Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Social Promise

Concert featuring Geri Allen & Afro Blue at New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's opening night concert and gala at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.
Last Sunday Social Promise hosted its 2nd Annual African Adventure: A Trip To Uganda. Held at the 92nd Street Y, the African Adventure afforded enthusiastic youngsters, ages two to ten, the opportunity to understand living as a child in a completely different world.  This distinctive experience was offered in a very tangible way when children practiced some of the daily routines of Ugandan children: carrying baby dolls held on their backs with scarves, toting heavy containers of water, making toys from recycled materials and sleeping under a mosquito net to avoid the threat of malaria.
Executive Director Sharon Crary with event co-chairs Carolyn Mullins and Sarah Herschbach McGee
The African Adventure event meets Social Promise's vision of a world in which a new generation is inspired to help others, by providing children with an avenue to think creatively about both current problems and changing the future. At the African Adventure, children explored their own strength and the happiness of doing good, by donating coins and creating keepsakes for the children at St. Jude Children's Home in Uganda.  

"At Social Promise, it is our belief that children have a natural ability to empathize and the desire to help others at a young age." noted Social Promise co-founder and Director, Sarah Herschbach McGee. "By giving them the opportunity to experience a piece of a child's life in Uganda, we seek to foster a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy."
Brooks and Caroline Traugott
The Patron Supporters of this year's event included Jill Ross, Kamie Lightburn, Sarah Kurita, Mary Beth Adelson, Paige Boller Malik, Whitney Mogavero, Nina Bliley, Amy Beal, Stacey Kidd, Denise McEvilly and Lisa Skipitaris.

Social Promise will be holding "African Adventure" events around the country in the coming year, with the next opportunity for children to be inspired – and to inspire us all – coming up on November 17, 2013 in Indiana.

Learn more about Social Promise on their website at www.socialpromise.org.
Cynthia and Mary Van Pelt
Lily Takian
Lila Beal
Whitney Mogavero, Sarah Herschbach McGee, and Paige Boller Malik
Sarah Kurita, Kendall Kurita, and Katherine Kurita
Mary Louise Koch
Katherine McGee
Deckland Leahy
Isabella Bosco
Erin and Alice Nalbandian
Peter McEvilly
Alejandra Gil, Oscar Gil, and Gabriel Gil
Charles and Jacqueline Malik
Brennan Koch, Jonathan Adelson, and Mary Beth Adelson
Henry Adelson and Grace Koch
Cameryn McGee, Sarah McGee, Cassidy McGee, Douglas McGee, and Douglas McGee
Francis Fordjour and Sofanit Tewoldebrhan
On Tuesday, October 1st, Solar One held its Fall Equinox Celebration at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to kick off its final capital campaign to support the development of Solar 2 – a global arts, entertainment and educational center that will rise majestically on the East River at 23rd Street in Manhattan.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Solar One’s 2013 Sustainability Achievement Award to Glen C. Dailey, managing director and head of prime brokerage, Jefferies LLC; and Jeanine Behr Getz, author and founder Kids Think Big LLC.  Glen Dailey was introduced by his good friend, Rob Davis, managing director McAlinden Research Partners and founder of Hedge Funds Care. Jeanine Behr Getz was introduced by John Hannan, director of external affairs, Audubon. Greg Kelly, co-anchor of 'Good Day New York,’ Fox 5, was the emcee.
Chris Collins, Brooke Shields, Glen C. Dailey, and Jeanine Behr Getz
Sandra Dailey and Glen C. Dailey
Solar One Board Chairman Richard Cherry, Solar One Executive Director Christopher Collins, and Event Chairs Jamie Figg and Barbara Tollis welcomed 300 guests including Karolina and Robert Albertson, Vanessa Arredondo, Christian E. Bekmessian, John Budzyna, Catherine and Bryan Carey, Susan Chalom, Lauren Colonna, Marisa Saur, Chris Coulson, Sandra Dailey, Michael Dailey, Mary and Michael Darling, Virginia Davies, Walter Deane, Tiffany Dubin, Charles Feit, Suzanne and Ramsey Frank, George and Dana Getz, Robert Getz, Mark Gilbertson, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Gabrielle Guttman, Amy Hoadley, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Robyn Joseph, Tori Kempner, Jeff Kollin, David Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou, Keith Langham, Kamie and Rich Lightburn, Maritess and Jarrett Lilien, Stephanie and James Loeffler, Kristina Loverro, Stewart Manger, William Manger, Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin, Richard and Elizabeth Miller, Melissa and Chappy Morris, Anne and David Ogilvy, Polly Onet, Othon and Kathryn Prounis, Alison and Michael Scanlon, Lisa Selby, Jean Shafiroff, Rhonda and Dave Sherwood, Brooke Shields, Hope and Ted Smith, Laura Blair and Scott Soper, Laura and Frederick Tanne, Amanda Taylor, Melissa and Thor Thors, Evelyn Tompkins, Jieun and David Wax, Julia and Ted Weld, Barbara Winston, Eric Whitney, Priscilla and Jim Wong.
Brooke Shields and Jamie Figg
Catherine Carey and Robin Joseph
With event design by Polly Onet and Amy Hoadley, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking Central Park, was the perfect setting for a celebration of ‘thanksgiving’ which is associated with the Fall Equinox.  Guests were served an autumn feast of vegetables and other seasonal foods from the bounty of the land. DJ Chang kept guests on the dance floor until most New Yorkers were asleep and the sun was coming up in other parts of the world.

