Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lectures, Luncheons, Ladies, and Legends ...

Cocktails at The Metropolitan Club for The Animal Medical Center's Sixth Annual Living Legends Luncheon.
Last Thursday, May 15th, the Upper East Side’s Rockefeller University played host to some of New York’s most influential and notable names for the 17th Annual Women & Science Spring Lecture and Luncheon. For over 15 years, The Rockefeller University Women & Science initiative has brought more attention to the many important scientific contributions made by women, the imperative role of research on challenges related to women’s health, and created a network of support for both women in science as well as those looking to support the cause.

Through the Partners in Discovery fund-raising program Women & Science has raised over $21 million for women pursuing careers in the sciences at Rockefeller University. This year’s Lecture and Luncheon alone has raised over $1.7 million for the initiative.
This year’s lecture was given by Rockefeller University’s own Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor, Dr. Elaine Fuchs, whose list of professional achievements include being awarded the National Medal of Science in 2009 by President Obama, and serving as president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. This year, Dr. Fuchs captivated the audience as she discussed her vigorous pursuit of information on stem cells- the body’s “fountain of youth” cells. Her research on the biology of the skin is breaking ground on the role that stem cells play in the generation and regeneration of tissue, revealing that molecular signals instruct skin stem cells when to make skin and when to halt repair.

Dr. Fuchs intelligently and eloquently explained that while skin stem cells normally only replace the skin’s lost or dying cells, they are related to many other types of stem cells that have the ability to repair every type of bodily tissue. This research has huge implications for the treatment of many illnesses from certain types of blindness to malignant tumors, and therefore its continued research is of utmost importance. After the fascinating and enlightening lecture given by Dr. Fuchs, guests enjoyed a beautiful luncheon on the esplanade and surely continued the discussion on the prior lecture.
Elaine Fuchs, Judy Berkowitz, Lulu Wang, Robin Chemers Neustein, Carol Einiger, and Sydney Shuman
Guests who attended the event included Frances Beatty Adler, Sade Baderinwa, Gabrielle Bacon, Samantha Boardman, Debra Black, Wendy Breck, Tory Burch, Judy Carson, Eva Dubin, Blair Pillsbury Enders, Lise Evans, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Olivia Flatto, Clarita Fodor, Barrett Frelinghuysen, Marjorie Gubelman, Marlene Hess, Ronnie Heyman, Nancy Kissinger, Beth Kojima, Justine Koons, Nancy Marks, Lisa McCarthy, KT McFarland Gigi Mortimer, Claudia Overstrom, Karen de Saint Phalle, Alexis Phelps, Courtney Rae, Emily Rafferty, Amy Falls Rogers, Daryl Roth, Denise Saul, Christine Schwarzman, Sydney Shuman, Laurie Tisch, Shirin von Wulffen, Caroline Weber, Lulu Wang, Claude Wasserstein, and many others.
Alexis Phelps and Courtney Rae
Beth Kojima and Alex Shuman
Caroline Weber and Samantha Boardman
Dr. Eva Dubin
Princess Firyal of Jordan
Christine Schwarzman
Claude Wasserstein and Marcia Mishaan
Claudia Overstrom and Lisa McCarthy
Cindy Whitehead and Karen de Saint Phalle
Debbie DeCotis and Jeanne Fisher
Debra Black and Marc Tessier-Lavigne
KT McFarland
Lisa McCarthy and Sherry Carr
Pia Norris, Bobbi Coller, Cynthia Whitehead, and Judy Berkowitz
Shirin von Wulffen and Marjorie Gubelman
Wendy Breck and Frances Beatty Adler
Marjorie Gubelmann, Samantha Boardman, Rosen, Tory Burch, and Gigi Mortimer
Sydney Shuman, Pat Rosenwald, Judy Berkowitz, and Lulu Wang
Mady Harman and Karen Kennedy
Sade Baderinwa
Amy Falls Rogers, Kim Merlin, and Frances Metrick
Caroline Weber, Peggy Noonan, Nancy Kissinger, and Nicole Selgiman
Olivia Flatto and Cheryl Krongard
On May 13, The Animal Medical Center honored three special companion animals at its Sixth Annual Living Legends Luncheon held at The Metropolitan Club. The event drew more than 200 guests, including Nancy Kissinger, Gloria Gilbert Stoga, Tina Flaherty, Emilia Krimendahl, Cass Adelman, Robert Liberman and Alexandra Goelet.

