Thursday, March 20, 2014


Franck Fleury, Astrid Munera, Elkin Varona, Adriana Herrera, Arun Sinha, Cristal Chung, Andrene Denniston, and Kristin Miller
On March 13, Members of the Carnegie Hall Notables and French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) Young Patrons enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a private recital featuring Ensemble ACJW at the French Consulate.

Notables Committee members J. Brooks and Adriana Herrera, along with Arun Sinha, were instrumental in making the evening a success. Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, Financier, and Veuve Cliquot were the evening's sponsors.
James G. Brooks, Jr., Jesse Newhouse, Stephanie Newhouse, and Hamish Bowles
Made up of music lovers in their 20s and 30s, the Notables bring a new kind of creative energy to the Hall. Notables support the educational programs of the Weill Music Institute and celebrate music through intimate discussions, concerts, cocktail parties, and more.

FIAF Young Patrons group offers great opportunities to meet and socialize with other young people who are passionate about French cultures through cocktail receptions, gallery visits with leading artists, and special events that give behind-the-scenes access to the best of France in New York.
Grace Fuller, Hayley Bloomingdale, Max Jones, and Cynthia Smith
Jason and Jordan Phillips
Laura Nicklas and Dovile Drizyte
Marie Monique Steckel
Elysia Dawn Ramasar, James Reed Hague, and Lee Hallman
Lizzy Brueggeman and Giuseppe Scarpa
Brook Christopher and Liz Smart
Grace Paulson and Brad Siembieda
Zev Eisenberg, Eiseley Tauginas, and Nadia Moshtaghi
Andrea Mauriers and Gael Duval
William Nichols and Coty Atwood
Gary Thomas and Brandon Sherr
Jerome and Camille Duval
Sahar Hakakian and Alex Goldberg
Danielle Masprangelo and Jessica Stambaugh
Elysia Dawn Ramasar and Lily Rogers
Kristin Miller and Andrene Denniston
Asher Simcoe and Hattie Gruber
Cecilia Mortimore and Isabelle Krusen
Cynthia Smith and Hamish Bowles
Winter Heat, an annual Benefit Gala that supports the Career Transition For Dancers mission, took place at the Edison Ballroom on Monday, March 10, 2014.

Benefit chairs included Janice Becker, Mercedes Ellington, Michele Riggi, and Maria Yang. The benefit committee included American Guild of Musical Artists AFL-CIO, Kelly DeMarco, Alexander J. Dubé, Cynthia G. Fischer, Esq., Nancy S. MacMillan, Susan Wicht, and Misty Widelitz.

There was a special performance by Arthur Murray Dance Center and music by Louis Bauzo and the Havana San Juan Orchestra.
Mercedes Ellington, Michele Riggi, Janice Becker, and Maria Yang
Nicole Noonan and Steven Knoble
Andrea Wright and Mercedes Ellington
Lan Rice and Cynthia Fischer with friends
Macie Fusco, Michele Riggi, and Nicole Rich
Maria Yang, Philip Yang, and Kelly DeMarco
Janice and Stuart Becker
Nancy MacMillan, Virginia Waldman, and Duncan MacMillan
Kent Drake, Andrea Wright, and friend
Nikki Atkins and Fe Saracino Fendi
Strahinja Lackovic, Irina Fedosova, Safwat Gerges, Sarah Mollison, and Christopher Gerges
Janice Becker, Mercedes Ellington, Maria Yang, Michele Riggi
Winter Heat at the Edison Ballroom
Christopher Gerges, Sarah Mollison, Strahinja Lackovic, and Irina Fedosova
Audrey Grieco and Dr. Anthony Grieco
On March 11, the Kelly Gang held its 10th Annual Kelly Gang St. Patrick's Day Benefit, raising $50,000 for the event's beneficiary The Bowery Mission, which has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers for over 135 years.

Raymond W. Kelly,
Former NYPD Commissioner, and Veronica Kelly, Director of Special Projects at the Bowery Mission, were honored by Michael Bloomberg as the evening's guests of honor. Nearly 200 people attended the dinner held at Michael's Restaurant.
Keith Kelly, Mike Kelly, Veronica Kelly, Ray Kelly, and Ed Kelly
The Kelly Gang started in the late 1990s as an impromptu group of media types with the surname Kelly who happened to land a few good jobs. The New York Post's Steve Dunleavy dubbed the group "The Kelly Gang" after catching one of their luncheons at Langans. In his column the next day he noted that in his native Australia the Kelly Gang was led by the infamous outlaw Ned Kelly, but that this group had Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly as one of its leaders. The name stuck.

Tragedy struck in 2003 when journalist Michael Kelly, one of the original members, became the first American journalist killed in the Iraq War. On St. Patrick's Day 2004 – which would have been his 47th birthday – the Kelly Gang held a benefit to raise money for the Tom & Jack Kelly Education Fund, benefiting Michael's two sons.
Ray Kelly, Veronica Kelly, and Michael Bloomberg
Over the past decade, the annual St. Patrick's Day Benefit has become a unique, invitation only, gathering of New York City's most influential players in media and publishing, bringing together industry leaders and contributors.

