Thursday, April 10, 2014

Civic Inspiration

Ballet Hispanico dancers at Ballet Hispanic'os 2014 Spring Gala honoring the Ford Foundation.
On Monday, April 7th, Ballet Hispanico raised more than $1 million in support of the company's artistic and educational work in New York City and around the country at their 2014 Gala. During the evening, Ballet Hispanico proudly honored the Ford Foundation with the Civic Inspiration Award. Proceeds from the evening, which totaled over $1 million, will benefit the creation of new Company works, need-based financial aid and merit scholarships in the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, and community arts education programs.
Eduardo Vilaro and Kate Lear
Close to 400 guests in attendance also received the exclusive announcement of a $1.5 million grant from long-time supporter the Ford Foundation, with portions allocated to Ballet Hispanico's choreography lab Instituto Coreográfico, to an expansive lobby renovation of Ballet Hispanico's headquarters in the Upper West Side, and to a cash reserve fund. 

"The Ford Foundation's three decades-long commitment to Ballet Hispanico is well worth noting and celebrating," said Kate Lear, Chair of Ballet Hispanico's Board of Directors. "Instituto Coreográfíco, Ballet Hispanico's pioneering lab for emerging choreographers, exists in part because of their support. Because of the Ford Foundation's commitment, major capital improvements to Ballet Hispanico's home have been and will continue to be realized."
Luis Zaldivar, Greydis Gil, David Perez, and Milena Alberti
John and Jody Arnhold
Marta Tellado, Jonathan LaPook, and Ray Hagg
Angel Sanchez, Diana DiMenna, and Eduardo Vilaro
This year's Gala, themed "Community Partnerships through the Arts," featured live music from the two-time GRAMMY® winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra along with performances by the Ballet Hispanico Company and students of the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance.  The evening included an exclusive sneak peek of original costumes created by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez for choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's stunning new work El Beso, to be premiered by Ballet Hispanico at the Company's New York Season at the Joyce Theater on April 15-27.  Key attendees included Event Chairs Jody and John Arnhold, Kate Lear and Jonathan LaPook, and David Pérez and Milena Alberti, as well as Gala Honorary Committee co-chair Angel Sanchez.  

Other attendees included: Henry Arnhold, Gale Brewer, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Vin Cipolla, Phil Colon, Mary Sharp Cronson, Ray & Barbara Dalio, Joe & Diana DiMenna, Ansel Elgort, Joan Finkelstein, Perry & Martin Granoff, Lane Harwell, Judith M. Hoffman, Stephen Mack, Matthew & Monika McLennan, Mark & Lorry Newhouse, Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, Herb Scannell, Marta Tellado, Damian Woetzel & Heather Watts. 
Ballet Hispanico dancers ...
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. For more information, visit

Celebrating 43 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation's premier Latino dance organization. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico explores, preserves and celebrates today's Latino cultures through innovative artistic collaborations, world class dance training and national education and outreach programs. For more information, visit
Miguel Valerio, Phyllis Spencer, RJ Lennon, Karen Trachtenberg, John Claypoole, Maggie Quinton, and Dan Malandro
Lauren Alzamora, Jamal Callender, and Jody Gottfried Arnhold
Brenda Torres and Rafael Ortiz
Vin Cipolla, Martha Calcagno, Christopher Bloom, Gabriella Cipolla, and Olivia Cipolla
Gabriella Cipolla, Olivia Cipolla, Celine McDonald, Tom Clemens, and Sandra Cipolla
Alexander Duval, Jessica Alejandra Wyatt, Marta Tellado, Eduardo Vilaro, Melissa Fernandez, and Joshua Winzeler
Cristina Commisso, Ana Estrada, Trevor Miles, Molly Weitz, and Kaylee Tang
Maria Caruso-Cabrera, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Stephen Dizard, and Ann Hu
Lane Harwell and Jessica Alejandra Wyatt
Molly Weitz and Trevor Miles
Lauren Alzamora, Mark Newhouse, and Lorry NewHouse
Jonathan Genrry, Ivan Zdravkovic, Antoine Guignette, Olivier Rustat, and Ken Weissman
John Pavers, Lauren Pavers, Sheila Rankowitz, Christi Harrison, and John Harrison
Kiri Avelar, Yvonne Gutierrrez, Alfonso Cid, and Franchesca Cabrera
Johan Rivera and Min-Tzu Li
Mario Espinoza and Kimberly Van Woesik
Kimberly Van Woesik, Mario Espinoza, Melissa Fernandez, Lauren Alzamora, Jessica Wyatt, and Alexander Duval
Kiri Avelar and Francesca Cabrera
Martina Calcagno and Christopher Bloom
Christina Commisso and Ana Estrada
Rebecca Balter and Bri Kaplan
Jamal Rashann Callender, Dante Blakeley, Vanessa Valecillos, and Gregory Stuart
Danielle Osorio and Daniel Osorio
Nayelly Valentin and Francis Parra
Charles Johnson, John Claypoole, Phyllis Spencer, and Miguel Valerio
Aiko Neligan and Francesca Vuillemin
Wes Gordon and Ansel Elgort
Charles Wortman, Marta Tellado, Gustavo Arnavat, and Gigi Arnavat
Yvonne Gutierrez, Kiri Avelar, and Alfonso Cid
Cristina Commisso, Trevor Miles, Molly Weitz, and Kaylee Tang
Mary Fribourg and Henry Arnhold
John Arnhold, Diana DiMenna, and Joe DiMenna
Keo Poravongseng, Francois Martin, Herb Scannell, and Phil Colon
Maria Caruso-Cabrera, Melissa Francis, and Stephen Dizard
Josh Green, Sam Wright, and Danielle Osorio
Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Joan Finkelstein, and Alan Kifferstein
Ansel Elgort, Violetta Komyshan, and Wes Gordon
Kate Lear and Charles Wortman
Peter Jueptner, Dante Blakeley, Judith M. Hoffman, and Ben Rodriguez Cubenas
Charles Rosario, Ana Maria Correa, Eduardo Vilera, Jody Gottfried Arnhold, and Marvin Hernandez
Jody Gottfried Arnhold and Damian Woetzel
Maritza Williamson and Richard Williamson
Carlos Ortiz, Lee Koons, and Rafael Toro
Ben Rodriguez, Judith M. Hoffman, and Greg Steuart
Charles Rosario, Ana Maria Correa, Eduardo Vilaro, Jody Gottfried Arnhold, and Marvin Hernandez
Edible Schoolyard NYC held its Spring Benefit "Putting Down Roots" at 23 Wall Street. There were 420 attending and 32 participating chefs. They raised more than $1 million for ESYNYC to continue building organic gardens and kitchen classrooms in underserved communities. 

