Monday, October 28, 2013

Benefits for Betterment

Guests listening to Isaac Mizrahi and Joanna Coles at the Central Park Conservancy's Annual Fall Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental.
The Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center, an NCI-designated cancer center, raised over $1.6 million at its annual gala held Thursday, October 18. The event took place at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and honored Richard L. Shapiro, MD, associate professor of surgery, director, Surgical Oncology Operations at The Cancer Institute, who specializes in breast cancer and melanoma.

Each year, the NYU Cancer Institute Gala is held to celebrate the dedication of its physicians, scientists, nurses and other medical staff. Funds raised support The Cancer Institute's continued excellence in patient care, research, education, and prevention, under the leadership of its director William Carroll, MD, the Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Professor of Pediatrics.
Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, Jake Shapiro, and Richard Shapiro, MD
After welcoming and expressing his gratitude to the gala's nearly 500 guests, Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, acknowledged this year's honoree, Dr. Shapiro, by saying, "Richard is one of those physicians whom patients and families always point to when they talk about the special quality that distinguishes the care offered by NYU physicians, for their skill, humanism and kindness. Physicians like Richard are our very essence, and they, like those before them, are passing an extraordinary 172-year legacy of patient-centered care on to the generations that follow in their footsteps."

Those in attendance included: Saba Bologna and Dr. William Carroll, Elisabeth Cohen, MD, Lori and Larry Fink, Kelly Kennedy Mack and Stephen Mack, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter, Richard Silverman, Norma and Gordon Smith, Robin Smith, MD, PhD, Debora and Jes Staley, and Thomas H. Lee.
Kelly Kennedy Mack and Stephen Mack
Larry and Lori Fink
Lori Fink, chair of the NYU Cancer Institute Advisory Board, and a trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center since 2003, also greeted the audience and said, "How we respond at NYU Cancer Institute—and how we collaborate—are extraordinary: the respect between colleagues and the relationships forged between clinicians in the best interests of their patients. Add to all this the supportive services we provide each day—financial, legal, and psychological counseling, physical therapy, acupuncture—and what you have is the best possible care, with a ripple effect that reaches children, parents, spouses, friends. I can't think of a mission I'd rather support."

Among the guest speakers were Suzanne Mednik and Robert J. Friedman, MD, clinical professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology.
Ambassador Beatrice Welters, Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO NYU Langone, and Grace Y. Ko
Connie and Martin Silver
Debora and Jes Staley
Honoree Richard Shapiro, MD and Deborah Axelrod, MD
Laura Perlmutter, Sylvia Hassendeld, and Dr. Felicia Axelrod
Luca Lindner and Sylvia Formenti, MD
Phillip Moskowitz, MD and Sandra Meyer
Thelma Duggin
William Carroll, MD, director NYU Cancer Institute and Roberta Greenberg
Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO NYU Langone and honoree Richard Shapiro, MD
Stanley and Tracy Shopkorn
Steven B. Abramson, MD, Steve Shak, MD, and Martin Blaser, MD
Last Wednesday, October 23rd, over 1,100 children and parents participated in an evening of adventure throughout the American Museum of Natural History at its Twentieth Annual Family Party. One of the Museum’s best-loved annual traditions, the Family Party is a special opportunity for children and adults of all ages to experience the wonders and magic of the Museum. Guests are treated to an evening of fun activities in the Museum’s magnificent halls, including interacting with live animals, digging for dinosaur fossils, conducting fascinating experiments, meeting scientists, and more. Highlights include:

• The popular “Museum Science Center,” which showcases Museum scientists and their ongoing work through engaging, hands-on activities, live animals, extreme specimens, and scientific data
• Musical entertainment by MME Entertainment DJ
Mario the Magician
• Live-animal show “A Touch of Nature” with Jerry Zelenka
• Digging for gems in the Tiffany & Co. Gem Dig
• Create a butterfly bookmark with Lord & Taylor
• Cozy’s Cuts for Kids
Buddy from The Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train
2013 Family Party Leadership. Back row (left right): Jacqueline Sackler, Jennifer Mascarenhas, Lauren Tobe, Jessica Marinaccio, Hannah An, Miriam Daneker, Kristen Kaufman, Alexandra Mondre, Joella Lykouretzos, Elizabeth Eginton, Janet Boris, Rebekah Mercer, and Benedetta Casamento. Front row (left right): Don Watros, Dara O'Hara, Jessica Murphy, Laura Whitman, Melissa Hawks, Museum President Ellen V. Futter, Allison Mignone, Melissa Meister, Robin Roberts, Sharon Teles, Zibby Right, and Dana Wallach Jones
The 2013 Family Party Chairmen were Miriam Daneker, Melissa and Carney Hawks, Kim and Greg Lippmann, Rebekah Mercer, Allison Mignone, and Jacqueline Sackler.

