Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Gala Gaga

The scene at The Boys' Club of New York's 65th Annual Fall Gala at The Pierre Hotel.
The Boys' Club of New York held its annual Fall Ball at the Pierre last Thursday night. It was a sold-out celebration of the BCNY, and a very glamorous dinner dance.
Gabrielle Bacon, Claude Wasserstein, Celia Kritharioti, Nathalie Kaplan, Sara Ayres, and Gigi Mortimer, all wearing Celia Kritharioti Haute Couture
Lindsey Reit
Claude Barileaux and Gabrielle Bacon
Jamee Gregory and Peter Gregory
Gianluigi Vittadini, Adrienne Vittadini, and Mark Gilbertson
Jessica Danisavage and Alecta Hill
Guest, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, and Veronica Swanson Beard
Karen LeFrak
Carol Mack
Ferebee Bishop Taube
Burwell Schorr, Mark Gilbertson, and Annabelle Fowlkes
Gigi Mortimer, Sara Ayres, Gabrielle Bacon, and Lise Evans
Tom Henry and Shabnam Henry
Marieta Patitsas, wearing Celia Kritharioti Haute Couture
Blair Hussain
Melissa Berkelhammer and Cole Rumbough
Frederic Fekkai and Kirk Henckels
Terry Fitzgerald, Libby Fitzgerald, Mark Gilbertson, and Ritchey and David Howe
J. Michael and Lise Evans
Clare McKeon and Sloan Overstrom
Jackie Williams
Calvert Moore
Ioanna Marinopoulos, wearing Celia Kritharioti Haute Couture
Cosby George, Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, and Laura Darrin
Christine Schwarzman, Kalliope Karella, and Tracey Huff
Jill Roosevelt and Alexia Hamm Ryan
Shabnam Henry
Perri Peltz and Gigi Mortimer
Jeff Peek and friend
Alexandra Lind Rose and Louis Rose
Louis Moore Bacon, Gabrielle Bacon, and Amy and Hartley Rogers
Kalliope Karella and Jennifer Creel, both wearing Celia Kritharioti Haute Couture
Amy Griffith and Shirin von Wulffen
Felicia Taylor
Celia Kritharioti
Eleanora Kennedy
Arriana Boardman
Rachel Hovnanian
Amanda Foreman and Kim White
Averell Mortimer and Gigi Mortimer
Jacqueline Weld Drake
Marcia Mishaan and Sarah Senbahar
Linda Hickox
Jamie Niven
Celia Kritharioti Haute Couture
Eric 'ELEW' Lewis
On Wednesday, September 25, the New York Philharmonic held its Opening Gala, a celebratory evening of music which marked the beginning of the Orchestra's 172nd season. The event was attended by 850 guests and raised $2,860,000 for the Philharmonic.

The program, led by Alan Gilbert who is entering his fifth season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, starred eminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Argentine-flavored program included Octavio Brunetti's arrangement of a suite from tango master Astor Piazzolla's La serie del Ángel and the first Philharmonic performance of Osvaldo Golijov's Azul, both of which showcased Mr. Ma in his 53rd appearance with the Orchestra. The evening's concert was bookended with two works by Ravel: his orchestral transcription of Alborada del gracioso from his solo piano suite Miroirs, and his iconic Boléro.
Avery Fisher Hall on opening night
The co-chairmen of the Gala were Noreen and Ken Buckfire, Gabriela and Antonio Quintella, and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. Executive Vice Chairmen were Agnes and Gerald L. Hassell, and Pamela Thomas-Graham and Lawrence Otis Graham.

Also in attendance for the Gala activities were Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Joshua Bell and Larisa Martinez, Karen and Richard LeFrak, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Didi and Oscar Schafer, Daria Foster, Emilia Saint-Amand, Peter and Leni May, Daisy Soros, Peter and Leni May, Agnes-Hsu Tang and Oscar Tang, Lizabeth and Frank Newman, Elyse and Michael Newhouse, Liz and Jeff Peek, Honey M. Kurtz, Vera and Donald Blinken, Ronald and Christie Ulrich, Klara and Larry Silverstein, Adrienne Arsht, J. Christopher and Anne Flowers, and Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross, among others.
Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the Philharmonic and Yo-Yo Ma
Performance shot of Golijov's Azul
Guests of the Opening Gala arrived at the main entrance of Avery Fisher Hall at 6:00 p.m. for an hour-long cocktail reception on the Grand Promenade. The concert began at 7:30 p.m., followed by a black-tie dinner catered by Restaurant Associates in the tent at the edge of Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza, next to Damrosch Park. Décor for the reception and dinner was provided by Van Vliet & Trap with lighting designed by Andrew Grant Lighting.