Barbara Hoffman, Kane Nussbaum, Joanne Ronson, Helene Stein, Eva Usdan
and Janet York co-chaired the luncheon. The 2014 Living Legends — Splash, a lovable Golden Retriever, Joey, an  adorable Tonkinese kitten, and Snoot, a sweet Shih Tzu — survived incredible odds and are thriving — thanks to the love and commitment of their owners and the extraordinary care and treatment provided by specialty veterinarians at The Animal Medical Center (AMC).

The 2014 Living Legends Luncheon surpassed all previous years in number of attendees and donations which support The AMC, a non-profit hospital whose veterinarians provide the highest level of compassionate care for companion animals. An iconic New York institution since 1910, The AMC is also a world-renowned facility for veterinary education and research.
Splash, 2014 Living Legend
Kate Coyne, AMC's CEO, Cathy Clark, and Splash
Joe Bowerman with Snoot and AMC donor, Rita Hertzig
Joe Bowerman and Snoot, 2014 Living Legend
Dr. Douglas Palma, Kathryn Graham, and Joey, 2014 Living Legend
Gleniss Schonholz, Luncheon Co-Chair Barbara Hoffman, Marion Buchner, and Julie Berman
David Ford, AMC Trustee, and Kate Coyne
Eli Hoffman, AMC Trustee with Paul Greene, AMC's CFO
Kate Coyne, Tina Flaherty, AMC Trustee, and Patty Francy
Martin Nussbaum, Kane Nussbaum, Living Legend Luncheon co-chair, and Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, AMC Veterinarian
Blair Borthwick, Barri Lieberman, and Cass Adelman, AMC Trustee
Liz Moore and AMC Trustee and Kate Townsend
Robert Liberman, AMC Board Chairman
The Honorable Sidney Stein and Helene Stein, Luncheon Co-Chair
Lori Marrianacci, Living Legend Luncheon Co-Chair Joanne Ronson, and Wendy Miller
Living Legend Luncheon Co-Chair Eva Usdan (center) with Dr. Carly Bloom, AMC Veterinarian
Betsey Gotbaum, Nancy Kissinger, AMC Trustee, and Dr. Richard Goldstein, Chief Medical Officer of The AMC
Elaine Beckerman, Barbara Hoffman, and friend
On Monday, May 12th, Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close, together with noted fashion designer Dana Buchman were honored at the Gray Matters at Columbia Spring Benefit Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel.  The more than 400 guests surpassed last year’s fundraising effort, raising $538,000.

Each year, Gray Matters at Columbia honors an individual who has made significant contributions to promote brain research on mental illness. Both Ms. Close and Ms. Buchman have established themselves as advocates for greater access to mental health services. Past honorees at the Spring Benefit Luncheon include Andrew Solomon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Paula Zahn, Anne Ford, Jane Pauley and Dick Cavett.
Farah Moinian, Glenn Close, Stephanie Moinian, Vajihe Soleymani, and Vanda Tuberga
Ms. Close has spoken openly about her family’s experience with mental illness and that insight was the catalyst for Bring Change 2 Mind, which aims to end stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. It was difficulty accessing resources for her child that led Ms. Buchman to found the Promise Project, which helps underserved children with learning disabilities get the services they need.

Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, noted, “Research continues to be critical in advancing the development of life-saving treatments for psychiatric disorders. Support from families and committed citizens is more important than ever given the economic pressures and reductions in funding that researchers face.”
Charlotte Farber and Dana Buchman
Also honored was Giuseppe Bruno, owner of the celebrated Italian restaurant Sistina, Mr. Bruno, who was given a special Advocacy Award, has hosted events to support brain trauma and stress disorder research at Columbia Psychiatry.

Funds raised by the luncheon support research fellowships to help young scientists pursuing brain research to help solve the mystery of serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and autism. The chosen fellows benefit from the multidisciplinary expertise of a peerless team of clinicians and scientists that includes two Nobel laureates.

