|The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) celebrated it's 20th anniversary with the Legends Gala on Wednesday, November 5th at The Pierre in New York. This glamorous evening united the business, philanthropy, fashion, media and entertainment industries behind the important cause and together raise money toward the much-needed funds for ovarian cancer research. Hosted by Harry Connick, Jr., who had the crowd roaring with his jokes on stage, the event honored legendary leaders of today.|
|Actor and philanthropist Pierce Brosnan was honored with The OCRF Legends Award. Brosnan, who lost his daughter, Charlotte, to the disease last year as well as his first wife, delivered a beautiful speech to a standing ovation, putting support behind OCRF's research and efforts to eradicate ovarian cancer. Chris Salgardo, President of Kiehl's Since 1851, was on-hand to accept The OCRF Hope Award, while the Janet Burros Memorial Foundation was honored with The Liz Tilberis Humanitarian Award, accepted by Mara Burros Sandler, Ricky Sandler, Chet Burros and Claudia Burros.|
|The event program also payed tributes to the legendary Liz Tilberis, former OCRF President and Editor-In-Chief of Harper's Bazaar, who galvanized the worlds of fashion, beauty, and entertainment, and OCRF Founder & Chair Sol Schreiber.
The beautiful gala included a cocktail reception, luxury silent auction and dinner, enjoyed by guests including Victor Garber, Taryn Manning, Kelly Rutherford, Joe Zee & Rob Younkers, Analeigh Tipton, Tinsley Mortimer, Dionne Warwick and Arianna Rockerfeller. Lisa Lampanelli, comedian for The Venetian Las Vegas' newly branded all-female resident comedy series "LIPSHTICK – The Perfect Shade of Stand-Up", also dazzled the crowd with a brief comedy break between speeches.
|Ovarian Cancer Research Fund will continue to benefit research into early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. In support of its mission, OCRF assists patients and their loved ones to understand the disease and its treatment, and provides outreach programs to raise public awareness of ovarian cancer. Since 1998, OCRF has awarded over $60 million in grants to 237 of the brightest women and men working in the field of cancer research at over 70 of the leading medical centers in the United States.|
|Fountain House, the award winning nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness, celebrated its Seventh Annual Associates Fall Fête on October 29, 2014. The event educates young professionals about Fountain House's programs that provide opportunities for members to live, work, and learn, while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support.
The event which was generously sponsored by Actavis + Forest Laboratories, Lilly USA, LLC and Alex Roepers began with cocktails hosted at Armani/5th Avenue followed by dinner and dancing at a private club.
The Fountain House Advocacy Award was presented to Lou and Ben Howe and Luca Borghese for creating the incredible film Gabriel, which is based on the Howes' personal experience with a loved one's mental illness. Gabriel premiered as the opening film in the World Narrative Competition at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, was awarded an Annenberg Feature Film Grant by the Sundance Institute and was one of ten projects selected for the IFP Narrative Labs.
|Fountain House members, Nicole Veras and Alexis Preston, received The Danny Zorn Scholarship. Katie Zorn presented the awards in honor of her brother who tragically lost his battle with mental illness two years ago.
The members will use the scholarships to attend the Fountain House College Re-Entry Program, which helps students who had to temporarily leave school due to a mental illness. College Re-Entry is the only program of its kind to target young adults and bridge the gap between clinical mental health services and educational institutions. The short-term program provides a flexible structure that enables students to pursue their educational goals, develop a foundation of holistic wellness and build healthy relationships with family and peers.
|Event Chairs were Byrdie Bell, Angela and Michael Clofine, Madeleine and Alexandre Desmarais, Jeremy L. Goldstein, Kathleen and Reha Kocatas, Katherine Lipton and Alex Lipman, Jennifer Oken, Lil Phillips, Sarah Simmons, Katie Tozer, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer and Katie Zorn. Among the two hundred guests were Annette Tapert Allen, Kate and Chris Allen, Cliff Brokaw, Bryan Colwell, Sarah Crocker and Max Stenbeck, Chiara de Rege, Ben Draper, Alexandra and Philip Fisher, Bobby Gerry, Mark Gilbertson, Lorna and Larry Graev, Ellen Howe, Tracey and Craig Huff, Stephanie Johnes, Daisy and Phillip Keevil, David Knott, Jr., Kamie Lightburn, William Manger, Erik Oken, Helen Pennoyer, Florence Peyrelongue and Jose Luis Guerra, Elizabeth Pyne, Nick Raynes, Charlotte Ronson, Dr. Mitchell S. Rosenthal, Nancy Sambuco, Nancy and John Sipp, Dani Stahl and David Kirsch, Mary Beth Winningham and Franny and Dick Zorn.
|Serious mental illness affects 23 million people in the United States each year. The stigma, rejection and isolation that accompany mental illness are often as damaging and debilitating as the illness itself. Fountain House reduces the devastating social impact of mental illness. Our activities and programs are designed to provide opportunities while producing the desire and confidence to pursue them. Working together, Fountain House Members and staff operate successful employment, education, wellness and housing programs that transform lives.
The Fountain House model is replicated in more than 300 locations worldwide and currently serves more than 100,000 people with mental illness. As originators of this approach, Fountain House provides leadership by constantly advancing the practice and by leading the conversation around mental health recovery.
|Each year, lovers of all things beautiful and Irish gather at the University Club for a gala dinner in support of the Irish Georgian Society. This Dublin-based organization, which toils to preserve and restore the great architectural treasures of Ireland, has a large US following… enough so that there are actually several events on these shores in places like New York, Chicago and Palm Beach. But it's the New York gala dinner that truly packs 'em in.