As guests left the evening's festivities, they looked south toward the sky to see the Empire State Building lit red in celebration of the Philharmonic's 172nd season.
Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang
Charles Hamlen, Joshua Bell, and Adrienne Arsht
Carol Lowenthal
Daria Foster and Music Director Alan Gilbert
Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Yo-Yo Ma, and Agnes Hsu-Tang
Curtis and Diane Arledge, Rachel Robinson, Christina and Joe Torre, and Della Britton Baeza
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
Executive Director Matthew VanBesien and Donna Rosen
Gala Co-Chairs Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, Noreen and Ken Buckfire, and Gabriela and Antonio Quintella
Gala Co-Chairs Noreen and Ken Buckfire with Yo-Yo Ma
Gala Co-Chairs Noreen Buckfire and Antonio and Gabriela Quintella
J. Christopher and Anne Flowers
Karen LeFrak and Jamee Gregory
Jill Horner, Yo-Yo Ma, Executive Director Matthew VanBesien, and Rosie Jowitt
Joshua Bell and Larisa Martinez
Mary Wallach
Susan and Elihu Rose
Lawrence Otis Graham, Pamela Thomas-Graham, and Gary Parr
Linda Johnson, Leonard Lauder, designer Neri Oxman, and composer Osvaldo Golijov
Klara and Larry Silverstein
Margaret Tudor, Gala Co-Chairs Bobby and Phoebe Tudor
Michael Nelson, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Muna Rihani, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Rosie Jowitt
Music Director Alan Gilbert and Gala Co-Chair Antonio Quintella
Music Director Alan Gilbert, Kajsa William-Olsson, Chairman Gary Parr, Oscar Schafer
Music Director Alan Gilbet and Karen LeFrak
The Dinner Tent
Steven Heyer, Lauren Buccellati, and Peter May
Yo-Yo Ma with Didi and Oscar Schafer
Yo-Yo Ma, Kajsa William-Olsson, Music Director Alan Gilbert, and Joshua Bell
The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) and the Circle of Sisters for Social Change celebrated their annual Neighborhood Dinner, honoring outstanding women community leaders in the Bronx on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Bronx Municipal Building with a featured performance by Annette A. Aguilar & her Latin Brazilian Jazz Quartet.

The New York Women’s Foundation® presented Mekong Founder & Executive Director Chhaya Chhoum and Voices Unbroken Founder & Executive Director Victoria Sammartino with the Neighborhood Leadership Award, honoring two exemplary women leaders and community activists from the Bronx. D’Mary Beauty Salon Owner Maricelis Zucco, received the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award as a woman entrepreneur and business owner whose presence enriches and demonstrates a commitment to the Bronx community.
Ana L. Oliveira, Chhaya Chhoum, Carol Robles-Roman, Victoria Sammartino, Anne E. Delaney, and Maricelis Zucco
Sigfrido Rivera, Tracy, Ana A. Oliveira, Anne E. Delaney, Jack Rainey, and Patrick Carroll
Bronx Museum of the Arts Executive Director Holly Block was honored with the Special Recognition Award for amplifying the voice of the Bronx community through the arts. Others in attendance included NYWF President & CEO Ana L. Oliveira, NYWF Board of Directors Chair Anne E. Delaney, NYWF Board of Directors Alumna & Neighborhood Dinner Emcee Marjorie A. Cadogan, NYWF Director of Community Philanthropy Madeline Lamour Holder, and Carol A. Robles-Roman, Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Rachel, Guest, Victoria Sammartino, Franklin Montenegro, and Candice Iloh
Alicia French, LaQuana Cruz, Ana L. Oliveira, Anne E. Delaney, and Beatrice Shafidiya
In 1994, The New York Women’s Foundation® inaugurated the Neighborhood Leadership Award. Moving from borough to borough each year, NYWF established the Neighborhood Dinner to award women leaders of both not-for-profits and for-profit businesses who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their community in neighborhood-based work on behalf of women and girls.

