Thursday, May 22, 2014

Supporters and Friends

Paula Zahn, Alex Witt, Robert Desiderio, Daryl Roth, Judith Light, America Ferrara, Herb Hamsher, and Thomas Robert at the 13th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of NYC.
Tuesday night's Lighthouse Guild's Annual POSH® AFFAIR Gala bestowed POSH® Visionary Awards upon Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films; Jonathan Adler, Potter, Designer and Author; and Thom Browne, Designer. The awards, celebrating Excellence in the fields of Film, Design and Lifestyle, crown savvy fashionistas' favorite shopping event: Lighthouse Guild's POSH® Fashion Sale.

For more than 40 years, leaders of the fashion world have come together for the annual POSH® Fashion Sale. The proceeds from the sale of top designers' clothing and accessories benefit Lighthouse International, an affiliate of Lighthouse Guild, which offers the broadest array and comprehensive scope of services currently available for people who are blind, vision impaired or multi-disabled.
Mark Ackermann, Thom Browne, Sheila Nevins, and Jonathan Adler
Fashionable philanthropy has been an important part of Lighthouse Guild ever since heiresses Winifred and Edith Holt used their dress allowances to start Lighthouse International in 1905. In 2014, this legacy of fashionable philanthropy® continues in several forms: donors contribute gently-used designer items to the POSH® Sale; and purchase POSH® Affair dinner tickets and fashion items at the POSH® Sale.

This year's POSH® AFFAIR dinner gala was hosted by Hamish Bowles, Amy Fine Collins, Alex Hitz and Lorry Newhouse.
Candace and Jonathan Wainwright
Margo and John Catsimatidis
Jonathan Farkas, Somers Farkas, Michael Bruno, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, and John Demsey
Mark Locks
Richard Leinhardt, Francene Leinhardt, and Rick Friedberg
Thom Browne and Amy Fine Collins
Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl
Nicole Sexton, Gary Morris, and Chele Chiavacci
Marc Rosen and Anna Bergman
Ann Caruso, Frederick Anderson, and Alina Cho
Jonathan Adler and Liz Lange
Amy Fine Collins, Hamish Bowles, and Tory Burch
Simon Doonan and Flora Collins
Adrien Corbett and Lorry Newhouse
Mark Gilbertson and Michael Bruno
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan held its 2014 Biennial Spring Gala on Thursday, May 15th at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The event had over 350 guests and $925,000 was raised.

Honorary Board Chair Laurie M. Tisch presented The Laurie M. Tisch Award to CMOM Board Member Renée Edelman and the Edelman Family.

Executive Director Andrew Ackerman presented the Corporate Leadership Award to Samsung Electronics America. The award, which was created in 2012 to recognize companies that are committed to the development of both children and communities, honors Samsung’s efforts to encourage youth to use STEM skills to creatively tackle an issue in their back yard through the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow program – a nationwide education competition for public schools in the United States.
Board Members Miyoung Lee, LaMae Allen de Jongh and Laurie M. Tisch
Guests included Richard and John Edelman, WNBC4 News anchor Shiba Russell, WCBS2 News anchor Maurice DuBois, Carolyn Tisch Blodgett and Will Blodgett, LaMae Allen de Jongh and Sydney de Jongh, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Mark R.T. Adkins and Wendy Sigurdson, Michael and Miriam Boublik, Ellen Unterberg Celli and Andrew Celli, Michael Cohen and Amy Siskind, Wayne and Kara Fingerman, Justin and Kerri Hamil, Judith and John J. Hannan, Myron and Jill Kaplan, Antonio Magliocco Jr. and Carla Solomon, Kevin B. McGrath, Mohsin and Tasneem Meghji, Steve Meringoff, Rajeev Narang and Geeta Sharma, Raffiq A. Nathoo and Michele Balfour Nathoo, Nancy Cohen Roberts and Marc Roberts, Elizabeth Sarnoff and Andrew Cohen, Marcia L. Warner, Steven and Jennifer L. Warner, Teri Weiss and Robby Merkin, and Jennifer Heller Wold and Keith C. Wold, Jr.
LaMae Allen de Jongh, Honoree Renee Edelman and Miyoung Lee
CMOM Executive Director Andrew Ackerman and Honorary Board Chair Laurie M. Tisch
Dean Peterson and Mary Pflum
All funds raised benefit The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), the vibrant home to 350,000 visitors a year from all segments of the NYC community and tourists from around the world. The museum’s educational mission in early childhood education, creativity, health and culture thrives within their home on 83rd Street and at 50 outreach sites in low-income communities across the city as well as through national initiatives with leading authorities and government agencies. Child development is at the core of CMOM’s values and mission and their vision is to be the bridge that connects children and adults in the community, school and home in order to prepare our children for the global world in which they live. For details regarding all of CMOM’s programs and initiatives, visit
Andrew and Ellen Celli
Cat Emil and David Emil
John, Renee and Richard Edelman with Laure M. Tisch
Judith and John Hannan
Kerri and Justin Hamill
Leslie Bushara, Mark Adkins and Wendy Sigurdson
Maurice and Andrea DuBois
Michael and Mimi Boublik
Shiba Russell
Rosalind and Richard Edelman (and daughters)
Shannon Bauer and Elliot Aronson
Tiffany and John Rhea
Teri Weiss, Nate Guild, Callie Siegel and Emily Madison
Supporters of Inner-City Scholarship Fund raised $1 million at the 38th Annual Friends Committee Gala on Tuesday, May 13th. Over 400 guests attended the event at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan to benefit Inner-City in its dedication to providing tuition assistance for low-income students attending inner-city Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York.