To date, they have raised over $500,000 for worthy causes, including the family of late editor and columnist Michael Kelly, The Kelly Cares Foundation, City Harvest, The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Tuesday's Children, Catholic Relief Services in Haiti, The Doe Fund, The Hunter's Hope Foundation, The Wounded Warrior Project, New Orleans Catholic Charities Crescent House, Operation Helping Hands, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Annie Moore Memorial Project.
David Conroy, Ed Kelly, Brian Kelly, and Keith Kelly
Jason Schechter, Ashley Bahnken, and Marc Lavorgna
Pammy and Jack Griffin
Connie Anne Phillips
Ed Morgan and Veronica Kelly
Valerie Salembier and Diane Finnerty
Emily Listfield and Kate Oldham
Elliot Smith and Kate Kelly Smith
Bill O'Reilly and David Tabacoff
On Tuesday, March 11th, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Cristina Cuomo, Sharon Jacob, Nathalie Kaplan, Alexandra Lebenthal, Annie Lansing, Gillian Hearst Simonds, Beth Taylor, and Genevieve Wheeler Brown were hosts for the evening as guests perused RAOUL's newest collection on the fourth floor of the iconic New York Store, Saks Fifth Avenue. The hosts donned looks from the RAOUL Spring/Summer 2014 collection to the event, setting the style standard sky-high for the evening.

The Singapore-based sportswear brand, RAOUL, is honored to be a supporter of the New York Botanical Gardens with a donation of $15,000 to the organization.
Alexandra Lebenthal, Annie Lansing, Karen Katzman, Genevieve Wheeler Brown, Sharon Jacob, and Nathalie Kaplan
The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.
Antonia Terjanian, Nathalie Kaplan, Johanna Kronfle, Fer Medina, and Victoria Heart
In addition to the hosts, guests included Dr. Elizabeth Comen, Jan Mercer Dahms, Christina de Marval, Naeem Delbridge, Eva Fahler, Dr. Dendy Engelman, Paige Hardy, Michelle Harper, Victoria Heart, Johanna Kronfle, Elizabeth Kurpis, Claudia Lebenthal, Melissa Lee, Stacy London, Julia Loomis, Ellen Lubman, Clare McKeon, Fernanda Medina, Gillian Miniter, Heather Mnuchin, Flora Petakas, Rowaida Plumeri, Amelia Prounis, Lauren Day Roberts, Susan Shin, Lauren Shortt, Christian Simonds, Antonia Terjanian, Carmen Torruela, Annabel Vartanian, Jorie Widener, Marcy Warren, Tanya Wells, and Nina Whitman among many others.
Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds
Cristina Cuomo
Serena Miniter, Sharon Jacob, Amelia Prounis, and Gillian Miniter
Stacy London
DJ Stef Nava
Lawrence Mitchell, Brian Stewart, and Max Katzman
Alexandra Lebenthal, Serena Miniter, and Gillian Miniter
Lauren Shortt and Tanya Wells
Claudia Lebenthal, Amelia Prounis, and Alexandra Lebenthal
Sharon Jacob and Clare McKeon
Dr. Elizabeth Comen, Cristina Cuomo, and Dr. Dendy Engelman
A week ago Wednesday, March 12th, the New York City Mission Society held the Champions for Children Gala at The Plaza. Valentino D. Carlotti --  a partner in Goldman, Sachs, Jean Shafiroff, and the Founders of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem, New York State's first charter school, Steven and Maureen Klinsky and William Allen were honored. Gala chairs for the evening were Lloyd W. Brown, II, John Moorhead and Stanley Rumbough.

Emcee Bill Ritter from WABC introduced the society's Interim Executive Director, Maria Orengo who kicked off proceedings, before each of the honorees were thanked individually by a Youth Ambassador, whose life has been directly influenced by the New York City Mission Society.
Lloyd W. Brown II, Khadim Diop, Isha Kamara, Deja Stewart, Jean Shafiroff, Valentino Carlotti, Nialah Jackson, Minhua Goa, Andy Caceres, and Maria Orengo
Khadim Diop introduced and presented the Community Service Award to the founders of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School, New York State's first charter school, Steven Klinsky and Minnie Goka. Andy Caceres introduced and presented the Champions for Children Award to Mr. Carlotti, The evening then concluded with New York City Mission Society youth ambassador, Deja Stewart, presenting the CFC Dina Merrill Hartley Award to Jean Shafiroff.

