Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Junior Councils Taking the Lead ...

The Pink Agenda's seventh annual gala at the IAC Building.
On October 2nd, The Pink Agenda hosted its seventh annual gala at the IAC Building in New York City. This sold out event drew an impressive crowd of the next generation of philanthropic leaders. The Pink Agenda, a partner of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, is an organization committed to raising money for breast cancer research and care, as well as awareness of the disease among young professionals. Just announced last month, The Pink Agenda partnered with E! Entertainment’s Giuliana Rancic and her charitable organization, FAB-U-WISH, aiming to help women undergoing treatment for breast cancer feel fabulous.

Giuliana Rancic, with the help of Today Show host Willie Geist, conducted a live auction during which three of these Fab-U-Wishes were funded for deserving breast cancer patients and survivors. Other notable attendees included William Lauder, Nick Loeb, Alicia Quarles, Ryan Serhant and fiancé Emilia Bechrakis, Danielle Bernstein, Chris Benz, Jill Martin, Lenny Platt, Amanda Weiner and Austyn Weiner. Hannah Bronfman was the evening’s DJ.
Samantha Tritsch, William Lauder, Myra Biblowit, Giuliana Rancic, and Lori Tritsch
Through the hard work of this year’s gala co-chairs Samantha Tritsch, Meghan Rooney, and Dani Haskin, and The Pink Agenda committee members, the event successfully raised a remarkable $240k towards breast cancer research. In the dramatic setting of the IAC Building, the evening’s program provided memorable moments for its guests and reiterated that the “sky’s the limit” when it comes to breast cancer research fundraising and awareness. Highlights included a presentation of the Lisa Mae Lee Award to Merrill Lynch’s Tom Keegan for his outstanding leadership in the fight against breast cancer, as well as remarks from TPA Founder and Honorary Chair, Liana Douillet Guzmán.

Giuliana also took the time to speak to the gala’s supporters about FAB-U-WISH and The Pink Agenda, and her goal to help those touched by breast cancer to “feel as confident as they did before diagnosis.” This strategic partnership will allow Giuliana to carry out her passion for helping others, while increasing both organizations reach and creating a more meaningful impact.
Anna Mattera, Heidi Taylor, Jessie Elsas, Cindy Citrone, and Kim Meir
“The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has changed the landscape of awareness, treatment and survival rates of women diagnosed with breast cancer, however, 1 in 8 women will still develop invasive breast cancer during her life,” said Jordann Lavin, President of The Pink Agenda. She added, “It is now The Pink Agenda’s job to engage the next generation of philanthropists in an effort to raise money, raise awareness and raise hell to eradicate this disease in our lifetime.”

The Pink Agenda Gala was generously sponsored by Cindy and Rob Citrone, William P. Lauder and Lori Tritsch, Hanky Panky, Tom and Patti Keegan, Ann Inc., the Rooney family, Morgan Stanley, Cushman & Wakefield, and Don and Barbara More (Signal Hill).
Willie Geist and Giuliana Rancic
The Pink Agenda believes that engaging today’s generation can go a long way toward finding tomorrow’s cure to breast cancer. That’s why The Pink Agenda, together with its partner The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, is working with the next generation of leaders to find and fund programs that are improving the lives of those suffering from breast cancer and conducting the groundbreaking research necessary to improve their odds. The Pink Agenda, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was launched in 2007, has contributed nearly $1 million to breast cancer research and care. Most recently, The Pink Agenda has partnered with breast cancer survivor and E! News anchor and television personality Giuliana Rancic and her initiative FAB-U-WISH. Together, Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH and The Pink Agenda will grant the most fabulous wishes imaginable to women undergoing treatment for this devastating disease. Any funds donated in support of the partnership will be split evenly between funding cancer research and granting these life-changing wishes to breast cancer patients.
Chris Benz and Becky Benz
Courtney Keegan, Tom Keegan, and Patti Keegan
Marisa Renee Lee, Meghan Rooney, Dani Haskin, Jaquelyn Scharnick, Liana Douillet Guzman, and Samantha Tritsch
Emilia Bechrakis and Ryan Serhant
Nick Loeb
Liana Douillet Guzman, Jacquelyn Sharnick, Giuliana Rancic, and Marisa Renee Lee
Jon Passavant, Bhavna Lal, Benj Lee, and Hannah Bronfman
Jill Martin and Gail Grimmett
Samantha Tritsch and Danielle Bernstein
Vanessa McDonald, Lenny Platt, and Alicia Quarles
Ryan Fuld, Samantha Tritsch, Alli Stein, and Hannah Bronfman
On Thursday, October 2nd, The Junior Council of The American Museum of Natural History kicked off its 2014–2015 season with a private 3D screening of Great White Shark in the Museum’s LeFrak Theater.

