Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Notable galas and guests

Designer Manish Arora's collection on the runway at The Indo-American Arts Council's 15th anniversary.
The opening gala for the sixth annual Holiday House NY took place at the historic Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street in Manhattan on Wednesday, November 20th.

Holiday House NY is a decorator showhouse featuring holiday-inspired rooms created by some of today’s top interior designers. The event will once again benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, which was founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993 and continues to be a leader in the fight against breast cancer.  

Notable guests included: Cindy Citrone, Michelle Ryan, Myra Biblowitz, Carlos Falchi, William Li, Randi Schatz, Christopher Hyland, Jaime Jimenez, Caterina Fabrizio, Maurice Dubois, Mario Buatta and Geoffrey Bradfield.
Iris Dankner, Cindy Citrone, Heidi Taylor, and Barbara Schorr
Holiday House NYC 2013 design firms in attendance included: Ally Coulter Designs, Campion Platt, Cullman and Kravis Inc., CW Design, Darrin Varden Design, Décor by Guillaume Gentet, Deb Landis Design, Deborah Martin Designs, Franklin Eighth, Gregory Allan Cramer, J. Cohler Mason Design, James Rixner, Joseph Parisi Interiors, J+G Design, Kelley Jackson, Mario Buatta, Michael McKinnon, Patrick J. Hamilton Designs, Patrik Lönn Design, Rachel Laxer Interiors, Scott Formby, Stephen Bastone, Studio Tim Campbell, Susanna Salk, Tinatin Kilaberidze Interior Design, Tony Ingrao And Randy Kemper, Weitzman-Halpern Interior Design.

The show house is open to visitors through December 18th, 2013, 11 am- 5 pm daily with extended hours until 8 pm on Thursday evenings that include live music and wine tasting.

Leadership of Holiday House NYC 2013 includes Leonard Lauder as Honorary Chair; Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland as Co-Chairs; and Alexa Hampton, Mario Buatta and Thom Filicia as Design Chairs.
Stephen Bastone, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Christopher Hyland
Stephen Fanuka, Deb Landis, and Katharina Plath
Pamela Eldridge and Kendell Cronstrom
For the fourth consecutive year Traditional Home magazine is the national media sponsor for this event. Other generous sponsors of Holiday House 2013 include: Tiffany & Co., Parade Media Group, Benjamin Moore, FENDI Casa, Lladro, Ballard Designs, Sleep Studio, New York School of Interior Design, Thos. Moser, Frontgate, and 5th Avenue Millennium, Aesthetic Surgery. Avenue magazine and LX-TV are additional media sponsors; Hyland Magazine is the event’s journal sponsor.

Featuring 27 spaces of inspiring designs ideas, Holiday House NYC is a must see event during New York City’s famed holiday season. Visitors will be entertained by an array of sites, tastes and special events planned throughout the showhouse's four week run, including:
Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler
Jaime Jimenez and Mario Buatta
Art: Holiday House is a virtual “pop up” museum with a mix of art ranging from masterworks to the cutting edge contemporary art of some of today’s rising art world stars.

Books: An author's night with design experts and authors, including Ellie Cullman, Thom Filicia, Mario Buatta, Gary McBournie and James Magni signing their new books will take place on December 4, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm.

Design: Beautiful interior design and holiday decor ideas are everywhere; from the facade of the Academy Mansion dressed for the season courtesy of Frontgate to various uniquely styled Christmas trees to creatively set tabletops and interior design vignettes.  The showhouse also offers opportunities to deepen your knowledge of design with events such as a panel discussion on color hosted by Benjamin Moore and featuring top designers on December 11 at 10:00 am.
Ally Coulter and William Li
Nicole and Danielle Danker
John Lyle
Randy Kemper, Iris Dankner, Tony Ingrao, and Daniel Lombardi
Food: In the courtyard cafe featuring designer Guillaume Gentet’s Palm Beach inspired design, Macaron Café will offer organic French press coffee, a variety of tea from Mariage Frères, and a light menu of salads, desserts, and their famed macarons. The café will be open to guests every day from 11:00 am- 5:00 pm.

Music: Extended hours until 8:00 pm on Thursday evenings will include live music by Moscow 57 and wine tastings.

Sleep: As everyone knows the holidays are a busy time of year, getting adequate rest is imperative to staying your healthiest over the coming weeks, in honor of this idea: Sleep Studio will host an event to inspire beautiful sleep on December 12 at 6:00 pm.
Iris Dankner and Tori Mellott
Randy Kemper and Caterina Fabrizio
Shopping: Step into the Holiday Boutique located on the ground floor, this jewel box shop features great gifts ranging from glassware to vintage handbags and jewelry.

Theater: Fundamental Theater Project performs “Alone With Friends,” a hilarious, holiday themed one-act play created specifically for the showhouse on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1:00 pm.

General admission is $35, including Journal.  For more information, please visit www.holidayhousedesignshow.com or call 212-472-3313.
Holiday House designers
Campion Platt
Ally Coulter
Kyle Marshall, Catherine Weinstock, and Constantino Castellano
Caron Pfeffer and Jennifer Mason
Darrin Varden
Lee Cavanaugh and Alyssa Urban
Deb Landis
Deborah Martin
Gregory Allen Cramer
Georgie Hambright and Jennifer Beek
Guillaume Gentet
James Rixner
Michael Halpern and Amy Weitzman
Kelley Jackson
Patrick Hamilton
Michael McKinnon
Patrik Lonn
Rachel Laxer
Stephen Bastone
Scott Formby
Sarah Sarna and Tina Ramchandani
Susanna Salk
Randy Kemper and Tony Ingrao
Tim Campbell
Tinatin Kilaberedze
On Wednesday November 20, 2013, The Jewish Museum at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street in New York City, presented its nineteenth annual Family Hanukkah Party. 300 people attended the festive event.

The co-chairs were Jacqueline Harris Hochberg and Robert J. Hochberg, Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Richard Hurowitz, Tara Mark Rosenblum and Kenneth Rosenblum, and Lyss Stern and Brian Stern. Attendees included: Barry and Mimi Alperin, Kim and Larry Heyman, Betty Levin, Tara and Hunter Lipton, Susan and Morris Mark, Margaret and Eric Porres, Bonnie and Ira Postel, Geoffrey and Candice Postel, Eleanor Heyman Propp, Mara and Ricky Sandler, Jill and Lyle Wilpon, Susan and Benjamin Winter, and Nanar and Tony Yoseloff. Asher Weintraub, the 9-year-old inventor of the Menurkey, a menorah in the shape of a turkey, was also at the event, singing his creation.
Event Co-chairs Sharon Coplan Hurowitz, Jacqueline Harris Hochberg, Lyss Stern, and Tara Mark Rosenblum
Party attendees enjoyed live music by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights; a chance for young guests to “walk the red carpet” with Red Carpet Kids; a glitter tattoo parlor by Make Meaning; RoboFun: Creative Technology; family photos by Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company; balloon art by Todd Neufeld's Twisted Balloon Company; creative crafts by Wendy the Pipe Cleaner Lady; and a buffet dinner and dessert. 

Proceeds from the event benefit The Jewish Museum. 
Caroline Baron and Andrew, Emmanuel, and Asher Weintraub
Asher Weintraub, inventor of the Menurkey, lighting the Hanukkah candles, with Sasha Hurowitz and Jackson Stern
Event Co-chair Jacqueline Harris Hochberg, Alexander Hochberg, and Harrison Hochberg
Event Co-chairs Richard Hurowitz and Sharon Coplan Hurowitz with Asher and Sasha Hurowitz
Abram, Jonathan, Darcie, Hannah, and Eli Crystal
Rhoda Rosenblum, Event Co-chairs Kenneth Rosenblum and Tara Mark Rosenblum, and Jane and Maxine Rosenblum
Gila Goodman, Ivette Dabah, Naomi Kassin, and Raymond Kassin
Benjamin, Susan, and Charlie Winter
Event Co-chair Lyss Stern and Jackson Stern
Julie Salomon, Barry Alperin, Robert Salomon, Mimi Alperin, and Sophia and Ben Salomon
Glen, Lynn, and Avery Tobias Altschuler
More than 250 of New York’s crème de la crème packed the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Performing Arts on November 21st to raise a glass and toast The Indo-American Arts Council’s 15th anniversary and celebrate the non-profit organization’s numerous contributions of Indian performing, visual and literary arts to New York City’s diverse cultural landscape. The IAAC honoured three outstanding Indian-Americans, author Salman Rushdie, filmmaker Mira Nair and Dr. Manjula Bansal, for their commitment and contributions to the global artistic community.