The presentations were followed by dinner and dancing. The Grand Ballroom was beautifully decorated with floral arrangements in the Society's key colors of green and white, generously donated by Benefit Member, Alix Astir of Trellis Fine Florals. Barclays was a corporate chair and Mercedes-Benz Fragrance provided a bottle of Eau de Toilette for each guest. A silent auction was also held where guest's submitted bids to win numerous luxury items and experiences, including a four-night stay at the Round Hill Resort of Jamaica as donated by the resort. 
Mission Society Youth Ambassadors
Guests included: former Mayor David N. Dinkins, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi, Mark Anthony Edwards, Dawne Marie Grannum, Leah Rumbough, Missy Kilroy, Andy Sforzini, Joseph Fichera, Cole Rumbough, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Brooke Laing, Sharon Bush, Joy Marks, Erik Bottcher, Alix Astir, Geoffrey Bradfield, Lola Ogunnaike, Roy Kean, B. Michael, Ike Ude, Chele Chiavacci, Richard Farley, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, Morgan O'Connor, Consuelo Costin, Herb Karlitz, George Ledes, Ann Rapp, Robert Chaloner, Dana Auslander, R. Couri Hay, Christine Schott, Ann Rapp, Roy Kean, Dana Auslander, Dr. Penny Grant, Joyce Isabelle and Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo.
Cole Rumbough and Lucia Hwong Gordon
Kiera Rumbough, Cole Rumbough, Leah Rumbough, and Stanley Rumbough
New York City Mission Society, founded in 1812, is one of the oldest social service agencies in the country.  For more than 200 years, they have been helping New York City children, youth, and families break the cycle of poverty to create a cycle of success for generations to come through comprehensive programs that focus on the areas of education, workforce development, prevention, youth development and community building.

The Society owns and operates Minisink Townhouse, a community center in Central Harlem where programs promote academic enrichment, work experience, positive youth development and healthy family relationships. The organization alsopartners with nine public schools year round, including summer and holidays, in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx to provide academic support and enrichment programs.

Throughout its tenure, the New York City Mission Society has maintained its core values of dignity, kindness and respect for every person served, which have helped it become one of New York City's most effective social services organizations.
Valentino Carlotti
Maureen and Steven Klinsky
Steven Klinsky, Erica Ewing, Michelle Haynes, and Mini Hota
Morgan O'Connor, Kiera Rumbough, and Cole Rumbough
Charles Catherine and Alix Astir
Steven Klinsky, Michelle Haynes, Mayor David Dinkins, Jean Shafiroff, Valentino Carlotti, Maria Orengo, Lloyd Brown, and Derek Steinhauser
Consuelo Costin, Pamela O'Connor, and Morgan O'Connor
Dawne Marie Grannum and Mayor David Dinkins
Oscar Plotkin and Sharon Bush
Recently, Palm Beacher Danielle Hickox Moore was a guest at a reception honoring Hanley Center, but it was her announcement that managed to steal the show at the intimate gathering.

Joanie and Paul Van der Grift
provided the perfect setting in their beautiful Palm Beach home for the reception. Arrivals made their way over a koi pond and into a lush garden and pool area for passed hors d'oeuvres. They chatted with old and new Hanley supporters and made quick friends with the Van der Grift's beautiful and well-behaved pooches.

When it came time to move inside, Mike Hanley, son of Hanley Center founders Mary Jane and Jack Hanley, told guests about his parents' vision nearly 30 years ago to provide a local resource for families seeking quality care for addiction treatment right here at home. He stressed Hanley Center's focus on treating the whole family and the mission to provide comprehensive addiction treatment and recovery for life.
Paul and Joanie Van der Grift
Christy and Tim Gannon
Mary Davidson and Mike Hanley
Hanley introduced the evening's co-host, Nellie Benoit, who has been very public with her family's own struggle with the disease of addiction. After two years of co-chairing Hanley and Caron Treatment Centers' annual gala, Benoit announced that she has agreed to serve as the volunteer chairman of the expansion project's young adult and adolescent programming.

Benoit introduced Danielle Moore who announced a $1 million grant from the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation for the adolescent and young adult treatment center. The dollar-for-dollar matching grant stipulates that the matching gifts must come from new donors to Hanley Center.
Steven and Laurie Gottlieb
Becky and Jim Myers
Anne Keresey and Carol McCracken
Based in West Palm Beach, Hanley Center is a nonprofit residential substance abuse treatment center campus established by the Hanley family as a community resource. It has become a vital community pillar and national trailblazer for the recovery industry in the years since. Hanley Center has led the treatment industry as a pioneer-- with older adult and boomer programs setting a hallmark for effective treatment and the industry standard for treating those populations today.

Now, Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit addiction treatment providers in the country, focused on a 12-Step recovery program with a powerful clinical component. In South Florida, Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers operate lifesaving addiction treatment centers at Hanley Center, Caron Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance in Palm Beach County; and Gate Lodge in Vero Beach.

For more information on Caron and Hanley Treatment Centers, or to donate to the young adult and adolescent expansion project, please call (561) 841-1211 or visit
Nellie Benoit, Rachel Docekal, and Dani Moore
Kim Lawrie and Vicki Halmos
Peter and Connie Lacaillade
David and Betty Scaff
Muffie and Stephen Murray
Photographs by Patrick McMullan & Jamie Santamour (Carnegie Hall); David Dupuy/ (Winter Heat); Corby Kaye's Studio Palm Beach (Kravis); Doug Goodman (Kelly Gang).