Monday, June 3, 2013

Faithful support

The debutantes at the 72nd Annual Bal des Berceaux (Back row, l. to r.): Alexandra Giessen, Sarah Rodeo, Stefania Menella, Gabrielle Cohen, Francesca Quintero, and Louise Bonnel. Front row: Emeline de Narp, Zoe Oz, and Marie Creteur.
Saturday May 25th, the ARF Thrift Shop Designer Showhouse kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with the 3rd Annual Designer Showhouse at the ARF Thrift Shop in Sagaponack.

The shop was transformed into six rooms styled by some of New York’s most illustrious interior decorators. Each room incorporated ARF Thrift Shop items as well as pieces donated from the designers own collections.

Rooms ranged from a whimsical bedroom inspired by “Little” Edie Beale to a textile rich living room inspired by the best-selling novel “50 Shades of Grey.” Guests enjoyed cocktails including wine donated by Channing Daughters Winery and hors d’oeuvres donated by the Dancing Gourmet as they mingled and shopped among the themed rooms. By the end of the night 1 dog and 2 kittens had been adopted into loving homes.
Barbara Ostrom with "Webster" and Barbara Washkowitz with "Boschie"
Lora Nelson and Pamela Eldridge
Samantha Kleinfield and Susan Saiter Sullivan
Designer Barbara Ostrom in her room themed "Dan Rattiner's Reading Room"
Ann Madonia, Diane Burm, Sandra McConnell, and Susan Madonia
Jessica Boo, Craig Fredericks, and Beth Parks
Designer Preston T. Phillips
Jean Shafiroff
Jacqueline von Rohr-Scheidt, Barbara Ostrom, and Noelle Marcantonio
Polly Brockman, Pat Kyle, and Lisa McCarthy
Kendell Cronstrom, James Huniford, and Barbara Ostrom
Robert Rufino, Gordon Hoppe, and Gerard Manfredonia
Mercedes Platz, Maggie Copeland, and Challen Hodson
Susan and Ann Madonia
Kathy Wilk (ARF Director of Special Events) and Gigi Mahon (Event Co-Chair)
Barbara Ostrom with Elizabeth Dow
Sara Davison and Sandra McConnell
Bradley Geist with "Gigot"
Annie M. Napoliello
Gordon Hoppe and Gerard Manfredonia
Sara Davison and Jamie Berger
Penelope Moore and Frances DeLabarre
Melissa Tiska, Michele Forrester, and Jamie Forrester
On April 26, 2013, at the 72nd Annual Bal des Berceaux, French American Aid for Children honored The Bic Group in appreciation of over thirty years of faithful support for its beneficiaries, children experiencing challenges in growth and development. FAAFC President Imssy Klebe presented the Children Come First Award to Baron Bruno Bich, Chairman of the Board of the BIC Group.

A special donation was presented to The Fund for Public Schools and the NYC DOE, to help support tutoring and mentoring programs between two high schools and two elementary schools for students affected by Hurricane Sandy. 
Bal des Berceaux 2013 was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel, under the patronage of H.E. François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States, H.E. Gérard Araud, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, and the Hon. Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France in New York.

Ball Co-Chairs were: Elisabeth Cros, Marguerite Mangin, Jeri Sape, and Odile de Schietere-Longchampt. Débutante Committee Co-Chairs were: Francine Bonnifay, Celine Wislin, and Katrin Medrano Turk.
The Débutantes were:
Miss Louise Bonnel, daughter of Mrs. Astrid Bonnel
Miss Gabrielle Cohen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cohen
Miss Alexandra Frances Emma Giessen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richard Giessen
Miss Stefania Mennella, daughter of Ms. Inez Reksten and Mr. Federico Mennella
Miss Emeline de Narp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic de Narp
Miss Zoe Yasemin Oz, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mehmet Oz
Miss Francesca Quintero, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Quintero
Miss Sarah Rodeo, daughter of Dr. Scott Rodeo and Dr. Christine Frissora
Miss Marie Creteur, daughter of Alexandra and Philippe Creteur

Jim Rosenfield, broadcast journalist and former CBS anchor, was The Master of Ceremonies for the presentation choreographed by David Armstrong.

