|Last Thursday night, October 29th at the Mandarin Oriental, Pratt Institute presented Legends 2015, their annual scholarship benefit honoring and celebrating those who have helped shape the cultural landscape while simultaneously raising vital funds for student scholarship programs.
The event raises awareness and vital funds for merit and need-based scholarships as 80 percent of Pratt students receive financial aid to pursue their education. French Chef and Restaurateur Daniel Boulud, World-renowned Photographer and Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Visionary Architects and Co-Founders Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and Founder and Designer, Nina Campbell Interiors, were honored this year as distinguished individuals in the world of art and design whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt Institute.
|Darren Aronofsky, American Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer presented to Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Michael Boodro, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE DECOR presented to Daniel Boulud; Adele Chatfield Taylor, Former President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome and Playwright John Guare, presented to Tod Williams and Billie Tisen; Jim Druckman, President, New York Design Center presented to Nina Campbell.
$800,000 was raised for the cause.
|The Breast Cancer Research Foundation celebrated its $48.5 million commitment to breast cancer research at its annual BCRF Symposium & Awards Luncheon at The Waldorf Astoria with more than 1,000 guests. Every year, BCRF brings together its international roster of grantees at this event in an effort to encourage collaboration and accelerate progress. In 2015-2016 BCRF is supporting 240 grantees in 13 countries on five continents.
The symposium, dedicated in memory of Lois Brennan, was titled "Progress in Killing Drug Resistant Cancer Cells" and featured panelists Dr. Joan Brugge of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Suzanne Fuqua of Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Vered Stearns of Johns Hopkins. BCRF Scientific Director Dr. Larry Norton and BCRF Scientific Advisory Chairman Dr. Clifford Hudis, both of whom also serve at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, moderated the panel. Attendees included more than 190 of the world’s foremost cancer researchers, convened annually by BCRF to discuss the latest work in every area of breast cancer research.
|This year’s luncheon, hosted by Joan Lunden, raised more than $2 million. Reva Robinson presented her daughter Tory Burch with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award for Tory’s unflagging commitment to end breast cancer as a BCRF board member and champion for research. BCRF grantee Dr. Joan Brugge was honored with the Jill Rose Award for her distinguished work to advance our understanding of the molecular and cellular biology of breast cancer.
“Evelyn Lauder had a big dream: to see the end of breast cancer,” said Tory Burch. “Just as importantly, she had a plan that 22 years ago she and Dr. Larry Norton conceptualized, and which later became BCRF. I am honored to receive this award and confident that together we will realize Evelyn’s big, bold dream and be the end of breast cancer.”
|Special attendees included Leonard and Judy Lauder, William Lauder and Lori Tritsch, Kinga Lampert, Tory Burch, Joan Lunden, Jamie Tisch, Sandra Lee, Bethenny Frankel, Tracy Anderson, Cindy Citrone, Krysta Rodriguez, Nigel Barker, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Coco Kopelman, Tamsen Fadal, Kimiko Glenn, Selenis Levya, Lindsay Ellingson, Gigi Mortimer, Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Frederica Marchionni, Alice Jackson, Gretta Monahan, Zabryna Guevara, and Paula Zahn.
The event’s co-chairs in attendance included Roberta Amon, Anne Bass, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Betsy Green, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Gail Hilson, Wendi Rose, Arlene Taub and Simone Winston.
|On Tuesday October 27th, The Royal Oak Foundation celebrated its 18th annual Timeless Design Gala at the Metropolitan Club and honored Dr. Susan Weber, Founder and Director of Bard Graduate Center, with the Heritage Award. The evening also honored The Kips Bay Decorator Show House with the Timeless Design Award. James Druckman, Chairman of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
Royal Oak Foundation Director Tracy Williamson Dart and supporter Charlotte Moss were the gala co-chairs. Proceeds support Royal Oak’s conservation and education mission as the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Gala’s attendees raised money to send American scholars to the UK and to restore furniture designed by Thomas Chippendale at the National Trust’s Nostell Priory.
|The Heritage Award recognizes the preeminent role that the Center plays in the study of decorative arts and material culture, particularly British history. Since its founding in 1993, Bard Graduate Center has consistently supported ground-breaking study by scholars, curators and students, and presented it to the public in significant exhibitions and catalogues.
