|On Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, the Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center hosted the 24th Annual Bunny Hop at 583 Park Avenue, which was transformed into a spring wonderland by RCANO Events. A Society tradition that is considered the most highly anticipated family event of the year, the Bunny Hop is an enchanting evening for families and children of all ages. Sponsored by GUCCI for the second consecutive year, the sold-out event was attended by a high-profile crowd of The Society's members and New York families. Event Chairmen were Jenny Galluzzo, Erica Silverman, Annie Taube, and Ferebee Taube.|
|Guests sported their springtime best and enjoyed a variety of activities and entertainment including Gucci photo booths, a live petting zoo, cupcake decorating by Tastebuds Kitchen, Magic Al, Todd's Twisted Balloon Art, stilt walkers and face painters from Bongar Biz, and Wendy the Pipe Cleaner Lady. Through a long-standing partnership between The Society and The Big Apple Circus, children also delighted in entertainment by "Doctors of Humorology" from Clown CareSM, Big Apple Circus' community outreach program, as well as The Anastasini Brothers, Risley Smirnov Duo, Quick Change Tatevik Seyranyan, and Rolla Bolla from New York's famous circus group.
|"The Bunny Hop is an imaginative and fun-filled event that displays The Society's commitment to volunteerism and presents an opportunity to teach younger generations about the importance of philanthropy," said Martha Glass, President of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. "It is with the inspired support of our members, family, friends, and partners that we are able to raise critical funds for MSK's Department of Pediatrics and to continue innovative pediatric patient care programs led by The Society."
The Bunny Hop raised over $315,000 to benefit the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
|Guests included: Christophe de Pous President & CEO Gucci America, Dan Abrams, Shoshanna Gruss, Eleanor and Jon Ylvisaker, Martha Glass, Jenny Galluzzo, Erica Silverman, Annie Taube, Ferebee and Brook Taube, Travis Acquavella, Kate Allen, Helena and Roman Martinez, Muffie Potter Aston, Allison Aston, Anne Citrin, Helene Comfort, Shabnam Henry, Cena Jackson, Mary Kathryn Navab, Sharon Jacob, Jill and Harry Kargman, Rebekah McCabe, Melissa Meister, Joanna de Neufville, Marcie Pantzer, Emilia Pfeifler, Martha Sharp, Gillian Hearst Simonds, among many others.|
|Last Friday in Palm Beach, the Women's Board of The Boys' Club of New York hosted a charity luncheon. The Boys' Club of New York is a New York-based youth development organization that empowers boys ages 6-21 by providing effective programs and a supportive community at its three clubhouse locations.
The Women's Board—a group of 68 social members and tastemakers from New York City, Greenwich and Locust Valley—held the luncheon at a private residence where Michael Kors presented a private fashion show of his Spring 2015 Collection. Since 2004, the Women's Board has held annual fashion shows in the spring for its members and friends to raise funds for this note-worthy cause.
|Guests included Michael Kors, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Jo Carole Lauder, Amy Griffin, Victoria D'Agostino, Lourdes Fanjul, Muffy Miller, Emilia Fanjul, Carol Mack, Jamee Gregory, Grace Meigher, Kelly Klein, Beth Blake, Alexia Ryan Hamm, Sydie Lansing, Audrey Gruss, Eleanor Dejoux, Karin Luter, Hilary Geary Ross, Pauline Pitt and The New Potato's Danielle and Laura Kosann.|
|On March 5, 2015 at The Breakers Palm Beach, the one and only Joan Collins mesmerized a sold-out crowd of more than 550 at the 17th Annual Old Bags Luncheon. The event, which raised more than $500,000, benefits The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County and their efforts to end the generational cycle of family violence, protecting the child and strengthening the family.
"We are incredibly grateful for the support of so many," said Janet Levy who co-chaired the event with Debbie Porreco. "We were able to fill the room and raise much needed money to support the programs the Center brings to families in a time of need. We were equally thrilled with Joan Collins, who was a spectacular speaker. She instantly connected with the crowd. She was elegant, engaging and kept the audience thoroughly entertained while speaking on her career, life and passions."
|Other highlights from the event included the opportunity to bid on more than 400 stunning new and used designer handbags in the silent auction, Manolo Blahnik models showcasing the footwear on platters throughout the event, and the opportunity to bid on either a Manolo Blahnik shopping spree or a specially designed piece of jewelry from Diamante valued at $18,000.
Event co-chairs Levy and Porreco and honorary chairs Lorrain Hall, Soula Rifkin, and Linda Adelson also extended a special show of gratitude to sponsors, including Platinum Corporate Fashion Benefactor Neiman Marcus who committed for three years to the event and the Center; PNC Bank; and Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine.
|Notable guests in attendance included: Herme De Wyman Miro, Lisa Erdmann, Arlette Gordon, Patricia Graham, Toni Holt Kramer, Aneliese Langer, Erin McGould, Donna Mulholland, Patty Myura, Melissa Parker, Beth Pine, Tammy Pompea, Lois Pope, Judi Richards, , Ari Rifkin, Wendy Roberts, Julie Rudolph, Kitty Silverstein, Sonja Stevens, Amie Swan, Karen Swanson, and Gail Worth.
To learn more about The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, please call Stanton Collemer at 561-616-1257, email email@example.com or visit www.ctrfam.org.
|UJA-Federation of New York's Real Estate & Allied Trades division honored William Friedland, principal of Friedland Properties, with the Larry A. Silverstein REX Award at its annual Real Estate Executives (REX) Gala on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at Grand Hyatt.
Lloyd Goldman of BLDG Management Co., Inc., presented Friedland with the award, which was created to honor Silverstein's legendary professional and philanthropic achievements, and to recognize an exceptional young real estate professional who emulates Silverstein's commitment to the real estate community and to improving the lives of others.
|More than 450 guests attended the event to support Friedland, including REX Gala chairs Richard M. Cohen of Buckingham Properties and Michael Vickers of Vickers Realty, Ltd.; REX division chair Michael Schonbraun of Square Mile Capital Management LLC; REX division vice chair Brian S. Lichter of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; and UJA-Federation's Real Estate & Allied Trades division chair, Richard Mack.
REX attracts young real estate professionals, including developers, owners, financiers, attorneys, and investment strategists, who come together to help people in need, build strong relationships with colleagues in the field, and explore issues that delve beyond the New York real estate community.
|The REX division has raised more than $800,000 to date during UJA-Federation's 2015 fiscal year running July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. Funds raised go to UJA-Federation's annual campaign to sustain its network of nearly 100 beneficiary agencies that touch the lives of 4.5 million people annually.
|The Massachusetts General Hospital Leadership Council for Psychiatry held its Ninth Annual Mental Health Seminar & Luncheon on Thursday, February 26, 2015.
The by-invitation event entitled "Research Advances and Treatment Innovations in Mental Health" featured renowned medical experts from Mass General in the fields of neuroscience, obsessive compulsive disorders, child psychology, depression and suicide. The event also included a talk by special guest Naomi Judd.
|The Leadership Council for Psychiatry at Mass General was formed in 2007 by Michele Kessler and Carroll M. Carpenter, who have co-chaired the event each year. The 2015 event also marked the milestone of the Leadership Council attaining its membership goal of 100 Founding Members.
Inspired by the prevalence and devastation of mental illness, the Leadership Council for Psychiatry's mission is to advance understanding and treatment of mental illness and to erase its stigma through support of the clinical care, research and teaching activities of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
|Photos by Neil Rasmus and Max Lakner/BFAnyc.com (Bunny Hop); Capehart Photography (The Boys' Club; Mass General).|