Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town ...

Sold out NY City Center for Career Transition for Dancers 29th Jubilee.
ROLEX presented NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town Career Transition For Dancers’ 29th Anniversary Jubilee earlier this month at New York City Center, followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Angela Lansbury received the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. James Earl Jones, Ms. Lansbury’s Driving Miss Daisy co-star presented her with the award.  The 2014 Career Transition For Dancers Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance Awards went to Janice Galli Becker, Fe Saracino Fendi, and Joe Tremaine & Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions. The evening raised $1,087,000 for Career Transition For Dancers programs.

From Broadway to the Battery, NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town took the elegantly be-gowned & black-tied crowd on a rockin’ ride through the most inimitable, iconic entertainment capital of the world - a mecca for arts and culture.  The show once again produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo was a 90 minute non-stop, high kickin’, electrifying evening that left the audience breathless.
James Earl Jones presented Angela Lansbury with the ROLEX Dance Award
Special guests included Paula Abdul, Chita Rivera, Chuck Scarborough, legendary prima Ballerina & CTFD Chairman Emerita Cynthia Gregory  with breathtaking and sexy performances by artists from: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; American Ballet Theatre; Arthur Murray Dance Center, Columbus Circle; Ballet Hispanico; Jonah Bokaer; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Industrial Rhythm; Silva Dance Company; and Tony Waag’s American Tap Dance Foundation. The Rockette Alumnae and Karen Ziemba’s performance of “I Want to Be A Rockette” was just one of the many numbers to draw a standing ovation. Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez also created a special number with music composed by Steven Jamail, Music Director & Supervisor for Rosie O’Donnell and her Rosie’s Theater Kids. Ballet Hispanico wins the prize for the most sensual performance of the night – which they continued at the after party at the Hilton!
Chuck Scarborough welcomes Chita Rivera
Ms. Abdul gave a lovely shout out to her first teacher Honoree Joe Tremaine before introducing her new protégé Michael Dameski. Only 18, Dameski, one of the most versatile and sought after young performers, made his musical theatre debut in “Billy Elliot” in Australia; later performing the lead on Broadway and then for the US National Tour. In Australia on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, he was the ‘Winner of SYTYCD Australia 2014’. He was a recent guest performer on FOX’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ US Finale. Dameski brought down the house with his super-charged, sensual and athletic solo.
Sotheby's Hugh Hildesley helped garner over $140,000 from bidders
The 29th Anniversary Chairs are Anka K. Palitz, and Susan & Stewart Wicht.  Gala Chairs are Avery & Andrew Barth, Janice & Stuart Becker, Victor Elmaleh, Fe & Alessandro Saracino Fendi, Michele & Lawrence Herbert, John Kimmins, Nancy & Duncan MacMillan, Phillip S. Masters, Michele & Ronald Riggi, Joe Tremaine, and Misty Widelitz. Janice Becker is the Dinner Chair; Ann Van Ness, Auction Chair; and Craig Dix, Journal Chair.

Vice Chairs are Alexander J. Dubé, Mercedes Ellington, Christina Rose, and Irene & Fred Shen. 29th Anniversary Jubilee Sponsors: Dance Magazine and Pointe; Misty Widelitz; Sono Osato & Victor Elmaleh; Joe Tremaine & Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions; Janice & Stuart Becker; Fe & Alessandro Saracino Fendi; Condé Nast; Official Wine Sponsor was Gianni Russo.   
Tony Waag's American Tap Dance Foundation
Dance Theater of Harlem performs Mother Popcorn from Return
World Premiere of New York Church of Mambo choreographed by Alex Sanchez
American Ballet Theatre's Veronika Part and Blaine Hoven in the pas de deux from Seven Sonatas
The brilliant Michael Dameski
Karen Ziemba & The Rockettes Alumni in I want to be a Rockette
Samba by Silva Dance Company
Career Transition For Dancers, founded in 1985, enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop skills necessary to excel in post-performance professions. With of­fices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and a mobile National Outreach Project, Career Transition For Dancers has provided more than 6,200 dancers with over 61,000 hours—equivalent to approximately $5.2 million—of career counseling and program services, and has awarded millions of dollars in educational scholarships and entrepreneurial grants.

The organization has helped thousands of dancers throughout the US take their first steps towards discovering reward­ing post-performance careers. The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is located at 165 W 46 Street, Suite 701 (at Broadway – the Actors’ Equity Building) NYC 10036. 

