Friday, October 18, 2013

Luncheons, Symposiums, and Soirées

At the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's annual Symposium and Awards Luncheon (standing): Susan Mendik, Denise LeFrak, Andrea Stark, Richard Ziegelasch, Roberta Amon, and Dr. Mina Bissell. Seated: Leslie Model, Penny Wallerstein, Wendy Finerman, and Mira Zwillinger.
This past Tuesday noontime in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation announced its dedication of $45 million to breast cancer research at its annual Symposium and Awards Luncheon.

The 2013-2014 grants were awarded to 207 doctors and scientists, to build on the foundation’s 20-year commitment to advance the world’s most innovative research and address such critical areas as genetics, immunotherapy, tumor biology, quality of life and metastasis.

BCRF Scientific Director Dr. Larry Norton and Dr. Clifford Hudis, Chairman of BCRF’s Scientific Advisory Board and President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, moderated the Symposium, titled “You Are Living in the Renaissance of Medical Science.”
Drs Larry Norton, Titia de Lange, Robert Vonderheide, Nancy Davidson, and Clifford Hudis
The two doctors were joined by BCRF researchers Robert Vonderheide, MD, D.Phil (University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center), Nancy Davidson MD,, (University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute) and Titia de Lange PhD (The Rockefeller University), who discussed a number of topics including the genetic connections between cancers and  immunotherapy as a means of vaccinating breast cancer.

During the Symposium, many of the world’s cancer experts who are also BCRF grantees, such as Mary-Claire King PhD (University of Washington) and Funni Olopade, MD, FACP (University of Chicago Medical Center), spoke openly with the audience about everything from BRCA gene mutations to obesity’s connection in increased breast cancer risk.
Arlene Taub, William Lauder, and Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Dan Lufkin, Myra Biblowit, William Lauder, and Dr Clifford Hudis
After the Symposium, more than 165 BCRF researchers joined 1,000-plus guests for the Awards Luncheon, which honored their work and paid tribute to two remarkable individuals. Longtime donor, Gail Siegal, received the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award for her unending efforts to support lifesaving research. The Jill Rose Award for outstanding research excellence was presented to Dr. de Lange, who won the 2012 “Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences” established by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sergey Brin, among others.

Dr. de Lange was recognized for her groundbreaking contributions to research on telomeres (the protective ends of chromosomes) and their relationship to aging and the spread of breast cancer.  During her acceptance speech, Dr. de Lange revealed her personal experience with the disease. “This award is particularly important to me because it symbolizes what BCRF has done for me and my research. I will never turn away from this problem now. I will stick with the cancer problem and continue to work hard to better understand, treat, and prevent breast cancer in the future.”
Dr Moien Kanaan, Roz Goldstein, and Dr Mary-Claire King
Gabi Siegal and Arlene Taub
In addition to the grant awards, beloved BCRF board member and prominent New York philanthropist with Cynthia Lufkin, who passed away in July, was commemorated by longtime friend, Muffie Potter Aston, and also with a moving performance by country singer and star of Lifetime TV’s Chasing Nashville, Autumn Blair.

The annual Symposium and Awards Luncheon is BCRF’s premier fundraiser, bringing together the leading minds in medical science with the philanthropic community dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. This year’s event, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria, raised $2.1 million.

