|The Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education’s annual black tie “Fiesta 2015” was held at the Plaza on Tuesday, October 13th. They honored John Bernbach, Baz Luhrmann, and Veronique and Bob Pittman. Jimmy Smits, presented the Gold Medal award to Baz Luhrmann, Stephen A. Schwarzman to John Bernbach, and a special presentation of the award was given to Veronique and Bob Pittman.
As is their tradition, the gala co-chairs were Jacqueline Weld Drake, Aileen Mehle, and H. R. H. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia. Honorary Chairs were Violaine Bernbach, France Chrétien Desmarais, Bertha Fonzalez and Mishele Wells, Nicole Kidman, John Leuizamo, and Sting and Trudie Styler. Pachanga Chairs were Carolina Alverez, Stephanie Bilet, Alexandre Levant, and Peter Levin.
|Guests attending included Fabiola Arias, Coromoto Atencio, Peter Bacanovic, Candace and Rick Beinecke, Stephanie Bilet, Martha Bograd, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brodsky, Amy Fine Collins, Robert Couturier, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Cullman Jr., Arlene Dahl, France Desmarais, Brian and Joanna Fisher, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Mai Hallingby, Marlene Hess, Michele Gerber Klein, Margo Langenberg, Nina Lawrence, Mercedes Levin, Kamie Lightburn, William Ivey Long, Catherine Martin, Izhar Patkin, Liz and Jeff Peek, Peter and Judy Price, Ben REodrigues-Cuvenas, Patti Ruiz-Healy, , Ann Rapp, Susan and David Rockefeller, Hunt Slonem, Vernon and Naomi Taylor, Barbara and Donald Tober, Evelyn Tompkins, Jose Maria and Alexandra Trullois, and Tanya and David Tisch.|
|Dinner Chairman, Jacqueline Weld Drake, opened the evening by saying, “Tonight we also salute our outgoing Director, Sarah Calderon, who is leaving us after seven years. At her arrival she presided over the opening of our new building. She has grown the organization, its staff, and our students. She’s also earned their love. On behalf of all the board we wish her well and will miss her.”|
|Fountain House, the world's leading model for mental health treatment for people living with serious mental illness, celebrated its eighth annual Associates Fall Fête on October 20, 2015 with cocktails at Max Mara followed by dinner and dancing at the Racquet and Tennis Club. The event introduces an audience of young professionals to Fountain House's unique "working community" treatment model for mental illness and its mission to fight the stigma associated with the disease.
|Event Chairs Byrdie Bell, Angela and Michael Clofine, Madeleine and Alexandre Desmarais, Jeremy L. Goldstein, Kathleen and Reha Kocatas, Katherine Lipton and Alex Lipman, Jennifer Oken, Lil Phillips, Katie Tozer, Shaina and Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, and Katie Zorn were joined by prominent guests, including: Kate and Chris Allen, Iris Apfel, Susannah and Tom Carrier, Alexandra Chantecaille, Alice Kim and David Cynn, Chiara de Rege, Caroline Dean, Tanyella Evans, Mark Gilbertson, Lorna and Larry Graev, Jose Luis Guerra, Amy Hoadley, Sally Horchow, Tracey and Craig Huff, Alex Keith, Kamie Lightburn, Stephanie and Jim Loeffler, Carolyn MacKenzie, William Manger, Jr., Clare McKeon, Yesim and Dusty Philip, Kate Pickett and Andrew Davis, Elizabeth Pyne, Andrea and Amar Ranawat, MD, Ryan Rockefeller, Paige and John Rustman, Elisabeth Saint-Amand, Georgina Schaeffer, Andrea and John Stark, Violetta Weddepohl, Mary Beth Winningham, and Franny and Richard Zorn.|
| The Associates presented the Fountain House Advocacy Award to Austin Stark, a producer, writer and director who is a founder of the New York City film production and finance company, Paper Street Films. Over the last six years, Austin has produced nine films all of which received great recognition. Austin and his partners recently produced Infinitely Polar Bear, a film starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana about a family struggling and surviving with mental illness.
A Fountain House member, Billy Wallace, whose college education was temporarily interrupted because of his illness, received the Danny Zorn Scholarship.
Billy completed the Fountain House College Re-Entry program, the only program of its kind to target young adults and bridge the gap between clinical mental health services and educational institutions. He is now enrolled as a full-time student working toward his degree in accounting.
|More than 70% of college students currently living with mental illness drop out before earning a degree. To date, nearly $850,000 has been raised through Fall Fête, a portion of which goes to support the educational pursuits of Fountain House members.
Fountain House successfully addresses the devastating impact of serious mental illness. We were founded in New York City in 1948 with the belief that people living with mental illness can be active participants in their own and each other's recovery. Each year, over 1,300 members come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities and forge new friendships.
Fountain House has inspired the creation of more than 300 similar programs in 32 countries that serve more than 100,000 people annually. In 2014, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recognized our global reach and the efficacy of our evidence-based model with the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
|Last Wednesday, over 1,000 children and parents participated in an evening of adventure throughout the Museum at the 22nd Annual Family Party at the American Museum of Natural History.
One of the Museum’s best-loved annual traditions, the Family Party is a special opportunity for children and adults of all ages to experience the wonders of the Museum. Guests were treated to an evening of fun activities in the Museum’s magnificent halls, including interacting with live animals, digging for minerals, conducting experiments, meeting scientists, and more.
| Highlights included:
• The popular Museum Science Center, which showcased Museum scientists and their ongoing work through hands-on activities, live animals, extreme specimens, and scientific data and technology;
• Digging for “gems” in the Tiffany & Co. Gem Dig;
• Exciting animals from LEO Zoological Conservation Center, Rainforest Reptile Shows, and A Touch of Nature with Jerry Zelenka;
• Haircuts by Cozy’s Cuts for Kids;
• A chance to meet Buddy from The Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train;
• The Glow Zone, which included engaging activities for kids with glow bracelets and rings, and an LED Hula Hoopist;
•And two new sections included the TECH-reation Room which featured computer-based games and technology for children to explore;
• And the Cricket Cantina, where truly adventurous eaters sampled the next frontier of high-protein, sustainable cuisine: a variety of edible insects.
|The 2015 Family Party Chairmen are Claire Bernard, Stephanie Coleman, Elizabeth Eginton and Chris Davis, Sloan Greenspan, Amy Griffin, Melissa and Carney Hawks, Kim and Greg Lippmann, Joella Lykouretzos, Melissa Meister, Rebekah Mercer, Allison Mignone, Jacqueline Sackler, and Miriam Wermelt.
This year’s Family Party is generously supported by Tiffany & Co.
Proceeds from the evening support the Museum’s educational and scientific programming.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Casita Maria); D. Finnin and R. Mickens (AMNH)|