Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tributes to friends and colleagues

Valerie Steele, Nancy Shaw, Yaz Hernandez, Michael Kors, Liz Peek, Carole Divet Harting, Jean Shafiroff, Chiu-ti Jansen, Michele Gerber Klein, Jieun Wax, Kamie Lightburn, Eleanora Kennedy, and Stephanie Loeffler at a private event at Michael Kors Madison Avenue store (790 Madison Avenue) for members of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT.
Last Tuesday, the Public Theater held its annual gala at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. They honored the late Nora Ephron, a long-time Public Theater board member and consummate lover of The Public's free Shakespeare in the Park. Meryl Streep paid tribute to their friend and colleague.

The benefit evening also included a concert performance of The Pirates of Penzance featuring Kevin Kline reprising his Tony Award-winning role of The Pirate King when it was first performed at the Delacorte in 1980. The cast also featured Glenn Close, Martin Short, Eric Idle, Jonathan Groff, Montego Glover, Anika Noni Rose, and Norm Lewis.
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Meryl Streep
Public Theater Chairman of the Board Warren Spector and friend
Zachary Quinto and Lily Rabe
Lizanne Rosenstein (right) and friend
Ken Auletta and friend
Public Theater Gala Co-Chair Renée Beaumont and husband Michael Corcoran
Mimi Lieber and Daniel Sullivan
Laurie Eustis and David Rockwell
Paul Shaffer, Steve Martin, and Peter Asher
Sting and Oskar Eustis
Oskar Eustis, NYC Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin, and Jacob Bernstein
Kevin Kline, Jonathan Groff, Martin Short, Anika Noni Rose, and Eric Idle during the curtain call of The Pirates of Penzance
Kevin Kline, Jonathan Groff, Martin Short, Anika Noni Rose, Glenn Close, Eric Idle, and the company of The Pirates of Penzance
On June 12, 2013, Michael Kors hosted a private event at his Madison Avenue store (790 Madison Avenue) for members of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT. Michael Kors is an alumni of the Fashion Institution of Technology and has been very supportive of the school throughout his career.

As the 60 guests spilled into the Kors' Madison Avenue store, the women all seemed to be on a mission to find an outfit from the collection. Before the Pre-Fall 2013 Presentation started Liz Peek (Chairman of FIT's Board) introduced Michael and congratulated him on behalf of the board for upcoming honor. Michael Kors will receive the Artistry of Fashion Award at the annual Couture Council Luncheon on September 4th at the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
Cindy Rinfret, Aundrea Amine, Nancy Shaw, Elizabeth Galt, Nicole Reynolds, Jieun Wax, Emma Pennington, and Shelly Lynch
Many of the guests came to the event wearing the designer's clothes. To name a few: both 2013 Couture Luncheon Co-Chairs Kamie Lightburn & Jieun Wax wore pieces from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection; Yaz Hernandez (Couture Council Chair) wore a two-tone contrast –Panel Ponte dress; Alexandra Lebenthal wore yellow zipper dress; Kay Facatselis wore a black Off-The Shoulder top; Nancy Shaw wore an emerald green featherweight wool shrug with a sleeveless Wool-Crepe dress.