Hosted by Madame Olda Fitzgerald, the widow Desmond Fitzgerald, the 29th of the Knight of Glin and Irish historian Patrick Guinness, (yes, THAT Guinness,) the son of Desmond Guinness, the founder of the Irish Georgian Society, the evening also marked the retirement of Maribeth Welsh, the much-loved, New York-based executive director of the IGS in the US.
|After an hour or so of spirited cocktails (this is VERY much an Irish event) guests moved on to a grand dinner and lecture delivered by author William Laffan and Christopher P. Monkhouse, who serves as the Eloise W. Martin Chair and Curator of the Department of European Decorative Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. Together they built excitement for the upcoming Art Institute exhibit, "Irish Art on a World Stage," which will open, not accidentally, on St. Patrick's Day.
Guests included the /i/partypictures/11_10_14/IGS/Ireland's dynamic duo, VP Robert O'Byrne and executive director Donough Cahill, incoming US executive director Michael Kerrigan along with US board members and supporters Beth Dater, Sheila O'Malley Fuchs, Tommy Quick, Kay McEnroe, Kenneth Jay Lane, Ellen Welsh, Liz Haveles, Mitch Owens, Angus Wilke, Alexandra Schlesinger and Ivana Lowell.
|The Women's Media Center held its 2014 Women's Media Awards on Wednesday, October 29th at Capitale in New York City.
The 2014 Women's Media Awards honored:
• Amma Asante, BAFTA Award-winning writer/director of A Way of Life and director of Belle, with the Women's Media Center Directorial Excellence for Belle Award, presented by Robin Morgan, Women's Media Center Co-Founder.
• Ursula M. Burns, chairman and chief executive officer, Xerox Corporation, with the Women's Media Center Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award, presented by Carol Jenkins, founding and former President of the Women's Media Center.
• Katie Couric, global news anchor for Yahoo News, with the Women's Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Pat Mitchell, Women's Media Center Board Chair Emerita.
• Barbara Walters, creator & executive producer of "The View," and ABC News special correspondent, with the Women's Media Center Trailblazing Media Award, presented by Gloria Steinem, Women's Media Center Co-Founder.
• Elianne Ramos, CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and founder of the Border Kids Relief Project, with the Women's Media Center Social Media Award, presented by Lauren Embrey, Board Chair of The Women's Media Center.
|Celebrities and VIPs attending the annual event included many of the most accomplished and influential women and men in the world of media today. The event was hosted by Joy Reid, host of MSNBC's "The Reid Report". Women's Media Center Co-Founders Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem attended the event. Co-Chairs for the 2014 Women's Media Awards were: Donna Deitch, Lauren Embrey, Jane Fonda, Sheila C. Johnson, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Bonnie Schaefer, Regina K. Scully, Gloria Steinem, and Mary and Steven Swig.
The Women's Media Center's goal is to make women visible and powerful in the media. Founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, the WMC works with media to ensure that women's realities are covered and women's voices are heard. They do this by researching and monitoring media; creating and modeling original online, print, and radio content; training women and girls to participate in media; and promoting media-experienced women experts in all fields.
|"The Women's Media Center exists to change the status of women in media. Because 51 percent of our population is women, and only 3 percent of all clout positions in media are held by women, The Women's Media Center Awards were created to honor champions for women who use their media platforms to tell the stories, facts and solutions crucial to all viewers, and to advance opportunities for women in media," says Julie Burton, president of The Women's Media Center. "Because media tells our stories and influences the role of women in every part of society, we are proud to honor these amazing women who set the standard for what media should look like when it gives voice to the female half of the country."
For more information about the Women's Media Center go to http://www.womensmediacenter.com
|On November 3, 2014, The Carter Burden Center for the Aging hosted its 43rd Anniversary Gala, Banking on Aging: Helping to Secure the Future. Michael P. McLaughlin, US Country Head, Macquarie Group, received the Business Leadership Award, and Len McNally, Program Director, New York Community Trust, received the Humanitarian Award. The Gala Chair was Walter Pye, and the Vice Chairs were Susan Burden and William Goldman, Julie and David Méneret, Margaret and Ian Smith, Stacey Gillis Weber and Jeffrey A. Weber. The event, which was held at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan, welcomed 270 guests and raised over $650,000 for the nonprofit.|
|Michael P. McLaughlin serves as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Investment Officer of Macquarie Credit Investment Management, Inc., which is the investment manager for the Macquarie Credit Nexus Fund. McLaughlin also represents the US region on the Macquarie Group Executive Committee in his role as US Country Head. He launched and currently leads the firm's Credit Trading Division, and also founded the "buy side" credit proprietary trading business known as Principal Trading. McLaughlin secured a $500 million investment from Macquarie Group to seed the Nexus Fund. McLaughlin and his wife, Debra, support the Greenwich United Way, the Greenwich Art Society and the Junior League of Greenwich. They are also significant supporters of Reserve Aid, which helps supports returning US veterans and reservists.|
|Len McNally serves as Program Director for New York Community Trust. His grantmaking portfolio includes health policy, biomedical research, aging, environmental health, and AIDS. Prior to joining The Trust, he worked to develop a capitation-financed program for highly disabled elders and the country's first day treatment program for people with AIDS. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, board member of Grantmakers in Health, member of the Commission for an Aging Friendly New York City, and member of the advisory committee of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.
The Macquarie Group Foundation is the lead sponsor for the nonprofit Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea.
|The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, Inc. is a non-profit agency established in 1971 by the late Carter Burden when he was a New York City Councilman. The mission is to promote the well-being of seniors, 60 and older, through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. The Carter Burden Center is dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity. For more information, visit www.carterburdencenter.org|
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan|