Monday, March 31, 2014

Galas, Screenings, Auctions, and Theatre

Isiah Whitlock Jr., Lieba Nesis, Keytt Lundqvist, Alex Lundqvist, Paul Van Ravenstein, and Pat Cleveland at the premiere of "Dom Hemingway," hosted by The Cinema Society and Links of London.
Last Thursday night, The Cinema Society with Links of London hosted the premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Dom Hemingway" at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema at 143 East Houston Street. After the screening guests moved to the new (not yet open) Il Principe at Hotel Hugo at 525 Greenwich Street, with Moet & Chandon joining in the hosting.

Attendees from the film included Jude Law, Demian Bichir, Madalina Ghenea, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Kerry Condon, Richard Shepard (writer/director), and Steve Gilula (Co-President, Fox Searchlight Pictures).
Richard Shepard, Jenni Konner, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Other attendees included Lena Dunham, Jonny Lee Miller, Allison Williams, Paul Haggis, Maura Tierney, Karen Elson, Salman Rushdie, Dree Hemingway, Elettra Wiedemann, Ebon Moss, Louisa Krause, Peter Scolari, Dylan Baker, Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), Sam Underwood (The Following), Valorie Curry (The Following), Ben Shenkman, Sarah Sophie Flicker & Jesse Peretz, Jenna Lyons, Gilles Mendel, Jamie Chung, Duncan Sheik, Casey LaBow, Will Cotton, Stu Zicherman, Peter Cincotti, Pat Cleveland, Mark Seliger, Paul Sculfor, Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl, Ann Dexter-Jones, Alex Lundqvist, Elena Foley, Genevieve Jones, Amy Sacco, Robert Dundon (President, Links of London North America), and Cinema Society Founder Andrew Saffir.
Elettra Wiedemann and Robert Dundon
Dree Hemingway
Valorie Curry and Sam Underwood
Paul Haggis
Peter Cincotti
Jude Law and Jonny Lee Miller
Madalina Ghenea, Anca Tiribeja, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Jenna Lyons, Richard Shepard, and Courtney Crangi
Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Dylan Baker
Angela Martini and Alicia Rountree
Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl
Sarah Armenta and Nelly Moudime
Nur Khan, Lauren Flynn, and Sante D'Orazio
Genevieve Jones and Anne Dexter Jones
Amy Sacco
Louisa Krause
Karen Elson and Genevieve Jones
Madalina Ghenea, Demian Bichir, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Missy Brody and Salman Rushdie
Madalina Ghenea, Anca Tiribeja, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Rose Dergan and Will Cotton
Richard Shepard and Maura Tierney
Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl
Jude Law and Lena Dunham
Jesse Peretz and Ben Shenkman
Tommy Dunn and Lisa Hayes
Jenna Lyons, Richard Shepard, and Courtney Crangi
Keytt Lundqvist, Alex Lundqvist, and Lieba Nesis
Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Jahim Assa
Morris Moinian, Felice Tedeschi, and Matthew Moinian
Nur Khan, Lauren Flynn, and Sante D'Orazio
Erin Jaffe, Matthew Smith, Kara Larmie, and Daniel Jaffe
Jessica Heath and Simon Spurr
Also last Thursday night, Bailey House held its Annual Gala and Auction, commemorating 31 years of providing cutting edge programs addressing homelessness and poverty among New York City’s most vulnerable citizens affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

Each year up to 800 philanthropists representing the arenas of fashion, entertainment, art and design, media and business come together to give back to Bailey House and amplify our efforts to transform the lives and opportunities of low-income New Yorkers.

At the Gala dinner, they honored the heroism of the individuals and organizations who help further Bailey House’s mission. Their storied auction follows the gala and remains one of the hottest parties in town.
NY State Senator Brad Hoylman, James W. Lister, Wanda Hernandez, Jason Walker, Sean Barry, and Joseph Neese
Guests of Honor were Carver Federal Savings Bank (accepted by Michael T. Pugh, President and CEO) with the Rand Harlan Skolnick Corporate Social Responsibility Award; Betsy Lawrence who received the 2014 Arts and Legacy Award; Jason Sheftell  (in memoriam) with the 2014 Real Estate Award, and State Senator Brad Hoylman, State Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez, and VOCAL-NY, with the 2014 Rodger McFarlane AIDS Warrior Award.