His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York; and Gala Chair, co-anchor of Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Martha MacCallum attended the event where Fox News Channel analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. served as the Master of Ceremonies.
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan and Ruth Woolard
Martha MacCallum and Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
“A quality education is the most powerful tool a child can have,” said Susan George, Executive Director of Inner-City.  “Seeing this room so full of people committed to providing educational opportunities to our students, is something I – and the thousands of students Inner-City supports – are very thankful for.” 

Former scholarship recipient Richard Recchia, who graduated from high school in 2004 and is now an Emmy Award winning producer at CBS Sports, gave a moving speech about how a Catholic education and the support he received from Inner-City helped shape his future.  “I spent my childhood living in a public housing project complex in Manhattan, with my mother and three siblings, in a cramped one-bedroom apartment – finances were tight,” said Recchia.  “Without Inner-City Scholarship Fund and the support of my sponsor, I would not be standing here tonight and more importantly, I don’t know if I would have developed the desire to dream and aspire for what I have been blessed with today.”
Peter Johnson, Jr.
Maria Jose Nolasco
In addition to dinner and dancing, guests enjoyed a performance by Maria Jose Nolasco, an 8th grade student at Immaculate Conception Elementary School in the Bronx, who sang Vivir mi Vida by Marc Anthonyand Colors of the Wind by Stephen Schwartz.

Inner-City Scholarship Fund was founded in 1971 by the late Terence Cardinal Cooke and a group of prominent executives of many religious beliefs. Inner-City provides tuition assistance to over 7,500 students (92% minority and 33% non-Catholic) in 79 inner-city Catholic schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. An astonishing 98% percent of seniors attending inner-city Catholic high schools graduate, and 96% pursue college at some of the finest universities in the nation.
Melanie and Joseph Shugart
Jaclyn Scerbak and CJ de Nicola
Susan George and Christine Schwarzman
This year in Celebration of the Thoroughbred Racing Season,  Doubles, the private club in the Sherry-Netherland, celebrated its 38th Anniversary with thousands of ballons with gold mylar streamers, Bob Hardwick and Michael Carney on dual pianos, bouquets of red roses, and jockey hats on every table.