Over the past twenty-five years, the NYWF has invested over $33 million in funding to over 280 women-led, nonprofit organizations, improving the lives of 5.4 million women and girls in New York City; 81% of those nonprofits have succeeded and are still thriving today. In 2009, the NYWF responded to the economic crisis by launching RISE-NYC!, a 5-year partnership initiative that increased its grant-making by more than 20% in focused areas including economic security, anti-violence and safety, and health. 
Holly Block and Anne E. Delaney
Maricelis Zucco and Marjorie A. Cadogan
The New York Women’s Foundation® is a cross-cultural alliance of women, serving as a voice for women and a force for change. The Foundation identifies innovative organizations that are effecting change for women in the communities they serve. NYWF strategically funds organizations and programs that move women, girls and families toward long-term economic security through individual transformation and systemic change, mobilizing leaders and community partners as philanthropists and change agents. NYWF funds programs that promote economic security and justice, anti-violence and safety, health, and sexual rights and reproductive justice for women and girls in New York City.
Tonya Gayle and Ana A. Oliveira
Catarina Dos Santos, Ana A. Oliveira, and Annette A. Aguilar
Annette A. Aguilar
Catarina Dos Santos
Sheri Sandler and Yvonne Moore
Myra Leigh Tobin and Madeline Lamour Holder
Camille Emeagwali and Rosemarie Savino
Roger Nieves and friends
Stephen Green, Allison, Don Savelson, and Lynn Pono
On Wednesday September 25, 2013, Jacqueline Weld Drake hosted Casita Maria’s Pachanga Jr. Committee at her Upper East Side home for an intimate lunch in celebration of Casita Maria’s 2013 Fiesta Gala. 

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia who is one of the 2013 Fiesta’s Dinner Chairmen attended the luncheon to commend the members of the Pachanga Committee for their support of Casita Maria.

Luncheon guests included: Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio, Melissa Berkelhammer, Berry Bloomingdale, Kara Davis, Elizabeth Jacoby, Kevin Kwan, Jon Marder, Annelise Peterson, Alexandra Bonetti Perez, Florence Peyrelongue, Gabriel Rivera-Barraza, Jana Pasquel de Shapiro, Lief Ann Stiles, Samantha Thompson, Chris Trump and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.
Jackie Weld Drake, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, and Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio
Kevin Kwan and Lief Ann Stiles
The Honorary 2013 Pachanga Chairs are: Jane Bloomingdale de Cisneros and Henrique Cisneros.  

The Pachanga Committee includes: Carolina Alvarez, Camila Arria- Maury, Manuela Arria- Maury, Suzy Biszantz, Hayley Bloomingdale, Alexandra and Jorge Bronsky, Katherine Brodsky, Megan and Thomas Brodsky, Hannah Bronfman, Vanessa Bronfman, Serra Cerikci and Alexander Vinograd, Melina and Eduardi Cisneros, Flora Collins, Andrea and Ed dale, Bettina Santos Domingo, Ashley Fina and Guillermo Drew- Bear, Carolina Escobar, Alejandro Esteve, Alicia and Maximilian Jahn, Eric M. Javits, Berry and Steve Keller, Christian Leone, Peter Levin, Ruben Lubowski, Bame Fierro March, Erika and Mike Marino, Brit Marling, Di Mondo, Coralie Charriol and Dennis Paul, Annelise Peterson, Gonzalo Mendoza and Camila Restrepo, Jaime Restrepo, Gabriel Rivera- Barazza, Daniela Perez and Luis Scull, Marcello Tallarigo Di Zagarise E Sersale, Elizabeth Steel, Nicola Tegoni, Alexandra and Jose Maria Trullols, Vanessa Verela, Kate Werlein and Sabrina Wirth.
The luncheon table set for 19
The menu included: salmon roti a la facon du maison, roast fall vegetables and a mixed green salad. For dessert guests enjoyed a wonderful strawberry shortcake with mixed fresh berries to celebrate the one-month mark to the Gala. 