Headlining the entertainment at the event was Oscar-winning duo: singer/songwriter/composer Paul Williams (Oscar winner with Barbara Streisand for “Evergreen”) with pianist/composer Kenny Ascher, of “Rainbow Connection” (from The Muppet Movie) fame. Additionally, Exclusively.In presented a breath-taking runway show featuring the creativity of iconic Delhi-based designer Manish Arora through his “Indian” collection. The emcee for the evening was comedian Dan Nainan, and some of the celebrities who presented awards and walked the red carpet included: chef and author Madhur Jaffrey, actor Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), writer and filmmaker Sabrina Dhawan, actor Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards), author, screenwriter, producer Tracey Jackson, Ambassador Manjeev Puri, actors Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) and Manu Narayan, just to name a few.
Author Salman Rusdhie being honored by Aroon Shivdasani and chef/author Madhur Jaffrey
IAAC is the first and only Indian Arts Council in the United States representing all of the artistic disciplines, including theatre, dance, music, film, folk arts, literature and fashion. The IAAC pioneered the first annual Indian theatre, film, dance and playwright festivals in the country, as well as an annual travelling exhibition of contemporary Indian art. The IAAC’s programs attract packed audiences and amazing media coverage – ethnic, mainstream and international outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Variety, New York Daily News, NY1, CNN IBN, and Huffington Post, just to name a few.

“IAAC has been the perfect platform for nourishing and promoting Indian heritage, through the medium of performing arts, in our adopted homeland – the U.S.,” said Dr. Manjula Bansal, one of the honorees at the gala. “The IAAC has done invaluable work in creating a showcase for Indian Americans in many art forms. I'm delighted to have been a supporter from the earliest days,” said author and IAAC supporter Salman Rushdie. "Love and salaams to dynamic Aroon and the IAAC for bringing us our cinema for 15 years.  Woo Hoo!" exclaims Mira Nair whose film Monsoon Wedding closed the first IAAC film festival.
Pianist Kenny Ascher performing with vocalist Paul Williams
The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America. It is passionate about showcasing, celebrating and building an awareness of artists and artistic disciplines of Indian origin in the performing, literary, visual and folk arts.  For further information please visit www.iaac.us.
Homeland's Sarita Choudhury
Filmmaker Mira Nair with IAAC Exec. Dir. Aroon Shivdasani
House of Cards' Sakina Jaffrey
Sunjay Guleria with Indian designer Manish Arora and wife Mohini Guleria
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, over 250 guests packed 404 NYC to support ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation for the first ever live art event.  Off the Wall 2013 brought fifteen artists to create live art, some were interactive but all came together over the course of the evening.  This fundraiser helps fund creative and performing art programs for children and young adults with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

The venue was full of energy while supporters enjoyed getting their caricature done, listening to three new DJs, being silly at the photo booth, coloring in their own vinyl tile to bring together an original step and repeat, sipping one of three signature cocktails and nibbling on custom cupcakes.  Vendor sponsors included Baked by Melissa, 44 North Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, Manhattan Beer Distributors, Savory and Sweet and Spiked Seltzer.
Adam Hirsch, Jessica Sylvester, Samantha Sylvester, and Will Kelly
The music was spun by Zack Kerns, Chloe and Jason Grisell and the art was created by Christian Aldunate, John Ashford, Eric Joel Brief, Stephen Cohen, Josie Gonzalez, Rena Grosser, Babette Marciano, Laura Paris, Ariela Robinson, Dave Smith, Col Wallnuts and Sam Hillmer with caricature art by Jenny Kim and Ryan Blaise and greeted by Mama D.  The event also showcased art by young artist who are participants in ArtWorks and part of the 30 local hospitals ArtWorks partners with. 

Among the prestigious donors, ArtWorks was thrilled to have the support of: The Russell Berrie FoundationAdam Hirsch, Henry and Myrtle Hirsch Foundation, The Kaufthal FamilyKoyfman Family FoundationLisa Perry, Fred and Gertrude Perlberg Foundation and Uproot Wine. 
Baked By Melissa
Proceeds from the event provide thousands of children with serious illnesses, and their siblings, access to creative and performing arts programs that encourage the use of the creative process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development. ArtWorks seeks to empower, validate, and honor these children by offering them the hands-on experience and materials with which to create, as well as the opportunity to publicly share their artistic accomplishments.

