Thursday, November 12, 2015

Celebrating the Neighborhood

Glenn Adamson, Simon Doonan, Victoire de Castellane, Craig Leavitt, Jerome Chazen, Andi Potamkin, Ralph Pucci, Kirsten Bailey, Edwin Hathaway, and Dennis Freedman at the Museum of Art and Design's annual MAD BALL.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted Celebrate the Neighborhood, its annual fall Associates Committee benefit last week on Wednesday, November 4th with cocktails, dinner and dancing at the Knickerbocker Club for 200 supporters.

Christopher Spitzmiller, Board Member and Associates Committee Chair, was honored for his support of the House and other philanthropic works. Christopher’s handmade cachepots filled with orchids decorated the dining rooms. A brief program during cocktails acknowledged Christopher as the Honoree, at which time he was presented with a gift from the Neighborhood House.
Randy Takian
Kamie Lightburn and Christopher Spitzmiller
The evening’s Chairs were Emily and Richard Leonard, Kami and Richard Lightburn, Kathy and Othon Prounis, Christopher Spitzmiller, Lacary Sharpe, Margot and Randy Takian, Julie and Ted Weld. Vice chairs were Meg and Doug Braff, Shirin and Kasper Christoffersen, Mark Gilbertson, Tim Hamilton, Lindsey Coral Harper, Leslie and Andrew Heaney, Stephanie and James Loeffler, Sana Sarbagh, Stephen Simcock, Ashley Whittaker Spence, Mary and Guy Van Pelt. DJ Ray Jarrell provided the music. 
Christopher Spitzmiller and Diana Quasha
Mariam Azarm, Sana Sabbagh, and Lynette Dallas
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s Associates Committee benefit raises critical private funds that enable the organization to serve over 20,000 New Yorkers in need annually who live, work or go school on Manhattan’s East  Side and on Roosevelt Island.   Neighborhood House clients include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants and thousands more. They make a big difference not only in the lives of those who attend the Neighborhood House’s activities but in the neighborhood of the East Side. They also make a big difference in the lives of those volunteers and supporters who are lending a helping hand and good will to their neighbors.
Christopher Spitzmiller, Sydney Shuman, and Matthew Bees
Christopher Spitzmiller and Tom Edelman
Warren Scharf and Sydney Shuman
Amory McAndrew and Sean McAndrew
Sydney Shuman, Mario Buatta, and Helene Tilney
Katherine DeConti and Elijah Duckworth-Schachter
John Rosselli and Elizabeth Swartz
Stephen Simcock, Lee Strock, and Thomas Hammer
Searcy Dryden, Lesley Dryden, Richard Lightburn, and Michel Witmer
Jennifer Cacioppo and Kevin Michael Barba
Virginia Wilbanks and Lacary Sharpe
Valentin Hernandez, Yaz Hernandez, Chele Farley, and James Farley
Harry Heissmann, Angela Clofine, and Michael Clofine
Jared Goss and Kristina Stewart Ward
Alex Papachristidis and Mario Buatta
Nick Olsen, Lindsey Coral Harper, Alberto Villalobos, and David Duncan
Caroline Dean, Christopher Spitzmiller, and Ellen Niven
Debbie Bancroft and David Svanda
Julia Weld and Christopher Spitzmiller
Kevin Lichten, Robert Ruffino, Joan Craig, and Michael McGraw
Roric Tobin, Chele Farley, Richard Farley, and Geoffrey Bradfield
Lacary Sharpe, Kamie Lightburn, and Emily Leonard
Dr. Doug Steinbrech and Mary Van Pelt
Kathy and Othon Prounis
Last Tuesday, November 3rd at Pier 60 the Museum of Art and Design held its annual MAD BALL. The evening honored Dior Jouaillerie designer Victoire de Castellane, hotelier Ian Schrager, designer Ralph Pucci, and Kate Spade CEO Craig Leavitt for their contributions in the worlds of business, arts, philanthropy and creativity. The evening’s festivities which were hosted by Simon Doonan brought  together more than 400 guests, including art patrons, artists, designers, and noted corporate and civic leaders and recognizes visionaries in the worlds of business, arts, philanthropy, and creativity.

