Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Every Day is a Holiday

Room Designers, BCRF and Holiday House staff cheer themselves for a job well done
The seventh annual Holiday House NYC held their opening gala two weeks ago today at the historic Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street.

Holiday House NYC is a decorator showhouse which features rooms inspired by the upcoming holiday and created by some of the top interior designers today. The event is produced in partnership with Traditional Home magazine and benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation which Evelyn Lauder founded in 1993 and has raised close to a half billion dollars for research.
The 2014 New York City design firms in attendance include: Ally Coulter Designs, Amy Lau Designs, ByNoelia, Caleb Anderson Design, Carleton Varney, Décor by Guillaume Gentet, Dineen Architecture and Design, Gary McBournie, Inc., ID Creation by Iris Dankner, Justin Shaulis, Inc., Kapito Muller Interiors, Kara Mann Design, Laura Krey Design, Lillian August, Linherr Hollingsworth, Louis Navarrete Decoration,Matthew Patrick Smyth, Michael Tavano Design, Natalie Kraiem Interiors, Pamela Banker Assocaites, Patrick James Hamilton Designs, Rachel Laxer Interiors, Taylor Hannah Architects.
Leadership of Holiday House NYC, which was founded by Iris Dankner to raise funds for BCRF, includes Leonard Lauder, the Honorary Chair, Ms. Dankner and Christopher Hyland, co-chairs, and Alexa Hampton, Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta and Thom Filicia as Design Chairs.

The showhouse is open to visitors through December 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings. You can visit which lists special events that take place throughout the showhouse including a series of lectures on art and design.
Holiday House Founder and Event Chair Iris Dankner with Event Producer Barbara Schorr
Architect Joan Dineen with Alyson Liss
Author/Designer Carleton Varney with Jim Druckman
Designers Richard Cerrone, Lisa Hyman and Rhonda Eleish (front) in their room called "Holiday Nod To Nature"
Laura Krey (Laura Krey Design)
Designer Amy Lau with her proud mom Patti Lau. In celebration of Baccarat’s 250 years of modernity Baccarat and Amy Lau brought the sparkle of Versailles to Holiday House
Designer Gary McBournie
Designer Rachel Laxer in the room she designed
Designer Noelia in her room
Designers Vivian Muller and Alyssa Kapito (Kapito Muller Interiors)
Jennifer Kaplan in Designer Iris Dankner's Room "The Bridal Suite"
Designer Leslie Banker in her Room called "New Year's Eve At Home"
Louis Navarrete and Jade Dressler in "Mischief Night"
Sabrina Birnbaum and Natalie Kraiem in their Room called "Reflections"
Designer Justin Shaulis with his proud Mom Karen Shaulis
Event Media Sponsor AVENUE Magazine's Randi Schatz
Designer Thom Filicia with Laura Beck Lafrendis
Iris Dankner with her husband Jay Dankner
BCRF Executive Director Myra Biblowit with Iris Dankner
Iris Dankner with Designer Alexa Hampton
Constantino Castellano, Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland
Designers Jennifer Mably, Leslie Banker and Austin Handler
Maurice DuBois and Iris Dankner
Iris's family and friends
Chris Gillespie and His Band (Bemelman's Bar)
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the Heroes Gala on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The annual event, now in its eighth year, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support IAVA and its mission to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

Each year, IAVA recognizes individuals who have shown an immense dedication to the veterans community. This year’s event honored CEO and Co-Founder of Uber Inc., Travis Kalanick, with the 2014 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award, and Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, with the 2014 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award. The evening was emceed by Willie Geist, co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” Show and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, and featured a musical performance from Nashville, Tenn., singer-songwriter Kandace Springs.
Around 700 veterans and guests mingled during the red carpet and cocktail hour before taking their seats for the ceremony. After an introduction from Willie Geist, who announced eight lucky guests had $100 Uber gift certificates under their seats, IAVA Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Rieckhoff took the stage to welcome guests and thank veteran and civilian supporters. “IAVA has touched more veterans than anyone,” he said. “We are showing the world that vets are rising”. He made special mention to IAVA’s newest board member, actor, film director and producer, Peter Berg.

