Monday, December 2, 2013

An Eye for Detail

Cocktails at the Carlton Hobbs Gallery for the Winter Antiques Show Committee and East Side House Settlement's inaugural Expert Eye Evening.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) celebrated its 27th annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner, on November 12, 2013 at the Hilton New York Hotel and Towers, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (between 53rd and 54th Streets) in New York City. The evening began at 6:30 pm with a reception, followed by the dinner and program at 7:30 pm. The program ended at 9:30 pm, and guests were invited to enjoy live jazz music and dessert immediately following the program.
This year LDF presented three awards.

George Soros: Philanthropist and founder of the Open Society Foundations and international supporter of ideals and causes for more than 30 years received the National Equal Justice Award. This award was presented to Mr. Soros by Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head, Corporate and Investment Banking for Citi.

David Mills: Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, a life-long advocate for social justice and a Co-Chair of the LDF Board of Directors received the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was presented to Mr. Mills by Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Partner and Co-Chair of Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Soledad O'Brien:
Award-winning journalist, producer and distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard University received the LDF Spirit of America Award. Ms. O'Brien's award was presented by Sherrilyn A. Ifill, LDF's 7th President and Director-Counsel.
David Mills and Theodore V. Wells, Jr.
Tonya Lewis Lee
Sherrilyn Ifill, George Soros, and Tomika Soros
Susan Fales-Hill, author and television producer, was this year's Mistress of Ceremonies. LDF Board Members Angela Vallot, Partner, VallotKarp Consulting and Judith Byrd, President, Byrd Retail Group served as Co-Chairs of NEJAD. Gabriella Morris, a member of the LDF Board and former President of the Prudential Foundation and Laurie Robinson Haden, Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, CBS, served as Vice chairs of NEJAD.

Special highlights included a video that provided a glimpse of LDF's present challenges. LDF is America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
Judith Byrd, Sherrilyn Ifill, and Angela Vallot
Torian Robinson with a friend
Judith Scheide, Mariam Nazarian, and George Soros
Angela Vallot, Gabriella Morris, and Judith Byrd
Jonathan Sandville and Pia Winslow
Keli Goff with a friend
Fred Terrell, Jonelle Procope, Carole Hall, and Ira Hall
Susan Fales-Hill with a friend
Thelma Golden and David Monn
Chiara Morrison, Leonard Coleman, and Gabriella Morris
Vivienne C. LaBorde and friend
Fred Terrell and Jonelle Procope
Lydia Mallett and Angela Vallot with a friend
Maya Harris with a friend
Laurie Robinson-Haden and David Haden
William M. Lewis, Jr., Carol Sutton-Lewis, and Raymond McGuire
Adriene Holder and friend
Sherrilyn Ifill and David Mills
Elaine Jones, Ted Shaw, and Sherrilyn Ifill
Valerie Kennedy and Halona Shaw with a friend
David Mills and Elaine R. Jones
Kristen Clark and Yahonnes Cleary
Valerie Kennedy, Sherrilyn Ifill, and Gretchen Bellamy
Renika Moore with friends
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 the Winter Antiques Show Committee and East Side House Settlement celebrated the inaugural Expert Eye Evening, a new program initiated by the Winter Antiques Show (WAS) to create additional opportunities to highlight the Show's exhibitors—"expert eyes"—and their unparalleled expertise. This first event was hosted by Carlton Hobbs LLC, a globally respected dealer in antiques and exhibitor at the WAS, housed within a stunning, five-story, Beaux-Arts mansion in Manhattan. The Winter Antiques Show's 60th year Diamond Jubilee will be held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City from January 24th-February 2nd, 2014.

