Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Galas

Guests in the Zebra Lounge at Jay Heritage Center's (JHC) Zebra Soiree at American Yacht Club.
The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), a non-profit organization working to improve the living conditions for village children in Armenia, hosted its Tenth Annual Holiday Gala on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event was a resounding success as more than 400 longtime friends and supporters gathered together for an unforgettable evening, and raised nearly $3 million to support COAF's community-led programs. Special guests in attendance included Michael Aram, Patricia Field, Kerry Butler, and Benjamin McKenzie.

For the seventh year in a row, Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Andrea Martin entertained guests throughout the evening as the Master of Ceremonies. Of Armenian descent herself, Ms. Martin is a longtime advocate of COAF's work. She is best known for her work on Broadway and roles in the films Wag the Dog and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She received her second Tony Award this year for her role in the critically-acclaimed show Pippin.
Andrea Martin, Susanna Eloyan, Polina Sharafyan, Narek Baldryan, and Victor Garber
Award-winning film and television actor Victor Garber served as the Honorary Chair for the evening. Mr. Garber's introduction to COAF was at the 2011 Gala, where he was awarded with the COAF Humanitarian Award. Since then he has shown steadfast commitment to the organization. He is best known for his role in major motion pictures such as Titanic, Milk, and Argo.

Guest speakers of the evening included bestselling author Chris Bohjalian and internationally-renowned photographer Scout Tufankjian. A true highlight of the evening was the children who traveled to New York from Armenia to showcase their extraordinary musical talents. Additionally, COAF welcomed back Anahit who spoke at COAF's 2012 Gala. This time she was accompanied by Nerses, another of student from Lernagog. Together, they expressed their deep appreciation for having COAF help their great aspirations become realities.
Victor Garber, Carol Haggerty, and Dr. Garo Armen
In addition to the performances by the talented children, Kerry Butler serenaded the crowd with a rendition of "It's a Small World/God Bless the Outcasts." So You Think You Can Dance finalist Paul Karmiriyan electrified the dance floor with his dance partner and closed out the formal dinner, and sparked the after-party which lasted past midnight.

The event featured a high-tech silent auction using BidTech's iPads and a live auction conducted by Sotheby's celebrity auctioneer Aileen Agopian. The money raised from these auctions will jumpstart COAF's expansion into 100 new villages in the next 10 years.
Alysia Saroyan Ekizian, Greg Ekizian, and Melanie Ekizian
Jessie Dipucchio and Lita Dipucchio
Ara Hacet, Sonya Hacet, Elsa and David Salari
Marianne and Garo Tateosian
Aileen Agopian and Samuel Armen
Alex Hoos and Patricai Marinello
Chrystal Stone with Bill and Trudy Jordan
Anna Afeyan, Noubar Afeyan, Armine Afeyran, and Taleen Afeyran
Janine Atamian, Aret Tikiryan, and Michael Aram
Samantha Feinberg, Larry Feinberg, and Caroline Curtis
Patricia Field and Dr. Garo Armen
Aram, Nairi Nanor, Hilda, and Saro Hartounian
Max Teicher and Alex Teicher
Vasken Kalayjian and Jacqueline Karaaslanian
Khajak Keledjian, Sophie Naufal, Maryam Keledjian, Chake, Sari and Haro Keledjian
Kerry Butler
Alex and Tamar Kouspakian
Jeff Acopian and Helen Acopian
Samantha Feinberg
Narek Baldryan
Victor Garber
Dr. Garo Armen and Andrea Martin
Susanna Eloyan
Wally Findlay Galleries and Stephanie and Frederick Clark hosted a festive evening on East 57th Street in honor of The Fund for Park Avenue. The event celebrated the annual Park Avenue Tree Lighting, a tradition that began in 1945 to honor the men and women who lost their lives in World War II. A portion of the proceeds were donated to The Fund for Park Avenue. Guests previewed the exhibition Iconic Snowscapes, caught up with old friends and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres catered by Swifty's. A wonderful time was had by all.

