Monday, October 27, 2014

Patrons, sponsors, supporters, friends, alumni and members

Dinner on the promenade of the David Koch Theater at the American Ballet Theatre's annual Opening Night Fall Gala benefit.
Last Wednesday night, the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) held its annual Opening Night Fall Gala benefit last night at the David H. Koch Theater, hosting more than 700 patrons, sponsors, supporters, friends, alumni and members of the Board of Trustees.

ABT’s second season at Lincoln Center marks the beginning of the company’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. The gala raised $1.4 million and a portion of the proceeds will support ABT’s education and community outreach programs. 

The evening featured a rousing performance by the extraordinary students of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School with a pièce d’occasion choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and set to Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns.
The evening also served up the World Premiere of Liam Scarlett’s With a Chance of Rain, Scarlett’s first work created for ABT, led by Hee Seo, Misty Copeland, Gemma Bond, Devon Teuscher, Marcelo Gomes, James Whiteside, Joseph Gorak and Sterling Baca. The ballet features costumes by Scarlett and lighting by Brad Fields. The gala performance concluded with Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions, led by Sarah Lane, Craig Salstein, Isabella Boylston, Cory Stearns, Gillian Murphy, Thomas Forster, Christine Shevchenko and Blaine Hoven.
The table decor
The co-chairs for the gala were Emily Blavatnik, Sutton Stracke, and Caryn Zucker. The dinner, held on the theater’s upper level Promenade, continued the theme of the spectacular celebratory evening by designer DeJuan Stroud reflecting the festive and energetic rhythm of the evening’s world premiere of With a Chance Of Rain. When he heard that Mr. Scarlett’s work was being premiered, he recalled thinking of the Promenade decor with scarlet – crimson- red.  There are no other colors that create such beauty, drama and maximum impact,.”

Guests had the perfect party favors in the spirit of Scarlett's new work with decorative face masks provided by LANVIN, a specialty “Scarlett Crush” cocktail, and delicious macaroons in red, white, blue and gem candies for dessert presented by PIAGET. Guests went home with gift bags from CLINIQUE. The evening was also sponsored by Clinique, Lanvin, and Piaget.
Adam Shankman
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
Brian Atwood
Cameron Bicondova
Gillian Miniter and Fe Fendi
Breandan Fallis and Hannah Bronfman
David Hallberg
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Dalia Oberlander and Debora Pagani
Deborah Ann Woll
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
Chris Noth
Lauren Hutton and Gina Torres
Eaddy Kiernan and Indre Rockefeller
Jenny Slate
Olivia Munn
Taye Diggs
Micaela Erlanger and Olivia Munn
Susan Fales-Hill, Bettina Zilkha, and Caryn Zucker
Leslie Ziff
Misty Copeland, Nigel Barker, and Cristen Barker
Hamish Bowles and Anh Duong
Martine van Hamel and Kevin McKenzie
Isabella Boylston
Sonja Morgan
Stephanie Williams
Al Roker and Deborah Roberts
Alec Baldwin and Rachel Moore
This past Tuesday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria, the Alzheimer’s Association® Rita Hayworth Gala was held, raising more than $1.6 million for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Founder and Gala Chair, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, was joined by her Gala Co-Chair Nicole Sexton, honorees Louise and Stephen Kornfeld and family as well as Mark Locks. Additional guests included Brooke Shields, Patty and John McEnroe, Deborah Norville, Hilary and Bryant Gumbel, Tommy Hilfiger, Brendan Shanahan, Regis Philbin, and Lisa Rinna.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Rita Hayworth Gala, which Princess Aga Khan established in honor of her mother, legendary actress Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer’s for many years before succumbing to the disease in 1987. Since the inaugural Rita Hayworth Gala in New York more than three decades ago, the New York and Chicago events have raised more than $65 million to support Alzheimer’s Association’s critical care and research programs. 
Steven Kobre, Louise Kornfeld, Stephen Kornfeld, Karyn Kornfeld, Adam Kornfeld, Joanna Kornfeld, and Dr. Paul Friedman
Perfectly fitting the theme of the evening, which celebrated a ‘timeless Hollywood icon’, guests enjoyed performances by Ronnie Spector and Lesley Gore. They were also treated to a preview clip of the upcoming film ‘Still Alice’, starring Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart, which beautifully tells the story of a Columbia University linguistics professor who receives a devastating diagnosis of Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease and finds her family bonds thoroughly tested.

