|On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Valentino and The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering's Associates Committee hosted the annual Fall Party at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. The glamorous evening was co-chaired by Beth Blake Day, Melissa Meister, and Ferebee Taube.
The sold-out event included cocktails, dinner, and dancing for more than 350 guests from the worlds of fashion, art, philanthropy, and New York society. Ron Wendt Design created the décor for what was the Fall Party's final year at the famed Four Seasons Restaurant before it closes its doors in 2016. Associates Committee Chairman Eleanor Ylvisaker graciously thanked the high-profile crowd for their generous support before the night's live auction, and the music of DJ D-Nice inspired guests to hit the dance floor late into the night.
|The event raised $600,000 for The Society of MSK and The Associates Committee's newest fundraising initiative, the Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Team (PACT).
Notable guests included Nicky Hilton, Jill Kargman, Kelly Turlington Burns & Brian Burns, James Rothschild, Tabitha Simmons, Patricia Lansing, Travis Acquavella, Shoshanna Gruss, Allison Aston, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Veronica Beard, Jessica van Lith, Brett Heyman, Meredith Melling, Rickie de Sole, Kylie Case, Molly Howard, Jordan Foster, Colin Macgregor, Coralie Charriol Paul, and many more.
|Over 750 supporters joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. ("LDF") at the New York Hilton at its 75th Anniversary National Equal Justice Award Dinner honoring former Attorney General Eric H. Holder and two international foundations on November 4, 2015. The occasion served as a celebration of LDF's work, as well as a call to action to rally around the broad racial justice agenda that the organization has advanced. Dinner guests were treated to a performance by members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, dynamic speakers, and an inspiring film screening depicting LDF's seventy-five year history.
The evening's distinguished guests included civil rights leaders, law firms and corporations, entertainers, public officials and other notables. The enthusiastic support for LDF by guests, funding institutions, and individual donors reflects a deep and unwavering commitment to racial justice work. "Our country is in an unprecedented moment in its recognition of the need to confront our nation's history of racial bias," said President and CEO of Atlantic Philanthropies Chris Oechsli, whose organization received one of two National Equal Justice Awards. "LDF brings a combination of vision, prescience and strategy to fill the void."
|President Darren Walker, who accepted the National Equal Justice Award on behalf of the Ford Foundation, called racial discrimination and the persistence of poverty the "twin scourges" of inequality. However, he said, the work of LDF, its leadership, and Ford's long relationship with the organization, motivated him to be optimistic about the future.
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of LDF thanked LDF's longstanding generous patrons, including the late philanthropist William Scheide and the board of directors of LDF, for making it possible for LDF to defend the rights of its clients and pursue transformative justice. She also spoke of growing support by funders – including Atlantic Philanthropies and the Ford Foundation – for the LDF's groundbreaking, interdisciplinary policy reform, research, and strategic communications work, facilitated through its Thurgood Marshall Institute. Ifill also announced the establishment of an Eric Holder Fellowship that will enable a new generation of lawyers to join LDF's ranks.
|The evening's crowning moment was Eric Holder's acceptance of the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award. Serving as a legal intern with LDF in his early career brought him in the company of lawyers who followed in Thurgood Marshall's footsteps, said Holder in accepting the award, and reinforced his sense of humility and commitment to civil rights work. Holder cited discrimination and criminal justice reform as the unfinished legacy of the civil rights movement and credited LDF as a key catalyst for fostering a "beloved community" in full support of equal rights and justice. "In the history of this organization, every generation is tested and called upon to make real the promise of our democracy," said Holder. "We must honor those who sacrificed so much so that we might enjoy that which they were cruelly denied. I accept this honor and pledge my desire to work with all of you and this essential and beloved organization in the effort to guarantee for our fellow citizens a nation that lives up to its founding doctrines."|
|The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world's first child protection agency, held its annual fall benefit on Monday, November 16, 2015 at The Metropolitan Club. Some 275 guests enjoyed a four-course dinner designed by Chef Emma Bengtsson, Executive Chef of Aquavit, winner of two stars in The Michelin Guide New York City 2016. Chef Bengtsson's cuisine was paired with wines donated by Robert Kacher Selections, which represents small, boutique vineyards throughout France. Deborah Norville, member of The NYSPCC Children's Council, served as the host for the evening. The event raised $540,000 for the agency.
"We accept cases of children that are so complicated and challenging, that other providers turn them away, or refer them to us," explained Dr. Mary Pulido, Executive Director of The NYSPCC, during the program. "And, because we are achieving amazing results, everyone wants to know how we do it. We are constantly receiving requests for training from other providers throughout the United States. So not only is your support helping children here in New York City but it's helping children throughout the United States."
|The evening's Chairs included: David and Sarah Stack, and Karl Wellner and Deborah Norville. Co-Chairs included: Maarit and Thomas Glocer , and Tania Higgins. Vice-Chairs included Lauren Cramer, Neil and Amanda Friedman, Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr., Joan Granlund, Penny Grant M.D., Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Holly Kelly and Andrew Lipsky, The New York Yankees, M. David Sherill and Mary Alice Sherill, Mark S. Weiss. David Stack is the President of the NYSPCC Board of Directors.
Proceeds from the event benefit The NYSPCC's Trauma Recovery Program. The Trauma Recovery Program provides free mental health treatment for children who have experienced traumatic events, such as physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and family violence.
|The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), founded in 1875, is the first – and one of the most highly respected – child protection agencies in the world. The NYSPCC responds to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal and educational services. Through research, communications and training initiatives, we work to expand these programs to prevent abuse and help more children heal.
The NYSPCC's unique work is used as a model for child welfare agencies across the nation. Since its founding, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on the behalf of over two million children, and has educated over 46,000 professionals on how to identify and report child abuse and neglect. Visit www.nyspcc.org for more information.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Memorial Sloan Kettering); Stephanie Badini (NAACP); Patrick McMullan & Annie Watt (NYSPCC).|