|The Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) hosted its annual “Breakthrough Ball” benefit gala on Tuesday evening, November 18, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel. The extraordinary evening raised over $1 million to provide much needed medication, chemotherapy and other life-saving treatments to children with cancer and blood disorders at the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
|CCBF bestowed the prestigious “Breakthrough Spirit” award on Vincent Tese, Chairman of FCB Financial Holdings for his unwavering commitment to making a genuine difference in the lives of others through his philanthropic endeavors. As a well-respected Board member of New York Presbyterian Hospital and through his long-time support of CCBF, Vincent has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children in need.
CCBF’s Chairman, Les Lieberman said, “I am overwhelmed by the support and the incredible turnout on behalf of the hundreds of children with cancer and blood diseases who are treated each year through the foundation.”
|CCBF supporter, actor, commentator and philanthropist, Charles Grodin returned as emcee for the evening. Benjamin Doller, Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s led a hugely successful live auction featuring Super Bowl XLIX tickets complete with hotel stay and round-trip airfare, a stunning work by Damien Hirst, a Hamptons Golf Package with tee-offs at the most exclusive and highly rated courses, and an all-inclusive, 7 night trip for 10 to Harmony Hill Jamaica. The magical evening concluded with a marvelous performance by Alumni from Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Dominic Nolfi, John Edwards, Jarrod Spector, Dominic Scaglione, and Dwayne Milan Cooper serenaded the crowd with favorite tunes including, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”, Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.”|
|For over 60 years, CCBF has been proud to support the extraordinary team of doctors and researchers of the Division. CCBF’s support has attracted and retained a group of world- renowned experts on the treatment of multiple pediatric blood disorders and cancers, including thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle-cell anemia and leukemia. CCBF researchers have received international recognition for their work and are on the cusp of breakthroughs predicted to change the way the medical community treats children with cancer and blood diseases. Each year, our physicians treat more than 500 children through more than 8,000 inpatient and outpatient visits. Due in large part to funds raised at the Gala, CCBF is able to continue to support the life-saving work of our doctors and researchers.|
|The IDEAL School & Academy’s co-founders Michelle Smith, Audra Zuckerman, Julia Harquail, John Hackett and Board of Trustees President Mitch Rubin welcomed 430 guests to Metropolitan West on Thursday, November 20th for their 10th Annual Gala. The only independent all-inclusive educational offering in New York City honored KKR’s Global Head of Public Affairs Kenneth Mehlman with the 2014 Founders Awards for his important work in forwarding the mission of embracing those that think differently. Head of School Angela Bergeson,Concetta Bencivenga and David Byrnes thanked friends, teachers and supporters for helping to raise over $850,000 during the special night.
|KKR Founding Partner Henry R. Kravis, How I Met Your Mother writers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, Goldman Sachs Vice President Richard Rivero and Merrill Lynch Managing Director Robert C. Dyerwere among those perusing the dozens of auction items up for grabs. TAG Associates C.E.O. David Basner, Fried Frank Vice-Chair of Litigation Gregg Weiner, Simpson Thacher Partner Gary Horowitz, Merchant Solutions Group C.E.O. Billy Morrissey,Brittany Brown, Marc Lipschultz, Nicole DiCocco, Christina LoNigro, Robert D. Ziff and former Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso enjoyed both the delicious dinner and inspiring presentation. The night was capped off by a dance party at the new event space on W. 46th Street.|
|The IDEAL School & Academy is an inclusion school that accepts and affirms the full identities of all people, while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just an equitable world. Children of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome at The IDEAL School & Academy, and the student body is one of the most diverse in New York City. The school's Open Door Scholarship program supports socioeconomic diversity by providing tuition assistance to students who might not otherwise have access to an independent school education. www.theidealschool.org.|
|Silver Hill Hospital held its annual fall gala on Wednesday, November 19 at Cipriani 42nd Street. 472 people attended this year's Gala, which honored longtime supporter John Silverman, Chairman and CEO, Silver Seal Corporation & Co-Executive Producer, "The Anonymous People," and Deann E. Murphy, Silver Hill Hospital Board of Directors Co-Chairperson. Eleanor Noell, 28, shared her personal story of recovery, crediting her expert care and treatment at Silver Hill Hospital in helping her overcome her post-traumatic brain injury mental illness. In addition, there was a special performance by Broadway star and vocalist Melissa Errico.|
|This year's Gala raised more than $1 million, which will provide financial assistance for individuals who would benefit from Silver Hill's long-term residential treatment programs but are without adequate resources to cover the costs. The Gala included dinner, dancing to the band The Elements, and a live auction led by The Manhattan Auction House CEO Michael Powers.
