|On yet another warm December evening, thousands gathered outside the Brick Presbyterian Church to celebrate the 71st lighting of the trees on Park Avenue. This year's wonderfully inclusive ceremony coincided with the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. As Rev. Michael Lindvall dedicated the trees and their lights to those who died for peace and freedom, he asked that the illuminated trees "give us the courage to live for peace and freedom." The lively crowd observed a moment of silence when trumpeter Thomas Hoyt played Taps.|
|Trees were first lit on Park Avenue to honor the men and women who
lost their lives in World War II. Today, the trees pay tribute to all
who have died in our nations' wars. The Park Avenue Tree Lighting is
managed by The Fund for Park Avenue and made possible by contributions
from the community.
Before and after the ceremony, families and friends gathered for celebrations in homes, shops and restaurants around the neighborhood. Carolers could be seen on rooftops and in apartment windows. J. McLaughlin hosted their annual shopping event in support of the tree lighting. This year, the party featured a book signing with Karen Klopp, Lighting Committee member, and her new book, "Packing for Travel."
|The unseasonably warm weather really brought out the crowds (some
estimates were as high as 8000 people!) and additional support from
the police, who are treated each year to a light supper in the church
following the ceremony. At the end of the evening, Rev. Lindvall
thanked everyone for coming and closed with words from Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow's poem I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day …"the wrong shall
fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good will to men."
By making a contribution to The Fund for Park Avenue, you help ensure that one of the City's most beloved and meaningful traditions continues year after year. Lights shine on Park Avenue each winter because of the commitment and annual financial support of so many people. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution, visit www.fundforparkavenue.org.
|The Six Days of Annual Christmas Luncheons at Doubles were enjoyed by over 1000 very happy members and friends. The many guests that raved about their famous dessert table and loved the herb seared Chilean sea bass and chicken milanese with a salad of fennel, cranberries, baby kale, baby arugula and dill included: Eleanora Kennedy, Julie Lerner Macklowe, Pamela Fiori, Sharon Bush, Joan Schnitzer, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Audrey Gruss, Barbara Tober, Kamie Lightburn, Jamee Gregory, Alexandra Rose, Christina Rose, Christine Schott Ledes, Noreen Buckfire, Anna Safir, Jennifer Oken, Denise LeFrak, Francine LeFrak, Tommy Tune, Stewart Lane, Bonnie Comley, Geoffrey Bradfield, Amy Hoadley, ric Tobin, Robyn Joseph, Jeanne Lawrence, Teresa and Antonio Madera, Sharon Handler Loeb, Muffie Potter Aston, Simone Mailman, Mark Gilbertson, Bambi Putman, Adrienne Silver, Cynthia Maltese, Yaz Hernandez, Josie Natori, Holly Hunt, Ann Hearst, Somers Farkas, Marianne Kaufman, Mary Van Pelt, Lisa McCarthy, Jill Roosevelt, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Ashley McDermott, Elaine Langone, Grace Meigher, Hilary Ross, Tara Rockefeller, Karen LeFrak, and many, many, many more.|
|On Wednesday, December 9th, the Child Mind Institute honored Andreas C. Dracopoulos, Director and Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, at its Sixth Annual Child Advocacy Dinner. The event which took place at Cipriani 42nd Street was hosted by Katie Couric.
|Benefit chairs included Elizabeth and Michael Fascitelli; Debra G. Perelman and Gideon Gil; Joan Granlund; Julie and Edward J. Minskoff; Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich; Linnea and George Roberts; Preethi Krishna and Ram Sundaram. Dinner chairs included: Jen and Jon Harris; Elaine Thomas and Joseph Healey; Gayle Taubman Kalisman and Michael Kalisman; Anne Welsh McNulty; Valerie Mnuchin and Bruce Moskowitz; Danyelle and Josh Resnick; Eileen and Brian Riano; Abigail Pogrebin and David Shapiro; Ellen and Bill Taubman; Julie Reyes Taubman and Bobby Taubman.
Among those attending were New York Jets' Brandon Marshall and his wife Michi (they are CMI Healthy Brain Network Ambassadors). From the event, CMI was able to raise a record-breaking $6.8 million!
|Photographs by Annie Watt & Cutty McGill (Doubles); Annie Watt (Brick Church); Ann Billingsley & Patrick McMullan (CMI);|