Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fall Fun

The Horticultural Society of New York's 21st Annual Fall Luncheon the Metropolitan Club.
The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) held their 21st Annual Fall Luncheon on October 28th, 2014 at the Metropolitan Club.

Sharon Casdin,
a Board Member of The Horticultural Society of New York since 2004 (and Vice Chairman since 2010), who was instrumental in developing the master plan at The Battery, received the prestigious Barbara A. Margolis Award.
Sharon Casdin, Mary Van Pelt, and Sara Hobel
Sherri Stephenson and Monica Bolstad
The special guest speaker for the luncheon was Bronson van Wyck, an event planner of international renown who has organized some of the most memorable and imaginative parties of the past decade. In 2012, he introduced Arrowhead Farms, a line of premium, artisanal cocktail mixes and salad dressings. During his talk and presentation, van Wyck gave guests a closer look at his fabulous floral designs for his even more fabulous parties.

The Hort also recognized eight leaders in the field of horticulture in New York City with Awards of Excellence for Public Horticulture, including Mark Fisher (Brooklyn Botanic Garden), Maureen Hackett (Bryant Park Corporation), Douglas Blonsky and Maria Hernandez (Central Park Conservancy), Thomas Smarr (Friends of the High Line), Greg Lord (Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden), and Claudia Bonn and Louis Bauer (Wave Hill).
Bronson Van Wyck and Coco Kopelman
Emilia Saint-Amand and Grace Meigher
Jean Shafiroff and Nancy Gehman
Guests included Coco Kopelman, CeCe Black, Betsey Ely, Eleanora Kennedy, Anna Safir, Emilia Saint-Amand, Kamie Lightburn, Nell Kleinschmidt, Memrie Lewis, Frances Schultz, Lucy Day, Warrie Price, Brigitte Pettit, Evelyn Tompkins, Andrea Fahnestock, Elaine Arace, Elizabeth Belfer, Ursula Lowerre, Janine Luke, Kate Bellin, Viva Bhogaita, Hilary Block, Douglas Blonsky, Meagan Bonan, Claudia Bonn, Karine Boorady, Bebe Broadwater, Henry Buhl, Wendy Carduner, Mark Gilbertson, Bernadine Gilfond, Jared Goss, Nina Griscom, Paige Ethington Hardy, Malo Harrison, Huguette Hersch, Nancy Kamel, Cindy Ketchum, Michele Lindsay, Stephanie Loeffler, Barbara Cates, Melanie Chisholm, Jessica Cho, Ashley Christopher, Barbara Georgescu, Eleni and Randall Gianopulos, Barbara McLaughlin, Warren Miller, Lily O'Boyle, Nancy Paduano, Liz Peek, Barbara Regna, Sheila Stephenson, Alison Strong, Margot Takian, Jessica and Peter Tcherepnine, Katie Tozer, Mary Van Pelt, and Thomas Woltz.
Alison Strong and Jill Ross
Andrea Fahnestock, Paige Sutherland, and Liz Kogen
Anna Safir and Eleanora Kennedy
Grace Meigher, Mark Gilbertson, and Warrie Price
Barbara Paul Robinson, Louis Bauer, Mark Fisher, Claudia Bonn, Marechal Brown, and Tom Smarr
Jack Lynch and Barbara McLaughlin
Loren Taufield, Hilary Block, and Helen Fitzgerald
Kamie Lightburn and Francis Schultz
Linda Fraser and Melanie Wambold
Mary Van Pelt and Melanie Chisholm
Lindsey Pryor, Lucy Lamphere, Sheila Stephenson, and Betsy Bacon
Nikki Brown and Kate Hemphill
Maria Hernandez, Douglas Blonsky, and Kamie Lightburn
Nina Griscom and Mark Gilbertson
Dr. Marianne Engle, Susi Wunsch, and Cecilia Dupire
Holly Hunt, Kamie Lightburn, and Stephanie Loeffler
Nancy Mortimer, Jessica Tcherepnine, and Anne Ekstrom
Sheila Stephenson and Lily O'Boyle
Natalie Pray, Helen Fitzgerald, Lucy Day, and Sharon Casdin
Ursula Lowerre and Nancy Paduano
Rochelle Ohrstrom, Liz Peek, and Lucy Lamphere
Last Thursday night there was a book party at the Four Seasons restaurant for Jon Huntsman Sr. who was in town promoting his memoir, “Barefoot to Billionaire: Reflections on a Life’s Work and a Promise to Cure Cancer,” about a boy from Blackfoot, Idaho who grew up to become a billionaire philanthropist. Mr. Huntsman built the Huntsman Chemical Corporation, the largest manufacturer of polystyrene in the United States. Those “clamshell” containers that held those billions and billions of Big Macs were his invention, among others.