Attendees included: Abby Huntsman (MSNBC co-host), Admiral Mike Mullen (Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Honoree), Bob Woodruff (ABC News), Brigadier General Loree Sutton (Ret) (NYC Commissioner of Veterans Affairs), Budd Mishkin (NY1 host), Cale Conley (NASCAR driver), Chris Mortensen (ESPN journalist), Chris Wragge (CBS News anchor), David Brooks (New York Times journalist), Derek Coy (Former Marine Sergeant), Ed Shultz (MSNBC host), Greg D’Alba (IAVA Board Member), Henry Kissinger (Former Secretary of State), J.R. Martinez (Actor, Veteran’s Advocate), Jean Shafiroff, Jim Hirschmann (IAVA Board Chairman), Kandace Springs (Performer), Les Gelb (IAVA Board Member), Mark and Claire Rockefeller, Michael Leven (IAVA Board member), Michele McDonald (Ms. New York America 2013), Michelle Monaghan (Actress), New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Paul Rieckhoff (IAVA Founder & CEO) and wife Lauren Hale, Rita Cosby (CBS News anchor), Ronan Farrow (MSNBC host), Rosanne Haggerty (IAVA Board Member), The Honorable Robert A. McDonald (Secretary, US Department of Veteran Affairs), Travis Kalanick (CEO of Uber, Inc.; Honoree) and partner Gabi Holzwarth, Willie Geist (NBC & MSNBC Co-Anchor; Emcee) and wife Christina Geist.
Travis Kalanick
The Honorable Robert A. McDonald
Admiral Mike Mullen
Willie Geist introduced the next speaker as U.S. Department of  Veterans Affairs Secretary, Robert A. McDonald. Friends of IAVA and the veteran community, including former Heroes Gala host and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Comedian Stephen Colbert, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Comedian Darrell Hammond, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, and CNN anchor Jake Tapper recoded special video messages which were played to guests on the big screen throughout the evening. The ceremony was also livestreamed online and watched by veteran supporters worldwide.

After dinner, guests heard the emotional stories from eight of the almost 2.8 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. The veterans thanked Paul Rieckhoff and his team for being “tenacious, determined and effective fighters” on their behalf. Veterans Todd Bowers and Bryan Adams, who featured in IAVA’s powerful and groundbreaking Public Service Advertising campaign, filmed in New York’s Flatiron District, also spoke of their readjustment after service and their personal experiences with IAVA.
Willie Geist joins Operation Mend
Geist then introduced the evening’s first presenter - Army veteran, veterans’ advocate, best-selling author, actor, and motivational speaker, J.R. Martinez. Martinez applauded IAVA founder Paul Rieckhoff, who created the organization out of his East Village studio apartment a decade ago, for his vision and unremitting passion. , accepted his CEO and Co-Founder of Uber Inc., Travis Kalanick 2014 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award for his work with the UberMILITARY program, which will on-board 50,000 members of the military community over the next 18 months, empowering them as entrepreneurs and small business owners. Kalanick thanked all veterans, saying “It is what you guys do that allows entrepreneurs like me to follow their dreams.” He said it was it was a “tremendous honor” to receive the award and to be able “empower economic freedom” amongst veterans through UberMILITARY.
Former Marine Sergeant, Derek Coy, who has been an ardent and impactful advocate for his fellow service members, took the stage to introduce the recipient of the 2014 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award, Admiral Mike Mullen, a staunch advocate of veterans and their families, who Paul Rieckhoff described as “one of the finest leaders of our time”. Admiral Mullen said he was accepting the award “on behalf of all veterans”. A live auction led by auctioneer Brittney Ingarra attracted bidders with items such as a Victory Green Gunner Motorcycle, including a $5,000 Victory Accessories package, which was sold for $45,000.

Representatives from leading sponsors attending the event. Sponsors who supported the event at a $25,000 level or above include Victory Motorcycles and Joan Ganz Cooney (Hero Sponsors); TriWest Healthcare, Turner Broadcasting, and USAA (Dinner Sponsors); Robert Cohn, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, HBO, JPMorgan Chase, Miller High Life, Uber, Western Asset Management, Wheels Up, and WME/IMG (Support Sponsors). Special thanks was made to Southwest Airlines, IAVA’s official airline partner.
Paul Rieckhoff, Lauren Rieckhoff, and JR Martinez
Willie Geist and Robert A. McDonald
Derek Coy, Mike Mullen, and Paul Rieckhoff
Blaire Miller and David Brooks
Henry Kissinger
Jeff Livingston and Abby Hunstman
Michelle Monaghan and Cale Conley
Ronan Farrow
Travis Kalanick and Gabi Holzwarth
Peter Klatsky, Nama Klatsky, Claire Rockefeller, and Mark Rockefeller
On November 12th,  the Preservation League of New York State held its 23rd annual Pillar of New York Awards Gala at the beautifully restored Rainbow Room. More than 250 guests attended the dinner. The gala celebrated the successes of the League's honorees: Jeff Greene and EverGreene Architectural Arts, Marjorie and Gurnee Hart, Anne and Thomas Hubbard, and Thomas Jayne and Jayne Design Studio.  The Preservation League is dedicated to the protection of New York State's diverse and rich heritage of historic buildings and scenic landscapes.
Dinner in the Rainbow Room celebrating the Preservation League of New York State's 23rd annual Pillar of New York Awards Gala
Arete Warren with honoree Thomas Jayne
Guy Robinson and Elizabeth Stribling
Richard Clary with Kristina Durr and Barclay Collins
Encarnita and Robert Quinlan
Peter Pennoyer and Luke Pontifell
Kent Barwick with Kitty Hawks and Larry Lederman
Gioia Gensini and David Neff with Janet Ross
Sherwin Goldman with Carol and Richard Miller
Lionel and Dotty Goldfrank
Dr. Betsy Lawrence with honoree Thomas Jayne
William Bernhard with Marife Hernandez and Joel Bell
League Chair Anne Van Ingen with honoree Jeff Greene and League President Jay DiLorenzo
Honorees Marjorie and Gurnee Hart
League Chair Anne Van Ingen and League President Jay DiLorenzo with honorees Anne and Thomas Hubbard
James Price, Richard Clary, Michael Kovner, Warrie Price, Suzanne Clary and Jean Doyen de Montaillou
On Thursday, November 20, 2014, The Fresh Air Fund drew over 850 guests from the corporate, fashion, entertainment and sports industries for an evening of festivities at The Snow Ball, The Fresh Air Fund's Fall Benefit & Silent Auction. The event was held at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers and our generous donors and benefactors helped The Fresh Air Fund to raise over $690,000.

