Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New York Lifelines

Lifeline New York Board members
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine, as accompanied by Mrs. Alison Andrews and HRH Prince Dimitri, hosted the fourth Annual Benefit Luncheon for Lifeline New York at Le Cirque on Thursday October 23rd.

The event was organized by Lifeline Humanitarian Organization New York, a non-profit whose patron is Princess Katherine. The proceeds will go towards the purchase of medical equipment for children's hospitals in Serbia. The special guest appearance was by Metropolitan Opera Baritone Željko Lučić.

Lifeline New York's Board President David Hryck introduced Crown Prince Alexander who welcomed guests including Lady Lully Gibbons, Cheri Kaufman, Susan Gutfreund and Kyle Wool and expressed his gratitude for his wife's "involvement" with the foundation before lunch was served.
Prince Alexander, Princess Katherine, and Prince Dmitri
Following the appetizers, Cheri Kaufman introduced Serbian opera star, the baritone, Željko Lučić, who performed a Verdi Aria accompanied by Mr. Djordje Nesic on piano. After lunch, Princess Katherine was introduced by David Hryck and spoke about how "it is not the title that makes a person, but the time they take to make a difference." The Princess became emotional as she described the struggle that her country has been through, and the desperate need for medical supplies and equipment. She thanked all of her friends in the room and expressed how their presence had "recharged" her and provided her with hope that by talking with the right people, and fighting with a smile, change would come and improve Serbian conditions.

The winners of the Silent Auction items, including two tickets to the 2015 Tony Awards, tennis balls signed by Novak Djokovic, and Meissen Porcelain Jewelry were then announced while guests enjoyed coffee and dessert. Tiffany & Co., Marina B, Meissen Couture, Duccio Ventruri, L. Raphael Geneve, Beauty Spa, and DeGorsi Luxury Consultancy provided auction items.
Cheri Kaufman, Sharon Bush, and Janna Bullock
Guests included: Paula Bacchini, Susan Bakeer, Janna Bullock, Penelope Collins, Audrey Gruss, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Mush Katkol, Karen Klopp, Kamie Lightburn, Sirio Maccione, Brian Murphy, Maria Pellecchi, Della Rounick, Sana Sabbagh, Jean Sharifoff, Bill Slight, Dora Tomanovich, Christine Triant, Svetlana Wachell, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Lifeline New York is a non-profit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Donations are tax deductible within the limits of the law. Our work is made possible through donations from people like you who care about other people. Lifeline New York tax identification number is 20-8695829.
David Hyrke and Dora Tomanovich
Della Rounick, Bill Sclight, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and friend
Audrey Gruss and Susan Gutfreund
Janna Bullock and Karen Klopp
Sirio Maccioni and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Mush Katkol, Sharon Bush, and Brian Murphy
Kamie Lightburn, Bill Sclight, and Paula Bacchini
Penelope Collins and Christine Triant
Andrew and Dora Economides
Over 600 supporters turned out for Wall Street Rocks’ Benefit Concert at Highline Ballroom on Monday, November 10th.  This end of year show on the eve of Veteran’s Day benefited ReserveAid, which provides financial support to Reservists and National Guard members who are currently deployed or who have recently returned from deployment.  SiriusXM Host Eddie Trunk emceed the evening, which featured a concert from an All-Star Band of musicians including John Popper of Blues Traveler, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers, Will Lee and Anton Fig from The Late Show with David Letterman, and Martin Guigui.
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons
Wall Street Rocks co-founders George Chrisafis and Leslie Kirby hosted a VIP reception to kick off the evening with speeches from John Withrow from ReserveAid, Vince McGowan from United War Veterans Council, Stephen Daffron, Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Data Corporation at Morgan Stanley, Daniel Vargas from Operation Finally Home along with Author & Veteran Mike Scotti.  Each spoke of the importance of giving back to our nation’s veterans as guests including iPark CEO & Billy4Kids Founder Bill Lerner and Marcella de Martin led the applause.
Blues Traveler's John Popper
Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers
Wall Street Rocks is a collaboration of employees in the financial, technology and entertainment industries, who are passionate about giving support to heroic Americans who serve our nation, including military veterans and first responders. Over the last four years, Wall Street Rocks has raised over $350,000 for our nation’s heroes. For more information about Wall Street Rocks, please visit
Steve Daffron, Ron Kolber, and Lynette and Hank Hyatt
Marcella de Martin and Billy Lerner
Natalie Anise and Eddie Trunk
George Chrisafis and Costas Kellas
Mike Scottie and John Withrow
Fara Hain Zerto and Cathy Andersen
The American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) honored Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and CEO of WPP, with the organization's prestigious National Scopus Award on November 6, 2014 at The Pierre. The event was chaired by MacAndrews & Forbes Chairman and CEO Ronald O. Perelman, and attended by distinguished international leaders in the media and communications industries.

