Monday, December 9, 2013

Lighting Up The Holidays ...

Matthew Bauer, Courtney Arnot, and Muffie Potter Aston kicking off The 27th Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue festivities with the 2nd annual "Light Up The Holidays."
The 27th Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue festivities kicked-off with the 2nd annual Holiday lighting ceremony "Light Up The Holidays" on Madison Avenue. Muffie Potter Aston and Courtney Arnot, Miracle on Madison Avenue Chairmen, along with The Society of MSKCC president, Martha Vietor Glass, had the honor of flipping the switch to ignite Madison Avenue's "shooting stars" specially designed for the street lamp poles of the BID between 57th and 86th Streets, where 34 illuminated decorations have been installed. The Hewitt Carolers, a choir of second graders, performed holiday songs at the lighting.
Courtney Arnot, Martha Vietor Glass, and Muffie Potter Aston
After the lighting ceremony, a private kick-off reception was held in the Lee Mindel designed apartment at The Marquand, hosted by HFZ Capital Group.

In attendance were, Miracle Chairmen Muffie Potter Aston and Courtney Arnot, MSKCC President, Martha Vietor Glass, Madison Avenue BID President Matthew A. Bauer, Town&Country Publisher Jennifer Levene Bruno, HFZ Capital Group Julie Dannenberg, Judith Ripka, Alice Aquilino, Ippolita, Natasa de Luca, Adriana Der Calousdian and Barbara Fuller.
Hewitt Carolers singing
After the lighting ceremony, a private kick-off reception was held at The Marquand
This past Saturday, December 7th, over 80 of the world's most prestigious brands and retailers between 57th and 86th Streets welcomed shoppers who joined them in giving back with each retailer donating 20% of sales (with a maximum contribution of $15,000 per retailer) to The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This represents a 45% increase in store participation over 2012.

Miracle Host Committee members and Town&Country magazine editors greeted shoppers in participating boutiques and in-store events. Up and down the Avenue, seven Holiday Choirs were singing the holiday favorites.
Matthew A. Bauer and Julie Dannenberg
Erin Einhauser and Alice Aquilino
Barbara Fuller, Matthew Talomie, and Helene Schlein
Julie Dannenberg and Jennifer Levene Bruno
Liza Kaymin and Anna Asatiani
Adriana Der Calousdian and Greg Der Calousdian
Natasa De luca and Nolan Fitzgerald
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital celebrated over a century of world-class pediatric care and the 10th birthday of the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at a Birthday Bash benefit dinner on Wednesday, November 20 at The Pierre in Manhattan. 200 guests attended the event, which raised funds to support the center's pediatric care programs.
The event, hosted by Dr. Steven J. Corwin, Chief Executive Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, honored Morgan Stanley and its employees, and Dr. John M. Driscoll, Chair of the Ethics Committee of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, who has played an invaluable role in both research and leadership since 1971. Dr. Robert Kelly, President of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Colm Kelleher, President, Institutional Securities Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; and Sarah Nash were also in attendance.
Dr. Larry Stanberry, Dr. John M. Driscoll, Robert Scott, Colm Kelleher, Kristin Gervasio, Joan Steinberg, Kevin Hammeran, Sarah Nash, Dr. Robert E. Kelly, and Dr. Steven J. Corwin
Dr. Steven J. Corwin and Colm Kelleher
Dr. John M. Driscoll and Dr. Steven J. Corwin
A leader in research and patient care since it was established in 1887 as the Babies Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital officially opened in 2003 as an innovative facility with critical and neonatal intensive care facilities, providing the highest quality care for pediatric patients from around the region. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties on the 2013-14 U.S.News & World Report "Best Children's Hospitals" survey -- more than any other New York metropolitan area hospital.
Dr. Steven J. Corwin, Dr. Herb Pardes, Dr. Michael Weiner, and Dr. Andrew Kung
Lauren Keifer Foley, Rob Foley , Ellen Corwin, and Dr. Steven J. Corwin
Dr. Anna Kelly, Dr. Robert E. Kelly, Dr. Larry Stanberry, and Elizabeth Stanberry
Lynne Roth and Kevin Hammeran
Juan Mejia, Dr. Patricia Hametz, and Sarah Nash
Clark Munnell, Esra Munnell, Kristin Gervasio, and Stuart Rabin
On Tuesday, December 3rd, New York City Mission Society’s Junior Society hosted holiday cocktails to benefit their annual holiday toy drive at Pilotage Fun & Hobby.