Among the attendees Sebastian Errazuriz, Linda Fargo, Dennis Freedman, Vinoodh Matadin, Patrick McMullan, Ted Muehling, Inez van Lansweerde, Fabien Baron, Pamela Baxter, Dror Benshetrit, Richard Born, Felix Burrichter, Rafael de Cardenas, Wendell Castle, Simon Doonan, Jamie Drake, Sebastian Errazuriz, Richard Estes, Mats Gustafson, Tony Ingrao, Max Levai, Deborah Lloyd, Louise Neri, Ebony G. Patterson, Vinoodh Matadin, Stefano Tonchi, Neville Wakefield.
The MAD dinner scene
This year’s Visionaries! Awards celebrated the second year of exciting leadership with Director Glenn Adamson. Reflecting MAD’s mission to celebrate innovation and excellence across all creative disciplines, MAD is honoring a range of artists, designers and artisans, as well as the enterprises and patrons who support them.

The Museum commissioned New York based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz to create the awards this year. Tackling everything from political artworks to giant public art projects, from functional sculptures to experimental furniture, from women’s shoes to racing motorcycles. Errazuriz explores the border between the sculptural, symbolic and functional qualities of both art and design.
Victoire de Castellane, Dennis Freedman, Andi Potamkin, and Ralph Pucci
The MAD Ball is the Museum’s most important annual fundraiser. Proceeds from from the Ball help fund MAD’s general operations as well as its education, public and exhibition programs, which serve over 300,000 people per year. 

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields, presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work.

Since its founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum's curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for those who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving 21st-century innovation, fostering a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.
Donald Tober, Barbara Tober, Linda Fargo, and Bjorn Wallander
Andi Potamkin, Glenn Adamson, Ralph Pucci, Victoire de Castellane, Dennis Freedman, and Craig Leavitt
Celia Morrissette and Keith Johnson
Simon Doonan
Sandra Gering and Julia Kuni
Alexandra Richards and Paul Longo
Bryna and Martin Pomp
Neville Wakefield
Caroline Cokley
Ryan Davis
Freddie Leiba and Cynthia Adler
Rick and Leticia Presutti
Glenn Adamson and Ebony G. Patterson
Lowery Stokes Sims and C. Virginia Fields
Barbara Regna
Deborah Lloyd
Kelly and Jay Sugarman
Steve Evans, Kate White, Liz Nacey, Anne Strickland, Patrick Jones, and Jennifer Fujitani
Wendy Diamond
Tood Eberle and Gina Nanni
Linda Fargo and Bjorn Wallander
Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper
C. Virginia Fields, Gordan Kenney, and Jill Huggins
Wendy MacGaw and Howard Ben Tre
Laura and Lewis Kruger
Bette Midler's annual Halloween party, Hulaween, which benefits The New York Restoration Project (NYRP), celebrated its 20th anniversary with Hell Night on Hulaween Island: A Night to Dismember, on Friday, October 30, 2015 at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The evening honored Founder Bette Midler with the "Green Goddess" Award, and Dan and Sheryl Tishman with the "Wind Beneath My Wings" Leadership Award. Nile Rodgers and Chic performed a disco-filled set that had guests on their feet. Comedian Judy Gold hosted and fashion designer Michael Kors judged the Halloween costume contest. Also in attendance was Jane Krakowski, Ta'Rhonda Jones, David Rockwell, Devon Windsor, Rachel Hilbert and Kelly Bensimon.
The Waldorf Astoria Ballroom
"This year New York Restoration Project and I celebrated 20 fantastic years of cleaning and greening New York City. We kicked off our 20th year with our Costume Ball, HULAWEEN, not long after celebrating the planting of the Millionth Tree in our MillionTreesNYC program, begun with former Mayor Bloomberg," said Bette Midler. "I am so proud of our part in changing the face of the city, in cleaning parks, highways, and vacant lots, in saving and supporting community gardens, and in pointing out that the citizens of the greatest city in the world deserve a healthy, clean, sustainable environment."