Throughout the Gala, guests were able to bid on many luxurious auction items, generously donated by long-term supporters of the cause, including a unique Dennis Basso fur and a three-course dining experience in your home with Chef Eric Ripert of the three Michelin Star restaurant, Le Bernardin.
‘Timeless Hollywood icon' with a twist ...
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Gala Co-Chair Nicole Sexton, and the Alzheimer’s Association honored the Kornfeld Family with the Family Philanthropy Award, for their significant commitment to the cause, along with Mark Locks who received the Champion Award, which recognizes individuals for their support and dedication in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Additional guests in attendance included Alzheimer’s Association’s President and CEO Harry Johns and Chief Strategy Officer Angela Geiger, and Gala Steering Committee members Muffie Potter Aston; Sharon Bush; Margo Catsimatidis; Liliana Cavendish; Chele Upton Chiavacci; Somers Farkas; Nurit Kahane Haase; Michele Herbert; Susan Hess; Robin Meltzer and Daryl Simon with Young Leadership Committee members Lizzie Meltzer; Shera Kaan-Lilly and Noah Samuels.
Somers Farkas and Chele Chiavacci
Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston
Fabia Masson
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Ronnie Spector
Lucia Hwong Gordon and Jean Shafiroff
Hilary Gumbel and Bryant Gumbel
Michelle Herbert
Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner
Nikki Haskell
Dennis Basso and Dede Wilsey
Brooke Shields, John McEnroe, and Patty McEnroe
Charlene Nederlander and Bonnie Comley
Lise Evans and Michael Evans
James Nederlander and Stewart Lane
Geoffrey Bradfield, Jonathan Farkas, and Robert Zimmerman
Suzanne Murphy and Nurit Kahane
Deborah Norville, Karl Wellner, and Ann Dexter Jones
Liz Lang, Mark Locks, and Mindy Grossman
Harry Johns and Brendan Shanahan
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Bryant Gumbel
Debbie Bancroft
Jody Wolf and Marla Helen
Regis and Joy Philbin
Uban Hassan
Lisa Rinna
Lisa Lori and Mat Lori
John Meltzer, Justin Meltzer, Robin Meltzer, Martin Meltzer, Paul Fine, Lizzie Meltzer, and Amy Meltzer
Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond
Dara Sowell and Steve Tanger
Jana Bullock
David Nichol and Hal Rubenstein
Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, and Marlyne Sexton
Margo Nederlander, and friends
Harry Johns, Lynn Carey, and Tommy Hilfiger
Sharon Bush
Last Tuesday, October 21st, the American Museum of Natural History hosted its 21st annual Family Party for one thousand children and parents participating in an evening of adventure throughout the museum.