Event co-chairmen and notable guests included William Lauder, Tory Burch, Caryn Zucker, Muffy Potter Aston, Gigi Mortimer, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman, Dan Lufkin, Anne H. Bass, Gail Hilson, Laura Lauder, Betsy S. Green, Arlene Taub, Rebecca Amon, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Ronnie F. Heyman, Wendi Rose, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Jeanne Siegel, Adrienne Vittadini, Libby Pataki and Roz Goldstein.
Muffie Potter Aston
Tory Burch
Schuyler Hazard and Autumn Blair
Sponsors included Bloomberg, Condé Nast, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, Hazen Polsky Foundation, Alexandra Herzan, Kinga Lampert, Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, Rolex Watch USA, and The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993. It has raised more than $450 million in the last 20 years to advance the world's most promising breast cancer research to achieve prevention and a cure in our lifetime. The latest award will support the work of more than 200 researchers at major medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation's most fiscally responsible charities. It has earned four stars from Charity Navigator since 2002 and is the only breast cancer organization awarded an "A+" from CharityWatch. For more information, visit To donate, go to
Gigi Grimstadt and Natalie Kaplan
Ronnie Heyman
Gigi Mortimer, Caryn Zucker, and Caroline Dean
Hugh Freund and Patsy Callahan
Marisa Brown and Caryn Zuker
Meyer Grodetsky and Jane Pontarelli
Marshall and Wendi Rose
Prudence Solomon, Muffie Potter Aston, Gianna Palminteri, Somers Farkas, and Daphna Kastner Keitel
Schuyler Hazard and Myra Biblowit
Adrienne Vittadini and Maria Cuomo Cole
Stacie Kiratsous and Stephanie Ginsberg
Standing: Dr Joan Brugge, Bonnie Strauss, Amanda Grove Holmen. Seated: Marjorie Reed Gordon, Coco Kopelman, Ambassador Brenda Johnson, Jeanne Lawrence, and Sahra Lese
Standing:Gail Hilson, Dr Laurie Glimcher, Jamee Gregory, Larry Leeds, Muffy Miller. Seated: Melinda Blinken, Dr Martine Piccart-Gebhart, and Anne Sitrick
Standing: Maria Baum, Kim Heyman, Nina Davidson, Lisa Klein, Debi Wisch. Seated: Kara Council, Harriet Weintraub, Eleanora Kennedy, and Julie Dannenberg
This past Tuesday night, The New York Stem Cell Foundation held its 8th annual Gala and Science Fair at the Frederick Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center. They honored Stem Cell Heroes Shirley Cook, CEO of Proenza Schouler, and Richard Kaplan, Architect and Senior Trustee of the J.M.Kaplan Fund. NYSD readers are familiar with Mr. Kaplan’s ready smile and that of his wife, artist Edwina Sandys.
New York Stem Cell Foundation scientists
Also at the gala Susan Solomon, NYSCF founder and Todd Sherer PhD, CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) unveiled their new partnership with MJFF sponsoring a collaboration between NYSCF and the Parkinson’s Patient Marker Initiative (PPMI) to identify the biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease.

NYSCF scientists will be making stem cell lines from PPMI patients’ skin samples to create cellular models of Parkinson’s for lab study. Cutting-edge cellular disease models coupled with the robust clinical, biological, and imaging profiles captured through PPMI will create an unprecedented resource for research on Parkinson’s disease.

Susan Solomon, Shirley Cook, and Richard D. Kaplan
Shirley Cook and Richard D. Kaplan
David Alan Grier and Ariel Ashe
Alex Goldberger, Susan Solomon, Ben Goldberger, and Paul Goldberger
Zachary Knight, Jacob Hanna, Amy Wagers, Daniel Huber, Julian Robertson, Winrich Freiwald, Susan Solomon, Kristen Brennand, Jay Rajagopal, and Melissa Warden
Jill Iscol and Meredith Melling Burke
Helen Lang Suskin, Zach Hall, and Constance Casey
Millie Cook, Shirley Cook, Richard Smith, and Jamieson Webster
Meredith Melling Burke, Jill Iscol, Kiva Iscol, and Libby Leist
Alex Goldberger and Carolyna De Laurentiis
Lazara Hernandez, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Derek Blasberg
Panos Douvaras, Susan Burke, Valentina Fossati Phd, and Marco Calafiore PhD
Cece Cord and Anna Gary
Gail Geronemus, Jessie Spitzer, and Jim Spitzer
Tony Pacchia, Larry Eagle, and Lee Pacchia
Tom Stern and Denise Stern
Dr. Roy Geronemus, Jeff Wallerstein, and Alex Goldberger
Joan Davidson, Edwina Sandys, and Regina Gil
Ellen Lewis and Donald Sultan
Marcia Mishaan and Bess Weatherman
Christian Langbein, Cheriela Jones, and Ben Beshein
Charles Mangum, Salwa Aboud Smith, Elaine Mangum, and Beth Swanstrom
Omid Masab, Mahsa Bahrani, Katy Dacey, Leslie Demers, and Adam Brunk
Charles Kaiser, Ashton Hawkins, and Johnnie Hawkins
Cassie Newsom and John Newsom
Barbara Tober and Katie Krumholz
Gillian Miniter, Sylvester Miniter, and Audrey Gruss
Alex Robertson, Alexandra Robertson, Libby Leist, and Zach Iscol
Edwina Sandys and Donald Tober
Carol Roaman and Carole Olshan
Barbara Smith, Tom Zacharias, and Clelia Zacharias
Richard D. Kaplan, Barbara Tober, Edward Barlow, and Regina Gil
Gert Clark and Jodie Eastman
AJ Rourke, Dr. Erin Gilbert, and Tay Canacoo
Thomas Zacharias and Hilary Ross
Susan Solomon and Amy Wagers PhD
Amber Emery, Brett Thomas, and Brian Trotta
Piero Incisa della Rocchetta and Kazu Yoshii
Thursday a week ago, at Galerie Dumonteil at 475 Park Avenue, Geoffrey Bradfield hosted a cocktail reception celebrating the publication of his new book “Artistic License.”