Mr. Huntsman and his wife Karen became an active philanthropists. Over the decades their philanthropy has exceeded $1.2 billion, focusing mainly on cancer research and programs at various universities, and aid to Armenia after their devastating earthquake.
Click to order “Barefoot to Billionaire: Reflections on a Life’s Work and a Promise to Cure Cancer."
He also built the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. The Huntsmans brought up a family of seven children. As of today, there are 56 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. His son Jon Huntsman Jr. ran from the Republican Party Presidential nomination in the Presidential Primary of 2012. 

Mr. Huntsman Sr. has also published several books with titles that tell you a lot about the man including: “Winners Never Cheat: Even In Difficult Times,” “Graciousness is Next to Godliness: Treat Competitors, Colleagues, Employees, and Customers with Respect,” and “The 3 R’s of Leadership: Risk, Responsibility, and Reliability.” His new book “Barefoot to Billionaire: Reflections on a Life’s Work and a Promise to Cure Cancer” is the story of his journey. They also give you a clear picture of the man.
Neil Cavuto, Publisher Peter Mayer, Jon Huntsman, and Abby Huntsman
Pete Peterson, Michael Peterson, and Jon Huntsman
John and Billie Resnick
Somers and Jonathan Farkas
Sandi Mendelson, Christopher Cerf, and Lynn Sherr
Mary Kaye Huntsman, Jon Huntsman Jr., and Abby Huntsman
HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and HH Princess Sora bint Saud
Jon and Karen Huntsman with Lord and Lady Evelyn de Rothschild
Jon Huntsman Jr. and Jeff Greenfield
Vicky Ward and Richard Cohen
Rudy Sotolongo, Wayne Reaud, Jon Huntsman, Larry Tillury, and Paul Huntsman
Glenn Horowitz and Tracey Jackson
Betsy Gotbaum and Mitch Rosenthal
Wayne Reaud and Ben Barnes
David Peterson, Peter Cary Peterson, and Paige Peterson
Storefront Academy Harlem, a tuition-free private school, held its Annual Harlem Luncheon at Ginny's Supper Club, downstairs at Red Rooster Harlem, on Wednesday, October 22nd. The event was chaired by SAH Trustee and NY Times Bestselling Author Holly Peterson, and featured special guest Jonelle Procope, president and CEO of the Apollo Theater.

Ms. Peterson and Ms. Procope dialogued about the importance of education, investing in our communities, and the revitalization of the Harlem neighborhood that the Apollo Theatre and Storefront Academy Harlem both call home. 
Luncheon Benefit Advisor Committee: Amanda Low, Stacy Pinelli, Elyse Fuerth, Barbara Barbera, Holly Peterson, Maria Vecchiotti, and Cathy Trentalancia
SAH Trustees Elsie Aidinoff, Amanda Low, Pete Eikenberry, Mimi Saltzman, Maria Vecchiotti, Jonathan Stearns, Lauren Marrus, Holly Peterson, and Dorian Brown
Guests were joined at the luncheon by Storefront Academy student ambassadors from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. A highlight of the afternoon was first graders sharing a song they learned as part of their social studies unit. The event was capped off by SAH eighth grader Neveah T., who spoke about her experiences at the school, challenges she's overcome and her plans for the future, including applying to several of the top private, parochial and boarding high schools in the NY area.

