|One hundred and fifty philanthropic New Yorkers indulged in a splendid late-winter menu highlighting black truffles tonight at Restaurant DANIEL, as the Citymeals-on-Wheels Board of Directors Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud hosted his 18th annual Sunday Supper. The event, themed “Black Truffles and Blue Jeans,” raised $720,000 -- an equivalent of 112,150 meals -- for Citymeals, a nonprofit organization that works with community-based meal centers to prepare and deliver more than 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals for 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers every year.|
|Chef Boulud was joined in the kitchen by Chef Jacques Chibois from La Bastide Saint Antoine in Grasse, France. Chef Markus Glocker of Bâtard Restaurant and Chef Gabriel Kreuther prepared canapés for the event. The evening’s menu included SAINT-JACQUES AUX SPIRALES DE TRUFFE (warm Maine sea scallops layered with winter black truffle, young leeks, pickled pioppini, spicy watercress; scallops donated by Day Boat Fresh); FILET DE ROUGET SUR LEUR SOCCA NIÇOISE (red mullet, chickpea socca, lemon emulsion, black truffles; Rouget donated by Pierless Fish); and L’AIGUILLETTE DE BŒUF “WAGYU” (Allen Brother's Wagyu beef tenderloin, eggplant, vegetable mosaic, parmesan-black truffle sauce; beef donated by The Chefs’ Warehouse). The elegant, yet casual Sunday Supper was paired with wines chosen by Head Sommelier at Restaurant DANIEL Raj Vaidya. Specialty cocktails included the AVIV Citymeals Mojito and AVIV Citymeals Martini.|
|Citymeals Board Vice President Robert S. Grimes served as the Event Chair. Philippe Laffont, Ernie Thrasher and Leslie Ziff served as the Event Vice Chairs. Among the dinner guests were Citymeals Board of Directors Co-President Anne Cohen; Citymeals Board Members and attendees Albert Behler, Katherine Boulud, Joel Buchman, Joe Cohen, Frank Gribbon, David Hallberg, Dana Hammond, Rita Jammet, Herb Karlitz, Suri Kasirer, Ninah & Michael Lynne, Drew Nieporent, Barbara & Donald Tober and Lillian Vernon.
Nicholas Lowry of Swann Auction Galleries, served as this year’s auctioneer.
|The evening included live and silent auctions of rare and large format wines, specialty gourmet selections and one-of-a-kind travel and dining experiences. Silent auction items included dining experiences at some of New York City’s best restaurants including Eleven Madison Park, Del Posto, Momofuku Ko, Per Se, Le Bernardin, Bouley, and Blue Hill as well as getaways to Toronto, Palm Beach and Boston. Live auction lots included dinners cooked in the winner’s home by Chef Jean-François Bruel of DANIEL and Chef Gabriel Kreuther; a whirlwind trip to Paris and Lyon; and several nights at Blackberry Farm, an idyllic paradise at the foot of the Smoky Mountain hills in Tennessee. Another live auction item included dinner for ten in the bidder’s home prepared by Chef Marcus Samuelsson of the iconic restaurant Red Rooster Harlem.|
|Attire was “Sunday chic” – blue jeans encouraged! Official sponsors were Citymeals Official Airline American Airlines and Citymeals Official Water FIJI Water. Other sponsors included Capital One Bank, The Chefs’ Warehouse, AVIV and Media Sponsor, Town & Country.
Thanks to the City of New York, Citymeals’ board members and certain designated grants for administrative expenses, Citymeals was able to promise that 100% of ticket sales and donations in support of the event will be used entirely for the preparation and delivery of meals.
|The Department of Emergency Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital hosted its Third Annual Circle of Life Gala at SD26 Restaurant and WineBar. Proceeds from the Gala will be used to support innovative programs in Pediatric and Geriatric Emergency Departments and renovate the new spaces in each department.
The Chairs were Kevin M. Baumlin, MD and Patrick Mahanger, Antonella and Umberto Calastri, Lauren and Louis DePalo, MD, Patrizia di Carrobio, Lianne and Damian Gilbert, Betsy Gotbaum, Silvana Riggio, MD and Andy Jagoda, MD, Lauren and Adam Kolker, MD, Halima and Tony May, Marisa May, Devorah Nazarian, MD and Ebby Moussazadeh, Lynne D. Richardson, MD, Karen and Richard Shepherd, Elizabeth van Merkensteijn, Anna and Adam Vella, MD, Beth and Scott Yagoda and Jill and Sajjad Zaheer.
|The Gala honored Phyllis and Andrew Rabinowitz, Co-Presidents, R Baby Foundation. Damian Gilbert, Founder and CEO, TouchCare, Managing Director Fortress Investment Group.
Tony May, Marisa May of SD26 Restaurant and WineBar created a special menu featuring guest chef Andrea Zanin of Venetian Cuisine & Arte Pasticcera along with SD26 Restaurant and WineBar Executive Chef Matteo Baergamini. The menu included unique items designed especially for the Gala and highlighting Venice, Italy.
The Department of Emergency Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital was established in 1994. Its mission is to provide 24/7, compassionate, state of the art emergency care to patients of all ages, at all times. Over the past 20 years, it has emerged as one of the leading training programs in the world with a reputation for innovation in clinical care, education and research.
|The UN Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) gave their annual awards this year to Actor/Director Paul Bettany, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group Robert Kraft, and Bond No. 9. The Awards Luncheon ceremony celebrating International Women’s Day was held on March 6, 2015 at 11:30am at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The event was in collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). Academy Award-winner Ron Howard introduced Bettany before he received UNWFPA’s Humanitarian Award. Jennifer Connelly, Bettany’s wife, was also in attendance, along with Rita Cosby, Richard Lui, Somaly Mam, AnnaLynne McCord, and Anna Strasberg.