Hosts for the evening were Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon stars of HGTV’s Selling New York. Gala and Auction co-chairs were John Douglas Eason and Dan Scheffey. Art Committee co-chairs were Laura Krey and Elizabeth Sadoff, and the auctioneer was Toby Unik of Christie’s.
Mickey Conlon, Tom Postilio, Ray DeForest, Bill Lenio, Eric Doulgas, and Greg Maidman
Brian Marricco, Tom Zhuang, and Bill Lenio
Karen Sheftell and Dan Scheffey
Vicky Papson, Bob Hall, Elayne Jassey, and Arlene Hall
Christian Knaust and Carmen Marc Valvo
Tom Postilio, B, Xavier Bloodstone, Twinkle Montgomery, and Mickey Conlon
Amy Krakow, Terry Murphy, and Elizabeth Sadoff
Thomas Jayne and William Cullum
Laura Krey and Floor Grootenhuis
John Douglas Eason and Paul Podlucky
Kim Smith and Mitch Hecht
Harlan Bratcher, Ricki Roer, and Dan Scheffey
Krishna Stone and David France
David France and Regina Quattrochi
Michael Loccisano, Chanel Korby, and Tom Murro
Phyllis Herz and Andy Herz
Lisa Xavier
Doug Harris and Bill Van Parys
Nico Allen, Rob Tanis-Evon, Marti Gould Cummings, and Sam Lehman
John Wood, Serge Nadeau, Todd Allen, and Ken Castronuovo
Alfredo Paredes, Brad Goldfarb, Regina Quattrochi, David Henry, and Benjamin Hayden
Levi Jackson, Paul Reitz, Alfredo Paredes, and Brad Goldfarb
Alan Tanksley, Elizabeth Sadoff, and Terry Murphy
Harry Dubin and Lizz Ariosto
Caroline Loevner and Jim Darling
Betsy Lawrence
Igor Boyko, Louis Navarrete, and Blake Massad
Mickey Conlon, Richard Rubenstein, Tom Postilio, and Megan Wilson
Alex Huynh and Jamie Ly
Philip Gerson, Arthur Korant, Michael Iodt, and Jeffrey Scott Kirschner
Jonathan Starch, Lizz Ariosto, and David France
Chris Rizzo, Kathy Farrell, Marcus Stinchi, Thomas Ferrell, and Scott Lalley
Nicole Markley, Alan Markley, and Hannah Sorenson
Michael Pugh and Regina Quattrochi
Jacob Jasso, Wilson Villasana, Kimberly Sanchez, John Mitchell, Lauren Acri, and Ed Guerra
Friends In Deed held its Photographers for Friends 2014 Benefit and Auction at downtown's Dream Hotel, where several of today's most influential photographers donated works for the charity auction.

Hosted by co-chair Andy Cohen (Anderson Cooper was unable to attend), the auction managed to raise over $125K in proceeds for Cynthia O'Neal's and Mike Nichols' co-founded charity, Friends In Deed.
Thomas Ragot, Tom Cashin, Nina Tie, Andy Cohen, and Susan Cappa
Photographers present included Patrick Cashin, Carlos Arias, Andrea Blanch, Gene Debartolo, David Croland, Rose Hartman, Pat Kurs, Edward Mapplethorpe, Maripol, Matthew Pillsbury, Billy Sullivan, Coke Wisdom O'Neal, Eric Rhein, and Patrick McMullan donating his famous Area era photograph of Andy Warhol flanked by artists Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring.

Guests included Jill Stuart, who offered support for both the charity and her fellow fashion icons' work on the wall, namely Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Inez & Vinoodh, Annie Leibovitz and Terry Richardson. Others among the art and artists included Law & Order actor Raul Esparza, Betty Beauty owner Nancy Jarecki, and Sandra Long.
Anne Livet, Scott Campbell, Billy Sullivan, Amy Sullivan, Tom Cashin, and Jay Johnson
The evening concluded with a live auction by Alexander Gilkes, giving comedically candid critiques of the five artists. Works presented for bidding were by Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Billy Sullivan, Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe – whose alone sold for just over $10K.