This year’s Family Party was generously supported by Tiffany & Co. Additional support graciously provided by Lord & Taylor.

Proceeds from the evening support the Museum’s educational and scientific programming.
Keith and Melissa Meister with children
Melissa Meister (middle) and friends
Heather and Ross Schulman with children
Roberto and Allison Mignone with children
Rebekah Mercer with children
John and Joella Lykouretzos with children
Rebekah Mercer, Roberto and Allison Mignone, and Michael Boyle
Ben Holman and Don Watros
Kathleen Glaymon
Jennie Tarr Coyne with children and performer from Weaving the Wild
Performer from Weaving the Wild
Rainforest and Reptile Shows
"A Touch of Nature" with Jerry Zelenka
Tiffany & Co. Gem Dig
Glow Zone
The Museum's Associate Dean of Science Christopher Raxworthy
Science Center
Buddy from The Jim Henson Company's Dinosaur Train
Tiffany & Co. Decorate a Crown
Cozy's Cuts for Kids
MME DJ and the Rock Star Dancers
The Mount Sinai Breast Health Resource Program (BHRP) held its 21st Annual “Celebration of Life” Gala on Thursday, October 10th at The Pierre in New York City.  Drawing over 300 supporters the event raised more than $300,000 to help women and men with breast cancer.  All proceeds from the event are directed entirely towards patient care for the program.

Betsey Johnson, well-known New York fashion designer, was this year’s honoree.  Known for her celebration of the embellished and the over the top, Ms. Johnson was awarded for her continued advocacy for breast cancer awareness. The designer, who battled the disease back in 2002, created an apparel and accessories collection dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, with proceeds donated to breast cancer research. Pat Battle, NBC 4’s “Weekend Today in New York” co-anchor and also breast cancer survivor and advocate, diagnosed in 2010, was the event’s special guest for the evening. Both women spoke on their fight with breast cancer and the power their support system played in overcoming the disease.
Lulu Johnson and Betsey Johnson
Laurie Margolies, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Chief of Breast Imaging at The Mount Sinai Hospital has been the benefit chair for the last two years.

Offered free of charge, the Mount Sinai Breast Health Resource Program provides counseling, support groups, patient navigation, educational seminars, mammography screening and access to breast cancer resources. The goal of the organization is to expand knowledge and compassionate support to those affected by breast cancer. In 2012, BHRP served over 400 newly diagnosed women and provided over 3,500 consultations to patients, families and the community.

Dr. Georgia Witkin, Dr. Laurie Margolies, Dr. Janet Szabo, and Dr. David Reich
Geralyn Lucas and Betsey Johsnon
Kira Copperman and Dr. Alan Copperman
Benefit Committee
Maddy Barkin, Florence Morel, Dr. Georgia Witkin, Dr. Laurie Margolies, Dr. Janet Szabo, and Dr. David Reich
Betsey Johnson and Pat Battle
Dr. Neesha Patel, Jennifer-Lynn Jankesh, and Dr. Karen A. Lee
Dr. Wayne Fuchs and Patti Fuchs
Maddy Barkin and Louise Stern
Mike Tadross and Dr. Georgia Witkin
Andrea Geduld and Dr. Ira Bleiweiss
Dr. Emily Sonnenblick and Dr. Kenneth Offit
Betsey Johnson
The Women's Media Center 2013 Women's Media Awards were held Tuesday, October 8th at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.
The Women's Media Center's 2013 Women's Media Awards at 583 Park Avenue
The 2013 Women's Media Awards honored:

Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN, with the Women's Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Pat Mitchell, Women's Media Center Board Chair Emerita.