Sir Martin received the coveted National Scopus Award in recognition of his commitment to Israel, Jewish values, education, and humanitarian concerns, as well as his staunch support for The Hebrew University and its mission.
Sir Martin Sorrell being interviewed about his life and career by PBS host Charlie Rose
"I am very honored and extremely flattered to receive the Scopus Award. Through its Nobel Prize-winning research and history of academic success, The Hebrew University is one of the finest institutions of higher learning around the world," said Sir Martin. "I am sure my mom and dad are looking down with great pride that a little Jewish boy from northwest London could end up on the top of Mt. Scopus."

The gala raised over $1 million to benefit American Friends of The Hebrew University, the recruitment of outstanding young faculty at The Hebrew University, and a new university initiative to establish an international MBA Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Ronald Perelman, Charlie Rose, Sir Martin Sorrell, and Robert K. Kraft
The gala's vice chairmen were Donald A. Baer of Burson-Marsteller, Bank of America, Phillippe Dauman of Viacom, Discovery Communications, Irwin Gotlieb of GroupM, Christopher Graves of Oglivy Public Relations, James R. Heekin of the Grey Group, Donna Imperato of Cohn & Wolfe, Lois Jacobs of Landor Associates, Bob Jeffrey of JWT, Robert K. Kraft, Jack Martin of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Meera and Marc O. Mayer, Avner Mendelson of Bank Leumi USA, Daniel Morel of Wunderman, Curt Myers of Davis & Gilbert LLP, News Corporation, David Sable of Y&R, Eric Salama of Kantar, Jon Steinberg of Daily Mail and Miles Young of Oglivy & Mather.

To learn more about AFHU's National Scopus Award Gala, visit
Sir Martin Sorrell with Israel's Consul General in New York, Amb. Ido Aharoni
Ronald O. Perelman, Robert K. Kraft, and Lorraine Bracco
Close to 600 guests gathered Tuesday evening at the Marriott Marquis for the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter’s 20th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit. The benefit raised $1,000,000 with proceeds going to the fight against ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Honorees included former New York Yankee Don Mattingly, former New York Met Keith Hernandez and former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris.

Dorine Gordon, President & CEO of the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter said, “We are grateful to our supporters for their commitment over the last twenty years. We continue to fulfill our mission of fighting this terrible disease by funding research and providing care for our patients and their families.”
Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter, Allen Popowitz (Board Chair), Jeffrey Loria (Dinner Co-Chair), and Keith Hernandez
The Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to BNY Mellon and accepted by BNY Mellon Chairman and CEO Gerald L. Hassell who was joined by Thomas A. Renyi, former Chairman and CEO of The Bank of New York.   

“We are proud to support the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter as it helps lead the fight against ALS,” said Hassell. “It is an honor to receive such a distinguished award from an organization dedicated to saving lives from this tragic disease.”
Allen Popowitz, Don Mattingly, Dorine Gordon, Keith Hernandez, Bob Costas, and Franco Harris
In addition, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, General Partner and Vice Chairperson of the New York Yankees and President of the New York Yankees Foundation and Liz Martin, Director of Team Partnerships, Steiner Sports Memorabilia, Inc., presented a check for $30,000, which was raised from a special New York Yankee game worn Jersey auction conducted by Steiner Sports. This special auction took place on July 2, 2014 in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s Farewell speech.

Derek Jeter paid tribute to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Founders Anthony Senerchia, Patrick Quinn and Peter Frates.

