|Last Thursday evening, Laura and Harry Slatkin held a kick-off cocktail reception in their townhouse for the annual Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation benefit weekend and its hosts, Anne Hearst McInerney and Jay McInerney. This year's gala weekend at the famed San Simeon estate will run from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27 and will feature a performance by noted singer-songwriter Judy Collins.
The Hearst Castle, which belongs to the State of California, is an attraction that draws nearly one million visitors each year from around the world, and generates significant funds for the whole State Parks System. The Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation is a nonprofit that was established in order to raise funds for the preservation and restoration of the historic Hearst Castle's twenty five thousand artifacts.
|Guests of Laura and Harry Slatkin who came to celebrate the upcoming Seventh Annual Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation benefit weekend included Candace Bushnell, Dennis Basso, Patricia Hearst Shaw, Gillian Hearst-Simonds, Christopher Mason, Hearst Corporation President and CEO Steve Swartz, Dana Hammond Stubgen, Felicia Taylor, Alina Cho, Cornelia Bregman, Alison Mazzola, R. Couri Hay, Sharon and John Loeb, Jay Snyder, Patrick McMullan, Hillary Geary Ross, Remar Sutton, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Liliana Cavendish, Sharon Bush, William Rudin, Glenn Horowitz, Ann Dexter-Jones, Bettina Zilkha, The Metropolitan Museum's Wolfram Koeppe, Diandra Douglas, Milly de Cabrol, Sara Dodd, Robert Zimmerman, Kristen and Charlie Krusen, Serena Lese, and Jim Signorelli.|
|On May 13th, Manhattan School of Music celebrated its Broadway Melody gala at the newly re-opened Rainbow Room, honoring Bebe Neuwirth and officially announcing its new Bachelor's degree program in Musical Theater. In addition to the evening's honoree, special guests included Angela Lansbury, Marlo Thomas, and Phil Donahue. Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley (BM '90 and Hon. DMA '14), a member of the new MSM Musical Theater Program Artistic Advisory Committee, and Luis Perez, the new program's Director, were also on hand.|
|MSM President James Gandre and MSM Chair of the Board of Trustees Lorraine Gallard presented an award to Ms. Neuwirth, with Ms. Gallard remarking that "tonight we're giving a little something back to someone who has provided us, collectively, with so many years of delight, entertainment, laughter, catharsis, and that unique affirmation you feel when you are witness to greatness."
In announcing the new Musical Theater Program, Mr. Gandre noted that it will be only the second conservatory-based degree program in musical theater to be offered in the United States. Gala performances were given by Kendrick Pifer (BM '15), Jose Llana ('95), Alicia Hall Moran (BM '00), and Ron Raines. All were accompanied by the evening's Musical Director Joseph Joubert (BM '79, MM '81).
|On Monday, June 1st, the New-York Historical Society held an exhibition opening and celebration ahead of the Revolutionary War frigate L'Hermione return to New York City over July 1-4, 2015. Lafayette's Return focuses on the ship and the Marquis de Lafayette himself, the "Boy General" whose friendship with George Washington and diplomatic networks in Paris helped win the Revolutionary War. Featuring artifacts from Château de la Grange-Bléneau on view for the first time in the U.S., the exhibition highlights Lafayette's early years, from his advocacy on behalf of the Revolution in the late 1770s, to the Hermione’s voyage in 1780, and the events leading to the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781. The exhibition includes Lafayette’s letters to his wife and daughter; codes he shared with Washington; his swords and medals; and his accounts of his allies Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, and Washington.
|The exhibition remains on public view through August 16, 2015 at the New-York Historical Society. Funding for this exhibition has generously been provided by Belinda and Charles Bralver.
Hosts and special guests included Miles Young, President, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America & Worldwide Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, Dr. Louise Mirrer, Judi Kilachand, Dr. Valerie Paley, Pascale Richard, Cally Bralver & Brett Sumpio, Susan Danilow, Gina & Peter Dodge, Kazie Harvey, Roger Hertog, Richard & Roberta Huber, Gordon Hyatt, Helen & Russell Pennoyer, Bernard Schwartz, Marie-Alpais Torcheboeuf, and Carol Ward.
|In 2015, a handcrafted replica of the Hermione, the 18th-century frigate that brought the young Lafayette back to General Washington will return to America. The Hermione's itinerary reaffirms the historic relationship between the United States and France. The Friends of Lafayette-Hermione in America, Inc. is a non-profit organization, partnering with local heritage and nautical groups, students and teachers K–12, as well as many cultural institutions, museums, and universities. The Hermione will be welcomed at each port with a full program of exciting educational, musical, culinary, and special events. For more information, visit: www.Hermione2015.com.|
|400 guests gathered to celebrate Calvary Hospital's 32nd Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at The Pierre in New York City. The evening raised $900,000 which will benefit Calvary Hospital.
Curtis Arledge, Vice Chairman and CEO of Investment Management at BNY Mellon, received The Calvary Medal in recognition of exceptional corporate and civic leadership and longstanding commitment to the mission of Calvary Hospital.