Career Transition For Dancers is a proud recipient of a 2013 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre.  To learn more about the organization and interact with the various services it provides online, please visit­  
Paula Abdul and Michael Dameski
Michele Riggi and Alexander Dube
CTFD Honorees Fe Saracino Fendi, Joe Tremaine, and Janice Galli Becker
James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury
Michele Riggi and honoree Joe Tremaine
Cynthia Fischer, Angela Lansbury, Cynthia Gregory, and Chita Rivera
Michelle and Larry Herbert
Ann and Bill Van Ness
Patricia Shiah
Susan Gutfreund and Larry Kaiser
Adam Pollet, Jennifer Becker Pollet, and Stuart Becker
Victor Elmaleh, Sono Osato, and Anka Palitz
Lucia Hwong Gordon
Honoree Janice Galli Becker and Stuart Becker
Mercedes Ellington
Barbara Taylor Bradford and Robert Bradford
Richard and Donna Soloway
Katherine and Gary Andreassen
Edgar Batista, Margo Langenberg, and Edward Callaghan
Thomas and Patricia Shiah
Bill Cunningham
Gigi Fisdale
Prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory and Ann Marie DeAngelo
Alex Dube and Anka Palitz
Barbara and Peter Regna
Candace Gonzalez, Ann Van Ness, and Caroline Lieberman
Anka Palitz, Jean Shafiroff, and Lucia Hwong Gordon
The dance pros take the floor ...
Ballet Hispanico rocked the party
The Board of Directors of the Women’s Committee of Central Park Conservancy hosted its Annual Fall Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Monday, October 20th. The sold out fundraiser raised over $186,000 and was attended by over 400 guests.

Lynn Sherr and John McEnroe
The event began with a welcome reception followed by a luncheon, which included a lively conversation between world renowned athlete and lifelong New Yorker John McEnroe and celebrated news journalist Lynn Sherr.

Karen T. May, President of the Women’s Committee, was joined by Co-Chairmen Nyssa Kourkaos, Kamie Lightburn, Neda Navab, and Valerie Ohrstrom. Additional notable attendees included Adelina Wong Ettelson, Mary Pat Christie, Adrienne Vittadini, Carol Mack, Liz Peek, Caryn Zucker, Yesim Phillip, Deborah Roberts, Hilary Geary Ross, Karen LeFrak, Gillian Miniter, Eleanora Kennedy, Lise Evans, Fe Fendi, Jamee Gregory, Mai Hallingby-Harrison and Paige Hardy.

“This year’s Fall Luncheon, our most successful to date, once again brought together many of our most enthusiastic supporters for a wonderful event overlooking beautiful Central Park,” said Women’s Committee President, Karen May.

The event was generously supported by Van Cleef & Arpels for the 4th consecutive year.
Lynn Sherr and John McEnroe
The Women's Committee is a group of dynamic women who are dedicated to the beautification and preservation of Central Park, raising 15% of Central Park Conservancy’s Annual Budget. Founded in 1983 by four visionary women, the Women’s Committee has been instrumental in increasing awareness and raising funds for many Park projects including: reconstruction of the Dana Discovery Center, renovation of Safari Playground, and re-creation of the Urns at Bow Bridge.

The Women's Committee is proud to host four of New York's premier charitable events: the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, the Women’s Committee Fall Luncheon, the Playground Partners Winter Luncheon, and the Annual Family Party in Heckscher Playground. The Committee is responsible for the management of many Parkwide programs including: Adopt-A-Bench, Tree Trust, Playground Partners, Daffodils and Tulips Donations, Perimeter Association, Conservancy Docents, and Olmsted Visionaries.
Valerie Ohrstrom, Kamie Lightburn, Nyssa Kourakos, Karen Thornwell May, Neda Navab, and Lynn Sherr
Judy Hart Angelo, Mary Pat Christie, and Elaine Langone
Valerie Ohrstrom, Neda Navab, Nyssa Kourakos, and Kamie Lightburn
Karen LeFrak, Gillian Miniter, and Hilary Geary Ross
Kate Gellert, Nancy Missett, and Samantha Gellert
Kay and John McEnroe
Sharon Jacob and Suzie Aijala
Lise Evans, Alexia Leuschen, and Amandine Freidheim
Luanne Blowers and Sheila Labrecque
Noreen Buckfire and Antonia Paternó-Castello
Suzanne Cochran, John McEnroe, Lynn Sherr, and Tom Kempner
Last month, superstar artists Itzhak Perlman, violin, and Emanuel Ax, piano, gave an intimate recital at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, performing sonatas by Richard Strauss and Fauré—the same works that will be included on their upcoming album. The performance benefited the subsidized services and community programming of The DiMenna Center, as well as The Perlman Music Program, which trains and nurtures young string players of rare talent.

