|On Wednesday, May 21st at Cipriani 42nd Street, El Museo del Barrio held its annual Gala. Over 500 dinner guests were greeted with the signature Cipriani Bellini, followed by dinner and welcoming remarks from Tony Bechara and Jorge Daniel Veneciano. Designer Alejandro Ingelmo was honored with the Artistic Achievement Award, Present by Teen Vogue's Editor in Chief, Amy Astley. Andy Unanue presented Maria Eugenia Maury and Dr. William A. Haseltine with the award, named in memory of his father, Joseph A. Unanue Trustee Leadership Award. The Gala Chair was CuCu Diamantes and the Gala Co-Chairs were Andrés Levin, Anita Durst, Lex Fenwick, and Cathy and Alex López Negrete.|
|Artist CuCu Diamantes asked friends Ray Smith to do an artist invention and Jessica Sophia Mitrani to do the artistic details, which complimented Jerónimo Gaxiola Balsa's events décor. Gala Chair Cucu Diamantes put a spin on the night by bringing original art and sounds to the evening. Ray Smith's series of wooden candelabras titled "Candelaria" was produced in his studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. This was the finished first project for his studio since superstorm Sandy after the studio was destroyed in October 2012. This series of 50 unique sculptures was available at auction at the event.
This year's Gala also featured a memorable performance by CuCu Diamantes. Co-Chair Andrés produced the Gala's entertainment, which included a special reunion performance by Yerba Buena, the Grammy nominated Latin fusion band which Andrés and CuCu founded. The opening performance was by The Pedrito Martínez Group.
|"This was an evening of great pride for Latins and an evening of great interest to non-Latins; we couldn't possibly imagine a better moment for our band to make a special reunion appearance, the first in five years — it was special. The gala was like no other with dancing till the wee hours," said the Gala Chair. CuCu Diamantes performed with her band and with Levin's reuniting their band " yerba buena" — and debuted her new song "Pecados de Picasso" (sins of Picasso) in collaboration with artist Ray Smith. The event's décor and entertainment were both inspired by Pablo Picasso; the night was led by a group of music and visual artists donating their time to celebrate a museum that supports the El Museo community.
Notable guests who attended included Susan Sarandon, Gabriela Isler Miss Universe, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Kiara Kabukurub, Grace Mahary, Ambassador Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Francois Payard, Jessica Joffe, Amy Astley, Carlos Campos, Ray Smith and Mark Seliger.
|Patrons who attended included: Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, Tony Bechara (Chair of El Museo's Board), Estrellita Brodsky, Emerson Barth, Courtney Bennett, Ambassador Sandra Fuentes- Berain, Ali Cordero Casal, Doris Casap, Jill Demling, Anita Durst, Yaz and Valentin Hernández, Gaily and John Beinecke, Perla Capriles, Michael García, Francisco X. Gonzalez and Jeannette M. Baez, Frank Burgel and America Gonzalez, Florence Haseltine, Mara Haseltine, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Heimann, Mark Holgate, Warren James, Michael Kaiser, Susan Kaufman, Jerome Levy, Alexandra Lebenthal and Jeremy Diamond, Galerie Lelong, Cathy and Alex Lopez Negrete, Leslie Dumont and Fred Levin, Marcia and Richard Mishaan, Mary and Larry McCaffrey, Enrique Norten, Patricia and Ramiro Ortiz, Raphael Montanez Ortiz, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos, Leticia and Rick Presutti, Keith Pollick, Roxanne Robinson, Tracey and Phillip Riese, Daniel Rachmanis, Patti and Juan Ruiz-Healy, Yolanda Santos, Ray Smith, Norma and David Smith, Pedro Torres, August Uribe, Carmen Ana Unanue, Andy and Marie Unanue, and Marie and Andy Unanue, Sabrina Wirth and Irene Zingg.|
|On Monday, May 19th, the Jewish Museum held its 21st annual Most Amazing New York Art & Design Tour. The event attracted over 200 attendees who enjoyed brunch at the Museum, at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, followed by self-guided tours of magnificent private art collections in some of New York's most spectacular East Side residences. Stacey Bronfman, Meg Goodman, and Debi Wisch were the Most Amazing New York Art & Design Tour co-chairs. The event raised over $300,000 for the Jewish Museum.|
|On Monday, May 5 The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) hosted the 33rd annual Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition. Over 400 guests celebrated the lifetime achievements of:
David M. Schwarz Architects, Washington DC (Architecture); Dennis Collier, Bangor, Pennsylvania (Artisanship); Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island (Stewardship); Edward J. Fraughton, South Jordan, Utah (Sculpture); Stephen Fox, Houston, Texas (History/Journalism); Jacob Collins, New York Board of Directors (Honor).
