|On Saturday, March 8, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) held its seventh annual concert and dinner at Kristy and Jim Clark's Palm Beach home. Co-hosted by Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and with over 200 arts lovers and philanthropists in attendance, the event honored Toby and Itzhak Perlman's dedication to nurturing the next generation of classical music artists.
"I was inspired when I first met Itzhak and Toby and learned about PMP," said Jim Clark. "I went to Shelter Island, heard some of the concerts, and decided to inspire people in Palm Beach to get behind chamber music. An incredible amount of talent has come through their school – and this is now their 20th year! It's turned into an incredible success." The Clarks pledged to personally match their guests' donations in celebration of PMP's 20th anniversary, continuing their extraordinary and longtime support of the Perlmans' mission.
|The evening began with cocktails and champagne on the veranda, followed by a performance in the Clarks' elegant living room featuring several outstanding PMP students. The concert included quartets by Beethoven and a trio by Dohnanyi, presented by violinists Randall Goosby, Mariella Haubs, Alice Ivy-Pemberton, Sean Lee and KJ McDonald; violists Jameel Martin, Frida Oliver and Daniel Orsen; and cellists Gabriel Beigel, Daniel Hass and Sebastian Stoger. The talented and poised young performers introduced each piece and brought the composers to life in their own words.|
|After the exceptional concert, Jim Clark moderated an informal Q&A with Toby Perlman. Their spirited conversation ranged from the unique way PMP educates and nurtures each child, to the Program's year-round concerts, residencies, and community outreach; and the recent transformation of PMP's historic Shelter Island campus with a state-of-the-art performing arts center endowed by the Clarks. Toby concluded with thanks for Jim and Kristy, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and PMP Board members Morgan Stark and Vicki Kellogg, and stressed that helping young musicians realize their gift is a responsibility shared by all. To bring the evening to a rousing close, the guests toasted the incredible music and beautiful weather at a festive dinner under the stars.|
|On Thursday, March 20, nine premier retailers on Madison Avenue hosted "Shop with the Dancers" receptions, where New York City Ballet (NYCB) company dancers made in-store appearances giving guests the opportunity to engage with the dancers and to celebrate NYCB's 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center. Proceeds from "Shop with the Dancers" benefited NYCB's Toe Shoe Fund, as a year in pointe shoes costs NYCB $600,000.|
|Dancers in attendance were Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, Jared Angle, Savannah Lowery, Olivia Boisson, Lara Tong, Unity Phelan, Cameron Dieck, Megan Johnson, Stephanie Chrosniak, Emilie Gerrity, and Alina Dronova. As guests traveled up and down the Avenue during "Shop with the Dancers", they could view the dazzling window displays of historic NYCB costumes from Swan Lake, Jewels, Coppelia, and A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Avenue. They were also greeted by Honorary Committee hosts Indre Rockefeller at Tory Burch, Alicia Quarles and William H. Wright at Bally, Maria Cristina-Anzola at Longchamp, Brynn Jinnett at Agent Provocateur, Ann Moore at Mulberry, Sharon Novak and Rachel Mann at Alice + Olivia, Hayley Kucich and Megan Kessler at Kate Spade New York, and Nell Kucich at Schutz Shoes.|
|"Shop with the Dancers" was a part of a weeklong event called, On Your Toes on Madison Avenue, presented by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) from March 15-22. The world's most prestigious retailers including Agent Provocateur, Alice + Olivia, Bally, Barneys New York, Chanel, Kara Ross New York, Kate Spade New York, Longchamp, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Schutz Shoes and Tory Burch will raise an estimated $40,000 to benefit New York City Ballet.
