|To celebrate the Glass House's 65th birthday, Krug and Architectural Digest co-hosted a lunch in New Canaan, Connecticut, on Sunday, November 9th. Guests strolled through the Glass House campus and enjoyed Fujiko Nakaya's "Veil," the fog installation conceived by Nakaya with Glass House Director Henry Urbach. An intimate lunch in Philip Johnson's 1965 Painting Gallery had a festive feel with guests sitting down to lunch at two long farm tables surrounded by Frank Stella's paintings from the 1960s and '70s. After lunch, guests toured the Sculpture Gallery.|
|Henry Urbach and Krug's President Margareth Henriquez spoke briefly. The guests toasted Philip Johnson's iconic 1949 house, now a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with a selection of Krug's champagnes. Among the guests: Margaret Russell, Tony Vidler, Terry Winters, Martha Stewart, Bill Sofield, Charles Renfro, E V Day, Jim Salomon, Tobias Meyer, Mark Fletcher, Martha Nelson, John Edelman, Tomas Maier, Reed Krakoff, William Lauder, Lori Tritsch, James Welling, and Jane Weinstock. www.theglasshouse.org|
|Last Monday night, November 10th, at the Pierre, the French Heritage Society (FHS) honored Hermès International and Timothy Corrigan with a festive Gala Dinner Dance at The Pierre Hotel. The Gala included an elegant dinner with music and dancing to the sounds of The Alex Donner Orchestra.
The event was held under the High Patronage of His Excellency Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the U.S., The Honorable Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France in New York, and in the presence of FHS Chairman Elizabeth F. Stribling and the events Chairman CeCe Black, Jean Shafiroff, Ann Van Ness, Kazie Harvey, Deborah Royce and Ursula Lowerre.
|A cocktail reception preceded the dinner where Elizabeth Stribling welcomed guests as they took their seats before the first course was served. Astrid Stanfield-Pinel then spoke before the two honorees, Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt on behalf of Hermes International, and Timothy Corrigan took to the stage separately to thank FHS for the recognition and honor. Following the entrée, George P. Sape, who provided all of the Les Tuilieres Sancerre wine for the evening, hosted an auction where guests were asked to bid on helping restore the historic Château de Fontainebleau in France, as well as the FHS Student Program.
Following the dinner the 400 guests moved to the dance floor, where Cole Rumbough joined Alex Donner to sing a few classic songs before all guests departed carrying a Hermes gift bag containing the brand new men's scent, and a membership to FHS.
Proceeds from the event support the important work FHS does to raise and make grants to restore French architectural gems in both countries, and to educate students, young professionals and the general public about these historic treasures through its cultural educational programs and communications.
|Guests included: Roy Kean, Anne Rapp, Geoffrey Bradfield, Comtesse Caroline Safian Krawiec Brownstone, William Ivey Long, Louis H. Brownstone, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Dr. Penny Grant, Michael Travin, Bettina Bennett, Margaret Chase Hager, David Mitzner, Adrienne Jones, Marie Tolmach, Patricia Shiah, Bettina Bennett, Michael Giordano, Thomas Rutherford, Jeannie Rutherford, Lawrence Stephens, Hariett Stephens, Paula Ruffin, Dalton Ruffin, Margaret Russell, Charles Myers, Steve Leamar, Janet Yonati, Mathew Yee, Amanda Fox, Steve Susman, Michelle Greenip, Charles Sullivan, Jerry and Nancy Gehman, Bruce Horten, Barbara de Portago, Joan Kahn, Joy Marks, Nicole DiCocco, Didier La Calvez, Blasie Guerrand Hermès, Dena Kaye.