Solar 2 will be the first fully resilient, energy positive building in Manhattan and the country that will be constructed in compliance with new government regulations in response to Superstorm Sandy’s devastation.  As we approach the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Solar 2 – which is part of PlaNYC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s unprecedented and comprehensive sustainability program – is the blueprint for the future.  Net proceeds of the event will go directly to the construction of the building and will leverage the $9 million that has already been raised. 
Chris Collins and Jamie Figg
Solar 2 will replace Solar One Solar One, the only building below East 42nd Street lit up against the darkened Manhattan skyline when Superstorm Sandy came ashore in October 2012.  During Sandy relief efforts, Solar One was a beacon of hope and safe harbor for those who lost electricity in Manhattan.  Neighbors came in flocks to Solar One to recharge their smartphones, laptops, iPads and other life’s necessities for quality of life.  Solar One – which also provided solar power to other communities in the New York area ravaged by Sandy -- is very much a part of the national and local dialogue regarding the vital role solar energy played during Sandy, and how it will provide power to American communities in the event of future man-made and human disasters. For information about Solar One and how you can help build Solar 2, visit: www.Solar1.org.
Sandra Dailey, Glen C. Dailey, Michael Dailey, and Marissa Magrino
Kathy and Othon Prounis
Thor Thors and Melissa Thors
Dave and Rhonda Sherwood
Lauren Colonna, Richard Hradek, and Gabrielle Guttman
Catherine Carey, Mark Gilbertson, Kamie Lightburn, and Amanda Taylor
Kevin and Barbara McLaughlin
Lucia Hwong Gordon
Michael and Alison Scanlon
Chiu-Ti Jansen and Amy Hoadley
Ronald Bruso and Lisa Selby
Ellie Libby and Kate Edmonds Donner
Stephanie and Jim Loeffler
Stewart Manger and Amy Hoadley
Jean Shafiroff and Greg Kelly
Melissa and Chappy Morris
Jamie Figg and Lisa Bytner
Evelyn Thompson
Mark Gilbertson and Polly Onet
Sue Chalom and Karolina Piecyk Albertson
Music Director Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra opened the NJSO’s 2013–14 concert season on Friday, September 27, with an Opening Night Celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.

