|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).
|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.|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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 www.friendsindeed.com.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com; Annie Watt (Sundance)|