Friday, October 11, 2013

New York After Dark

Susan Henshaw Jones and The Director's Council Chairs of the Museum of the City of New York.
This past Tuesday night, the Museum of the City of New York’s Director’s Council hosted their annual autumn party “New York After Dark” in honor of Calvert Moore and Burwell Schorr in the memory of Cynthia Lufkin. This is a party that a lot of people look forward to. It’s a big crowd of young and/or youngish New Yorkers, many of whom are friends and neighbors.
The scene at The Four Seasons for “New York After Dark"
I’d guess there’s not much more than two degrees of separation between almost everyone. Mark Gilbertson has a lot to do with this. I know he has a LOT of help but he promotes it like nobody’s business, and in a very offhand way.  The party is cocktails, “light fare” — at the Four Seasons so that’s already enough for a meal — and dancing. So you see, it’s a party. For a cause, supported by the neighbors, in an invisible yet palpable way. That’s why it’s a great success year after year.
Valesca Guerrand Hermes, Marisa Brown, Michael Gross, Dori Cooperman, and Matthew and Nicole Mellon
Di Mondo and Eric Javits
Alixe Laughin and Emilie Ghilaga
Kamie Lightburn and Bronson van Wyck
Jared Goss, Libby Fitzgerald, and Mark Gilbertson
Alex Hitz and Amy Fine Collins
Calvert Moore, Dan Lufkin, and Burwell Schorr
Teresa and Bruce Colley with Christine Schwarzman
Amy Hoadley, Kelly Rutherford, and Jennifer Creel
Carmen Torruella and Caryn Zucker
Chip and Burwell Schorr
Alex and Louis Rose
Carol Mack, Mark Gilbertson, and Dana Hammond
Brooke Harlowe and Celerie Kemble
Burwell Schorr, Ashley McDermott, and Monique Richards
Dan Lufkin and Bill Cunningham
Jill and Andrew Roosevelt
Ingrid Edelman and Hilary Dick
Lisa Woodward, Jamie Creel, and Fernanda Niven
Libby and Terry Fitzgerald
Laura Lofaro Freeman and Alexandra Lebenthal
Gigi and Avie Mortimer
Mary and Guy Van Pelt
Matthew and Nicole Mellon
George and Calvert Moore
Helene Comfort and Tania Higgins
Helen Schifter and Dori Cooperman
Anjali and Prakash Melwani with Susan Gutfreund
Kathy and Othon Prounis
Geoffrey Bradfield and Chiu Ti Jansen
Evelyn Tompkins, Victor Geraci, and Pam Owens
Nina Griscom and Frances Schultz
Webb Egerton and Lee Robinson
Judith Guest and Brad Black
Peter and Allison Rockefeller
Somers and Andrew Farkas
Michael Cominotto and David Basso
Kate Allen, Jennifer Oken, and Karen Klopp
Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder
Michael and Tara Rockefeller
Larry Creel and Avie Mortimer
Ros L'Esperance and Todd Romano
Michelle Smith and Andrew Oshrin
Scott Currie, Susan Magrino, and Greg Calejo
Gene Williams, Mary Snow, and Mark Gilbertson
Peter and Jamee Gregory
Emilia Saint Amand
Shabnam Henry and Amy Griffin
Jeff Sharp and Joel Schumacher with Graff models dressed in Oscar de la Renta
The New York Botanical Garden held its annual Rose Garden Dinner Dance three weeks ago, on September 19th. The evening began with cocktails in the world renowned Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. This was followed by a dinner and dancing in the Garden Terrace Room. The evening was presented by Piaget.

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden – more than 4400 hundred roses in more than 680 (!) varieties – is the only surviving  New York City garden designed by the legendary Beatrix Jones Farrand. Long considered one of the most beautiful rose gardens in America, the Garden has been transformed in recent years into one of the most sustainable public gardens in the world. Last June two Yves Piaget rose bushes were added to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden Collection.

