Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hulaween & Halloween

The Saints from STUDIOS Architecture at Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project’s Annual Hulaween Gala.
For one night, the Waldorf=Astoria on Park Avenue was turned into a voodoo-infused bayou for guests attending the star-studded-always-sold-out annual Hulaween Gala Benefit for Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP). Guests were invited to unleash their ghastly, ghostly and ghoulish imaginations in the evening’s New Orleans-inspired festivities, hosted by Judy Gold, with a costume contest judged by Michael Kors, a performance by Harry Connick, Jr., and a world-class menu designed by chef John Besh.

Joining Ms. Midler and Martin von Haselberg, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jill Goodacre, Judy Gold, Michael Kors and Lance LePere, were Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Billy Crystal, Questlove, Nina Garcia, Glenn Close and David Shaw, John Heilemann, Kate Lear and Jon LaPook, John Demsey, Clifford Ross, Linda Allard, Jurate Kazickas and Roger Altman, Margo and Jimmy Nederlander, Tonne Goodman, Tim DiSalvo, Paul Cavaco, Behnaz Sarafpour, Lauren Buccellati, Kathy and Ben Needell, Dick and Ellen Levine, Todd DeGarmo, Amy Freitag – Executive Director of NYRP, and legions of other generous donors.
The scene of Hulaween: Waldorf Grand Ballroom
Hulaween centerpieces
NYRP is a non-profit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks, community gardens and open space in under-resourced communities. Unlike traditional conservancies that care for a specific place, NYRP works citywide, bringing private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout the five boroughs; nearly 800,000 trees have been planted, with the 1 millionth tree slated to go in the ground by fall 2015, two years ahead of schedule.
Bette Midler
Judy Gold, Bette Midler, and Hugh Hildesley
Since the organization’s founding by Bette Midler in 1995, NYRP has achieved dramatic results by investing in the greening and beautification of communities in need throughout New York City.  NYRP staff, AmeriCorps members, and community and corporate volunteers have planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers to support the restoration of public parks and community gardens; restored and revitalized four city parks in Northern Manhattan, and currently maintain Sherman Creek Park and Highbridge Park; and removed over 2,150 tons of garbage from the City’s green spaces.

Ms. Midler presented Michael Kors with the “Wind Beneath My Wings” Award for Leadership.
Katie Couric, Billy Crystal, and Bette Midler
Katie Couric
David Shaw, Bette Midler, and Glenn Close
Bette Midler with Mardi Gras Indian Show
As a master of visual communication and storytelling, Douglas Little Creative transformed the Waldorf Ballroom and stage into a steaming French Quarter nightspot by way of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” with a few Vampires thrown in for good measure.  Added to the mix were the requisite Hula Dancers and non-traditional “traditional” Halloween objects that summoned the spirits to LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL.

for the evening were: Linda Allard; The Coca-Cola Company; Todd DeGarmo; The Durst Organization; Vernon Evenson; and Ignatius J. Reilly.

For more information on NYRP and its various programs please visit 
Kate Pierson (of the B52s)
John Demsey and Kelly Bensimon
Harry Connick, Jr. and Bette Midler
David Boyd
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Michael Kors
Ben Needell and Charlotte Glasser
Bette Midler and Hugh Hildesley
Charles Rosenthal, Phyllis Rosenthal, Ellen Levine, and Dr. Richard Levine
Sachi Rockland (dressed as an NYRP tree)
Sachi Rockland (with "tree" price tag)
Susan Siegel and Sandra Thomas
Richard Soloway and Donna Soloway
Jimmy Nederlander
Billy Crystal, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, and Patrick McMullan
Elysa Halpern and Judy Gold
Jon Recor and Daniel Stewart
Paloma Soledad and Douglas Little
Orange and Black polka dot balloons filled the entrance stairs to Doubles for their annual Halloween Celebrations. We especially loved the little people's costumes at the Ghosties and Goodies party. While Daisy Doodle painted 175 little faces, Magic Al had them laughing at and clapping to his many magic tricks. And after grilled cheese squares, chicken McDoubles and Halloween icing cookies, DJ Matt and MC Kevin had the dance floor filled. And nd on the way out ... every child was given a colorful Trick-or-Treat bag filled with lots and lots of candy.
Oyster Bay, New York ... Raynham Hall Museum was in high spirits and style on October 25th at a fabulous Halloween event celebrating the museum's reputation as a haunted house. Costumed or black-clad guests were greeted by some fine feathered friends -- owls and ravens -- on the arms of handlers from Volunteers for Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Center at Bailey Arboretum.

Guests then ventured through the dimly lit Colonial and Victorian mansion, decorated with Victorian-inspired spirit photos, wandering out eventually into a spookily decorated tent, where they danced the night away to classic rock blues and punk courtesy of the Mortimer-Lyons band.
Debra and John Bonifachio
Denyse Duval Pugsley and Victoria Crosby
The very creative and enthusiastic revelers were disguised as a wide variety of characters, from ancient history to Spy vs. Spy, including Madame Bovary, Titanic survivors, colonial dames and Fifty Shades of Grey's Anastasia.

Museum staff and happy volunteers impersonated moon beams, with the help of a little judiciously-applied face paint and silvery costumes. Treats included witches' fingers and sweet and savory concoctions from the cauldron of GreenPear catering in Locust Valley. Underwriting was graciously provided by Connie Cincotta and by Post Wine and Spirits.
Emily Gerard
Constance Cincotta
Donna Inocco and Kevin Donohue
Elizabeth Catz
Nikole Tsabasis and Joseph Hazel
Michael and Magdalena Tabor
Cat Woman and Zak Nudo
Meredith Maus
Jim Bradman
Michael Goudket
the moon goddesses (Emily Gerard, Theresa Skvarla, Harriet Gerard Clark (Director of Raynham Hall), Joy Oviedo, Alex Sutherland, Nicole Menchise)
creepy crunchy fingers, GreenPear Catering
Lisa LoCurto and Karen Underwood
John Collins (president of Raynham Hall) and Whooo?
Barbara Curry, Jim and Colette Buzzetta
Rita Roselle
Joseph and Kimberly Onorato
Charles and Rebecca Finelli
Jacques and Lynda Busquet
Liz Brown sporting 50 Shades of Gray
Henry Clark
Alix Michel and Theodorus Van Wyck Cushny
Diana Conklin
Bill and Doreen Banks with Howard Sutherland
Richard Mortimer
Janine Sillat and Marianna Kirikian
Bill Miller and Mary Abbene
Laura McGowan
Linda Schwartsberg, Townsend Weekes, and John Schwartsberg
Jean Walsh and Geraldine Vitale
Mary Beth and Michael Kelly
Mercedes and Bill Dorsen with Alison Howard
Mrs. and Mr. Kevin Ross
Dr. Faiza Khan with Perseus

Photographs by Mia McDonald Photography (Hulaween); Jill Johnson (Raynham Hall); Cutty McGill (Doubles)