The film Great White Shark explores the great white’s place in our imaginations and in our fears while focusing on the plight of sharks around the world and at the hands of the planet’s greatest predator of all: humans.
Guests enjoy a special screening of Great White Shark in 3D
John Maisey, Curator in the Division of Paleontology
The screening was followed by a cocktail reception in the Hall of Biodiversity.

Co-chairs included W. Jameson McFadden, Holly and Martin Okner, Lori and Zachary Pomerantz, Gaelin Rosenwaks, Heather and Ross Schulman, Zoe and Iain Wilson.
Guests in the Hall of Biodiversity
The American Museum of Natural History’s Junior Council is one of New York City’s most stimulating membership groups for young philanthropists. Founded in 1994, the Junior Council supports the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate — through scientific research and education — knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Each year, Junior Council members participate in special events that offer them an intimate view inside the Museum’s collections, activities, and exhibitions. Junior Council members go behind the scenes at one of the world’s preeminent museums, meet some of the nation’s most distinguished and engaging scientists, and preview the latest exhibitions.
Steering committee members Erin and Matt Ahrens and friends
Nick Wolf and Ruthie Reisner with friends
Steering committee member Carla Franklin and Bryan Richards
Judson and Megan Traphagen with co-chair Gaelin Rosenwaks and friend
Co-chair Holly Okner and friend
Museum Curator John Maisey, with co-chairs Zachary and Lori Pomerantz
On Friday, September 19th at the Harold Pratt House, hundreds of New York City’s civic minded young professionals, activists, philanthropists and other supporters gathered at Speakeasy Soiree, a special fundraising gala, hosted by the Junior Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter (the Chapter) — young professionals in their 20s and 30s dedicated to combatting Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The sold out event raised $60,000, to support the Chapter’s free programs and services, as well as research.

Set in the historic Harold Pratt House, this annual fundraiser featured fabulous cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; music and dancing; and a silent auction. Guests dressed in 1920s cocktail attire.
On hand at the gala was Lou-Ellen Barkan, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter.  Barkan said, “Today and in the future, the economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s will impact all generations. Our Junior Committee members have seen this firsthand as they watched the devastating effect of this disease on their parents and grandparents. Young and old, we are all in this fight together. I thank our Junior Committee, guests, sponsors and everyone who has made this evening a success.”

Auction items included a day of golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida; VIP tickets to ABC's The Chew; autographed NFL items; a make-up session for 10 people courtesy of NARS Cosmetics; and more.

Beverage sponsors included Rémy Martin, Bootlegger Vodka, Brooklyn Brewery, Don JulioTequila and Captain Morgan. Dessert was provided by Insomnia Cookies.
Silent Auction Items
The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter provides free information, confidential assistance and support for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as for their family members, caregivers and professionals.  Our core programs include a 24-hour Helpline, Care Consultation, Education and Training, Support Groups, Early Stage Services and MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®.  The Chapter actively advocates at the city, state and federal level to support related legislation and heighten public awareness.  The Chapter’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

It is estimated that there are more than 500,000 people in New York City who have Alzheimer’s disease or who are taking care of someone who does.
Junior Committee of the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter: Gabrielle Maguire, Treasurer; Julie Scherr, Vice President; Liz Johnson, Events Co-Chair; Maxine Squires, Secretary; Marielle Mindlin Bernstein, President; Jessica Steinberg Albin, Advocacy Chair; and Erin McLaughlin, Events Co-Chair
Junior Committee of the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter President
Marielle Mindlin Bernstein and Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter President
& CEO Lou-Ellen Barkan
Lou-Ellen Barkan and Liz Johnson, Events Co-Chair
Kevin Long, Jason Leier, Chris Farwell, and Jared Karlebach
On October 1st, The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) brought together over 500 business leaders, government officials, and veterans and their families to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for its Annual Gala, "Working for Wellness and Beyond." The evening was dedicated to companies and their leaders who are committed to supporting hundreds of thousands of America's Armed Forces service members who have returned to civilian life with significant reintegration challenges, specifically those related to mental health and unemployment. The sold-out affair raised more than $1 million.

