Thursday, November 21, 2013

Full Fall Calendar

Cocktails at the Metropolitan Club for The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's annual fall benefit.
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world's first child protection agency, held its annual fall benefit on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at The Metropolitan Club. This year, The NYSPCC's benefit was their Inaugural Wine Dinner. The 215 guests, dressed in festive attire, enjoyed an extraordinary menu designed by renowned chef, Jonathan Waxman, of Barbuto, and featured excellent wines from the Napa Valley winery, Tournesol. The cocktail hour kicked off the evening with wine tasting tables sponsored by Bespoke, Far Niente, Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, OneHope and Premier Cru Wine Merchants.

David Stack, President of the NYSPCC Board of Directors served as the evening's emcee. The dinner included a welcome by Executive Director, Dr. Mary L. Pulido. Chef Waxman delivered remarks on the specially designed menu and wine pairings. During dinner, guests heard from Jamie Ritchie, CEO & President of Americas & Asia for Sotheby's Wine. Mr. Ritchie spoke about the world of wine auctions, and shared his invaluable insight into buying and collecting. He led guests through a lively auction of highly covetable items.
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D, Sophie B. Hawkins, and David Stack
The event raised over $340,000, which benefits The NYSPCC's Trauma Recovery Program.

The Dinner Co-Chairs were Lauren B. Cramer, Amanda and Neil Friedman, Joan Granlund, Penny Grant, M.D., Deborah Norville and Karl G. Wellner, and M. David and Mary Alice Sherrill. The Honorary Dinner Chairs were Anne and Bob Arns.

Attendees included: Dr. Mary Pulido (Exec Dir, NYSPCC), chef Jonathan Waxman, Jamie Ritchie (Sotheby's), David Stack (President, Board of Directors), Wilbur and Hillary Ross, Joan Rivers (Host, Fashion Police), Sophie B. Hawkins, Brian and Tania Higgins, Spiros Milonas, Joe and Carolyn Reece, Alex and Carrie Vik, Sumner Anderson, Federico Mennella, Frank Sommerfield and Jason Wu, Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Kelly Rutherford, Jennifer Creel, Alexandra Papanicolaou, Matt Miller, and Commissioner Ronald E. Richter.
Chris Norton Band
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), founded in 1875, is the first – and one of the most highly respected – child protection agencies in the world. The NYSPCC responds to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal and educational services. Through research, communications and training initiatives, we work to expand these programs to prevent abuse and help more children heal.

The NYSPCC's unique work is used as a model for child welfare agencies across the nation. Since its founding, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on the behalf of over two million children, and has educated over 46,000 professionals on how to identify and report child abuse and neglect. Visit for more information.
Deborah Norville and Joan Rivers
Jamie Ritchie
Lisa and Mat Lori
Arnold Penner and chef Jonathan Waxman
Marc de Gontaut Biron, Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, and John Lovrich
Kelly Rutherford, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, and Jennifer Creel
Karl Wellner and Hilary Ross
Peter Georgiopoulos, Kara Young, and Jennifer Creel
Dini von Mueffling and Matt Miller
Anne and Bob Arns
Kathi Koll with Alex and Carrie Vik
Commissioner Ronald E. Richter and Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D
Alexandra Papanicolaou and Zandra Pappas
Joan Granlund, Lee Rigney, and Heidi Rigney
Park Avenue Garage Holiday Sale kicked off its opening night celebration this past Tuesday night.

New York's ultimate holiday "pop-up" luxury fashion and home sale features four floors of one-of-a-kind discounted luxury merchandise gathered from the personal collections, showrooms, stores and closets of New York's top designers, artists, stylists and socialites ... all showcased in a gorgeous midtown townhouse at 10 West 56th Street.
Denise Shaller, Vickie Shechtman, Frederick Anderson, and Kate Foyer
On the second floor, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and supporters created their own in-store boutique selling top designer fashions, accessories and home products. The home website held its first "Remodelista Market" on the fourth floor of the house featuring one of a kind items from local New York artisans.