SAH Trustees Elsie Aidinoff, Amanda Low and Maria Vecchiotti, as well as longstanding supporters Barbara Barbera, Elyse Fuerth, Stacy Pinelli, and Cathy Trentalancia were all members of the benefit advisory committee for the luncheon.
Storefront Academy First Grade students
Storefront Academy Harlem, founded in 1966 as The Children's Storefront, is a tuition-free private school educating urban youth of all learning abilities, from pre-k to 8th grade. The school was founded by poet Ned O'Gorman as a safe space for children in Harlem, and has grown to be a national model for urban education – creating academically strong and emotionally healthy students. Though more than 80% of Storefront students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch programs, greater than 80% of Storefront Academy Harlem students test at or above grade level on standardized tests, and 95% of graduates go on to receive their high school diplomas, a rate 35% higher than others in New York City. 100% of Storefront graduates matriculate at private, parochial or specialty public schools.

For additional information on Storefront Academy Harlem or the Annual Harlem Luncheon, please visit or call (212) 427-7900.
Elisa Istueta, Lauren Marrus, Jennifer Marrus, Mary Judelson, Holly Peterson, and Ritchie Howe
Holly Peterson, Ray Cameron, and Jonelle Procope
Patty Sacks, Elyse Fuerth, Vanessa Fuerth, and Valerie Goldfein
Pat Schifke, Maria Vecchiotti, and Donna Golkin
Joan Saltzman and Debra Luken
Sue Davies and Elsie Aidinoff
Alexis Thomason and SAH Student Ambassadors
SAH Student Ambassador and Martine Rubenstein
Lisa Plepler and SAH Eighth Grader Neveah T.
It all starts at 4:00 PM at Doubles where GHOSTIES & GOODIES begins. Wendy Carduner welcomes 175 children along with their moms and dads who all look forward to Daisy Doodle Face Painters, the magic of Magic Al, Grilled Cheese Squares, Chicken McDoubles, and lots of dancing with DJ Matt and MC Kevin. This year Frozen Elsa dresses were very popular for the girls as Let It Go was sung by ALL, young and old.
At 8:00 PM SPOOKTACULAR SOIREE takes over with over 200 adults streaming down the red staircase  met by walls wrapped in Spiders, Spider Webs, Skeletons, Skulls, Hanging Witches and Ghosts.

Those enjoying Pastrami Smoked Salmon, Chicken Milanese and a sinful Chocolate Gelato Dessert included Jim Coleman, Cynthia Ott, Amy Hoadley, Debbie Bancroft, Denise Rich Barbara and Peter Regna, Marina Killery, David Orentreich, John and Martha Glass, Chips Page, Fred Spencer, Allison Minton, Bob Stump, Anne D'Innocruzio,  Grace Johnson, Kathleen Giordano, Marjorie and Robert Emden, Pat and Edward Falkenberg, Alexander Lari and many, many more danced to DJ Matt 'til 1 AM.
Bruce, Doubles Concierge
Jim Coleman and Cynthia Ott
Scott and Aleksandra Cragg
Chips Page and friends
David Orentreich and Marina Killery
Amy Hoadley and Debbie Bancroft
Emdens and Falkenbergs and friends
Fred Spencer and Bianca Nikic
Stephen Westerfield, Kimberly Hart, Michael Barlow, Bryan Sherman, and Grace Johnson
Alison Minton, Bob Stumo, and Anne D'Innocruzio
Barbara and Peter Regna
Christina Rose and friends
Megan Meade, Chris Lipuia, Adam Brenner, and Charlie Amber
Denise Rich
Lisa and Tom Wilkenson and friends
Tina Flaherty and friend
Mrs. du Maurier and friend
Karenn Brown
Wendy Carduner and Kathleen Giordano as Tippi from Hitchcock's "The Birds"
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation honored Herbert Pardes, M.D., President of the Foundation’s Scientific Council and Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, with its inaugural Humanitarian Prize, presented by Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., at its 27th Annual National Awards Dinner at the Pierre Hotel. Over 350 people attended the event, which raised more than $1 million.

