Monday, May 20, 2013


The scene at Doubles at its 37th anniversary celebration.
Oyster Bay, NY — The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center hosted the 2013 Legacy of Conservation Gala on Saturday, May 4th at Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley where guests donned their feather headbands and pearls. Guests were brought back in time to the year 1923, when the Sanctuary first opened, to celebrate its 90th Anniversary. Silent and live auctions, with live auctioneer Bernadette Castro, and music by 1920's band, the Dixie Rascals, added to the evening.

In honor of this year's 90th Anniversary event, the following individuals lent their name to this year's Honorary Legacy Council, made up of families and leaders that have done so much to protect Long Islands environment: Louis Moore Bacon, Frederic Delano Grant, Jr., Karen Hicks Courts, Marilyn Hicks, Stephen Hicks, John and Paula Hornbostel, Anne Manice, Andrew and Jill Roosevelt, Elizabeth Roosevelt, Simon Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, IV, Dr. James Watson, among others. Ed Mohlenhoff, Simon Roosevelt and Ted von Briesen served as Gala Co-Chairs.

The evening recognized the conservation work of many organizations that have made up the conservation history over the past century including North Shore Land Alliance, Friends of the Bay, Theodore Roosevelt Association, Long Island Audubon Chapters, Oyster Bay Historical Society and Sagamore Hill Historic Site, among others.
Ted Scherff, honorees Willis De La Cour and John Venditto (Supervisor of the Town of Oyster Bay), and Edward von Briesen (President of TR Sanctuary and Legacy Gala Co-Chair)
Willis S. DeLaCour, Jr., Congressman Steve Israel and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were each honored with the 2013 Legacy of Conservation Award, Audubon's highest award for Long Island focused environmental leadership.

"For 90 years, the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center has been a cornerstone of the environmental movement on Long Island, influencing the thinking of thousands of people about the Importance of protecting birds, other wildlife, and their habitats," said Erin Crotty, Executive Director of Audubon New York.

Robert L. Kilroy,
CFP® and Maureen A. O'Donnell, CLU, CLTC, Wealth Management Advisors of Northwestern Mutual were the core sponsors for this year's event.
Ted Scherff (Director of Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary), Mona Scherff, Susan Peterson, Edward Mohlenhoff, and Lillian Soricillo
Located in Oyster Bay, Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center (TRSAC) was established in 1923 as the first Audubon Songbird Sanctuary in the nation. Today, it is a vibrant resource acting as a home to injured and non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles, a center for environmental education programming, and a resource for the community on a variety of environmental and conservation issues. A part of Audubon New York, the state office of the National Audubon Society, TRSAC's mission is to connect people with nature while promoting a sense of environmental stewardship through environmental education.
Phillip and Jacqueline Blocklyn (Oyster Bay Historical Society)
Elizabeth Roosevelt
Ashia Sheikh (Audubon NY Director of Development) and Erin Crotty (Master of Ceremonies and Executive Director of Audubon NY)
Jennifer Zaso
Denyse Duval Pugsley (Board Member)
Susan Peterson and Nicole Menchise
Edward Mohlenhoff (Legacy Gala Co-Chair and Board Member), Margaret and Tom Stacey, and James Tiberg
Peter Casparian (Reverend of Christ Church, Oyster Bay)
Dr. James Watson (Chancellor Emeritus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) and Liz Watson
Joseph Barry, Ingrid Chung, and Michael Obuchowski
Martin and Peri Wenz
Linda and Jesse Silver (Board Member)
Denyse Duval Pugsley, Marianne Nash, Suzanne Dillenbeck, James Tiberg, and Margaret Stacey
Lucy Cutting and June Fisher
Thomas and Patricia Werblin
Maud Robertson, Joseph Barry, Richard Weir III, and Sybil Carton
Ted Scherff, Lisa Ott (President of North Shore Land Alliance), and Gill Ott
Virginia Stowe and Margot Ernst
Maya Browne, Laurence Pels (Executive Director Theodore Roosevelt Association), and Georgia Bush
Louis Norris (aka "Diamond Jim Brady")
Tom Ross (Superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site)
Linda and David Carey (Board Members), Constance Cincotta (patron), and Zach Nudo
Angelo Garcia III (Board Member) and family
Bernadette Castro, Bernard Austin (Board Member), and Alexandria Austin
Simon Roosevelt (Legacy Gala Co-Chair)
Theresa Skvarla and Marian Minkin
Balloons and Bubbles ... Doubles, the chic private club in the Sherry-Netherland,
recently celebrated its 37th Anniversary with a spectacular black-tie gala. Balloons with silver mylar streamers filled every room, a slew of champagne corks were popped, toasts were made and Peter Duchin and his orchestra kept the dance floor filled until midnight.

