Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Circle of Friends

The rooftop garden at the Waldorf Astoria where The Horticultural Society of New York's Circle of Friends hosted a private reception and tour.
On September 10th, The Horticultural Society of New York's Circle of Friends, led by Huguette Hersch and Michele Lindsay, hosted a private reception and tour of the rooftop garden at the Waldorf Astoria. Guests enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the vegetable and herb garden, which was designed and installed by The Hort's Deputy Director and Chief of Horticulture, George Pisegna, in collaboration with the Waldorf's Executive Chef, David Garcelon.

A vital part of The Hort's family of supporters, Circle of Friends members receive exclusive access to special programs and activities, including private garden tours, holiday luncheons and workshops, botanical jewelry exhibitions, talks with luminaries in the world of horticulture, and more. For more information, visit
Huguette Hersch, Barbara Pine, Rosalee Isaly, and Sharen Benenson with The Waldorf Astoria's Charlie Romano and Peter Betz
The Waldorf Astoria's Executive Chef David Garcelon with The Hort's George Pisegna
Andrea Fahnestock and Bonnie Johnson
Alison Strong and Valerie Bruce
Frances Schultz
George Pisegna, Lily O'Boyle, Mario Nievera, and Kamie Lightburn
Sharon Casdin and Fred Steinberg
Last Tuesday evening, luminaries of the design world gathered at the Carlton Hobbs townhouse on East 93rd street to fete the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show along with Ike Kligerman Barkley, the architecture and design firm based in New York and San Francisco.

The party, hosted by Carlton Hobbs, Ike Kligerman Barkley, and the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, celebrated and previewed the Antiques Show, which opens at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on October 23rd. Ike Kligerman Barkley designed the entrance hall this year, which Thomas Kligerman remarked would be revealed when the gates to the show were opened – mums the word for now. The show's theme, this year, is an aptly glittering Rush of Gold: Precious Metals in Art and Antiques.
Thomas Kligerman, Joel Barkley, and John Ike
Two floors of the spectacular Carlton Hobbs were open to guests; the objets, art and antiques – and bar, which poured grapefruit martinis – were lit by the many glowing candlebras. In attendance and hosting were the men of Ike Kligerman Barkley, John Ike, Thomas Kligerman, and Joel Barkley; the Carlton Hobbs team of Carlton Hobbs and Stefanie Rinza, and the Director of the SFFAS, Ariane Triumschat.
Guests included Thomas Jayne, Jacqueline Terrebonne, Howard Christian, Allison Levasseaur, Carolyn Englefield, Newell Turner, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Chas Miller III, Birch Coffey, Carl Sorenson, Michael Bruno, Suzanne Stephens, Diana and Mark Jacoby, Marc Kristal, Cynthia Conigliaro, Peter Aaron, Grant Marani, Judith Prause, and Stuart and Sue Feld, among others.
Thomas Klingerman, Carolyn and Malcolm Wiener, and Stefanie Rinza
Claire Ratliff with Joe and Sarah Depalo
Jennie McCarhey, Peter Lang, and Kosala Kumara
Clinton Smith, Tammy Connor, and John Danzer
John Flower and Andrea Coulter
Thomas Jayne
John Danzer and Suzanne Stephens
Grant Maran and Peter Aaron
Diana and Mark Jacoby
Bill Barry, Alison Spear, and Michael Bruno
Newell Turner and Stacy McLaughlin
Sarah Magness, Carl Sorenson, and Andrea Coulter
Joel Barkley, Jacqueline Terrebonne, and Joshua Amores
Gary Sargent and Michael Pashby
Ariane Trimuschat, Gail Karr, and Meg Touborg
Macy's hosted over 750 guests at the Twelfth Annual "Women of Valor" Awards Tea in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to benefit the mission of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.

This special event honored a distinguished group of women who show leadership in business and also when it comes to giving back in support of their communities. Ernie Anastos, Fox News Anchor was the Master of Ceremonies.
Champagne reception before the "tea"
"Tea" in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Margaret Grioli, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Employee Giving for Macy's served as the Tea Chair. Rosalie Mignano-Aste, Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities Management for IMG, Jody Brown, Director of Global Sourcing, Real Estate and General Services for Thompson Reuters, Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman, The Retail Group for Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Ellen Canny Goldberg, Senior Business Development Manager for Haworth were the Tea Committee Co-Chairs.

Margaret Grioli presented the Macy's "Community Star" Award to Karen Murray, President of Nautica and Kipling for her commitment to help the less fortunate in the New York area. Rikki Klieman, CBS News Legal Analyst, Criminal Defense Attorney and wife of NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was the Keynote Speaker.
Ernie Anastos
Gina Rizzo explains Stock the Shelves pledge cards
Karen Murray, Margaret Grioli, and Father Francis Gasparik
Six extraordinary women from the real estate and construction industry were honored for their outstanding charitable works in the community and improving the lives of those less fortunate.

