Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wrapping Up The Fall Gala Circuit

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House's Associates Committee Chairs at its Fall Benefit.
A couple of weeks ago, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House held its Fall Associates Committee Benefit. There were cocktails and prizes to be won at Asprey on Madison Avenue, followed by dinner and dancing at the Knickerbocker Club.

Leslie Heaney, a supporter of the Neighborhood House with her husband Andrew for over a decade, was honored at the benefit, along with Michelle Smith, founder and designer of the fashion line Milly.

Close to 250 attended – all looking quite glamorous.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House helps 20,000 people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan. Widely recognized as one of New York's premier nonprofit organizations, it was founded 119 years ago and provides an extensive array of effective human services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness.
Honorees Michelle Smith and Leslie Heaney
Chiara Ferragamo and Victor Geraci
Board Member and Event Chairs Margot and Randy Takian
Board Member and Chair Christopher Spitzmiller with Sam Allen
Mark Gilbertson with Lisa and Chris Errico
Kemp and Mike Steib
Erik and Jennifer Oken
Meredith McCue and Kim Simons
Chairs Richard and Emily Leonard with John Sargent
Marcie and Jordan Pantzer
Andrew Oshrin and Michelle Smith
Barbara and Peter Regna
Shirin and Kasper Christoffersen with a friend
Chair Cindy Ketchum, Mark Gilbertson, and Libby Fitzgerald
Kathy and Andrew Thomas
Michael McGraw and friend
Terry and Libby Fitzgerald
Amy Connor and Missey Condie with a friend
Paige Hardy with Doug and Meg Braff
Alberto Villalobos, Mercedes Desio, and Alex Papachristidis
Ashley Tischer, Lindsey Harper, David Duncan, and Lilse Rodgers
Chair Kamie Lightburn and Jennifer Cacioppo
Jessica Lapin and Andrew Wuertele
Burwell and Chip Schorr
Emily Leonard, Leslie Heaney, and Meg Braff
Rafael Gill and Yliana Yepez
Kathleen Kocatas and Lara Trafelet
Allison Aston and Ferebee Taube
Amy Hoadley and Geoffrey Bradfield
Amanda Taylor, Jill Ross, and Ashley Whittaker
Laura Harris and Eugenie Niven Goodman
Leslie Heaney with John and Heather Sargent
Stephanie and James Loeffler
Mary Van Pelt and Leslie Heaney
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Silver Hill Hospital held its fourth annual fall gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. This year's Gala honored longtime supporter and Board Director, Peter Busch Orthwein, and his wife, Beverly, and CNBC anchor, Lawrence Kudlow. The 400 guests enjoyed a very special performance by Grammy and Tony-winning musical artist, Cyndi Lauper. Ms. Lauper opened with her song "Fearless" and went on to play her classic ballad "True Colors".

Peter Orthwein, the Co-Founder and Chairman of Thor Industries, has been a Silver Hill Hospital board member since 2005 and chair of the Planning and Finance Committee.  His dedication and brilliant leadership has been instrumental in guiding the Silver Hill through a significant financial turnaround, and his conscientious approach to this work is exemplified by its excellent financial condition. Beverly Orthwein serves as an active volunteer visiting the Acute Care Unit regularly to deliver compassionate support and hope to patients.  Her loyal support of Silver Hill and numerous non-profit organizations is laudable and indicative of her generous spirit. She served as one of the evening's speakers sharing her personal experience at Silver Hill Hospital.
Lawrence Kudlow, anchor of CNBC's "The Kudlow Report," has a powerful story of recovery, and is a tireless advocate for promoting greater understanding and acceptance for those with addictions or mental illness.  He delivered an impassioned speech to the crowd about his journey to recovery. Silver Hill Hospital shares Mr. Kudlow's passion to eliminate stigmas surrounding these illnesses, and to inspire more patients to seek treatment.

Co-chairs for the 2013 Gala are Sigurd Ackerman, MD and Cecelia McCarton, MD, Michael Cominotto and Dennis Basso, Frederick Feiner, MD, and Vicki Feiner, Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, Todd Hollander, DJ Cassidy, Jonny Podell, and Brittany Podell.

Cyndi Lauper
A live auction was led by Sotheby's, Hugh Hildesley. The evening raised close to $850,000 for financial assistance for individuals who need Silver Hill's long-term residential treatment programs but are without adequate resources to cover the costs.

