Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Education, research and patient care

Nearly 1,500 guests attended Hospital for Special Surgery's Annual Tribute Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria.
Hospital for Special Surgery hosted its 32nd Annual Tribute Dinner on Monday, June 1, 2015 at the Waldorf=Astoria, raising a record $4.2 million for education, research and patient care. The gala honored Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation and also presented David L. Helfet, MD, director, Orthopedic Trauma Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Nobel Laureate and former Secretary of State, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Helfet while Matt Lauer, host of NBC's Today Show, led the tribute to Mr. Roberts. Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong hosted the event of nearly 1,500 guests.
Hospital for Special Surgery trustee and dinner chair, Patricia G. Warner, announces record-breaking total fundraising amount for this year's gala at $4.2 million
 The Benefit Chairs are Stephen and Gretchen Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. The Dinner Chairs are trustees Kathy Leventhal, Patricia G. Warner and Ellen Wright. The Dinner Vice-Chairs include trustees Kathryn C. Chenault and Alan S. MacDonald, vice chairman and chief client officer of Citibank.
Matt Lauer, host of TODAY, presents the award to gala honoree Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation.
Special guests included: Katie Couric; Annette de la Renta; Elizabeth Holmes, CEO, Theranos; Craig Ivey, president, Con Edison; Henry Kissinger; David H. Koch; Matt Lauer; Lorne Michaels; Senator George J. Mitchell; Ronald Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal; Kate Nelligan, actress; Lawrence O'Donnell, host of MSNBC's Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell; Emily Rafferty, former president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Kendrick R. Wilson III, vice chairman, BlackRock, and more.
Hospital for Special Surgery trustees and dinner chairs Kathy Leventhal and Ellen Wright with Mary Lee Shapiro and Anne Altchek
Dr. David Helfet, director of Orthopedic Trauma Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, and recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award, with wife Molly Helfet, and children, Arthur John and Kelly
Louis A. Shapiro, CEO and president of Hospital for Special Surgery, with Kendrick R. Wilson III, vice chairman of BlackRock, and Dr. Todd J. Albert, Surgeon-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery
Lorne Michaels, creator and producer of Saturday Night Live, with cast member Cecily Strong.
Lawrence O'Donnell, host of MSNBC's Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, with Dr. David Helfet, director of Orthopedic Trauma Service at Hospital for Special Surgery
Craig Ivey, president of Con Edison, with Janise Cocker
Kat Dines and Dr. Joshua Dines, Sports Medicine Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery
Emily Rafferty, former president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with Nancy Kissinger
Ronald Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal, with Adam Miller, executive vice president of NBCUniversal
Dr. Henry Kissinger, former United States Secretary of State, with Annette de la Renta
Katie Couric, Yahoo Global News Anchor, with husband John Molner, financier
Benefit chairs Gretchen and Stephen Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal
From left to right: Dr. Todd J. Albert, Surgeon-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery; Marina Kellen French, board member of Hospital for Special Surgery; David H. Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries; Dr. Thomas Sculco, Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus at Hospital for Special Surgery
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. honored Diane von Furstenberg, Patti LuPone, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at its "Gala in the Great Hall" held at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Ms. von Furstenberg received the B.C. Forbes Peopling of America® Award, and Ms. LuPone and Mr. Gates received the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards. More than 400 guests attended the event which was hosted by Meredith Vieira. Norm Lewis provided the evening's entertainment.

At the ceremony, Stephen Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., announced, "Ellis Island has long been a symbol of American immigration. Now with the full story of those who arrived from the Native Americans right up to the present being told, the museum is renamed the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration." The museum previously was known as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Norm Lewis
The evening began with a citizenship swearing-in ceremony where ten people representing Australia, Ecuador, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom became citizens of the United States. Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Obama Administration, welcomed the new Americans.

The "Gala in the Great Hall" celebrated the opening of the Peopling of America Center at Ellis Island, new major exhibitions that chronicle immigration to America before the processing station at Ellis Island opened in 1892 and after it closed in 1954. With the completion of the post-Ellis Island era exhibition, the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is the country's official museum chronicling all immigration from the colonial era to today. More on the Peopling of America Center can be found at
Patti LuPone, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Diane von Furstenberg, Stephen Briganti, Meredith Vieira, and Christopher "Kip" Forbes
Meredith Vieira, Diane von Furstenberg, Stephen Briganti, and Christopher "Kip" Forbes
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created museums on both islands, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center®, and its newest project, The Peopling of America Center® which has transformed the museum into the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The Foundation's endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg
Anh Duong and Anne McNally
Paolo Giorno De Nicolo, Tina Santi Flaherty, and Joe Potesta
Fred Dixon
Joshua Johnston, honoree Patti Lupone and Matthew Johnston
Annie Montgomery, Paul Weaver, and Miriam Moynihan
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
Marial Iglesias and Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Christopher "Kip" Forbes and Sue Devine
Edwin Schlossberg, Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, and Caroline Kennedy
Hamish Bowles, Anne McNally, Anh Duong, and Nancy Jarecki
Jeff Gural and Aileen Gural
Shaun Donovan, Michael Donovan, and Stephen Briganti
Victoria Parker, Liza Bilbert, John Bradford, and Marva Bradford
On Thursday, June 4th, Partnership with Children hosted its Annual Spring Gala, raising $1.1 million dollars to support its social work services for more than 17,000 New York City school children. Mark Dowley, Chief Strategy Officer at MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and Chairman of DDCD & Partners, and Marianne Gambelli, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Horizon Media, were honored for their career and community leadership. Board member Kenneth Mortenson was presented with the Anne Vanderbilt Award for Achievement for his distinguished service, and student Ricky Sanders spoke about the importance of the Partnership with Children in his life.

