Thursday, May 1, 2014

Celebrate Spring

Symphony Space's Spring gala, Fiddler at 50, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof
Last Monday night at Capitale on 130 Bowery, Symphony Space hosted its Spring gala, Fiddler at 50, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof.  They honored Sheldon Harnick, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist behind the iconic musical.  Symphony Space's Gala was co-chaired by Lenore Davis and Amy Wilson. Honorary co-chairs for the evening were Mary Rodgers Guettel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Harold Prince, and Stephen Sondheim.

The evening was hosted by BD Wong. Performers included Kate Baldwin, Christina Bianco, Stephanie J. Block, Len Cariou, La Tanya Hall, Clint Holmes, Tovah Feldshuh, Linda Lavin, Megan McGinnis, Trevor McQueen, Jane Monheit, Christine Pedi, Andrew Rannells, Tori Scott and Leslie Uggams. Violinist Christian Hebel performed the role of The Fiddler. 
La Tanya Hall, Trevor McQueen, and BD Wong
Tori Scott, Christina Bianco, La Tanya Hall, Trevor McQueen, Megan McGinnis, and Linda Lavin
A special presentation to Mr. Harnick was made by Lynn Ahrens.  The concert performance of Fiddler at 50 was produced and directed by Jim Caruso and John McDaniel.

Also in attendance was Joanna Merlin, who originated the role of Tzeitel on Broadway, as well as Jenny Lyn Bader, Barbara Barrie, Carmen de Lavallade, Fyvush Finkel, Adam Gopnik, Daniel Gortler, Rachael Harris, Holly Hunter, Chip Kidd, Tania León, Sonia Manzano, Michael Mayer, J.D. McClatchy, Kaneza Schaal, Matthew Sklar, Jonathan Tolins, and Calvin Trillin.
Len Cariou and Tovah Feldshuh
Christian Hebel
The event also featured a display of sketches and an original set model from the 1964 original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, on loan from the family of set designer Boris Aronson and Lisa Jalowetz.  Additionally, an Al Hirschfeld etching of Zero Mostel as Tevye was on view, and auctioned off, courtesy of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. The silent auction featured unique experiences with Symphony Space artists and friends including Alec Baldwin, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Gaiman, John Lithgow, Leonard Nimoy, Estelle Parsons, Adam Platt, Karen Russell, and Gary Shteyngart.
Leslie Uggams
Symphony Space traces its beginnings to a free marathon concert, Wall to Wall Bach, held in 1978 and organized by co-founders Isaiah Sheffer and Allan Miller. The music marathon then drew thousands of visitors and has since become one of the organization’s signature events. Today Symphony Space presents more than 600 events each season, including music, dance, theater, film, and literary readings.

Some of its best known programs include Selected Shorts, a reading of short stories by stars of stage and screen, and one of the most popular series on public radio; the Thalia Film Club, a trendy film club hosted by Marshall  Fine featuring pre-release screenings and behind-the-scenes conversations with film stars; Just Kidding, one of the most talked about family entertainment series around town; and, more recently, The Music of Now, presenting an eclectic range of music in all styles and sensibilities, focusing on emerging artists and unusual work. Uptown Showdown has been called “New York’s best comedy series” by New York magazine. For more information, visit
David Flannery, Jessica Chestman, Scott Chestman, Mollie Wilson O'Reilly, and Amy Wilson
Jesse Haines, Khary Barnes, Nicole Jennette Motley, and Nick Haines
BD Wong, Stanley Zabar, and Judy Zabar
Lenore and Robert Davis
Pierre Le Veaux and Sean Legister
Carmen de Lavallade, Cynthia Elliott, Sheldon Harnick, and Jeremy Smith
Jim Caruso, Sheldon Harnick, and John McDaniel
Barbara Barrie, Neil Costa, Lynn Ahrens, Lisa Kohl, Dana Cramer, and Marcia Santoni
Steve Aresty, Richard Lawrence, Claire Lawrence, and Sheila Aresty
On Tuesday, April 8th, more than 350 guests came out to support the American Heart Association at their kickoff event for the 18th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball.  The kick off, held at Tao Downtown Lounge and put together by the Heart of the Hamptons committee members Paola Bacchini , Andrea Tese, Nur Khan, Peter Davis, Paul Goldstein, Rocco Ancarola and Cristina Civetta. 

