Thursday, February 14, 2013

Creating the Dance ...

Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi at "Creating the Dance with Marcelo Gomes.”
American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer Marcelo Gomes gave a rare look into how choreography is created with the help of ABT dancers Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, on Monday February 4th in the studios of City Center at an evening called “Creating the Dance with Marcelo Gomes”, a benefit for Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).

Over 200 guests, including Lisa Airan, Connor Whitney, Jennifer Chaitman, Arlene Cooper, Stephanie Foster, Heather Georges, Judith Hoffman, Karen Lefrak, Peter Lyden, Kamie Lightburn, and Libba Stribling, were among the delighted audience.  This rare and fascinating peak into the collaborative process was moderated by Barbara Brandt and including composer Ian Ng, and musicians Dimitri Dover and Charles Yang.  A spirited informal cocktail party with all the performers followed. 
Alexa Wolman, Judith M. Hoffman, Heather Georges, and Kamie Lightburn
Marcelo Gomes will soon be premiering a new piece of his choreography with music by Karen LeFrak art The Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in March.  This will have it’s American premier at the Youth America Grand Prix’s 2013 “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.  The gala co-chairs of that evening are Heather Georges, Kamie Lightburn, Jennifer Chaitman, and Stephanie Foster. 

Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala is always sold-out and highly acclaimed by critics worldwide.  YAGP Galas featuring the world’s most promising young dance students and the stars of today’s leading international dance companies have been thrilling New York City audiences since the inception of YAGP in 1999.
Sheldon Hirshon, Jutta Sayles, Alexa Wolman, Irene Shen, and Robert Schulman
YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition, awarding over $250,000 annually to leading dance schools worldwide. Since being founded in 1999 by two former Bolshoi Ballet dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, YAGP has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide.  The competition is conducted annually throughout the U.S. and abroad (Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and Italy). YAGP is the “internet of the dance world,” a global network of opportunity connecting dancers, teachers, schools and companies all over the globe. Over 25,000 dancers worldwide have participated in YAGP’s international workshops, competitions, and audition classes. Over 300 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 50 companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, among others. For more information, visit
Alexandre Hammoudi, Dr. Jennifer Chaitman, and Charles Chaitman
Stephanie and John Foster
Evelyn Tompkins
Heather Georges
Marcelo Gomes and Karen LeFrak
Guy Robinson and Elizabeth Stribling
Marcelo Gomes and Ian Ng
Sue Chalom, Whitney Connor, and Stephanie Foster
On Saturday, February 2nd, over 300 guests – children and their parents – attended The Horticultural Society of New York's 1st annual Green Bean Bash at Temple Israel. The festive educational activities included Jack and the Beanstalk pumpkin seed planting, terracotta pot decorating, wind chime and pinecone bird feeder making, and exploring worm bins. And every child got to take home their very own Venus Flytrap to care for and feed!

Kamie Lightburn and Mary Van Pelt co-chaired the event in support of the organization's educational programs.
Kamie Lightburn and Mary Van Pelt
Christina and Alejandra Gill
Morganne and Alger Boyer
Kingsley Koch
Miles and Rebekah McCabe
Alden and Stephen Worth
450 guests dressed in white tie and tails, including ambassadors representing Iceland, Indonesia, Morocco, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Singapore, packed the Venetian Ballroom of The Breakers in Palm Beach on Friday night for the 56th Annual International Red Cross Ball.

The event honored the iconic American actress Dina Merrill for her many years of dedication to the ball which supports the American Red Cross. Merrill's mother, the late Marjorie Merriweather Post, whose legendary home Mar-a-Lago is now a private club, founded the ball in 1956, and was fondly remembered for having sent 2,000 hospital beds and tents to France via the Red Cross, and when the cargo ship sank, she just sent another 2,000 more!
The U.S. Marine Corps color guard
Ambassador Mary Ourisman, chairman of the ball, invited Dina Merrill's 22-year-old grandson, Cole Rumbough (pronounced rum-bow), to perform a special tribute to her with the Peter Duchin Band. Among those gathered to hear the up and coming jazz singer's selection from the "Great American Song Book" were both Dina's current husband, Ted Hartley, and former husband, Stan Rumbough, Jr.; Stan's current wife, Janna; Dina and Stan's son Stanley Hutton Rumbough and his beautiful wife, Leah; and their daughters Allegra, Siena and Kiera (Cole's sisters), all fashionably dressed in Zang Toi.
Dr. Rosa Rai Djalal and Ambassador Dr. Dino Patti Djalal
Gail McGovern
Rhonda Wilkins
Other New Yorkers who braved the winter storm to attend the festive gala included Felicia Taylor, Elizabeth Meigher, Kate Pickett; Tatiana and Campion Platt; Mai Harrison; Jean and Martin Shafiroff; Joan and Amir Cohen; Michele-Marie and Jon Heinemann; PierPaolo Seguso (who donated lovely red Murano glass paperweights for the gift bags); and Audrey and Martin Gruss (who hosted the Ambassador from Singapore and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. Ashok Mirpuri, for the weekend at their exquisitely decorated home).

