| On April 15th at the Celeste Bartos Forum in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The New York Public Library held its 2015 Library Lunch. The theme was "Writing Funny."
|The Co-Chairs included Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, Louise Grunwald, Shala Monroque, Daisy Prince, Zibby Right, and David Remnick and featured Andy Borowitz, Colin Jost, and Susanna Wolff in conversation with David Remnick. The lunch was sponsored by Asprey and The New Yorker served as the Literary Partner.|
|On Wednesday, April 15, over 800 people came together to celebrate the borough's artistic community at the fifth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball, the Brooklyn Museum's annual fundraising gala.
Event honorees on hand included Kiki Smith, Takashi Murakami, Shelby White and Leon Levy, Director Arnold Lehman, and representatives from the Jean-Michel Basquiat Foundation, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat.
|As in past years, artists were tapped to create immersive table installations and environments. A well-heeled crowd dined at and engaged with specially-created installations by artists including OLEK, Swoon, Pioneer Works, FAILE, Catron & Outlaw, Duke Riley, SITU Studio and Fernando Mastrangelo.
The sold out dinner included the First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray, Cindy Sherman, Kehinde Wiley, Dustin Yellin, Kenny Scharf, Vik Muniz, Olivia Wolfe, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and his wife Elyse Buxbaum, Borough President Eric Adams, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, Thelma Golden, Iris Cantor, Phyllis Mailman, Emma Hall, Elizabeth A. Sackler, Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia, Robert S. Rubin, Norman Feinberg, John S. Tamagni, David Berliner and Betsy Jacobs.
|Immediately following the dinner, the buzzy Dance Party kicked off -- attracting a vibrant and fun crowd with VIPs, and members of the event's Steering and Host Committees including Will Griggs, Amirah Kassem, Karen Robinovitz, Ben Sisto, Olivia Lawrence Wolfe, Archie Lee Coates IV, Pari Ehsan, Helena Glazer, Emily Havens, Katie N. Howard, Tarikh Korula, Sam Olstein, Nick Panama, Mike Rudoy, Jesse Smith, Daniel Stedman, and Tiffany Zabludowicz. The crowds enjoyed entertainment curated by Fool's Gold Records and featuring Bosco, Leaf, Shash'U and Nick Catchdubs, as well as a performance by balloon artist Robert Moy and a Murakami-inspired gumball installation by FlourShop. As well, throughout the night, people were eagerly bidding on the online auction, housed on Artspace.|
|Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted GARDEN OF EDEN, its annual spring gala benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The evening featured 50 tables, each decorated by a different, renowned designer, using the theme GARDEN OF EDEN as their inspiration.
The evening, which honored Juan A. Sabater, long-time Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Board Member, raised $1,070,000 for the organization's programs. Since 1894, the Neighborhood House has served those in need who live, work or attend school on the Upper East Side. It provides an extensive array of effective and integrated human services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of 20,000 people in need each year.
|VERANDA magazine was the media sponsor of the gala. The Design Chairs were VERANDA's editor in chief Clinton Smith and design editor Carolyn Englefield; interior designers Lindsey Coral Harper, Mercedes Desio, and Alberto Villalobos; and antiques dealer David Duncan.
The black-tie event included a press preview and cocktails, followed by dinner, a Live Auction with Peter Costanzo of Doyle New York, and dancing.