To learn more about The Fund for Park Avenue, visit www.fundforparkavenue.org.
Helen Johnson and Mary Anne Levine
Nancy Jane Loewy, Jeffrey Loewy, and Trish Klestadt
Geoffrey Bradfield, Trisky Singian, and Roric Tobin
Heidi Bianco and Ali Fuge
Leora Klein
Bourne Welsh, Fred Clark, and Stephanie Clark
Norman Rau and Barbara McLaughlin
Peter Nkongho and Alice Hunsberger
Kyle Ridaught and Michelle Mongulla
Joanne Polise and Mary Matthews
Tom Zacharias and Evelyn Tompkins
Roberta Schneiderman
Daphne Matalene, Zoe Bryant, and Aimae Amato
Kevin McLaughlin and Mary Davidson
Michael Quinn and Elizabeth Belfer
Helena and Roman Martinez
Lisa Bernstein
Jennifer Argenti, Alexa Maddock, and Fernando Maddock
Mary Ann Levine, Ruby Almeda, and Marie McCarty
Nicole Limbocker and Victoria Anstead
Francis and Williman Bruder
Henry and Carla Darlington
Tika and Bill Brewer
Jeffrey Morrison and Adrian Gordon
Russell and Helen Pennoyer
Jennifer Argenti, Ann Igelbrink, and Clare McKeon
Marcia and Georgina Schaeffer
Jamie Klatsky and Jodi Sandler
Chris and Grace Meigher
Jack Lynch and Susan Nelly
The chairmen and committee for Lighthouse International's annual POSH Palm Beach gala and designer clothing sale were recently honored at a tea reception hosted by Nancy Paul at Club Colette on Dec. 17, 2013.
 
The tea was a recognition event in honor of the 2014 POSH Palm Beach Dinner Dance & Sale.  Arlene Dahl is the Honorary Chairperson; Chairpersons are Susan Bodnar Malloy, Grace Meigher and Mario Nievera; Junior Chairmen are Elizabeth Meigher and India Paull.  The exclusive dinner dance will honor Palm Beachers, Ann Downey and her daughter, Mona de Sayve. The event kicked off the annual POSH Palm Beach Sale on February 20-22 at The Pavilion in West Palm Beach, which features donated designer clothing and accessories from socialites, celebrities, designers and retailers. 
Mona de Sayve and Ann Downey
Guests and POSH supporters in attendance included Arlene Dahl, Mark Ackermann, Ann Downey and Mona de Sayve, Frances Scaife, Mark Rosen, Carla Mann, Susie Elson, Kim Campbell, Ashley Webster, Ann Galvani, Allison Gulbrandsen, Ashley Bell, Talbott Maxey, and Kit Pannill.
 
Adding to the excited for the upcoming POSH sale, Junior Co-Chair India Paul and committee members, Ashley Bell, Lauriston Segerson and Ashley Webster, modeled some of the designer collections to be featured in the upcoming POSH sale.
India Paull, Ashley Webster, and Ashley Bell
Mark G. Ackermann, Lighthouse International's CEO, flew down from New York especially for the occasion to extend a deep gratitude for their commitment to POSH, which returns to Palm Beach for its seventh year with a wonderful line up of activities.  He also asked supporters to continue to send in clothing and accessory donations for the upcoming sale.  The excitement builds with a January 16, 2014 reception at Café Boulud hosted by Bulgari.  On February 19, 2014, the annual black-tie dinner dance will take place at Club Colette.  Those who attend the gala will be treated to sneak peak of the POSH sale.
 
The POSH Palm Beach sale -- which features clothing and accessories from socialites, celebrities, designers and fashionable retailers -- will take place on February 20 - 22 at Lake Pavilion at 101 South Flagler Drive from 9am to 5pm. The event will include special fashion-related guest appearances, happenings and activities, including a POSH luncheon special offered by Hamburger Heaven.
Kim Campbell, Mark Ackermann, and Carla Mann
 Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is dedicated to preserving vision and providing critically needed health care services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss and blindness and enjoy safe, independent lives.

