|Emma and Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Sam Jackson, Arthur Blank, and John Krasinski at The American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) Gala.|
|An overflow crowd from the business, media and entertainment worlds attended The American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) Gala this past Monday evening to honor renowned business strategist Sander Flaum and acting icon Samuel L. Jackson with their Freeing Voices Saving Lives Award. The entire AIS Board of Directors, chaired by Nolan Russo, was on hand to salute the honorees.
Sir Harold Evans and Tina Brown were first to arrive on the Red Carpet but had to dash off to attend the 90th birthday bash in honor of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The prominent crowd included communications guru Michael Sheehan, comedy writer Barry Blaustein, Fox Channel's John Stossel, comedian JD Lawrence, and Alan Rabinowitz, the "Indiana Jones of Wildlife Protection."
The radiant Emily Blunt, co-star of the upcoming Tom Cruise thriller All You Need Is Kill, was a charming Master of Ceremonies. Emily is on the Board of Directors for the American Institute for Stuttering.
|Emily Blunt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis|
|Action movie star Bruce Willis made a surprise appearance to personally present the award to his good friend Samuel L. Jackson. Willis impressed the audience with his heartfelt and personal introduction of Jackson, highlighting his remarkable achievements. In his acceptance speech, Jackson said that stuttering caused him to be silent in school but after a few years he decided it was more productive to Fight Back which proved to be one of the evening's most memorable highlights.
Global business leader Tony Hooper introduced the award for Sander Flaum. He shared his personal challenges with stuttering and shared that his mother told him at a young age that he would have to work harder than anyone else because of his stutter but that he would be more successful. She was right.
|Emily Blunt and AIS Clinical Director Heather Grossman with AIS client speakers|
|Arthur Blank, who overcame a childhood stutter to go on and co-found The Home Depot and become Owner and Chairman of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, was this year's Gala Co-Chair.
AIS is a pioneer in the treatment of stuttering and is one of the few non-profit organizations in the U.S. that provides assistance to people of all ages who stutter as well as to their families.
The Freeing Voices Saving Lives Award is presented to individuals who have overcome their stuttering disorders and later established themselves in rewarding and influential careers.
|The Russo Family|
|John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Tina Brown, and Sir Harold Evans|
|AIS Board Chair Nolan Russo Jr. Eve Tannery, Linda Russo, and Nolan Russo, Sr.|
|Sander and Mechele Flaum|
|Arthur Blank with Angie Macuga|
|Susan Jensen, David Rechardt, and friends|
|AIS Board Members Barry Blaustein and John Stoessel|
|Joe Moglia and Katrina Becker|
|Citi Joan Haffenreffer and friend|
|Michael and Riki Sheehan|
|Bruce Willis and Chris Madden|
|Jessica Alba, actress and author of The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You received the Champion for Children Award from the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC)at the Sixth Annual Greening Our Children Benefit Luncheon held late last month at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. The award was presented by Philip J. Landrigan, MD, Director of the CEHC and Rhonda Sherwood, Founding Vice Chairman of the CEHC’s Executive Board and Founding Chair of the Greening Our Children Luncheon. It recognizes leaders whose vision, expertise, and energy significantly advance the CEHC’s mission and the children’s environmental health movement locally and globally. Ms. Alba recently published her book which reveals tips for making healthy living for her family fun, real and stylish.|
|In her acceptance speech, Ms. Alba spoke about her interest in making it easier for parents to buy safe products for their families as a reason for creating The Honest Company. Her dream and that of the company is to redefine the idea of the family brand. She applauded The Mount Sinai Medical Center and its CEHC for its commitment to studying childhood diseases and the impact of the environment on children’s lives. And she thanked Dr. Landrigan for turning his groundbreaking work into new laws to protect our children.
Last year’s award was presented to the late New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg.
|The Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) conducts groundbreaking research to identify the environmental causes of childhood disease. It translates these findings into solutions that protect children’s health — using research to educate families and change public policy.
Since its founding in 2007, philanthropic donations have allowed the CEHC to generate close to $9 million in grants, recruit world class scientists, and make important policy changes, including banning the chemical BPA from baby bottles, sippy cups, and cash receipt paper in Connecticut and Suffolk County, New York. www.CEHCenter.org
| The Fresh Air Fund recently held its annual "Salute to American Heroes" benefit at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. Carla Hall, co-host of The Chew, hosted the evening, and along with actress Christina Ricci and New York Jets linebacker Muhammad Wilkerson, they honored New York Knick center Tyson Chandler and his wife Kimberly. The benefit dinner drew 800 guests from the corporate, fashion entertainment and sports industries, including New York Giants wide receiver and The Fresh Air Fund's 2012 Spring Benefit honoree Victor Cruz and fashion designer Thakoon. The evening raised over $1.1 million.
|The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. More than 9,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund vacation programs annually. Each summer, over 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attend five Fresh Air camps in the summer on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. Close to 2,000 young people participate in year-round educational programs at camp and in New York City.