This year's awards were presented by ICAA Board Chairman Mark Ferguson and Awards Jury Chair Adele Chatfield-Taylor.
|Of particular note at this year's ceremony, Mr. Ferguson introduced the newly appointed ICAA President Peter Lyden, who joins the Institute from the American Museum of Natural History, where he served as Chief Philanthropic Officer.
Honorary Chairs for the evening were Mrs. Janet Ross and Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, both of whom have magnificently furthered the legacy of the late Arthur Ross.
Serving as dinner Co-Chairs were Suzanne Santry, Suzanne Tucker, and Bunny Williams.
|The Central Park Conservancy hosted its Playground Partners Annual Family Party in Central Park’s Heckscher Playground at 62nd Street. This is the only event of the year held inside a Central Park playground, offering a special opportunity for New York City families. The party raised over $400,000.
The event, sponsored by Goldman Sachs Gives and Brooks Brothers, had over 1,000 parents and children attend. Guests enjoyed music of The Little Gym, performed by Robin Wes and Randy McCoy, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester’s Master Model Builder, cupcake decorating by Sprinkles Cupcakes, a soccer relay by Super Soccer Stars and Kick & Play, Bulldog Ball Club fast pitch, chess games and demonstrations by Chess at Three, Rainbow Loom design by Craft Studio, slam dunk with Dribbl Basketball, tennis games by Hampton Racquet, performances by Sammie and Tudie, and much more.
|This year’s Honorary Chairmen were Kimberly and Tyson Chandler, the Party Chairmen were Shirin Christoffersen, Jennifer Evans, Samantha Topping Gellert, Kimberly Klimczak and Michelle Marra, and Grandparents Committee Chairmen were Patsy and Jeff Tarr. They were joined by Playground Partners Co-Chairmen: Paige Hardy, Sarah Kurita and Sharon Teles, Central Park Conservancy President and CEO Douglas Blonsky, and Women’s Committee President Anne Harrison.
|The Benefit Committee and guests included: Martha Stewart, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Michelle Smith and Andrew Oshrin, Yesim and Dusty Philip, Margaret Munzer Loeb and Daniel Loeb, Yliana Yepez, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Lisa and Jeff Blau, Gillian Miniter, Nanar and Tony Yoseloff, Sharon and Bill Jacob, Alexis Stoudemire, Amber Sabathia, Mary Kathryn Navab, Kamie Lightburn, Amy Tarr, Yvette Campbell, Nancy Missett, Amanda Waldron, Jenna and Paul Segal, Karen LeFrak, Judith-Ann Corrente and Wim Kooyker, and Stacey Bendet and Eric Eisner.
Proceeds from the Family Party support Playground Partners and its mission to keep Central Park’s 21 playgrounds safe, clean and well-maintained.
|On Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m., Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and the Carnegie Hall Notables—a membership and ticket program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s—hosted the Tenth Annual Notable Occasion with the chamber ensemble Latitude 41 performing piano trios by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvorák in Zankel Hall.
After the exclusive concert, the Notables gathered at Redeye Grill for a private reception. The Tenth Annual Notable Occasion was generously underwritten by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari. The evening benefited music education in the New York metropolitan area by supporting the many music education programs created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (El Museo); BFANYC (Playground Partners & Notables); Mia McDonald (ICAA)|