Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Destination for Dialogue

John T. Chambers and friends toast the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation's inaugural Hero Awards.
Last Thursday night here in New York, African philanthropist Mo Ibrahim hosted a private celebration and launch of the New Africa Center in the new Robert A. M. Stern designed condominium building at 110 Street and Fifth Avenue. The evening took place at the future home of the center and featured performances by African entertainers Angelique Kidjo and Youssou Ndour, as well as the band from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fela!

The host committee for the event included founding Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Hadeel Ibrahim, Bruce Eichner, Sherry B. Bronfman, Edward Tyler Nahem, Brigan Hogan and Dana Reed.
New Africa Center
Among the guests were Bono, Harry Belefonte, Jesse Jackson, Jeffrey Wright, former Senator Chris Dodd, Michael Milken, Matthew Mellon, Liya Kebede, actor Jeffrey Wright, Tom Freston; Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; Alan Patricoff, Nicolas Berggruen; Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation; Dikembe Mutombo, former president of Botswana Festus Mogae; Benjamin Bronfman, Jesse Dylan.

The New Africa Center, formerly the Museum for African Art, will be a North American hub for policy, performance, education, collaboration, as well as a museum showcasing African art. The objective of the Center is to become the premier destination for dialogue on critical issues of the day facing the development, understanding and advancement of the African continent, its citizens and its culture.
Hank Willis Thomas
Makgatho Mandela
Bono and Harry Belafonte
Dikembe Mutombo and Fab Five Freddy
Fatou N'Diaye and Catherine McKinley
Bono, Makgatho Mandela, and Mohamed Aly Ansar
Hadeel Ibrahim and Angelique Kidjo
Edward Nahem , Wangechi Mutu, and Mario Lazzaroni
Helene Faussart, Fab Five Freddy, and Celia Faussart
Liya Kebede
Mo Ibrahim and Michael Milken
Alan and Susan Patricof with Mo Ibrahim
Lynn Taliento and Tom Fresten
Jesse Jackson
Rose Aiello, Ben Bronfman, Sherry Bronfman, and Poppy Gaye
Richard and Cecilia Attias
Stephanie Londonio and Edward Nahem
Youssou N'Dour
This past Monday night at Cipriani 42nd Street, The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), a New York-based nonprofit organization committed to developing immune system-based cancer treatments, hosted its 27th annual awards dinner. Serial tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker and MedImmune biotech head Dr. Bahija Jallal were presented with CRI's highest honor for people exceptionally dedicated to advancing cancer research.

Cancer Research Institute also celebrated its 60th year dedicated to funding and finding immunotherapy treatments for cancer with an "Immunotherapy Rocks Cancer" theme. Cancer immunotherapy is a new class of cancer treatment that mobilizes the immune system to fight the disease and represents the most immediate hope for curing patients with any type of cancer.
Dr. Bahija Jallal and Ronald Herbst
Vanja Sisirek and George Gasteiger
CRI gave the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research to Sean Parker for his work with Stand Up to Cancer and outstanding dedication to cancer immunotherapy through funding support of the SU2C-CRI Cancer Immunology Translational Research Dream Team. Dr. Bahija Jallal, executive vice president of AstraZeneca and head of MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, was honored for her work as part of the groundbreaking collaboration between MedImmune, CRI, and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research to bring three promising immunotherapies into clinical trials.
Bill Weir and Matthew Hiltzik
Jill O'Donnell-Tormey and Tom Tormey
In addition to the Grace Award, CRI bestowed the William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology and the Frederick W. Alt Award for New Discoveries in Immunology, which are presented annually to scientists whose outstanding contributions to cancer immunology have made tremendous impact on the lives of cancer patients.

