Monday, December 15, 2014

Family fundraising events

Little guests at Park Avenue Armory's annual family fundraising event, the Snowflake Lounge.
On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, Park Avenue Armory hosted its annual family fundraising event, the Snowflake Lounge, at 643 Park Avenue. Now in its fourth year, the Snowflake Lounge has become one of the most noteworthy family holiday parties in Manhattan. This magical event invites families to explore the castle-like setting of the Armory, transformed into a winter wonderland complete with workshops, crafts and games for children of all ages, holiday carolers, sweet treats and hot chocolate (and champagne for the "young at heart".)
Andrew, Mogavero, Reese Mogavero, Hadley Mogavero, and Whitney Mogavero
This year's event featured the adventures of Bentley the snowman in a story told through shadow puppets and artistic workshops, a dance party with 10-year-old DJ Kai Song, and of course a special visit by Santa. The event co-chairs were Helene Comfort, Heidi McWilliams and Mary Kathryn Navab and the event raised funds for the Armory's unconventional arts and education programming.
Abigail Baratta and Helene Comfort
Charlotte and Olivia Sabine
Christina Donnell and Anne Grissinger
Cynthia Clift and David Wassong
Julian Navab and Mary Kathryn Navab
Farah Yaghmaie and Teri Friedman
Heidi McWilliams, Nathalie Comfort, and Helene Comfort
Helene Comfort and Anne Prentice
Hilary and Mia Gallo
Holly MacDonald, Damon MacDonald, Dante MacDonald, and Christina MacDonald
Julian Prentice, Anne Prentice, Louis Prentice, Lara Trafelet, and Francis Trafelet
Helene Comfort and Heidi McWilliams
Jenny Cabot, Jonathan Cabot, Hannah Cabot, and Carlton Cabot
Jill and David Lloyd
Joshua Bitton and Laurence Birch
Lisa Errico
Sibel Mesta and Jennifer Kang
Lyla Menkes and Samanth Menkes
Margaux Comfort, Juliette Freidheim, Louis Freidheim, and Amandine Freidheim
Olympia Boardman and Euilia Pfeifler
Quinn Conleto, Margaret Anderson, Charles Anderson, and Susie Anderson
Marina Quasha and Ilona Nemeth Quasha
Margaux and Stuyvesant Comfort
Robert Topping, Whitney Topping, and Christopher Topping
Penelope and David Cohen
Santa with The Gellert Family
Scarlet Cohen, Audrey Cohen, and Heidi McWilliams
Shirin Fekkai, Stuyvesant Comfort, and Helene Comfort
Sophia and Claire Milonas
Zoe Meeschaert, Melissa Meeschaert, and Olivia Meeschaert
Stephanie Hessler and Heather Fullerton
Susan Anderson and Eleanor Ylvisaker
Whitney Mogavero, Kamie Lightburn, and Heidi McWilliams
Waverly Moses, Alexis Moses, and Taft Moses
Miracles on Madison Avenue happened in spite of the rain! Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th Streets was teaming with shoppers eager to give back and spread holiday goodwill. Miracle on Madison Avenue has been one of New York City’s most beloved philanthropic holiday shopping traditions for 28 years, This year, over 90 of the world’s most prestigious brands and retailers welcomed shoppers and donated 20% of the sales between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (with a maximum contribution of $15,000 per retailer). This will be the third year that Miracle on Madison Avenue has raised funds targeted to the pediatric initiatives of The Society of MSKCC, a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of adult and pediatric patients, supporting cancer research, and providing public education on the early prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.
The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Miracle on Madison Avenue Host Committee members, Courtney Arnot, Muffie Potter Aston, Nina Carbone, Robyn Joseph, Martha O’Brien Lamphere, Amanda Meigher, Sarah Powers, Annie Taube, MSKCC President Martha Glass, and Eleanor Ylvisaker, Chairman, MSKCC Associates Committee were joined by Stellene Volandes Style Director of Town & Country, Jennifer Levine Bruno, Publisher/Chief Revenue Officer of Town and Town & Country magazine editors, to greet shoppers in over 90 of the world’s most prestigious participating boutiques including: Alexis Bittar, Bally, David Yurman, de Grisogono, Elaine Turner, Georg Jensen, Graff Diamonds, Gucci, Ippolita, Lalique, Leggiadro, Longchamp,  Nespresso,  Stuart Weitzman and Tory Burch.
Up and down the Avenue, holiday choirs were singing the holiday favorites, tempting refreshments were served and the warm glow of goodwill will was shared by all. Miracle on Madison Avenue was organized by the Madison Avenue BID and Town&Country magazine returns this year as the media sponsor. Holiday shoppers can learn more about the festivities during Miracle on Madison Avenue at: or
Annie Taube
Martha O'Brien Lamphere, Stellene Volandes, and Keith Scott
Stephanie Loeffler, Martha O'Brien Lamphere, Martha Glass, Jennifer Levene Bruno, Webb Egerton, Peter Kairis, Stellene Volandes, and Robyn Joseph
Charlotte Kelman, Lauren Darling, Kristine Faxon, Annie Vaughn, and Ginger
Melissa Earle, Eloise, and Robert
Martha O'Brien Lamphere
DJ Christina Mannino
Kori Mallett, Melanie Holland, Webb Egerton, and Stephanie Loeffler
Jennifer Levene Bruno, Julia, Caleb, and Jared Bruno
The Museum of the City of New York hosted its annual Children's Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 9th. The event is a beloved New York City tradition that provides essential support for the City Museum's Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center, which serves over 42,000 students and teachers, most of them from New York City's under-resourced public schools.

