Mayors and Museums

The Chinese Rotunda, Penn Museum at CommonBond's launch gala to benefit KIPP Philadelphia Schools.
The Women’s Board of The Boys’ Club of New York hosted its fourth annual Winter Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Metropolitan Club. This year, the Women’s Board was thrilled to welcome special guest Mayor of Newark Cory Booker.  Mayor Booker was interviewed by John Griffin, founder and president of Blue Ridge Capital and founder of iMentor, which uses technology to create a new, powerful mentoring model.

The conversation between Mayor Booker and Mr. Griffin touched on issues such as education, voter responsibility, and the political challenges he has faced, as well as the importance of what Mayor Booker calls "the Conspiracy of Love," the caring and compassion that enables children to grow up safe, strong, and ennobled.  He closed the conversation with the lines of the Langston Hughes poem Let America be America Again: "O, let America be America again— / The land that never has been yet— / And yet must be—the land where every man is free."
John Griffin, Mayor Cory Booker, and Amy Griffin
John Griffin and Mayor Cory Booker
Now serving his second term, Mayor Booker has declared his commitment to urban transformation within Newark, and has proven himself several times over: his administration has more than doubled the rate of affordable housing production, brought over $1 billion of new economic development to Newark, expanded high quality public education options, created a support system for those leaving the prison system, and embraced technology as a crime-fighting tool. His passion for his citizens and their city has earned him great recognition, including selection in 2011 as one of the TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The Winter Luncheon raised support for and awareness of the Boys’ Club’s many recreational, educational and cultural programs that give all boys, no matter their circumstances, opportunities for enrichment and success.
Mayor Cory Booker, Amy Griffin, and John Griffin
Chairing the luncheon were Kristin Allen, Amy Griffin, Celerie Kemble, and Alexandra Robertson. Guests included Women’s Board President Sara Ayres, BCNY Board of Trustees President Edward Rappa, Karen Klopp, Claudia Overstrom, Anjali Melwani, Elizabeth Krimendahl, Stephanie Coleman, Jamee Gregory, Cynthia van Eck, Merrill Curtis, Betsy Pitts, Brooke Harlow, Tiffany Moller, Shabnam Henry, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Ritchey Howe, Diane van Amerongen, Travis Acquavella, Ali Edwards, Moira Forbes, Eugenie Goodman, Eliza Nordeman, Elizabeth Pyne, Sarah Saint-Amand, Carter Simonds, Caroline Curry, Carol Mack, Marcia Mishaan, Gigi Mortimer, Emilia Pfeifler, Renee Rockefeller, Claude Wasserstein, Liz Anderson, Claire Capello, Mary Carlisle Gambill, Lisa Manice, Nicole Mellon, Lesley Schulhof, Ferebee Taube, Lilly Weekes, Muffie Potter Aston, Audrey Gruss, Mariana Kaufman, Linda Lambert, Karen LeFrak, Kitty McKnight, Hilary Geary Ross, Adrienne Vittadini, Rachel Cook, Eleanor Dejoux, Debbie Druker, Nathalie Kaplan, Dara O'Hara, Tim O'Hara, KK Schulhof, Maryellen Cundey, Lisa Elson, Lauren Holden, Kathy Irwin, Stephanie Sirota, Mary Van Pelt, Isobel Coleman, Ide Dangoor, Catherine De Barros, Libby Fitzgerald, Sallie Giordano, Serena Lese, Lisa McCarthy, Elizabeth Bonner, Lindsey Coleman, Catherine Fraise, Camilla Loveid, Sarah Robertson, Tyler Schiff, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Serena Boardman, Caroline Dean, Lisa Errico, Tania Higgins, Mary Kathryn Navab, Mary Snow, Maria Villalba, Silvia Zoullas, Patricia Brett, Hope Eiseman, Karen Shaffer, Nancy Phelan, Calvert Moore, Cosby George, Sonnet McKinnon, and many others.
Suzanne Cochran, Jamee Gregory, Alexia Hamm Ryan, and Sara Ayres
The Boys’ Club of New York is committed to nurturing, mentoring, and guiding boys and young men to prepare them to reach their fullest potential.

Throughout its 137-year history of youth development, The Boys’ Club of New York has combined a single-minded focus on boys and young men with a unique, multi-disciplinary approach that prepares them for a fulfilling and meaningful adulthood.  The Boys’ Club of New York accomplishes this through an approach that includes music and arts programs, social and recreational activities, academic support and athletics. 

