Friday, July 3, 2015

Divine Intervention

Bette Midler on stage at Madison Square Garden for New York Restoration Project's “Concert at the Garden."
In the midst of Bette Midler’s Divine Intervention Tour, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) brought its legendary “Spring Picnic” fundraiser to its founder on Friday, June 26. “Concert at the Garden” offered premium tickets to Bette’s show at Madison Square Garden, followed by a special after-party for NYRP supporters at MSG’s Delta Sky360 Club.

After her lively and bawdy show, including an emotional rendition of “Going to the Chapel” in honor of the legalization of gay marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court, Bette concluded the show with an encore performance with special guest Darlene Love, while urging concert-goers to pledge support to NYRP by texting “DIVINE” to 313131.
Brian Sawyer and Deborah Marton (NYRP Executive Director)
Tommy Tune and Tobias Larsen
Hundreds of NYRP supporters joined Bette at the after-party at the Delta Sky360 Club, complete with free-flowing cocktails, delicious eats and a vibrant crowd committed to NYRP’s vision for a cleaner, greener city. Among the green enthusiasts attending were: NYRP Executive Director Deborah Marton; NYRP Trustees Linda Allard, Adrian Benepe, Todd DeGarmo, Joshua Sirefman, Darcy Stacom, and Ann Ziff; NYRP Chairman’s Council members Diane Brownstone, Alexandra Cohen, Margo and James Nederlander and Peter E Raymond; Judy Gold; Renée Fleming; Beth Rudin DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi, Tommy Tune, Kathy Najimy, Mica Ertegun, Suri Kasirer, Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue, Susan Courtemanche, Robert Webber, Triple Edwards, and others.
Linda Allard (NYRP Board Member, third from right) and friends
The benefit raised one million dollars for NYRP’s mission of transforming green spaces in under-resourced communities in New York City.

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. To learn more, visit
Linda Wachner, Mica Ertegun, John Schaberg, and Irith Landeau
James Nederlander, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Firooz Zahedi
Charlotte Glasser and Adrian Benepe (NYRP Board Member)
Robert Webber, Jon Recor, and Triple Edwards
Mica Ertegun, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, and John Schaberg
Darcy Stacom (NYRP Board Member, second from left) and friends
Todd DeGarmo (NYRP Board Member, left) and friends
Beth Rudin DeWoody and Susan Courtemanche
Elysa Halpern, Alyson Palmer (of the band Betty), Judy Gold, and Kathy Najimy
Clyde and Diane Brownstone
Eve Matheson and Margo Nederlander
Cake pops
On Thursday, June 25, the Junior Council of the American Museum of Natural History concluded its 2014–2015 season with jazz on the Arthur Ross Terrace, accompanied this year by a special introduction to Shelf Life, the Museum’s new web series for curious minds. The event included the screening of a Shelf Life episode, Skull of the Olinguito, and a presentation by Nancy Simmons, curator-in-charge in the Department on Mammalogy, and Erin Chapman, producer of Shelf Life. Cocktails and a live jazz reception on the Museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace followed.
Cocktails on the Arthur Ross Terrace
The Chip White Band
The immersive web series Shelf Life opens doors, pulls out drawers, and takes the lids off of some of the most incredible and rarely seen items in the Museum’s amazing collection, which recently topped 33 million specimens and artifacts. Shelf Life features behind-the-scenes videos, photos, and stories from curators and collection staff about fascinating specimens, cultural objects, and expeditions. Monthly videos, Tumblr posts, Instagram snapshots, and live events related to the series help visitors and viewers explore topics like extinction, specimen preparation, epic expeditions of the past, and astonishing technologies that are unlocking new discoveries.

Co-Chairs included W. Jameson McFadden, Holly and Martin Okner, Lori and Zachary Pomerantz, Gaelin Rosenwaks, Heather and Ross Schulman, and Zoe and Iain Wilson.
Co-chairs Holly and Martin Okner
Co-chairs Zachary and Lori Pomerantz
The American Museum of Natural History’s Junior Council is one of New York City’s most stimulating membership groups for young philanthropists. Founded in 1994, the Junior Council supports the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Each year, Junior Council members participate in special events that offer them an intimate view inside the Museum’s collections, activities, and exhibitions. Junior Council members go behind the scenes at one of the world’s preeminent museums, meet some of the nation’s most distinguished and engaging scientists, and preview the latest exhibitions.
Co-chair Gaelin Rosenwaks, George Jovanoski, and Elizabeth and John Yanev
Museum's Curator-in-Charge in the Department on Mammalogy Nancy Simmons, with Erin Chapman, Producer of the Museum's original series Shelf Life
David and Sheila Barrett
Lorraine Wilson (second from right) and friends
Ruth Reisner, Nick Wolf, and friends
Jillian Bell and Joseph DeVenuta
Gregg Brody and Erica Moreira Brody
Matt Euro and Danielle Traub
Alexandra Milstein, Susy Schieffelin, and Courtney Drayer
On Tuesday, June 23, The Joyce Theater Foundation held its Annual Spring Gala at the David H. Koch Theater, honoring Christopher Wheeldon, and kicking of the Joyce Theater’s week-long presentation of The Royal Ballet in NYC, through June 28, which kicked off with a gala performance of Frederick Ashton’s The Dream.