John R. Gambling, Host of The John Gambling Radio Show on AM 970 The Answer served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Guests were entertained with a special performance by Tony Award Nominee Sherie Rene Scott.
|Joseph A. Deglomini, Jr., Principal, Simone Development Companies; Kevin B. Dunleavy, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., M.D., Senior Vice President, Emeritus, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Chairman of the Board, Calvary Hospital; Terence J. Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Governance Associates LLC; Steven J. Golub, Chairman Emeritus, Calvary Fund; Charles J. Groppe, Esq., Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP; Carlos M. Hernandez, Head of Global Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Henry J. Humphreys; William D. Macaluso, Managing Director, BNY Mellon Investment Management; William A. McKenna, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Ridgewood Savings Bank; Eileen T. Nugent, Esq., Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Michael J.A. Smith, Chairman, Calvary Professional Advisors Council were the Dinner Co-Chairs. Mary & William Buckley, Louise M. Parent & John P. Casaly, Diahn W. & Thomas McGrath were the Gala Co-Chairs. John A. Decina, AIA, Chairman & Executive Principal, Barr & Bar, Inc. and Dennis M. Schneider, President, Transervice Companies were the Journal Co-Chairs.|
|Calvary Hospital is the only fully-accredited acute care specialty hospital for advanced cancer patients in the United States. For over a century, Calvary Hospital has provided the gold-standard of care as seen at its campuses in the Bronx and Brooklyn; in Manhattan at The Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home; and, throughout our area with the Calvary@Home program which brings quality, compassionate care to thousands of homes. Calvary, designated by the National Cancer Institute as the International Standard of Excellence for palliative care, has been at the forefront of advocacy for advanced cancer patients and shares its leadership in palliative care with other physicians and hospitals through its Palliative Care Institute. Calvary's Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care is one of the metro area's largest wound centers, providing the highest quality care with exceptional results for those with diabetic or other illness related wounds. Calvary's has a passion and ongoing commitment to provide a robust program of services to those in need and continues its legacy of innovation and service to the greater New York area.|
| On Friday, May 29, over 300 global leaders in business and culture, committed to building trust between China and the U.S., gathered to celebrate the work of the China Institute at its annual Blue Cloud Gala at Gotham Hall.
This year's gala celebrated the Institute's 89th anniversary while honoring four outstanding individuals with the annual Blue Cloud Award: The Hon. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., chairman of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors, former U.S. Ambassador to China, and former Governor of Utah; Dr. Leroy Chiao, astronaut, entrepreneur, and special advisor to the Space Foundation; and Shirley and Walter Wang, founder and CEO of Plastpro Inc., and chairman and CEO of JM Eagle (respectively).
Co-emceeing the event was Bloomberg anchor Betty Liu, and world-renowned playwright David Henry Hwang, author of such works as M. Butterfly and Flower Drum Song. Metropolitan Opera singer Tian Hao Jiang also performed.
| The gala benefits the China Institute's programs in education, arts and culture, and business, and will include dinner and a live auction. Guests also had the chance to preview the Institute's planned move to Lower Manhattan and new state-of-the art facilities designed by Pei Partnership Architects.
"We are thrilled to recognize these exceptional individuals and supporters of the China Institute's mission and enrichment programs," said James Heimowitz, president of the China Institute. "We also celebrate the Institute's long tradition of nurturing cultural understanding, dialogue and friendship for nearly 90 years, and we look forward to continuing this legacy and expanding our impact in the years to come."
|Founded in 1926, China Institute is the preeminent center in the U.S. that advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture and business. With the rising importance of the relationship between China, the U.S. and the rest of the globe, the China Institute's mission is more relevant – and necessary – than ever before.
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|Nearly 200 guests raised over $380,000 for capital improvements at inner-city elementary Catholic schools during the Inner-City Scholarship Fund's annual Capital Improvements Committee reception (formerly the Project YESS reception) on Tuesday, June 2, at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center. The schools that will receive funding for improvements are supported by Inner-City Scholarship Fund, the city's leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing tuition assistance for low-income students attending inner-city Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York.|
|The evening's funds were raised from an extensive silent auction that included VIP tickets to the Good Morning America Concert Series and a football autographed by New York Giants legend Brandon Jacobs along with tickets to a New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers game. The top item of the night was a VIP package to attend the world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting after a private cocktail party at the Sea Grill Restaurant which went for $2,200.
Along with Co-Chairs Jeff Mullen and Tim Dempsey, His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, addressed the hundreds of guests, thanking them for their continued support.
|Proceeds from the event will go towards fixing a faulty entrance door at St. Ann School, installing a security gate at Corpus Christi, fixing the phone system at St. Ignatius, and will benefit the Capital Improvements Committee and their grants for inner-city elementary schools within the Archdiocese of New York in need of capital improvements and repairs. The grants ensure that the schools can provide a safe, nurturing environment for students as well as to help increase enrollment. Since 1998, the Capital Improvements Committee has provided over $5.1 million to schools for over 280 projects.
|Inner-City Scholarship Fund was founded in 1971 by the late Terence Cardinal Cooke and a group of prominent executives of many religious beliefs. Inner-City provides tuition assistance to over 7,000 students (92% minority and 33% non-Catholic) in 79 inner-city Catholic schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. An astonishing 98% percent of seniors attending inner-city Catholic high schools graduate, and 96% pursue college at some of the finest universities in the nation.|
Photographys by Patrick McMullan (Hearst); Jonathan Grassi (N-YHS)