Geoffrey is nothing if not enterprising in every way. This is, I believe, his fourth book archiving his work which is famous with clients across the world.
Geoffrey is also, as I’ve noted before, one of the very last of the New York hosts (or hostesses) who has dinner and cocktail parties just to entertain his friends. He has dinners in restaurants also, and has been known to take over an entire restaurant and host a hundred or more.

It’s usually black tie and Geoffrey arrives early in his chauffeur driven Bentley. So the image is complete to indulge in.

The man’s indefatigable, traveling across the globe all the time and yet when you’re in his company (at one of his parties), it looks like he’s simply a man of leisure sharing the wealth. Meanwhile back at the ranch ...
Geoffrey Bradfield, Helena Lehane, Roric Tobin, and Franck Laverdin
Ijaz Malik and Uzma Sarfraz Khan
Eric Javits and Amy Hoadley
Geoffrey Bradfield, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, and Ambassador Nassir Al-Nasser
Hunt Slonem and Liliana Cavendish
Frederick Anderson and Greg Kan
Geoffrey Bradfield, Monique Van Vooren, and Bruce Horten
Susan Lloyd and Gigi Benson
Montgomery Frazier, Angela Chen, and Ben Mindich
Ijaz Malik and Anna Gary
Douglas Hannant
Geoffrey Bradfield and Chiu-Ti Jansen
Debbie Bancroft and Geoffrey Bradfield
Helena Lehane and Diana Quasha
Anna Gary, Ijaz Malik, Denise Rich, Geoffrey Bradfield, Richard Turley, and CeCe Cord
Alexis Zambrano and Gerardo Farias
Tina Li and Don Sheff
Greg Kan and Lucia Hwong Gordon
Horacio Milberg and Dimity Milberg
Alessandra Emanuel, Don Goldstein, and Barbara Regna
Ann Rapp
Michael Yasenak and Salvatore Moltisanti
Grace Li, Angela Chen, and Greg Kan
Marc Rozic and James Lowther
Giuvela Leisengang and Herve Amiable
Richard Kaplan, Edwina Sandys, and Geoffrey Bradfield
Tia Walker, Barbara Regna, and Alessandra Emanuel
Melissa Morris
Lauren Cunningham, Karen Jaffe, Justin Concannon, and Rachel Hovnanian
Maggie Norris
Trish Carroll, Polly Onet, and Didi Baker
Michele Gerber Klein and Jean Shafiroff
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
Last Sunday, the Dutchess Land Conservancy held its 22nd annual Fall Country Luncheon (and Silent Auction) at Rocky Reef Farm in Stanfordville, New York.

For 28 years, Dutchess Land Conservancy has worked to ensure that 36,673 acres of the area’s natural resources are forever saved. This was accomplished through educating landowners about conservation easement options such as purchase of development rights on farmland and conservation easement donations.
Outside the tent
Under the tent for lunch catered by The Farmer's Wife
Local Honey at table
Everett Cook and Tom Flexner
Bill and Daphne Richards
Co-Chairs: David Thieringer, Helen Blodgett, Rebecca Seaman and DLC President, and Becky Thornton
Felie Thorne
Karen and John Klopp, Susy Schieffelin with Beau
Mrs. Hale and her children
Jennifer and Erik Oken and their daughters
Robert Augustine and his daughte Kathleen
Dianda Douglas and George Langa
Susan Abu Haidar, Beth Ledy, and Larry Shapiro
Eric Roberts, Alicia Adams, MC Roberts, and Daniel Adams
Simone Mailman and friends
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Nancy Henze, Hilary and John Block
Parker Thorne, Rebecca Seaman, Eva Quartararo, and Cat Kennan
Nancy and David Hathaway
Becky Thornton, David Thieringer, Helen Blodgett, DLC Chairman,Tim Bontecou, and Rebecca Seaman
Becky Thornton, Lisa Barnes-Schwartz,Tim Bontecou, and Cat Kennan
Everett Cook and David Parshall
The pumpkin tumblr in action

Photographs by Julie Skarratt & Rob Rich (BCRF); Patrick McMullan (Stem Cell); Mary Hilliard (Dutchess Land).