For more information, visit: www.artworksfoundation.org.
Ariela Robinson, Daniela Mendelsohn, and Rena Grosser
Brian Kinsella and Peter Bremberg
Josie Gonzalez
Dave Smith, Stephen Chase Cohen, and Josie Gonzalez
Stephen Chase Cohen
Col Wallnuts
Babette Marciano
Brian Begley
Doreen Sylvester
Elaine Louis, Maria Bremberg, and Liza Strieff
Jason Birke, Yael Baker, Daniel Mendelsohn, and Cory Baker
Jenny Kim
Leia Jospe
Mo Koyfman and Rena Fischler
Linda and Ilan Kauftal with Richard and Elaine Hirsch
Meghan Kelly
Rena Fischler and Col Wallnuts
There was no shortage of Indians, Cowgirls, Cowboys or Boots at the Cowgirls & Indians Junior Party at Doubles complete with Country Music, a Country & Western buffet including everyone's favorite black angus sliders, and tables sparkling with red shiny cowboy boot confetti.

Junior members and friends including Katie and Fred Ryser, Julia Lamont, Betsy Maloney, George Smith Alpert, Darcy and Nat Fogg, Florence Danforth-Meyer, Russell Grant, Leah Kelly, Rudmond Ingalls, Adam Friedman, Alexandra Moore, Alexandra Papanicolaou, Chris Breck, Georgina Schaefer, Tanner Zucker, Mia Hamamoto, Maria Boyazny, Beatrice Lolli-Ghetti, Louisa Ryan and Louisa Rechter kept the dance floor filled 'til midnight.
Wendy Carduner with Cowboys and Indians
George Smith Alpert and Elizabeth Koelle
Brad Corbin, Betsy Maloney, and Jeff Roberts
Nat Fogg, Frasier Maloney, Robert Maloney, Fritz Middleton, and Ariella Menegon
Alana Parry, Michael Reinoso, and Rusell Grant
Katie Ryser and Fred Ryser
Brad Corbin and Paige Corbin
Alexandra Sklansy, Emily Maletta, and Florence Danforth-Meyer
Trip Revson and Logan Knisely
Rudmond Ingalls, Alexandra Moore, and Leah Kelly
Alexandra Papanicolaou and Jackie Valls
Kathryn Connor, Frank Spano, and Avery Toland
Michael Reinoso, Alexandra Newlin, Kathryn Connor, and Frank Spano
Alejandra De La Puente and Judith Martin
Adam Friedman and Alexandra Moore
Christopher Breck and Jamil Myrie
Abigail Leads, Megan Ingesolle, and Madeline Petrini
Rodrigo Pineda, Whitney Magabro, Drew Magabro, and Fred Ryser
Russell Grant, Gabriella Cambanis, and Molly Krueger
Alexandra Moore, Beatrice Lolli-Ghetti, and Louisa Ryan
Wendy Carduner, Judith Martin, and Georgina Shaffer
Elizabeth Koelle, Tutti Davis, Dana Bourque, Madeline Petrini, and Emma Jesberg
Abigail Leads, Maximiliam Duwat, and Madeline Petrini
Nat Fogg and Darcy Fogg
Douglas Elliman hosted a special event at the Douglas Elliman Gallery at 980 Madison celebrating some of the "Fabulous Moments About Town" of our beloved city with an exclusive book signing and gallery show by internationally acclaimed author Elizabeth Frogel of her book, Charlie Girl: Tails of a Very Original Poodle. Susan Sondag curated the event, which included signature fresh juice aptly named the "Charlie Temples" from Organic Avenue and signature Charlie Girl cookies baked by New York's coveted Eleni's bakery.
The author was there with "Charlie Girl," the real life standard poodle who inspired the series, signing books. All original drawings were on display.  To benefit the ASPCA, there was a raffle for a framed original drawing and the author's ten-year old daughter raised a large amount of money by selling tickets with her friends. Matthew Ruffi was the lucky winner.
Dennis Buonagura and Elizabeth Frogel with Charlie
Guests of the event included Catherine Adler, a prestigious Broadway producer and Board Member of the ASPCA, Dennis Buonagura, Vice President of the Central Park Paws in conjunction with the Central Park Conservancy, agents from Douglas Elliman, and friends of the author as well as fans of Charlie Girl.
In true New York City fashion, Bergdorf Goodman is the exclusive department store retailer for this first book, all sequels and branded products to come. 
Cili Cline and Catherine Adler
Samuel Kelley, Eileen Foy, Rebecca Cianci, Curtis Nixon, and Ann Marie Folan
Anne Easton and Kat Auster.
SusanSondag and ElizbaethFrogel
Ava Frogel and friends drawing the raffle
Matthew Ruffi, winner of the original illustrated drawing

Photographs by Bryan McCay & Paul Domzal/Edge Media (Holiday House); Annie Watt (Doubles); Matthew Carasella (The Jewish Museum);