|Last Thursday night at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, they were hosting their annual Conservatory Ball and honoring Gregory Long, who is celebrating his 25th year anniversary as the Director of the Botanical Garden.
The evening is one of the most beautiful and famous secrets of the New York social set. Its supporters are deeply committed to the Botanical Garden.
For many it is the last big Ball of the Spring social season. Like the Enid Haupt Conservatory that dominates the Garden’s architecture, beautifully produced in the old fashioned sense. The idea is to celebrate the efforts to support the Garden by having a lovely dinner dance with good food, good music and the ladies dressed for the occasion: elegantly.
| On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 City Parks Foundation (CPF) held the City Parks Foundation Gala presented at SummerStage in Central Park, an annual fundraising event that supports CPF's free year-round arts, sports, education and community-building programs. The event took place at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, the main stage for CPF's famed free performing arts festival, SummerStage.
The gala and concert raised over $1 million dollars and was the largest single fundraising event in the history of CPF. The funds raised will go to support arts, sports, education and park stewardship programs that benefit over 600,000 people annually in over 750 parks throughout New York City's five boroughs.
|At the gala, City Parks Foundation annually presents the People & Parks Award to a recipient who shares CPF's commitment to enriching New York City's parks. Past winners include former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, The Durst Family, Bruce Ratner, David Moore and Jean Troubh. This year's event was co-chaired by David Barse, CEO of Third Avenue Management, David Moore, CEO of Moore Holdings, and Brett Yormark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
This year, CPF honored Andrew Tisch with the 2014 People and Parks Award. Andrew Tisch is Co-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Loews Corporation. A Board Member since 1997, Tisch first got involved with CPF after seeing trash that covered the field where his son played football. He's been a true leader ever since, holding a variety of esteemed positions including Finance and Investment Chair, President and Co-Chairman, all contributing to the success of the organization.
|More than 600 guests were in attendance including: CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, Lyor Cohen, Tony Award winning producers Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane, former New York State Senator Roy M. Goodman, news Anchor Lynda Kinkade, fashion designer Nicole Miller, TV personality Tom Murro, Andrew & Ann Tisch, Thomas & Alice Tisch, journalist and newscaster Paula Zahn & Paul Fribourg.
The concert paid tribute to the music of The Beatles, featuring the legendary band's songs as performed by an eclectic group of well established musical legends and up and coming stars. Featuring an intriguing mix of singers, the evening of performances thrilled with exceptional interpretations of numerous classics from The Beatles' famed catalogue of songs. Artists included: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Philip Bailey, lead singer of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, G.E. Smith and his all-star band, Jon Batiste, David Broza, Paula Cole, Marshall Crenshaw, Southside Johnny, Willie Nile, Teddy Thompson. The performance component of the gala was produced by Taylor Barton-Smith.
| On Tuesday, June 3rd at the Plaza, the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding honored Emmy-award winning journalist Charlie Rose and Barclays Chairman Sir David Walker at the 2014 Tanenbaum Awards Gala.
Tanenbaum presented Rose with the Media Bridge-Builder Award and Sir Walker with the Corporate Bridge-Builder Award. The Media Bridge-Builder Award is presented to journalists and media personalities whose work focuses public attention on issues of human rights and intergroup relations. Tanenbaum's Corporate Bridge-Builder Award is given to business leaders who use their positions of influence to promote human rights and build bridges among ethnic and/or religious communities.
|The evening's entertainment featured Broadway personalities Ivan Rutherford (Les Miserables, Titanic), Derrick Davis (The Lion King) Kate Loprest (Hairspray and Wicked), Lexi Rhoades (Sistas and Little Shop of Horrors) — and rising star award-winner (Got Talent LI) Cassidy Paige.|
|Major supporters of this year's Tanenbaum Awards include Howard Milstein, chairman, president & CEO, New York Private Bank & Trust; Barclays; Dr. Georgette F. Bennett & Dr. Leonard S. Polonsky; The Russell Berrie Foundation; Mark L. Wagar, president, Heritage Medical Systems; Maz Zouhairi, president & CEO, LALIQUE North America.
Tanenbaum is a secular, non-sectarian organization that combats religious prejudice and promotes mutual respect. Tanenbaum's practical programs bridge religious differences for hundreds of thousands of teachers & students, employers & employees, doctors & patients, and peacemakers combating armed conflict across the globe.
| Lenox Hill Hospital opened its inaugural Designer Showhouse of New York with a Preview Party on Thursday, May 15. Interior designers Alexa Hampton and Richard Mishaan served as co-chairs of the event. NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) served as the Design Magazine Media Sponsor, NBC TV’s Open House the broadcast sponsor, and Fendi Casa the design sponsor.
All proceeds from The Designer Showhouse of New York benefit the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex, scheduled to open this June. The Lenox Hill HealthPlex represents a new model of community-based care for West Side residents who have had to travel out of their neighborhoods to access emergency and other critical health care services for the past four years. It will offer health and wellness services with seamless access to 24-hour emergency care and a full range of medical specialists. The complex will be anchored by Manhattan’s first freestanding Emergency Department and future phases will include an imaging center, ambulatory surgery suite, outpatient rehabilitation programs, health and wellness services, and a host of other medical specialties designed to meet the needs of the community.
|The Designer Showhouse of New York is located on the 55th and 56th floors of The Residences at W New York – Downtown, a luxury condominium development at 123 Washington Street with spectacular views of New York Harbor’s iconic vista.
The Showhouse is open to through Sunday, June 29, 2014. Showhouse hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Mondays). Admission to the Showhouse is $35 and includes a Showhouse Journal. Children under six, strollers and pets are not admitted in the Showhouse.
|Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency (NYBG); Rob Rich (Summer Stage); Jack Miller, Bob Johnson and Joshua Plant (Tanenbaun)|