Peace is focused on supporting and funding UN humanitarian programs for women in developing countries and countries in conflict. Since its inception, UN Women for Peace has sponsored scholarships to benefit underprivileged women to study at the University for Peace.
Uma Pemmaraju, Manda Zand Ervin, Ban Soon-taek, Cindy Dyer, Aldijan Sisic, and Muna Rihani al Nasser
UN Women for Peace is also proud to support the UN Women Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The Trust Fund, established by the UN General Assembly in 1996, assists efforts to prevent violence against women and girls, provides services to those affected by violence and strengthens the implementation of laws and policies on violence against women and girls. The Trust Fund is particularly concerned with ending violence against women in countries of conflict, post-conflict and transitional settings. The Trust Fund also invests, through its partners, in long-term solutions for a world free of violence. UN Women for Peace’s contributions to the Trust Fund directly fund these efforts.
Gaynor Shaw and Valdona Neritani
Eileen Butler
Carole Bellidora Westfall, Emmie Twombly, and Nicole Rhodes
Geoffrey Bradfield and Roric Tobin
Jessica Demarco and Steven Tanger
Paul Austin, Barbara Winston, and Carl Adams
Ruth Hercolani, Muna Rihani al Nasser, Julie Weindling, Carol Acunto, and Linda Silverman
Sharon Bush, Deirdre Imus, Giancarlo Bruno, and Barbara Winston
Audrey Latourette and Lucia Kaiser
Daniella Diserens and Jean-Pierre Diserens
Sharon Ray, Katie Dervishi, Kendra Bridelle, and Melek Verbay
On Dec. 12, 2013, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights honored Muhammad Yunus, Niclas Matseke and John Boyer at the 2013 Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown. The event welcomed nearly 1,000 guests, and was emceed by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert.

The Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award lauds leaders of the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who demonstrate commitment to social change. Past honorees including President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, George Clooney and Vice President Al Gore reflect Robert Kennedy's passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to "make gentle the life of this world."
Ripple of Hope Honorees, Muhammad Yunus, Niclas Matseke, and John Boyer
Muhammad Yunus, Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, and Stephen Colbert
Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal
Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, with Stephen Colbert, the evening’s emcee
Guests in attendance included: Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Matthew Broderick, Julianna Margulies, Tory Burch, Lorraine Bracco, Charles Grodin, Cheryl Hines, Catherine Keener, Tony Lo Bianco, Kate Mulgrew, Diane Neal, Debra Winger, Alfre Woodard, Lena Olin, Sam Waterston, Lauren Bush Lauren, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Howard Dean.

Many of the celebrities in attendance were also featured in the Seventh Annual Ripple of Hope Holiday Auction, which benefits the RFK Center's work advancing human rights efforts around the world. The online auction featured memorable experiences with notable figures in entertainment, politics, music and sports– from intimate meals with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, "Double Down" authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and political strategist David Plouffe and Wall Street veteran Robert Wolf; to set/studio visits with Jon Stewart, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julianna Margulies, and Ken Burns; the opportunity to pitch director, screenwriter and producer Joel Schumacher with a one-hour meeting in NYC; and much more.
Stephen Colbert serves as Master of Ceremonies
Alfre Woodard
Michaela Kennedy Cuomo
Monica Yunus, daughter of Ripple of Hope Honoree Muhammad Yunus
Muhammad Yunus accepts the Ripple of Hope Award
Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights was founded in 1968 by Robert Kennedy's family and friends as a living memorial to carry forward his vision of a more just and peaceful world. RFK Partners for Human Rights, the RFK Center's litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building arm, builds multi-year partnerships with defenders and other human rights activists to advance social justice goals around the world.

