Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dedicating the trees

The crowd on Park Avenue outside the Brick Presbyterian Church to celebrate the 71st lighting of the trees on the avenue.
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.
The scene outside Brick Church
The view from above
Keith Toth and Rev. Michael Lindvall
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."
Jack Lynch, Helen Pennoyer, Karen Klopp, and Martha Glass
Adam Klopp, Karen Klopp, and John Klopp
Nancy Sambuco, Polly Onet, and Amy Hoadley
Thor Thors and Barbara McLaughlin
Jacqueline Gregg, Ann Fisher, and Carrie Slaff
Jeff Riberdy II, Timothy Laurel Harrison, and Allison Hawkins
Hugh McLaughlin and Kevin McLaughlin
Cristina Hamner Yonke, Stephanie Lawrence, and Jeanne Lawrence
Mikel Witte and Faith Fraser
Nick Athanail, Linda Orlick, Julie Ovadia, Judith Strackhouse, and Leslie Darling
Kevin McLaughlin and Melinda Nelson
Frances and Paula Hornbostel
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
Bette Dewing and Barbara McLaughlin
Andrea Robinson, Lucius Robinson, and Don Robinson
Christine Leeds, Tom Leeds, and Heather Leeds
Nuttall, Pick and Rotter families
Tory Vought and Carolina Herrera
Davison and Los Arcos families
Col. David Menegon and The Knickerbocker Grey Cadets
Young attendees
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.
Wendy Carduner, Julie Lerner Macklowe, and Eleanora Kennedy
Eleanora Kennedy and friends
Sharon Bush
Anna Gary and Sabina Streeter
Malu Millerman and Christina Rose
Joan Schnitzer table
Jacqueline Weld Drake and Audrey Gruss
Barbara Tober table
Robin Stineman, Kate Rudy, Nina Donnelly, Margriet McGowan, and Nina Mooney
Ursula Gwynne, Costiana Covington, and GiGi Haber
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley
Pamela Fiori
Elaine Langone, Judy Ney, Grace Meigher, Joan Schnitzer, Hilary Geary
Shannon Henderson, Kamie Lightburn, and Angela Clofind
Christina Rose and Marissa Van Bokhorst
Christine Schott Ledes, Marcela Berland, Shay Daub, Felicia Taylor, and Daffney Norden
Kamie Lightburn, Noreen Buckfire, and Anna Safir
Jennifer Oken table
Denise LeFrak and Francine LeFrak
Wendy Carduner and Tommy Tune
Simone Mailman and Mark Gilbertson
Geoffrey Bradfield, Amy Hoadley, and Roric Tobin
Lavinia Branca Snyder, Anki Leeds, Robin Joseph, and Jeanne Lawrence
Libby Fitzgerald and Lisa McCarthy
Ashley McDermitt and Anjali Melwain
Alexia Ryan, Caryn Zucker, Lisa McCarthy, Danielle Ganek, and Gigi Grimsta
Jill Roosevelt and Libby Fitzgerald
Tara Rockefeller, Karen LeFrak, and Hilary Geary
Teresa and Antonio Madero
Jamee Gregory and Alexandra Rose
Michele Cohen and Sue Feld
Sharon Handler Loeb and friends
Sharon Handler Loeb and Muffie Potter Aston
Bambi Putnam table
Adrienne Silver table
Cynthia Maltese and Yaz Hernandez
Josie Natori table
Holly Hunt table
Sharon Handler Loeb table
Mary Van Pelt table
Doubles Holiday Luncheon dessert table
The line forming around the dessert table
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.
Brandon and Michi Marshall
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!
David Shapiro, Michael Fascitelli, Brooke Garber Neidich, Andreas Dracopoulos, Abigail Pogrebin, Anne McNulty, and Dr. Harold Koplewicz
Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Brooke Garber Neidich, and Andreas Dracopoulos
Andreas Dracopoulos and Michael Fascitelli
Katie Couric, Dr. Gail Saltz, Jane Rosenthal, and Cynthia McFadden
Brandon and Michi Marshall, Katie Couric, John Molner, and Dr. Harold Koplewicz
Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Anne Keating, Tony Spring
Eric Von Stroh and Sophie Elgort
Photographs by Annie Watt & Cutty McGill (Doubles); Annie Watt (Brick Church); Ann Billingsley & Patrick McMullan (CMI);