Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hope and Healing

Peter Paine, Jimmy Brown, Richard Dreyfuss, Audrey Gruss, Dr. Dwight Evans, Dr. Eric Nestler, and Susan Jablonski at the Hope for Depression Research Foundation's annual "HOPE" Luncheon Seminar.
Last Thursday at 583 Park Avenue, the Hope For Depression Research Foundation hosted its annual "Hope" luncheon seminar. Actor Richard Dreyfuss was the guest of honor and speaker. Dreyfuss talked about confiding his bipolar disorder publicly in an effort to come to realistic terms with it as a "disorder" and not something to hide or feel shame about. The HFDR Foundation was founded by Audrey Gruss to raise the profile of Depression as a common problem. Mrs. Gruss says that it is has become even more prominent in men right now. She believes there are solutions that can be found through research.

There is nothing rare about depression. It is a common condition found in all animals, to varying degrees, and often depending on how they are treated in their personal environment under whatever their personal circumstances. At the luncheon Seminar Dreyfuss talked about how important it was to put it out there. In the light. We are not alone.

The HFDR Foundation in its still short life span has already begun shed light on the issue with their campaigns. Visit www.hopefordepression.org to learn more.
Jamee and Peter Gregory
Eleanora Kennedy and Katherine Mondadori
Fernanda Niven, Coralie Charriol Paul, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Chuck Scarborough, Audrey Gruss, Lis Waterman, Anne Eisenhower, and Richard Ziegelasch
Dr. Dwight Evans and Dr. Eric Nestler
Mrs. Arnold and Marina Pellecchi
Richard Dreyfuss, Audrey Gruss, and Martin Gruss
Coralie Charriol Paul, Shoshanna Gruss, and Alexandra Lind Rose
Ada Demaurier and Andres Szabo
Ralph Ciccarelli, Brian Garguilo, Rob Derrig, Ricardo Demetrios, Chuck Scarborough, Anthony Holz, Noel Reyes, and Jose Cordero
Denise LeFrak and Sylvia Baruh
Chuck Scarborough and Kristi Witker
Barbara Georgescu and Elizabeth Cohen
Kitty McKnight, Bill McKnight, and Mariana Kaufman
Jen Haile, Patricia Harceneck, and Laura Koch
Lorna Graeve, Jacqueline Weld Drake, and Mercedes Bograd
Dana Hammond Stubgen and Kim Heirston Evans
Carol Mack and Fernanda Niven
Anne Eisenhower and Sharon Bush
Mai Hallingby-Harrison
Geoffrey Bradfield and Gigi Benson
Maggie Norris
Jean Shafiroff, Edgar Batista, and Margo Langenberg
Agneta Angel and Shoshanna Gruss
Jacqueline Weld Drake and Christopher Mason
Bruce Bierman, Michael Cominotto, and Julian Seacord
Kristi Witker and Cornelia Bregman
Dr. Harold Koenigsberg and Audrey Gruss
The Carter Burden Center for the Aging hosted its 42nd Anniversary Gala Wednesday at the Mandarin Oriental. Founded by the late Carter Burden, the "center without walls" provides integral support to seniors age 60 and over in various locations throughout East Manhattan.