Notable attendees included: Cyndi Lauper, Peter Busch Orthwein and Beverly Orthwein (honorees), Lawrence Kudlow (honoree and CNBC anchor "The Kudlow Report"), Hugh Hildesley, Sigurd Ackerman, MD and Cecelia McCarton, MD, Michael Cominotto and Dennis Basso, Frederick Feiner, MD, and Vicki Feiner, Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, Todd Hollander, DJ Cassidy, Jonny Podell, and Brittany Podell, Amy Fine Collins, Nina Griscom, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Lisa Jackson, Michele Herbert, Dana Taylor, Shelley Goldberg, Michael Kellen, John and Nonie Sullivan Jr, Thomas J. Moran, Charles Revson, Hendrik Hartong, Marlene Hess, Richard Zinman, Charles Schorin, Baird Ryan, Daman and Sant Chatwal, Jamie Gleicher, David and Danielle Ganek.

In 1931 renowned psychiatrist Dr. John Millett was searching for a setting close to New York to open a small residential mental health clinic. A picturesque farmhouse on a pastoral site in New Canaan, Connecticut proved irresistible for what he envisioned. In just a few short years, Silver Hill achieved national recognition as a top tier psychiatric hospital, revered for expert and compassionate treatment for patients struggling with mental illness or addiction. A steadfast adherence to mission – "to provide the best treatment for mental illness and addiction; and to offer continuing support, counseling and education to patients and families in every phase of illness and recovery" – has shaped the hospital's growth over time. Today, Silver Hill, a not-for-profit hospital, provides comprehensive inpatient, residential and outpatient programs for adolescents and adults covering the full spectrum of psychiatric diagnoses.
Dennis Basso, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Cominotto, and Jonny Podell
Beverly Orthwein and Peter Orthwein
Daman Chatwal and Sant Chatwal
Alex Hitz, Amy Fine Colins, Mark Gilbertson, and Nina Griscom
Amanda Fial, Jamie Gleicher, and Cary Meer
David and Danielle Ganek
Mark Locks and Michele Herbert
Jessica Crenshaw, Hugh Hildesley, and Beverly Orthwein
Hugh Carey and Kate Gibson
Dori Cooperman, Velesca Guerrand-Hermes, Dana Taylor, and Inga Rubenstein
Jonny Podell, Britney Podell, and DJ Cassidy
Central Park itself took center stage as the Central Park Conservancy celebrated the beauty of the fall season at its annual "Autumn in Central Park." Held under the Naumburg Bandshell, Autumn in Central Park was launched in 2011 with great success, rising over $1.1 million for the care and preservation of the Park. Over five hundred attended this year's celebration of New York City's most treasured green space.

Chairmen included Kitty and Tom Kempner, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Deborah Roberts and Al Roker, and Fiona and Eric Rudin

Sarah Arison, Elizabeth Kurpis, Julia Loomis, and Julianna Simmons served as Young Associates Chairmen.
Corporate Chair: Angelo, Gordon and Co.; Sponsorship by: Valentino and Van Cleef and Arpels; Event Décor: Van Wyck and Van Wyck; Catering: Abigail Kirsch; Music: Starlight Orchestra.
Guests included: Ashley Baker and Davin Staats, Lisa and Jeff Blau, Barbara Cirkva, Kathryn Chenault, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Stephanie and Philippe Dauman, Jr., Stacey Bendet Eisner and Eric Eisner, Andre Fry, Trisha Gregory, Lise Evans, Fe and Alessandro Fendi, Anne and Bill Harrison, Stephen Henderson, Star Jones, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Judith-Ann Corrente and Wim Kooyker, Coco and Arie Kopleman, Alexandra Lebenthal and Jeremy Diamond, Kamie and Richard Lightburn, Marcia and Richard Mishaan, Beth Nash, Elyse and Michael Newhouse, Lorry and Mark Newhouse, Liz and Jeff Peek, Avis and Bruce Richards, Sandra Ripert, Jacqueline and Mortimer Sackler, Angel Sanchez, Didi and Oscar Schafer, Marva Smalls, Margaret and Ian Smith, John Stossel, Anita and Stuart Subotnick, Tonya Lee, Carol Sutton Lewis, Patsy and Jeff Tarr, Yilana Yepez, Danielle and Tom Walker, Laura and William Zeckendorf.
Suzanne and Robert Cochran
Fiona and Eric Rudin
Doug Blonsky, Fiona Rubin, Gillian Miniter, Thomas Kempner, and Deborah Roberts
Kristy and Jonathan Korngold
Julianna Loomis, Sarah Arison, and Elizabeth Kurpis
Mark Badgley and James Mischka
Gillian Miniter, Deborah Roberts, and Fiona Rudin
Agenia Clark and Deborah Roberts
Van Cleef and Arpels models
Anne Harrison and Kamie Lightburn
Anne harrison, Lise Evans, Gillian Miniter, and Alexandra Lebenthal
Star Jones
Liz Atwood
Last month, Princess Katherine of Serbia was in New York for a luncheon held at Le Cirque for her beloved charity, Lifeline. Lifeline works with the many impoverished Serbians still suffering the ravages of that country's war. The Princess' special attention is given to helping blind children.