|The designers who fancifully decorated the fifty tables on view during the event included Andrea Stark, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper for Stark; Ashley Whittaker; Benjamin Vandiver Interiors & Lifestyle; Bonnie J. Steves for BJS Assoc. Interior Design; Byron C. James-Rodrigues for House of Oasis; Campion Platt Interiors Inc.; Christopher Maya Inc.; Christopher Spitzmiller Inc.; Creel and Gow; David Duncan; Decorative Traces; Dennis Rolland and Dominic Marangi; Duneier Design; Edward Lobrano Interior Design Inc.; Fernando Santangelo, Inc.; Harry Heissmann Inc.; Hernandez Greene; Hilary Pereira; Jenny Wolf Interiors; Julie Schuster Design Studio; Kapito Muller Interiors; Kate Rheinstein Brodsky for KRB; Kathy Abbott; Lana Sexton for Nest interiors; Leontine Linens by Jane Scott Hodges; Leslie Banker for Pamela Banker Associates; Lindsey Coral Harper Interior Design; Lindsey Schwartz of Curated; McMillen; Mixed Greens Event Design; Nick Olsen for de Gournay; Oscar de la Renta Home & Carolina Irving; Patrick Mele; Pavarini Design; Philip Mitchell Design Inc.; Plaza Flowers/Connie Plaissay; Robin Baron; Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield Inc.; Sam Allen Interiors; Shaun Smith Home; Stephanie Odegard Collection; Tamara Stephenson Interior Design; Thomas Burak Interiors & Michael Devine Ltd.; Villalobos Desio; Voutsa; and Ware M. Porter & Co.
For more information about Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and its programs, please visit http://www.lenoxhill.org.
|The New York Center for Children (NYCC) hosted its 20th Anniversary Spring Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Bar at Clement at the Peninsula Hotel. The event raised money in support of the organization’s mission to support victims of child abuse and their families with anything they might need.
Over 130 supporters gathered at the Bar Clement for cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres and participated in a silent auction to benefit the charity, which took place through the duration of the event. Auction highlights included a three night stay in a superior suite at The Peninsula Hotel in Paris, a private dinner for eight at Clement, Personal styling and shopping with Kirna Zabete Founder Sarah Easley, a selection of clothing from designer Harrison Morgan, a weekend vacation package for the Westcott B&B in Hudson, New York and a selection of paintings created by NYCC clients.
|Guests included: Kathleen Turner, Nick Loeb (Owner, Crunchy Condiments), Kevin Ryan (Chairman, New York Center for Children), Dr. Kathie Grimm (Medical Director, New York Center for Children), Michele Herbert (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Lyn Paulsin (Former Board Member), Christine Rales (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Heidi Mitchell (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Sophie Ann Terrisse (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Lauren Vernon (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Dr. Beth Worley (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Dr. Annie Sparrow (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Leane Romeo (Former Board Member, New York Center for Children), Christine Crowther (Administrative Director, New York Center for Children), Jessica Lapin (Former New York Councilmember), Jean Shafirof, Vanessa Von Bismarck, and Nicole Dicocco.|
|Kevin Ryan, Chairman of the New York Center for Children, addressed the crowd of supporters thanking them for their attendance. He mentioned that it’s the contributions from loyal donors that help the NYCC execute its mission and provide child abuse victims and their families, regardless of financial standing, with the support they need. The Board of Directors include: Georgette Mosbacher (Founder), Kate Spade (Chair Emeritus), Kevin Ryan (Chair), Michele Herbert, Christine Rales, Heidi Mitchell, Sophie Ann Terrisse, Lauren Vernon, Martin Richards (In Memorium).|
|Founded in 1995 by the 55-year-old national child abuse-prevention organization, Childhelp, with the aid of the late Broadway producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mossbacher, the New York Center for Children (NYCC) is a child-friendly Center, providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. NYCC also offers professional training on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse. All of the programs and services provided by NYCC are completely free of charge. NYCC is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to cover the costs of operations. NYCC serves all families, including those without insurance. When children come to the Center, they are greeted by specially trained staff, colorful murals on the walls and a playroom filled with toys. In addition to evaluation and treatment, the children at NYCC also benefit from tutoring, mentoring and extracurricular events. NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New York City. The child-friendly space is located at 333 East 70th Street, on Manhattan's Upper East Side — an easily-accessible and safe neighborhood for our children to be nurtured back to health.|
|Photographs by Liz Ligon & Elena Oliva (Brooklyn Museum); Annie Watt (Lenox Hill)|