|On Monday, June 30, 2014, the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic gathered at The Central Park Boathouse for their annual Summer Benefit. Over 250 guests attended and $115,000 was raised for the Philharmonic. The evening began with a chamber music recital at 8:00 p.m. and continued with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing.
New York Philharmonic Chairman Gary W. Parr and Stephanie A. Sirota, Board member and Chairman of the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic, welcomed guests and introduced Philharmonic musicians Assistant Concertmaster Michelle Kim, Associate Principal Cello Eileen Moon, and guest pianist Benjamin Hochman who gave a delightful chamber performance.
Benefit Committee Chairmen for the event were Christopher F. Allwin, Jason and Mary Dillow, Christopher George, Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons, Sandra L. Kozlowski, Justin R. Kush, Anthony Martignetti, Blair and Edouard Métrailler, Stefan Nowicki, Alexandra Porter, Mae R. Rogers, Stephanie A. Sirota, and Jill and Christopher Wight.
|Last Sunday, The English Speaking Union celebrated The Queen's 88th Birthday with a Garden Party in Greenwich. For the past twenty years the annual garden party has been held at the Pray Estate. On a picture perfect day it was a serendipitous move to The Belle Haven Club on the water.
Colonel Mark Maddick, British Military Adviser to the United Nations in New York, was the guest of honour and proposed the toast to Queen Elizabeth II.
|Four high school teachers who were awarded ESU scholarships to study in England this summer were introduced. Three teachers will study at Oxford University and one will study at The Globe Theatre, London.
Ashish Ramachandran, who placed first in the Greenwich Shakespeare Competition and was third in the National Competition, performed a monologue from King John; Nicholas Serrambana, who was second in the Greenwich Competition, performed Malvolio from Twelfth Night; and Sarah Gold, who received Honourable Mention, performed a monologue from Two Gentlemen of Verona.
|Peter Tesei, First Selectman for the Town of Greenwich, gave closing comments, and thanked the Guest of Honour and members for their support of the ESU education mission.
Hats were de rigueur – champagne, scones with strawberry jam and cream, and tea sandwiches were served for two hundred ESU members and friends.
|A week ago Saturday (June 28th), Phoenix House held is annual summer party in East Hampton at the home of Robin and Fred Seegal. This year’s party called “Triumph for Teens” featured entertainment from Grammy-nominated recording artist, composer and music producer John Forte and the hip-hop group The Fugees. The event raised funds to support programs serving thousands of young people and their families.|
|Chicago, IL: On June 10th, ninety-five supporters of the Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC) gathered at RL in Chicago for the sixth annual "Early Bird & Bookworms," an exclusive book signing and author breakfast, hosted by Bunky Cushing. Designer and branding guru Steven Stolman served as the featured speaker of the breakfast. The event raised $15,000 to support the mission of the Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC).|
|Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC) was founded in 1976 and has worked to improve the quality of life for senior citizens by improving their safety, providing affordable housing, and working to develop effective health care plans. JASC is committed to building relationships, developing leaders, educating people and creating the power necessary for older adults to play a central role in determining their quality of life. The primary goal is to develop senior leadership and organized power for social justice. For more information, visit www.seniorcaucus.org.|
|Catching up: The President of Iceland, H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and the First Lady, Dorrit Moussaieff, were honored guests at the annual Gala Dinner of The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) held at The Pierre. More than 330 guests attended the event, which also honored ASF Trustee Monika A. Heimbold and Finland's Sibelius Academy. Kristján and Rabby Ragnarsson were Chairs of the dinner. Vice Chairs included Carl Gustaf Ehrnrooth; Inger G. and William B. Ginsberg; and Joanna Heimbold.
Guests and supporters for the evening included Liv Ullmann and Donald Saunders; United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Mrs. Kerstin Eliasson; Richard and Mary Ellen Oldenburg; Inger McCabe Elliott; Craig Dykers; Lena Kaplan; Stephen and Christine Schwarzman; Susan Gutfreund; Hon. William McCormick Blair, Jr.; Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr; Hon. Lyndon L. Olson, Jr; and Mica Mosbacher.
|Established in 1911, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. A not-for-profit organization that relies on the generosity of private donors in the U.S. and Scandinavia, the ASF carries on an extensive program of fellowships, grants, internships/training, publishing, membership offerings and cultural activities. The ASF is headquartered in New York City at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, which offers a wide range of exhibitions, screenings, concerts, readings, lectures, and children's programming. For more information, visit amscan.org or scandinaviahouse.org.|
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com; Cutty McGill (English Speaking Union); Christine Butler (ASF).|