Over 150 guests perused a variety of rarely showcased 17th, 18th and 19th century British and Continental pieces of furniture and works of art, while mingling and having the opportunity to meet with Carlton Hobbs and his longtime business partner Stefanie Rinza. Arie Kopelman, Chairman of the WAS, graciously thanked the crowd in attendance, while Dealers Committee Chairman, Elizabeth Feld of Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., explained the unique educational mission of the WAS in coordinating the Expert Eye Evening series.
Guests gather for remarks at the Carlton Hobbs Gallery
Attendees included: Arie Kopelman, Lucinda and Robert Ballard, Michael Lynch and Susan Baker, Thomas Remien, Carlton Hobbs, Stefanie Rinza, Tony Freund, Wendy Moonan, Elizabeth Pochoda, Brook Mason, Helen and John Kippax, Courtney Booth, Jay Cantor, Elizabeth Feld and David Herzberg, Dara Mitchell, Marjorie and Simon Hewett, Lindsey Pryor, Peter and Lenore Standish, Catherine Sweeney Singer and William Singer, Ellen Martin, Susan Emery, Bruce Shostak, Stacey and Robert Morse, Kathleen Giordano, Dr. Penny Grant, Matthew and Jill Hamilton, Lindsey Pryor, Tristan Offit, David and Peri Clark, Joe Standart, Robert and Janice Bergman, Frank DeBiasi, Gene Meyer, Ashley Rettenmaier and many more.
Stefanie Rinza and Carlton Hobbs
Catherine Sweeney Singer and Courtney Booth
The Winter Antiques Show celebrates its 60th year Diamond Jubilee as America's most prestigious antiques show, featuring 73 renowned experts in American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts in a fully vetted Show. The Show was established in 1955 by East Side House Settlement, a social services institution located in the South Bronx. All net proceeds from the Show benefit East Side House Settlement. The Winter Antiques Show will run from January 24-February 2, 2014, at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City. The Winter Antiques Show hours are 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. daily except Sundays and Thursday, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Daily admission to the Show is $25, which includes the Show's award-winning catalogue. To purchase tickets for the Opening Night Party on January 23, 2014, or Young Collectors Night on January 30, 2014, call (718) 292-7392 or click here.

East Side House Settlement was founded in 1891 to help immigrants and lower income families on the East Side of Manhattan. In 1962, it moved to the South Bronx where it serves 8,000 residents annually within one of America's poorest congressional districts, the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Among the initiatives that focus on educational attainment as the gateway out of poverty is the innovative and highly acclaimed Mott Haven Village Preparatory School.
Liz Feld, Arie Kopelman, Lucinda Ballard, and Stefanie Rinza
Bruce Shostak and Basil
Susan Baker and Lenore Standish
Dara Mitchell, Lindsey Pryor, and Tristan Offit
Stacey and Robert Morse
Elizabeth Pochoda and Liz Feld
Jay Cantor, Lucinda Ballard, and Arie Kopelman
Thomas Remien and Arie Kopelman
Tony Freund and Catherine Sweeney Singer
David and Peri Clark with Joe Standart
Ellen Martin and Susan Emery
Lucinda Ballard and Helen Kippax
Bill Nolan, Lucinda Ballard, and Wendy Nolan
Kathleen Giordano and Dr. Penny Grant
Liz Feld and David Herzberg
Ashley Rettenmaier, Michael Lynch, and Catherine Sweeney Singer
Brook Mason and Carlton Hobbs
Lucinda Ballard and Arie Kopelman
Jay Cantor, Frank de Biasi, and Gene Meyer
William Singer and Catherine Sweeney Singer
Robert and Janice Bergman
Carlton Hobbs with guests
Jill and Matthew Hamilton
Lenore and Peter Standish
Over 900 supporters Kicked Up their Heels and Stepped Out for Pink, raising $1.3 million, at the Breast Cancer Alliance 18th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

Kathy Clark, president of Breast Cancer Alliance, was proud to announce that the organization has raised more than $18 million over the past 18 years.

The event, which was sponsored by Mitchells|Richards, was co-chaired by Julie Johnson and Loren Taufield. Twelve breast cancer survivors, both male and female, took to the runway modeling fashion by the esteemed clothier.
Kathy Clark, President, Brett Holey, Pat Battle, and Yonni Wattenmaker, Executive Director
Breast Cancer Survivors Lisa Levesque, Stefanie Steel, Leslie Petrick, Tucker Melancon, Karen Lowney, Lynn Carnegie, Steve Cone, Tomomi Arikawa, Keiko Arikawa, and Lisa Fleming
The featured guest speaker at the luncheon was Pat Battle, co-anchor for "Weekend Today in New York" and senior correspondent assigned to NBC4. Her message was clear: "Early detection saves lives."

Dr. Elisa Port, Battle's surgeon and chief of breast surgery, co-director of the Dubin Breast Center at Mt. Sinai Hospital, as well as a member of the Breast Cancer Alliance Medical Advisory Board, said, "Mammograms are one of the most basic screening tests. It is simply indisputable that mammograms save lives."

