Monday, June 30, 2014

Celebrate Summer

The company of One Thrilling Combination performing "One" at The Public Theater's annual Gala.
Saturday afternoon at a private residence in Bridgehampton, the Parrish Art Museum held a cocktail reception to celebrate summer 2014 at the museum and to kick-off its annual Midsummer benefit gala, which will be held in the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in Water Mill.

This year they will be honoring philanthropist Inga Maren Otto and author/documentary filmmaker Katharina Otto-Bernstein. Attendees will get the wonderful last chance to see artist Jennifer Bartlett's first major museum survey, and Maya Lin's ecologically inspired sculptures. It's always a fun party and it brings out the great collectors, artists, culture mavens and residents who support the museum for what it brings to the community.
Leila Feldman, Jordan Feldman, Helene Feldman, Adam Feldman, and Ziel Feldman
Anthony Addison and Jennifer de Klaver
Raul Melgoza, Susan De Franca, and John Gomes
Ellen Lewis, Donald Sultan, Helene Feldman, and Dr. Elliot Heller
Terrie Sultan and Christopher French
Liz Krinick, Helene Feldman, and Pamela Takiff
Peter Takiff, Liz Krinick, Ron Krinick, Ziel Feldman, and Pamela Takiff
Susan De Franca, Howard Lorber, and Esther Paster
Michele Pesner and Steve Pesner
Jennifer de Klaver, Anthony Addison, Madeline Hult, and Barbara Hemmerle Gollust
Aaron Dannenberg and Julie Dannenberg
Yan Assoun, Noemi Assoun, and Polina Proshkina
Kendra Korczak, Scott Howe, Sarah Hammock, and Mats Goebels
Helene Feldman, David Schoenthal, and Sabrina Saltiel
Jordan Dubin and Noa Dubin
Nir Meir, Tom Elghanayan, and Ziel Feldman
Meredith Cairns, Peter Haveles, and Regina Glocker
Mackenzie Thorn and Christian Thorn
Margot Ziegler and Scott Ziegler
Sara Kallus, Susan De Franca, and Dottie Herman
Christian Thorn and MacKenzie Thorn
Andrea Grover and Amanda McDonald Crowley
George Jedda and Alex Cohen
Karen Goerl and Frederico Azevedo
Ranee Meir, Erica Grossman, and Sarah Hammock
Frederico Azevedo, Randi Schatz, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Suzanne LaFleur, Regina Dantas, and David Grossman
Melanie Lazenby and Ranee Meir
Susan Penzner, David Walentas, and Jane Walentas
Peter Haveles, Eva Faye, Abby Terkuhle, and Terrie Sultan
Last Monday night, The Public Theater held its annual Gala, One Thrilling Combination, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
The evening celebrated Marvin Hamlisch, The Public Theater, and the creation of A Chorus Line. Notable guests included Barbara Walters, Courtney Love, Frank Langella, Candice Bergen, Josh Charles, Arielle Tepper Madover, Reneé Beaumont, Lizanne Rosenstein, Bank of America Senior Vice President Connie Verducci, David Geffen, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Peter Dinklage, Lili Taylor, and Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Public Theater Board Chair Arielle Tepper Madover, Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Executive Director Patrick Willingham, and Public Theater Associate Artistic Director Mandy Hackett.
Original company members of A Chorus Line
For nearly 60 years, The Public has developed and produced groundbreaking new works while nurturing the careers of artists and providing access for audiences with thousands of free and low-cost tickets. Though Marvin Hamlisch passed away in 2012, the spirit of his original collaboration with The Public lives on.  His contributions to A Chorus Line changed musical theater history and changed the trajectory of The Public Theater.
Terre Hamlisch and Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Lynch performing "Sing"
Seventeen past Chorus Line alumni performed in the gala which was directed by Ted Sperling — Scott Allen, Renee Baughman, Wayne Cilento, Chuck Cissel, Kay Cole, Ronald Dennis, Brandt Edwards, Nancy Lane Fisher, Patricia Garland, Carolyn Kirsch, Ron Kuhlman, Baayork Lee, Donna McKechnie, Carole Schweid, Michael Serrecchia, Chrissy Wilczak, and Samuel Williams.

