Monday, November 11, 2013

Setting the gold standard

David Lauren and Lauren Bush Lauren at World of Children Award's 16th Annual Awards Ceremony
World of Children Award hosted their 16th Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 7th at 583 Park Avenue (at East 63rd St). The event attracted nearly 500 guests and raised $800,000.

World of Children Award, often referred to as the Nobel Prize for child advocates, sets the gold standard for child advocacy by providing funding and recognition for the most effective change-makers for children worldwide. In its 15 year history, World of Children Award has invested $5 million in programs led by 95 honorees serving vulnerable children in 140 countries.
Children's Aid Society Chorus
Co-Founder and Chief Feeder of FEED Projects Lauren Bush Lauren received the 2013 Advocacy Award, with World of Children Board Member and Martens & Heads! CEO Maxine Martens receiving the 2013 World of Children Board of Governors’ Award. The 2013 World of Children Health Award went to C. Mead Welles, co-founder of A Leg to Stand On, which helps children in the developing world who have lost limbs. Triveni Acharya received the 2013 Humanitarian Award for transforming the lives of victims of child trafficking by co-founding Rescue Foundation. Susie Krabacher received the Alumni Award for her organization, Mercy & Sharing that provides care and education to children in Haiti. The 2013 World of Children Youth Awards went to Chaeli Mycroft for her work with children with disabilities as part of the Chaeli Campaign and Sarah Cronk for the Sparkle Effect which has created inclusive cheerleading and dance teams across the country.
Honorees Susie Krabacher and C. Mead Welles, Co-Founder Kay Leibowitz, Alina Cho, Co-Founder Harry Leibowitz, Honoree Lauren Bush Lauren
Alina Cho served as Master of Ceremonies. Celebrity Ambassador and philanthropist Stephanie March and Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive were award presenters.

16th Anniversary Honorary Event Chairs were Joshua Schulman (President, Bergdorf Goodman) and Jim Conley (Global Partner Education, YouTube). Co-Chairs are Coach Visual Merchandising Director Amy Dorgan, ETRO General Manager North America Marco Pievani, P2F Holdings Co-Founder Sandy Piontak and Lenny Piontak and National Retail Consultants CEO Jerry Politzer and Jamie Barry.
Presenter Cindi Leive
Youth Honoree Sarah Cronk
Honoree Chaeli Mycroft with mom Zelda
Honoree Maxine Martens
Honoree Triveni Acharya
Additional expected guests included World of Children Award Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, Ralph Lauren’s David Lauren (Lauren Bush Lauren’s husband), James Banks’ jeweler Adam Shulman, Kelly Bensimon, Estee Lauder Companies Group President John Demsey, Neiman Marcus Group President Specialty Retail Jim Gold, Living Proof CEO Jill Beraud, Former Victoria's Secret CEO Grace Nichols, Victoria's Secret Direct Executive Vice President, Brand and Creative Services Ann O’Malley, Attorney at Law Roberta Romberg, San Francisco Community Leader Sue Steinberg, NY&Company CEO Laura Weil, NY&Company EVP Linda Vilaikeo, NY&Company EVP Human Resources Faeth Bradley, NY&Company EVP Product Life Management & Corporate Initiatives Hope Grey, Ralph Lauren Corporation SVP of Advertising and Wholesale Marketing at Polo Ralph Lauren Liz Paley, Ralph Lauren Corporation SVP Men’s Specialty Stores Tom Cush, Ralph Lauren Corporation’s Kim Draper, Brioni USA President Todd Barratto, Giorgio Armani USA CEO Graziano De Boni, Cole Haan President Michael Prince, Ann Taylor Former President Christine Beauchamp, Victoria's Secret EVP of Brand and Creative Service, Max Mara VP Marketing & Communications Celia Nichols, Marsh USA, Inc. Managing Director Devin Beresheim, BrainStorm Ventures Managing Partner Keith Cox, Andy Cummins, Neuberger Berman LLC Managing Director Francis Fraenkel, Google General Partner Gene Frantz, Jim Gamett, Coburn Greenberg Partners LLC Partner Joyce Greenberg, JohnPaulRichard, Inc. CEO Bertan Kalatchi, BBDO Executive Vice President Archana Kumar, 3SGLED.COM CEO Ranjan Manoranjan, President of the US Fund for UNICEF President Caryl Stern and The City University of New York Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Matthew Goldstein.
James Banks Design's Heidi Nahser Fink and Adam Shulman
Stephanie March, Youth Honoree Sarah Cronk, Cindi Leive
Stephanie March, Co-Founders Kay and Harry Leibowitz, Alina Cho
Kelly Bensimon and John Demsey
Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren
For her first public appearance in the United States, ESCADA Chairman Megha Mittal joined with Saks Fifth Avenue to host a luncheon benefitting New Yorkers For Children. Event guests were treated to a fashion presentation of the ESCADA Resort 2014 collection, followed by an intimate lunch and personal shopping experience.

