|Last Thursday night, New York’s young philanthropists gathered at The American Museum of Natural History for its 2014 Museum Dance, “Star Studded!”
As New York City’s longest-running junior benefit, the Museum Dance brings together influential young philanthropists to celebrate and raise essential funds for the Museum’s scientific and educational programs, which enable thousands of underserved New York City school children to visit the Museum annually. The theme of the evening was “Star Studded!,” in honor of the Museum’s new Space Show, Dark Universe, narrated by the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The event began with an intimate dinner followed by an after-party for all with Music by JUS SKE. All funds raised from the event benefit the Museum's scientific and educational programming. Men wore black tie; women dressed to sparkle and shine.
|Chairmen included Kristen Edgreen Kaufman and Michael Kaufman, Elizabeth Kurpis and Jonathan A. Kurpis, Alexandra and Gregory Kwiat, Nina and Mike Patterson, and Colleen and Kipp deVeer. The event was generously sponsored by Kwiat.
Guests included Jemima Kirke, Noreen and Ahmar Ahmad, Annika Connor, Martin Dawson, Eric M. Javits, Jr. and Di Mondo, Lauren and Brian Frank, Jenny and Jay Galluzzo, Tantivy Gubelmann, Melissa and Carney Hawks, Anne Huntington, Dana Wallach and Michael Jones, Harry and Jill Kargman, Arielle and Russell Kwiat, Melanie Lazenby, Alexandra Milstein, Alison Minton, Victoria and Jon Patricof, Barbara Regna, Zibby and Andrew Right, Morgan and David Shara, Lacary Sharpe, Ed Smith, Alexandra Steel, and Monica and Peter Tessler.
|Last Tuesday night, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering hosted its 7th Annual Spring Ball at the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-Astoria. More than 400 guests attended the Society's most important event of the year, enjoying cocktails, dinner, and dancing as well as a special performance by Late Night host and former Saturday Night Live cast member, Seth Meyers.
The event was Co-Chaired by Nina Garcia Conrod, Lisa McCarthy, Alexi Ashe Meyers, Claudia Overstrom and Maria Villalba, and was generously sponsored by GRAFF Diamonds with additional support from Valentino.
|Jewels by GRAFF Diamonds lined the cocktail room, including D flawless diamonds of over 30 carats, as well as unique one-of-a-kind carved Columbian emeralds and exquisite vivid yellow diamonds. Martha Glass, President of The Society, welcomed the prominent crowd of The Society's members and leaders in business, fashion, and philanthropy, followed by MSK's President, Dr. Craig Thompson, who introduced The Society's Financial Assistance Program initiative that raises funds for patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering to assist with non-medical expenses. Sotheby's Auctioneer and MSK Board of Overseers and Managers member, Jamie Niven took the stage to raise critical funds for the initiative.
After guests pledged generously toward this important cause, Meyers charmed the crowd with his stand-up. Guests danced to the music by DJ Mad Marj. The party raised $1.3 million to benefit The Society of MSK. Since the inaugural Spring Ball in 2008, the event has now helped raise more than $11.3 million for The Society's leading patient care, education, and research programs.
|Guests included: Alexi Ashe (Mrs. Seth) Meyers (in Valentino), Tory Burch, Lauren (in Valentino) and Andres Santo Domingo, Jeff and Caryn Zucker, Jamie Tisch, Derek Blasberg, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Carlos Souza (in Valentino), Dr. Lisa Airan (in Valentino), Nicky Hilton (in Valentino), Carol Mack, Chloe Malle (in Valentino), Karen LeFrak, Martha (in GRAFF Diamonds) and John Glass, Margo Langenberg and Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Lisa and David Klein, Laure Heriard Dubreuil (in Valentino), Aaron Young (in Valentino), Gigi Mortimer, Marjorie Gubelmann, Wilbur and Hilary Geary Ross, Zani Gugelmann (in Valentino), Patricia Herrera Lansing, Lisa McCarthy (in Valentino), Claudia Overstrom (in Valentino), Maria Villalba (in Valentino), and many more.|
|On Monday, May 5th, Fountain House raised a record-breaking 1.2 million dollars at its 11th Annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon. The event, titled The Challenges of Dual-Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, took place in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre, where nearly 600 guests convened to honor Mitchell S. Rosenthal, MD, founder of Phoenix House, for his lifelong contributions to the field of recovery.
This year’s Symposium topic is timely and relevant, as recent studies suggest that nearly one-third of people with all mental illnesses and approximately one-half of people with serious mental illnesses (such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) abuse substances. Moreover, it is estimated that more than one-third of all alcohol abusers and more than one-half of all drug abusers are battling mental illness.
|Among this event’s dedicated supporters are many who, in addition to rallying each year at The Pierre to boost Fountain House, are eager to learn the latest from the frontlines of mental health research, treatment and public policy. The Symposium panel discussion, geared to a lay audience, featured a trio of distinguished panelists: Marc Galanter, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, NYU School of Medicine; William Cope Moyers, Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations at Hazelden and New York Times best-selling author of Broken and Now What? and Ashli J. Sheidow, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina. Consuelo Mack, founder, anchor and executive producer of Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, served as master of ceremonies.