Among the 150 attending were: Ben Aguilar and Silvia Leone, Chesie Breen, Michael Bruno, Paula and James Caravelli, Edward Lee Cave, Gary Crain, Cary Kravet, Ellen Kravet, Jamie Drake, Miriam Ellner, Jill Esterman, Geraldine Fabrikant, Mark Ferguson and Natalie Jacobs, Alexa Hampton, Jane Scott Hodges, James Huniford, Philip Hewatt Jaboor, Susan Henshaw-Jones and Richard Eaton, Cathy Kincaid, Sahra Lese, Ruth Lynford, Reeva and Ezra Mager, Tripp March, Brian McCarthy, Sarah Medford, Charles Miers, Alasdair Nichol, Barbara Ostrom, Andrew Ogletree, Alex Papachristidis, J. Rodney Pleasants, Diana Quasha, James Rixner, Markham Roberts, Todd Alexander Romano, John Rosselli and Bunny Williams, Robert Rufino, Jean Savage, Donald Schermerhorn, Michael Simon, Clinton Smith, James Alan Smith, Stephanie Stokes, Newell Turner, John Yunis.
|Also, Royal Oak Executive Director Lorraine Brittle; Royal Oak Chairman Lynne Rickabaugh; and board members Betsy and Robert Barbanell, Stein Berre and Britton Smith, Kathleen Buoymaster, Michael Boyd, John Southerton Clark, Barbara Eberlein, Ken Jennings and Al Messina, Thomas Kelly, Marilyn and Stephen Miles, Renee and Alan Tucei, John and Phillis Warden.
To learn more about The Royal Oak, visit royal-oak.org.
|A week ago Tuesday at Cipriani 42nd Street, the 32nd annual Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala was held raising more than $2 million for critical Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
Willie Geist, co-anchor of The Today Show and Morning Joe, emceed the event, which included remarks from Gala General Chair and Founder Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (daughter of Rita Hayworth), and 2015 Gala Chair Daryl Simon. Simon gave a moving speech about her mother’s battle with the disease, which inspired her to become involved with the Gala. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley poignantly spoke as a part of the program, sharing about her mother’s struggle with dementia.
|Michele and Larry Herbert were honored with the Rita Hayworth Award. Michele spoke powerfully about her dedication to the cause drawing both laughter and tears from the crowd. The Herberts recently committed a substantial gift to create the Michele and Larry Herbert Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s in Women Fund as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Fund, which will support critical research into gender vulnerabilities in Alzheimer’s and why woman are disproportionately affected by this disease.
Later in the evening, CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller introduced B. Smith and Dan Gasby who were presented with the Alzheimer’s Association Champions Award for their dedication to the cause and for B.’s courage in announcing her own diagnosis.
|Actor Danny Glover sent a personal video message honoring his close friends B. and Dan for “bravely using their voices for Alzheimer’s” calling them his champions and heroes. Model Klara Urbanova donned the stunning purple gown celebrated fashion designer Naeem Khan, a longtime supporter of the organization, designed as a part of his Purple Dress Partnership with the Gala, which was auctioned off to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
The theme of this year’s Gala was ‘our future is crystal clear’, highlighting the gala steering committee’s commitment to the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Since the inaugural Rita Hayworth Gala over three decades ago, the New York, Chicago and Palm Beach events have now raised more than $68 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association.
|Among those attending: Robin Meltzer, Sharon Bush, Nicole Sexton, John and Margo Catsimatidis, Brooke Shields, Somers Farkas,Kimberly Williams- Paisley, Chele Chiavacci Farley, Ray and Veronica Kelly, Margo Nederlander, Hunt Slonem, Karyn Kornfeld Patty Smyth McEnroe, Carleton Varney, Brendan Shanahan, Harold Koda, Yaz Hernandez, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Olivia Jordan.|
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Alzheimer's); Rob Rich (BCRF).|