Guests included Joyce Theater Foundation Executive Director Linda Shelton; Honoree Christopher Wheeldon (Tony-winner for An American in Paris); Royal Ballet Directors Kevin O’Hare and Steven McRae; Royal Ballet dancers Sarah Lamb, Edward Watson, former dancers Alessandra Ferri and Liam Scarlett (also the choreographer of The Age of Anxiety); NYCB dancers Craig Hall, Sterling Hyltin, Amar Ramasar, Sean Suozzi and former NYCB principal Wendy Whelan; ABT dancers Herman Cornejo, Calvin Royale and Daniil Simkin; An American in Paris stars Leanne Cope, Dylan Crossman, Robert Fairchild and Max von Essen; choreographers Rob Ashford, Larry Keigwin, Shen Wei. Other noteworthy guests include Jody Arnhold, Alex Beard, Mark and Juliette Janssens, Alessandro and Fe Saracino-Fendi, among others.
Kerry Kepatrick, Buck Collins, Sierra Ring, Danielle Morgan, Ed Darres, Olivia Langston, and Perry Barnett
David Herro and Jay Franke
Rob Ashford
Linda Shelton, Martin Wechsler, and Stephanie Breslow
Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo
Fe Fendi and Tom Gold
Virginia Millhiser, Brian Brooks, and Nanda Anand
Alexander J. Dubé and Anka Palitz
Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas and Cheryl Bergenfeld
Edward Watson, Christopher Wheeldon, and Wendy Whelan
Jay Franke and Aud Jebsen
Jody Arnhold and Joan Finkelstein
Kevin O'Hare and Christopher Wheeldon
Max von Essen, Leanne Cope, and Christopher Wheeldon
Trisha Duval, Patrick Duval, and Kerry Clayton
On Tuesday June 23rd, The Professional & Leadership Division of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine honored Peter S. Duncan, President and Chief Executive Officer of George Comfort & Sons, Inc. with the Albert Einstein Humanitarian Award at their 53rd Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament and Dinner at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.

Over 130 attendees spent the day playing golf and tennis before enjoying a dinner, raffle and auction. The tournament is the divisions flagship event and this year marked a 54 year long tradition of philanthropy to raise funds and support medical research and education programs at Einstein by honoring outstanding individuals in fields such as professional and leadership roles.
Marc Altheim, Tennis Chairman
Jack M. Somer and Andrew Woolf
Spencer and Arlene Maidman
Following the athletic day, as attendees settled in to enjoy a three-course meal, Martin Luskin, the Chair of the Professional & Leadership Division, welcomed guests and thanked them, and the board and sponsors, Roula and Neil Clark and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, for their generosity. He then introduced Allen M. Speigal, M.D, Dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who spoke about the important work that the College does in researching cures and treatments to help eliminate illnesses including Ebola and cancer. Luskin then welcomed Neil Clark, a previous honoree, who invited Duncan to join him on stage and presented the "dedicated philanthropist" with his award. Duncan told the audience how both of his parents worked in medical research, that his father was a "physician and a researcher in the field of genetics," so Einstein's goals are near and dear to his heart. He went on to say that his "parents had taught him that helping others should be the staple of one's existence" and that his 10 years working with the College have been an honor and meant a "great deal."
Harry Maidman and his mother Arlene Maidman
Peter Zinman then came to the stage to announce the winners of the raffle, of which the Grand Prize was a years worth of parking in Manhattan. They then introduced James DeRosa, who led the live auction. Items including a Foursome of Golf at Sleepy Hollow, Wykagyl Country Club, and another at at Sams Point, a Wine and Film weekend at Sag Harbor and a two night stay at Sherry-Netherland hotel with two tickets to Broadway.

Over the past 54 years, the Professional & Leadership Division (formerly the Men’s Division) has raised millions to support the wonderful research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
David Luski, Peter S. Duncan, Neil Clark, and Martin Luskin
The Event Chairs were Peter Bernstein and Andrew WeinbergThe Auction Chairs were Marlon Bustos and Peter Zinman. Tennis Chairs were Marc Altheim, Jack Somer and Greg Williamson. The Journal Chairs were Neil Clark, Ray Cohen, Jeff Fiedler and Greg Gonzalez.

The sports focused event celebrates the spirit of friendship and collaboration of a group of philanthropically minded business leaders who are united in their passion for advancing the College of Medicine’s mission to improve human health. Proceeds from the 2015 Golf & Tennis Tournament and Dinner benefit Einstein’s Professional & Leadership Division Campaign for the Center for Experimental Therapeutics.  
Allen M. Speigal, M.D, Peter S. Duncan, and Martin Luskin
Peter S. Duncan with his wife, Chris Duncan
Martin Luskin and Pelayo Coll
Peter Zinman with his sister
Raymond Cohen and Andrew Weinberg, and Justin Frankel
Greg Gonzalez and Mitchel A. Maidman
Robert C. Patent, Jeffrey A. Feidler, and Jack M. Somer

Photographs by Mia McDonald (NYPR); R. Mickens (AMNH); Christine Butler (Joyce)