Participant in the ceremony also included UN officials and ambassadors, as well as a slew of philanthropists, celebrities, and members of the media. UNWFPA Patron H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of UN Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and UNWFPA Board Chair Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, presented the awards. Robert Kraft received UNWFPA’s Achievement Award. Laurice Rahmé accepted the UNWFPA Peace Award on behalf of Bond No. 9.
|Guests included Geoffrey Bradfield, Anna Scott Carter, Jennifer Connelly, Rita Cosby, Asha Curran, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, Susan Gutfreund, Ron Howard, Jana Jaffe, Lakshmi Puri, Francine Lefrak, Denise Lefrak, Somaly Mam, Annalynne McCord, Uma Pemmaraju, Alexandra Richards, HRH Prince Alexander and HRH Princess Catherine of Serbia, Miss USA Nia Sanchez, Sana Sabbagh, Patt Tigrett Kerr, Jackie Wilson, Bruce Winston, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.|
| UNWFPA’s annual awards luncheon was in celebration of International Women’s Day and this year’s theme was “Men to End Violence Against Women.” UNWFPA Board Chair Al-Nasser says, "ending violence against women is not just a women's issue, it is a men's issue as well. Men must stand up and speak out against this crime." The event raised awareness to the issue of violence against women. Funds from the luncheon support the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Al-Nasser, Rema DuPont, and Deirdre Imus werd co-chairs for the event.
The Awards Luncheon was sponsored by Bond No. 9, CIBJO, CIFA, Doha Bank, Global Citizen Forum (GCF), JGroup, Scientific Humanistic Research Foundation AM, The Sherrill Foundation, and Universal Peace Federation. Collaborating with UNWFPA and UNAOC on the luncheon were Al Jazeera America, The Huffington Post, the Institute of International Education (IIE), The 92nd Street Y, and Private Violence.
|The 58th International Red Cross Ball made history recently as this year’s most memorable gala of the Palm Beach Social Season, with an Around The World in 80 Days theme. Under the direction of Chairman Patrick M. Park, the “Mega Event” was sold out with 700 guests in attendance.
According to Mr. Park, the 58th International Red Cross Ball is a tribute to the Chairman of the American Red Cross, The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, for all she does to help those in need who have faced disaster.
|As guests entered the famed Mar-a-Lago Club, they were greeted with torches and flags from countries around the globe as well as an authentic German band. As they entered the living room, servers offered apple martini shots while a French trio performed at the antique Steinway.
Ambassadors lined up in the Tea Room for the legendary receiving line. Countries represented were the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Slovenia, Kurdistan Regional Government Representation to the United States, Consul General of the United Kingdom for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as many former United States ambassadors. Also included in the procession were performer Wayne Newton and actors Shirley MacLaine and William Shatner. The three legendary stars were honorees that evening as well.
|Vice Chairman of the 2015 Ball was Patty Myura. International Honorary Chairs were Melania and Donald Trump, with Honorary Chairs including Michele and Howard Kessler, Nancy and William Rollnick and Kathryn and Leo Vecellio. Co-Chairmen included Veronica Atkins, Arthur E. Benjamin, Paula Butler, Hermé de Wyman Miro, Mei Sze Greene, Suzanne L. Niedland, Bjaye Pilotte, Lois Pope, Julie Thomas, The Honorable Beverly White Yeager and Paula Zukov.
The Red Cross Ball began with a cocktail reception under an enormous air conditioned glass pavilion over the swimming pool and lawn. Guests were transported around the world with different country’s colorful flags and pageantry adorning the reception space. Models were dressed in international costumes as they made their way through the cocktail party.
|The Palm Beach Symphony, under the direction of conductor Ramón Tebar, entertained ambassadors, diplomats and international philanthropists from around the globe during the 90 minute cocktail party with international tributes to famous musical works from across the globe. Tenor Francesco Valpa captivated guests with his spell-bounding solos.
Guests enjoyed delicacies from over 20 countries, including scrumptious sushi from Japan, fantastic foie gras from France, fresh grouper ceviche from Brazil and savory paella from Spain. In the gold and white ballroom, guests enjoyed coveted caviar and smoked salmon while being entertained by Russian dancers and musicians. To accompany the extravagant hors d’oeuvres, there was wine tasting, vodka luge featuring AVIV 613 VODKA and craft beers from many countries around the world.
|Following the cocktail reception, guests entered the Grand Ballroom at Mar-A-Lago, to a presentation of 22 Flamenco dancers and musicians that continued the international theme present throughout the evening. The natural opulence of the gold ballroom was accented with ivy on the columns and candelabra centerpieces with arrangements of hydrangeas and orchids holding various flags from countries around the world.
During the elegant dinner reception, guests savored the intercontinental fare and danced to the tunes of the Sultans of Swing. Famed entertainer, Wayne Newton, performed three songs to a captivated audience. Mr. Park surprised guests as well as his friend, Donald Trump, with a special video tribute prepared by Celebrity Apprentice and Red Cross celebrity supporter Leeza Gibbons that honored Mr. Trump for his support of the event’s success.
Proceeds from the 58th International Red Cross Ball benefit the mission of the organization -- to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
|Photographs by Clint Spaulding/PatrickMcMullan.com (UN Women); Capehart Photography (Red Cross)|