John Silverman received the 2014 President’s Award. John has an inspiring story of resilience and recovery and is now celebrating 30 years of sobriety. In 1984, after struggling for many years with alcoholism, John entered recovery and subsequently was able to rebuild his personal and professional life, which culminated in the founding of his private investigative firm Silverman Associates. John is currently chairman and CEO of Silver Seal Corporation with affiliates worldwide. In addition to his company, John is also the co-executive producer of the recently released documentary “The Anonymous People.” The film is an in-depth view on how deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination has kept recovery voices silent for decades.
|Deann E. Murphy received the 2014 Visionary Award for her dedicated service to Silver Hill Hospital for more than a decade. As a board member, Deann has been involved in every aspect of the Hospital's operations, especially providing guidance through her vast experience in business development and marketing. Deann's outstanding leadership as board co-chair has been pivotal continuing to bring the Hospital to greater excellence.
Co-chairs for the 2014 Gala: Drs. Sigurd Ackerman and Cecelia McCarton, Dr. Frederick Feiner and Vicki Feiner, Lawrence and Janine Haynes, Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, Todd Hollander and Natalia Bulgari, Lance B. Lundberg, Peter and Beverly Orthwein, DJ Cassidy, Jonny Podell, and Brittany Podell, and Audrey and Richard Zinman. Silver Hill Hospital’s first Gala took place in 2010 and was inspired by longtime supporters and former co-chairs Michael Cominotto and Dennis Basso to highlight the excellent treatment the hospital provides.
|Notable attendees included: Melissa Errico (Broadway star and vocalist), John Silverman (honoree, Chairman and CEO, Silver Seal Corporation & Co-Executive Producer, “The Anonymous People,”), Deann Murphy (honoree, SHH Board of Directors Co-Chair), Dennis Basso (designer, co-founder) and Michael Cominotto (co-founder), Sigurd Ackerman, MD (SHH President and Medical Director, co-chair) and Cecelia McCarton, MD (co-chair), Frederick Feiner, MD, and Vicki Feiner (co-chairs), Janine Haynes (co-chairs), Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg (co-chairs), Todd Hollander and Natalia Bulgari (co-chairs), Lance B. Lundberg, Peter and Beverly Orthwein (co-chairs), Jonny Podell (co-chair), Seth Abraham (former president of Madison Square Garden), Margo and James Nederlander (Broadway veteran), Jaime Gleicher, Gigi Grimstad, Dana Taylor, Ashley McDermott, Jamie Creel, Caroline Dean, Alexia Ryan, Tracy Snyder, Giulia Azmoudeh and Geoffrey Bradfield.|
|Under a clear ceilinged tent that framed the beauty of the autumn sky, more than 500 Central Park Conservancy supporters dined and danced at the annual Autumn in Central Park benefit. The event raised more than 1.1 million dollars for New York City’s beloved backyard.
Event chairmen included Sharon & Bill Jacob, Gillian & Sylvester Miniter, Jenny & Michael Price, Deborah Roberts & Al Roker and Stephanie & Fred Shuman. Other notable guests attending were Central Park Conservancy President & CEO Douglas Blonsky, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Tom Kempner & Kitty Kempner, Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Suzanne & Bob Cochran, Liz Atwood, Fe & Alessandro Fendi, Lise & John Evans, Anne & Bill Harrison, Fiona & Eric Rudin, Amelia & Adebayo Ogunlesi, Coco & Arie Kopleman, Marcia & Richard Mishaan, Caryn Zucker, Elyse & Michael Newhouse, Carol Sutton Lewis, Ilona Nemeth & Alan Quasha, Patsy & Jeff Tarr, Luann & David Blowers and Karen & John Hoffman.
|Event designer DeJuan Stroud transformed the tent near the Naumburg Bandshell into a spectacular tribute to the season’s colors with breathtaking autumn décor. Tall arrangements of branches of autumn leaves, and chandeliers made of rings of fall foliage brought the park inside the tent. Guests mingling inside enjoyed delectable food by Abigail Kirsch, followed by dancing to the music of Starlight Orchestra. Two benches on Central Park’s famed Literary Walk were auctioned in a silent auction as part of the Adopt-A-Bench program.
“Central Park is my haven”, said co-chair Deborah Roberts. “It brings joy and health to millions of us each year, especially now with the beauty of Fall. So, it’s a privilege to give back to this precious resource and to kick up our heels a bit in the process.”
|Autumn in Central Park began in 2011 with great success and continues to be one of the most important events on the New York social scene. This year’s event also forges an important new partnership between Central Park Conservancy and Northern Trust, who generously supported the event and also donated twenty-five thousand bulbs and 50 saplings to beautify the park landscape.
Central Park Conservancy raises 75% of the Park’s annual budget and last night’s event is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year.
The mission of Central Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. Central Park Conservancy raises 75% of the annual budget essential to keeping Central Park beautiful. Visit centralparknyc.org to learn more about Central Park Conservancy.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan and BFA.|