|The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) celebrated its 28th annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner, on November 6, 2014 at the Hilton New York Hotel. The evening began at 6:30 pm with a reception, followed by the dinner and program at 7:30 pm. This year, LDF was pleased to feature entertainment by Jon Batiste, critically acclaimed musician, entertainer, educator and bandleader from Kenner, Louisiana. The program ended at 9:30 p.m.|
|This year LDF presented three awards to Geoffrey Canada, Debra L. Lee, and Bernard J. Tyson.
Geoffrey Canada was presented with the 2014 Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award by Sherrilyn A. Ifill, LDF's President and Director-Counsel. Debra L. Lee was presented with the 2014 National Equal Justice Award Recipient by by Sherrilyn A. Ifill, LDF's President and Director-Counsel. Bernard J. Tyson was presented with the 2014 Spirit of Justice Award Recipient by Gerald Adolph, Co-Chair of the LDF Board of Directors.
Deborah Roberts, Journalist and Correspondent for ABC News 20/20, was this year's Mistress of Ceremonies. LDF Board Member Gabriella Morris served as NEJAD Chair. LDF Board members include Judith Byrd, President, Byrd Retail Group, Laurie Robinson Haden, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, CBS and Angela Vallot, Partner VallotKarp Consulting.
|Special highlights included a video that provided a glimpse of LDF's present challenges. In addition to a performance by Jon Batiste, a notable visual enhancement at this year's dinner were two specially-commissioned backdrops, consisting of more than 20 historical photos commemorating the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, enhanced by photos of LDF's Directors-Counsel and attorneys.
LDF is America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
|The Mount Sinai Health System hosted its annual Women's Health Day of Learning and Luncheon on Thursday, November 13, at The Plaza Hotel. The event benefited Mount Sinai's Women's Health Initiatives, which focus on the promotion of health, safety and quality of life across the entire spectrum of a woman's life. The luncheon featured broadcast journalist and author Lisa Ling as the keynote speaker.
|Luncheon chairs were Barbara Cohen, Madelaine Cohen, Melissa J. Pordy, and Kimberly Tighe. Doctor Chairs were Michael Brodman, MD, Mary Ann McLaughlin, MD, MPH, FACC, and Barbara Murphy, MD.
Prior to the meal, guests were able to participate in one of three educational seminars focused on different areas of women's health and led by physicians renowned in their fields.
Among the guests in attendance were Renee Belfer, Jo Carole Lauder, Karen LeFrak, Lisa Liman, Leni May, Barbara Moss, Fiona Rudin, Adrianne Silver, Mary Ann Tighe, Barbara Tober.
|Women's Health at the Mount Sinai Health System focuses on the promotion of health, safety and quality of life across the entire spectrum of a woman's life. This is critical as women and men differ in regard to risk, symptoms, and treatment of diseases. At Mount Sinai, leading doctors across a wide range of medical disciplines enhance the quality of care given to women throughout their lives. The funds raised at this event will enable Mount Sinai to maintain its leadership in research and development of cutting edge advances to improve health care for women. Contributions also provide resources and services to meet the needs of all women in the communities Mount Sinai serves.|
|The Heckscher Museum of Art's annual Celebrate Achievement Benefit was held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Huntington Country Club.
This year the annual benefit was co-chaired by Museum Trustees Margy Hargraves and Franklin Hill Perrell, and junior committee co-chairs Devon Broderick Carroll and Kingsley Woolworth Toye.
|"The Celebrate Achievement Benefit is a wonderful opportunity for the museum to recognize both esteemed Long Island artists and members of the community who support the arts. We are so pleased to honor Andrea and Peter Klein for their unwavering support of the Museum, and Richard Gachot for his contributions to the arts and culture on Long Island. The evening was a success with more than 250 members of the Museum community attending the event and showing their support of the Museum." said Nina Muller, Director of External Affairs.
Among the guests were Meredith and Frank Olt, Carol and Jim Large, Lisa and Gilbert Ott, the Honorable Dana Winslow, Emily Franchina, Christine and John Gachot, Denyse Duval Pugsley, Jonathan Wehle, Patricia Sands, Thomas and Diahn McGrath, Robert and Jon Cooper, Dr. James and Liz Watson, Richard Weir, Edward Mohlenhoff, Julie and Luis Rinaldini, Caroline Gerry, Stephen Jay, Lynda and Jacques Busquet, Clint Finlayson, Bob and Debbie Hussey, Bob Mackay.
|In addition to the artwork and experience items auctioned off at the event, the live auction included a paddle raise for a new conservation fund for the museum's permanent collection. Guests were asked to raise their paddles as part of a challenge grant of $10,000 generously donated by Andrea and Peter Klein in support of a new fund for the conservation of works from The Heckscher Museum permanent collection. All other proceeds from the event support the museum's exhibitions and educational programs which serve thousands of adults and schoolchildren each year.|
|Joan's Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC) marked its 12th year of funding innovative lung cancer research by raising more than $1.4 million at its signature gala event, the "Strolling Supper with Blues and News." On Wednesday, November 12th, 750 guests gathered at Gotham Hall in Manhattan to support the efforts of the partners and doctors who have tirelessly raised awareness and pursued a cure for the nation's deadliest cancer.
The Strolling Supper is the largest event marking Lung Cancer Awareness month in New York, highlighting the need for research, funding, and awareness to combat the nation's number one cancer killer. Lung cancer is severely underfunded, lagging behind all other cancers. Over the past twelve years, the Strolling Supper has helped Uniting Against Lung Cancer fund $12 million in research grants at 47 different institutions across the United States.
|"The Joan's Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer Strolling Supper only continues to grow each year. We were thrilled to see so many new and familiar faces, and know that each and every attendee is doing their part to assist the fight against this terrible disease," said Mary Ann Tighe, CEO of CBRE's Tri-State Region and the president of the UALC board. "We are pleased to celebrate our 12th annual event and we continue to hope that someday soon we will share the joy of finding a cure with our dedicated partners."
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a silent auction packed with luxury items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, a rousing performance by Grammy award winning blues artist Delbert McClinton, and savory food and cocktails.
|NBC's Brian Williams, a long-time supporter of the Joan's Legacy: Strolling Supper returned as the event's host and honorary chairman, and remembered his late friend and colleague, Joan Scarangello, a talented news writer in whose memory the foundation was established. Joan, a never smoker, lost her battle with lung cancer at the age of 47 in 2001. Williams urged the crowd to donate to Research by the Hour, a program which allows attendees to sponsor an hour of lung cancer research. Additionally, WABC-TV News Anchor Bill Ritter returned this year as the gala's emcee. He honored his mother, whom he lost to lung cancer, and emphasized that the work made possible by UALC has helped to extend the lives of those living with lung cancer.
"We would like to express sincere thanks to all of those who made this year's Strolling Supper a true success," said Roxanne Donovan, event co-chair and UALC board member. We are grateful to our partners and medical advisors for their continued support, tireless efforts and dedication to Uniting Against Lung Cancer. We look forward to achieving even greater milestones in the years to come."
|Uniting Against Lung Cancer, a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in New York was founded in 2001 in memory of Joan Scarangello, a never-smoker who lost her battle with lung cancer at age 47. Uniting Against Lung Cancer is dedicated to finding a cure for lung cancer by providing funding for innovative research, and raising awareness of the nation's deadliest cancer. For more information, visit www.UnitingAgainstLungCancer.org.|
|Photographs by Stephanie Badini Photography (NAACP); Jill Johnson (Heckscher); Ira Fox Photography/Getty Images (Mount Sinai)|