Surrounded by amazing Geisha's guests in attendance were able to listen to survivors Rocco Ancarola, Arnie Rosenshein and Cristina Civetta share their stories of survival. They urged the crowd to get checked and pay attention to their heart health.
The crowd at Tao Downtown
This year's Heart of the Hamptons Ball will be taking place on Saturday, June 28th at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. This year, the Heart Ball will honor Dr. Leonard Girardi, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon, New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center with the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Leadership award will be presented to Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President, Stony Brook University. This year's Event Co-Chairs are Dr. Karl & Krista Krieger. Heart Heros Arnie Rosenshein and Cristina Civetta will share their stories of survival.  Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning TV and Radio Host will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Krista Krieger, Arnie Rosenshein, and Dr. Karl Krieger
The Heart of the Hamptons Ball, is a fun and elegant event focused on raising funds for the mission of the American Heart Association. Friends and colleagues from NYC, Long Island and the Hamptons enjoy the beautiful setting of the Hamptons while eating delicious heart healthy foods, drinking delightful local wines and having fun with the music and dancing.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Barbara Poliwoda at (631) 734-2804 or visit
Nicole Nadeau, Lu Ann de Lussep, Paola Rosenshein, Bonnie Evans, and Dara Sewell
Arnie Rosenshein, Cristina Civetta, and Rocco Ancarola
Consuelo Costin and Nicole Noonan
Roni Blanshay, Marcia Levine, and John Barman
Elie Gazzara
Ann Dexter Jones
Mariebelle Lieberman, Chao Giang, Barbara Regna, and Lisa Anastos
Cassandra Seinfeld and Wendy Federman
Geoffrey Bradfield and Chiu-Ti Jansen
Dottie Herman and Sandra Bernhard
Dr. Johnny Lee and Layne Lieberman
Jean Shafiroff and Arnie Rosenshein
Lucia Hwong, Margo Manhattan, LuAnn DeLesseps, Arnie Rosenshein, and Dr. Karl Krieger
Last Wednesday evening (April 23rd) at Scully & Scully they celebrated Park Avenue’s colorful tulips and the arrival of spring.  Each year, Michael Scully, President of the luxury gift and fine furniture store, hosts what has become known as “The Tulip Party” to celebrate the work of The Fund for Park Avenue and those who contribute to it.  All of the planting and maintenance that takes place on the Park Avenue malls is made possible by contributions The Fund receives from the community.

Michael Scully and Barbara McLaughlin, The Fund President, welcomed guests as they arrived. The evening featured Park Avenue author, Holly Peterson, signing her just published second novel, The Idea of Him.

A special highlight was a first taste of palate-pleasing Black River Caviar. The caviar received a top “Green” rating from the Marine Conservation Institute.  So, no wonder people were reaching for more.
Black River Caviar
In keeping with tradition, there were five creative tabletops using selections from Scully & Scully’s extraordinary collection. The themes ranged from Mary Davidson’s sophisticated celebration of caviar to Kamie Lightburn and Mary Van Pelt’s tables, a  salute to spring flowers.  Team Swifty’s “East India” tea table was complete with two and a half foot tall silver schooner.  Holly Peterson’s   table set for the main characters in her novel.  Music from Alex Donner filled the room and guests left with a tulip cookie party favor from Eleni’s cookies.
Kamie Lightburn's table
Team Swifty's
Holly Peterson's table
Mary Van Pelt's table
Among the guests were:  Muffie Potter Aston, Pat & Stephen Attoe, Nancy Baker, Suzy Bancroft, Leslie Banker, Sydney Biddle Barrows, Kristina Baynes-Reid, Charles Bergman, Friederike & Jeremy Biggs, Annie Black, Geoffrey Bradfield, Cornelia Bregman, Le Merle Brinkley, Sharon Bush, Blaine & Robert Caravaggi, Wendy Carduner, Elizabeth Coleman, Alyce Faye Cleese, Mary Davidson, Vaughn Dorrian, Anne Embry, Mary Espy, Somers Farkas, Pat De John & Stephen Farrell, Jamie Figg, Maria & Ken Fischel, Carla & David Friedman, Virginia Gilbert, Mark Gilbertson, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ginsberg, Martha Vietor Glass, Jane Goldman, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lynne Greenberg, Mayme & Monte Hackett, Kirk Henckels, Melanie Holland, Roy Kean, Eleanora Kennedy, Michèle Gerber Klein, Mary Klyonaga & Michael DiGiacomo, Karen Klopp, Earl Kramer, Kamie Lightburn, Francine & Richard LeFrak, Karen Chase & Lawrence Leighton, Stuart Levy, Jenny Lyden, Jack Lynch, Hillie Mahoney, Mary Matthews, Christy McGraw, Judia Nlack, Kate O’Neill, Martha LcLanahan, Kevin McLaughlin, Alison Minton, Melissa & Chappy Morris, Eliza Nordeman, Victoria Ostrowski, Elizabeth Peabody, Mary Van Pelt, Ann Rapp, Nina Richter, Christina Rose, Anna Safir, Georgina Schaeffer, Marcia Schaeffer, Pam & AJ Schwegel, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Scott, Dennis Scully, Lisa & Bob Semple, Jean Shafiroff, Barbara Sloan, Ronald D. Spencer, Jennifer Taylor, Roric Tobin, Karen & Clay Tomkins, Jane Wyeth.
Leah McCarthy, Colombe Moinet, Eliza and Chloe Kimball, Somers Farkas, Holly Peterson, and Muffie Potter Aston
The Fund for Park Avenue relies on contributions from the community to plant, light and maintain the trees and flowers on the Park Avenue Malls from 54th to 86th Streets.  Each year over 60,000 tulips bloom along the Park Avenue malls. This year’s variety is Darwin hybrid Gudoshnik. 