Nightline anchor and ABC News reporter Bill Weir emceed the event. Folk, soul, blues, and pop music duo JohnnySwim provided the musical entertainment.
Leslie Dahl and Bob Dahl
Anne Nordeman and Jacques Nordeman
Robert Posner, Yumiko Honda, Dr. Connie Gee, and Dr. Fred Alt
Dr. Bijan Safai and Vera Safai
Sharzad Targoff and Michael Targoff
Sheng Dong Ke, Denise Upton, and Li Pang
Geoff Coley, Niki Coley, and Ann Coley
Mark Koch and Michael Mavroudis
Nicola Gagliani and Noah Plam
Robert Karasik, Christina Brown, Alexis Covey, and Brett Lindsey
Abdi Mohammadi and Dee Ali
Denise Upton and Liz Stevenson
Corrie Painter and Yvonne Mburu
Dr. Yao-Tseng and Lih Chen
Dr. Liron David and Qi Qiao
Sei Long and Lang Siew Yeap
Carolyn Sun, Dr. Joseph Sun, Erika Pierce, Jeff Rathmell, and Jenny Karo
Shan Grant and Renee Grant
Mira Finkelstein and Jonathan Finkelstein
Tom Mandell, Andy Mandell, Toby Meshberg, and Emil Meshberg
Dr. Agne Petrosiute and Dr. Alex Huang
John Veronis and Lauren Veronis
Josh Rubinowitz and Emily Rubinowitz
Jennifer Scully
Paola Betancur
Christine Fitzgibbons and John Fitzgibbons
Catherine Farello and Michael Farello
Sei Long, Lang Siew Yeap, Hye Suk, and Dr. Fred Alt
Zo Massidas and Alfred Massidas
Yu Jung Lee, Ross Bolton, and Justin Taylor
Kevin Lankes and Maeve Montalvo
Kari Whitehead, Tom Whitehead, Emily Whitehead, Sean Parker, and Alexandra Parker
Christine Sable, Steve Geisenberger, Justin Geisenberger, and Nicole Geisenberger
John Stagg and Alex Muldey
Dr. Carl Nathan and Jill O'Donnell-Tormey
Chiselle Negron, Qing Zhang, Davey Sharma, Rupinda Kaur, Shan Grant, and Emily Livingston
Dr. James Allison and Dr. Glenn Dranoff
Christine Spear and Alice Luo
The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation (NLEAFCF) raised nearly $500,000 at its its inaugural Hero Awards Gala on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, with cocktails at 6PM followed by dinner and an awards ceremony with over 300 guests in attendance.

The NLEAFCF presented the "Corporate Hero" Award to John Chambers, Cisco Chairman and CEO and the "Public Service Hero" Award to the Honorable Rudolph Giuliani. Award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television personality Joan Lunden was the Emcee. Celebrated stage and screen actress Holland Taylor served as Special Auctioneer at the event. The awards are designed to honor distinguished individuals and corporations whose work and passion support the efforts of our nation's first responders. Proceeds from the event help to underwrite NLEAFCF's ongoing scholarship and grant programs.

Created in the aftermath of "9/11" by Alfred Kahn, Chairman & CEO of CraneKahn LLC, the NLEAFCF serves the needs of children and families nationwide affected by a line of duty death or permanent disability.
NYPD Emerald Society
John Bermingham, Eugene Stelowski, and Holland Taylor
The Co-Chairs included Nick Adamo, SVP of The Americas, Cisco; and Alfred R. Kahn & Jillian Crane. Vice Chairs were Eric Hatzimemos, Managing Partner, Giuliani Partners; Laurence A. Levy, Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP; Jacqueline & James Rosinsky; and Charles V. Salice. Also attending was US Congresswoman, Carolyn Maloney.

Proceeds from the Hero Awards Gala will fund NLEAFCF's ongoing scholarship and grants programs, affording much needed financial support to the children of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Underwriters of the event will also be sponsoring tables for our first responders so that our uniformed heroes, in addition to our honorees, will be acknowledged for their ongoing service and sacrifice.
Alfred Kahn
John T. Chambers and Alfred Kahn
The NLEAFCF is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, and to families in times of significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances. Support is in the form of educational scholarships; special needs grants and family friendly events. In addition, the NLEAFCF provides grants to programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to educate children and benefit their local communities.