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Terre Hamlisch and Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis
Pedro Pascal, Lily Rabe, and Uzo Aduba
Frank Langella and Barbara Walters
Ian Madover, Dr. Catherine Birndorf, and Public Theater Board Chair Arielle Tepper Madover
Director of One Thrilling Combination Ted Sperling, Public Theater Associate Artistic Director Mandy Hackett, and Gala co-chair Reneé Beaumont
Public Theater Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks and Courtney Love
Barry Rosenstein, Ana Rosenstein, Jamie Rosenstein, and Gala co-chair Lizanne Rosenstein
Public Theater Executive Director Patrick Willingham, Bank of America Senior Vice President Connie Verducci, Hamlish Linklater, and Lily Rabe
This past Thursday at American Museum of Natural History, The Junior Council concluded its 2013-2014 season with Inside Dark Universe—a special screening of the Museum’s Space Show Dark Universe, which is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium. The event featured remarks by Rosamond Kinzler, the executive producer of Dark Universe and senior director of science education at the Museum, and Vivian Trakinski, Dark Universe producer. Afterwards, there was a cocktail and jazz reception on the Museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace.

Dark Universe takes viewers through the recent dramatic advances in our knowledge of the universe and explores what’s to come in the future of cosmology. Through an extremely detailed, never-before-seen visualization based on new scientific data, the audience experiences how dark matter—an invisible form of matter—shapes galaxies and delves into the mysteries of dark energy, the force that is accelerating the expansion of the universe.  
A special screening of the Museum's Space Show Dark Universe
The American Museum of Natural History’s Junior Council is one of New York City’s most stimulating membership groups for young philanthropists. Founded in 1994, the Junior Council supports the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Each year, Junior Council members participate in special events that offer them an intimate view inside the Museum’s collections, activities, and exhibitions. Junior Council members go behind the scenes at one of the world’s preeminent museums, meet some of the nation’s most distinguished and engaging scientists, and preview the latest exhibitions.

Co-Chairs included W. Jameson McFadden, Holly and Martin Okner, Lori and Zachary Pomerantz, Robin and Brad Roberts, Gaelin Rosenwaks, Heather and Ross Schulman, Zoe and Iain Wilson.
Co-chairs Iain and Zoe Wilson with Allison and Mike Thompson
Sherri Toub and co-chair Lori Pomerantz
Kristy Rao and friend
Annie Bystryn (center) and friends
Jessica Dekhtyar and Jason Knaster
Co-chair Gaelin Rosenwaks and Nicole Mihnovets
Co-chairs Holly and Marty Okner with Steering committee members Joe and Susan Shatz
Friend, co-chair Jameson McFadden, and co-chair Zachary Pomerantz
Steering committee member Jessica Yau (center) and friends
Co-chairs Zachary and Lori Pomerantz
Mercer Brugler and friend
Steering Committee members Matt and Erin Ahrens with Anna and Mike Edwards
Tyler Flint, Jason Morganroth, Mike Gilroy, and friends
Yoni Arbel, Ivan Marshalleck, and Leona Clague with friends
Chip White Jazz
On Wednesday, June 11, over 150 guests attended The Hort's 4th biennial Block Party art auction fundraiser at the gallery and rooftop garden of the Arsenal in Central Park. Sponsored by Shady Records, the event featured BBQ-style food, music by Dub-L, who was spinning 70's funk & soul and mid-90's rap alongside Minya Oh (Hot 97's Miss Info), Block Party co-chairman and host.