Directors, The Fund for ParkAvenue: Ronald D. Spencer, Esq. (Chairman); Mary Davidson; Eugenie Niven Goodman; Derek L. Limbocker; George B. Moore; Judith T. Steckler; Margaret M. Ternes; Ron Wendt; Ex OfficioMitchell Silver (Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation).   President:  Barbara McLaughlin; Executive Director: Jo-Ann M. Polise.

For more information, visit
Holly Peterson, Michael Scully, and Barbara McLaughlin
Holly Peterson and Wendy Carduner
Blaine Caravaggi and Patricia Attoe
Robert Caravaggi, Michele Gerber Klein, and Stephen Attoe
Ann Rapp and Tino Scarpa
Martha Glass and Kathleen Lamborn
Kirk Henckels
Barbara McLaughlin, Nancy Baker, and Martha McLanahan
Madeline Blot, Patricia Burnham Brock, and Bill Brock
Susan Sawyers and Linda Bicks
Sharon Bush and Michael Scully
Cornelia Bregman, Jamie Figg, Eleanora Kennedy, and Anna Safir
Suzanne Murphy and Sydney Bea
Alison Mazzola, Somers Farkas, and Lucia Hwong Gordon
Mary Davidson and Friederike Biggs
Kami Lightburn and Melanie Holland
Jean Shafiroff and Roy Kean
Suzy Bancroft
Chappy and Melissa Morris
Ken Fishel and Maria Fishel
Elizabeth Peabody
Alex Donner, Georgina Schaeffer, and Marcia Schaeffer
Betsy Perry and Maury Rogoff
Anki Leeds and Karen Tompkins
Kami Lightburn and Mary Van Pelt
Jack Lynch and Karen Klopp
Jane Wyeth and Magic with Christina Rose looking on
Lee Robinson and Mark Gilbertson
On Thursday, April 24, 2014, The New York Botanical Garden hosted the annual Antique Garden Furniture Fair Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale. The exclusive Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale took place in the Conservatory Tent, adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden. More than 500 guests from the philanthropic, interior and landscape design, architecture and art worlds gathered to view and purchase unique and highly coveted statues, urns and garden benches by more than 30 of the nation’s leading exhibitors before the Fair officially opened to the public on Friday, April 25.
Andre Kosestwr, Mish Tworkowski, Jane Goodell, Romy Coquillette, and Tina Adams
Named the “Best in America” by the experts and long held as the most renowned stage for authentic garden antiques and rarities, the Fair returned to its roots with a central theme of “Antiques for the Garden and the Garden Room”, showcasing fascinating antique furnishings and objects, an expansive collection of ornament, decorative art, and timeless furniture for the home and garden.

The evening included a silent auction of one-of-a-kind trees, garden décor, an exclusive boutique shopping experience, and other select items. Attendees were also invited to meet author, Michael Devine who was signing copies of his newly released book, An Invitation to the Garden.
Julie Sakellariadis, Jill Joyce, Liz DiPaolo, and Megan LoBue
The Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale raised more than $400,000 and was underwritten in part by Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan with additional support from Mish New York and Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke. The evening was sponsored by 1stdibs.

All proceeds from the Antique Garden Furniture Fair Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale directly support the work of the curators and gardeners who are responsible for making The New York Botanical Garden one of the most important horticultural showplaces in the world. The Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale was the opening celebration to kick-off a weekend of exciting Garden festivities.
Barbara Corcoran and Bunny Williams
Chuck Royce and Deborah Royce
This year’s Chairmen were Michael Bruno, Mrs. Coleman P. Burke, Barbara Israel, Barbara Cirkva Schumacher, Mish Tworkowski, and Bunny Williams. The Chairmen’s Committee consisted of Mrs. Timothy M. George, S. Christopher Meigher III, Amy Todd Middleton, Mrs. George B. Moore, Mario Nievera, Renny Reynolds and Howard S. Slatkin. The Collectors’ Plant Sale Chairmen were Peter R. McQuillan, Marjorie G. Rosen, Joseph Singer, and Carmen M. Thain.

