Friday, April 25, 2014

New Year’s in April

The dance floor at New Yorkers for Children's Annual Spring Dinner Dance, New Year’s in April; A Fool’s Fete.
This past Monday night at the Mandarin Oriental, New Yorkers for Children hosted its Annual Spring Dinner Dance New Year’s in April; A Fool’s Fete to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. This is a very successful party. Everyone puts their best foot forward, the women dress, there’s dinner, dancing, as well as honoring those who are benefiting from NYFC’s program for helping young people transition from foster care to adult life.

The chairmen of the evening were Alina Cho, Natalia Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Amy McFarland, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Clare McKeon and Susan Chin. Co-chairs were Dana Auslander, Alison Harmelin, Henry and Vanessa Cornell, Elizabeth Khoo and Khoonmin Lim, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, Amalia Spinardi , and Lauren Waterman.
Nicole Esposito, Marisa Brown, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Amy McFarland, Alina Cho, Natalia Echavarria, Lydia Fenet, and Clare McKeon
Among the guests: John Demsey, Selita Ebanks, Rory Hermelee, Kevin and Lauren Kenny, Marc Leder, Maria Giulia Maramotti, Ali Namvar, Chris and Veronica Del Gatto, Ayla and Antonio Farnos, Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond, Shafi Roepers, Olivia Chantecaille, Marisa and Matt Brown, Julie Macklowe, Gillian and Sylvester Minaaiter, Larea Meiland-Shaw, Vanessa von Bismarck, Samantha Shipp, Charles Rockefeller, Bara and Alex Tisch, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Kevin and Erika Liles, Atlanta de Candenet, Elettra Wiedemann, Nina Agdal, Katharina Damm, Arlenis Sosa, Crystal Renn, Hannah Davis, Heidy De La Rosa, Alex Lind Rose, Soledad O’Brien, Bibhu Mohapatra, Alvin Valley, Rebecca Minskoff, Harley Viera Newton, Danille Snyder, Jodie Snyder-Morel, Hannah Bronfman, Peter Brant II, Chelsea Leyland, Derek Blasberg, Kelly Rutherford, Emma Roberts, and many many  more.
Katia Steward, Seong Hong, Zhanna Raymond, Amara Toure, Crystalann Rodriguez, Sandra Grant, and Shavonn Wheeler
The celebration was presented by luxury jewelry brand Lauren X Khoo. The evening’s décor was designed by David Stark.  Chloe served as the Lead Fashion Sponsor of the event. Additional table sponores were Atelier Swarovski, By Kilian, Gabriela Candena, Himan Brown Foundation, Jo de Mer, La Perla, MAC Cosmetics, Max Mara, Source of Hope Foundationm, and Sun Capital Partners Foundation.

The evening was hosted by young people in foster care who are advocates and leaders in New Yorkers for Children programs.
Alina Cho
Arlenis Sosa
Marisa Brown and Lydia Fenet
Vanessa Von Bismarck Weiner and Maximilian Weiner
Julie Macklowe and Alexandra Lind Rose
Jodie Snyder Morel, Bibhu Mohapatra, Oh Land, and Danielle Snyder
Alexandra Lebenthal and Alexandra Lind Rose
Susan Magazine and Lauren Khoo
Lauren Khoo and Yijia Tiong
Claude Shaw and Lara Meiland Shaw
Khoon Min Lim, Elizabeth Khoo, and Eric Brettschneider
Kara Preiss and Emma Roberts
Nina Agdal
Nadejda Savcova
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
John Demsey and Kelly Rutherford
Ren Grady and Olivia Chantecaille
Danielle Bernstein, Karla Barbosa, and Camille Rowe
Kimberly Guilfoyle and Susan Shin
Leandra Medine, Chelsea Leyland, and Danielle Snyder
Eli Mizrahi and Crystal Renn
Nadejda Savcova and Rafael Beleboni
Adam Glassman and Brett Weisman Heyman
Natalie Kaplan and Mark Gilbertson
Nastya Sten, Karla Barbosa, Oh Land, Camille Rowe, and Danielle Bernstein
Yan Assoun and Polina Proshkina
Di Mondo and friends
Sarah Ayres, Christine Schwarzman, and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Albina Gumennaia and Olga Goister
Ara Hovnanian and Mark Gilbertson
Danielle and Lara Schriffen
Amy McFarland, Arlenis Sosa, and Nicole Esposito
Atlanta de Cadenet and Laura Love
Di Mondo and Chiu-Ti Jansen
Amy McFarland, Alison Harmelin, and Allison Aston
Eric Bretschneider, Sheila Poole, Claire Poole, Kim Bretschneider, Greg Heppell, and Susan Burden
Megan del Valle and Maud Cabot
Lesley Schulhof and Enrica Arengi-Bentivoglio
Bridget Malcolm and Montana Cox
Rebecca Minkoff
Harley Viera Newton
Selita Ebanks, Lauren Khoo, and Nina Agdal
Selita Ebanks, Karla Barbosa, Rachelle Hruska, and Danielle Bernsteinz
Cristina Greeven Cuomo and Crystal Renn
Jean Shafiroff
Danielle Bernstein, Chelsea Leyland, Selita Ebanks, and Jodie Snyder Morel
Eugenia Miranda and Soledad O'Brien
Chris Del Gatto and Veronica Webb
Laura Love, Derek Blasberg, and Atlanta de Cadenet
Dana Auslander and Stephen Schwarzman
Jodie Snyder Morel, Danielle Snyder, and Eva Chen
Stacy Engman, Yung Hee Kim, and Susan Shin
Jodie Snyder Morel, Selita Ebanks, Danielle Snyder, and Danielle Bernstein
Jeisa Chiminazzo and Katharina Damm
Hannah Bronfman, Danielle Bernstein, Chelsea Leyland, and Danielle Snyder
Last Tuesday night at Cipriani 42nd Street, the nation’s design industry elite gathered at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s annual President’s Dinner to celebrate the organization’s most highly-anticipated Show House season to date. The black tie event, hosted by Architectural Digest and Kravet Inc., was chaired by Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell and celebrated designer Bunny Williams. Dinner Vice-Chairs include designers Jamie Drake, Victoria Hagan, Alexa Hampton and Richard Mishaan.
The gala honored design visionary Ralph Pucci, founder of Ralph Pucci International, one of the world’s premier showrooms of art, furniture and lighting, as well as Annabel Palma, City Councilwoman for New York City’s District 18 and longtime supporter of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx. The evening concluded with a special performance by members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Total funds raised at the President’s Dinner exceeded $670,000.