The Guest of Honor was Gina Rizzo, Vice President of Global Client Relations for Herman Miller. Humanitarian Awards Recipients were Jacqueline Barr, Design Principal, Ted Moudis Associates and Mitra Meshgin-Poosh, Senior Vice President, McGraw Hill Financial. The Clarisa Awards Recipients were Amy Fleming, Director of Global Corporate Real Estate, BlackRock, Christen Portelli, Managing Principal, Highcap Group LLC, and Kathy Winkler, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate, Prudential Financial.
The Women of Valor with Fr. Francis and Joseph Sano
Mount Carmel Holy Rosary School Violinists, ender the direction of Jeffrey Wang, provided musical entertainment for the guests.

All proceeds raised at the event benefitted St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, which helps feed over 10,000 poor families each week, and serves over 1.5 million meals each year throughout the New York area. For more information about St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters you can visit their website
Lucy Carter, Maureen Henegan, Lisa Dimoulis, Doug Militzer, Karen Nape, and Jody Brown
Jeff Wells, Christen Portelli, Karla Iommetti, Paul Nouri, Josh Goldflam, and Larry Ross
Shelley Bloch, Mike Flanagan, and Gina Rizzo
Tommy O'Halloran, Colleen Moran, J Strong, and Al Festa
From Macys Tara Troy and Margaret Grioli with Joseph Sano
Amira De Castro, Brian Borget, Mitra Meshgin-Poosh, Simon Ward, Jody Brown, and Ernie Anastos
Andrea Catsimatidis Cox, Joseph Sano, and John Catsimatidis
Suzette Rhodes, Lisa Loop, and Anne Wood
Joanne Foulke and Ellen Canny Goldberg
Rikki Klieman and Joseph Sano
Jody Brown and Kathy Winkler
Ted Moudis and Jacqueline Barr
Rita Cosby, Rikki Klieman, Andrea Catsimatidis Cox, Commissioner Bill Bratton, John Catsimatidis, and Tomaczek Bednarek
Karen Murray table
Faith Hope Consolo table
Mt Carmel-Holy Rosary School Violin Ensemble of East Harlem
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at an event held on Tuesday, September 9th. Founded in memory of Jay Monahan, late husband of Yahoo News’ Global Anchor and New York Times’ best-selling author Katie Couric, the center is one of only a few comprehensive cancer and wellness centers dedicated to gastrointestinal health.

Ms. Couric was joined by Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, who hosted the event, along with Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman, director of the Monahan Center, to mark the occasion.
Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, dean, Weill Cornell Medical College; Katie Couric, Dr. Herbert Pardes, Executive Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman, Director of the Jay Monahan Center; Dr. Cam Patterson, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Heidi Horowitz, Richard Horowitz, Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman, Director of the Monahan Center; and Jill Libshutz
Other notable attendees included Dr. Herbert Pardes, executive vice chair, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Laura Forese, group senior vice president and chief operating officer, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and president of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System; Dr. Cam Patterson, senior vice president and chief operating officer, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, dean, Weill Cornell Medical College; Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi, chair, Department of Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; Dr. Michael Lieberman, director of surgical oncology, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; Kathleen Lobb, senior vice president of communications, Entertainment Industry Foundation and co-founder of Stand-Up to Cancer; Heidi and Richard Horowitz; Jill Libshutz; and Dr. Mark Pochapin, former director of the Monahan Center.
Dr. Steven J. Corwin and Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman
Katie Couric, Dr. Herbert Pardes, and Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman
Dr. Michael Lieberman, Director of Surgery at the Jay Monahan Center, Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman, and Fran Jacobs
The Monahan Center was established in 2004 with support from The Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (EIF's NCCRA), which Couric co-founded.  After Monahan’s death, she joined forces with NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical College to establish a place where patients would have access to the latest services, treatments, education and experts in all necessary specialties under one roof. The center takes a unique, multidisciplinary approach to patient care that allows for seamless coordination of all necessary health and support services. Providers from subspecialties including gastroenterology, surgery, oncology, pain management and radiology work collaboratively in teams to treat patients.

The Monahan Center has led the way in advancing the treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal illnesses. In recent years, two state-of-the-art esophageal function labs were opened, which complement the multidisciplinary esophageal program and offer a full spectrum of diagnostic testing for patients with benign and malignant esophageal diseases. The center also significantly expanded its genetic and nutrition counseling services. Additionally, physicians at the center serve on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College, a leading research institution for gastrointestinal health.
Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman, Katie Couric; Dr. Mark Pochapin, former Director of the Jay Monahan Center; Dr. Laura Forese, Group Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and President of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, and Dr. Herbert Pardes
Dr. Fabrizio Michaelassi, Surgeon-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; Dr. Laura Forese, Dr. Michael Lieberman, and Katie Couric
Photographs by Cutty McGill (San Francisco Fall Antiques Show); Annie Watt (Women of Valor).