The theme for the gala was “Art Works” – most fitting in a year that saw the opening of both the Carter Burden Gallery in the heart of the Chelsea art district, and expanded art classes at a new Macy’s Creative Arts Center in East Harlem. A major tenet of the center’s mission being  to support the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity, the evening focused on a continuum of programs the Carter Burden Center provides to keep their participants engaged in their community via attending, practicing, and creating new art.
CBCA Board of Directors – David Méneret, Susan Burden, Paul J. Powers, Jr., Sally Phipps, Patrick Murphy, Jeff Weber, Duane Hampton, Anne Davidson, Mary Q. Connelly, Mark L. Connelly, Kathryn Cashman, and Gib Dunham
They honored John C. Phelan, who is a Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner at MSD Capital. Mr. Phelan and his wife, Amy, are great patrons of the arts, boasting an impressive collection of their own. Mr. Phelan also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Art Museum, the Whitney Museum and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and is on the Investment Committee for the SMU Endowment, the North American Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and the Harvard Business School – Board of Deans Advisors, in addition to serving on the Board of the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.
Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program Artists
Gala co-chairs Jeff Weber, president of York Capital Management and Chairman of the Board of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging and Glenn Fuhrman, Co-Managing Partner at MSD Capital, joined Mr. Phelan in addressing attendees. After a brief film featuring both Mr. and Mrs. Phelan, as well as some re-emerging artists that have had recent exhibitions at the Carter Burden Gallery, Susan Burden, Board Member and widow to Carter, and William Dionne, Executive Director of the organization, touched on the necessity of the Carter Burden Center's programming.

Dinner was at 8 (after a 7 PM cocktail reception) and it was over by 9:45. A wonderful evening in support of a worthy cause. www.carterburdencenter.org.
Kiira Benzing, Carter Burden Gallery Artists Angela Valeria, Barbara Coleman, Marilyn Sontag, Vera Sapozhnikova, and Marlena Vacarro, Curator, Carter Burden Gallery
Jeff Weber, John Phelan, Susan Burden, and Bill Dionne
Marilyn Sontag, Kiira Benzing, Barbara Coleman, and Vera Sapozhnikova
Amy and John Phelan
Belle Burden Davis, Susan Burden, and S. Carter Burden III
Bill Chong, Marah Rhoades, Caryn Resnick, and Bill Dionne
Amanda Fuhrman, Stacey Weber, and Amy Phelan
Jeff Weber, Gala Chair, Carter Burden Center Board of Directors & President, York Capital Management; John C. Phelan, Co Managing Partner, MSD Capital, 2013 Carter Burden Business Leadership Award Honoree; Glenn Fuhrman, Co Managing Partner, MSD Capital , Gala Co Chair.
On Monday, October 28th supporters of the Park Avenue Tree Lighting gathered at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show (IFAADS) for a lively reception hosted by Anna and Brian Haughton and First Republic Bank. The Park Avenue Tree Lighting, a popular New York tradition dating back to 1945, is made possible each year by the community's contributions to The Fund for Park Avenue. It's a wonderful example of the role that private philanthropy can play in the life of our City.

This year marked the IFAADS's 25th anniversary. The event featured Mario Buatta signing his just-released book "Fifty Years of American Decoration." Potterton Books generously donated a percentage of the proceeds to The Fund. The self-described, "Prince of Chintz" held court and entertained old friends, clients and new fans with his signature quips and jokes. He personalized every book and by the end of the evening all were sold!
Mario Buatta and Barbara McLaughlin
Trees were first lit on Park Avenue in 1945 to honor the men and women who lost their lives in World War II. Today the lit trees serve as a memorial to all who have died defending our country. The 2013 Park Avenue trees will be lit on Sunday, December 8th following a ceremony that begins at 6:30 p.m. outside the Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue @ 91st Street).