Comprising young professionals in the New York City Area, the Junior Society supports the mission, vision and values of New York City Mission Society through hands-on outreach, innovative networking and unique fundraising opportunities. As the next generation of philanthropists, including Melissa Berkelhammer, Brooke Laing, Antonella Lemos, Cole Rumbough, and Liz Shafiroff, they support the New York City Mission Society’s goal to improve the lives of children, youth, and families in the city’s most underserved communities.
Brooke Laing, Cole Rumbough, Melissa Berkelhammer, and Antonella Lemos
Allegra Rumbough, Leah Rumbough, and Antonella Lemos
With the toy drive event, this year sponsored in part by MarieBelle New York, Baked by Melissa, Insomnia Cookies, Bonito Mezcal, and Früzen Ice, guests had the opportunity to support the toy drive while holiday shopping, as 20-percent of each purchase made was donated to New York City Mission Society.

Joining the Junior Society in support of their annual toy drive were Martin Shafiroff, Roy Kean, Maggie Norris, and Stanley and Leah Rumbough, and many more.

Guests dressed in festive seasonal attire enjoyed holiday cocktails, cookies, chocolate, and cupcakes, while shopping and playing with the many interactive toys of pilotage, ranging from electronic helicopters, airplanes, and cars.
Brooke Laing, Cole Rumbough, and Lynn Pyfer
Pilotage Fun & Hobby opened its doors in March 2012, under the watchful eye of Managing Director William Dickey, who envisioned a destination that offers entertaining, innovative, and most importantly, interactive products to satisfy the needs and stimulate the minds of consumers with discriminating tastes, from knowledge-seeking school kids to city dwellers and parents seeking more sophisticated outdoor activities to share with their children. Pilotage Fun & Hobby aims to introduce a more engaging, gratifying and traditional – though rapidly evolving – form of recreation to a younger generation that is overwhelmed by digital entertainment.

The NYC Mission Society will be accepting donations throughout the entire holiday season, and can be made online at:
Alina Dickey, Renee Dickey, and William Dickey
Leah Lane
Maggie Norris
Thomas Bisceglie, Kala Jerzy, and Tess Rose
The Junior Council of the American Museum of Natural History continued its 2013–2014 season on Thursday, December 5, with a private viewing of the new special exhibition The Power of Poison and a cocktail reception in the Hall of Mexico and Central America.

For centuries, humans have marveled at the secrets of poisons and sought to harness their toxic powers. This exhibition explores both the biological basics of poison and the ways in which people have confronted its perils and potential, approaching poison from several different perspectives—as a dynamic defense system used by animals locked in evolutionary arms races with predators; as a compelling thread that runs through familiar legends, myths, and fables; as a promising source for powerful medical treatments; and as a series of mysteries visitors encounter and solve, including what suddenly poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard his ship in the autumn of 1774. The Power of Poison brings into sharp focus this captivating topic.
Guests enter The Power of Poison
Co-chairs included W. Jameson McFadden, Holly and Martin Okner, Lori and Zachary Pomerantz, Robin and Brad Roberts, Gaelin Rosenwaks, Heather and Ross Schulman, Zoe and Iain Wilson.

The American Museum of Natural History's Junior Council is one of New York City's most stimulating membership groups for young philanthropists. Founded in 1994, the Junior Council supports the Museum's mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Each year, Junior Council members participate in special events that offer them an intimate view inside the Museum's collections, activities, and exhibitions. Junior Council members go behind the scenes at one of the world's preeminent museums, meet some of the nation's most distinguished and engaging scientists, and preview the latest exhibitions.
Co-chair Gaelin Rosenwaks, Museum curator Mark Siddall, and Nicole Mihnovets
Steering Committee members Elizabeth and Andrew Yanev with Julia Bosson
Dana Greenlee, Tyler Flint, and Jason Morganroth
Bree and Brian Candee with Steering Committee members Erin and Matt Ahrens
Steering Committee members David and Leslie Verbitsky
Shelby Pollard and Brent Belote
Katia, Ariella, and Alessia Menegon (Steering Committee member)
Roisin Ryan, Co-chair Zoe Wilson, and Alison Thompson
Ruthie Reisner and Nick Wolf
Live theater presentation
Guests discover the exhibition’s “enchanted book”
On November 20th at The Pierre, The Police Athletic League's Eighth Annual Real Estate & Construction Luncheon celebrated Columbia University, Fordham University & St. John's University for their commitment to New York City's children and their impact on the urban landscape.