In fall 2010, Battle was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery. Since then, she has documented her personal journey, including sharing her story in an hour-long special "Talk for a Cure", which aired on "Weekend Today" and earned two New York Emmy nominations. The show brought an unprecedented response from viewers. Hundreds of women reached out to Battle, many of who had never had a mammogram.
Elisa Port, MD Chief Breast Surgery Mt. Sainai
Scott Mitchell, Tomomi Arikawa, and Andrew Mitchell Namdar
Lori Moore and Laura Tisch Broumand
Diane Fellows, MD and Wendy Sarasohn
Co Chairs Loren Taufield and Kathy Clark with Pat Battle
Today, Battle is an inspirational role model in the fight to end the disease that impacts one in eight women in the U.S. She has made early detection a mission by urging women to make annual mammograms a priority in their lives.

Corporate event donors for the Breast Cancer Alliance event were:
Diamond Angels: Burton Capital Management, Greenwich Hospital; Mitchells|Richards
Platinum Angels: PepsiCo
Silver Angels: Moffly Media, Stamford Hospital
Bronze Angels: Equinox, Nestle Waters, N.A., Williams and Company
Angel: Kekst and Company
The Manolo Blahniks designed exclusively for Breast Cancer Alliance ...
Georgetown Cupcake helped the event end on a sweet note, having donated over 1,000 edible custom cupcake centerpieces
Breast Cancer Alliance is a fast-growing dynamic organization. A partial list of recent grant recipients includes Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Dana Farber, Greenwich Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York University School of Medicine, Stamford Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, Whitehead Institution and Yale University.

The mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To promote these goals, the organization invests in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support and screening for the uninsured and underserved.
Suzanne Sennatt, Gillian Steel, Marree Townsend, Janet Williams, Eileen Simmons, Nancy Ireland, and Rinda Bishop
Carol Santora, Kristin Lamendola, Kimberly Scott, and Karyn O'Brien
Jieun Wax, Nicole Reynolds, and Emma Pennington
Alexandra Michler and Sally Michler
Cricket Lockhart and Sharon Phillips
Margie Warwick and Alicia Joslin
Lydia West and Lee Woodruff
Lisa Fleming and Leslie Petrick
Barbara and Bill Epifanio
Mary Jeffery and Jane Batkin
Alease Fisher Tallman, Friend, Tiffany Burnette, and Terri Brode
Cyndi Anderson, Deborah Royce, and Linda Munger
Teachers College, Columbia University launched an unprecedented $300 million fundraising campaign on Tuesday evening, November 12, to mark the College's 125th anniversary and to bolster its capacity for transforming education and learning throughout the 21st century. The college announced that it already had raised $144 million – nearly half – toward that goal.

President Susan H. Fuhrman kicked off the campaign – the largest ever for a graduate school of education – at a gala event at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem. The gala celebrated Teachers College's century-long legacy of pioneering new fields in education, health, psychology, and leadership, its thriving partnerships with public schools in Harlem and throughout New York City, and visionary philanthropists who have supported those endeavors.
The evening was highlighted by an announced bequest intention to Teachers College from the singer and actress Barbra Streisand. The bequest will enable Teachers College to create the Emanuel and Barbra Streisand Scholarship Fund, a general fund that will support TC master's degree and doctoral students. Streisand's father, Emanuel Streisand, was a lifelong educator who was working toward a Ph.D. in Guidance and Personnel at Teachers College when he died.
Laurie Tisch
Susan Fuhrman and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
James P. Comer, MD
Jeffery Immelt receiving his award from Projo the Robot
Tony Bennett sings his acceptance "speech"
Teachers College honored five leaders, advocates and philanthropists for their contributions to education, the arts, and the betterment of humanity. The honorees were:

• Husband-and-wife team, legendary singer Tony Bennett and educator Susan Benedetto '98, for their contributions to arts education through their nonprofit organization, Exploring the Arts;
James P. Comer, M.D., Child Psychiatrist, Associate Dean of the Yale School of Medicine and member of the Board of Trustees of Teachers College, for his work in psychosocial development as a key factor in children's educational success;
Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, who will receive the Cleveland E. Dodge Medal for Distinguished Service to Education for his and GE's exemplary support of education and impact on the next generation of learners; and
Laurie M. Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Teachers College, for her philanthropy and leadership in education, health, the arts and nutrition.
Guests take the Apollo stage for a post Gala dance party
The benefit event featured a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a tribute show and performances, and a post-show party on the storied stage of the Apollo, where performers from Count Basie to Prince have performed, and where Bennett himself once performed a show honoring Billie Holiday. The gala event raised $1.25 million, all of which will support student scholarships at Teachers College, the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the country.
Sheri and Joe Perrone
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott
Gurnee and Marjorie Hart, and Barbara and Peter Georgescu
E. John Rosenwald, Jr.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Jack Hyland
Linford L. Lougheed, Lynn P. Tishman, Suzanne M. Murphy, and Jeff Barker
Tony Bennett, Mario and Matilda Cuomo, and Susan Benedetto
Dr. Susan and Dr. Edmund Gordon
Ruth Gottesman, Joyce Cowin, Gurnee F. Hart, and Ruth G. Nathan
Betty and James P. Comer, MD
William Rueckert, Susan Fuhrman, and Jeff Immelt
Pat and John Klingenstein
Michael J. Neuman and Nancy E. Neuman
Dailey Pattee, Missie R. Taylor, and Darrell Lorentzen
Kimberly and Jeff Greenberg
Jody G. Arnhold and Sue Ann Weinberg
Richard and Sandra B. Jacoby
Phyllis Kossoff and Richard Weber
Earlier last month on Veterans Day, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) held its Awards Gala for the first time in Washington, DC, bringing together over 1,400 distinguished guests to its 25th Awards celebration.