Children, ages three to eight, and their parents attended and participated in activities for the whole family, including a visit with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, a Museum scavenger hunt, face painting and much more.
Co-chair Margot Takian, Co-chair Pamela Henes, Co-chair Jennifer Napier Nolen, Museum of the City of New York Director Susan Henshaw Jones, Co-chair Laurie Beard, Co-chair Stephanie Hessler, Co-chair Paige Boller Malik, and Co-chair Lisa Evans
All proceeds benefited the Frederick A.O Schwarz Children's Center, which offers innovative education programs that help children learn about New York City's history and their place in it. The Center brings history to life in programs for school groups, grades pre-K through 12, including field trips, out–of-school time programs, and professional development workshops for teachers.

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. For more information, visit
Co-chair Stephanie Hessler and Jill Roosevelt
Marisa Brown and her daughter
Magician Magic Al entertains guests at the Museum of the City of New York's annual Children's Holiday Party, which raises money for the Museum's Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center
Carola Jain with her daughter and Co-chair Lisa Evans
Shirin Christoffersen, Whitney Mogavero, Co-chair Paige Boller Malik, and Francesca Broietti
Sarah McGee with her child and Co-chair Emily Garbaccio
Shirin von Wulffen and her son
On December 3rd at The Highline Hotel, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art held its Second Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception to announce the winners of the 2014 Stanford White Awards for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Design.

These awards recognize achievement in individual projects in architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship & artisanship throughout New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The awards program is named in honor of Stanford White (1853-1906), of the distinguished New York firm McKim, Mead & White, whose legacy of design excellence and creativity in architecture and the related arts continues to serve as a source of inspiration and delight.
The Stanford White Awards winners are as follows: David. D. Harlan Architects LLC, Ike Kligerman Barkley, Hamady Architects LLC, Peter Pennoyer Architects, John B. Murray Architect LLC, Atelier & Co., Jayne Design Studio, Bunny Williams Inc & G.P. Schafer Architect PLLC, Doyle Herman Design Associates, Sawyer | Berson Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Andre Tchelistcheff Architects, David Scott Parker Architects, Leonard Porter Studio, Ha Min Joo.
Zoltan and Anita Kovacs
Jonathan Hogg and Stefanie Mustian
Matthew Lenhard, John Rusk, and Tom Robinson
Calder Loth
Richard Davis, Peter Pennoyer, and Christina Davis
Robert Ballard, Lucinda Ballard, Lucinda Ballard, Peter Lyden, Suzanne Santry, and Cheryl Tague
Brian Sawyer, Joel Barkley, and Joshua Amores
Tom Kligerman with friends
David Scott Parker and Tom Robinson with a friend
Elisa Cuaron and Stefanie Mustian with friends
Stacey McArdle and Barbara Sallick
Richard Cameron, Nina Strachimirova, and Nina Roefaro Lomeo
Nick Stern, Arthur Chabon, and Sarah Chabon
Thomas Jayne and David Calligeros
Mark and Beth Jackson
Dustin Hatley, Barbara Sallick, and Shanda Burk
Ha Min Joo (2nd from right)
Walter and Vonda Moberg
John B Murray and Peter Lyden
Jonathan Preece, Ricardo Vincenzo, and Mark Pledger
Richard Cameron and Jason Grimes
John Berson and Brian Sawyer
Peter Lyden, Vanessa Noel, and Peter Pennoyer
Andre Tchelistcheff, Kathleen Gooding, and Pat Hunt
Mark Ferguson, Kathryn Herman, David Calligeros, and Alix Calligeros
Christopher Hyland, Constantino Castellano, and Adrian Taylor
David Calligeros, Clay Hayles, Peter Lyden, Alice Kriz, Lucinda Ballard, and Michael Mesko
Fr. Greg Markey and Leonard Porter
Photographs by Cutty McGill (Snowflake); Mia McDonald (Stanford White Awards); Patrick McMullan (MCNY)