Join The Fresh Air Fund in its 137th summer of providing free summer experiences to New York City children! For more information on how you can help give a New York City child the gift of fresh air, visit www.freshair.org.
|Tropical storm Andrea didn't keep anyone away from the Black and White Extravaganza, hosted by The Children's Storefront's Parent Gala Committee on Friday, June 7. The event was held at the Riverside Church at 91 Claremont Avenue in Harlem, and featured dinner, dancing and a 50/50 Raffle.
Honorees for the evening were the Storefront's own Kathleen McCarthy-Skyranz and Magnolia Jones for their years of hard work and dedication to the school. Also honored were the Morgan Stanley Black Employee Networking Group, in recognition of their volunteer efforts and their continued commitment to our students.
|The evening was more than a fundraiser, it was a chance for trustees, administration, faculty, parents, volunteers, supporters and alumni to celebrate the amazing work that The Children's Storefront does.
The Children's Storefront is an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem, providing a private school experience to students who would not otherwise get the opportunity. Located on East 129th Street, the school is a safe haven for 174 students from pre-K through 8th grade, teaching them core values which take them to some of the most prestigious high schools in the area. The Storefront also teaches the whole child, offering students experiences that encourage them to succeed in their lives away from the school.
|On June 4th Publicolor hosted Top Coat cocktail party at the healthy restaurant 4Food (286 Madison Avenue at 40th Street). A small group of young Publicolor advocates enjoyed cocktails, healthy hor d'oeuvres, music and dancing. The event celebrated the young professionals committee and their support that helps transform one NYC public school from dark and dreary to safe and vibrant.
Co-Chairs included Hannah Bronfman, Lilly Gunn, Emma Hall, Lexi Komisa, Kait Margraf, Brooke Savone, Kevin Walker. Jemme Aldridge and Nancy Twin headed up the Steering Committee.
|4Food mission is to De-junk fast food™. They bring fast food that's fresh, delicious, and nutritious to all ages, lifestyles, incomes, and ethnicities. No fads, fillers, or anything artificial. They are revolutionizing counter culture, in real-time. Michael Shuman, who is a board member of Publicolor and the son of Ruth Shuman, is one of the founders of 4Food Restaurant.|
|Publicolor was founded in 1996 by Ruth Lande Shuman with the mission to counter inner-city public schools' alarming dropout rate by engaging disconnected youth in their education through a continuum of design- based programs and academic support. It directly addresses two of the root causes of poverty in America: the under-education of inner-city public school students and their lack of preparedness for the workforce. Unique to Publicolor—and central to its mission—is the beautification and revitalization of public and civic spaces through the hard work of Publicolor students and the power of paint, color, and design, and collaborations that engage students and the community as a whole. Publicolor students transform schools, playgrounds, and community centers from dreary and hopeless to vibrant and stimulating. Their work is the quickest, most cost-effective way of bringing in a culture of rigor, a new sense of safety, and a new sense of belonging—vital for productive teaching, learning, and personal growth.|
|Hunter College recently hosted a reception to celebrate the launch of its new art exhibit at the Marianne Boesky Gallery on East 64th Street in Manhattan. The gallery space was donated by Marianne Boesky and the exhibit features the work of the first two recipients of the C12 Emerging Artist Award, Nobutaka Aozaki and Alex Nunez. The artists' fellowships are funded by C12 Capital Management.
Guests at the reception were a who's who in the New York art world, including Carol and Arthur Goldberg, Barbara Tober, Susan Crile, exhibit curator Max Weintraub, Sarah Watson, Michael Cohn, Jane Power, Kathy and Doug Landy, Penny Aaron, Charles and Joan Lazarus, Barbara Schwartz, Laura Steltzner, Barry Schwabsky, Reiner Leist, Lisa Corinne Davis, Andrew Blum, Jenny Jaskey, Tatiana Pages, and Aniko Berman.
The C12 Emerging Artist Award is bestowed each semester on graduating students from Hunter College's highly competitive MFA in Studio Art program. The new exhibit will run until June 15, 2013.
|Carol Goldberg and Nobu Aozaki|
|Tatiana Pages and Alex Nunez|
|Aniko Berman and Alex Nunez with friends|
|Carol Goldberg and Michael Cohn|
|Jane Power, and Kathy and Doug Landy|
|Reiner Leist and Nobu Aozaki|
|Kathy Landy, Penny Aaron, and Nobu Aozaki|
|Max Weintraub and Sarah Watson|
|Penny Aaron, Jenny Jaskey, and Michael Cohn|
|Penny Aaron with Carol and Arthur Goldberg|
|Jane Power and Nobu Aozaki|
|Carol Goldberg, Barbara Tober, and Barbara Schwartz|
Photographs by Patrick McMullan, Kate Hess, Jerry Speier (Fresh Air Fund)