The DiMenna Center is the home of Orchestra of St. Luke's, and New York City's only facility dedicated to classical music rehearsal and recording.
Emanuel Ax and PMP Board Co-Chair Itzhak Perlman
David Bury, Judy Zankel, OSL Board Chairman Norman Benzaquen, OSL Board Member Georgia Frasch, and OSL President Emeritus Marianne Lockwood
Dan and Monique Goldwasser with Howard Solomon
DiMenna Center Council Co-Chair Emme Deland and Phyllis Levin
Emanuel and Yoko Ax
Frances Resheske and OSL President Emeritus Marianne Lockwood
DiMenna Center Council Co-Chair Emme Deland, OSL Executive Director Katy Clark, OSL Board Member Georgia Frasch, and PMP Board Co-Chair Itzhak Perlman
OSL Board Member Georgia Frasch, PMP Board Co-Chair Itzhak Perlman, and Ronald Frasch
James Lally and OSL Board Member Helen Lally
Barbara Gladstone and friends
OSL Board Member Janet Seidler and Charles Seidler, and OSL Board Member Carol Grossman
Jonathan Deland and DiMenna Center Council Co-Chair Emme Deland, and Karen Kochevar
Judi Flom, David Hyde Pierce, OSL Vice President Charles Hamlen, and Judy Zankel
OSL Executive Director Katy Clark and OSL Board Member Dr. Norman Haffner
Leila Straus
Matthew Feldman, Charlottle Lee, PMP Board Co-Chair Itzhak Perlman, and David Lai
Brian Fisher and OSL Board Member Joanna Fisher
OSL Board Member Steven Leifer with Helen and Martin Donner
Rachel and Dr. Larry Norton, and PMP Board Co-Chair Toby Perlman
Roger Alcaly, Stuart and Linda Nelson, and Helen Bodian
OSL Board Member Steven Leifer, Karen and Michael Zeigler, and OSL Board Member Dr. Norman Haffner
PMP Board Member Vicki Kellogg and Michael Finn
Susan Gottsegen and OSL Board Member Peter Gottsegen
On Monday, September 29, the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation held its annual Gala Dinner and Presentation of Honors at the newly refurbished Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center. They honored Phyllis Lambert and David Adjaye OBE, a London-based architect who is currently working on the design of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Mrs. Lambert is the daughter of the late Samuel Bronfman who built the House of Seagram. Mrs. Lambert was very influential in the building of that now great landmark by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. She is highly regarded for her knowledge and support and her dedication to the architect's work.
Rainbow Room - from upper balcony
Michael Boodro, Anita Sarsedi, Mitchell Owens, and Barbara Freidmann
Stephanie Stokes and Tom Kligerman
Brain Sawyer and Judith Prause
Henry Neville, Wendy Moonan, and Ulrich Leben
Anne Kriken Mann, Joanna Bird, and Susanne Santry
Brandon Correll, Joshua Amores, Joel Barkley, Brian McCarthy, and Todd Klein
Zoe Ryan, Barry Bergdoll, and Barbara Pine
Lucy and Nat Day, Suzy Grote, and Jeanne Butler
Ashley and David Adjaye
Anne Ashmore-Hudson and Jim Hudson
Scott Cummings, Philae Dominick, and Evan and Tricia Stewart
Martini man, Sarah Ehrlich, and Liz Hall
Mary Anne Hunting, Nick Stern, MaryLouise Napier Zuzunaga, and Courtney Stern
Augusta Barone, Mabel Wilson, Mario Gooden, and Alan Robinson
Chippy Irvine and Betty Scott
Becky Birdwell and Chris Lytle
Michael Gabellini and Cintra McGauley
Bob Stern and Nick Stern
Fred Bernstein, Birch Coffey, Anne Edgar, Sam Roche, and Dave Sussman
Hermes Mallea, Jim and Liz Friedlander, and Carey Maloney
Jan Aronson, Matthew Bronfman, Honoree Phyllis Lambert, Charles Bronfman, Stacey Bronfman, and Rita Bronfman
Monty Freeman, Honoree Phyllis Lambert, Abraham Thomas, and Fred Bernstein
Barrie Pickering and Maggie Carey
Richard Sammons and Charles Miers
Presenters Adam Lerner and Thelma Golden with Honoree David Adjaye
Colette Arredondo with John Soane figure and John Flower
A happy gala guest on departure
Photographs by Annie Watt (Career Transition For Dancers); Billy Farrell Agency (CPC).