The Party is one of the museum’s best-loved annual traditions – a special opportunity for children and adults of all ages to experience the wonders of the museum.  Some of the highlights included: the popular Museum Science Center which showcases museum scientists and their ongoing work through hands-on activities, live animals, extreme specimens, and scientific data.
Serena Torrey Roosevelt, Museum President Ellen V. Futter, Ted Roosevelt V and children
This year they featured a 25-foot giant squid. Then there was Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise which has been preserved for future generations and is on a display for a limited time before being returned to Ecuador. Also there was “Digging for gems” in the Tiffany & Company Gem Dig; plus exciting animals from LEO Zoological Conservation Center. Also: “Haircuts by Cozy’s Cuts for Kids (you had to be there); a chance to meet “Buddy” from the Jim Henson Company’s  Dinosaur Train; and The Glow Zone: Wild Weather, where kids danced up a storm between claps of thunder and bolts of lightning ... A good time was had by all!
Buddy from The Jim Henson Company's Dinosaur Train
Mini member with his Family Party backpack
Museum members Mark and Leigh Teixeira and family
Weaving the Wild
Chairmen Kim and Greg Lippmann and daughter
Vice Chairmen Heather and Ross Schulman and children
Vice Chairmen Andrew and Zibby Right and children
Committee Member Katie Boes and family
Museum President Ellen V. Futter and Vice Chairman John Lykouretzos
Museum President Ellen V. Futter and Trustee John Eastman
Vice Chairman Elizabeth Eginton and son, Trustee Chris Davis, and Museum President Ellen V. Futter
Trustee and Chairman Rebekah Mercer and children
Chairman Allison Mignone and Trustee Roberto Mignone with their children
Committee Member Dana Wallach Jones with Chairmen Amy Griffin and their children
Glow Zone: Wild Weather
Chairmen Carney and Melissa Hawks and children
Dinosaur Fossil Table
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
LEO Zoological Conservation Center
LEO Zoological Conservation Center
Magician Looney Louie
Visitors get up close to a giant squid
Museum Science Center
Museum Science Center
Visitors got to see a climbable model of a Hercules beetle from the Museum's upcoming Spring 2015 exhibition Life at the Limits
Cozy's Cuts for Kids
On Sunday evening, October 12, arriving guests at Chelsea’s Del Posto passed through the palatial entrance and embark on a magical tour of the senses – courtesy of The Awakened Palate, Copland House’s sold-out culinary and musical gala. Amid the splendor of the dining room, beloved chef Lidia Bastianich and Copland House 2006 Resident Composer Daniel Brewbaker collaborated on an unforgettable journey through the seasons, tastes, and sounds of Italy, to benefit the award-winning creative center for American music based at iconic composer Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home near New York City.
Bottom row: Copland House Board President
Fred Pack and Gala Co-Chair Susan Geffen. Middle: pianist and Copland House Artistic
and Executive Director Michael Boriskin and
Gala Co-Chair Ann Scheuer. Top: Honoree
Robert Morris and composer Daniel Brewbaker
Lidia Bastianich addresses the crowd
Chef Bastianich devised a 4-course menu featuring characteristic regional fare ranging from “Autumn in Piemonte” (Salad with NOTES of white truffle, apple, and potato, paired with Vietti roero Arneis 2013 [Piemonte]) and “Winter in Emilia-Romagna“ (Agnolotti dal Plin with a HARMONY of Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, paired with San Patrignano “Avi” 2008 [Emilia-Romagna]) through “Spring in Friuli” (where the chef grew up – tender short rib and RHAPSODY of Swiss chard goulash, served with Bastianich “Vespa rosso” 2011 [Friuli]) to “Sumer in Sicily” (preserved summer fruits in CONCERT with sheep’s milk ricotta and almond macaroon shard, paired with hauner Malvasia delle lipari 2011 [Sicilia]).
The Music from Copland House ensemble performing
Brewbaker was commissioned to compose a brand new work for the occasion, with each section pairing with and introducing the successive courses. His composition set to music various diary entries, poems, and prose by Gioachino Rossini, Lord Byron, Alessandro Procacci, Salvatore Quasimodo, Renzo Pezzani, and Teofilo Folengo. The new work, Cantata Stagionale (“Seasonal Cantata”) was spectacularly premiered by the internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble, featuring baritone James Martin violinist Ariana Kim, clarinetist Derek Bermel, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, flutist Susan Palma Nidel, and pianist and Copland House’s Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin.

For nine years, these annual galas have linked renowned chefs (in their restaurants) with America’s leading composers and performers, to support Copland House’s coveted composer residency programs, live and recorded performances around the U.S., and educational activities.
The room at Del Posto
Guests included Gala Co-Chairs Susan Geffen and Ann Scheuer, Guests of Honor Carol and Robert Morris, Jamie Bernstein (daughter of the legendary composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein), art lecturer and author Rosamond Bernier, bandleader Paul Shaffer and his wife Catherine, Jeffrey Stock (composer or the hit new musical A Room with a View), Rita Z. Mehos, Caron and Geoffrey Johnson, Anthony Maddalena, Robert and Christina Weisz, Helen and James Neuberger, Copland House Trustee and Phelps Hospital Vice President Lawrence Faltz and wife Elyse, and Ruth and David Schwab II, among many others. A silent auction featured included one-of-a-kind jewelry, private museum tours, golf and boat outings, in-home concerts, and more.
Lidia Bastianich overseeing her kitchen
Mini Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes; Mediterranean Style Chicken Souvlaki; Florentine Quiche Tarts; All Beef Pigs in Blanket; Grilled Shrimp / Coconut-Mango Glaze; Sicilian Aranicini / Garlic Aioli;
Smoked Salmon Tartar on Blini with Paddlefish Caviar & Crème Fraiche; Endive Filled With Truffled Goat Cheese; Scallop Ceviche with Pepper Vodka Dressing; Fresh Mozzarella & Roasted Tomato Jam, Pesto; Tuna & Avocado Spoons / Sesame Seeds; Chilled Gazpacho Shooters; Palmina Pinot Grigio, Double O Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Valdobbiadene Veneto.