Nicholas Lowry,
President of Swann Galleries conducted a Live Auction of valuable contributions from corporate and private donors. Lots include a performance sailing dinghy, extraordinary wines, works of art, jewelry, a studio session with Roger Moenks, and trips to Taormina, Marrakech, St.Lucia, Mumbai, Jaipur and southern India. Winners were Danielle Bellanger, Alejandro Vollbrechthausen, Richard Ortoli, and Patrice de Talhouet.
The Creteur and de Narp families
Notable guests included: Mr. Jacques Leviant, Baron and Baroness Bruno Bich, Gonzalve and Rebecca Bich, Charles Bich, Guillaume Bich, Mario and Gaby Guevara, Gaby Martinez, Edward and Anne Dougherty, Christopher and Cathy Mills, Antoine Treuille, Cecile David Weil, David Sadroff, Werner and Tatiana Ahlers, Dominique Boirone, Dr. Hiroshi Kimura and Mme. Keiko Aoki, Roszell Mack III, Homaira Akbari, David Townes, Frances Lagatta-Shelton and William Bruder, Michael and Joan Kahn, Rita and Joseph Cohen, Anne-Sophie and Frédéric de Narp, Thierry and Isabelle Delaporte, Damien and Anne-Laure de Chillaz, Bruno and Raphaelle d'Illiers, Patrice and Violette de Talhouet, Dr. and Mrs. Mehmet Oz and Oliver Oz, Jerold and Emily-Jane Lemole Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Quintero, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ostrom, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gress, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Marlas, Mr. and Mrs. Rafael Mirabal, Countess Dagmar de Brantes and Edward J. Westlow, Esq., Mrs. Stanley Weisman, Sana Sabbagh, Susanna Koning, Bruno Cohen, Dimitre Genov, Mr. Jacques Bouhet.
The Somnolet and Volbrechthausen families
Leading supporters for this year’s ball include Cartier, Montblanc, Roger Moenks, Air France, Altour, Breitling, Delta, Exclusive and Private, Harry Winston, Orient Express, Societe Générale, Hermès, De Beers, Tiffany & Co, Bacardi,  The Bic Group, Chanel, Dassault Falcon, Dior, Fendi, Epstein Becker and Green, LVMH, Marlborough Gallery, Stribling & Associates, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Steinitz.

All proceeds of the event will be distributed to the following beneficiary organizations based in the United States and France, that extend professional care to needy children: The Children’s Village, Le Centre Augustin Grosselin, France Parrainages, The Children’s Storefront, La Société de Charité Maternelle de Paris, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and Surgeons of Hope.
Marguerite Mangin Antoine Treuille, and Countess Caroline de Ravel d'Esclapon
Le Bal des Berceaux has been held every spring since 1942 and is one of New York’s leading débutante balls, attended by dignitaries and celebrities from around the world. A guest list will be provided in the next press release after the ball.

French-American Aid for Children, Inc. is a New York based non-profit organization staffed and run by volunteers. Initially devoted to war relief efforts 69 years ago, the organization now provides financial assistance to developmentally challenged and needy children through programs administered by vetted beneficiary organizations in the United States and in France. Its long-term corporate supporters include Société Générale, Air France, Cartier, Chanel, and Harry Winston.
Dr. Scott Rodeo and Dr. Christine Frissora
Dr. and Mrs. Mehmet Oz
Baron Bruno Bich and guest
Shaune Arp, Adrien Deseglise, and Carlos Lambarri
Julia Turner and Federico Mennella
Mariam Azarm
Anne de Louvigny Stone and René-Pierre Azria
Marie‐Claude and Robert Myers, Joan Rosasco, and friend
Rita and Joseph Cohen
Lucila and Alejandro Volbrechthausen
The Chater family
Céline Wislin and Rodney Lester
Liane McAllister and Sigourney B. Romaine
Wendy Reynoso, Nicholas Lowry and friend, and Ray Cameron
Alexis Azria and Michael Kaye
Jim and Dana Rosenfield
Hon. Bertrand Lortholary (Consul General of France in New York), Michel Berty, and Imssy Klebe
Odile de Schiétère Longchampt and Elizabeth Stribling
Elisabeth Cros and Richard Ortoli
On Tuesday, May 28th, hundreds of attendees gathered at the Center for Jewish History as the American Jewish Historical Society honored Avital Sharansky with the 2013 Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award for her efforts in the fight to liberate Soviet Jewry.

