|Last Wednesday lunchtime over at the American Museum of Natural History, they hosted their 24th annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon and celebrated the AMNH’s 20th anniversary of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.
Lynn Sherr, former correspondent of ABC News’ 20/20, who now reports for a wide range of media including PBS, was in regular role of moderator of this series. Her panelists on the subject were Dr. Eleanor Sterling, director of the Museum’s CBC; Dr. Armando Valdés-Velásquez, associate professor at the Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Lima, Peru; and Andrew Revkin, who has been covering environmental sustainability for more than three decades, mainly for The New York Times.
|After the lecture, guests moved to the Milstein Hall for lunch where they honored Connie Spahn, who has been organizing the Lecture Luncheon for the past twenty years. Connie has a long affiliation with the museum having served on its board for more than two decades and participating in many of the museum’s projects and events. In her honor, they’ve named one of the coral reef displays in the Milstein Hall after her.
All proceeds from the Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon support the Museum’s scientific research and educational initiatives, including important work in biodiversity conservation.
|The Versailles Foundation hosted its annual New York City Black Tie Benefit Dinner last Thursday, April the 24th, at The Pierre.
Guest of honor was Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern.
Among the Foundation’s patrons who were escorted into the dining room by cadets from Valley Forge Military Academy were Mrs. Camila Koenig, International Committee Member, Mrs John Dorrance III; the Foundation's Royal International committee members: TRH The Prince and Princess George Frederick of Prussia and HRH The Princess Elizabeth of Bavaria. These happen also to be cousins and neighbors of Prince Karl Friedrich.
|As is the custom at this dinner, the guest of honor spoke briefly (fifteen minutes) about the history of his family whose public reputation goes back almost a millennium. He told us that historic name Hohenzollern is the family name of the House of Prussia; that "ZOLL" translated is a TOLL as in a TAX levied for the liberty of crossing a bridge for example, country border, selling goods in a market etc.
The Prince's three children are from his first marriage to Count von Stauffenberg's daughter. The same Count who tried to blow up Hitler in a coup that failed. As an Officer he was executed; his children (whence the daughter of Hohenzollern's first wedding) were thrown into the anonymity of orphanages and his brothers hung from meat hooks.
|The Foundation continues the mission of Ms. Portago’s mother and stepfather, Florence and Gerald Van der Kemp, for The Chateau de Versailles and the Home and Gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny. There are also foundation projects of French origin such as the restoration of Thomas Jefferson's Georges Jacob Mobilier at Monticello, the performed revival of Versailles XVIIth century Court Music by William Christie's "Les Arts Florissants." At Giverny, the Foundation underwrites garden Volunteers culled from all over the world, an Artists in Residence Fellowship Program and the current restoration of Claude Monet's Greenhouse.|
|On April 30th, Stephen S. Lash, Chairman Emeritus, and Marc B. Porter, Chairman, of Christie’s, and Susan Lasker Brody, Board of Directors, of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, hosted a dinner and private viewing of Christie’s Spring Sales celebrating the Foundation’s work.
The event honored Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Thomas R. Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and singer Judy Collins, a longtime advocate for mental health and suicide prevention.
|The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by psychiatric disorders that affect one in four adults in the United States by funding cutting-edge research for the understanding, early detection, treatment, prevention and cure of mental illness.
Among the many studies supported by the Foundation’s NARSAD Grants, recent breakthroughs include rapid acting antidepressants; deep brain stimulation; psychiatric genomics consortia; the humane connectome project; and early prediction and prevention of psychosis.
|Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded over $300 million in NARSAD Research Grants to more than 3,700 scientists around the world. Research projects are selected by the Foundation’s Scientific Council, comprised of 146 leading experts across disciplines in brain and behavior research, including two Nobel Prize winners. Funded through private contributions, the Foundation invests 100% of donor contributions for research directly into its grants.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation raises funds to invest in cutting-edge research projects to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent and cure mental illness. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded over $300 million in NARSAD Research Grants to more than 3,700 scientists around the world. Funded through private contributions; the Foundation invests 100% of donor contributions for research directly into its NARSAD Grants. For more information, visit bbrfoundation.org.