Opening Night festivities began at 5 pm with a cocktail party. The 7 pm concert program—“Promise of the New World”—featured renowned jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen in a program that pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. A dinner followed the NJSO performance.
NJSO performance on opening night
Concert featuring Geri Allen and Afro Blue Chorus
Geri Allen takes her bow
The concert’s centerpiece was Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” which the NJSO performed with spirituals sung in between movements. The Orchestra also gave the world premiere of Allen’s Stone & Streams—an NJSO commission presented as part of the Orchestra’s New Jersey Roots Project—featuring the composer as soloist and Rev. Dr. M. William Howard Jr. as narrator. The program also showcased vocal ensemble Afro Blue, famed for reaching the final four on NBC’s reality-show competition “The Sing-Off.”

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.
The audience at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark
Under the bold leadership of Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the NJSO presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.
Pres & CEO James Roe at the post-performance dinner
Special dinner performance by Geri Allen
In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include the three-ensemble Greater Newark Youth Orchestras, school-time Concerts for Young People performances and multiple initiatives that provide and promote in-school instrumental instruction. The NJSO’s Resources for Education and Community Harmony (REACH) chamber music program annually brings original programs—designed and performed by NJSO musicians—to a variety of settings, reaching as many as 17,000 people in nearly all of New Jersey’s 21 counties.
Susan Stucker, Geri Allen, Ruth Lipper, and Al Angel
Guests Audrey Bartner and Mary Ellen Waggoner
Music Director Jacques Lacombe and Anne Lieberson
Karl Herman, Gemma New, and Morry Mulman
Roberta Renard and John Wooster
Amy Liss, Ruth Lipper, and Stephen Fang
Pres & CEO James Roe conversing with dinner guests
Dinner with guests Bob and Leslie Roe, Karl Herman, and Gemma New
On Wednesday, October 9, 2013 The Children’s Aid Society and New Yorkers For Children hosted Board Members and supporters for a special preview performance of Orphan Train, which begins a national tour October 11th and 12th at the Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. 

Orphan Train brings to life the stories of orphaned children removed from the streets of New York City and sent by train to live and work on farms out West, where they would be placed in homes to be raised by adoptive families. Envisioned by Rev. Charles Loring Brace, founder of The Children’s Aid Society, the Orphan Train movement sent out more than 120,000 children for adoption from 1853-1929.
Richard Edelman, Richard Buery, and Nicholas Scoppetta
Cast of Orphan Train with Richard Buery and Nicholas Scoppetta
Directed and choreographed by Emmy-winner and 5-time Tony nominee Patricia Birch, the musical features a riveting score by Emmy-winner Doug Katsaros, lyrics by Michael Barry Greer, book by L.E. McCullough, and is performed by a cast of 30 including young members of Rosie’s Theater Kids. For more information about Orphan Train: The Musical, visit http://orphantrainmusical.com.