Bob Costas served as Master of Ceremonies with Howard Cross serving as the auctioneer. Sports luminaries David Cone, Rod Gilbert and Tommy John were also in attendance along with actor Eddie Redmayne, who stars as Stephen Hawking in the upcoming film The Theory of Everything.
As one of The ALS Association's leading chapters, the Greater New York Chapter serves patients and families throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, and Northern & Central New Jersey. The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter plays a major role in promoting the mission to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS.  ALSA is a member of the National Health Council.
Dorine Gordon, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, and Liz Martin
Jeanette and Anthony Senerchia, Derek Jeter, and Patrick and Jenn Quinn
Kevin Brown Thompson and Derek Jeter
Kevin Brown Thompson and family with Eddie Redmayne
The 8th Annual Ackerman Institute for the Family “Moving Families Forward Gala” was held Monday, October 20th at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The 2014 Moving Families Forward Gala honored: Andrew Solomon, Internationally Acclaimed Award-winning Writer, Speaker, and Lecturer, with the Ackerman Partner Award; and Linda Dishy, Ackerman Board Member, with the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award.
Tamsen Fadal, Lois Braverman, Suzanne Murphy, Javier Gomez, and Martha Fling
The gala was hosted by Tamsen Fadal, four-time Emmy-winning PIX 11 News Anchor, and host of Broadway Profiles. This is the third consecutive year that Tamsen has supported the gala, and her first as host. The gala benefits the vital programs and ongoing services for children, families, and adults at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Ackerman Institute for the Family’s Gala Co-Chairs were Martha Fling, Founder & Managing Member of Drake Libby, and Alice K. Netter. Honorary Chairs were John R. O’Neill, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal, & Kathleen O’Neill.
Laurie Sprayregen, Alice Netter, and James Sprayregen
VIP attendees included: Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family; Tamsen Fadal; Andrew Solomon; Linda Dishy; Jeannie Ackerman Curhan; Martha Fling; Alice K. Netter; C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s; The Chris Gillespie Quartet; Scott Stanford, Lead Sports Anchor, PIX 11 News & Host WWE; Mr. G., four-time Emmy-winning PIX 11 News Weatherman; John Muller, Anchor PIX 11 News; Rich Graziano,  President and General Manager of PIX 11; Tim Morehouse, U.S. Olympic silver medalist and founder of Fencing in the Schools; Rachael Kun Morehouse, five time Emmy winning Producer, 60 Minutes; Carl and Valerie Kempner;Marie C. Wilson, co-founder of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, founder & President Emerita of The White House Project, and The Ms. Foundation for Women; Suzanne Murphy, Head of Strategic Development at Magnolia Road Capital; James Grant, President & CEO, JGPR; Javier Gomez, noted fine art photographer & host; Camilla Barungi, Model, Entrepreneur, and Activist of Project Runway fame and Patricia von Musulin, jewelry designer.
Michele Scheinkman, Lois Braverman, and Marie Wilson
Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges.  One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.
Arnold Syrop and Linda Dishy
Tamsen Fadal, Chris Gillespie, and Martha Fling
Nina Taselaar
Javier Gomez and Camilla Barungi
Valerie and Carl Kempner
Kristy Rao and Javier Gomez
Lois Braverman, Andrew Solomon, and Tamsen Fadal
Pieter Taselaar, Amy and Greg Eagen, and Nina Taselaar
Silvia Espinal, Dorimar Morales, and Erika Klein
ANDRUS's Light Up the Night fall gala raised $140,000 to benefit its programs and sensory therapy work serving children and families throughout the New York metro area. On October 24th, more than 160 guests gathered with benefit Co-Chairs Jon Dorf, Lori Henry and Susan Guma, at Westchester Country Club to raise funds for ANDRUS and celebrate two incredible members of the community; Dan Bena of PepsiCo and Andrew Malcolm, a 1948 graduate of ANDRUS.

The event's "Fund the Future" special appeal generated $30,000 specifically to fund ANDRUS's Sensory/Body Regulation Program, which fosters the mind/body connection to help children cope with stress and trauma. Identifying effective means to manage stress can be transformative for children and provide valuable skills that will serve them well, far beyond their ANDRUS experience.

"Our annual benefit is a celebration of ANDRUS's commitment to children and families and a chance for us to honor individuals like Dan and Andrew who make significant contributions to their communities near and far," said Acting President and CEO Bryan R. Murphy, "We are grateful to our partners, sponsors, co-chairs, Board and staff for supporting this vital work and joining us to celebrate."
Honorees Andrew Malcolm and Dan Bena
Each year, honoree Andrew Malcolm, a 1948 graduate of ANDRUS, makes a six-hour Santa Claus-inspired pilgrimage from Rochester, NY to Yonkers to distribute presents to ANDRUS children and give back to the organization that he credits with transforming his life. While Andy enhances children's lives on a local scale, honoree Dan Bena has spent decades advocating for children on the global stage through his sustainable development and operations outreach work for PepsiCo Global Operations.

ANDRUS nurtures social and emotional well-being in children and their families by delivering a broad range of vital services and by providing research, training and innovative program models that promotes standards of excellence for professional performance in and beyond its service community.
ANDRUS Acting President and CEO Bryan R. Murphy with his wife Brooke Baran
ANDRUS Director, Institutional Advancement Alessandra Rose and Gala Co-Chair Jon Dorf
Founded in 1928, ANDRUS today is a family-centered organization offering an array of innovative programs to help children, families and communities meet their full potential. Serving Westchester County from 14 locations, ANDRUS's main site is a 107-acre campus in North Yonkers, where the agency offers residential and day treatment for local children as well as surrounding counties. ANDRUS also operates the Andrus Center for Learning and Innovation and the ANDRUS Sanctuary Institute, which has provided training and consultation to over 300 organizations worldwide in the use of a trauma-sensitive model for treatment and organizational change. Visit for more information.
ANDRUS Vice President of Community-Based Programs Kerron Norman with Mr. and Mrs. Bradley and Barbara Baran
Demo DiMartile, Pajama Program Founder and Executive Director Genevieve Piturro, and Bryan R. Murphy
Nicole Pelose and guest
Mr.and Mrs. Andrew Roth
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley and Barbara Baran with ANDRUS Vice President of Human Resources and Knowledge Management Tito Del Pilar
Brooke Baran, Leslie Zeller, Tyrone Hodge, and Barbara Baran
Photographs by Ann Billingsley (ALS); Erico Leopoldo Ribeiro (Ackerman).