As a prelude to Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Decorator Show House, the President’s Dinner raises money to provide more than 12,000 young people at ten locations throughout the Bronx with essential after-school and enrichment programs. The Kips Bay Show House, which invites the country’s premier interior decorators and architects to transform a luxury Manhattan space into a month-long exhibition of design, attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year.
Special performances by members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club
This year’s Show House will make an unprecedented venue shift as it takes over The Mansion on Madison, Manhattan’s iconic Villard Mansion adjacent to The Palace Hotel. Located at 457 Madison Avenue, this year’s Show House will be transformed by some of the nation’s most acclaimed designers including Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Vicente Wolf, and Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper.

Among those attending besides the aforementioned: Aerin Lauder, Dennis Basso, Mario Buatta, Linda Fargo, Thom Filicia, Christopher Spitzmiller, Victoria Hagan, John Demsey, Kelly Kiloren, Michael Smith, Clinton Smith, Michael Boodro, Steven Stolman.
Richard Mishaan, Bunny Williams, James Druckman, and Jamie Drake
Margaret Russell and Michael Smith
Annabel Palma and Ralph Pucci
Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Bunny Williams, Thom Filicia, and Jamie Drake
Aerin Lauder
James Druckman and K Company
Jamie Drake, Bunny Williams, James Druckman, Richard Mishaan, Daniel Quintero, Curtis Minnis, and Margaret Russell
Margaret Russell and Ralph Pucci
Kelly Bensimon and John Dempsey
Randy Kemper, Margaret Russell, Linda Fargo, and Tony Ingrao
Mario Buatta and Christopher Spitzmiller
Dennis Basso
Linda Fargo
Friends, colleagues and alumni of Baruch College paid tribute to Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor Emeritus, The City University of New York and Dr. Lewis Friedman, Retired Faculty Member, Baruch College School of Public Affairs during the 25th Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner, Tuesday, April 22 at The Pierre.

At this year's dinner, Baruch student Catherine Ochoa, a sophomore majoring in management of musical enterprises, performed a song. Catherine (or Cathia, as she is better known), made it into the Top 16 overall contestants and Top 4 on "Team Usher," during the 2013 season of the reality TV talent show, "The Voice."
Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein
Honoree Dr. Matthew Goldstein
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Honoree Dr. Lewis Friedman, and Honoree Dr. Matthew Goldstein
Baruch College student and former contestant of NBC's "The Voice" Catherine Ochoa, known as Cathia, performs a song
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to
aruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Honoree Dr. Lewis Friedman, Honoree Dr. Matthew Goldstein, and Joel Klein, Chief Executive Officer, Amplify
Baruch College Donor Debbie Bernstein and scholarship recipient Danny Acosta
Anthony Masi and Baruch College Trustees Dov Schlein and Vince Masi
Jean Shafiroff and t Flo Anthony
Baruch College benefactors Sam Perelson and Phyllis Kossoff
Honoree Dr. Lewis Friedman, National Urban Fellow Dr. Tony Allen, and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (Baruch alumna '95).
Baruch Dinner Honoree Dr. Matthew Goldstein and his wife Maggie
One of Stony Brook University's own, long-time conservationist and lemur expert, Dr. Patricia C. Wright, was honored at the Stony Brook Foundation's annual fundraising gala, Stars of Stony Brook on April 16th at New York's Chelsea Piers.  The benefit raised more than $4 million which supports student scholarships and global health initiatives in Madagascar.

Dr. Wright was feted by her University, before 650 guests, as well as via a tribute video including Morgan Freeman, Academy Award® winner and narrator of IMAX documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar," Drew Fellman, writer and producer of IMAX documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" and Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.
Fanny Cornejo Fernandez, James Leonard, Olivia Sanchez, Dr. Patricia C. Wright, Neha Kinariwalla, and Ali Syed
The gala was also attended by over thirty high-achieving students, six of which were particularly highlighted that evening including, Fanny Cornejo Fernandez (class of '17), James Leonard (class of '15), Olivia Sanchez (class of '15), Neha Kinariwalla (class of '14), Joshua Mason (class of '14), and Ali Syed (class of '14).  These students have gone and continue to go above and beyond to reach their educational goals through the University's dynamic and excellent programs.
Dr. Patricia C. Wright and Drew Fellman with a lemur
Jim Simons
Liz Claman, Peggy Bonapace Gelfond, and Joanie McDonell
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., Robin Herrnstein, Dr. Patricia C. Wright, Jim Simons, and Jim Herrnstein
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. and Dr. Patricia C. Wright
Meave Leakey and Dr. Patricia C. Wright
Photographs by BFA (NYFC & Kips Bay); Ann Billingsley (Stony Brook).