A special recognition was given to PAL Graduates of Distinction along with a tribute to our Armed Forces. Proceeds will enable PAL to continue to serve 40,000 boys and girls, providing academic, artistic and athletic programming throughout all five boroughs.
David J. Arena with Master Sgt. Mary Kay Messenger
John J. Ryan, former Executive Director, Police Athletic League, with Jami Landi, Director of Development, Police Athletic League
John J. Osborn, President of Police Athletic League, with Raymond W. Kelly, NYC Police Commissioner & Honorary President of Police Athletic League
Robert J. McGuire, former NYC Police Commissioner & Vice Chairman of Police Athletic League, with Mitchell E. Rudin, PAL Director
John Delollis, Jami Landi, and David A. MacDonald
West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Ultimate Dinner Party, benefiting Children's Home Society of Florida, took place on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 in Palm Beach’s most magnificent homes.

The evening began with a cocktail party at the beautiful Palm Beach home of Ramon W. Breeden, Jr. Following cocktails, guests divided into several groups and went to other homes where gourmet dinners were served. The meals were planned and prepared by professional chefs who are members of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). This year’s hosts included Ted and Ruth Baum, Franklyn de Marco, Jr. and Betsy Fry, Michael and Annie Falk, Mark and Mary Freitas, Arij Gasiunasen, Ronald and Paulette Koch, Richard and Rita Lazzara, Robert and Mia Matthews, Stephen Myers and JoAnna Ballarini, Tom Quick and David and Elizabeth Wetherell.
Cassandra Appleman and Donald Sedley, Jr. with their team
The event was a sell-out. Guests included Keith and Linda Beaty, Trish Donnelley, Pam and Peter Dupuis, Linda and Ed Dweck, Jo Ellen and Mike Dyer, Rex Ford, Carol Jaeger, Michele and Howard Kessler, Mary McCourt, Sharon and Alton O’Neil, John Patten, Nancy and Bill Rollnick, Susan and Dom Telesco and Maureen and Orator Woodward.

This year’s Ultimate Dinner Party has been coordinated by Trish Donnelley, Pam Dupuis, Annie Falk, Lori Gendelman, Linda Salandra-Dweck, and Maureen Woodward. Tom Quick is Honorary Chairman.  Platinum Benefactors are BMO Private Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Freitas and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kessler.  Gold Benefactors are Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Dupuis, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Falk, Mrs. Mary McCourt and Mr. Thomas C. Quick. Media Sponsor is Palm Beach Illustrated.
Christopher Phillips and Trish Donnelley
Bob and Mia Matthews
The Ultimate Dinner Party is CHS’ signature event in Palm Beach County, and has raised more than $3 million since its inception 21 years ago.  These funds have been used to assist children in Palm Beach County who are abused, abandoned and neglected. 

Created in 1902, Children's Home Society of Florida (CHS) is the state’s oldest and largest statewide private not-for-profit provider of services to children and families.  CHS is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., and offers services in more than 100 locations by more than 1,900 staff members dedicated to providing child-focused, family-centered care.  In Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Division provides a variety of programs that focus on child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention, adoption and adoption support and help for troubled, runaway and homeless teens.  During the past year, CHS touched the lives of more than 18,000 local children and families.
Mike Dyer, Sandra Fuentes, Marti La Tour, and John Patten
Megan Hunter and Daniel Brennan
Pam and Peter Dupuis
Hilary and Wilbur Ross
Madeleine Calder, Mary McCourt, Maryellen Mosca, and Carol Brophy
JoAnn and Mike Dyer
Eddy Taylor and Tom Quick
Tim and Christie Gannon, and Betsy and Wally Turner
Richard and Rita Lazzara
Carol Jaeger and Douglas Jencks
Orator and Maureen Woodward
Stephen Myers and JoAnna Ballarini
Norma Tiefel and Mark Freitas
Michael and Annie Falk
Deborah and Ramon Breedon
Michele Kessler and Bill Rollnick
Mary Freitas and Howard Kessler
Laura and Fred Tahne
Betsy Fry and Franklyn DeMarco

Photographs by Owen Hoffmann/PMc (Madison Avenue & New York City Mission Society); R. Mickens (AMNH); Howard Wechsler (PAL); Julia Duresky/Lucien Capehart Photography (CHS).