Cantata Stagionale (2014) (Seasonal Cantata)
Overture: Mangiare Veramente (to Eat Very Well)
[Gioachino Rossini]

1st Course:
L’aUtUnno in PieMonte (Autumn in Piedmont)
l'insalata Senza Concorrenza (the Salad without Compare)
[Alessandro Procacci, after Rossini]
Salad with NOTES of White Truffle, Apple, and Potato
Vietti roero Arneis 2013 (Piemonte)
2nd Course:
L’inVerno in Emilia-Romagna (winter in Emilia-Romagna)
la Montagna della Muse (the Mountain of Muses)
[Teofilo Folengo]
Del Posto Agnolotti dal Plin with a HARMONY of Prosciutto di Parma,
Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale
San Patrignano “Avi” 2008 (Emilia-romagna)

3rd Course:
La PriMaVera in Friuli (Spring in Friuli)
le Montagne del Friuli
(blue Friuli's Mountains)
[Lord Byron]
Tender Short Rib and RHAPSODY of Swiss Chard Goulash
bastianich “Vespa rosso” 2011 (Friuli)

L’estate in Sicilia (Summer in Sicilia)
È Giunta l’Estate
(Summer is here)
[Salvatore Quasimodo, Renzo Pezzani]
Preserved Summer Fruits
in CONCERT with
Sheep’s Milk Ricotta and Almond Macaroon Shard
hauner Malvasia delle lipari 2011 (Sicilia)
Dr. Tamara Lazic
Sandy and Copland House Board President Fred Pack
Neurosurgen and Copland House trustee Dr. Ezriel Kornel, Paul Shaffer, Chef Lidia Bastianich, pianist and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin, and Composer Daniel Brewbaker
Kate McClure with Patrick, Robert & Carol, Alex, and Kate Morris
Lisa Schultz, Dr. Ezriel Kornel, and Clea Kornel
On Tuesday, October 14, James Lenox House and Carnegie East House, New York City’s premiere not-for-profit independent and enriched living communities for older adults, raised $425,000 at its annual Autumn Leaves Gala at a private club in New York City. The evening honored architect Ted Moudis, AIA of Ted Moudis Associates, New York City Council Member Daniel Garodnick, and philanthropist William C. Patterson for their dedication and service to New York and its older adults.  The gala, which raises funds to support the much needed services and activities at James Lenox House and Carnegie East House, including nursing care, exercise classes, seminars, and other recreational activities, was co-chaired by organization board Presidents Steve P. Morrows of RFR Realty and Nicola M. Heryet of Cassidy Turley.
New York City Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick receiving the Community Services Award from the Executive Director of James Lenox House and Carnegie East House, Joseph H. Girven, LMSW
Christopher Savoglou, Senior Principal, Ted Moudis Associates; Joseph H. Girven, LMSW, Executive Director James Lenox House Association; and honoree Ted Moudis, AIA, Senior Principal, Ted Moudis Associates
Joseph H. Girven, LMSW, Executive Director of James Lenox and Carnegie East House; William C. Patterson, Board Member, James Lenox House Association and Carnegie East House, recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award; and Steve P. Morrows, Executive Vice President RFR Realty LLC and President of Carnegie East House Board of Directors
Crissy Hathaway, Business Development Coordinator, Ted Moudis Associates; and Richard Haray, Senior Vice President of Corporate Services, Interpublic Group
Linda Arnold; Barbara R. Evans, Board Member and Secretary; Pam Abernathy; and Joseph H. Girven, LMSW, Executive Director of James Lenox House and Carnegie East House.
Roxanne Donovan and Jane Smith
Owen Clarkin, James Lenox House Resident, with Terence Campo and William Luckey
Kariene Acquafreda and Roberta Mikael, Marketing Director of Carnegie East House
Nicole Moudis, Ted Moudis, Mary Ellen Moudis,and Alyssa Moudis
Roxanne Donovan, Ralph Daiuto, Richard Holowchack, and Kimberly Allan
Photographs by Spencer Gordon (Autumn Leaves)