This year's theme, Hell Night on Hulaween Island, was inspired by "B" horror films that emerged in the 1950's and 60's, in particular the 1966 film "The Island of Doctor Moreau" with its maniacal monsters and mollycoddled misfits. The theme combined tropical elements signature to Bette's Hulaween invention and merged them with zombies, witch doctors, exotic creatures and cannibals. What makes the idea of Hulaween so intoxicating is the mental mash-up of Halloween with "Hawaiiana". Every year the Hulaween team tosses a handful of provocative proverbial ingredients into the Hulaween caldron and rigorously stirs over high heat to see what they can conjure.
Deborah Marton (Executive Director of the NYRP)
Bette Midler
Lance LePere and Michael Kors
The table-scape for the guests consisted of an open grave constructed out of 25 pounds of crushed Oreo cookies piled onto the middle of the table. A sinister pickling jar sits atop the plot with the divine miss M's severed head floating in the bloody vessel. Writhing in the sweet, cookie dirt are serpents, centipedes and glittery cockroaches. Severed hands grasp through chocolate gravel seeking their next victim.

The stage donned custom art created exclusively for Hulaween — a macabre, Technicolor explosion of pattern and shapes swirl inside 18 foot human skull illustrations. On the stage, 7 full scale headstones flank the performance and act as the podium for the night's festivities.
A table centerpiece
Founded by Bette Midler in 1995, NYRP is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in under-resourced communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. Unlike traditional conservancies that care for a specific place, NYRP is the only New York City conservancy that works citywide, bringing private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support. NYRP is also the leading private partner of the City of New York in MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City's five boroughs by 2015. To learn more, please visit
Linda Allard's party
Mrs. and Mrs. Ben Needell Esq.
Nile Rodgers and Bette Midler
Todd DeGarmo and Deborah Marton
Samuel Kelly
David and Lola Rockwell
Davon Windsor and Rachel Hilbert
Hula girls welcome the guests
Honorees Sheryl and and Dan Tishman with Bette Midler
Darcy Stacom
Judy Gold and Bette Midler
Kevin and Michelle Fox
Jane Krakowski, Michael Kors, Bette Midler, and Lance LePere
Shoshanna Gruss and Dr. Drew Schiff
Margo and Jimmy Nederlander
Nederlander table as Zombie Gillian’s Island
Jon Recor
Shelly Malkin and Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan
Zombie dancers in silver corridor
Douglas Little and friend
Zombie airplane staff directing guests around the party
Martin von Haselberg
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Swerdlick
Ta'Rhonda Jones of Empire (on right)
Lance LePere, Jane Krakowski, and Michael Kors
Kelly Bensimon and John Demsey
Michael Kors and Lauren duPont
Nancy Hunt, Bette Midler, and Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers & CHIC with Bette Midler on stage
Thriller zombie dancers
Speaking of Halloween Celebrations ... Doubles hosted their GHOSTIES & GOODIES and SPOOKTACULAR SOIREE where hundreds of children and their parents, juniors, and associates streamed down the red stairs in the Sherry-Netherland where they were welcomed by Wendy Carduner for disco dancing, face painting, balloon artistsry, larger-than-life decorations, and dinner and dancing for the costumed over-21 crowd.

It was a fun time for all including: Lara Meilland, Alexandra Cragg, Margo Takian, Lauren Muzinich, Alexandra Moses, Rene Morrison, Lisa Errico, Lisa Simonson, Darin White Eydenberg, Doug Steinbrech, Sarah and Chipps Page, Jonas Barcellos, Alexis Mersantes, Elizabeth Johnson, Barbara and Peter Regna, Clark and Esra Munnell, Marisa Rose, Lisa and Tom Wilkenson, Mrs. DeMaurier, Alexandra Cragg, Martha and John Glass, George Perry, Storm Nickerson and many more.
Richard and Donna Soloway
Barbara and Peter Regna
Jonas Barcellos and friends
Michelle Halpern, Mark Robinson, and Lisa Halpern
Clark and Esra Munnell
Elizabeth Johnson and friends
Wendy Carduner and George Perry
Lisa and Tom Wilkenson
Stacy Reilly and friends
Eveyln Subramaniam
Sarah and Chips Page
Mrs. DeMaurier and friend
Jim Killerlane and Allison Minton
Liana Makkos
Ken and Maria Fishel, Tina Wong, and George Perry
Marisa Rose and "KISS" friends
Eveyln Subramaniam
Alexis Mersentes and Doris Liebman
Photographs by Mia McDonald, Anna Yatskevich, & Getty Images (NYRP); Annie Watt (Lenox Hill); MAD (BFA); Cutty McGill (Doubles)