|Tuesday night last week at Cipriani 42nd Street, The Paris Review hosted its annual “Spring Revel” honoring poet Frederick Seidel. The Paris Review was founded sixty-one years ago in 1953 by Harold Humes, Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton. Mr. Matthiessen, who died over the previous weekend at age 86, was said to be the originator of the idea of creating the Review when he was living in Paris and working for the CIA. It is said that the idea was dreamed up as a kind of “cover” for his work.|
|In its first five years, the Paris Review published works by Jack Kerouac, Philip Larkin, V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Adrienne Rich, Italo Calvino, Samuel Beckett, Nadine Gordimer, and Jean Genet, among many other distinguished writers.
It was Peter Matthiessen who brought George Plimpton into the organization, with Plimpton eventually becoming its editor and its force for many years.
|The Plimpton Prize for Fiction (with $10,000 award) was presented by Lydia Davis to Emma Cline for her story “Marion,” which appeared in the 205 edition (March issue) of The Paris Review. The Terry Southern Prize for Humor (a $5000 award) was presented by Roz Chast to Ben Lerner for “False Spring,” which also appeared in edition 205. Graciously and modestly, both awardees exhibited brevity in their acceptances. John Jeremiah Sullivan presented the Hadada Award (so named by George Plimpton after the Hadada Ibis, a sub-Saharan bird known for its large range) to Mr. Seidel. Three authors: Martin Amis, Zadie Smith and Uma Thurman each read one of his poems: “Downtown,” “The Night Sky.”|
|Last Wednesday night at 538 Park Avenue the Museum of Moving Image hosted its annual gala and honored Kevin Spacey. Spacey gave a lively 20 minute talk, and told his story about how Jack Lemmon personally affected his career as an actor. Among those in attendance were Michael Bloomberg, Samuel L Jackson, Kate Bosworth, and Penn Badgeley.|
|The Mount Sinai Department of Emergency Medicine hosted its Second Annual Circle of Life Gala at SD26 Restaurant and WineBar. Proceeds from the Gala will be used to support innovative programs in Disaster Preparedness and in Pediatric and Geriatric Emergency Departments.
The Chairs were Kevin M. Baumlin, MD and Patrick Mahanger, Antonella and Umberto Calastri, Patrizia di Carrobio, Betsy Gotbaum, Silvana Riggio, MD and Andy Jagoda, MD, Lauren and Adam Kolker, MD, Halima and Tony May, Marisa May, Devorah Nazarian, MD and Ebby Moussazadeh, Lynne D. Richardson, MD, Elizabeth van Merkensteijn, Anna and Adam Vella, MD, Beth and Scott Yagoda and Jill Zaheer.
|Over 250 attendees gathered to hear professionals in the emergency and disaster preparedness field discuss tactics and strategies used to assist in man-made and natural disasters including 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, The Boston Marathon bombing, and the Newtown School shooting. The Gala honored Kevin Chason, DO, Director of Emergency Management for the Mount Sinai Health System, Susan C. Waltman, Esq., Executive Vice President for Legal, Regulatory, and Professional Affairs, and General Counsel for the Greater New York Hospital Association, and Richard C. Hunt, MD, FACEP, Director for Medical Preparedness Policy on the National Security Staff, The White House.|
|Tony May, Marisa May of SD26 Restaurant and WineBar created a special menu featuring guest chef Massimo Camia of Restaurant at Damilano Winery, La Morra, Italy, along with SD26 Restaurant and WineBar Executive Chef Matteo Baergamini. The menu included unique items designed especially for the Gala and highlighted the Peidmont region. Wines were sponsored by Damilano and Batasiolo wineries. Colavita donated gift bags filled with Italian delicacys.
The Mount Sinai Department of Emergency Medicine was established in 1994. Its mission is to provide 24/7, compassionate, state of the art emergency care to patients of all ages, at all times. Over the past 20 years, it has emerged as one of the leading training programs in the world with a reputation for innovation in clinical care, education and research.
|On Saturday, April 5th, Volunteers for Wildlife held its Spring Benefit The Wild Party at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Centre Island, NY. On this beautiful spring evening guests were greeted at the front entrance by magnificent Great Horned and Barred Owls. These owls are among some of the fascinating residents of the Wildlife Garden at Volunteers for Wildlife’s Rehabilitation Hospital & Education Center located at Bailey Arboretum, Lattingtown, NY.
|Founded in 1982 by Sallie Ruppert, a World War II nurse and legendary wildlife rehabilitator, the organization now responds to over 7,000 calls annually from the public regarding injured or distressed wildlife. It handles over 800 injured or orphaned wild birds and animals yearly, and offers excellent wildlife education programs to both children and adults. Wildlife Garden residents are animals who are unable to survive in the wild and are in the perpetual care of Volunteers for Wildlife.
“Benefit events such as The Wild Party are critical to the funding of our organization,” said Volunteers for Wildlife President Jean Thatcher. “By law, we cannot charge for services. We rely for funding solely on memberships, grants, donations, revenue from education programs, and the generosity of people such as those who attend and support our Wild Party Benefit.”
|Guests included Village Mayors Clarence Michalis (Lattingtown) and his wife Cora; Centre Island Mayor Larry Schmidlapp, who was also the evening’s auctioneer; Lloyd Harbor Mayor Jean Thatcher, also President of Volunteers for Wildlife; Bernadette Castro, former NYS Commissoner of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation; NYS Senator Carl Marcellino. Additional guests included, among others, Cornelia Guest, Tracy Dellomo and Clifford Packingham, Baroness Gabriele von Langendorff, Matthew Rich, and a number of North Shore Land Alliance Directors including Tom McGrath, SPLIA Board members Diahn McGrath, and Joanna Badami, Raynham Hall President John Collins, and nationally recognized conservation photographer Michael Fairchild.
Sponsors of the event included Mr. & Mrs. Hoyle Jones, Tom & Diahn McGrath, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph LoCicero, Christopher Jacobi/Citibank, Elizabeth Beach, Cathy Chernoff, Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Picard, Dr. & Mrs. James Romanelli, Mark Schwartz, Mr. & Mrs. James Thatcher.
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com; Jill Johnson (Volunteers for Wildlife)|