Monday, December 29, 2014

With champagne a-filling ...

Event Co-chairs Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Richard Hurowitz, Event Co-chair Jackie Harris Hochberg, special guests Geoff Schwartz and Meridith Snipes, Event Co-chair Lyss Stern; and Asher and Sasha Hurowitz, Alexander and Harrison Hochberg, Oliver and Jackson Stern at the Jewish Museum's 20th annual Family Hanukkah Party.
With flutes of champagne a-filling, design icons speaking, and $1.35 million in garden restoration funds announcing, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) welcomed over 160 guests to make merry at their "Hearth & Earth Luncheon." Co-Chairs Elisabeth Casey, Suzanne Clary, Jean Doyen de Montaillou, Casey Forbes, Keelin Pye, Nan Pozios and Caroline Olmstead Wallach chose the program with care: Alexa Hampton, President of Mark Hampton LLC and Thomas L. Woltz, Principal owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects made sparkling presentations and each signed copies of their books, "Decorating in Detail" and "Garden Park Community Farm."
Co-Chairs Keelin Pye, Suzanne Clary and Elisabeth Casey
Thomas Woltz and Alexa Hampton
Thomas spoke first and explained his firm's reliance on both science and history for re-telling the natural and man-made stories of evolved landscapes; he and his team hope to apply techniques from their other projects like Olana and Monticello to the upcoming restoration of the Historic Jay Gardens in Rye. In just one week, this community initiative to create public park space at John Jay's childhood home won a prestigious $500,000 REDC Award from NY State Parks and received $350,000 in additional donations. As a board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Municipal Art Society, Thomas brings a wealth of critical expertise to JHC's landmark undertaking.
Lyman Delano, Bob Grayson, Tim Sennatt, Jerry Raymond, Jim Kelsey and Paul DeBary finished up their holiday shopping!
Alexa, who serves on the JHC Advisory Board, spoke next. She mesmerized the crowd with her signature elan, wickedly smart humor and a gorgeous portfolio of before and after transformations that she has executed in the most challenging of dwellings, both American and international. As an active board member of the NY Landmarks Conservancy, the School of Interior Design and the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, she is helping to bring students interested in pursuing careers in design and architecture to the Jay Estate which boasts a stunning 1838 Greek Revival mansion and 1907 Classical Revival Carriage House.
Karen Thomas and Thomas Woltz
The day was also about toasting those who protect our resources. JHC Vice President, Michael A. Kovner, was lauded by friends and colleagues for his lifetime passion for preservation illustrated by his efforts to build awareness of the Jay property and his devotion to other conservation focused and American heritage institutions like the Nantucket Preservation Trust, The New England Society of New York and the English Speaking Union, Greenwich Chapter. He received JHC's 2014 Preservation Award and together with his husband Jean Doyen de Montaillou contributed a gift of $150,000 towards completing the gardens.

Everyone went home with visions of native plantings and classical ornaments dancing in their heads. Not to mention a few AJ Davis gingerbread cottages and iced sugar cookies. For more information visit
Rich Clary, Taryn Clary and Nick Bruce
Co-Chair Jean Doyen de Montaillou and his husband 2014 Preservation Honoree Michael A. Kovner
Co-Chairs Casey Forbes, Caroline Olmstead Wallach, Keelin Pye, Nan Pozios and Elisabeth Casey
Karen Sellon, Elizabeth Polisi and Carol Sellon
Bess Ames and Natalie Pray
Mahshid Ehsani and Suzanne Clary
Dede Montgomery, Dottie Mattison, Kimberly Thurston and Karen Mandy
Jean Doyen De Montaillou, Anne Hall Elser, Michael Kovner and Coverly Rees
Susan Skelsey, Tavenner Rogers, Sarah Barringer, Kim Veber and Elisabeth Casey
Bob Grayson, Kay Yates, Jerry Raymond and Mahshid Ehsani line up to get their books inscribed
JHC Advisory Board member Jay Cantor and NY State Assemblyman Steve Otis
Michael Kovner and Lucy Day
Anne Niemeth, Natalie Pray, Michael Kovner, Patricia Chadwick and Pam Goergen
JHC President Suzanne Clary and Alexa Hampton
On Wednesday December 17, 2014, the Jewish Museum at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street in New York City, presented its twentieth annual Family Hanukkah Party.