Notable guests included Megha Mittal, Jennifer Creel, Chele Chiavacci, Lise Evans, Lydia Fenet, Marisa Arredondo, Susan Magazine, Laurel Nuzzo, Susan Shin, and Sonia Nassery Cole.
ESCADA Resort 2014 collection
New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) works in partnership with the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) to improve the prospects of children supported by the child welfare system and to engage New Yorkers in that effort. With a focus on young people in foster care, NYFC supports programs that promote paths to stable adulthood through education and sustainable relationships with caring adults. For more information on NYFC, please visit
Jennifer Creel, Megha Mittal, and Joseph Boitano
Susan Magazine, Megha Mittal, and Kimberly Jetnil
Lise Evans
Keren Eldad, Sonia Nassery Cole, and Seren Shvo
Laurel Nuzzo and Keren Eldad
Lydia Fenet, Stephanie Lieblich, and Lauren Shortt
Last Wednesday, New York's most stylish gathered at ETRO for a reception and fashion show in support of the Child Mind Institute. 15% of sales from the evening and through the weekend benefit the nonprofit's financial aid program, which provides mental health care for children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford it.

Guests at the evening event included Kelly Rutherford, Brooke Garber Neidich, Christine Mack, Rula Jebreal Altschul and Aurthur Altschul, Ginevra Caltagirone, Dori Cooperman, Vanessa Cornell, Jennifer Creel, Amy Phelan, Richie and Jane Notar, Dennis Paul and Coralie Charriol Paul, and Claude Wasserstein, Beatrice Del Favero, Angelina Jolin, Sarah Senbahar and Nazanin Smeets.
Claude Wasserstein, Jennifer Creel, Harold Koplewicz, Kelly Rutherford, Christine Mack, Dori Cooperman, Ginevra Caltagirone, and Vanessa Cornell
To support the cause shop ETRO, 720 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065 and mention CMI. Until November 10th 15% of sale benefits Child Mind Institute.

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Founded by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, the institute is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.
Christine Mack
Kelly Rutherford and Jennifer Creel
Harold Koplewicz, Brooke Garber Neidich, and Vanessa Cornell
On Friday, October 25, 2013, “Home Is Where The Heart Is," the inaugural Designer Showhouse to benefit the American Heart Association opened with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party kicking off the first ever Showhouse. “Home Is Where The Heart Is” takes place in Glen Cove, NY. 

Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.
The 2013 Designers of "Home Is Where The Heart Is" Designer Showhouse to benefit the American Heart Association
“Home Is Where The Heart Is”, in its inaugural year, is a showcase for America’s premier design talent.  Approximately 25 top interior designers and landscape designers from the New York Metropolitan Area have turned a spectacular, classic Colonial Revival estate into a decorating masterpiece.  Built in the late 19th Century as a wedding present for Standard Oil heiress Lydia Pratt, this nearly 7,000 square foot estate is located at 145 Dosoris Lane in Glen Cove, NY and has been provided by MIGC, LLC.  

