Monday, February 3, 2014

Fundraising luncheons, dinners, and symposiums

Wang Boming, Zhang Xin, and friends at China Arts Foundation's Chinese New Year Celebration.
On Thursday, January 30th, The China Arts Foundation, along with Fudan Alumni Association in New York, hosted a fundraising dinner at Le Cirque to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a musical program by YU Long (Artistic Director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra).

Distinguished guests included PAN Shiyi (Co-Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO of Soho China), ZHANG Xin (Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Soho China), YU Yu (Co-founder and CEO of Dangdang Inc.), WANG BoMing (Chairman and CEO of SEEC Media Group, Editor-in-Chief of Caijing Magazine), QIN Xiao (Chairman of Boyuan Foundation), DENG Ning (President of Deutsche Bank China), YAN Lan (Head of Lazard China), Steven Rockefeller, Jr. (Chairman of Rockefeller Group), and Stephen Schwartzman (Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone Group).

The China Arts Foundation was founded by Madam DENG Rong, daughter of DENG Xiaoping. Its mission includes supporting music activities and promoting the exchange of ideas and business relationships between the West and East. For more information, visit: www.chinaartsfoundation.org
Sun Guoxiang, Zhang Xin, and Angela Chen
The Honorable Nicholas Platt, Wash SyCip, Steven Rockefeller, Kimberly Rockefeller, and Christian Rockefeller
Monling Landegger, Angela Chen, Renee Landegger, and Mitzi Perdue
Peng Ning, Thomas Moore, Sun Guoxiang, Robert Lawrence, Angela Chen, and Sasha Grinberg
Steven Rockefeller, Kimberly Rockefeller, and Christian Rockefeller
Wang Boming
Lei Zimmerman and David Shine
Andrew Serwer and Stephen A. Schwarzman
Monling Landegger and Sandy Lee
Kasia Zabawa and David Desrosiers
Steve Zhu, Yifeng Zhang, and Anson Zhang
Jason Carter, Angela Chen, Geoffrey Bradfield, Yu Bai, and Jonathan Mechanic
Didi Pei, Sophia Sheng, and Spence Porter
Elliott Donnelley and Joanna Fu
Joost, Sophia Wu, and Elliott Donnelley
Lei Zimmerman, Zoe Shan, Xiaoning Wang, and Cathy Sun
Scott Walker, Andrea Scalisi, and Wendy Li
Catherine Petree and Nari Narayanan
Leslie Puth, Richard Johnson, Christine Schwarzman, and Andrew Serwer
Merit Janow, Stephen Orlins, and Mable Chan
Yu Long, Steven Rockefeller, and Zhang Xin
Zu Jing and Carl Landegger
George Landegger, Renee Landegger, Monling Landegger, and Paul Yo
Sasha Grinberg and Ashleigh Au
Meifang Chang and Sandy Chen
Melissa Berkelhammer, Wang Boming, and Carrie Lee
On January 30th, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) raised more than $620,000 at its Palm Beach Hot Pink Luncheon & Symposium. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, the New York nonprofit has held the Florida fundraiser for the past 11 years to drive global research efforts to find cures and improve survivorship for millions of patients worldwide.

Held at The Breakers, the benefit drew more than 350 BCRF supporters from Florida as well as New York. Co-chairman of the foundation and Palm Beach resident, Leonard A. Lauder and BCRF President & CEO Myra Biblowit hosted the event with Alina Cho of CNN and ABC News, who stepped in to replace Barbara Walters. Ms. Walters will now host the 2015 luncheon.
Pre-luncheon at The Breakers
L. to r.: Mr. Lauder opens the luncheon; Alina Cho talks about Evelyn Lauder's legacy and BCRF's work ; Roz Goldstein
"Palm Beach has always been extremely generous to BCRF," Mr. Lauder said. "With the community's support, our grantees, who are truly some of the most brilliant minds in science and medicine, can forge ahead to make a discernible difference in the battle against breast cancer and all cancers."

"The world is a better place because of Evelyn Lauder and her commitment to preventing and curing breast cancer," Ms. Cho said as she took the stage. "BCRF is a shining testament to her vision. The money BCRF has raised is having an impact beyond breast cancer as their scientists are furthering our knowledge of all cancers. In that way, BCRF has a reach and relevance far greater than even Evelyn dared dream."

BCRF Scientific Director, Dr. Larry Norton, and Chairman of BCRF's Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Clifford Hudis, both of New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, led a discussion about breast cancer risk and preventative measures with grantees, Dr. Nadine Tung, Dr. Kenneth Offit and Joan Marks. Since its founding, BCRF has grown from funding eight grantees in the U.S. to 210 researchers at renowned medical institutions across six continents.
The Panel: Chairman of BCRF's Scientific Advisory Board Dr. Cliffor Hudis, grantees Joan Marks, Dr. Kenneth Offit and Dr. Nadine Tung, and BCRF Scientific Advisor Dr. Larry Norton
The Venetian Room at the Breakers during the fashion show put on by Neiman Marcus
"Our grantees have made tremendous strides in prevention, treatment and understanding the biology of cancer," Biblowit said. "But with cancer's threat growing around the world, BCRF is steadfast in its commitment to fuel the research of tomorrow needed to save lives today."