The co-chairs were Jacqueline Harris Hochberg, Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Richard Hurowitz, and Lyss Stern and Brian Stern.

New York Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz and his wife Meridith were special guests at this year's event. Schwartz signed autographs, and led a Hanukkah candle lighting.
Geoff Schwartz of the New York Giants with Meridith Snipes
Aliyah and Maureen Cogan
Over 250 people attended the festive event, including Yildiz Blackstone, Maureen Cogan, Darcie Crystal, Herbert and Sandi Feinberg, Audrey and Harvey Feuerstein, Clarita Fodor, Jacqueline Harris Hochberg, Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Richard Hurowitz, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, Tara and Hunter Lipton, Federica Marchionni, Suzanne Murphy, Mark and Jennifer Pearlman, Linda Pruzan, Rebecca Raphael, Tara Mark Rosenblum, Harlan and Brian Saroken, Lyss and Brian Stern, Assemblyman Dan Quart, Debi Wisch, Jill Yablon, Nanar and Tony Yoseloff, and Caryn Zucker.
Event Co-chair Lyss Stern with Jackson Stern
Margo and Yildiz Blackstone
Upon arrival young guests had an opportunity to "walk the red carpet." Photos were taken by "paparazzi" in front of the entrance to the Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power exhibition, and "reporters"– the Jewish Museum's Director, Claudia Gould, and event co-chair Sharon Coplan Hurowitz – interviewed attendees about their wardrobe, their personality, and their favorite things about Hanukkah. Party attendees also enjoyed a DJ set by 10-year-old DJ Kai Song, and a wide variety of entertainment and hands-on art projects. Proceeds from the event benefit the Jewish Museum.
Tara, Holden, Landon, Piper, and Walker Lipton, and Sandi Feinberg
Suzanne Murphy and friends
Harrison Hochberg, Event Co-chair Jacqueline Harris Hochberg, and Alexander Hochberg
Asher Hurowitz, Event Co-chairs Richard Hurowitz and Sharon Coplan Hurowitz, and Sasha Hurowitz
Jennifer and Mark Pearlman and son
Naomi and Raymond Kassin with Gila Goodman
DJ Kai Song
Tara Mark Rosenblum and Brian Saroken
Samantha, Linda, and Matthew Pruzan
Emily, Danny, Grayson, and Nanette Rosenberg
Audrey Feuerstein, Rebecca Raphael, Jacob Feuerstein, Harvey Feuerstein, and Lily Rae Feuerstein
Clarita Fodor and family
Tess Gray and Debi Wisch
Geoffrey Bradfield, Barbara and Donald Tober, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy and Ambassador John Loeb and Sharon Handler Loeb co-hosted a Preview of photographer Annie Watt's Impromptu Portraits at the prestigious Galerie Dumonteil on Park Avenue and 57th Street to benefit the American Heart Association. 

