|This past Thursday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza, the ASPCA hosted its 18th annual Bergh Bal honoring Hilary Swank and Edie Falco. Lake Bell and Isaac Mizrahi were co-emcees.
The theme of the evening was “Pup Art,” featuring playing cards showcasing photos of dogs and cats from the ASPCA Adoption Center, as well as reproductions of dog and cat portraits by Andy Warhol. The Jokers in the deck were Bravo’s Andy Cohen with his dog Wacha, and actor Nathan Lane with his dog Mabel.
|Chairs for the evening were Laura Zambelli Barket, Arriana and Dixon Boardman, Mindy and Tom Fortin, Fredrik G. Gradin, Linda and Benjamin Lambert, Robin Bell, Jeff Pfeifle, Laura and Frederick Tanne, Kim White and Kurt Wolfgruber. Associate chairs were Georgina Bloomberg, Allie Rizzo and Scott Sartiano, and Jesse Schuster. Associate Vice Chairs were: Lance Bass, Lake Bell, Jessica Hart, Amanda K. Ruisi, Mollie Ruprecht, Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh.|
|The Ball is named for Henry Bergh, a New Yorker who lived between 1813 and 1886, whose initial work was assisting at rescuing abused horses. Having served as secretary and vice-consul to the American Legation in St. Petersburg he resigned for health reasons in 1864 and then travels throughout Europe and the Orient where he witnessed such horrendous abuse, that on returning to New York. He began lecturing and working towards legislation providing welfare for animals. Mr. Bergh got a lot of response to his cause. There were no laws against animal cruelty in any state or territory when he began his mission. By 1886, 39 states had adopted laws protecting animals. Mr. Bergh in 1874 joined with New York lawyer and businessman Elbridge Gerry and John D. Wright in forming another companion organization, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children.|
| For nearly 150 years, the ASPCA has made groundbreaking strides protecting the lives of vulnerable and victimized animals across the country. Through adoptions, animal health services, community outreach, field investigations, and legislative work, the ASPCA has helped countless animals live safer, healthier and happier lives.
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.
As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.org.
|Brooks Brothers celebrated the Playground Partners of the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy at an instore shopping event on Madison Avenue and 86th Street on Thursday, April 9th. The event was hosted by Brooks Brothers, along with Playground Partners Party Co-Chairmen Shirin Christoffersen, Ranika Cohen, Kimberly Klimczak, Lara Marcon, and Michelle Marra and Playground Partners Co-Chairmen Paige Hardy and Sarah Kurita and Women's Committee President Karen T. May.
The event included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and shopping. Brooks Brothers donated 25% of the net sales from April 9th to April 10th to the Playground Partners of the Central Park Conservancy.
|This kick-off event was a run up to the Playground Partners of the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy's Annual Family Party scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Taking place in Heckscher Playground in Central Park, The Central Park Conservancy's Annual Family Party supports Playground Partners and their mission to maintain the quality and cleanliness of Central Park's 21 playgrounds. This is one of the largest and most successful parties in New York City and is the only one offered in a playground all year, providing a unique and fun opportunity for New York City Families.|
|On Thursday, April 2, 2015, East Side House Settlement hosted the 16th Annual Gala Preview of the 2014 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. More than 1,000 guests from the worlds of finance, fashion, society, and philanthropy enjoyed a private viewing of the entire auto show before it officially opened to the public. The Gala Preview included cocktails, a private dinner for benefactors and a specially curated display of several 2016 Porsche models generously provided by Manhattan Motorcars, including a 919 Hybrid, a 918 Spyder, a Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and a Panamera S E-Hybrid.
|The Gala Preview was chaired by Philip L. Yang, Joan P. Young, and Chris LaSusa, and the Benefit Committee was chaired by Fe Fendi, Morgan Shara and Mariana Zois. Adding to the night’s festivities were signature cocktails featuring Wodka Vodka and Alibi Whiskey and music provided by DJ David Chang. The media sponsor was New York magazine.
The highlight of the evening was a thrilling live auction of an all-new 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, as well as several exclusive packages and experiences including the opportunity for four guests to dine at a coveted table at Rao’s; a VIP experience to entertain 16 guests in a private Mets Skybox at Citi Field; an exclusive golf outing at Jasna Polana; and a fabulous Vermont Getaway package from Twin Farms Resort and Simon Pearce. Rebels raced high as the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 proved to be the biggest ticket item of the night.
|The event raised $500,000 to support East Side House Settlement, a leading social services agency that serves children and families in the South Bronx and surrounding communities. The event was made possible through the generosity of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) and the New York International Auto Show, as part of a proud tradition of dedicated community service.
Guests Included: Joseph Altuzarra, Fe Fendi & Alessandro Saracino Fendi, Morgan & David Shara, Mariana & Elia Zois, Chris & Jennifer LaSusa, Joan P. Young, Phil & Maria Yang, Chuck Scarborough, Ward Landrigan, Lisa Yom, Clay Floren, Lacary Sharpe, Roric Tobin, Geoffrey Bradfield, Lisa Yom, Barbara and Donald Tober, and Mark Schienberg.
|The Tenth Anniversary of the Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. National Physician of the Year Awards took place on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Pierre in New York City. The Awards recognized and honored five exemplary physicians, as well as the many thousands of other excellent physicians practicing in communities throughout the United States. The evening began at 6:30 P.M. with cocktails followed by dinner and the awards presentation.
Awards were given to physicians who are nationally recognized leaders and contributors in their specialties.
|The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to physicians for their lifetime of dedication to research and practice in their respective fields. This year, the award was presented to:
• Michael M.E. Johns, M.D., Professor, Schools of Medicine and Public Health; Chancellor (2007-2012); CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center (1996-2007) – Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
• John B. Mulliken, M.D., Professor of Surgery – Harvard Medical School; Co-Director, Vascular Anomalies Center and Director, Craniofacial Centre – Boston Children’s Hospital (Boston, MA)
|The Clinical Excellence Award, recognizing physicians who exemplify excellence in clinical medical practice, was presented to:
• Henry Brem, M.D., Harvey Cushing Professor; Professor of Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Oncology and Biomedical Engineering; Director, Department of Neurosurgery; Director, Hunterian Neurosurgical Research Laboratory – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD)
• Kimberly Brown, M.D., Division Head, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology – Henry Ford Health System (Detroit, MI)
• Fabrizio Michelassi, M.D., F.A.C.S., Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and Chairman of Surgery – Weill Cornell Medical College; Surgeon-in-Chief – NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (New York, NY)
|The National Health Leadership Award, awarded to individuals for outstanding dedication and work with an organization that has served to heighten the awareness for the need of support and research on that specific cause, was awarded to Anthony and Jeanette Senerchia, Founders of The Anthony Senerchia Jr. ALS Charitable Foundation Inc. and the Ice Bucket Challenge will receive this year’s National Health Leadership Award.
John K. Castle, Chairman, and John J. Connolly, Ed.D., President and CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., William Liss-Levinson, Ph.D., Vice President, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and Jean Morgan, M.D., Vice President, Chief Medical & Research Officer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. were the Awards Presenters for the evening. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Holly Phillips, M.D., CBS News Medical Contributor, Board Certified General Internist and author of “The Exhaustion Breakthrough” (Rodale, June 2015).
|Photographs by Rob Rich (ASPCA); BFAnyc.com (Auto Show); Patrick McMullan.com (Castle).|