The award is presented every year by the American Jewish Historical Society to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to strengthening the American Jewish community. Avital Sharansky undertook a heroic struggle to free her husband, Anatoly (Natan) Sharansky, and other Prisoners of Zion from a Soviet Russian prison where he languished for nine years until his release in 1986.
Jerome Stern, Mort Zuckerman, Gordon Zacks, Malcolm Hoenlein, Connie Smukler, Richard Perle, Rabbi Avi Weiss, and Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
In addition to Avital and Natan Sharansky, guests included a mix of philanthropists, Soviet Jewry activists and community icons, such as real estate magnate Mort Zuckerman, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and author Elie Wiesel and his wife Marion, singer/songwriter Regina Spektor and her husband Jack Dishel, attorney and activist Alan Dershowitz, Israeli Ambassador Consul General Ido AharoniJames TischLord and Lady WeidenfeldRabbi Avi WeissJerome L. Stern, and AJHS Chairman Emeritus Kenneth J. Bialkin. The night also included a video message from Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and a written message from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, read to the audience by Ken Bialkin.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Jewish Historical Society’s Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement, the largest repository of documents and materials in the world reflecting the history and success of the Soviet Jewry Movement.  This will include the development of teaching and study materials, including films and books, to preserve the record of the many examples of heroism and sacrifice of the Jews in the former Soviet Union. 
The post-ceremony reception
Founded in 1892, The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) is the world’s oldest Jewish historical society and the oldest ethnic history organization in the Western Hemisphere.  It provides access to more than 25 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1654 to the present. Among the treasures of this heritage are the handwritten original of Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, which graces the Statue of Liberty; records of the nation’s leading Jewish communal organizations and important collections in the fields of education, philanthropy, science, sports, business and the arts. AJHS is one of five partner organizations at The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan and has a branch in Boston.
Elie Wiesel, honoree Avital Sharansky, AJHS President Paul Warhit, and Sid Lapidus
Avital and Natan Sharansky
Mort Zuckerman
Jim Tisch
AJHS Chairman Emeritus Kenneth J. Bialkin
Singer/songwriter Regina Spektor, Avital and Natan Sharansky, and Jack Dishel
Lady and Lord Weidenfeld, Elie and Marion Wiesel, and Mort Zuckerman
Gordon Zacks, Rabbi Avi Weiss, and Seymour Lachman
John Ruskay and AJHS Executive Director Jonathan Karp
Ellen Stern, Avital Sharansky, Jerome Stern, and Natan Sharansky
Two weeks ago on May 15, the New York Yacht Club in all its architectural glory and yachting splendor was the site of the Preservation League of New York State’s  Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards. These annual awards celebrate the rich and diverse architectural heritage of New York State and those individuals who support and encourage historic preservation in our cities, towns and villages all across the state.

League President Jay DiLorenzo and Board Chair, Anne H. Van Ingen welcomed the crowd of nearly 200. Trustee Arete Swartz Warren presented the eight awards honoring projects, publications and organizations that exemplify statewide excellence in historic preservation.
Award winners
Those attending the ceremony and reception which followed included League Trustees and council members Gregory Long, Paul Provost, Kent Barwick, Chiu Yin Hempel, Scott Duenow, Jan Anderson, Anne Older, George Howell, Gerry and Laura Holbrook, Janet Ross, Jean McCarroll, Matthew Bender IV, Karen Arison Georbge Beane, Duncan Barrett, Roberta Breandes Gratz, John Sare, Caroline and Michel Zaleski, Steven Weiss, Stephen Facey, Richard Maitino, Norman Mintz and Robert Kafin. They were joined by Winthrop Aldrich, Suzanne and Richard Clary, Frank Vitale, honoree Rocco Termini and his wife Bridget Termini;  Ruth Pierpont,  Deputy Commissioner of NYS Department of Parks and Recreation; RoAnn Destito Commissioner of the NYS Office of General Services, and James Jamieson, NYS Captol architect – who were honored for their contributions to the interior restoration work recently completed on the New York State Capitol.

The Preservation League which was founded in 1974, is celebrating 40 years of protecting the historic buildings and scenic landscapes of New York State, and a united voice for historic preservation.
Gregory Long and Robert Kafin
Chiu Yin Hempel and Anne Older
Rickie James, Scott Duenow, and Edward Davis
Gerry Holbrook, Jay DiLorenzo, and Scott Duenow
Patricia Sands, Matthew Bender IV, Elisabeth Bakker-Johnson, and Richard Johnson
Jan C.K. Anderson and Karen Arrison
John Sare, Anne Van Ingen, Gregory Long, and Jay DiLorenzo
Tom Blanchard, Roberta Gratz, and Kent Bartwick
Wes Haynes and Ruth Pierpont
George Howell and Norman Mintz
Francette Armenteros, Ernesto Armenteros, Caroline Zaleski, and Michael Zaleski
Richard Clary, Arete Warren, and Suzanne Clary

Photographs by Cutty McGill (Preservation League); Richard Lewin (ARF).