|On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center hosted the 23rd Annual Bunny Hop at 583 Park Avenue. One of the most noteworthy family events of the year, the Bunny Hop is a magical evening featuring exciting activities and entertainment for families and children of all ages. Sponsored by GUCCI with additional support from Warburg Realty, the sold-out event was attended by a high-profile crowd of The Society’s members and New York families. The Event Chairmen were Melissa Meister, Marcie Pantzer, Annie Taube and Ferebee Taube, and the event itself raised over $300,000 to benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Pediatric Department.|
|To the delight of the children and their parents, the room was transformed with giant carrots and human flowers by event producer RCano Events. Everyone enjoyed a variety of activities including a live animal show and petting zoo, The Gucci photo booths with whimsical props, strolling performers, spin art, a DJ, magicians, balloon artists, Bubblemania, and The Human Slinky. Through the long-standing partnership with The Big Apple Circus, children also delighted in entertainment by the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Doctors and Ty Tojo, the world famous juggler from the current circus tour.
|The Associates Committee is responsible for the $1.4 million Clown Care endowment at MSK, which funds the Clown Care program, a community outreach initiative of the Big Apple Circus that has been an integral part of the Center’s Pediatric Department since 1986. Four times a week, year-round, specially trained Clowns from the Big Apple Circus visit MSK as “Doctors of Humorology’’ and do “Clown Rounds” in both the inpatient and outpatient Pediatric units. Endowing this program has guaranteed its continuation in perpetuity, which brings much needed joy and wonder to all Pediatric patients during their time at MSK.
|Guests included: Shoshanna and Josh Gruss, Christophe de Pous, David Chokachi, Dan Abrams, Melissa Meister, Marcie Pantzer, Annie Taube, Ferebee Taube, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Emilia Pfeifler, Amory McAndrew , Sloan Overstrom, Martha Glass, Jill Kargman, Allison Aston, Kate Allen, Kimberly Kravis, John Demsey, Lauren DuPont, Ashley Bernon and many more.|
| On Tuesday February, 25th, UCP of NYC hosted its 13th Annual UCP of NYC Women Who Care Luncheon Kickoff Reception at the New York City home of Women Who Care Founder & Chair Loreen Arbus.
The star-studded 13th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 7th at Cipriani 42nd Street. It benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers, and volunteers. The luncheon has become a New York tradition covered by press from around the world.
|Loreen Arbus announced that Susan Lucci, Emmy-winning star of the hit series "Devious Maids" and a past Women Who Care honoree, will host the luncheon for the second year. Ms. Lucci attended the kick-off party with her husband, Helmut Huber.
Robin Givens, star of the ABC series "Twisted," also gave remarks. Ms. Givens returns for her 5th consecutive year as Co-Chair of Women Who Care. Sheila Lennon, Senior Vice President of Development & Marketing, UCP of NYC, also welcomed the invited guests, donors, and supporters, discussing the important ongoing programs and services of UCP of NYC.
|Jill Herzig, Editor-in-Chief of Redbook Magazine, will be the new Honorary Chair of Women Who Care. Donna Hanover, the former First Lady of New York City and past Host of Women Who Care, is also Honorary Chair.
Ali Stroker of "Glee Project" and "Glee" fame, and Paula Zahn, six-time Emmy-winning Host of "On the Case with Paula Zahn," will also return as Co-Chairs of the luncheon.
It was also announced that Hannah Jacobs, 2014 Women Who Care Honoree, and Founder and President of Family Member Inc., will receive The Karen Hansen Caregiver Award. Ms. Jacobs also attended the kick-off event.
|Hearst Corporation is lead sponsor of Women Who Care. Cole Haan joins as a new major corporate sponsor.
The VIPS attending the kick-off party included: Loreen Arbus, Susan Lucci, Helmut Huber; Robin Givens, Jill Herzig, Donna Hanover, Edward R. Matthews, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Tamsen Fadal, Scott Stanford, Mike Woods, Teresa Priolo, Ken Drucker, Christopher Laul, Valerie Fontaine Kempner, Lori Sokol, Camilla Barungi, Peter Roth, Linda Laul, Sheila Lennon, Kipton Chronkite, Pierre LeVeaux II, Kimry Blackwelder, Heather Duchscher, Frederick Bailey, Jennifer Bawden, Wendy Diamond, Jeffrey Villa, Sophie Biscard, Maureen Connolly, Margaret Crotty Riggs, Haley Lesavoy, Nadia Malik, Ranjeeta McGroarty, Becky Curran, and Devin Cutugno.
|Three past Women Who Care Honorees attended the kick-off reception: Susan Lucci; Terrie Williams, President, Terrie Williams Agency, and Maysoon Zayid, actress, comedian and advocate.
In the coming weeks, honorees and celebrity presenters for the star-studded event will be announced. Past Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Susan Lucci, Cyndi Lauper, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lauren Bush Lauren, Amy Lee, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas, Roxanne Mankin Cason, Francine LeFrak, Anne Sweeney, Patricia Duff, Linda Kaplan Thaler and many other extraordinarily accomplished women.
|Last Monday night HFZ Capital Group’s Ziel Feldman hosted a kick-off party for the Save Venice Gala, “Un Ballo in Maschera,” in the Lee Mindel designed model residence at the Marquand at 11 East 68th Street. More than 130 guests including Co-Chairs Alexandra Lind Rose and Madeline Hult Elghanayan and Vice Chairs Mary Kathryn Navab, Adelina Wong Ettelson, and Luigi Tadini joined Vera Wang, Kelly Rutherford and Elliman’s Susan De Franca in toasting this year’s upcoming ball.|
|Photographs by BFA (Bunny Hop); Patrick McMullan (Save Venice)|