Alexa Hampton of Mark Hampton LLC is the 2013 Honorary Showhouse Chair. Kim Hendrickson-Radovich of Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design is the 2013 Showhouse Design Chair. Gabor Karsai of Landmark Realtors Inc. is the 2013 Showhouse Community Chair.  The Showhouse is happy to announce that Luxe Interiors + Design is the 2013 Media Sponsor. LX.TV Open House is the 2013 Television Sponsor.  The 2013 Design Sponsors are Country Carpet, Downsview Kitchens by the breakfast room, ltd., Farrow & Ball, Kravet Inc., Robert Allen and Silestone by Cosentino.
Tony Manning and Alexa Hampton
The American Heart Association’s mission is building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke– America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. The Association funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health. By 2020, the Association’s impact goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stoke by 20%. To learn more or join in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

“Home Is Where The Heart Is” is open to the public through Sunday, December 1, 2013. For more information, please visit
Kathy Munsch, Gabor Karsai, Eva Karsai, and Tony Manning
Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Dr. Abiri, and Gabor Karsai
Elizabeth Hendrickson, Kim Hendrickson-Radovich, and Glen Radovich
Margreet Cevasco, Kate Singer, and Ellen Baron-Goldstein
Lois Cooper, Marc L. Hamroff, Esq., Frank Nardolillo, Harry Armon, Kathy Munsch, and Michele Gervat
Rosemary and Adam DiAntonio
Michael Cohen, June Cohen, MA, LMHC, Joanne Hamroff, and Marc L. Hamroff, Esq.
Vasi Ypsilantis, Gail Tarasoff, and Anne Tarasoff
After nearly two years involvement as producers of “Seduced and Abandoned,” Larry and Michele Herbert and Alan and Marla Helene toasted the success of the film with a private party at The Top of The Standard on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in New York City.

Following a screening of the documentary at the IFC Center in New York City’s West Village, guests of the Herberts and the Helenes, including fellow producer Michael Mailer, director James Toback, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and wife Kory Apton, author and journalist Taki Theodoracopulous, Broadway producer Jonathan Farkas and celebrity event planner Arthur Backal, arrived at the Top of the Standard for the exclusive party.

Seduced and Abandoned, starring Alec Baldwin, premiered as a Special Screening in the Official Selection at the 66th Festival de Cannes in May 2013, and debuted on HBO as part of the network’s fall 2013 documentary series.
Michele and Larry Herbert
Michael Mailer, Marla Helene, and Alan Helene
Taki Theodoracopulous and Jasmine Lobe
Mario and Ramona Singer
Heidi Walker and Peter Sinnell
Patrick McMullan and Pamela Morgan
Missy Lubliner, Greg Wasser, Debra Waser, Linda Chodorow, and Jeffrey Chodorow
Nizza Heyman and Michele Herbert
Arthur and Liana Backal
Edward DeGuardiola, Larry Herbert, Melissa DeGuardiola, Chele Chiavacci, and Richard Farley
Marla Helene, Jamie Wachman, Brendan Kwinter, and Rosilind Alan
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation celebrated 26 years of "empowering research for productive lives" by honoring seven extraordinary scientists at its annual National Awards Dinner at the Pierre Hotel on October 25. In addition to the prizes for scientists, the Foundation presented the fifth annual Productive Lives Awards for extraordinary contributions toward therapy and recovery from mental illness.