By introducing boys to new ideas, expanding their interests, developing their hobbies, providing a safe and nurturing environment and offering ongoing counseling and mentorship, The Boys’ Club of New York helps shape boys and young men into the best adults they can be.
Alexia Hamm Ryan, Richie Howe, and Anjali Melwani
Betsy Pitts, Karen Klopp, and Claudia Overstrom
Karen Klopp, Andrea de Cholnoky, and Gabrielle Bacon
Kalliope Karella and Christine Schwarzman
Jamee Gregory, Adrienne Vittadini, and Karen LeFrak
Patricia Brett, Cynthia van Eck, Hope Eisman, and Jo Merlau
Dara O'Hara and Jackie Williams
Carol Mack and Deborah Norville
On February 6th, at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, in the Edna Barnes Solomon Gallery, Jo Carole Lauder, Eden Rafshoon, and Darren Walker hosted a reception in honor of David Rubenstein, the 2013 recipient of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies’ (FAPE) Lenore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts. Afterwards there was a Conversation with David Rubenstein and author/historian Jon Meacham
David Rubenstein and Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham, David Rubenstein, FAPE President Eden Rafshoon, and FAPE Chairman Jo Carole Lauder.
FAPE Chairman Jo Carole Lauder, Sandi Pei, and FAPE President Eden Rafshoon.
FAPE Chairman Jo Carole Lauder with Carmel and Babette Cohen
Laura and Dick Parsons, member of FAPE's Annenberg Award Jury, with Dylan Glen
Gwen and Peter Norton, FAPE Board member
Lally Weymouth and The Honorable Boyden Gray
FAPE Vice President Darren Walker and FAPE Board member Agnes Gund
Commissioner Kate Levin and artist Ursula von Rydingsvard
The Honorable Bill Luers and Wendy W. Luers, FAPE Founder and President Emerita
Jill Sackler and artist Joel Shapiro
Renée Flemming, Heather Watts, and Damian Woetzel
Art Wynwood, Miami’s international contemporary art fair during President’s Day Weekend brought a crowd of 6,200 into the Wynwood Arts District - 1,100 more guests than last year. The VIP Preview honored the late Tony Goldman, a major force in the development of the Wynwood Arts District and the inaugural edition of Art Wynwood. An intimate gathering including Art Wynwood director Nick Korniloff and members of the Goldman family participated in a dove-releasing ceremony in Goldman’s honor just before teems of prominent art collectors, designers, curators and art enthusiasts from around the world lined up outside the Art Miami Pavilion to get the first look and acquire new contemporary works.

The opening of the fair featuring 70 international galleries presenting emerging and cutting-edge works had exhibitors buzzing about the outstanding turnout, strong interest in their programs and considerable sales. Art Wynwood has proven to be a marketplace to collect important contemporary art.
VIP lounge
“There was incredible energy at the VIP opening, a great turnout with serious collectors. The timing with the Yacht & Brokerage Show and Valentine’s Day couldn’t have been better,” said Carole Hochman, director of New York-based Barry Friedman Ltd.

With models strutting the aisles wearing world-renowned designer Luis Valenzuela’s “Queen of Hearts” collection, a luxury EcoArtFashion line themed especially for Valentine’s Day; and with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails sponsored by Le Grand Saint Sparkling Vodka, SHELLBACK Rum and Heineken beer bustling in of the VIP Lounge and throughout the fair; the ambiance was certainly an energetic one that encouraged collectors to quickly acquire important works on the opening night.  
Retna Gallery
Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Hollis Taggart Galleries
Art Wynwood’s opening was highlighted by two special projects commissioned by Jessica Goldman, CEO of Goldman Properties. The highlights include a stunning wraparound installation suspended above the VIP Lounge by famed artist Jesse Geller. Additionally Wynwood Walls commissioned a curated exhibit by Meghan Coleman featuring specially commissioned lenticulars with original paintings by selected artists installed in the pass-through areas of the fair. Artists participating include: Retna, Aiko, Ron English, Logan Hicks, Futura, Swoon, Kenny Scharf and How & Nosm.

The natural overlay of fine art and luxury real estate was on display as Christie’s International Real Estate (CIRE) showcased as the “Official Luxury Real Estate Partner” of Art Wynwood. CIRE welcomed a select group of international collectors, art patrons and members of their annual global conference for a private reception in the VIP Lounge.
VIP lounge area wtih commissioned artwork by Jesse Geller
Mark Borghi Fine Art, Inc
Gathering of Queens of Hearts
Black and White Gallery
Little boy and sculpture
Galerie Mark Hachem
Among the guests of honor, host committee members and esteemed collectors were sculptor John Henry, street artist Jesse Geller, Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne Bon Haes, street artist Jona Cerwinske, chairman and CEO of Verizon Lowell McAdam, the Pocas, Susie and Walid Wahab, Marcella and Daniel Novela, the Buttermans, artist Shimon Okshteyn, President of Espíritu Santo Bank Jorge Espíritu Santo, photographer Cheryl Maeder, Leann Standish and Timothy Walker of Miami Art Museum, director of The Frost Museum Carol Damian and representatives of Tate Modern in London among others.