Sheila C. Johnson, film producer and Founding Partner of Black Entertainment Television, with the Women's Media Center Visionary Role Model and Corporate Leader Award, presented by Gloria Steinem, Women's Media Center Co-Founder.
Pat Mitchell presented to Christiane Amanpour
Pat Mitchell, Board Chair Emerita of The Women's Media Center
Women's Media Award Honoree Christiane Amanpour
Women's Media Center Co Founder Gloria Steinem embraces Women's Media Award Honoree Sheila C. Johnson
Women's Media Award Honoree Sheila C. Johnson
Maria Teresa Kumar, Emmy-nominated contributor for MSNBC, and President and CEO of Voto Latino, with the Women's Media Center Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award, presented by Carol Jenkins, former and founding Women's Media Center President.
Women's Media Award Honoree Maria Teresa Kumar
MAKERS, a 3-hour documentary event, Women Who Make America, plus a digital platform — the largest video archive of women ever assembled, showcasing thousands of compelling stories, so women will no longer be left out of history — honored with the Women's Media Center Multi-Media Award for Groundbreaking Contribution to Women, History and America, presented by Robin Morgan, Women's Media Center Co-Founder.
Women's Media Center Co-Founders Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda
Robin Morgan, Co Founder of The Women's Media Center
Lindy West, writer, humorist and cultural critic, with the Women's Media Center Social Media Award, presented by Jane Fonda, Women's Media Center Co-Founder.
Women's Media Center Co Founder Jane Fonda presents the Social Media Award
Julie Burton, President of The Women's Media Center
Betsy West accepted The Women's Media Award for Makers, the 3 hour documentary and digital platform
Women's Media Award Honoree Lindy West
Mary Thom, author, Ms. Magazine editor and Women's Media Center Features Editor (in memoriam) was honored with the first Women's Media Center Mary Thom Art of Editing Award, presented by Martha Nelson.
Martha Nelson, Editor in Chief of Time Inc. and Co Chair of The Women's Media Awards
Thom Loubet and Susan Thom Loubet
Women's Media Center President Julie Burton and the 400 guests in attendance toasted Women's Media Center Co-Founder Gloria Steinem in honor of the Presidential Medal of Freedom that President Obama has announced will be awarded to her.

Celebrities and VIPs attending the annual event included many of the most accomplished and influential women and men in the world of media today. The event was hosted by Emmy, Tony and Grammy award winner Lily Tomlin. Co-Chairs for the 2013 Women's Media Awards were Loreen Arbus, Jewelle Bickford, Lauren Embrey, Jodie Evans, Gloria Feldt, Carol Jenkins, Gayle King, Pat Mitchell, and Martha Nelson.
Women's Media Center Board Chair Lauren Embrey
Gloria Steinem and WMC SheSource intern Julia Bahl
The Women's Media Center works to make women visible and powerful in media. The Women's Media Center trains women experts to be in the media; promotes women experts in the media, does groundbreaking research and reporting on media inclusion and accuracy; produces media style guides, such as the first ever to cover reproductive issues (especially important now that reproductive freedom is under attack in states across the country); and documents and reports sexualized violence as a tool of war in Syria and other conflict regions. Its publication, The Status of Women in U.S. Media Report, is now the industry standard on where women stand, and serves as a map to where women need to go.

For more information about the Women's Media Center go to:
Carol Jenkins, Julie Burton, David Corn, Jodie Evans , and Jewelle Bickford
Paula Cuello, Patrick Parodi, Maria Teresa Kumar, Carol Jenkins, and Richard Wolffe
Roger Hickey and WMC President Julie Burton
WMC Board Member Cristina Azocar, Host Lily Tomlin, and Lauren Wolfe, WMC Siege Project Director
The Board of Directors of the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy hosted its Annual Fall Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. More than 350 guests attended the event. The event began with a reception followed by a luncheon, which included a special conversation with designer and Project Runway All Star's Isaac Mizrahi being interviewed by Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles about his lifelong love of Central Park. The event raised over $165,000.