For information about the gala,ticket sales to the gala and sale or to make donations, contact Barbara Rogoff at brogoff@lighthouse.org or by calling 561-828-1522.
Nancy Paul, Marc Rosen, and Arlene Dahl
Kit  Pannill and Talbott Maxey
Frannie Scaife  and Susie Elson
 Ann Galvani, Leigh Lombardi, and Darylia Olsen
The second annual White Truffle Dinner at Trevini Ristorante was presented as a pre-event to the Palm Beach Wine Auction – a taste of things to come in January 30th at Mar-a-Lago.

Featuring an array of impeccable wines from Napa Valley’s very special Antica Family Estates, the sold-out evening at Trevini began in the restaurant’s beautiful courtyard serenaded by musicians Maychol and Lilian, for cocktails and truffle inspired hors d’oeuvres – including truffle infused cheeses and tiny spoons of truffle honey, while they enjoyed the balmiest weather in the country under sparkling twinkle lights.
Gianni and Claudia Minervini with Cindy and Ted Mandes
Palm Beach Wine Auction founder and chair, and Kravis Center board member Ted Mandes welcomed guests and toasted Trevini’s owner and soon-to-be-grandpa, Gianni Minervini for his encore participation in the benefit kick-off. 

The January auction under the direction of Michael Troise, retired Auction Director for NY Wines/Christie's Fine and Rare Wine Department event, will feature a five-course dinner paired with specially selected wines from all over the world. Diners will be able to bid on wines presented during the evening, as well as some of the world's most highly-rated wines.
Mitchell Rubenstein, Laurie Silvers, Hali Utstein, and David Silvers
Led by local chefs Zach Bell, currently executive chef of Addison Reserve Country Club and former Café Boulud executive chef; Lindsay Autry, Bravo TV’s Top Chef finalist; and Aaron Fuller, executive chef at The Mar-a-Lago Club along with Graham Randall, pastry chef also at Mar-a-Lago; the five courses for the evening will be prepared and presented by an all-star line-up.

In addition, participating chefs also include James Beard award winner and New York’s own Andrew Carmellini, whose recent opening of Lafayette in NoHo was referred to as “The Great Gatsby” of restaurants; Joshua Hasho, from The Omni in Chicago; and Cleveland’s Doug Katz, owner and executive chef of Fire, Food and Drink.
Steven and Laurie Gottlieb
Palm Beach Wine Auction committee members include: Ed Dudnyk, Roderic R. Fink, Barbara Golden, Steven M. Gottlieb, John H. Kessler, Stacey Levy, Shelley Menin, Patrick M. Park, I. Jeffrey Pheterson, Martin Rivard, Jeffrey Sabean, Lewis M. Schott, Laurie S. Silvers, A. Richard Sloane, Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub, Mark Stevens, Michael Troise and Jill Wachter.

The Palm Beach Wine Auction benefits the Kravis Center’s education programs which have served almost 2 million children of all ages over the last 21 years.  In six years, approximately $2 million in funds have been raised from the Palm Beach Wine Auction, providing the children of our community with an introduction to the arts, many of whom might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theatre.
Jeffery Bland and Jane Mitchell
John and Henni Kessler
Craig and Shelley Menin
Jeff and Gina Sabean
Carolyn and Richard Sloane
Mariann Tenaglia and Steve Colanero
Christine and Martin Rivard
On December 11th, music legend Quincy Jones was joined by fellow honorees and members of the board of trustees at the Louis Armstrong House Museum's 10th Anniversary Celebration held at the Manhattan Penthouse in Manhattan. Jones was honored, along with Senior Vice Chancellor of the City University of New York Jay Hershenson; Jazz historian and winner of nine Grammy Awards, Dan Morgenstern; and renowned Queens civic leader Grace Lawrence for their dedicated work to preserve and promote the cultural legacy of Louis Armstrong.
Standing, from l. to r.: Jerome Chazen; James Muyskens; Michael Cogswell, president of Louis Armstrong House Museum; Stephen Maitland-Lewis; David Ostwald; and Jeffrey Rosenstock.