Among those honoring the 2013 Park Avenue Tree Lighting were: Marsha and Michael Ambler; Suzy and Fred Bancroft; Commissioner Larry Scott Blackmon, NYC Dept. of Parks and recreation; Hamish Bowles; LeMerle Brinkley; Patricia Burnham and Bill Brock; Catherine Carey; Mary Davidson, Mercedes and William Dorson; Polly Espy; Debbie and Andy Fechter; Linda and Conrad Foa; Liz Gardiner; John Glass; Marcia and George Gowen; Barbara and George Graham; Clifford and Ralph Harvard; Marshall Keating; Christian Keesee; Derek Limbocker; Jack Lynch, Alison Mazzola; Jean McAnaney; Martha McLanahan; Kevin McLaughlin; Clare and Howard McMorris; Grace and Chris Meigher; Mr. and Mrs. George C. Moore; Jan and Tad Odgen; Polly Onet; Norman Rau; Susan and George Relyea; June and Paul Schorr; Pam and Al Schwegel; Michael Scully; Steven Stolman; Laurie Tisch; Evelyn Tompkins; and First Republican's Martin Gibson and Lauren Shortt.
John Glass, Nina Reeves, Gay Schaye, and Jack Lynch
Andrea Dowd, John Gupta, Tony Manning, and Victoria Faustini
Catherine Carey, Jack Lynch, and Gay Schaye
Mario Buatta and Louise Hirschfeld Cullman
Michel Cox Witmer and Melissa Morris
Wally and Betsy Turner
Jane Galasso, Kevin McLaughlin, Gwenda McDougall, John Campbell, and Jane Wong
Mario Buatta and Nancy Baker
Patricia Burnham Brock and William Brock
Mary Davidson, Sharon Hoge, and Barbara Tober
Suzy and Fred Bancroft, and Polly Onet
Beth Harrington, Mary Matthews, and Elizabeth Mathus
Mario Buatta and Todd Merrill
Conrad and Linda Foa
Anna Haughton, Derek Limbocker, and Polly Espy
Catherine Carey and Barbara McLaughlin
Robert and Eileen Judell
Hilary and Wilbur Ross
Polly Onet, Mario Buatta, and Grace Meigher
Jean Shafiroff and The Couture Council Board of Directors of The Museum at FIT hosted a private champagne reception on November 5, 2013.  The guest of honor was author Virginia Postrel to celebrate her new book The Power of Glamour. The event was held in a private residence on the Upper East Side.

Cornelia Guest
Events, catered the two-hour reception, which hosted 80 glamorous guests who included Geoffrey Bradfield, Alyson Cafiero, Bonnie Cantor, Alva Chinn, Suzanne Chute, Victor de Souza, Katlean DeMonchy, Alexis Doyle, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, Patricia Falkenberg, Joseph Fichera, Joele Frank, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Lisa Hoenshell, Sharon King Hoge, Lucia Hwong Gordon, James Kaplove, Rod Keenan, Celerie Kemble, Michele Gerber Klein, Bonnie and Michael Koblenz, Joan Kron, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Loeffler, Judy A.  Lockhart, Elizabeth Musmanno, Leiba Neisis, Maggie Norris, Liz Peek, Janis Savitt, Jody Schwartz, Melissa Berkelhammer, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Laren Stover, Patricia Shiah, Randall and Lewen Stempler, Steven Stolman, Sophia Tzelepis, Ike Ude, Jessica Wade, Rich Wilkie, and Yliana Yepez.

Jean Shafiroff toasted Virginia's success with the book and generously gave each guest a copy of The Power of Glamour to take home. 
Allison Speer, Ken Moore, and Alva Chinn
Jean Shafiroff and Geoffrey Bradfield
Bob Dowling, Steven Stolman, and Rich Wilkie
James Kaplove and Jessica Eve Morgan
Kathleen Giordano and Dr. Penny Grant
Celerie Kemble and Melissa Berkelhammer
Judy Lockhart
Maggie Norris and Lisa Hoenshell
Janis Savitt and Robert Barnowske
Dee Dee Eustace
Jody Schwarz, Michele Gerber Klein, and Joele Frank
Sinem Bayoglu and Jes Wade
Rachel Inman
Yliana Yepez, Ike Ude, and Elizabeth Musmanno
Joan Kron and Sharon Hoge
Patricia Falkenberg and David Cantor
Joseph Fichera, Lewen Stempler, and Randall Stempler
Laura Lofaro Freeman
Suzanne Chute and Elizabeth Musmanno
Patricia Shiah, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Laren Stover
Rod Keenan and Philip Hewat-Jaboor
Steve Postrel and Virginia Postrel
Liz Peek, Jean Shafiroff, and Virginia Postrel
Victor de Souza
Alyson Cafiero
Cassandra Seidenfeld

Photographs by Patrick McMullan ("HOPE"); Cutty McGill (Park Avenue Tree Lighting)