Mark your calendar for the annual “2013 Fiesta” gala benefiting the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City on October 22, 2013. This year’s honorees are John Demsey, France Chrétien Desmarais, and Eddie Palmieri. The Honorary Fiesta Gala Chairs will be Alina Cho and Cornelia Guest. As has become the tradition, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Aileen Mehle, and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia again serve as the Dinner Chairmen. Cocktails begin at 7:30 PM followed by dinner and dancing to the music of The Bob Hardwick Sound.
Gabriel Rivera-Barraza, Jackie Weld Drake, Samantha Thomson, and Jana Pasquel de Shapiro
Christopher Trump and Elizabeth Jacoby
Elizabeth Jacoby and Melissa Berkelhammer
Alexandra Bonetti Perez, Jana Pasquel de Shapiro, Jackie Weld Drake, Elizabeth Jacoby, Florence Peyrelongue, Berry Bloomingdale, and Samantha Thomson
Florence Peyrelongue, Alexandra Bonetti Perez, and Berry Bloomingdale
Jana Pasquel de Shapiro and Jonathan Marder
The Wall Street Tennis Challenge was held on Saturday, September 21st in Greenwich, CT to raise money for ovarian cancer research. The event was created by Marjorie Pastel in honor of her mother, Bette Drymer Shapiro, who passed away after a six year battle with ovarian cancer in 1998.  All proceeds of the evening benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program (NOCEDP) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan. Chairs of the event were Marjorie and Jon Pastel, Kristina Gabelli, Melissa Hawks, Jennifer Morris and Lori Zych
Bill Ackman
Jimmy Arias
Ted Danforth and Alan Cosby
Jimmy Arias, a tennis prodigy who turned pro at age 16 in 1980 and had a career high ranking of No. 5 in the world in 1984, was the evening’s emcee.  Also in attendance was the New York Yankees first baseman, Mark Teixeira.

The exciting event featured some of Wall Street's finest tennis players paired up in 20 doubles teams, who competed at the Field Club of Greenwich in a round robin during the day, followed by the tournament final exhibition match, cocktails, dinner, auction and dancing into the evening at the Greenwich Country Club.  Justin Natale and Christian Nagler won two tiebreaks back to back in the semis and finals against Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management and  Jason Pinsky to win the coveted 2013 Wall Street Tennis Challenge title.
Jon Pastel, Bill Ackman, Jason Pinsky, Justin Natale, Christian Nagler, and Jimmy Arias
Highlights of the event included match play with many former professional tennis players including Thomas Blake and other top players such as David Caldwell, Ted Danforth, Jon Pastel, Ricky Sandler, Brandon Ogara and Jimmy Bass. 
Committee members included Shal Ahmen, Lynda Baldini, Amy Balducci, Lindsay Barth, Vicki Boxer, Gretchen Bylow, Jordana Cecil, Lauren Cranston, Melinda Ganeles, Ingrid Hang, Alison Hoenig, Ally Jacoutot, Robyn Jones, Lauren Lewis, Carolyn Pastel, Emma Pennington, Jodi Pontoriero, Kristen Quick, Wendy Reyes, Mara Sandler, Kristen Scherb, Suzanne Shapiro, Sarah Tazi, Leigh Teixeira, Carrie Wallack, Kelly Watts
and Stephanie Webb. 
Kristina Gabelli, Lori Zych, Marjorie Pastel, Jennifer Morris, and Melissa Hawks
Melissa Hawks, Lori Zych, Jennifer Morris, Jimmy Arias, Kristina Gabelli, and Marjorie Pastel
Kristina Gabelli, Jennifer and Jeff Morris, Catherine and Richard Greene, and Rachel Sheiman
Dr. Nancy Ortiz, Melinda Ganeles, Marjorie Pastel, Robin Shacket, and Dr. Rachel Sheiman
Melissa Hawks, Ingrid Hang, and Stephanie Webb
Tom and Robyn Wasserman with Gretchen and Lance Bylow
John and Neil Pastel
Lauren Lewis and Suzanne Shapiro
Michael and Kristina Gabelli with Marie and Joseph Granitto
Thomas Blake and Jennifer Whalen
Marjorie Pastel and Dr. David Fishman, NOCEDP Director
Shal and Ifty Ahmed, and Kristin and Ben Quick
Jon and Marjorie Pastel
Mark and Leigh Texeira

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Boy's Club); Linsley Lindekins (NY Philharmonic); Elaine Ubiña (Tennis Challenge).