Images of celebrities, political figures, designers and members of the social elite filled the walls of the gallery. The images were presented in a variety of sizes and formats, classic 8 x 10, Oversize and snappy Polaroids.
Barbara Tober, Annie Watt, and Lee Fryd
Some 400 of New York’s social dynamos and power brokers braved the Nor’easter and made their way to the gallery including Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Muffie Potter Aston, Lawrence Kaiser, Ann Van Ness, Ann Rapp, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Gary and Katherine Andreassen,  CeCe and Lee Black, Chris and Grace Meigher, Cece Cord, Chappy Morris, Jean Shafiroff, Joan and George Hornig, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Roy Kean, Diana Pinck, Barbara Poliwoda, Dr. Penny Grant, James Luce, Jeremy Hu, designer Victor De Souza, Jean Shafiroff, Rita Cosby and Tomaczek Bednarek, Suzanne La Fleur, David Grossman, Tom Lampson, Patricia Shiah, Eric Goodman and Alexandra Fairweather, Javier Tourne and Christina Madden, Paola and Arni Rosenschein, Mai Hallingby, Jeannette Hektoen and Prince of Chintz, Mario Buatta, many of whom have been photographed by Watt and seen on these very pages.
Geoffrey Bradfield, Kate Edmonds Donner, and Amy Hoadley
Impromptu Portraits will exhibit in New York at Galerie Dumonteil through January 15, 2015 before the show travels to Paris and Shanghai. Galerie Dumonteil, is located at 475 Park Avenue. Gallery hours are from Monday to Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturdays from 11:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, contact 212 840 0475 or
Kathy Doyle, Michael McGraw, and Lynne Lawner
John Wegorzewski and Muffie Potter Aston
Sharon Hoge
Javier Torne and Christina Madden
Emi Eu and Dr. Young Yang Chung
Anne Akers and Edward Callaghan
Jane Pontarelli and Suzanne Murphy
Matthew Allen and Kate Edmonds Donner
Dr Albert Lefkovitz and Cheryl Lefkovitz
Ann Van Ness and Patricia Shiah
Lee Fryd, Jeannette Hektoen, and Dr. Penny Grant
Jane Pontarelli and Adele Nino
Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel
Edgar Batista and Maggie Norris
Rita Cosby and Tomaczek Bednarek
Julie Tupler and Katie Edmonds Donner
Anna Maria Tornaghi and Sydney Barrows
Rosemary Ponzo and Nicole Dicocco
Nile Lundgren and John Witherspoon
Gildo Spadoni
Stanislav Sokolov and Roy Kean
Gene Panasenko, Julia Maksimova, and Parish Pradhan
Lucia Hwong Gordon and Tom Lampson
Dr Herbert Gould, Suzanne LaFleur, and David Grossman
Chandler Noah, Karim Crippa, and Diego Casdano
Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross
Amelia and Bayo Ogunlesi
Geoffrey Bradfield with CeCe and Lee Black
Mario Buatta and Franck Laverdin
Victor De Souza and Jean Shafiroff
Judy McClaren, Lee Black, and Anne Akers
Annie Watt with Grace and Christopher Meigher
Guests the White Truffle Dinner honoring the Palm Beach Wine Auction sponsors sipped Krug champagne as Tiffany showcased a collection of jewels prior to dinner upstairs which featured exceptional wines from Spring Mountain, Edge Hill and Oremus.

Fresh pink peonies and Tiffany's signature teal and silver holiday decorations graced the main salon as ladies tried on glittering baubles while other guests tried the caviar on petite cracker spoons and Thai shrimp-stuffed "cigars" enhanced with ginger lemongrass sauce.
Jeff Sabean and Patrick Park
Auction Chair Ted Mandes welcomed guests with the words, "’Breakfast at Tiffany's’ may be a movie, but dinner at Tiffany's is much better." He thanked Tiffany host Jeff Sabean, the Auction's co-chairs, sponsors and supporters and welcomed host vintner Kenneth "Scotty" Barbour, director of international and domestic sales for Spring Mountain Vineyard.

The White Truffle Dinner was a plethora of truffle-infused delights. First course included a demitasse of cauliflower soup infused with white truffle shavings and poached lobster medallions over butternut squash and corn salad with white truffle vinaigrette, paired with the incomparable 2010 Edge Hill Winery Bacigalupi Chardonnay. The entrée was truffled brisket of veal served over a truffled celeriac puree finished with shaved white truffles. The veal was paired with side-by-side glasses of 2004 and 2007 Spring Mountain Elivette for a comparison of distinct, rich flavors. Dessert was a duet of apples: apple confit with fromage blanc parfait, cider gelée, and a gala apple and golden raisin tart, served with a sublime Oremus Tokaji, Late Harvest 2010.
Rod and Madeline Fink
Following the dinner, each guest took home a woven crystal vase, courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

The Palm Beach Wine Auction celebrates its 8th year on January 29, 2015, at Mar-a-Lago. More than 200 guests will gather with goblet shaped paddles to bid on amazingly rare vintages while sampling the finest cuisine by a team of world-class chefs.