Held at threesixty°, the nearly 500 guests included Gala Chair Linda Boff, Executive Director, Global Brand Marketing at GE, and Co-chairs Mel Berning, President and Chief Revenue Officer of A+E Networks and Shari Post, Vice President, Primetime Ad Sales, at NBC Universal.
Mark Dowley and Linda Boff
Mark Dowley recognized that even with the most devoted and dedicated parents, a young person can need additional support. He continued to say that, "this is where Partnership with Children is vital. If a teen that was given all the right support can be led astray, imagine how easy it is to take the wrong path if there isn't a support system, a stable home, or even a permanent living situation."

Marianne Gambelli remarked that "children are in constant crisis and the public schools just don't have the funds to support or handle all their needs. This is where Partnership steps in; filling those gaps, and providing compelling programs that give the children the tools they need to cope with their everyday lives – taking some of that pressure off – so they could focus on education and learning.
Marianne Gambelli and Shari Post
Executive Director Margaret Crotty explained, "We are reaching children who would otherwise not be reached to transform lives of children, their families, and their communities."

Kenneth Mortensen
received The Ann Vanderbilt Award, named after Partnership with Children's founder. He noted "During my 13 years as a Board member, I have become acutely aware of the issues that many children have; it's hard to learn if you're hungry; a shelter may not be conducive to having a quiet place to study; you have no access to a computer."

Finally, student speaker Ricky Sanders came to the stage. He commented that he was "one of the lucky ones as Partnership with Children changed the course of my life." He is now on track to graduate from high school and will be the first male in his family to attend college.
Kenneth Mortensen and Patricia Soussloff
Additional highlights included a live auction with CK Swett, who raised over $100,000 in just five minutes from the generous crowd. As the evening closed, Herve Alexandre, a New York City saxophonist and winner of multiple Apollo Amateur Awards, performed with The S.F. Crew.

The Gala's lead sponsors include Marty and David Hamamoto, NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., MacAndrews & Forbes, Royalty Pharma and Verizon Foundation.

Partnership with Children works in public schools in New York City's highest-need communities so that every student can overcome the trauma and stress of growing up in poverty and every school can successfully serve its students. Partnership with Children currently works with more than 50 public schools to serve 17,000 youth throughout all five boroughs of New York City.
Kenneth Mortenson, Marianne Gambelli, and Mark Dowley
10_Nick Schneider, Melanie Lyon, Andrew Ottos, Bridgett Pell, Blake Harwood_Credit Paul Bruinooge at Patrick McMullan
Margaret Crotty, and Ricky Sanders
Tom and Susan Birch
Stefan Zellmer, Andrew Bettwy, Jed Finn, and Joe Devico
Lauren Piacentini and Karen Piacentini
Linda Boff and Laura Corenti
Matt Chamberlain, Alicia Carmichael, and Michael Baird
Caroline and Michael Ventura
Megan Dowley, Casey Schlaybaugh, and Karen Duffy
Storefront Academy Harlem, a tuition-free private school in Harlem, held its 9th Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Dream Downtown Hotel. The evening, co-sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, was a tremendous success, and raised over $130,000 to benefit the school. The tournament's winner received a Rolex Explorer II Men's Watch.

The benefit began with a cocktail reception in the Dream's rooftop lounge, PH-D, overlooking the New York City skyline. The guests then transitioned to The Gallery, the Dream's state of the art ballroom, where the poker tournament commenced. Storefront Trustee Jeff Muti emceed the tournament, motivating players and dealers. For the first hour of the game, players who had losing hands were allowed to buy back into the game, additionally benefiting the school.
Dream Downtown Rooftop Lounge PH-D
The event also featured a silent auction. Guests bid on luxury auction items and experiences, including an Italian castle dream vacation, a Day Hiking Adventure with Discovery Outdoors, a bowling party at BowlMor, and a custom suit by Alan David Custom.

Chairing the tournament were Storefront Trustees Jeff Muti, Bob Rylee, and Amy Wu Silverman, along with Jonathan Palmer and Maurice Nicholson.
The Gallery at Dream Downtown
Storefront Academy Harlem (formerly The Children's Storefront), a tuition-free private school in Harlem, has nearly 50 years of success in educating urban youth of all learning abilities, from pre-k to 8th grade. A forerunner to charter schools, it serves as a national model for urban education – creating academically strong and emotionally healthy students. The Storefront Academy Harlem student body is 100% minority, 80% qualify for free or reduced price meals, and 40% come to Storefront Academy requiring extra academic support. Despite the odds, more than 80% of Storefront Academy students test at or above grade level on standardized tests, and 95% of graduates go on to receive their high school diplomas, more than 30% higher than others in their community.
Lindsey St. Onge and Trayshia Rogers
Lisette Nieves, Robert Moore, and Alexis Thomason
Joe Burnick, Ryan Merse, Chris Finch, Jeremy Wohleber, Ray Alvarez, Matt Moran, Tanner Coyle, and David Lalond
Vivek Sharma and Jason Gordon
Emilia Kopak, Ian Tousignant, and Michelle Devlois
Charlie Ponos, Jeff Shaw, Jonathan C. Stearns, and Ray Cameron
Chris Casey and Brian D'Ambrosio
Ray Cameron, Jordan Lippner, and Jonathan C. Stearns
Ed DiConza, Brooke McGeehan, and Jason Newman
Amy Wu Silverman, Elisa Istueta, and Jeff Muti

Photographys by Richard Koek, Paul Bruinooge, Patrick McMullan (Partnership with Children)