Those enjoying a delicious lobster salad, organic filet, and chocolate truffle dessert included: the Club's guiding light Wendy Carduner, Ambassador Brenda Johnson, J. Howard Johnson, Susan and Jim Blair, John Royall, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Mary and Michael Darling, Cathy and Bill Ingram, Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Kamie Lightburn, Doug Steinbrech, Polly Onet, Mark Gilbertson, Amy Hoadly, Melanie and David Holland, Bryan Colwell, Mary and Guy Van Pelt, Lois and Andre Nasser, Barbara and Ted Terry, Larry Kaiser, Anka Palitz, Craig Dix, Ann Miller, Rosie and Jack Heffernen, Rene and Richard Steinberg, Jerry and Loni Casey, Wendy and Richard Cooke, Meriel and Alex Lari and the list goes on.
Descending the stairs to Doubles
Wendy and Richard Cooke
Philip Schlussel and Barbara Spector, Carol and Philip Mehler
Bill and Jane Told
Jerry and Loni Casey
Ann Miller, Jack and Rosie Heffernan, and Michael Menillo
Wendy Carduner, Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy
Alex and Meriel Lari
Stanley and Roberta Bogen with Rene and Richard Steinberg
Mary Van Pelt and Guy Van Pelt
Chip and Sarah Page
Maureen Bannon, Kevin Costa, Jerry Anne Costa, and Victor Costa
Susan and Jon Nagel
Guy Van Pelt, Polly Onet, Mary Darling, and Doug Steinbrech
Keiko Aoki, Horst Schneider, and Susan Schneider
Michael Darling and Cathy Ingram
John Royall and Bill Ingram
Andrew and Danielle Earls with Kristen and David La Valle
Amy Hoadley and Polly Onet
Jim and Susan Blair with Michael Kennedy
Peter Duchin
Eleanora Kennedy and Kamie Lightburn
Doug Steinbrech, Mary Darling, and Mark Gilbertson
Zita Davisson
Andre and Lois Nasser, Ted and Barbara Terry
Ambassador Brenda Johnson and Jim Blair
Larry Kaiser and Lisa Woodward
Elizabeth and William Morris
Lisa Woodward, Anka Palitz, Craig Dix, Larry Kaiser, and guests
On April 24, 2013, North Star Fund held its annual Community Gala at New York City’s Chelsea Piers. The event raised $662,710 to support grassroots activism in New York City. Five hundred and forty people joined North Star Fund to honor the following individuals for their leadership in activism and social justice: philanthropist Lorna Brett Howard; Rafael Cestero, President and CEO of the Community Preservation Corporation; and Mallika Dutt, CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization.

Damayan Migrant Workers Association
was honored for educating and organizing low income Filipino workers to address labor exploitation, health problems and gender-based violence. El Centro del Inmigrante was honored for its training and advocacy on behalf of day laborers in Staten Island.
Members of Damayan Migrant Workers Association
Jodi Johnson and Asa Johnson
Lorna Brett Howard and John Howard
Zakiya Johnson-Lord and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.
North Star Fund was excited to also launch its $7 million Activism’s Future campaign at the gala. “Equality and peace are at the heart of North Star Fund’s vision. People have given extraordinary gifts to this campaign, and it has shown me beyond a doubt that New Yorkers want a city that is fair for all of us,” said North Star Fund executive director Hugh Hogan

Four North Star Fund donors, led by honoree Lorna Brett Howard, issued a $100,000 challenge from the stage that will match dollar-for-dollar the next $100,000 in campaign pledges made before June 30, 2013.
Mallika Dutt
Michael J. Hirschhorn
Notable guests included Katrina Vanden Heuvel, president of The Nation Institute; Abigail Disney and Pierre Hauser, filmmakers and philanthropists; fashion designer Kate Spade, actor David Straithorn, mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio, John Howard, CEO of Irving Street Capital and Lorna Brett Howard; philanthropist Anne Hess, Arva Rice, president and CEO of the New York Urban League; Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service; Kenneth Morris, great, great, great grandson of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and Marjorie Hill, CEO, Gay Men’s Health Crisis. They dined, danced and enjoyed the sunset over the Hudson as they celebrated with North Star Fund.
Abigail Disney, Sarah Kovner, Rachel Fine, and Martin Dunn
Arva Rice, Lynda Rodolitz, Martha Baker, and Jessica Mates
Bill de Blasio, Lorna Brett Howard, and Hugh Hogan
Bonnie Potter, Ariel Mortiz, Ruth Messinger, and Martha Baker
Byron Silva and Gonzalo Mercado
Chris McInerney, Jason Franklin, and Wayne Franklin
Donald Capaccio, Rafael Cestero, and Tommy Pegues
Hugh Hogan and Anne Hess
Kate Spade, John Howard, Lorna Brett Howard, Stuart Mogul, and Hugh Hogan
Linda Vilaikeo, Laura Weil, Christine Munnelly, David Witkewicz, Greg Scott, Brenda Posey Simon, Jody Gietl, and John Howard
Logan Goodman, Barbara Winslow, and David Strathairn
Trez Thoma, Elyce Arons, and Meredith Homet
Katrina Schaffer
Silver Hill Hospital (SHH), a not-for-profit psychiatric hospital located in New Canaan, held its first annual Young Professionals Fundraising Benefit last Tuesday at LAVO, 39 East 58th Street. The event featured DJ Cassidy as the special entertainment, passed hors d'oeuvres and drinks, and an auction of items and experiences.

Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, President and Medical Director, of Silver Hill Hospital welcomed the guests. Steering committee member, Jaime Gleicher, delivered remarks about her personal experience at SHH which has led her to help raise awareness for the hospital, and bring together young professionals to be involved in the cause. The evening raised $21,000 for the SHH Scholarship Fund, and 130 guests attended.
Rachel Heller, Jacquie Sherry Coomb, and Samantha Zimmerman
Jaime Gleicher and Janet Fitzgerald
Silver Hill Hospital, founded in 1931, has long been world-renowned for the treatment of mental illness and addiction. This event provides young philanthropists with the opportunity to support Silver Hill Hospital for a very special purpose – providing resources for scholarship assistance for treatment in one of the hospital's residential treatment programs. The Silver Hill Hospital Scholarship Fund is an essential resource to be able to draw upon when motivated patients in need ask and qualify for financial assistance. The ongoing demand for scholarship support makes fundraising for this purpose a top philanthropic priority, in order to help as many deserving patients as possible access treatment.
Ben Stapleton, Hugh Carey, Kate Gibson, Maureen Stapleton, and Rolly Morris
Cary Neer and Amanda Fialk
DJ Cassidy, Dennis Basso, and Michael Cominotto
Linette and Matt Semino
Annunziata Francesca Sahid and Francesca Campbell
Michael Gleicher, Penelope Lawson, Denise Rollandi, and Jake Indyk
DJ Cassidy, Jaime Gleicher, and Johnny Podell
Jacquelyn Sherry Coombe and Stella Keitel
Sammy Pederson, Craig Gibson Jr, and Paige Pederson
Matt Semino, Katie McNamara, and Russell Grant
Kerwelyn Craig, Caroline Kelso, and Paige Pedersen
Julie Dermer, Penelope Lawson, and Denise Rollandi
Cassandra Seidenfeld
Sarah Buchanan, Jocelyn Levy, Gregg Bard, and Nicole Pinto
Brendan Regan, Susie Griffin, and Roland Morris
Students from academies around the country were honored at Cipriani's Wall Street in New York on May 6th at the National Academy Foundation's (NAF) annual Benefit. The students, members of NAF's elite list of Distinguished Academies, showed an audience of business executives why they were picked as role models for education reform. Present at the event was the NAF Founder and Chairman, Sanford I. Weill, Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup Inc.

The designation "Distinguished Academy" is based on NAF's annual assessment. This designation is given to those that have exhibited exceptional fidelity to an educational model that prepares students for success in college and careers.
Mark and Kim Standish (pictured here with JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation), honored along with RBC Capital Markets
"We are committed to supporting every academy in the NAF network in their drive to achieve the best outcomes possible for students. NAF's model has been continuously refined over our thirty year history, and academy leaders have been steadfast in their goals to meet the growing and changing needs of their communities," said JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation.

"These academies are models for our network of over 500 academies nationwide. They provide students with a high quality education using NAF's proven model, and exhibit exemplary practices that they share with other academies," said Katherine Blasik, Assistant Vice President of Research and Evaluation for NAF.
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott chats with students
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For more than 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. More than 4,600 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards. During the 2012-13 school year 62,000 students attended 546 NAF academies across 39 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2012, NAF academies reported 97% of seniors graduated.
Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation with Kim Standish at the NAF Benefit. Kim and her husband Mark Standish were honored at the event.
Sandy Weill with student speaker Josuel Placencia
Joseph Plumeri, CEO and Chairman of Willis Group Holdings chats with NAF Board Member, Bob Dughi, Executive Chairman, U.S. Retirement Partners
NAF board members Jim Robinson, General Partner and Co-Founder, RRE Ventures and Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express, with students
JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation, with Lowell McAdam, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications
Mark Standish and Ursula Burns
Bernie Milano, President of the KPMG Foundation chats with students
Barbara Benioff Friedman, Trustee Emerita, Cornell University and Vice-Chair of Overseers of Weill-Cornell Medical College, chats with a student
Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Financial Services for Capital One, chats with a student from the A.J. Moore High School's Academy of Finance

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Silver Hill); Annie Watt (Doubles); Jill Johnson (Oyster Bay)