In accepting the Fountain House Humanitarian Award, Dr. Rosenthal spoke movingly of the bond between Fountain House and Phoenix House, the organization he founded.
|The Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon was founded by Lorna Hyde Graev and Lynn Nicholas, PsyD to advance community knowledge about mental illness and to reduce the associated stigma. Funds raised support the groundbreaking employment, education, housing and wellness programs of Fountain House, a 66-year-old evidence-based mental health treatment program in New York City. A local community with a global reach, Fountain House has inspired the creation of hundreds of programs serving more than 100,000 people worldwide.
Event Chairs were: Patricia Begley, Kitty de Chazal, Alexandra A. Herzan, Podie Lynch, Carolyn MacKenzie, Anne Mai, Mary Q. Pedersen and Ilyse Wilpon.
|Among those attending: Catherine Adler, Frances Beatty Adler and Allen Adler, Courtney Arnot, Ann Barish, Camilla Bergeron, Deeda Blair, Rick Braddock, Wendy Breck, Katherine Bryan, Dee De Ganay, Jackie Drexel, Patricia Duff, Polly Espy, Susan Fales-Hill, Nancy and Tom Farrell, Marina Galesi, Mark Gilbertson, Larry Graev, Audrey Gruss, Pamela Harris, Amanda Haynes-Dale, Marlene Hess, Joy Ingham, Mary Kalikow, Mariana Kaufman, Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels, Ginny and David Knott, Margo Langenberg, Dalia and Larry Leeds, Sharon Handler Loeb, Dr. Shari Lusskin, Annabelle Mariaca, Kitty McKnight, Chris Meigher, Susan Nitze, Marne Obernauer, Jr., Laura Parsons, Elizabeth Peabody, Florence Peyrelongue, Annalu Ponti, Ann and John Pyne, Tina Radziwill, Ann Rapp, Sarah and Dr. Mitchell Rosenthal, Emilia Saint Amand, Sydney Shuman, Nan Swid, Topsy Taylor, Barbara Anderson Terry, Kari Tiedemann, Zibby Tozer, Lara Trafelet, Adrienne Vittadini, Denise Wohl, Baker Woolworth, Katie Zorn and Richard Zorn.
To learn more about Fountain House, visit: www.fountainhouse.org.
|On the evening of May 6, 2014, Holiday House Hamptons celebrated a pre-event “Kick Off” party at the Luxury Living New York City flagship showroom. This is the second consecutive year that Holiday House, the celebrated Manhattan interior design showcase, has partnered with HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens) to create a summertime showhouse experience in the Hamptons.
In celebration, guests enjoyed a delicious menu prepared by Thomas Preti Catering. As a special surprise, Luxury Living unveiled three windows along 153 Madison Avenue to help raise awareness of the upcoming showhouse. “Luxurious Summer Fun” inspires the vignettes, created by Holiday House Hamptons’ designer Campion Platt. The display, featuring the collections of FENDI Casa and Bentley Home, will remain on view through July 31, 2014.
|For Holiday House Hamptons a stellar list of interior designers will create original holiday-themed indoor and outdoor living spaces throughout various spaces within three Watchcase homes. Watchcase is a 130-year-old historic, former watchcase factory currently undergoing a dramatic transformation by the developers Cape Advisors into the Hamptons' first resort-style luxury condominium project. Holiday House will welcome visitors daily June 29 to August 10, 2014. The showhouse will be featured in the August 1st issue of HC&G.
Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland are the Co-Chairs of the event. The Honorary Design Chair is Steven Gambrel, Thom Filicia and Vicente Wolf will serve as Design Chairs. The Holiday House Hamptons Opening Night White Gala will take place on the evening of Saturday, June 28th, kicking off an array of exciting events to take place during the six weeks the showhouse is open to the public.
|Guests at the Kick Off Party included Holiday House Founder Iris Danker and Design Chairs of the upcoming event Thom Filicia and Vicente Wolf. HC&G’s Marianne Howatson, Jennifer Matthews, Pamela Eldridge andEIC Kendell Cronstrom. David Kronman, Craig Wood and Arthur Blee (Cape Advisors) and Jack Pearson (Corcoran Sunshine). Nazneen Ahmed, Daniel Lombardi and Rayon Black all of Fendi Casa. Holiday House Hamptons designers in attendance included Campion Platt, James Huniford, West Chin, Dale Cohen, Tamara Magel and John Bjornen.
For tickets please visit www.holidayhousehamptons.com.
|Photographs by D. Finnin & R. Mickens (AMNH); PatrickMcMullan.com/Leslie Barbaro Photography (Fountain House).|