Anne S. Harrison, President of the Women's Committee, was joined by luncheon Co-Chairmen Suzie Aijala, Paige Hardy, and Sharon Jacob. This event was generously supported by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Joanna Coles and Isaac Mizrahi
Guests included Douglas Blonsky, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator, Tom Kempner, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Central Park Conservancy, Yvonne Lynam, Vice President of Retail NY, Van Cleef & Arpels, Eric Gantwarg, Boutique Director NY, Van Cleef & Arpels, Lise Evans, Karen LeFrak, Jenny Paulson, Gillian Miniter, Fe Fendi, Norma Dana, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Marcia Mishaan, Fiona Rudin, Noreen Buckfire, Muffy Miller, Eleanora Kennedy, Carol Sutton Lewis, Vicki Foley, Sheila Labrecque, Kamie Lightburn, Yesim Philip, Jenny Price, Samantha Topping Gellert, Cathy Ingram, Deborah Roberts, Audrey Gruss, and Nancy Missett.
Anne Harrison, Suzie Aijala, Isaac Mizrahi, Joanna Coles, Sharon Jacob, and Paige Hardy
Paige Hardy, Anne Harrison, Isaac Mizrahi, Sharon Jacob, Suzie Aijala, and Doug Blonsky
Anne Harrison and Tom Kempner
Elyse Newhouse, Gillian Miniter, and Karen LeFrak
Lori Bassman, Antonia Paternò Castello, and Noreen Buckfire
Eric Gantwarg, Briony Raymond, Isaac Mizrahi, Yvonne Lynam, Lauren Imperial, and Aisha Thompson
Fe Fendi and Sharon Hurowitz
Nyssa Kourakos, Angela Clofine, Paige Hardy, and Shannon Henderson
Fiona Rudin and Isaac Mizrahi
Samantha Geller and June Schorr
Kamie Lightburn and Paige Hardy
Kimberly Thurston and Adelina Wong Ettelson
Marcia Mishaan, Fe Fendi, and Felicia Taylor
Jenny Price, Sarah Zeid, and Kristin Ursano
Muffy Miller and Lise Evans
Robin Bell Stevens and Norma Dana
Sheila LaBrecque, Pam Miles, and Nell Kleinschmidt
Yaz Hernandez, Audrey Gruss, Eleanora Kennedy, and Mai Harrison
Yesim Philip and Dara O'Hara
The Sylvia Center (TSC) hosted its annual benefit event, The Art of Cooking, on October 15, 2013 at Sotheby's Auction House in New York City. 

The evening, which included a live auction and gala dinner, raised over $335,000 for The Sylvia Center, which works to inspire children to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen.  This year, The Art of Cooking honored Rachael Ray and her Yum-o! organization, and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, who together collaborated to help launch The Sylvia Center's Cooks for Health program for youth, teens and families in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Community Centers. TSC's Cooks for Health is now operating in seven NYCHA centers in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx and reaches over 2,000 children, teens, and their families each year.
Rachael Ray, Marcy Bloom, and Liz Neumark
Guests including Liz Neumark, founder of The Sylvia Center and CEO of Great Performances, Dana Cowin, Ben Leventhal, Dina and David Weinstein, Amy Todd Middleton, Cindy Edelson, Lizzie Domansky, Lara Holtz, and more gathered to enjoy a menu designed by renowned chef and author Rozanne Gold, inspired by Sylvia Center recipes and recipes from Sylvia's Table, and made with local ingredients picked at their peak from the fields of Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY.  Katchkie Farm is also the site of the Children's Garden, where school and youth groups from the tri-state area come for a full-day immersion in growing, harvesting, cooking and eating fresh healthy food. 

The presentation was emceed by Trudy Elbaum Gottesman, from The Sylvia Center's board of directors, who introduced the organization's founder, Liz Neumark. Anna Hammond, Executive Director of The Sylvia Center, proudly introduced students who participate in the programs offered by the organization, and together they shared an inside look into what these programs are doing to provide young people with worthwhile educational experiences through a feature video.  Liz Neumark then led the applause as Rachael Ray and Megan Sheekey, on behalf of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, were honored for their groundbreaking work and support.
Nina Freedman, Dina Weinstein, Lizzie Domansky, Amy Berlin Wolpert, Lara Holtz, and Sharon Averni
The evening concluded with a live auction and Fund a Need pitch. The pitch, to sponsor students to participate in The Sylvia Center's Cooks for Health program, brought in $68,000.

For more information on The Art of Cooking, visit
Anna Hammond, Rachael Ray, John Rhea, Liz Neumark, and Megan Sheekey
Lizzie Domansky and Amy Todd Middleton
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman
Liz and Chaim Neumark
Rachael Ray and children from The Sylvia Center program

Photographs by Roey Yohai (Mount Sinai); Billy Farrell Agency (CPC); D. Finnin & R. Mickens (AMNH); Jay Brady Photography (The Cancer Institute); Amanda Gentile (Sylvia Center).