The 2013-14 Gray Matters Fellows are Sidney Hankerson, MD (Depression); Amir Levine, MD (Addiction, Adolescent Brain Development); Rachel Marsh, PhD (Pediatric Neuroimaging); and Holly Moore, PhD (Schizophrenia).
Giuseppe Bruno and Jeffrey Lieberman
Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, nurses, dentists, and public health professionals at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Mailman School of Public Health, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. For more information, visit
Rosemarie Lieberman, Steven Rosenfeld, and Lori Rosenfeld
Ginny Millhiser, Charlotte Ford, Jeffrey Lieberman, Monica Sagner, and Anne Ford
Andrew Solomon, Glenn Close, Jeffrey Lieberman, Dana Buchman, Rosemarie Lieberman, Jill Goldman, and Lee Goldman
Petra Stelling, Rosemarie Lieberman, Jeffrey Lieberman, and Vanessa Timken-Stelling
Farah Moinian, Monica Sagner, Rosemarie Lieberman, Vajihe Soleymani, Shirin Moinian, and Charlotte Kashani
Kelly Posner, Farah Moinian, and Patricia Ramonas
Linda Coleman, Andrea McNulty, Kathy Ambrosiano, Laura DeLuca, Patricia Ramonas, and Claire Renga
Monica Sagner, Patricia Ramonas, Rosemarie Liberman, and Marilyn Friedland
Claudia Jackman, Marianne Mebane, Marilyn Friedland, Rosemarie Lieberman, Monica Sagner, and Ana de Azevedo
Karen Hsu, Annette Swanstrom, Masako Shinn, and Monica Sagner
Rosemarie Lieberman, Jerry Finkel, George Handran, and Annette Swanstrom
Brigitt Rok and Lyn Paulsin
Lisa Gentil, Teresa Melhado, Rosemarie Lieberman, Brigitt Rok, and Mary Elliot
Jeffrey Lieberman, George Handran, and Jerry Finkel
Charlotte Ford, Jeffrey Lieberman, and Anne Ford
Sarah Long Solomon, Jeffrey Lieberman, and Sarah Billinghurst
Lyanne Saperstein, Jeffrey Lieberman, Astrid Fleischhacker, Claudia Jackman, and Rosemarie Lieberman
Andrew Solomon, Glenn Close, and Jeffrey Lieberman
Jeanine Ramonas, Patricia Ramonas, and Jennifer Weis Monsky
Lisa Gentil and Teresa Melhado
Shahzad Moghaddam, Lea Cohen, Ania Nassimi, Shirin Moinian, Shifra Mokhtarzadeh, Shifra Mokhtarzadeh, and Edna Shamsian
Giuseppe Bruno and Marianne Mebane
Patricia Rosenwald and Jane Heffner
Monica Sagner, Karen Hsu, and Maria Esperanza Hernandez
Claudia McNulty-Jensen, Joe Jensen, and Jennifer Buckner
Rosemarie Lieberman, Mary Elliot, Ginny Millhiser, and Mary Goldschmid
Lila Alizadeh, Sarah Long Solomon, Audrey Dinkeloo, Nina Matza, and Nancy Feinglass
Jill Goldman, Lee Goldman, Glenn Close, Andrew Solomon, Dana Buchman, Charlotte Faber, and Donna Hanover
Betina Farkas and Leonardo Farkas
Kitty de Chazal, Elena Paterson, and Elizabeth Hoguet
Betsy Kahn, Lori Rosenfeld, and Diane Finnerty
Patsy Kahn and Dana Buchman
Jeffrey Lieberman, Betina Farkas, and Leonardo Farkas
Patricia Rosenwald and Frederic Adler
Michael Tusiani and Giuseppe Bruno
Jeffrey Lieberman, Glenn Close, Sarah Long Solomon, and Andrew Solomon
Phillippa Burke and Patricia Ramonas
James Capozzi and Farah Moinian
On Wednesday, May 14th, nearly 300 supporters gathered in support of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) as its annual Bal du Printemps Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Willie Geist, co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. 

Lucien J. Côté, M.D., Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Margo Catsimatidis, Jill Taub Drury, Cornelia Foss, Stephanie Goldman-Pittel, Karen Burke Goulandris, M.D., Ph.D., Isobel Robins Konecky and Arlene Levine were the Gala Co-Chairs.
Dr. Ken Roberts, Norman Roberts, Dr. Lucien Côté, and Joanne Côté
The black tie optional evening began with a cocktail reception at 6:30 PM followed by dinner and dancing at 7:30 PM.

Every year, philanthropic leaders join together at Bal du Printemps to help raise funds to support PDF’s research programs as well as to honor outstanding members of the community for their work against Parkinson’s.
Margo Catsimatidis and Isobel Konecky
Arlene Levine and Cornelia Foss
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s.  Founded in 1957 by William Black, creator of Chock full o’Nuts, a successful New York coffee and restaurant business, PDF was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson’s disease.  His widow Page Morton Black served as PDF’s Chairman for than 20 years.  Since its founding, PDF has invested $100 million in the research of leading scientists around the world and has committed an additional $42 million to support education and advocacy programs.