A donation based on the proceeds from the evening shopping party and the week-long sale will be given to The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The store is now open to all and runs through Saturday, November 23, from 11am-6pm.
Laura Miller, Ellen Haddigan, Frederick Anderson, Martha Glass, and Hilary Dick
Jennifer Creel, Kelly Rutherford, Martha Glass, Valesca Guerrand Hermes, and Alvin Valley
Amy Raiter Dwek, Hillary Dick, and Victoria Vought
Anna Safir, Alexandra Lebenthal, and Eleanora Kennedy
Eileen Holcombe, Minou Pirasteh, Earl Jones, Colette Taylor, Anita Askyenazy, and Martha Glass
Martha Glass, John Glass, and Mistrella Murphy
Minou Pirasteh, Courtney Arnot, and Anita Askienazy
Debra Skyler and Melissa Ostrove
Christina Addison and Katie Karydos
Debra Skyler, Valeria Bergna, Julianna Michelotti, Michel Piranesi, Janis Savit, and Christina Addison
Rosemary Audia, Ashely Hobbs, Justus Meyer, and Halsey Schroeder
Julia Noran and Kipton Cronkite
Denise Shaller, Vickie Shechtman, and Kate Foyer
Noriko Hayashi, Asako Ueno, Megan Wilson, Vanessa Franzese, Nathan Needle, Heidi Baron Godoff, Matt Pinto, Richard Ostell, Sarah Lonsdale, Ryden Rizzo, Muriel Favaro, Sonia Scarr, Rebecca Atwood, and Carina Schott
Alicia Angelotti, Alex Redgrave, and Nathan Needle
Shelly Carr and Elizabeth Fuller
Mary Wenzel and Allison Aston
Nicholas Wayne, Ann Caruso, and Douglas Hannant
Richard Farley and Chele Chiavacci
Derek Limbocker, Nicole Lindbocker, and Gilbert Harrison
Alice Judelson
Nicole Noonan and Randi Schatz
Susan Cushing, Claudia Doring Baez, Catherine Carey, and Dr. Christine Frissora-Rodeo
Jason Adkins and Amy Hoadley
Susan Rose
Nina Griscom
Ellen Zornberg and Susan Shin
Christina Addison and Sally Giordano
Michelle Chung, Leron Elkharrat, and Amrita Singh
Victoria Kempner and Debbie Pipines
Taylor Ivey and Alexandra Sacchy
Fiona Wicht, Martha Webster, Stuart Wicht, Susan Wicht, and Cleo Juster
Ellen Delaney, Grace Settembre, Rose Corea, and Sharon Ann Chaffiotte
Kitty Noustru and Alicia Angelotti
Lynn Hancock, Alex Hancock, and Mary Grace Hinkle
Mary Grace Hinkle, Christina Rose, Alex Hancock, and Lynn Hancock
Aaron Miller, Allison Wade, Kipton Cronkite, and Gwyneth Scally
Elizabeth Callender and Jamie Tisch
Ellen Haddigan and Musa Durung
Gayle Sobel, Allison Wade, and Dr. Howard Sobel
Barbara Matarazzo, Alec Hamer, and Marianne Hawley
LightYears, Lighthouse International's annual gala, honoring the artistic, philanthropic, and civic contributions of our city's most influential and forward thinking leaders, was held on Tuesday night at The Plaza Hotel. Proceeds from LightYears support vital Lighthouse International programs and services that help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss.

Lighthouse International 2013 Honorees inlcuded Fran and Barry Weissler, the seven-time Tony Award Winning Broadway Producers of La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago and Pippin; Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi, OD, Lighthouse Board Member and dedicated advocate of charitable causes; Jesse H. Davis, President of Creative Mobile Technologies.
There was a special performance by Bebe Neuwirth of two Kander & Ebb songs featured on her first solo recording, Porcelain: "Ring Them Bells" and "But the World Goes 'Round".

Diana Williams served as Master of Ceremonies.
Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi, Barry and Fran Weissler, Jesse Davis, Diana Williams and Mark G. Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International (photo: Rob Rich)
Fran and Barry Weissler
Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl
Jamie Colby and Somers Farkas
Dr. Carl Figliola and Jennifer Figliola
Diana Williams, Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi, and Mark Ackermann
Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi and Bayo Ogunlesi
Andrew Rainone and Nicole Rainone
Joe Ripp, James Dubin, Barry Weissler, and Mark Ackermann
Arlene Dahl and Susan Mados
Rinaldo Nistico and Ricellys Duggal
Keer Deng and Ellen Ratner
Mark Ackermann, Diana Williams, Susan Dubin, and James Dubin
Marc Rosen, Diana Williams, Ann Lydecker-Bunge, and Hamilton Bunge
Charles Cohen and Clo Cohen
Allison MacEachron and Fred MacEachron
Will Brilliant and Patricia Brilliant
Anna Sophie Wungenasp and Ramand Nawar
Jean Shafiroff, Ike Ude, and Patricia Shiah
Anna Hehenberger and Karin Hehenberger
Hunt Slonem and Liliana Cavendish
This past Monday night, Seth & Alexi Meyers, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, Glamour Editor-In-Chief Cindi Leive, Ann Curry, Top Chef Master Sang Yoon, NY Jets David Nelson, Alison and Howard Lutnick, Sarah Hughes, Sara Ziff, Chris Del Gatto and Veronica Webb and many others came out to support Worldwide Orphans at their 9th Annual Gala in at Cipriani in NYC. Seth Meyers hosted and the evening honored exceptional Worldwide Orphans ambassadors including long-time supporter Diane von Furstenberg and Dr. Sophie Mengistu, WWO Ethiopia Country Director.