For more information about the National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children's Foundation, please visit
Bill Carey, Holly Lunden, Bob Stanberry, Joan Lunden, Dan Stevens, and Daniel Stewart
Alfred Kahn, Holland Taylor, Honorable Rudolph Giuliani, V. James Onalfo, John T Chambers, Joan Lunden, and Jillian Crane
Chris Weiture, Anuja Singh, Micheal Williams, Kristina Lobosco, and Lou Donlin
Beverly and Stuart Denenberg
Honorees Rudolph Giuliani and John T. Chambers
Anthony Lolli CEO Rapid Realty , Edward Schloeman , Sal Cassano, and Carlos Angelucci
James Esposito Chief of Operations, Eugene Stelowski, Sal Cassano, John Sudnick, and Lee Morris
Dr. Richard Lienhart Board Member, John Reilly, Dante Gray, Brian Crowell, Nicholas Palmeri DEA, Jerry Arico NYPD, and Richard Green NYPD
John Reen, Tom Bradley, Richie Howl, Lee Morris, John Brickman, Gerard Brickman, Chief Esposito Chief Burns, and Chief Kern
Rudolph Giuliani, Chief Phillip Banks, and Alfred Kahn
Evan and Lindsay Weinberg
Al Pizzano, Nick Scianna, and Joe Fermaint
Tom Bradley, John Regan, and Richard Howe
Peter Modafferi and Jorge Wamsley
Lt. Anthony Dipalma and Jeanette Rogan
Rich Wenning Cisco Systems, Jim Walsh, Emily Crawford, and Reema Alameddinee
Anthony and Lynda Lomangino
Lt. Jerry Orico NYPD and Eugene Stelowski
Alexa Steinberg, Michelle Daftari, Macy Andrews, Jill Larsen, Kathy Benco, and Suzanne Penavic
To celebrate the Big Apple Circus’s return to its hometown, New York City, Wally Findlay Galleries hosted a private cocktail reception on Wednesday, September 18th at 124 East 57th Street.

It was a circus atmosphere  or something thereof, as you can see from all those red noses. Wally Findlay was also featuring an exhibition of circus-themed works by Bernard Buffet, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagal, Dimitry Gerrman, and Nicola Simbari. There was also a stilt walker and other strolling performers with bubbles and magic to entertain guests.
For its 36th Season, the nonprofit Big Apple Circus presents an all–new show, LUMINOCITY, in its New York Premiere in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, from Friday, October 25th  through Sunday, January 12th of next year. 

A beloved local cultural icon for many New Yorkers, Big Apple Circus celebrates the vitality of life at the City’s epicenter and Crossroads of the World: Times Square.  Audiences will catch all the verve, the high-spirits, and the racing-pulse thrills of the World’s Greatest Circus Artists in one ring under the intimate Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from ringside.
Angela Romualdez (BAC Individual Relations), Susan Nelly, Justin Wood, Karyn Manocchia (BAC Special Events), Will Maitland Weiss (BAC VP of Development), and Fred Clark
Popcorn Sisters Katie and Molly Emerson
BAC VP of Development Will Maitland Weiss
Evelyn Tompkins
Karen McCarty (BAC Creative Director) and Kim Winslow
Wally Findlay Galleries VP and International Director Stephanie Borynack Clark, Donald Rubin, BAC Board Vice Chairman Mary Jane Brock and Geordie Hebard
Charles Brock and Mary Jane Brock
Geri Berman and Ashton Clay
Adrianna Harriman and Elias Barreto
Michael-Ann Rowe can't wait until October 22nd

Photographs by (NLEAFCF); Richard Lewin (Big Apple Circus).