Seated, from l. to r.: Honorees Jay Hershenson; Dan Morgenstern; Quincy Jones; Grace Lawrence; and presenter George Avakian.
George Avakian, mastermind of several Louis Armstrong albums, presents music legend Quincy Jones with the 'Louie' Award.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman with Donald Marshall
NYC Council Member Mark S. Weprin, Jerome Chazen, and Louis Armstrong House Museum's Marketing Director, Jennifer Walden Weprin
Over 225 people attended the Jay Heritage Center's (JHC) Zebra Soiree at American Yacht Club. Co-Chaired by Elisabeth and Matt Casey and Keelin and Chris Pye and supported by the JHC Preservationists auxiliary, the high energy party exceeded all expectations — the night raised over $150,000 for educational programs in history and the environment at the landmark Jay Estate in Rye, NY. 
 
Funds from the evening, together with monies donated by community partners like Con Edison, will help JHC expand its offerings for children and their families. Plans are already underway to add musical afternoons, civic advocacy activities and gardening workshops to the calendar while also building upon existing sustainable architecture and hands-on archaeology experiences at the 23 acre park where Founding Father and native New Yorker John Jay grew up as a child.
Pat Kennelly, Fiona Kelly, Rich and Suzanne Clary, Lauren Moskowitz, and Matt Choate
Ideally located just across the water from the Jay home, the yacht club was transformed into a chic night club with swathes of black and white fabric, a posh white lounge area and pink gel lighting. Guests embraced JHC signature zebra theme and black and white dress code throwing in striped accessories and splashes of hot pink for added flair. Enjoying cocktails, conversation, a delicious buffet and the fabulous Latin band Fiesta NY. happy supporters kept the dance floor packed almost til midnight before spilling out into the light of a full moon.
Holly Cassin and Zebra Soiree Co-Chair Keelin Pye
Ashley Cho
Jean Doyen de Montaillou, Suzanne Clary, and Michael Kovner
Kingsley Rooney, Keelin Pye, and Elisabeth Casey
Trish Muccia and Erin Cunningham
Caitlin and Andrew Layng
Shelby and Jay Green
Pete and Sally Masucci with Lisa and Toby King 
Chris and Peter Duncan
Jean Doyen de Montaillou and Michael Kovner
Molly and Derek Mahoney
Caroline and Scott Wallach
Peter and Rosanne Aresty
Nan and Tom Pozios
Matt Casey and his wife Zebra Soiree Co-Chair Elisabeth Casey 
Jamie Horne and Nickolas Hellen
Joyce and Joe Cassin
Last month, 200 clients and friends of Janover LLC helped celebrate its 75th Anniversary at The Penn Club in New York City. Janover LLC is a CPA firm founded by Richard Janover in 1938, with offices in Manhattan and Long Island. Today his grandson, Mark Goodman, CPA, is the Managing Partner of the firm. The special guest of the evening was former New York Met and New York Yankee, Darryl Strawberry, who provided autographs for the guests.
Mark Goodman, Managing Partner Janover, welcomes the guests
Marc Breier, Wells Fargo Capital Finance; Darryl Strawberry; and Eric Fried (Janover Partner)
John Cuticelli, Cuticelli Capital, LLC; Craig Geist (Janover Principal); Richard Rivara (Janover Supervisor); and Jonathan Cuticelli
Mark Goodman, Janover; Darryl Strawberry; and Michael Goodman, Janover
Christine Miller (Janover Partner) and Darryl Strawberry
Eric Fried and Jeffrey Schwartz, Law Office of Jeffrey Schwartz
Curtis Kappauf, SHG Planning; Sam Greenberger (Janover Partner); Steve Goodman, SHG Planning; and Stephen Blaney (Janover Senior Manager)

Photographs by AnnieWatt.com (Armenia); David Dupuy/AnnieWatt.com (Wally Findlay); Cutty McGill (Jay Heritage Center); Bryan Chan (Quincy Jones); Lucien Capehart Photography (Posh); Jill Lotenberg (Janover).