The silent auction, which was curated by co-chairman Dana Albarella James, featured a broad variety of original works by an international collection of renowned artists, many of which honed their skills on the streets of NYC as pioneering graffiti artists. The highest bids went to original works by KAWS, Todd James, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, and legendary graffiti artist, Dondi White.
Guest, Todd James, Cey Adams, Eric Haze, CES, Eldin Villafane, KAWS, and Trike1
Guests in attendance included Kate Bellin, Kamie and Rich Lightburn, Aylin Brenna, Frances Schultz, Anna Kennedy Safir and Michael Safir, Andrea Henderson Fahnestock, Paul Rosenberg, Nina Wiener and Lawrence Schiller, Melanie Chisholm, Peri and David Clark, Missey Condie, Mary Van Pelt, Amy Connor, Marc LaBelle, Mark Gilbertson, Jessica Tcherepnine, Bernadine Gilfond, Melanie and David Holland, Sheri Severino, Theo Sedlmayr, Zuhirah Khaldun-Diarra, and Lydia Tower.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Hort's GreenHouse program, which offers horticultural therapy and vocational training for inmates on Rikers Island.
Aylin Brenna, Mary Van Pelt, Frances Schultz, and Sara Hobel
Dana James and Minya Oh
Melanie Chisholm, Sheri Severino, Bernadine Gilfond, and April Hardwick
Steve Rubin, David Holland, and Melanie Holland
David and Peri Clark
Sara Hobel and Marc LaBelle
Dana Balicki and Ryan Schneider
Kamie and Rich Lightburn
Noah Callahan-Bever and Deirdre Maloney
Nina Wiener and artist Lawrence Schiller
Washington, D.C. – YWCA USA honored the achievements of extraordinary leaders who serve as role models for women and girls at the Women of Distinction Awards Gala on June 13, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. This year's honorees included Gaby Pacheco for Advocacy and Civic Engagement, Deloitte LLP, for Corporate Social Responsibility, Jaspen Boothe for Military and Veterans Affairs, and Sister Simone Campbell for Women's Empowerment. (Visit to view photos and to learn more about the honorees.)
Gaby Pacheco accepts the 2014 Women of Distinction Award for Advocacy and Civic Engagement
Sister Simone Campbell accepts the 2014 Women of Distinction Award for Women_s Empowerment
Paula Penebaker, Chair of YWCA USA Board, presenting YWCA Local Association Excellence Awards
Robin Givens, television, film and stage actress and advocate, hosted the gala. Givens has served as spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and was awarded the Vital Link Award by that organization for her over 20 years of work on behalf of women, children and families facing the challenges of domestic violence. She is also Co-Chair of Women Who Care.

YWCA USA also recognized three local YWCA associations for their outstanding commitment to advancing the YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women. This year's Association Excellence Award winners were the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region for their work in the area of women's empowerment, YWCA Tulsa for racial justice, and YWCA Orange County (New York) for their work in advocacy.
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D.; Robin Givens; Judge Glenda Hatchett; Gaby Pacheco; Sister Simone Campbell; Deborah DeHaas; and Jaspen Boothe
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO of the YWCA USA and Paula Penebaker, Chair, Board of Directors, YWCA USA, presented the awards to the local associations.

VIP guests at the Gala included Madeline Halperin-Robinson, Program Officer, the Allstate Foundation, Ellie Smeal, President, the Feminist Majority Foundation, Paulette Senior, CEO, YWCA Canada, Colette Prevost, Chair, YWCA Canada, and Carolyn Flowers, Treasurer, World YWCA.
The YWCA USA National Board
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For more than 150 years, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. For more information, visit
Ellie Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, with Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D.
Stacey Meadows with Judge Glenda Hatchett
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO of the YWCA USA; Robin Givens; Judge Glenda Hatchett; and Paula Penebaker, Chair of YWCA USA Board
Rebecca Hall, middle, with guests of the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards
Becky Hines, left, with staff from the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region
Becky Hines, Yvonne Drayton, and Adrianna Singer
Brandon Boothe and his mother, Jaspen Boothe, who won the 2014 Women of Distinction Award for Military and Veteran's Issues
Adrienne Frederick, Gretchen Oertli, Courtnee Carrigan, and Alexis Demandante
Photographs by (Parrish); R. Mickens (AMNH).