Other guests that attended included Kate Allen, Aundrea Amine, Deborah Chatman, Dina DeLuca Chartouni, Carole Divet Harting, Webb Egerton, Nikki Erlick, Jim Erlick, Landy Erlick, Paige Ethington Hardy, Olivia Flatto, Joele Frank, Michele Gerber Klein, Jamie Gordon, Catherine Gund, Celia Hegyi, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Laurie Kasowitz, Eleanora Kennedy, Lance LePere, Stephanie Loeffler, Julie Macklowe, Christina McInerney, Chesley McLaren, Laura Mitchelson, Roseanne Morrison, Peter Panagiotopoulos, Emma Pennington, Arielle Picheny, Barbara Prawolzik, Barbara Regna, Nicole Reynolds, Cindy Rinfret, Joseph Roloyn, Wilbur Ross, Hilary Ross, Jean Shafiroff, Patricia Shiah, Valerie Steele, Jacqueline Togut, Mary Turano and Debra Wasser.
Michael Kors gave a 30-minute presentation of his Pre-Fall 2013 Collection about what inspired the collection. He also talked about what its means to true sport-wear designer. While explaining the 25 looks he also interjected with how the women could incorporate a piece of the look into their year round wardrobes. After the presentation he spent some time shopping with the ladies and gave some style tips on how to wear his clothing.
Celia Hegyi, Michael Kors, and Alexandra Lebenthal
Deborah Chatman and Valerie Steele
Debra Wasser and Mary Turano
Eleanora Kennedy, Jacqueline Togut, and Nancy Shaw
Emma Pennington, Elizabeth Galt, and Nicole Reynolds
Julie Macklowe, Liz Peek, and Carole Divet Harting
Jieun Wax and Kamie Lightburn
Chiu-ti Jansen
Chris McInerney and Liz Peek
Julie Macklowe, William Macklowe, and Eleanora Kennedy
Landy Erlick, Jim Erlick, and Nikki Erlick
Lexi Novak
Nancy Shaw and Jacqueline Togut
Olivia Flatto and Dina DeLuca Chartouni
Laura Lofaro Freeman, Yaz Hernandez, and Diane Herdling
Liz Peek, Valerie Steele, and Yaz Hernandez
Jean Shafiroff, Cindy Rinfret, Michael Kors, Jieun Wax, Shelly Lynch, and Patricia Shiah
Nicole Mancini and Kay Facatselis
Stephanie Loeffler, Valerie Steele, and Kamie Lightburn
Lance LePere, Catherine Gund, Tanzin, and Michael Kors
Roseanne Morrison, Yaz Hernandez, and Jean Shafiroff
Wilbur Ross and Hilary Ross
On Tuesday, June 11, 2013 City Parks Foundation (CPF) presented the City Parks Foundation Gala presented at SummerStage in Central Park, an annual fundraising event that supports CPF's free year-round arts, sports, education andand community-building programs. The event took place at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, the main stage for CPF's famed free performing artsand festival, SummerStage.and

The gala and concert raised over $1 million dollars and was the largest single fundraising event in the history of CPF. The funds raised will go to support programs that benefit over 600,000 people annually in over 750 parks throughout New York City's five boroughs.

This year, CPF honored Bruce Ratner with the 2013 People and Parks Award.and Bruce Ratner is theandExecutive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, one of CPF's founding trustees and its first BoardandChairman.
Bruce Ratner
Other guests in attendance included: MaryAnne Gilmartin, CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies; Ross Greenburg, Showtime Sports; Jason Kidd, Head Coach of the New York Nets; Charlie Mierswa, Executive VP Business Operations, and Chief Financial Officer of the Brooklyn Nets; G.E. Smith, Former SNL Band Leader; Roger Watersand Laurie Durning Waters; Brett Yormark, CEO Barclays Center / Brooklyn Nets with Elaina Scotto; EricandZohn, William Morris Endeavor.