Organized by Lifeline board members Cheri Kaufman, David Hryck and Susan Gutfreund, Le Cirque's dining room was overflowing with guests supporting this important cause. Prince Alexander of Serbia introduced his wife Princess Katherine who gave a touching account of her work in Serbia. Cheri Kaufman followed and introduced former Governor David Patterson who spoke of his life struggles and later accomplishments due to being blind.

Guests included Margo Catsimiitidis, Sharon Bush, Bonnie Lautenberg, Dr. Ruth, Cece Black, Bill Sclight, Judy Missoni, Diana Feldman, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, and Madam Yoo Ban Soon-Taek, wife of the Secretary General of the U.N.
HRH Princess Katherine of Serbia, honoree Governor David Paterson, Kerry Kennedy, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Cheri Kaufman, HRH Prince Alexander of Serbia, and David Hryck
HRH Princess Katherine of Serbia, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, and Kerry Kennedy
Michel Witmer and Kamie Lightburn
CeCe Black, Cheri Kaufman, and Donna Soloway
Ambassabor of Cypress Mr. and Mrs. Jacovides with Kip Forbes (middle)
Honoree Governor David Paterson
Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek
Sool Wool, Nana Lee,Bob Dudley, David Paterson, Margo Catsimatides, HRH Princess Katherine of Serbia, and Kyle Wool
Jean Shafiroff, Tamie Lightburn, Sharon Bush, and Cheri Kaufman
Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Peter Pizzino
HRH Prince Alexander of Serbia and HRH Princess Katherine of Serbia
Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, HRH Prince Alexander of Serbia, and HRH Princess Katherine of Serbia
David Paterson, Diana Kashan, Bill Schlight, and Cheri Kaufman
Royce Pinkwater, Bob Dudley, and Soo Wool
Karen Goulandris and HRH Princess Katherine of Serbia
Bob Dudley, Branko Bojovic, and Kyle Wool
Jana Bullock and Lucia Hwong Gordon
Wendy Federman, Diana Kashan, and Karen Klopp
Judith Missoni and Gabi Garzoni
Joan Standish and Donna Soloway
Maria Vlestis, Dinos Vlestis, Gregory Roumeliotis, and Betty Roumeliotis
HRH Princess Katherine of Serbia, HRH Prince Alexander of Serbia, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, and Sirio Maccioni
Nana Lee, Sool Wool, and Jody Jones
Jennifer Gelia and Nick Raynes
Terry Mullins, Manon Lachan, and Michael Franklin
Maria Medicovic, Sofija Milosevic, and Bictoria Shubayva
Three weeks ago on a Thursday, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) celebrated its 16th annual Collaborating for a Cure dinner and auction at the Park Avenue Armory, hosted by Michael and Elin Nierenberg.

They honored Arthur Imperatore, President of NY Waterway with the Humanitarian of the Year Award and Tadashi Shoji with the Fashion Cares Award. Chris Wragge, Co-Anchor of CBS2 News This Morning, was emcee. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby's conducted the auction.

The evening raised close to $3 million to support the Foundation's research efforts.
Andrea Powell, Arthur Imperatore, Tadashi Sojhi, Ruth Finley, Dr. Samuel Waxman, and Chris Wragge
Dr. Samuel Waxman and Dena Weiner
Alec Waxman and Sarah Waxman
Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, and Spencer Waxman
Elin and Michael Nierenberg
Martina Arroyo

Photographs by Cutty McGill (Lenox Hill); Rob Rich (Lifeline); Cindy Ord Getty (Waxman).