The event paid tribute to longtime advocate for veterans and their families, Gregory J. Fleming, President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Investment Management, and Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta, Medal of Honor Recipient, and the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the honor. Special Guest Col. Jack H. Jacobs, also a Medal of Honor Recipient, presented the award to Giunta.
MHA-NYC Gala 2014 Honorees Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta and Gregory Fleming
Duncan Niederauer, Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta, and Col. Jack H. Jacobs
MHA-NYC has long worked in partnership with veteran service organizations and other key stakeholders, including the Veterans Administration, to address the myriad of emotional and social challenges veterans face after leaving the battlefield. "Once upon a time, we thought veterans went to war, came back, and picked up neatly where they left off," said Kevin Danehy, Chairman, MHA-NYC Board of Directors. "Now we know better. We know many returning veterans struggle not only with physical injuries but also with the psychological injuries of war. We need to help veterans weave back in to the fabric of daily life and re-establish caring, supportive communities," he added.
While MHA-NYC offers specific programs that are designed to help veterans make better transitions and lead emotionally stable lives, the 50-year-old not-for-profit agency addresses the needs of all people struggling with mental health issues. "This year, MHA-NYC has provided services to over a million people in emotional distress," said Giselle Stolper, President and CEO, MHA-NYC. "Wherever we see need, we identify the problem; we make communities aware of it; we convene people and advocate for resources to address it; and, we develop innovative solutions using tools that range from face-to-face services to the latest technology," she said.

John Picone, John Glotzbach, and Brian Morgan leave with a Medal of Honor book
Maurice Davis, 24, a client currently enrolled in MHA-NYC's programs, shared his personal story about being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and how MHA-NYC was instrumental in his recovery. "Today, I'm clean, I am taking medication, and I am part of a community of people who want to see me succeed," said Davis. "I want to go college. I want to become a psychologist so that other young people can have what I didn't have - someone who understands mental illness and knows firsthand that it is nothing to be ashamed of."

Event Dinner Chairs included Frank J. Branchini, Chairman and CEO of EmblemHealth; Ric Clark, Chairman and CEO of Brookfield Property Group; Kevin Dunleavy, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley; Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock; and Duncan Niederauer, Former CEO of the NYSE. Other notable guests were NFL champions Dwight Hollier and Mark Bavaro; and television personalities Cheryl Wills of NY1, Tamsen Fadal and Scott Stanford of WPIX, and Mike Woods and Teresa Priolo of FOX Good Day New York.
Charles Chasin, Jennifer Ashley, and Mark Bavaro
Diana Gaines and Sheri Danehy
Giselle Stolper and Kevin Danehy
Tamsen Fadal and Scott Stanford
Teresa Priolo and Jared Kirschner
Ciara Dockery and Dwight Hollier
Bob Woodruff
Eric Hesse and friend
Ric Clark and Giselle Stolper
Cynthia Zirinsky (seated in center) and her guests
On Monday September 29th, Cornelia Guest, Amanda Hearst, Anne Hearst McInerney, Patricia Hearst Shaw, Gillian Hearst Simonds and Kimberly Rockefeller hosted a reception for 400 and a dinner for 104 guests at The National Arts Club to celebrate the opening of 'Charles James: Beneath the Dress.' The exhibition of 100 fashion and erotic drawings from the private collection of R. Couri Hay, photographs by Anton Perich and a screening of the Charles James documentary by Angela Bernhard Thomas will run until October 5th.

Guests included: Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, Jay McInerney, Edward Chapman, Nicole Miller, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas Diandra Douglas, Audrey Gruss, William Ivey Long, Janna Bullock, Terrie Sultan, Jean Shafiroff, Cece Cord who wore Charles James, Sharon Bush Campion Platt, Morgan O'Connor, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan.
Gillian Heart Simmonds
Cornelia Guest
The women wore Haute Couture and Bijou and the men dressed in blue jeans and dinner jackets, as James wore when he accepted the Neiman Marcus Award in 1953, which forced a horrified Mr. Marcus to declare blue jeans fashionable.

Dianne B. Bernhard, Director, Office of Fine Arts at The National Arts Club, greeted: Charles and Janis Cecil, Kipton Cronkite, Nicole DiCocco, Cheri Kauffman, Christine Schott-Ledes and George Ledes, Herb Karlitz, Shawn Kolodny, Dr. Kenneth Mark, David Noto, Dale Noelle, Pamela O'Connor, Jan Reeder, Leesa Rowland, Cassandra Seidenfield, Valerie Steel, Dr. Nicholas Toscano, and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin.
Harvey Weinstein
Georgina Chapman
Andrea Stark
Before the dinner, the evening's host, R. Couri Hay announced he had given 5,000 meals to Lauren Bush Lauren's FEED Supper initiative, whose goal is to provide one million meals for the needy by World Hunger Day on October 16th. 