The concert paid tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra, featuring the legendary singer and musician's songs as performed by an eclectic group of well established musical legends and up and coming stars. Featuring an intriguing mix of Standards, Soul, Blues, Jazz, and Folk singers the evening of performances thrilled with exceptional interpretations of numerous classics from Sinatra's famed catalogue of songs. Artists included: John Pizzarelli and The Swing Seven, Andrew Bird, Marc Cohn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Bettye LaVette, John Legend, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, Joan Osborne, Allen Toussaint, Suzanne Vega, and Loudon Wainwright III. The performance component of the gala was produced by Michael Dorf, who has successfully produced a series of similar tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall over the past decade.
John Legend
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.
Anju Gupta, Anita Chester, Tony Roselle, and Deepak Gupta
Susan Werman and Rhonda Ran
Jon Mechanic and Elaina Scotto
David Barse, Michael Dorf, John Pizzarelli, and Joan Osborne
David Moore, Bruce Ratner, Brett Yormark, Alison Tocci, and David Barse
Mike Silverman and Emily Whipple
Claire Cloud and James Burke
Jason Kidd and Porschla Coleman
Lary Wolf, Susan Freedman, Jon Mechanic, and Bruce Ratner
Michael Dorf, Alison Tocci, Lisa Barse, John Pizzarelli, Joan Osborne, and David Barse
Last Saturday afternoon, at the Wethersfield Estate in Millbrook, NY the outdoor set assembled for the runway presentation of the La Chasse collection: A new line of classic, ladies ready-to-wear founded and designed by Marion de Vogel and Rowena Gill. Models were both professional and resident beauties. The occasion was a fund-raising benefit to kick-off a campaign to build a Cross Country Schooling Course at the 1,200-acre estate for area professionals and their students to enjoy.
Guests congregate on the Wethersfield Estate in Millbrook, NY
Rob Murphy and Ling Kwan serenade
John and Patricia Forelle
Deborah Montgomery and Marc McLean
Barbara and Donald Tober
Quinn Babcock, Emily Hottensen, and friend
Kirk Henckels
John Klopp, Colleen Howland, Karen Klopp, and Kevin Smith
Carola Lott and Susie Clarke
Marion de Vogel
Crowd watching the Millbrook Hunt approaching Wethersfield
Members of the Millbrook Hunt
Caroline Geerlings, Lorna Graev, Fernanda Kellogg, and Podie Lynch
Dede Rosenfeld and Gloria Callen
Eugenia Revson, Dotty Smith, and Lionel Goldfrank
Everett Cook, Libby Mavroleon, and Nina Griscom
Deban Flexner and Pam Taylor Yates
Helen Blodgett and her daughter, Natasha
Rowena Gill and Marion de Vogel moments before the show
Kinue Fowler
Francesca Palombo
Colleen Hartling
Clair Glover
Parker Gentry Thorne
Finale with founders and designers, Marion de Vogel and Rowena Gill
Guests got into the spirit of the fabled Jazz Age with flapper dresses, headbands, feathers, and mountains of sparkling jewelry for The Great Gatsby, Nassau County Museum of Art's 2013 Museum Ball. The lavish tented pavilions for the cocktail hour and dinner similarly evoked the extravagant décor of Long Island's Gold Coast history. The Museum Ball is the museum's major annual fundraising affair, raising significant support for exhibitions and educational programming.

The 2013 Ball was chaired by Museum Board Member Angela Susan Anton, the publisher and owner of Anton Community Publications. The Journal Committee was chaired by M. Patricia Janco-Tupper, senior vice president, wealth advisor for Wells Fargo Bank; and Rebecca Creavin, senior vice president, private banker for Wells Fargo Bank.
Members of the Ball Committee: Kimberly Bancroft, Irina Shushko, Connie Carr, Thalia Elie, Angela Susan Anton, Natalia Good, Esther Ambalu, Sara Ambalu, Gayle Finkelman-Cohen, Karen Loeffler, and Eve Califano.
Nassau Community College 'flappers' welcome guests Jed Morey and Eden White
Ball Committee Member Connie Carr, with Board Member Dr. Harvey Manes
Members of the Ball Committee: Judie Chessin, Kandice Seitz, and Linda Ugenti
Rebecca Creavin and M. Patricia Janco-Tupper, co-chairs of the Ball's Journal Committee; Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos; Museum Director Dr. Karl Willers, and Ball Chairman Angela Susan Anton show off a congratulatory proclamation from the county
Ball Committee Member Cora Michalis, Museum Director Dr. Karl Willers, Museum Founding President Hon. Arnold A. Saltzman, Board Member Dr. Todd Cohen, and Joan Saltzman
Museum supporters George Machin and Nancy DeMatteis with Arlene Levine and Board Vice President Arthur Levine
Dr. Stephen and Sharon Cuchel (Board Secretary) with Barbara and Timothy Schmidt
Museum Director Dr. Karl Willers with Susan Isaksen and 2012 Ball Honoree Bob Isaksen
Museum supporters Jacob and Esther Ambalu with Board Member Corky Paston and George Kittredge

Photographs by Simon Luethi (Public Theater); Mary Hilliard (La Chasse); Sylvester Zawadzki & Merissa Blitz (City Parks); Tab Hauser & Scott Levy (Nassau County Museum)