|The 4th Annual SCO/Family Dynamics Art Auction on April 28th was the most successful yet, successfully raising funds to support and expand the Family Dynamics after-school art program for children in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“New Knowledge,” a painting featuring the neon palate and wildly inventive architecture of Williamsburg artist Erik Parker, drew the largest bid. The benefit drew 200 attendees who participated in a live and silent auction including works by artists Robert Szot, Ron Diorio Ron Agam, Ryan Keeley, Jim Plunkett and Dan Rizzie, all of whom donated their work. The children in the art program created and donated “Carousel Horse Collage,” a collage representing one of the horses on Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
|The auctioneer was Benjamin Doller of Sotheby’s, who volunteered his time. The event was co-chaired by Jeremy FitzGerald and Joni Grossman. Erik Parker was this year’s Honorary Chair; previous honorary chairs for the Auction have included Julian Schnabel in 2011, Dustin Yellin in 2012 and Donald Sultan in 2013.
SCO Executive Director Gail Nayowith called the auction a “huge success” and said: “We are very grateful to everyone who supports our programs. Thanks to all of you, our children at Family Dynamics are getting a rich exposure to creativity, a critical doorway to dreaming and self-expression.”
|Family Dynamics, a program of SCO Family of Services, is committed to protecting children and strengthening families. Based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and Brownsville, Brooklyn, Family Dynamics reaches thousands of children, youth and adults with after-school & summer school activities, workforce readiness, family support services and the arts.
SCO Family of Services provides human services for 60,000 children, youth, families and adults each year in New York City and on Long Island. For more info, go to www.sco.org
|On Tuesday, April 22nd, The Joyce Theater Foundation held its 2014 Spring Gala honoring David Herro and Jay Franke for their extraordinary support of American dance and, especially, arts education. The Joyce’s Gala took place on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. Cocktails, dinner, dancing and special performances by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Jessica Lang Dance, doug elkins choreography Etc., Momix and the talented young performers of Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company made for a real celebration of The Joyce’s commitment to arts education.
This year’s Spring Gala served as a kick-off to The Joyce Theater’s presentation of the highly anticipated New York premiere of Ballet Preljocaj’s magnificent production of Snow White, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj and featuring costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier.
|The Joyce Theater's Board of Trustees includes Chairman J. Kerry Clayton, Vice Chairman Steve M. Pesner, Secretary Anh-Tuyet Nguyen, Treasurer Stephanie R. Breslow, Chair Emeritus David D. Holbrook, Chair Emeritus Stephen D. Weinroth, R. Richard Ablon, Gerald M. Appelstein, Rob Ashford, Theodore S. Bartwink, Ajay Bhandaram, Torrence S. Boone, Stephanie R. Breslow, R. Britton Fisher, Jane E. Goldberg, Nina Wiener Gross, Ronald Gumbaz, James H. Herbert, II, Toni Hoover, Virginia A. Millhiser, Dr. Meryl Rosofsky, Saul Sanders, Linda Shelton, Susan Fawcett Sosin, Alex Stanton, and Amit Wadhwaney.|
|Co-chairs of The Joyce Theater’s 2014 Spring Gala were Paige Royer and J. Kerry Clayton and Michèle and Steve Pesner.
The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences for three decades. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce Theater is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant home for more than 320 domestic and international companies.
|The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 1996, The Joyce created Joyce SoHo, a dance center providing highly subsidized rehearsal and performance space to hundreds of dance artists, as well as special residency opportunities for selected choreographers to support the creation of new work. In 2009, The Joyce opened Dance Art New York (DANY) Studios to provide affordable studios for rehearsals, auditions, classes, and workshops for independent choreographers, non-profit dance companies, and the dance/theater communities. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce's Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through informative Dance Talks, and post-performance Dance Chat discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000.|
|Photographs by R. Mickens (AMNH); Mary Hilliard (The Versailles Foundation); Mike Cinelli (Brian & Behavior Research Foundation);|