Society bandleader, Alex Donner's orchestra played music from the 1920s through to the 1950s – James' peak design period. The World Champion male tango team of Antón Gazenbeek and Jody P. Person performed a sensual tango, before a screening of the short film. 
Kimberly Rockefeller and Jay McInerney
Lucia Hwong Gordon, Dianne Bernhard, and Angela Bernhard Thomas
Sharon Bush, Tom Knapp, and Anne Hearst
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
Cornelia Guest Events styled the dining table, with Bentley Meeker Lighting Staging, Inc. providing lighting for the dinner and table. Delphine Blanchot of Clarence Dillon Wines selected Clarendelle Blanc 2012, Grand Vin De Bordeaux and Clarendelle Rouge 2006, Grand Vin De Bordeaux, which were served throughout the dinner along with David Noto's Altaneve Prosecco.

Ladies received Patou gift bags with JOY perfume, and gentleman took home bottles of Mercedes-Benz’s fragrance. 
Sasha Lloyd and James Frances Ginty
Alex Donner and Annette De Lorenzo
Cece Cord
Janna Bullock
Morgan O'Connor
Jean Shafiroff and Erik Bottcher
Campion Platt and Audrey Gruss
R. Couri Hay and Sonja Morgan
Larry Wohl and Leesa Rowland
On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 more than 200 guests joined The Joffrey Ballet Women's Board as they celebrated the upcoming Joffrey premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake in Chicago. The Luncheon raised more than $75,000 to support The Joffrey Ballet's performances and programming.

The elegant luncheon began with a champagne reception at 11:30am at the newly opened RPM Steak located at 66 West Kinzie Street, Chicago. President Obama was spotted later in the evening dining at the venue.
Greg Cameron, Ellie Forman, Ashley Wheater, and Kathleen Henson
Co-chaired by Women's Board members Kathleen Henson, of Henson Consulting and Ellie Forman, of Mesirow Financial, the afternoon featured "Stories of a Leading Swan" — an intimate conversation with Joffrey dancer and leading Swan, Victoria Jaiani and the Joffrey's Artistic Director Ashley Wheater led by Hedy Weiss, Theater and Dance Critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Guests, comprising Chicago's foremost business and civic leaders and philanthropists were treated to a special gift from Burberry's new cosmetic line and had the chance to win luxurious prizes from Fabbri Furs, Jewelry by Rosalina, The Joffrey Ballet, Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique, Maria Pinto's M2057 collection, Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue, RPM Steak, Southwest Airlines and Tory Burch. Floral designs were provided by A Perfect Event and the co-chairs and Joffrey dancers were adorned with Jewelry by Rosalina.
Front Row: Lisa Nucci, Julie Adler, Beth Esler, and Susan Goodenow
Back Row: Sebrina Beyer, Nancy Reinsdorf, Tina Berto, and Hillary Thomas
Luncheon guests included Martha Melman, Suzy Friedman, Linda O'Keefe, Sonya Y. Jackson, Rochelle Trotter, Maria Pinto, Nancy Reinsdorf, Coco Meers, Molly Melman and Tarrah Cooper.

2014 Swan Lake Luncheon Presenting Sponsor is Walgreens. The current Chairman of the Joffrey Board of Directors is Zachary D. Lazar, Jr. and the Joffrey Women's Board President is Elizabeth D. Sharp.
Katie Freiburger, Sue-Gray Goller, and Raheela Anwar
Carol Stone and Laura Kofoid
Victoria Jaiani and Ashley Wheater
Denise Casalino, Connie Gerber, Gloria Schaffer, Liz Sharp, and Maureen Gorman
Cheryl Tana Oblander, Deborah Engle, and Elizabeth Yntema
Brooke Hubbuch and Maria Pinto
Sonya Jackson and Rochelle Trotter
Megan Van Pelt and Carolyn Blessing
Tarrah Cooper, Nicole Johnson-Scales, Taylor Townsend, and Erica Edwards
Abby McCormick O'Neil, Martha Melman, Suzy Friedman, and Noren Ungaretti
Photographs by Michael Blanchard (The Pink Agenda); PatrickMcMullan.com(Charles James); C. Chesek (AMNH); Amy Y Lee (Alzheimer'sAssociation).