Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New York and Beyond

Laurie Caputo, Anne Waldron, Hillary Lammens, JoAnn Slattery, Susan Fugelsang, Susan Weis, and Susan Jackson at "Safe Motherhood Initiative: Protecting the Mothers of New York and Beyond."
Dr. Mary D'Alton, director of services for the Sloane Hospital for Women at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, led a discussion titled "Safe Motherhood Initiative: Protecting the Mothers of New York and Beyond." More than 100 guests attended the event on Tuesday, October 14 at the Rainbow Room. Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, hosted the event, which will support programs and clinical care in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia's Sloane Hospital for Women.

Dr. Steven J. Corwin and Dr. Mary D'Alton
During her presentation, Dr. D'Alton discussed the advances that have been made in fetal and neonatal medicine and the importance of continued research into maternal health before, during and after pregnancy.

Dr. D'Alton specializes in maternal-fetal medicine and high-risk pregnancy. She has implemented a multidisciplinary approach to treat fetal malformations at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and was instrumental in developing an integrative care program for the Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics. Her work to advance research, policy development and clinical practice has received national recognition. She has written and contributed to more than 200 publications and is invited regularly to present at national and international conferences.

Organized by the Sloane Hospital for Women Advisory Committee, the benefit was attended by guests including Andrea Canning, Sarah Brown, Carmen Thain, Gigi Howard, Celeste Johnson, Cristina Cuomo, Caroline Berthet, Marcy Warren, Andrea Douzet, Ayla Farnos and Jeanne Coulehan.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia's Sloane Hospital for Women is a world-renowned obstetrical and gynecological program that delivers nearly 4700 babies each year. The hospital is committed to providing quality, comprehensive care for mothers at every stage of life.
Dr. Steven J. Corwin and Ellen Corwin
JoAnn Slattery and Laurie Caputo
Gigi Howard, Andrea Canning, and Dr. Mary D'Alton
Sarah Brown and Gigi Howard
Robin Renzi and Caroline Foster
Ashley Potter Bruynes, Laura McVey, and Jessica Rochards
Alisa Wood, Jennifer Hanley, Amy Stuart, and Kelley Badishkanian
JoAnn Slattery and Lottie Oakley
On Thursday, October 9, 2014, The High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser reiterated his plea for global peace at a gathering celebrating the launch of his book: A Year at the Helm of the United Nations General Assembly. The reception took place at NYU’s President John Sexton’s Penthouse. Attending were Professor Mustapha Tlili, founder of NYU Center for Dialogues, Professor Farhan Nizami, Director of Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, Professor Vitali Numkin, Chair at the Faculty of World Politics at Moscow University, as well as a number of diplomats, UN officials, and journalists.
Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Susan Gutfreund, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Sana Saba and Mariam Azarm
Other guests that attended included: Lina Abdul, Fareed Abdul, Maged Abdulaziz, Stefano & Carol Acunto, Tariq Al-Ansari, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, Mariam Azarm, Edgar Batista, Geoffrey Bradfield, James Finkelstein, Rick Friedberg & Francine LeFrak, Tariq Al-Ansari, Allan Goodman, Susan Gutfreund, Roger Hamilton-Martin, Mike Hardy, Charles & Nancy Hoppin, Jana Jaffe, Peter Kimmelman, Thomas F. Knapp, Michael & Velerie Mallick, Sam Mallick, Riyad Mansour, Mary McFadden, Jordan McFadden, Georgette Mosbacher, Khatereh Pishyar, Majid Pishyar, Ehsan Pishyar, Mojdeh Pishyar, Lila Prounis, Stuart Rockefeller, Sana Sabbagh, Adam Shapiro, Miklos & Elena Toth, Julie Vacca, Baroness von Langendorff, and Barbara Winston. 
Valerie Mallick, Jenna Jaffe, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
In his book, published by NYU Press, Al-Nasser chronicles the events of a dynamic year (2011-2012) during which he presided over the 66th session of the General Assembly, and reflects on a wide range of global challenges that were addressed during that session ranging from political transformations and financier crises to natural disasters and humanitarian issues.
Justine Cushing and Mary McFadden
Sam Mallick, Valerie Mallick, and Michael Mallick
Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser,Geoffrey Bradfield, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, and Roric Tobin
Mona Husani, Raghida Dergham, and Maxima Ghawib
Stuart Rockefeller, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, and Julia Rockefeller
Omar Hilal and Nassir Abdulaziz
Arnie and Paola Rosenshein
Naomi Watts was joined by more than 1,000 guests dressed as ghouls, goblins, ballerinas, firemen, superheroes and more at the 25th annual Light Up A Life Halloween carnival, benefitting the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center on Saturday, October 18, at the Field House at Chelsea Piers. The event raised nearly $500,000 to benefit pediatric patient care programs.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber with children Samuel Kai Schreiber and Alexander Pete Schreiber.
To honor the 25th anniversary of Light Up A Life, there was a grand ceremony that included a parade featuring the Knickerbocker Greys and NewYork-Presbyterian/Komansky physicians, remarks by Dr. Gerald Loughlin, pediatrician-in-chief at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, and confetti cannons. The event is an annual Hospital tradition founded by Pediatric Support Committee member and chair of the Founders Committee, Kathleen Burns. The Founders Committee was formed to honor the role of several individuals who were instrumental in starting the event that continues to light up the lives of children in the Hospital, many of whom were in attendance this year.

Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric patient care programs including: Child Life Services, a program that helps alleviate children’s fears surrounding the hospital experience; The Pediatric Emergency Department, a Level One Trauma Center that provides emergency care to ill and injured children 24 hours a day, seven days a week; The Family Advisory Council, a group of dedicated family members committed to providing exceptional, family-centered care to all patients; and The Pediatric Fellows program, supporting postdoctoral training in pediatrics.

“We have seen incredible advances in our pediatric care over the past 25 years,” said Dr. Gerald Loughlin. “From groundbreaking research, to an emphasis on patient care and safety, to increased family participation in care and recovery, the strides we have made would not have been possible without the help of Light Up a Life and the funds it raises for our pediatric programs. Thanks to the support of the event, we are looking forward to another 25 years of advancements.”
Phyllis Komansky, David Komansky, Dr. Cam Patterson, Erica Silverman, Sara DiPasquale, Celia Nichols, Naomi Watts, Leiv Schreiber, Mindy Webster, Susan Frehse, Jessica Kisling, Dr. Barbara Landreth, Kathleen Burns, and Dr. Gerald M. Loughlin
Guests included Liev Schreiber, Phyllis and David Komansky, Dr. Loughlin; Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Cam Patterson, senior vice president and COO at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, dean of Weill Cornell Medical College; and event co-chairs Sara DiPasquale, Susan Frehse, Jessica Kisling, Celia Nichols, Erica Silverman and Mindy Webster

The festive atmosphere featured games and attractions, including face painting, balloon art, batting cages, a rock-climbing wall, musical entertainment and relay races for the kids, as well as health and safety related activities, including interactive tours of an ambulance and bike helmet fittings.
Dr. Cam Patterson, David Komansky, Phyllis Komansky, and Dr. Gerald M. Loughlin
ara DiPasquale, Erica Silverman, Mindy Webster, Jessica Kisling, Susan Frehse, and Celia Nichols
The Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, provides the best available care in every area of pediatrics in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit
Liev Schreiber in the batting cages
Naomi Watts with sons Samuel Kai Schreiber and Alexander Pete Schreiber
Guests attend the 25th Anniversary of Light Up A Life benefiting the NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Center for Children's Health
On Monday, October 20th Anna and Brian Haughton, founders of the International Fine Art and Antique Show (IFAAS), along with Swifty’s, hosted a reception at the Park Avenue Armory to celebrate the Park Avenue Tree Lighting and its supporters.

This winter will be the seventieth year in a row that trees have been lit on Park Avenue to honor all of the men and women who have died in our nation’s wars. The Park Avenue Tree Lighting is managed by the Fund for Park Avenue and is made possible each year by the contributions it receives from the community.   It’s an outstanding example of the role that private philanthropy can play in the life of our City.
Swifty's Cafe
The reception featured a book signing with Charlie Sheips. Published by Abrams, his newly-released book, “Elsie de Wolfe’s Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm,” describes in wonderful detail a lost moment in time using a treasure trove of unpublished photographs of Elsie’s 1939 “Circus Ball.” Potterton Books generously donated a percentage of the proceeds to The Fund.

The lighting of the 2014 Park Avenue trees will take place on Sunday, December 7th following a ceremony that begins at 6:30 p.m. outside the Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue @ 91st Street).
Charlie Scheips and the Potterton Group
The Fund for Park Avenue is a non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from the community to plant, light and maintain the trees and flowers on the Park Avenue Malls. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution, Please visit
Cornelia Guest and Robert Caravaggi
Pamela Schwegel, Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin, and AJ Schwegel
Eileen Judell and Susan Relyea
Konrad Keese
Kamie Lightburn, Martha Glass, and John Glass
Susan Burke and Nicole Limbocker
Barbara McLaughlin and Jamie Figg
Stephen Attoe and Robert Caravaggi
Jo-Ann Police, Derek Limbocker, and Karen Klopp
Patricia Burnham Brock and William Brock
Laura Whitman and Tom Danziger
Claire Bamundo and Jack Lynch
On October 15th, non-profit "Bridges of Understanding" held their annual awards dinner which honored Reem Acra at Lincoln Center. The award was presented by Steven Kolb, the CEO of the CFDA, and the event was co-chaired by philanthropists Cathie Black and Tom Harvey.