Founded in 1991, Friends In Deed is a support focused charity offering those diagnosed with life-threatening or terminal illness the emotional and spiritual support that hospitals today struggle to give. If you would like to find out more, or donate, visit
Emily Upton, Patrick Cashin Jr., Brock Forsblom, and Georgia McElveen
Donna Hauser, Patrick Cashin, and Suzanne O'Halloran
Phil Gebbia, Tom Cashin, Cynthia O'Neal, Jay Johnson, Andrew Cashin, Patrick Cashin, and Patrick Cashin Jr.
Brad Goldfarb, Scott Campbell, and Alfredo Paredes
Gene Debartolo, Sandra Long, Joost de Muinck, and Jill Stuart
Valerie Reardon and Cynthia O'Neal
Marc Levine, Cynthia O'Neal, and Philip Laffey
Pat Kurs and Rose Hartman
Edward Mapplethorpe, Michelle Yun, Amy Sullivan, Cynthia O'Neal, Robert Levithan, Eric Rhein, and Tom Lampson
Jill Stuart and Joost de Muinck
Billy Diesel and Laura Beckwith
Carlos Arias, Pat Kurs, Jay Johnson, and Phil Gebbia
Paul Ukena, Rima Vargas-Vetter, and Temo Callahan
Greg Johnson and Cynthia Burke
Ashley Leutner, Holly Greenfield, Alexander Gilkes, and Delania Momper
Bethany Merryman, Timothy Malyk, and Delania Momper
Jaqueline Fouasnon and Jaclyn Stapp
Bonnie Abrams, Kimball Higgs, Brigid Walsh, Jay Johnson, and Susan Cappa
Michele Esparza, Ra˙l Esparza, Susan Penzner, Joost de Muinck, and Susan Cappa
Veken Gueyikian, Dave Harper, and Hrag Vartanian
Nancy Jarecki
Louie Chaban, Cynthia O'Neal, Susan Penzner, and Billy Sullivan
Matthew Pillsbury, Louie Chaban, Billy Sullivan, and Jay Johnson
Arthur Krystofiak, Drew Hodges, Michel Botbol, and Peter Kukielski
Christopher Lockhart and Robert Levithan
Maripol, Anne Livet
Brian Sturgill, Courtney Wade, Chris Nester, and Jaclyn Stapp
On March 19th, Joan and George Hornig hosted the third of four Sundance Institute Theatre Club events: a private dinner for 22 guests at Chez Josephine in New York with special guest Liesl Tommy, director of the acclaimed play Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and Sundance Institute Artist Trustee. The Theatre Club features private events showcasing projects supported by the Institute's Theatre Program now on stage in New York.
Margaret Crotty Riggs, Clint Ramos, Philip Himberg, and Christopher Hibma
Written by playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, winner of the 2013 Sundance Theatre Institute Tennessee Williams Award, Appropriate centers on the estranged members of the Lafayette clan who have returned to Arkansas and their crumbling old plantation home to settle the accounts of their recently deceased patriarch. As they sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, the discovery of a gruesome relic and a surprise visitor send the family into a spiral of crackling confrontations, repressed histories, and regret.

The fourth Theatre Club in this season is When We Were Young and Unafraid by Sarah Treem and starring Cherry Jones (June 19, 2014). All productions were developed through the support of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program.
Dinner at Chez Josephine
Guest included founding members of the Theatre Club including business and cultural leaders and philanthropists: Leslie A. Cornfeld, Margaret Crotty, Linda Gelfond, Joan and George Hornig, Jane and David Preiser, Richard T. Prins, and Connie Steensma.

Also present at dinner Appropriate director Liesl Tommy and Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program; Christopher Hibma, Producing Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program; and guests Kat Lo, Alice Lustig, Patty Marx, Laura Moore, Annie Kauffman, Judy Cohen, Lisa Schermerhon, Liz Welch and Clint Ramos.
Clint Ramos, Liesl Tommy, Philip Himberg, and Connie Steensma
Kat Lo, Joan Hornig, Laura Tanne, and Judy Cohen
Joan Hornig and Clint Ramos
Philip Himberg and Christopher Hibma
Philip Himberg and George Hornig
Jane Preiser and Joan Hornig
Christopher Hibma, Linda Gelfond, and Stanley Stein
Photographs by; Annie Watt (Sundance)