Art Wynwood was generously sponsored by its Official Luxury Real Estate Partner Christie’s International Real Estate as well as Superyachts.com, JW Marriott Marquis Miami, Hotel Beaux Arts Miami, Turon Travel, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; and supported by Miami Art Dealers Association, Wynwood Art Dealers Association, Goldman Properties, The Wynwood Walls, db Bistro Moderne, Joey’s, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, Bakehouse Art Complex, Le Grand Saint Sparkling Vodka, SHELLBACK Rum, Heineken, The Miami Herald, MutualArt.com, Hyperallergic, WLRN, IRREVERSIBLE, Balthazar, Art Circuits, Haute Living, Art Nexus, The Art Newspaper, Artinfo, Arte Al Dia and Midtown Miami.
Ricardo J Gonzales III and Joyce Lowry
Artist Jona Cerwinske
Hector Garcia Rojas and Catherine Smithers
Federico Uribe
Ritch Holben and Ken Deloreto
Designer Luis Valenzuela, curator Bernice Steinbaum, and the Queens of Hearts
Artist Victoria Kovalenchikova
Mary Rife, Gabrielle Hatchuel Becker Abada, Pamela Cohen, and Wulf Treu
Daniella Alvarez, Sherry Porter, Jackie Correa, and Kristin Brophe
Justin Rubin and Catalina Martinez
Teddy Willoughby and Christine Hinson
Federico Uribe, Andrea Gill, and Powel Borzym
Tina Tollefson, and Raiza and Brian Perrault
Nick Korniloff, Pamela Cohen, and Bernice Steinbaum
Cony La Greca, Daniel Bottero, and Liliana Pensavalle
Alan and Sharon Koslow
Pamela Cohen, Jennifer, Sophie and MikeTansey, and Nick Korniloff
Christine Cooper, Monica Ampiscka, Emanolo Lopez, and Eric Ilastonza
Wulf Treu and Mary Rife
Rene Delaplaine, Charles McCaffrey, and Sophie Delaplaine
Marcelo Del Posso and Ensully Engelhart
On Thursday, January 31, CommonBond celebrated the launch of its student loan financing platform at Wharton Business School with a gala at The Penn Museum in Philadelphia benefiting KIPP Philadelphia Schools. The company, founded in 2011 by David Klein, Michael Taormina and Jessup Shean, has disbursed $2.5 million in lower-cost student loans to MBAs for the current semester and plans to lend up to $100 million to MBAs at 20 schools by the end of 2013. 

More than 400 guests from the Wharton community attended the event. In addition to enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment, guests participated in a silent auction featuring specially-donated products and experiences from a mix of Wharton start-ups including Dagne Dover, Adornia, Stone & Strand, White + Wong, and ZenKars as well as other young start-ups, including Uber, Jack Robie, and Tuckernuck. 
Ramiro Del Valle, Michael Taormina (Co-Founder & CFO, CommonBond), Camila Penazzo, David Klein (Co-Founder & CEO, CommonBond), and Alia Avidan
Nanki Marwah, Mayuri Shah, Will Morel, Ashley Marie Bittner, and Stephanie Wu
Carter Leggett and Meghan Perley Leggett
Pablo Pedrejón García, Margaret Davidson, Roxana Canales, Alberto Alcaraz, Diego Mariño, Christopher Porras, Neha Singhania, Shruti Malik, Paula Martinelli and Deepa Gandhi
Katie Goldsmith and Moran Amir
Ian Martinez and Ana Lucia Morales
Amy Daschle and Mike Daschle
Kush Patel
Jenny X. Zhang and George Xian Zeng
KIPP Philadelphia friends, Lydia Alice, Kendra-Lee Rosatim Lindsey Pittas, and Reina Wilkes Prowler
Stefanie Williams, Etzerson Philitas, Kizzy Maitland, and Don Makumbe
Molly Dince, Jeremy Cook, Nathan Howard, Etzerson Philitas, Natasha Ketabchi, Mariana Lever, and Ramiro Del Valle
Sarah Gomez
Christopher Porras, Kizzy Maitland, Andrew Towne, George Xiang Zeng and Kenny X. Zhang
Derek Kleinow, Grace Song, Valdis Lenss, Amy Peppers, Ashley Beckner, Katherine Healy, and Kimberly J. Wong
Toby Clarence-Smith and Thomas Baldwin
Chuck Nouras, Pia Kristina Schafer, and Fernando Gomez Arriola
Rahim Kurji

Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (BCNY); Mary Hilliard (FAPE); Annie Watt (Art Wynwood)