|French Heritage Society was founded in 1982 has contributed to over 500 restoration grants and helped secure almost $18 million dollars for historic monuments, buildings and gardens in every department in France and to properties in the United States that reflect France’s historic influence. FHS has intervened after numerous natural disasters such as the 1999 storms in France and Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina in the U.S. FHS also organizes unique student internship opportunities in both countries and offers enriching cultural trips in France and the U.S. for its members. There are 13 Chapters in the United States and one in Paris.|
| Friends of The Animal Medical Center (AMC) hosted its inaugural "Helping Paws Dinner" at The Doubles Club on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. The event, which raised $60,000 to support AMC TO THE RESCUE, drew more than 100 guests including: Arriana Boardman, Mollie Ruprecht, Charlotte and Doug Snyder, Elizabeth Pyne, John Pyne, and AMC Trustees Robert Liberman, Neil McCarthy, Cass Adelman, and Michael Heaner. Event co-chairs were: Travis Acquavella, Cass Adelman, Kristin Fisher Allen, David Burns, Merrill Curtis, Tara Germino, Susan Lazarus, Lily Maddock, Kay Nordeman, Robin Regan and Marie Rentschler.
Funds for AMC TO THE RESCUE are wholly supported by donations and since its inception two years ago, AMC TO THE RESCUE has provided specialty care to nearly 70 pets, many of whom have found loving, forever homes.
|Children's Rights raised over $700,000 at its 9th Annual Benefit, with $150,000 from a live auction on Wednesday, October 29th. All proceeds from the evening directly support Children’s Rights’ efforts to defend and protect America’s abused and neglected kids. The evening was hosted by CNN News Anchor Michaela Pereira.
Music producer and philanthropist Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and Compound Foundation scholarship recipient Edgar Carranza presented Grammy award-winning singer and Compound founder Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith with an award for his commitment to benefitting those growing up in foster care and group homes.
|Former Ford Models CEO and activist Katie Ford presented conceptual artist, philanthropist and human rights advocate Molly Gochman with an award for her efforts to combat human trafficking. In the U.S. more than 60 percent of those trafficked have spent time in foster care.
Children's Rights Litigation Director Ira Lustbader presented Jared Bobrow, partner at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP, and his firm with an award for their intensive work to reform Rhode Island's foster care system.
|In addition to the honorees, attendees heard from former foster youth Crystal Bentley, who not only brought the room to tears, but also to its feet with a standing ovation when she told her heroic story of surviving the physical and sexual abuse she endured in foster care, and how she now uses her voice to advocate for change in her home state of Texas.
Sponsors for the evening included The Accomplished Traveler, BET Networks, EisnerAmper LLP, Gonja Tekiner Hartmann, Iola Galerston LLP, Janie and Robert Julius, Samuel and Vicki Katz, Morgan Stanley, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Sandra and Jay Neukom, Sam Rosenblatt and Mario Dandrea, Jordan Roth and Richie Jackson, Barry F. Schwartz, Wendy Smith and Barry Meyer and the Frank and Domna Stanton Foundation.
|When children are removed from abusive and neglectful families, they should be kept from further harm—but too often they are victimized by the very systems meant to protect them. Children’s Rights is the only organization dedicated to using the law to defend and protect America’s foster kids. For almost 20 years, CR has secured court orders mandating top-to-bottom foster care reform. As a result, children are safer. They get the education and healthcare they need. They have better foster homes. And best of all, kids find permanent, loving families more quickly, ensuring they have the brightest possible futures. www.childrensrights.org|
| Animal Zone International (AZI) President Paola Mieli and Benefit Chair Richard Ledes welcomed over 100 guests to the Third Annual Argos Fall Benefit at Thalassa Restaurant in Tribeca on Wednesday, November 12th.
Guests watching a moving presentation that introduced the dogs, cats, goats and equines that AZI has helped on the island of Amorgos in Greece. Dozens of luxe items were donated to the silent auction, including artwork by Mark Kostabi and Robert Simon, which helped raise additional funds for the charity.
Founded in 2007, Animal Zone International is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the animals and the environment. It has begun work on the Greek island of Amorgos, working with the community to develop a model for Greek animal welfare.
AZI has established the island's first veterinary clinic providing free or low-cost medical care and spay/neuter surgeries, and is focused on educating the island's population on the humane treatment of animals.
|Photographs by Annie Watt (French Heritage).|