ESYNYC is a nonprofit organization established in 2010 to provide underserved NYC public school communities with experiential, inter-disciplinary seed-to-table garden and kitchen education in order to transform their relationship with food.
Oliver Platt
Susi Lopez and Tamra Davis
Kate Brashares and Waris Ahluwalia
Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman
Kate Brashares, Elizabeth Leeds, Amanda Fuhrman, Allison Cayne, and Fernanda Niven
April Bloomfield and Tom Colicchio
Aly Weisman and David Gilboa
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough
Martha Stewart
Rob Haskell and Brett Williams
Melanie Dunea, David Chang, and John Lyons
Andy Stewart and Ashley Stewart
Lee Grubman, Katie Sullivan, McKenna Kemp, Aubrey Favala, and Emily Heyward
Eliza Reed Bolen
Leyton Chandler, James Niven, and Leslie Johnson
Kim Hastreiter
Adam Rapoport
On April 1st in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital held its annual Gala benefit dinner, raising a record $4 million to support the hospital's cardiac services. The event drew over 1,100 attendees.

Guests joined Frank A. Bennack Jr., Chair, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Robert Kelly, President of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Herbert Pardes, Executive Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; and Dr. Laura Forese, Group Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and President of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, as the hospital hosted the benefit and celebrated the ongoing work of the cardiac team.
Over 1,100 filled the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria to support NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
With their patient-centered focus and commitment to excellence, the doctors and nurses of the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute have helped position NewYork-Presbyterian as one of the top three hospitals in the nation in heart and heart surgery, according to U.S. News and World Report.

In addition to dinner and cocktails, guests enjoyed a special performance by award-winning singer and songwriter Carole King.
Carole King at piano
Additional guests included Gala Chair Stephanie Coleman and Chase Coleman, Gala Chair Abby Elbaum and Richard Elbaum, John and Christy Mack, Dr. Nancy Wexler, Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz, Roger Altman and Jurate Kazickas, Arthur and Julie Hedge, Rebecca and Arthur Samberg, Oscar and Didi Schafer and Al Kelly. Gala Faculty Chairs were Dr. O. Wayne Isom, Dr. Bruce B. Lerman, Dr. Allan Schwartz, and Dr. Craig R. Smith.

For more information on NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, visit
Gala Faculty Chairs, Dr. Craig Smith & Dr. Allan Schwartz, Gala Chair, Stephanie Coleman, President of New York-Presbyterian Hospital Dr. Robert Kelly, CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital Dr. Steven J. Corwin, Gala Chair Abby Elbaum, Gala Faculty Chairs Dr. Wayne Isom, and Dr. Bruce Lerman
New York-Presbyterian President Dr. Robert Kelly, Gala Chair Stephanie Coleman, Gala Chair Abigail Black Elbaum, and New York-Presbyterian CEO Dr. Steven J. Corwin
Carol King
President of New York-Presbyterian Hospital Dr. Robert Kelly, Gala Chairs Stephanie Coleman, and Abby Elbaum, CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital Dr. Steven J. Corwin
Dr. William Levine and friend
Dr. Robert Downey and Dr. Laura Forese
Dr. Jerry Gliklich and Dr. Jane Salmon
John and Christy Mack
Amy and Zack Pack
Mitchell and Kathy Jacobson
Barbara Schwartz, Dr. Allan Schwartz, Dr. Steven Corwin, and Ellen Corwin
Michael and Bea Tusiani
Gustave and Rita Hauser
Didi and Oscar Schafer
Lenard Tessler, Monica Segal, Fern Tessler, and Richard D. Segal
Dr. John Connolly and Ingrid Connolly
Kevin and James Abernathy
Roger C. Altman and Dr. Bruce Lerman
Jurate Kazickas and Dr. Wayne Isom
Krista Krieger, Dr. Karl Krieger, and Amy and Martin Post
Lisa and Dr. Mehmet Oz
Brooks Kaufman, Abby Elbaum, Rick Elbaum, and Stephanie Schulman
Sue Ann Weinberg, Dr. Herbert Pardes, and Ruth Frankel
Robin Forrester and Abby Elbaum
Photographs by (NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital & ESYNYC); & Julie Skarratt (Ballet Hispanico).