|The Host Committee of Central Park Conservancy's Central to Spring – Cocktails on the Park event gathered at Le Cirque last Wednesday night for festive cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to plan the inaugural spring celebration on April 10. On this special evening in April, more than 100 residents of buildings surrounding Central Park will simultaneously host cocktail parties in their homes to toast the Park's gorgeous blooms and green meadows, highlighting the important work of the Conservancy. The event will culminate with a fireworks presentation in Central Park and The Empire State Building lighting up in green.
Only 15 percent of households in buildings along the Park are current donors to the Conservancy. Central to Spring will encourage friends in buildings on all sides of the Park to increase annual support to at least 50% among the Park's neighbors.
|With a current annual budget of $45.8 million required for the Conservancy's care of the Park's 843 acres – 85 percent of which is raised from private sources – the Conservancy's continued success in maintaining this historic, green treasure will depend upon galvanizing those who benefit from the Park every day.
Among the attendees at Le Cirque were Central Park Conservancy President & CEO Douglas Blonsky, New York City Parks Commissioner Veronica White, Suzie Aijala, Susan Calhoun, Conservancy Trustees Judy Hart Angelo, Jay Mandelbaum, Didi Schafer, Donna Schwartz, and Suzanne Cochran, who is also serving as Chairman of Central to Spring. Central to Spring event partners and sponsors include Le Cirque and the Empire State Building.
|On Saturday, February 16, Rob Shmalo, recipient of Carnegie Hall's Golden Ticket, hosted 150 guests to a gala at Carnegie Hall to hear Grammy winning star Dianne Reeves, widely regarded as the foremost female jazz vocalist in the world today, perform alongside other jazz legends, including Esperanza Spalding.
Following the performance in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, all guests, each encouraged to wear bow-ties and rhinestones, attended an after-party fete' at the Russian Tea Room and danced the night away to the sounds of DJ JonJon Battles.
|Guests included Broadway star Daniel Reichard, Village People Cowboy Randy Jones, Carson Griffith, David Lipke, Darren Bettencourt, Arquisite Perfumer Carlos Huber, and Olympic figure skating champions Nicole Bobek, Tim Goebel, Sarah Hughes and Jeremy Abbott.|
|Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Quest magazine with a reception and retrospective.|
|The Child Mind Institute joined author and journalist Stephanie LaCava to host the launch party for its Creativity Workshops February 19 at 7pm at The Journal Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Designed and led by established artists with guidance from experts from the Child Mind Institute's Center for Learning and Development, Creativity Workshops provide teens with an opportunity to use art to test their strengths and explore their feelings in a lively and encouraging environment.
"The arts encourage children and teens to express their point of view and examine issues and experiences," said Child Mind Institute president Harold S. Koplewicz, MD. "We are thrilled to partner with Stephanie in launching Creativity Workshops because the arts are integral to child development and foster positive growth."
|The evening features "The Art of Possibility," twenty-five works of written art by participants in the inaugural Workshop, where teens from local New York City high schools joined LaCava in the creative process. The 2-hour workshop began with each participant authoring a fictional story about transformation inspired by the prompt: Write about a situation that seemed to be the end of the world, where things turned out good in the end. Building on the theme of transformation, the teens then choose two sentences or 10 words to illustrate using colored pencils, charcoals, markers, and oil pastels.
"Transformation really means a change in the way you see the world – and a shift in how you see yourself. It is not simply a change in your point of view, but rather a whole different perception of what is possible," said LaCava. "Through the workshops we use art to shift teens' awareness to encompass more possibilities."
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Quest); Michael Dubin (Child Mind); Sarah Cedar Miller (CPC).