"We were heartened to see so many community leaders coming together from across the nation with a shared goal; helping the American Red Cross fulfill its vital humanitarian mission in Palm Beach County and beyond " said Red Cross Regional Executive Rob Levine.
Peter Duchin and Cole Rumbough
Nash Schott, Aniko Gaal Schott, and Cole Rumbough
Rumbough family
Dina Merrill Hartley and Rumbough family
Stanley Rumbough and Dina Merrill
Audrey Gruss, Ambassador from Singapore, and Ashok Mirpuri
Wilbur Ross and Martin Gruss
Stuart Bernstein, Mary Ourisman and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, and Gail McGovern
Bess Ames and Dean Gamanos
Howard Barry Vernick and Nancy Bricker
Tom Shaffer and Christine Schott
Dan Hall, Nancy Reynolds, Madame Gouri and Ashok Mirpuri
Jon and Michele Marie Heinemann
Mai Harrison and Giosetta Capriati
Regine and Commissioner William J. Diamond
Tweed McElveen Bogache, Madeline McElveen, and Rob Levine
Ambassador Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Dr. Rosa Rai Djalal, Marie Royce, and US Rep Ed Royce
Lois Pope and Dr. Robert Mackler
Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff
Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross
Jean Shafiroff and Stanley Rumbough
Felicia Taylor and Tom D'Agostino
Elizabeth Meigher, Tom Shaffer, and Kate Pickett
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) hosted its tenth annual Hot Pink Luncheon and Symposium in Palm Beach at The Breakers on February 5, 2013. Approximately 240 guests attended the event that raised over $500,000. Each year, BCRF—founded by the late Palm Beach resident and passionate champion in the fight against breast cancer, Evelyn Lauder—brings together a panel of world-renowned BCRF grantees to Palm Beach.

At the heart of this year's Symposium, titled Preventing Cancer, was a dynamic discussion by BCRF experts on the latest advances in breast cancer research and treatment.
Drs. Larry Norton, Robert Weinberg, Myra Biblowit, Walter Willett, Peg Mastrianni, Susan Domchek, and Clifford Hudis
Panel participants included BCRF-funded researchers Susan M. Domchek, MD (Abramson Cancer Center/University of Pennsylvania, Robert A. Weinberg, PhD (Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research), and Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH (Harvard School of Public Health). Leading the discussion were BCRF Scientific Director Larry Norton, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) and BCRF Scientific Advisory Board Chairman Clifford Hudis, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center). Discussion topics included the importance of mammograms as a diagnostic tool and the roles that health and nutrition can play in preventing breast cancer.

At the onset of the Luncheon, event Honorary Chair and Acting Chairman of the Foundation, Leonard Lauder, welcomed guests and was followed by remarks by BCRF President, Myra Biblowit, who thanked a number of the prominent supporters present, including BCRF Hot Pink Luncheon co-chairs Donna Acquavella, Louise Lambert Braver, Betsy Green, Joanne de Guardiola, Sandra Krakoff, Hillie Mahoney, Pauline Pitt, Tricia Quick, Hilary Geary Ross, Frances Scaife, and Judith Schlager.
Many of the dedicated attendees sported the signature color of breast cancer awareness, creating a veritable sea of pink amidst the sunlit Circle Ballroom. In his closing remarks, Leonard Lauder took the opportunity to announce that Palm Beach resident Judith Schlager will receive the Foundation's Unsung Hero Award at their upcoming New York Hot Pink Party on April 17, 2013 (tickets can be purchased online at: In addition to the engaging panel discussion, the event featured an informal fashion presentation and preview of Neiman Marcus's Spring 2013 Collections.
Judie Schlager, Sandy Krakoff, and Myra Biblowit
Sally Phelps and Cynthia Gibbons
Jackie Duberstein and Carol Mack
Leonard Lauder and Raysa Fanjul
Ronnie Heyman, Mickey Beyer, and Ginger Feuer
Gina Borman and John Reid
Nancy Shaw and Beth Pine
Joyce Sterling, Frances Scaife, Candy Hamm, and Suzanne Elson
Andi Stark and Mary Boykin
Jean Sharf and Judie Schlager
Wendy Holmes, Tony DeChellis, Erin McGould, and Richard Ziegelasch
Isabel Furlaud, Hillie Mahoney, and Mary Alice Pappas
Joanne de Guardiola
Louise Braver and Sheila Lambert
Allie Hanley and Emilia Fanjul
Sydell Miller, Leonard Lauder, and Frances Scaife
Neiman Marcus fashion show models

Photographs by (Red Cross).