They honored Dotty and Lionel Goldfrank. Mr. Goldfrank has served for fourteen years on the Board and has been Chairman of both the Executive and Investment Committees. In addition his Lionel Goldfrank III Institutional Mapping Department and Computerized Catalog of the Living Collections makes possible the gathering of important topographical information about the Garden’s landscape essential to capital improvements, exhibitions, and collections.
Lionel and Dotty Goldfrank
John and Carmen Thain
The evening also saluted Ellen and Ken Roman for their enthusiastic dedication to the Garden including Ken’s 24 years on the Board, tenure as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Annual Fund. The Romans have also been great champions of the Home Gardening Center – NYBG’s inspirational collection of demonstration gardens designed to teach gardeners of all the skill levels how to create beautiful, productive, and trouble free gardens. They established the Kenneth and Ellen Roman Fund in support of the work.

The proceeds of the annual event helps to maintain and build the Rose Garden collection and to support the curators’ continued care and development of one of the world’s premier rose venues.. The evening was joined by 250 members of the Garden’s extended family. They raised $700,000 to support the collection.
Amy Goldman Fowler and Cary Fowler
Friederike and Jeremy Biggs
Ann and Charles Johnson with Jeanie Burns
Caroline Wamsler, Mish Tworkowski and Joseph Singer, and DeWayne Phillips
Chris and Grace Meigher
Chuck and Deborah Royce
Piaget models in Rose Garden
Courtnay Daniels, Jeanie Burn, Susan and Coleman Burke, and Mary Davidson
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
Grace Meigher and John Sullivan
Gregory Long, Maureen Chilton, and Dotty and Lionel Goldfrank
Jeanie Jones and Friederike Biggs
Joey Slotnick, Tayla Cousins, Keith Brown, and Larry Boland
Ken and Ellen Roman
Memrie Lewis, Julia Utsch, and Nonie Sullivan
On Monday, October 7th, American Ballet Theatre and Friends of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Co Chairs Leslie Ziff and David Hallberg hosted "A Night in Russia," an event to support and highlight the upcoming ABT Studio Company performances in Moscow as part of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy's 240th Anniversary Celebration. Over 150 friends participated in the evening's festivities, which included a performance, panel discussions, and a Russian themed party.

Bianna Golodryga, co anchor of “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition, moderated the panel discussion with ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, ABT Principal Dancer Polina Semionova, ABT Soloist Sascha Radetsky, and ABT corps de ballet dancer Gabe Stone Shayer.
Polina Seminova
Gabe Stone Shayer
Kevin McKenzie and Alexei Ratmansky
ABT Studio Company dancer Katerina Eng
ABT Studio Company members performing
The Studio Company performed works by Antony Tudor and Susan Jaffe that will be showcased in Moscow on November 6th and 7th at The Kremlin Palace as part of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy's 240th Anniversary Celebration.  ABT Principal Dancers Cory Stearns and Polina Semionova also performed the pas de deux from Les Sylphides.

Guests were treated to an assorted menu of delightful Russian cuisine catered by Sonnier & Castle, with a signature Moscow mule cocktail provided by Russian Standard Vodka as the evening's official vodka sponsor.

The event raised $25,000 for the dancers' trip to Moscow.
Leslie Ziff and Kate Lydon
Nicholas Vermeer and Larry Shaw
Steven Slutsker and Marliese Slutsker
Jerry Link and Audrey Carlin
Ray Hagg, Leslie Ziff, Daniel Ziff, and Franco De Vita
Kevin McKenzie, Audre Carlin, and Jerry Link
Paula Mahoney
Carol and Dan Strone
Ruth Newman and Irene Shen
Ann Ziff and Elizabeth Acevedo
Hank Spinelli and Judith Hoffman
Leslie Ziff, Daniel Ziff, and Jean Volpe
Ellen and Murray Koppelman
Larry Shaw and Harold Newman
Karen Oguma and friends
Lynne Smalley and Matti Brine
Ruth and Harold Newman
John Haddorff, Linda Fell, and Rachel Moore
Skyler Maxey Wert and Ray Hagg
Patrick Galvin and Maria Alzuru
Scout Forsyth and Franco De Vita
Heidi Gunter and Dennis Walters
ABT Studio Company dancers

Photographs by Billy Farrell (JKO); PatrickMcMullan.com & Billy Farrell (MCNY).