The Preview Party Designer Committee was chaired by Sheila Brady, Thomas Jayne, Katie Ridder Pennoyer, Emma Jane Pilkington and Robert Rufino. Designer Committee members included celebrated names from the worlds of interior design, landscape design and architecture.

Attendees included: Maureen Chilton, Carolyn Englefield, Emma Jane Pilkington, Todd Goergen, Thomas Jayne, Charlotte Moss, Mario Nievera, Katie Ridder, Robert Rufino, Clint Smith, Joey Slotnick, Bunny Williams, Barbara Cirkva Schumacher, Coleman and Susan Burke, Mish Tworkowski, Jeremy and Friederike Biggs, Amy Todd Middleton, Thomas Jayne, Peter Pennoyer and many more!
Barbara Slifka and Sheila Brady
Kevin Sharkey and Mish Tworkowski
Carolyn Englefield, Gillian Steel, Cosby George, and Bunny Williams
Catherine Tompkins, Leighann Ryan, and Memrie Lewis
Clint Smith and Mario Nievera
Coleman Burke and Susan Burke
Curt Middleton, Amy Middleton, and Gregory Long
Mish Tworkowski and Joseph Singer
Diane Katzin
Dotty and Lionel Goldfrank
Friederike Biggs and Lynden Miller
Gregory Long, Barbara Cirkva, and Mario Nievera
Hermes Mallea and Carey Maloney
Kathie Moore and Maureen Chilton
Todd Georgen and Emma Jane Pilkington
Katie Ridder
Mish Tworkowski, Susan Burke, and Gregory Long
Peter McQuillan, Michael Steinhardt, Marjorie Rosen, Adam Rose, and Joseph Singer
The Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson's committee of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) held its seventh annual Celebrate Spring New York at LAVO. Over 300 supporters of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and Young New Yorkers raised more than $90,000. Proceeds from the evening will benefit PDF's Côté Clinical Genetics Initiative, which supports research to identify and understand the role of genetic markers in Parkinson's disease.

G. Pennington Egbert III, Gregory and Barbara Romero, Jonathan E. Romero, Jr., and Missy Egbert Sheehan and William B. Sheehan were the Co-Chairs. W. Alexander Budney, Andrew S. Gustin, George and Peggy Hebard, Adam and Kim Wolfberg, and Darren and Michele Wolfberg were the Vice-Chairs. 
Dave Cohen, Penn Egbert, Josh Raskin, Ethan Wolt, Sarah Cohen, and Melissa Raskin
Celebrate Spring New York was founded by G. Pennington Egbert III, his sister Missy Egbert Sheehan and their close friend Georgina B. Schaeffer whose fathers both lived with Parkinson's disease. They joined together to create the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson's committee, a group of nearly 100 New Yorkers dedicated to advancing a cure for Parkinson's. Each year the committee hosts Celebrate Spring New York, which has raised nearly $600,000 since its inception.

The event began at 8:00 PM with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing with music provided by DJ Brenda Black.
Anna McLaughlin, Missy Egbert Sheehan, and Georgina Schaeffer
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson's.  Created by William Black, the founder of Chock full o'Nuts, a successful New York coffee and restaurant business, PDF was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson's disease.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has invested $100 million in the research of leading scientists around the world and has committed an additional $42 million to support education and advocacy programs. 

For more information on the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, call (800) 457-6676 or visit
Jonathan Romero, Missy Egbert Sheehan, Penn Egbert, Arlene Levine, Gregory Romero, Barbara Romero, and Robin Elliott
Kristina Dell, Mark Coatney, Tess Clarkson, and Chris Arnold
Barbara and Gregory Romero
DJ Brenda Black
Derek Pitts, Kelsey Lam, Shane Burn, and Elizabeth Urstadt
Chasen Mintz and Greg Todora
Melissa Epperly, Andrew Gustin, and Jen Field
Rachana Fellinger, Jack Meehan, Deborah Binko, Maggie O'Connor, and Alex Pachman
Randy McCallum, Adam Wolfberg, Kim Wolfberg, and Scott Steinman
Photographs by Annie Watt (Fund for Park Avenue & Heart Ball); Patrick McMullan.