Those enjoying the delicious Lobster Rissoto, Organic Filet, and Chocolate Chip Baked Alaska included the Club's guiding light Wendy Carduner,  Nicole and Matthew Mellon,  Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Virginia and Tony Montgomery, Jane and Bill Told, Wendy and Richard Cooke, Sarah and Chips Page, Mark Gilbertson, Mary Van Pelt, Bryan Colwell, Amy Hoadley, Paige and Tripp Hardy,  Margot and Randy Takian,  Polly Onet, Melanie and David Holland, Kamie Lightburn, Sloane and Alex Overstrom, Kathy and Othon Prounis, Randall Gianopulos and many, many more.
Wendy Carduner, Kamie Lightburn, and Margot Takian
Sloan and Alex Overstrom
Polly Onet with Othon and Kathy Prounis
Amy Hoadley, Jack Lynch, and Alexis Waller
Cassandra Seiderfield and Katlean De Monchy
Kamie Lightburn and Margot Takian
Ann Ruppe, Jane Told, and Sarah and Chips Page
Mark Gilbertson, Damien Lipman, and Bryan Colwell
Eleanora and Michael Kennedy
Wendy and Dick Cooke
Annabella and Charles Murphy with Wendy Carduner
Mark Gilbertson and Mary Van Pelt
Virginia and Tony Montgomery
Michael Carney
Bob Hardwick
On Wednesday, May 7th at Cipriani 42nd Street, they held the 13th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC). The sold-out event celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and philanthropists and raised nearly $550,000 to fund programs and services offered by UCP of NYC to over 14,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City.

The 2014 Women Who Care leadership included: (All in Attendance)
Loreen Arbus – Producer, Disability Rights Activist and Founder/Chair of Women Who Care; Susan Lucci – Emmy® Award-winning star of the hit Lifetime series Devious Maids, New York Times Best-selling Author, Host of Women Who Care, and former Women Who Care Honoree; Jill Herzig, Editor-in-Chief of Redbook and Honorary Co-Chair of Women Who Care; Donna Hanover, Former First Lady of New York City, Author, and Honorary Co-Chair of Women Who Care; Robin Givens, Star of the ABC series Twisted, and Co-Chair of Women Who Care; Ali Stroker of Glee and Glee Project fame, and Co-Chair of Women Who Care; Paula Zahn, Six-time Emmy® Award-winning Host of On The Case With Paula Zahn, and Co-Chair of Women Who Care.
Alex Whitt, Donna Hanover, Paula Zahn, Nicole Miller, Robin Givens, Susan Lucci, Loreen Arbus, and Tamsen Fadal
Highlights of this year's Women Who Care event included honoree award presentations: Judith Light was presented the Luella Bennack Philanthropy Award by America Ferrera. China Machado was presented the Women Who Care Award by Nicole Miller. Julia Monk was presented the Women in Business Award by
Tamsen Fadal; Hannah Jacobs was presented the Karen Hansen Caregiver Award by Alex Witt.

The event Host, Susan Lucci gave opening remarks, followed by remarks from Women Who Care Founder/Chair Loreen Arbus and Ed Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. Women Who Care Co-Chairs Robin Givens, Ali Stroker, and Paula Zahn also addressed the audience, as did Jill Herzig and Donna Hanover, Honorary Chairs of Women Who Care.
Anita Hollander
Liza Huber, Donna Hanover, Susan Lucci, and Jane Pontarelli
Daryl Roth
Susan Lucci, America Ferrera, and Judith Light
Guests attending the 2014 Women Who Care Luncheon included: Isiah Whitlock Jr., star of the hit HBO series Veep and The Wire; Herb Hamsher, President, TAO Management & Tetrahedron Productions; Ivan Bart, SVP and Managing Director, IMG Models; Daryl Roth, Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer; Mike Woods, Meterologist & Reporter, Fox 5's Good Day New York; Carl Galioto, Managing Principal, HOK;  Robert Desiderio, actor, One Life to Live; Ryan Piers Williams, actor & director of the new movie X/Y; Teresa Priolo, reporter, Fox 5 News; Anita Hollander, actress, National Co-Chair SAG-AFTRA Performers with Disabilities; Maysoon Zayid, Comedian, Actor and Disability Rights Activist and former Women Who Care Honoree; Cheryl Wills, Award-winning Anchor & Author, NY1 News Television; Scott Stanford, Emmy Award winning Co-Anchor, PIX 11 News; Camilla Barungi, Model/Entrepreneur of Project Runway fame Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Executive VP/Artistic Director of OPI Products Inc; Ubah Hassan, Model/actress; Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the New York Amsterdam News; Wendy Diamond, Publisher, Animal Fair Media; Debbie Presser, Director of Sales, WPIX; Ronald W. Wackrow, Executive Vice President of Related Companies; Monica Yunus, Opera Star and Co-Founder Sing for Hope; Sheila Lennon, SVP Marketing and Development, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City; Justine Potashnik, Shoe Designer, Fashion Film Producer; Constance Ford Mitchell, New York Global Real Estate Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal; Rachael Kun Morehouse, Emmy winning Associate Producer, 60 Minutes; Deborah Jacobs, Senior Editor, Forbes Woman; Lori Sokol, Huffington Post, Work Life Matters Magazine; Sonny Mullen, Good Morning America; Stacey Tisdale, Financial Journalist; Nicki Gilmour, Editor-in-Chief, The Glasshammer.
Judith Light, Loreen Arbus, America Ferrera, and Tamsen Fadal
Hannah Jacobs, Julia Monk, China Machado, and Judith Light
Former Women Who Care Honorees who attended included Roxanne Mankin Cason, Pamela Gallin, Sharon Greenberger, Maureen Lippe, Susan Lucci, Terrie Williams, Marie Wilson, Bebe Winkler, and Maysoon Zayid.