The Palm Beach fundraiser has brought in $4 million since its inception, helping BCRF to raise more than $475 million for medical research over its 20 years.
Notable guests included Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee, and fundraising co-chairs and prominent Palm Beachers Donna Acquavella, Louise Braver, Betsy Green, Sandra Krakoff, Petra Levin, Hillie Mahoney, Pauline Pitt, Tricia Quick, Hilary Geary Ross, Frances Scaife and Judith Schlager.
Leonard Lauder and Myra Biblowit annouce the winner of the raffle for $30,000 Margot McKinney earrings at close of luncheon
Dr. Larry Norton and Tom Quick
The luncheon also featured a spring fashion show courtesy of Neiman Marcus, an underwriter along with The Braver Philanthropic Fund, Douglas Elliman, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, The Leonard & Evelyn Lauder Foundation, and Petra and Stephen Levin. Sponsors included Mickey Beyer, Raysa Fanjul, Ronnie Heyman, Michele Kessler, Sheila Lambert, Kinga Lampert, Sydell Miller, Pauline Pitt, Tricia Quick, Shirley Small, and Barbara Smith.
Susie Elson and Frances Scaife, Co-chairman of the luncheon
BCRF President & CEO Myra Biblowit and Alina Cho
Beth Pine of Neiman Marcus and designer David Meister
Dee and Tommy Hilfiger
Raysa Fanjul and Petra Levin (both on the event's host committee)
Isabel Furlaud and friend
Kimberly Kosanovich and Pauline Pitt
Judith Schlager and Sandra Krakoff (both co-chairs of the event)
Harry and Laura Slatkin (Laura was on the host committee)
Dee Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger, BCRF Co-chairman Kinga Lampert, BCRF Co-chairman Leonard Lauder, Alina Cho, Petra Levin
Grace Meigher and friend
Emilia Fanjul and Pamela Fiori (both on the host committee)
Pauline Pitt, Ronnie Heyman, Michele Kessler and Petra Levin
Beth Rudin DeWoody and Leonard Lauder
Louise Braver and Dr. Larry Norton (Louise was a co-chair of the event)
Dottie Herman and Don Langdon of Douglas Elliman
Donna Stearns and Linda Holliday
Marlene Strauss and Sydell Miller (Sydell was a vice-chairman of the event)
The evening before the Hot Pink Luncheon & Symposium, Mr. Lauder held an intimate dinner for the underwiters of the Palm Beach luncheon.
Stephen and Petra Levin
Alfonso and Raysa Fanjul
Kelly Coffey, Deputy CEO, US Private Bank, JP Morgan, Leonard Lauder, and Alina Cho
Frances Scaife and Tom McCarter
Sheila Lambert and Louise Braver
Dottie Herman, Mr. Lauder, and Betsy Green
Edward and Suzanne Elson
Joyce and Robert Sterling
Diana Ecclestone with Howard and Michele Kessler
Larry and Judith Schlager, Myra Biblowit, and Sandra Krakoff
Carolee Freidlander, Myra Biblowit, Eddie Lampert and wife, Kinga, Co-Chairman of BCRF
Mary Ellen Pappas Sydell Miller
Myra Biblowit and Tom Quick
Harry and Laura Slatkin with Dee and Tommy Hilfiger
Laura and Stephen Lang
Candy and William Hamm
Bill Belichick, coach of the New England Patriots, and Judi Schlager
Linda Holliday and Larry Schlager
Laura Slatkin and Alina Cho
The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation honored two young leaders making a difference on a global level at its Third annual Luce Leadership Awards Ceremony & Reception at Skadden Arps in Times Square this past Monday evening.

The 2014 theme for the awards ceremony was "It Takes a Team to Support Young Global Leadership" – recognizing the Arts, Education and Orphan Care in India, Indonesia, Haiti, Sri Lanka and the United States. Recipients were chosen on their ability to better humanity, either in the United States or abroad, by displaying characteristics of honor, intelligence, benevolence and integrity.

This year's awards recipients were Jesse Pollans (Motivated to Make a Change) and Joey Lowenstein (Breaking the Barriers of Autism). Music was provided by the Arts Global Foundation. Jitin Hingorani, a J. Luce Foundation global advisor and CEO of JINGO Media, emceed the evening and the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellence Dr. Palitha Kohona, delivered the keynote address.
Christopher Rim, Roberta Lowenstein, Jim Luce, Jill Pollans, and Jeremy Hu
Alfred Gryszkiewicz, Jim Luce, Matthew Kennedy, Joey Lowenstein, and Roberta Lowenstein
H.E. Dr. Palitha Kohona, Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.N.
Roberta Lowenstein and Anna Castillo
Jim Luce, John Lee, and Foundation Board Member Adi Habbu, Esq.
Bridget Henn, Andraya Guttzeit, Joey Lowenstein, and Ashley Eisenstadt
Jill Pollans, Karen Wenderoff, Melinda Iverson, and Ruth Antrich
Luce Leader Christopher Rim and Ikenna Nzeley
Virginia Breen and Jim Zucco
Ashwani Agrawal and Shan Navaratnam
Loretta Wu and Maria Sierra with Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Madhav Tadikynda Angela Patel Tracy Pregean, Natalie Miller, and Erin Wied
Tad Sudol AIA and Jim Luce
Jim Luce and Deborah Pierre
Doris Cramer
Vishu Grover, Legacy H.S. Director
Flo and Julie Tupler
Sara Herbert Galloway, Jeremy Hu, and Daniela Zahradnikova
Jordan, Holly, Avery, and Howard Levinson
Jim Luce with Kate Baker
Alex Antoine, Ekua Musumba, Meera Kajendrakumar, Deepti Shukla, and Ashwani Agrawal
Stephane Duret, Dr. Danielle Duret, Jim Luce, and Evens Anozine

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (China Arts);Lucien Capehart Photography (BCRF); AnnieWatt (Luce)