Since its inception, the auction has raised more than $2 million for the education programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. "To reach out and help with opening a child's mind to the performing arts is not just a cause, but an ongoing obligation," said Mandes. "That is the mission of the Palm Beach Wine Auction.
Carolyn and Richard Sloane
The 2015 event will feature more than 40 lots of remarkable wines and spirits from around the globe, exceptional luxury travel experiences and unique treasures all under the direction of Michael Troise, retired Auction Director for NY Wines/Christie's Fine and Rare Wine Department.

The 2015 Palm Beach Wine Auction will begin at 6 p.m. at The Mar-a-Lago Club, 1100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Tickets are $1,000, by invitation only. Call 561-651-4320 or visit for more information about the Palm Beach Wine Auction. For more information on the Kravis Center's education programs, visit
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein
Jeffery Bland and Jane Mitchell
Steven and Laurie Gottlieb
Cari Rentas and Brian Smith
Suzanne Ghirardini and Shelley Menin
Martin and Christine Rivard
Jonathan Bruckner with Bill and Jill Wachter
Amos and Maria Dare
Jim and Judy Mitchell
(Jupiter, Fla.) Nearly 150 concerned members of the public gathered recently to explore the current state of mental health and drug abuse at the third annual Palm Beach County Drug Abuse Summit. The free discussion was open to the public, thanks to co-hosts Hanley Center Foundation, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation, and included panels featuring prominent members of the healthcare and law enforcement communities, scientists, elected officials, educators and other community leaders. The half-day discussion took place at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience on Tuesday, December 9.
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Dr. Rachel Docekal, Barbara Suflas Noble, and Michael Williams
"The Palm Beach County Drug Abuse Summit's mission is to effectively inform and educate the local community about the impact of mental health and substance abuse," said Dr. Rachel Docekal, CEO of Hanley Center Foundation. "The partnership between so many different agencies was impressive.  We are grateful to our co-hosts and the esteemed panel participants, who recognize the importance of collaboration to improve awareness, treatment options and community education. We hope this event incites a continued impactful discussion of issues and solutions."
Joyce and Dusty Sang
John Dyben and Michael Gauger
In its third year, the Summit continues to grow. Presented in the past by Hanley Center Foundation and the Sherriff's office, the addition of Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation allowed for an expanded conversation to include mental health issues in Palm Beach County.

"Disease is personal - whether it is you, your spouse, your child, a friend or neighbor," said Barbara Suflas Noble, Max Planck Foundation CEO.  "As a community it is our responsibility to become more aware, more informed and better educated on resources, treatments and research in rising and devastating conditions effecting us all.  Our researchers are committed to doing their part to impact our local community, which is why we were proud to co-host this important and necessary event and we are grateful to Hanley Center Foundation for initiating this collaboration."
Ryan Bridger, Suzanne Holmes, Maria Marino, and Jack Barrett
The Summit included three different panel topics, with several different experts featured in each panel, and was moderated by WPTV NewsChannel 5 Anchor Michael Williams.

Sponsors included: Presenting Sponsor Florida Power & Light Company and Corporate Sponsor Origins Recovery Centers.
Michael Williams, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, and Don Kiselewski
Eduardo Pena, McLean Bolton, and Dusty Sang
Lori Berman, Daniel Gibson, Pat Rooney, Marcia Andrews, and Richard Paley
Sarah Alsofrom, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, and Dr. Rachel Docekal
Photographs by Cutty McGill (Jay Heritage); Christine Butler (Jewish Museum); LILA PHOTO (PB County Drug Abuse Summit).