|The ninth annual Adults in Toyland Casino Night: Casino Gaming for a Cause attracted over 600 philanthropically minded New York City professionals from finance, fashion, entertainment and real estate, among other leading industries. This festive and worthy night out featured casino games, a DJ, an exclusive silent auction, and cocktails and buffet, all while raising important funds for the Hassenfeld Center at the NYU Cancer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Since its founding in 1856 as the nation's first pediatric service, NYU Langone has been a leader in advancing children's health through patient care, research and education. Its pediatric specialties– including hematology-oncology, neonatology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery – are world renowned for the skilled and compassionate care they provide.
|The Hassenfeld Center is a national leader in outpatient treatment of childhood cancers and blood disorders. It offers a unique approach to treatment for life-threatening diseases, combining world-class medical care in a state-of-the-art facility, with critical psychosocial support services for young patients and their families. These services greatly reduce stress and anxiety in patients and families and help address and mitigate the long-term impact of these illnesses. While these services are not covered by health insurance, at the Hassenfeld Center they are offered to patients regardless of their ability to pay.
Proceeds from the 2013 Adults in Toyland Casino Night event will raise vital funds to support the unique programs at the Hassenfeld Center and in the Department of Pediatrics. These programs include interim patient/family housing, bilingual child life therapy, and music and recreational therapy. Funds for the Department of Pediatrics will also be used to help support staff recruitment and the creation of child-friendly facilities.
| The Children's Storefront, an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem hosted An Evening of Cocktails and Dance on Thursday, January 31. The event was held at The Ailey Studios/The Joan Weill Center for Dance to benefit the Storefront, and featured a special performance by the Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers.
The benefit was chaired by Anne-Marie Embiricos, Amanda Low and Maria Vecchiotti. Morrison and Forrester, LLP generously supported the event as well.
The Children's Storefront is located at 70 E. 129th Street. Founded in 1966, the school is committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from preschool through eighth grade. Core to their mission is the belief that all children deserve a quality education regardless of academic ability or financial means. Key to their success is the strong belief in teaching the whole child – empowering every student to reach his or her potential. More than a tuition-free school, the Storefront is a community, a safe haven and a leader in the field of urban education.
|Event Co-chairs Anne-Marie Embiricos and Amanda Low with friends|
|The Moore family|
|Storefront Teacher Candace Cardwell, Head of School Wendy Reynoso, and Assistant Head of School Michael Williams|
|Steve Logan and John Forbes|
|Ray Cameron, Molly Paul, and Toni Cameron|
|Holly Peterson, daughter Eliza Kimball and friend|
|Co-chair Amanda Low and Ann Rivers|
|Crown, the elegant Upper East Side restaurant at 24 East 81st Street hosted a royal luncheon on Thursday, February 21 in honor of Muffie Potter Aston, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Gillian Miniter, the ladies who give so much of their time and effort to New York's philanthropic community. Crown owners Sean Largotta, Mark Amadei and proprietor-chef John DeLucie feted 34 of the honored ladies' equally dedicated friends in celebration of the upcoming spring charity galas.
Among those joining the festivities were: Coco Kopelman, Lady Lilliana Cavendish, Alexandra Lebenthal, Daisy Soros, Anne Hearst Mc Innerney, Claudia Overstrom, Betsey Pitts, Charlotte Assaf, Fay Wattleton, Dana Hammond, Elyse Newhouse and Lydia Fenet.
John DeLucie debuted two new Crown signature salads for the occasion: Lobster and King Crab and Roasted Organic Chicken with a tempting Tart Au Citron. The two-story windowed atelier designed by Meg Sharpe was filled with a cacophony of friendly conversation and champagne prior to the seated luncheon.
|Honorees Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, MuffiePotter Aston, and Gillian Miniter|
|Coco Kopelman and Gillian Miniter|
|Mary Snow, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Muffie Potter Aston, Becca Zilkha Halpin, and Tea Previn|
|Alexis Clark, Lydia Fenet, and Elyse Newhouse|
|Crown Royal Luncheon|
|The 24th Annual Gala of Heart & Soul Charitable Fund was held on Thursday February 21st at Christie's Auction House in Rockefeller Center. The mission of Heat & Soul is to provide aid to segments of the New York City community who are living in marginalized situations. The Fund acts as the principal source of funding, support and advice for its selected grantees, including such programs as Girl Scout Troops in East Harlem, Health Advocates for Older People, Everybody Wins! and Fast Break Mobile Mental Health Clinic for Children.
|Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross was presented with the Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service by Carolyn Buck Luce in honor of her late husband, Rev. Dr. Forrest Church. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates a capacity for moral courage and selflessness while working towards the betterment of our world. Former recipients include Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of the international health and social justice organization Partners In Health; former U.S. President Bill Clinton; Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; and the Hon. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York.|
|In the spirit of having fun while doing good work, the event featured great food and drinks from Sant Ambroeus Special Events, and raised money through both Live and Silent Auctions featuring Judith Ripka Jewelry, with an online auction managed by CharityBuzz.com.
The Live auction was led by Lydia Fenet of Christie's and featured unique items and experiences mixed with Paddle Raises, encouraging guests to make donations to specific outreach services. It was an entertaining and inspiring evening, benefiting over a dozen community-based programs in New York City.
Photographs by www.AnnieWatt.com (Heart & Soul); Andrew Werner (Crown).