Chanel kicked-off the weeklong celebration with a preview cocktail celebration on March 13 at their Madison Avenue store honoring Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins and NYCB dancers Faye Arthurs, Olivia Boisson, Claire Kretzschmar, and Unity Phelan. On Saturday, March 15, Barneys New York tempted shoe-lovers, selling keys with a chance to win by unlocking boxes with free designer shoes and tickets to the ballet. Select stores also featured dazzling window displays of historic NYCB costumes from Swan Lake, Jewels, Coppelia, and A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Avenue.
| The Heart & Soul Charitable Fund celebrated its 25th Anniversary Auction on Thursday, March 6th at the historic Great Hall of The Cooper Union. Noted documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, twice-nominated for the Academy Award and two-time Emmy Award winner, was presented with the 2014 Forrest Church Award for humanitarian service by Carolyn Buck Luce, in honor of her late husband, Rev. Dr. Forrest Church.
|Heart & Soul was founded in 1988 to raise funds for two long-running meal programs, Monday Night Hospitality and Friday Soup Kitchen, which together serve 28,000 meals annually at All Souls Church. Now 25 years later, it continues to fund these programs in addition to over a dozen Youth Services and Community-Based programs in New York City, including Navigators USA, Girl Scout Troops in East Harlem, New Amsterdam Boys & Girls Choir, TADA! Youth Theater and the Time In Children's Arts Initiative.|
|The Forrest Church Award, named for the late Rev. Dr. Forrest Church, author and humanitarian, is given to an individual who demonstrates a capacity for moral courage and selflessness while working towards the betterment of our world. Former recipients include Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross; former U.S. President Bill Clinton; Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; the Hon. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York; and Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of the international health and social justice organization Partners In Health.|
|The celebratory evening included Franciacorta from Guido Berluchhi and wines from Vias Imports Ltd., and raised funds through both Live and Silent Auctions featuring Judith Ripka jewelry and art from Time In.
The Live Auction was led by Robbie Gordy of Christie's, with an online auction hosted by charitybuzz.com. The entertaining and inspiring evening raised over $300,000 for more than a dozen community-‐based programs in New York City.
|Barbara Tober, the Museum of Arts and Design’s Chairman Emerita and Chairman, Global Leadership Council, and Nimesh Kampani, Chairman of the JM Financial Group, were the honorees at the inaugural Giving Back Foundation Gala held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Pierre Hotel. Actor/director Phylicia Rashad emceed the event.
The cocktail reception and dinner were followed by a live auction and entertainment with DJ Logic providing the music, with singer Lara Anderson and Bina Menon’s dance troupe from the Kalashri School performing.
|Meera Gandhi, CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation, said, “We are truly delighted to honor Barbara Tober and Nimish Kampani. Both Barbara and Nimesh represent the true spirit of “giving back.”
Among the co-chairs were Raymond Bickson; Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi; His Highness Maharaja Gajsingh II of Marwar-Jodphur; Chris and Grace Meigher; Deborah Norville; actor Tim Blake Nelson; Hugh Warrender; designer Elizabeth Emanuel; Patricia Valesquez, singer Priyanka Chopra, Arshad Zakaria and many more.
|Live auction items were a couture designer outfit by Elizabeth Emanuel; luxurious vacations at the Taj Hotels and Palaces in India and at Elite Island Resorts in the Caribbean; art by renowned artists such as Tarik Currimbhoy; Qadri from Sundaram Tagore Gallery; Kelli Bickman; Parris Jaru and Juan Bernal; a design consultation with interior designer Clodagh; an exclusive handbag from Samia Kamar of London; a designer pet carrier by Emre Erturk of Emre NY; jewelry by Jyoti Singhvi and photographs by Anders Corr and Daniel Aubry.|
|The Giving Back Foundation’s mission is education to empower and uplift young people, with a goal to alleviate poverty, illness and suffering, and to support the arts through philanthropy. The Giving Back Foundation, a 501 (3)(C) entity with headquarters in New York and operations in London, Hong Kong and New Delhi, was established in 2010 by Meera Gandhi.|
|Photographs by Amber de Vos/PatrickMcMullan.com (Shop with Dancers); AnnieWatt.com (Perlman & Heart & Soul)|