The Foundation raises funds to invest in cutting-edge research projects to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent and cure mental illness. Since 1987, it has awarded over $320 million in NARSAD Research Grants to more than 3,800 scientists around the world. Funded through private contributions; the Foundation invests 100% of donor contributions for research directly into its NARSAD Grants.

Dr. Pardes, a noted psychiatrist, and outspoken advocate for the mentally ill, is the first recipient of the Humanitarian Prize, which will bear his name and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of mental health through education, prevention, treatment, research, health policy, administration, clinical care, mentoring and advocacy.
Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, Dr. Herbert Pardes, and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz
The dinner also honored winners of the Foundation’s 2014 Outstanding Achievement Prizes, including the Lieber Prize (Schizophrenia Research); the Colvin Prize (Mood Disorders Research); the Ruane Prize (Child & Adolescent Research); the Goldman-Rakic Prize (Cognitive Neuroscience); and the Sidney R. Baer Jr. Prize (Innovative and Promising Schizophrenia Research).

Guests in attendance at this year’s National Awards Dinner included Robert and Suzanne Wright; Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel; Susan Lasker Brody; Dr. Richard and Ellen Levine; Dr. Kay Jamison and Dr. Thomas Traill; Dr. Nancy Wexler; Anne and Ronald Abramson; Suzanne and John Golden; J. Anthony and Raymonde Boeckh; Dr. Mark and Virginia Silver; Dr. Jack Barchas; Ilana Goor and Leonard Lowengrub; and Deidre Hess.
Dinner Co-Chairs Suzanne Golden (left) and Virginia Silver (right) with BBRF President and CEO Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
The Foundation’s 2014 Outstanding Achievement Prizewinners were selected by the Foundation’s Scientific Council, which comprises 150 leading experts across disciplines in brain and behavior research, including two Nobel Prizewinners; four former directors of the NIMH; 13 members of the National Academy of Sciences; 21 chairs of Psychiatry and Neuroscience Departments at leading medical institutions; and 47 members of the Institute of Medicine.

They include Lieber Prize Winners David Braff, M.D., University of California - San Diego School of Medicine and Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., FRANZCP, Karolinska Institutet and University of North Carolina; Colvin Prize Winners Wayne C. Drevets, M.D., Janssen Research & Development, of Johnson & Johnson, Inc. and Fritz A. Henn, M.D., Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Ruane Prize winner Anita Thapar M.D., Ph.D., Cardiff University School of Medicine; Goldman-Rakic Prize Winner Richard L. Huganir, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Medicine Brain Science Institute, and Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize winners Gregory A. Light, Ph.D., University of California - San Diego and Stephan Ripke, M.D., Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC), of the Broad Institute and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, M.D., Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation raises funds to invest in cutting-edge research projects to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent and cure mental illness. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded over $320 million in NARSAD Research Grants to more than 3,800 scientists around the world. Funded through private contributions, the Foundation invests 100% of donor contributions for research directly into its NARSAD Grants. For more information, visit
John Golden, Suzanne Golden, Carole Mallement, and Harvey Mallement
Ronald Abramson, Anne Abramson, and Eve Novick
Mehmet Oz, M.D., Ellen Levine, and Richard Levine, M.D.
Herbert Pardes, M.D., Nancy Wexler, Ph.D., and Bob Wright
Photographs by Patrick McMullan; Cutty McGill (Doubles)