For more information on the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, visit
Stephanie Goldman-Pittel
Rita Resnick, Carolyn Pittel, and Dr. Martin Resnick
Amy Heon, Beverly Fox, Ginger Morgan, Dr. Dennis Heon, Howard Morgan, and Richard Baiocco
Adeline Gersen and Victor Aviles
Amy Sole and Dan Gallagher
Peter Dorn , Nancy Ozelli, and Daniel Schiffman
Dr. Stanley Fahn and Charlotte Fahn
Dr. Robert Goodman and Dr. Timothy Pedley
Christina Geist and Willie Geist
Barbara Romero and Greg Romero
Jim McNasby, Donny Moss, and Dr. Hiral Shah
Dr. Lewis Rowland and Esther Rowland
Dr. Sheng-Han Kuo and Tzuhui Lin
Connie Atwell, Dr. Un Kang, Young Hae Kang, and Ron Schuch
Susan Weil and Robert Granat
Stephen Ackerman and Marsha Ackerman
Penn Egbert, Judi Egbert, and Robin Elliott
Cheryl Streich, Bob Benjamin, Rob Streich, and Cornelia Foss
Dr. Karen Burke Goulandris and Dr. Karen Marder
Catching up. Last Wednesday, May 14th, many prominent New Yorkers gathered with music legends for Caron New York’s 20th Annual Gala Fundraiser at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event raised more than $1 million, all of which will be used towards charity recovery services. Caron’s own Harris Stratyner Ph.D , Honoree’s Frankie Valli and Denise LeFrak Calicchio were joined by Paul Williams, James Lipton, David Johansen and comedian Stewie Stone. The Goo Goo Dolls Johnny Rzeznik was also honored but at the last minute was unable to attend.
Scotty Wardell, Maxine Lang, Susan Fromm, John Fitzsimons, Karen Fitzgerald, Laurie Dhue, Dr. Harris Stratyner, Jay Springer, Todd Whitmer, Judy Ryan, Miles Rubin, and Allen Arrow
Dorothy Morse, Jim Morse, John Fitzsimons, and Dr. Harris Stratyner
During the evening’s presentation guests heard a performance by the NYU a capella group Ani V’Ata  of Frankie Valli’s songs and a special rendition of the song “Denise, Denise,” followed by a welcome from Caron’s Chairman of the Board John Fitzsimmons

There were heartfelt testimonials from Caron graduates and key staff including Rev Jack Abel, President and CEO Doug Teiman and Regional Vice President Todd Whitmer.

A beautiful film introduced Denise LeFrak Calicchio, who was presented with and accepted The Richard J Caron Award of Excellence from Juliana Terain.
Frankie Valli and Paul Williams
Juliana Terian and Denise LeFrak Calicchio
This was followed by a hilarious comedy skit from Stewie Stone and a personal presentation from last year’s Artistry and Advocacy Award honoree Paul Williams to Frankie Valli. 

Throughout the evening, each participant in their own way articulated the pressing need for addiction treatment and made clear that recovery is not just about abstinence from drugs or alcohol, but the possibility of living a beautiful and full life.

Television personality Ira Joe Fisher and Gala co-chair Neil Lasher encouraged guests to make spontaneous contributions and coupled with the silent auction - featuring generously donated unique items from Joe Walsh, James Taylor, Bon Jovi, The David Letterman Show, Tiffanys and honorees Frankie Valli and Denise LeFrak Calicchio. More than a million dollars was raised.
Vin Son, Gjysta Camaj, Donia Alberran, Karen Pasternak, Sarah Glaswand, Robin Styer, Gina Romanelli, and Karen Curtain
Caron is a nationally recognized nonprofit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment, which gives more money towards addiction treatment scholarships than any other organization. Last year alone it provided more than $17 million to individuals and their families. Caron New York continues its mission of providing "Recovery for Life" through unique services offered for adolescents, young adults, adults and their families.

Each year Caron New York celebrates individuals who have made an impact through their art, their philanthropy, their vocation and their scope and audience. Previous Artist Award recipients include Roseanne Cash, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Patti LaBelle and Paul Williams.
Trudy Avery, Marcy Zimmerman,and Elise Gold
Richard and Karen LeFrak
Cornelia Bregman and Rick Friedberg
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Rockefeller University & Caron); Patrick McMullan & Janet Charles (PDF);