The awards went to Bruce Cohen, Producer of Silver Linings Playbook, and Rodolpho Carenuto, President of SAP Americas, recognizing their efforts, each within their respective professions, to help those with mental illness live more fulfilling and productive lives.
Boris Birmaher, M.D. and Herbert Pardes, M.D., President of Foundation Scientific Council
The Foundation awards the largest group of annual prizes for outstanding mental health research achievements and they have come to be regarded as among the highest honors possible for leading scientists in the field," said Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., Foundation President and CEO. "The prizes are selected through a peer-review process of the Foundation's Scientific Council, a volunteer group of 147 pre-eminent mental health researchers, and two of our prizewinners have gone on to win Nobel Prizes." 
The National Awards Dinner followed the 25th Annual New York Mental Health Research Symposium that same day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm at The Kaufman Music Center on West 67th Street. The Symposium featured keynote speaker Elyn R. Saks, Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  She is the author of "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey through Madness", a New York Times bestselling book about her personal journey of recovery from schizophrenia.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation National Awards Dinner at The Pierre
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly "NARSAD," National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) raises funds to invest in cutting-edge research projects to understand, treat and ultimately prevent and cure mental illness. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded over $300 million in NARSAD Research Grants to more than 3,700 scientists around the world. The Foundation invests 100% of donor contributions for research directly into NARSAD Research Grants. For more information, visit
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. and Paul Summergrad, M.D.
Rodolpho Cardenuto, President, SAP Americas, with J. Randolph Lewis, Senior Vice President of Logistics and Distribution at Walgreen Co.
George B. Handran, Esq. and Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D.
Bruce Cohen and guests
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Jack D. Barchas, M.D., and Robert M. A. Hirschfeld, M.D.
Rodolpho Cardenuto, President, SAP Americas and SAP employees
Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., and guests
Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D. and guests
Work Life Matters Magazine held the 11th Annual Work Life Matters Gala honoring Top Companies for LGBT Equality on October 24th, 2013 at Club 101 in New York City. Lori Sokol, Ph.D., Founder & Publisher of Work Life Matters Magazine, hosted the event with over 200 VIPs ranging from corporate executives, performing artists, celebrities, philanthropists, authors, models, entrepreneurs, TV news media, and activists.

Marie C. Wilson, Co-founder of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Founder & President Emerita The White House Project & Ms. Foundation for Women, and Mel Wymore, former New York City Council Candidate, were the Keynote Speakers at the event.
Mel Wymore, Lori Sokol, and Marie C. Wilson
The Top 14 Companies honored by Work Life Matters Magazine for their Pioneering Leadership in LGBT Equality for 2013 included: Avon, CVS Caremark, Dechert LLP, Discovery Communications, Eli Lilly, Intel, MasterCard, MetLife, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, New York Life, TD Bank, United Airlines and Wells Fargo.

This was the third consecutive year that the magazine specifically honored top companies for implementing and supporting LGBT equality programs and practices throughout their organizations. This is the second year in a row that Discovery Communications, Eli Lilly, Microsoft, and New York Life, were honored for their contributions to LGBT equality.

Past honorees include: Alcoa, BASF Corporation, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Campbell Soup Company, Credit Suisse, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLC., ESPN, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, KPMG, NBCUniversal, Orbitz Worldwide, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The New York Times, and Unilever.
Scott Stanford and Tamsen Fadal
Linda Stein, Marie C. Wilson, Lois Braverman, and Stacey Tisdale
Jennifer Gelfer and Chase Coleman
Jason Greenberg, Lori Sokol, and Rhea Sokol
Quincy Morris, Jade Lane, Danielle Guldin, Nick Matthews, Jennifer Gelfer, Mark Tallman, and Chase Coleman
Josh Folan and Pauline Kim
Lauren LoGiudice, Stacey Tisdale, and Camilla Barungi
Mark Tallman
Timothy Mandala
Nick Matthews and Jade Lane
Lori Sokol and John Payes
Josh Folan, Lauren LoGiudice, Timothy Mandala, Lori Sokol, Brice Mousset, Lakey Wolff, and Chase Coleman
Javier Gomez
Brice Mousset
Lisa Hammer, Levi Wilson, Aryn Cole, and Lisa Ferber
Candace Johnson
Keynote Speaker, Marie C. Wilson
Lori Sokol
Lauren LoGiudice

Photographs by Yorkers For Children, Child Mind, Brain & Behavior); Andre Beckles (Brain & Behavior); Jill Lotenberg (Work Life Matters)