The red carpet at the Washington Hilton spilled over with celebrity and paparazzi awaiting the star-studded guest list, especially the appearance of comedian, Dr. Bill Cosby, who was hosting the evening. It was a real homecoming for the former “Huxtable” man as he was he was greeted by an old friend, Virginia Ali, the owner of Ben's Chili Bowl, D.C. Later during he standup, Cosby quipped, "Virginia even taught me to take my first, "half smoke."
Bill Cosby
Last year, the TMCF gala in New York was cancelled due to Sandy Hurricane.

The event opened with a salute to our nation’s veterans including General Dennis L. Via and Lt. General Arthur J. Gregg (Ret.). Jennifer Holliday, flowing in a magenta organza silk gown, looking shapely chic, surprised the audience opening the awards show, by standing stage center-motionless hitting each high note as well as the first time she ever sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." The audience gave her a five minute standing ovation.
Jennifer Holliday
Larry Waters
General Via
Guests included Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, of Fayetteville, N.Y., the first Indian-American to win the title. Davuluri, who embodies the spirit of so many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in showcasing and celebrating diversity through cultural competency encouraged the students to ‘dream big’ and stay true to themselves.

Other VIP guests included Senator Michael Brown (DC), Susan Taylor, former Editor-in-Chief Essence Magazine, HBO's Jermaine Crawford, Fox News' Kelly Wright and Juan and Delise Williams, Joe Calao and Dayna Ramos.

TMCF presented its 2013 awards to honorees included stylish, Janice Bryant Howroyd (CEO of The Year Award), Larry Waters (Community Leader of the Year Award), and Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D. (Educational Leadership Award), and Johnson & Johnson (Corporate Leadership Award).
Don W. Bohn and Alfred Morris
Jim and Susan Clifton
Johnny C. Taylor President and CEO TMCF, and TMCF Board Chairman and Gala Chair, Jim Clifton and the board of directors hosted 1,400 of friends, Congressional members, Fortune 500 executives, government agency leaders and HBCU Presidents/Chancellors. Congressman John Lewis held a special VIP book signing for his new book, “March Book One.”

“The TMCF Gala this year was very special,” said Clifton. “Moving this event to the Nation’s Capital where the spirit of Justice Marshall lives, was the right thing to do so that we can continue to advocate and raise funds to support public HBCUs and the 300,000 students attending our 47 member-schools.” 
Paris McMillian
Gallup, the polling company, was the Presenting Sponsor of the black-tie event.  Other sponsors and supporters included Millers Coors, the Charmer Sunbelt Group, Costco, Walmart, Altria, Wells Fargo, the NBA, The Hill, Moet Hennessy, News Channel 8 and the Hershey Company, and D.C movers and shakers, 

To donate to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and for sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 Gala, visit or contact Jennifer Wider at or 202-507-4851.
Bill Cosby and N. Joyce Payne
Lyn Paulsin
Lisa Matthews, Joe Madison, Richard Strauss, and Jaun and Delise Williams
Congressman John Lewis and Richard Strauss
Clockwise from top left: Jerry and Kriste Duplessis; MC Lyte; Stephanie Duncan and Dwight Eubanks; Lil Mama and Johnny Taylor; Horst Susskind.
Tina Livanos and friend
Jermaine Crawford, David Susskind, and Andrew Hughes
Virginia Ali, Dianne Jean, and Gina de Franco
Ski Johnson and Miss America
Mary Reckmeyer and Reza Khadiri
N.Joyce Payne, Wayne Watson, and Susan Taylor
Angela Stribling

Photographs by Stephanie Badini (NAACP); Julie Skarratt (Winter Antiques Show); Annie Watt and David Dupuy (Teachers College).