RFK Speak Truth To Power educates more than half a million students throughout the world each year with a human rights school curriculum offered from pre-school to law school. RFK Compass promotes corporate responsibility by ensuring that human rights concerns, fair labor practices, and environmental safeguards are reflected in global investment strategies. The RFK Center's European partner organization, RFK Europe, provides human rights education programs to schools across the continent, and operates the RFK Europe Training Institute providing cutting edge training for human rights activists and grassroots organizations. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization. To learn more, visit
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. embraces Ted Kennedy Jr.
Ripple of Hope Award Honoree John Boyer and Howard Dean
Henry Schleiff, Actress Diane Neal, and Stephen Bradberry
Ripple of Hope Award honoree John Boyer and Lauren Bush Lauren
Cheryl Hines and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Marvin Rosen, Ted Kennedy Jr., and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Stephen Bradberry, Ethel Kennedy, and Sam Waterston
Hope Dworaczyk and Robert Smith, Chair of RFK Center Board of Trustees
Kate Mulgrew and Matthew Broderick
The Preservation League of New York State held its 22nd annual Pillar of New York Awards Gala at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Some 200 guests celebrated the successes of honorees Betsy Barlow Rogers and the United Nations and Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon.  The dinner and awards held on a beautiful autumn evening included cocktails on the East Terrace with breathtaking views of the East River, Roosevelt Island and the Long Island City waterfront and tours of the recently restored Council chambers.

The Preservation League, celebrating its 40th Anniversary, is dedicated to the protection of New York State's diverse and rich heritage of historic buildings and scenic landscapes.
Gala co-chair Frederic Rich, Lisa Barlow, David Barlow, honorees Betsy Barlow Rogers and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mrs. Ban, and Gala co-chair Janet Ross
The restored Council chamber
West Terrace with lights of the Queensboro Bridge in background
Gala co-chair Janet Ross, Shaun Duncan, Mac Griswold, honoree Betsy Barlow Rogers, Charles Birnbaum, Barbara Dixon, and Suzanne Clary
Honoree Betsy Barlow Rogers with Dan and Nancy Paduano
Norman Mintz, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Robert A.M. Stern, and Anthony C. Wood
League President Jay DiLorenzo with honorees, Betsy Barlow Rogers and Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and League Chair Anne Van Ingen
Pierre and Ellen de Vegh with Victoria and Doug Larson
League Chair Anne H. Van Ingen, David Hunt, and Arete Swartz Warren
Encarnita and Bob Quinlan
Gillian Sorrenson, Mrs. Ban, Michael Adlerstein, and Gala co-chair Janet Ross
Bill Higgins, Angela Thompson, and Anne and John Coffin
Michel Zaleski, Kathy Farbod, and Kent Barwick
Theodora and Albert Simons with Ann Barrett
Ildiko Butler, honoree Betsy Barlow Rogers, and Linn Sage
Ted Rogers and Anne Coffin
Liz and Patrick Garrett
Suzanne and Rich Clary
Carla Hall, co-host of ABC-TV's The Chew was the LIVE auctioneer at Pajama Programs' "One million Good Nights" benefit Tuesday evening, December 10th at the home of Dame Ann Van Ness of The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller.

Pajama Program founder Genevieve Piturro explained to the guests that the non-profit has announced a campaign to collect 1 million new pajamas, 1 million new books and the resources to deliver them to children in need by Dec 31, 2015.
Carla Hall
Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many of whom are waiting and hoping to be adopted. These children live in various situations including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shuffled often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story.
Terry Jason, Elizabeth Ryan, Sue Ginsberg, and Judy Campbell
Susan Brown, Richard Geist, Carla Hall, and Willard Morgan
Linda Kourakos, Genevieve Piturro, and Gillian Rothenburg
Stephanie Forman
Carla Hall, Genevieve Piturro, Geri Jomatyka, Demo DiMartile, and Beth Rowley
Beth Weiner and Marcia Roma
Andrea Brown and Robert Levande
Pia Marinangeli and Carol Blueweiss
Amye Rosenberg
Ann Van Ness and Elaine Arace
Bunny Grossinger, Candace Gonzalez, and Dr. Alfred Kaltman
Henry Chasen and Richard Pagano
Willard Morgan, Susan Brown, Richard Geist, and Ann Van Ness
Simone King and Rob Vander Voord
Stephanie Forman, Jamie Dyce, and Jamie Ergas
Judy Gates, Gigi Fisdell, Ann Van Ness, and Patricia Shiah
Liz Clardey and Carla Hall
Ruchi and Keith Pinniger
Jamie Dyce and Jamie Ergas
Judy McClarin
Genevieve Piturro, Carla Hall, and Ann Van Ness
Judy Campbell and Karen D'Attore
Diana Imhof and Richard Pagano
Lisa Evans
Shelley Levine
Judy Campbell and Beth Weiner

Photographs by Linsley Lindekins (Philharmonic); (Pajama Program); Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan (UN Women); Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images (Robert F. Kennedy Center); Cutty McGill (Preservation League).