BOU is an organization aimed at bridging the cultural divide between Americans and the Arab world, by providing in-school education initiatives that pair high school classrooms in the US with their peers in the Middle East through a videoconferencing-based curriculum. The goal is to teach youth about their commonalities, to overcome the culture divide, to shift negative perceptions, and to grow towards a more empathetic future among nations. Previously held in DC, this was the first Building Bridges award dinner in NYC, and it honors individuals who further the mission and ethos of the organization. Lebanese designer, Reem Acra, is a perfect example of an empowered woman from the Middle East who has taken the basic cultural tradition of sewing which she learned from her mother, and harnessed it to become an entrepreneur and one of the world's top couture designers. She exemplifies the importance that the arts (and in this case fashion) have on building an understanding between peoples, especially during times of sociopolitical unrest.
Cathie Black, Cathie Hubbard, Fashion Designer Reem Acra, Luma Halazon, and Ambassador Karim Kawar
In addition to the presentation of the award, the evening included a performance by Saudi-American singer TamTam, as well as the premiere of an original piece by Arab-American playwright Heather Raffo (writer of "9 Parts of Desire") in tribute to Acra, and featuring famed Syrian opera singer Lubana AlQuntar.

Notable guests included: Reem Acra, Steven Kolb (CFDA), Cathie Black & Tom Harvey (co-chairs), Dr Mehmet Oz & his wife Lisa Oz, Ariel Foxman (InStyle), Bobbie Thomas (Today Show), Bevy Smith (Fashion Queens, Bravo), Noah Levy (Gossip Table), David Bradley (Owner, Altantic Media Group), and Dayle Haddon (Model).
Tam Tam, Noor Altamimi, Sarah Altamimi, and Reem Haj
Funds raised from the evening will in part allow Bridges of Understanding's education programs to find a home in New York City. In November of this year, a New York City public school in the Bronx will be the first school to bring "YouthTalk" to the area, and will later pilot a new middle school curriculum, "Bridges at School."

For more information, visit:
Broadway Actress Christine Andreas, Syrian Opera Singer Lubana Al Quintar, and Broadway Playwright Heather Raffo
Broadway Actress Julia Murney and Composer Steven Jamail
Lisa and Dr. Mehmet Oz
BOU Executive Director Faisal Al-Juburi, Brandon Cardet, and InStyle Magazine EIC Ariel Foxman
CFDA CEO Steven Kolb and Fashion Designer Reem Acra
Lisa Simonsen
Donna Chapman, Cathie Black, and Cathie Hubbard
Luma Halazon, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, and Rema Dupont
A couple weeks ago at the Metropolitan Tower, a globally-chic cocktail party was held by Kerry Whitaker to generate support for “Fashion Roars” (which takes place on November 13th), a fashion benefit produced by Katy Parnello of the Tellurides AIDS Benefit in Aspen, CO.

Fashion designers, New York’s elite, and philanthropists descended upon Metropolitan Towers’ private dining room and balcony to support the upcoming event and Generation Ubuntu (GenU), the organization behind it all. GenU provides comprehensive care to children living with HIV in South Africa.

75 VIP guests including John Elliot from CBS, fashion designer Azin Valy and award-winning photographer Gerardo Somoca attended the reception, where they enjoyed an African inspired mango bellini and pledged their support for the upcoming Fashion Roars event.
Judith Lustgarten, Andre Cox, Whitney Johson Kerry Whitaker, Ralph Worthington III, and Bob Munyati
Whitney Johnson, who founded GenU when she was just 21 years old, gave a heartfelt speech about the real reason for the gathering: the children of Generation Ubuntu. Ms. Johnson, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, has set her roots in Cape Town over the last decade in order to provide care and support for children living with HIV in Khayelitsha, one of South Africa’s largest and most impoverished townships. Ms. Johnson was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Westchester, and her excitement to be back in New York and share her passion and generate support was palatable.

Fashion Roars will be held on Thursday, November 13th at the Broad Street Ballroom. Azin Valy of CityZen, who will be featured at the show, dressed Ms. Johnson and Veronique Gautier of Leading Salons of the World in her iconic ‘city dresses’, using a global city’s physical areal landscape as a palate for high-end fashions.
Whitney Johnson, Ralph Worthington III, and Kerry Whitaker
GenU’s Fashion Roars promises to be a one-of-a-kind New York evening celebrating fashion, performance and global philanthropy. The evening includes a beautifully choreographed performance, live auction and DJ after-party.

Contact to learn how you can get involved. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased here. To learn more about Generation Ubuntu:
Kerry Whitaker, Nancy Moon, and Whitney Johnson
Jack Guttman, Kerry Whitaker, Jodi Stuart, and Jim Roiter
Kerry Whitaker and Tom Harritt
Annik Wolf and Robyn Deutsch
Carolyn Tenney and Annik Wolf
Lauren Marcell, Shay Behrens, and Bob Munyati
Jim Roiter, Jodi Stuart, and Jack Guttman
Veronique Gautier and Maren Sostmann
Nina Taselaar
Carol Roaman, Tsipi Ben-Haim, Kerry Whitaker, and Judith Lustgarten
Maren Sostmann, Tsipi Ben-Haim, and Katerina Soukhopalov
Ciara Sheridan and Azin Valy
Lauren Marcell, Shay Behrens, Hannah Smalley, Whitney Johnson, and Robyn Deutsch
Whitney Johnson, Maren Sostmann, and Macy Johnson
Photographs by (Safe Motherhood Initiative); Gregory Partanio  (A Year at the Helm); Annie Watt (Park Avenue); Jason DeCrow/AP Images (Light Up A Life);