Auction highlights included: Two Nights in Costa Rica at Four Seasons Costa Rica and Peninsula Papagayo; Twelve seats in a Madison Level Suite at a New York Rangers game; Three nights at the Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa in Bermuda; Two tickets to The Row's Fall 2015 runway presentation; Four nights at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman with air travel on Cayman Airways; Tickets to a live taping of Conan, Letterman, Live! With Michael and Kelly and The Daily Show; Golf packages, jewelry, sports tickets, spa packages and handbags by Valextra Brera, Tory Burch, Celine and more!
Louise Tabbiner, Elizabeth Fein, Jarett Fein, Michael James, Natasha James, Tamie Peter Thomas, Rich Thomas, Jordan Nystrom, James Tate
Join The Fresh Air Fund in its 139th summer of providing free summer experiences to New York City children! For more information on how you can help give a New York City child the gift of fresh air, visit or call The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 9,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. Each summer, close to 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attend five Fresh Air camps in the summer on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. Close to 2,000 young people participate in year-round educational programs at camp and in New York City.
Tracie Johnson and Tiki Barber
Mike Sodikoff and Isabelle Krusen
Isabelle Krusen, Wendy Flanagan, Chris O'Malley, and Janice Williams
Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund; Chris O'Malley; Wendy Flanagan
Heather Childers and Cheryl Casone
Fresh Air Fund Board member Craig Ivey and guests
Tiki Barber and Dan Kaplan
Mats Carlston and Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund
Megan Petrie Ramm; Bryan Ramm; Jenny Morgenthau, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund; Caroline Cummings Rafferty; Nick Rafferty; Isabelle Krusen; Mike Sodikoff; Tamie Peter Thomas; Rich Thomas
Fresh Air Fund Board member David Perpich and guests
Rich Thomas and Tamie Peter Thomas
On November 6th, Seven heroes who have dramatically improved the lives of children around the world were honored by World of Children Award, the only global recognition and funding program that honors individuals serving vulnerable children worldwide.

National Outreach Director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Marlo Thomas received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award and President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus Jim Gold received the 2014 World of Children Board of Governors’ Award. 
Adam Shulman, Anne Hathaway, and Marlo Thomas
Executive Director Lynn Naylor
Celebrity Ambassador Stephanie March served as an Award Presenter and Alina Cho served as Master of Ceremonies.

Guests included Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, former World of Children Award honoree Lauren Bush Lauren and World of Children Award Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz.

Adam Shulman and Heidi Nahser Fink of James Banks Design expanded their partnership with World of Children Award by adding a lock pendant and cuff links to their legacy collection for the organization. The lock pendant and cuff links  were available for purchase at the Awards Ceremony. 100% of all contributions go to World of Children Award.
Marlo Thomas and Lauren Bush Lauren
Honorees John Gregory Smith and Kenro Izu
The 2014 World of Children Health Award went to Kenro Izu, founder of Friends Without A Border, which helps to provide pediatric healthcare to children in Cambodia and Laos. Gregory John Smith received the 2014 Humanitarian Award for transforming the lives of street children in Brazil through his programs Rede Cultural Beija-Flor and Children At Risk Foundation. Chaim Peri, Ed.D., received the Alumni Award for his leadership at Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel that provides a home for children around the world who have  been uprooted or are from dysfunctional homes. The 2014 World of Children Youth Awards went to Jaylen Arnold for his dedication to ending bullying and showing children how to appreciate differences as part of Jaylens Challenge Foundation and Mary Grace Henry for founding Reverse The Course, a business that sells headbands to fund education for underprivileged girls.

World of Children Award improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective changemakers worldwide.  In its 17-year history, World of Children Award has invested more than $6 million in programs led by 100 Honorees serving vulnerable children worldwide. For more information, visit
Heidi Nahser-Fink, Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, Adam Shulman, Anne Hathaway, Marlo Thomas, and Harry Leibowitz
Honoree Mary Grace Henry, Presenter Stephanie March, and Honoree Jaylen Arnold
Kim and Alina Cho
Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, Anne Hathaway, and Jaylen Arnold
Ashley Olsen, Jim Gold, and Mary-Kate Olsen
Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, Jaylen Arnold, and Anne Hathaway
Lauren Bush Lauren and Anne Hathaway
Mary-Kate Olsen, Mary Grace Henry, and Ashley Olsen
Photographs by Richard Lewin (Holiday House); Cutty McGill (Preservation League)