There were certainly some light moments throughout the night, though. Before walking the blue carpet, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg helped Dr. Jane Aronson tie her signature DVF wrap dress that Jane had
put on incorrectly with the help of her two sons. Amy Poehler shared a video expressing the need for people to donate as it makes them skinny, but also shared that she was so upset that she couldn't attend as Seth has a restraining order against her.
Alexi Ashe, founder and CEO of WWO Dr. Jane Aronson, and host Seth Meyer
Finally, Seth Meyers recounted the time he got a flat tire in Dr. Jane Aronson's driveway and how Jane coerced the gas station attendant to replace it. For her help, Jane playfully suggested that Seth host the November 18th gala; he so happily agreed.

Founded in 1997 by renowned adoption medicine specialist, Dr. Jane Aronson, the mission of Worldwide Orphans is to transform the lives of orphaned children to help them become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities and the world. WWO programs bring love, play, health care and hope to orphans and at-risk children through programs focused on attachment, early intervention, health care, sport WWO currently has programs in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, Serbia, and Vietnam. Learn more by visiting
WWO Board of Directors
Elie Tahari and Joanne Blessinger
Lacey Burke and Sang Yoon
Jane Aronson, Veronica Webb, and Chris Del Gatto
Jenna Lyons
 Sara Ziff
Ann Curry, Dr. Jane Aronson, and Cindi Leive
Dr. Jane Aronson and Diane von Furstenberg
Host Seth Meyers and Benjamin Doller
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg
Jane Aronson and Seth Meyers
Patrick Nelson, Sarah Hughes, and David Nelson
Host Seth Meyers taking a group selfie
Founder and CEO of WWO, Dr. Jane Aronson and gala honoree Dr. Sophie Mengistu 
Actor Ger Duany and model Nyamuoch Girwath 
Alexi Ashe and Seth Meyers
Abbott House held its special event, The Dignity of Family Life Award Dinner / 50th Anniversary Gala, at the Marina Del Rey in Throgs Neck, NY. With over 300 people in attendance, the event raised $165,000 for Abbott House's programs and services.

Meredith Vieira (television journalist) served as Emcee for the evening. The gala celebration honored Al Roker (NBC News) and Deborah Roberts (ABC News) and their family with the inaugural The Dignity of Family Life Award.
The Dignity of Family Life Award recipient Al Roker and Dinner Emcee Meredith Vieira
This award is presented to individuals who personify the values and commitment necessary to preserve the dignity of family life. The Dignity of Family Life Award has been created in remembrance of the occasion of the very first Abbott House fund-raising dinner when the honoree, Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a speech he titled "The Dignity of Family Life: an Address at Abbott House, Westchester County, NY October, 29, 1965." In it, Dr. King noted that Abbott House is "serving humanity in a most constructive way."
Guests at the Silent Auction
Abbott House Board Chairman Gregory Mooney announcing the Fifty Forward Campaign
Al Roker receiving The Dignity of Family Life Award from Abbott House President and CEO James Kaufman
Al Roker delivering his acceptance speech
Six others were presented with Friend of Abbott House awards for their longstanding contribution of time, talent, and treasure to the people served by Abbott House. These included Susan Corcoran, Barbara Kammerer, Dr. Robert Rawdin, Jody Rawdin, David Wade, and Diane Wade.

The event was also the occasion of the launching of a major gift campaign, entitled "Fifty Forward, Celebrating the Past, Securing the Future." Announced by Abbott House Board of Directors Chairman, Gregory T. Mooney, the goal of the campaign is $1,000,000. It will begin November 1 (the actual date of incorporation fifty years ago) and run for one year.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abbott House, Gregory T. Mooney; Al Roker; Meredith Vieira; and President & CEO of Abbott House, James L. Kaufman
Abbott House Senior Vice President and CFO Gerry Finn, his wife Nancy Hanson, and his brother, actor John Finn
Don McCaffrey, Barbara Kammerer, Carol Lassonde, and Jennifer Lassonde
New York Rangers great Adam Graves and Abbott House President and CEO James Kaufman
Friend of Abbott House Award honorees Diane N. Wade, David H. Wade, Dr. Robert C. Rawdin, Jody Rawdin, Barbara Kammerer, and Susan M. Corcoran
Abbott House Board Vice Chairman Scott Richter, Meredith Vieira, Michael Glantz, and Ann Richter
Friend of Abbott House awardee Susan Corcoran and Abbott House Assistant Executive Director for Human Resources Myra Gray
Hanah Wade, Kayla Bergman, Liz Faughnan, Amanda Wade, and Jordan Weiner

Photographs by Adriel Reboh, (NYSPCC); Maria Bastone & Ed Kiley (Abbot House).