Guests included director Patricia Birch, playwright L.E. McCullough, composer Doug Katsaros, Deborah Bancroft, Eric Brettschneider, Richard Buery, Susan Burden, Elly Christopherson, Philip Coltoff, Samuel Convissor, Emma Torres-Becker, Richard Edelman, Susan Gilroy, William Goldman, Mary Heller, Rory Hermelee, Nancy Jarecki, Elisabeth Noel Jones, C. Warren Moses, Nicholas Scoppetta.
Susan Burden, Nancy Jarecki, Debbie Bancroft, Susan Magazine, and Jessica Maxwell.
Jane Gould, Emma Decker, and Betsy Horn
Susan Gilroy and William Goldman
Doug Katsaros, Patricia Birch, and L.E. McCullough
On Sunday, September 22nd Copland House’s glittery culinary and musical gala at Porter House New York was indeed “A Cut Above.” Sold out as always, this year’s event brought together the bold styles of Copland House and renowned chef Michael Lomonaco, which epitomize great American traditions ... on stage and in the kitchen. The gala celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the award-winning creative center for American music based at iconic composer Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home near New York City. These eagerly-anticipated events pair renowned chefs (in their restaurants) with America’s leading composers and performers, and benefit Copland House’s coveted composer residency programs, live and recorded performances, and educational activities in metro New York and around the U.S.
Violinist Curtis Macomber, pianist and Copland House Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin, and cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach take a bow
Pianist and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin and baritone James Martin performing
Chef Lomonaco’s sophisticated re-imagining of the emblematic steakhouse was the perfect partner for Copland House’s innovative artistry. Guests were treated to a 4-course gastronomic feast he created especially for the occasion. The musical menu included diverse and dazzling American sounds composed Copland, Fats Waller, Paul Schoenfield, and Copland House Residents Martin Hennessey, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, and Derek Bermel, spectacularly performed by artists from the Music from Copland House ensemble, including violinist Curtis Macomber, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, baritone James Martin, actor (and former All My Children star) James Kiberd, and pianist and Copland House’s Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin.
Chef Michael Lomonaco welcomes the crowd
Katherine Kornel and Carol Rubin Kahn
Guests included Co-chairs Caron Johnson and Anthony Maddalena, benefactors Carol and Robert Morris, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie, Rosamond Bernier, Copland House Board President and Phelps Hospital Vice President Lawrence Faltz and wife Elyse, Ruth and David Schwab II, Robert and Christina Weisz, Joan and William Mooney, Helen and James Neuberger, Massimo d’Amore and Diana Bianchi Moison, Elmira College President Ronald Champagne, and composer Jeffrey Stock of the new musical A Room with a View. A silent auction featured included one-of-a-kind jewelry, private museum tours, golf and boat outings, in-home concerts, and more.
Eugene Lancaric, Gala Benefactor Robert Morris, Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin, Carol Morris, and Nora Omarova
Actor James Kiberd and Catherine DeLotbiniere
Gala Co-Chairs O. Anthony Maddalena and Caron Johnson
Copland House Dr. Lawrence Faltz and Marian Hamilton
Jamie Bernstein, and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin
Susan Keith and James Kiberd (on far right) and friends
Catherine DeLotbiniere and Dr. John Strugar
Hombeline and Patrick Baugier
On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, Partnership with Children hosted their 11th Annual Wine Tasting entitled A Taste of the Good Life at Midtown Loft & Terrace. The benefit evening featured delicious culinary fares from NYC's top restaurants including Dos Caminos and Asellina paired with wines from some of the world's top vineyards. Event Chair Stefan Zellmer and Partnership with Children's Board President Patricia Soussloff welcomed over 100 supporters including Maggie Norris, Ian Broadwater, Bill Tucker, Lelle Henrichsen, Leesa Rowland and Larry Wohl. The night also included a silent auction featuring wines donated by merchants including Empire State Cellars and ACME Fine Wines.

The night benefitted Partnership with Children, which brings teams of Masters-level social workers into the most underserved public schools in NYC to provide counseling and classroom interventions for students at the highest risk of academic failure and dropout.
Stefan Zellmer and Patricia Soussloff
Courtney Broadwater and Ian Broadwater
Bill Tucker and Sherry Tucker
Partnership with Children's model is based on decades of experience, careful evaluation and trail-blazing in the field of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), which develops specific skills crucial to a child's academic, personal, social and civic development. Their programs increase student attendance and on-task behavior, improve teachers' classroom management skills, reduce school violence and suspensions, engage families in their children's education, and allow principals to spend less time on discipline and more time on academic instruction, ultimately changing the culture of the school.
Ed Deitch, Stefan Zellmer, Andrew Sousloff, Patricia Soussloff, Kate Waters, and Tim Waters
Larry Wohl, Maggie Norris, Leesa Rowland, and R. Couri Hay
Mat Root and Lelle Henrichsen

Photographs by www.AnnieWatt.com (Solar One); Fred Stucker (NJSO)