Hearst Corporation, a long-time major sponsor for UCP of NYC, and the Loreen Arbus Foundation were the Presenting Sponsors of this year's luncheon. Cole Haan was the event's premier gift in-kind sponsor and created a unique pop-up shop at the event where the proceeds from the sold out bags benefitted UCP of NYC.
Scott Stanford, Tamsen Fadal, Theresa Priolo, Scott Woods, Alex Whitt, and Isaiah Whitlock Jr.
Jill Herzig
Paula Zahn, Robin Givens, Susan Lucci, Nicole Miller, and Donna Hanover,
David Carpenter, Grace Carpenter, Sean Carpenter, and Lauren Carpenter
Judith Light, Sheila Lennon, and Kipton Cronkite
Lauren Day Roberts and Katrina Peebles
Mark Boekenheide and Julia Monk
Roxanne Cason and Lauren Day Roberts
Yuba Hassan and Kipton Cronkite
On Thursday, May 15th at Pier 60 Let’s Get Ready’s 8th Annual Gala honored Nicholas E. Billotti, Chairman, Turner International and raised over $1,000,000. The evening included dinner and a live auction. The monies raised from the evening supports free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college for low-income high school students.  Services are provided by volunteer college students who also serve as role models and mentors.
Emcee and WNBC reporter Lynda Baquero and Jack Rubin
Let’s Get Ready, founded in 1998, has served over 20,000 low-income high school students throughout the northeast with the engagement of 7,000 college coaches.  Partnering with colleges, high schools and community organizations, Let’s Get Ready addresses the pressing need to close the nation’s educational achievement gap.  Let's Get Ready envisions a future when students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the support they need to attain a college education.

For more information on Let’s Get Ready, contact Daniel Brewer at or 646.808.2773.
Ann Yaspan, Jack Rubin, Nakia Navarro
Nick Billotti, the night's honoree with Board President, Jack Rubin
Let's Get Ready Students
Nick and Beverly Billotti
Lisa and Gary Matthews
Joanne Del Prete, Executive Director of Let's Get Ready Lauri Novick and Peter Rosten
Wendy Reiners and Kendall Hochman
Will Chai, Jung Chai, Oumou Jalloh
Lenore and Jeffrey Gould
Amy and Brook Payner
John Chatzky and Debbie Mullen
Paula and Dan Reingold
Lenore Gould and and founder of Let's Get Ready, Jeannie Lang Rosenthal
Hanna, Emily, and Mike Cavanagh
Linnae Boyer amd Dan Schneider
Annabel Monaghan and Emily Cavanagh
Martha Coultrap, Harvey Bagg, Charlotte Coultrap-Bagg
Brian Dever, Leslie Berkovitz, Nancy Michaels, Lillian Hecht
Mildred Fabian, Anya Cole
Carolina and Jim Johnson and Cynthia Humphrey
Nick Billotti and Nelson Chai
Mike and Nick Billotti
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Posh); Cutty McGill (Doubles); Matthew Adam Photography (Let's Get Ready)